The First 15

Tuesday February 9, 2021

by David Alexander

Opening Prayer

In the busyness of our everyday lives, we often fail to prepare our hearts and minds for reading God’s word and experience God in this time. Take a moment to allow this prayer to lead you into your time with God today. 

As I enter into this time of prayer and reflection, I pause to be still; to breathe slowly; to re-center my scattered senses upon the presence of God. 

Holy and loving God, in this new season I invite you to shape my soul with your words and inspire my life with your works. Teach me to walk in the way of peace and grace. AMEN. 

Scripture Reading

Psalm 139:23-24

Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.

See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.


Yesterday we looked at the beginning of Psalm 139. David celebrates his understanding of how fully God knows him before finishing with this prayer.

He asks God to take a magnifying glass to his life, and “see if there is any offensive way in me.” It is a bold ask. It reflects David’s complete trust in God.

If you were to pray this prayer, how would you “hear” the results of God’s investigation? What avenues have you made available for God to speak into your life? Who are the people you trust to speak truth to you? Does anyone come to mind who you are just not sure about? What might be the cause of that uncertainty? Has hurt closed off a key relationship in your life?

Take some time today to name those whose presence in your life enable God to speak into your life.

Closing Prayer

Father, help me to live this day to the full, being true to You, in every way.

Jesus, help me to give myself away to others, being kind to everyone I meet.

Spirit, help me to love the lost, proclaiming Christ in all I do and say.


*Our opening and closing prayers are adapted from Lectio365, a mobile application developed by the 24-7 Prayer Network. To find out more about this resource, visit this link. 

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