DAILY PRAYER AND SCRIPTURE FOR TODAY.
When we pray, God hears and answers! Engaging in Daily Prayer and Scriptures is our unfailing platform for bringing to God all that pertains to us, while we watch restfully as he steps into situations to bring out beauty and colour in our lives. Today, as you commune with God, we urge you to know that God has settled all that concerns you, Just believe and pray with faith in your heart. Remain blessed in Jesus name, Amen.
Today’s Prayer is written by: Victoria Riollano
Prayer Focus For Today 9th August 2022: A Prayer to Lay Down One’s Life
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” – John 15:13
True love comes with sacrifice.
I will never forget the first time I walked into Walter Reed Bethesda Military Hospital. As a military spouse, I have always heard of this hospital. It was the hub where presidents are cared for and where military members who have been severely injured would find care. Yet the truth is, I wasn’t prepared for what I would see when I arrived. I had no idea how many men and women I would see who had been amputated, had severe scars, who struggled with mental health issues, and who had sacrificed during their military service. More and more, I started to realize why those who served in the armed forces were true heroes. Even more so, I knew from the depths of my soul that many of my daily privileges were due to these brave men and women.
Yet, this immense thankfulness that I felt every time I entered the building was not just refreshing for me emotionally but reminded me of a deep spiritual truth. Just like the love of one’s country draws military members to action, our God has already done the same. His great compassion and love for us have allowed us to live in freedom, knowing that we will receive the ultimate victory, eternal life. He sacrificed Himself so that I could be free from the bondage of the law and sin. Even more so, because of His choice, I knew that I no longer had to carry the weightiness of my own guilt and shame. I was free to know that even though I hadn’t been perfect and didn’t deserve grace, He did it anyway. He gave of Himself despite the fact that I certainly wasn’t worthy. He paid the price for my freedom. My response to a God who was willing to give it all is pure thankfulness and showing others this same love.
I love how Jesus says it in John 15:12-13 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
My prayer for you today is that you would recognize the depth of this love God has for you and that this love will be a reminder of how we should love one another. May we be willing to serve and care for the needs of others, knowing that our God has done the same. There is no greater love than this! May we always be mindful of the great love that He has had for us that He would give His life for us. And may this love compel us into action and intentional service to the world around us.
PRAYER FOR TODAY.
Lord, I thank you for loving me. Your death and resurrection on the cross were the ultimate sacrifice for me. God, help me to never take your love for granted. Help me to see your love as a motivator to lay down my life for you and those around me. Teach me how to have eyes to see the needs of others and to be willing to share my resources and support in a way that would bring you honor. Show me Lord how to love and give the way that you would call me to. I thank you for your heart for humanity. You, Lord, are my hero. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
This Is the Assurance of Answers to Your Prayers – Matthew 7:7-11
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.
Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will YOUR FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN GIVE GOOD THINGS TO THOSE WHO ASK HIM!
Please pray with faith in your heart and remember to lead someone to pray with these prayer points!