Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 2.18.14

I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone….This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

1 Timothy 2:1-4

Prayer

Father I pray for salvation for not only myself but for all of Your children. I pray for the churches of the world, and hope that they become more inclusive and accepting of all people—not just the ones pleasing to them. I pray for less judgment of humans by humans. I pray that we fight the urge to hold grudges and instead lean more towards forgiveness and ending conflict. Mold out of us our self-absorption. Mold out of us our narcissism. Mold out of us our self-centeredness, so that we place you in the center of our life—and first in our decision-making.

Father help us to realize that we are not perfect and in our imperfection we should see in ourselves those very things that we like or dislike in others—and in this recognition, we feel less inclined to ridicule others and more inclined to celebrate them. Help us to correct ourselves quicker than we are to correct others. Help us to reach our hands out to others who are struggling, less fortunate, lacking hope, in pain, or troubled. Father I pray that you touch our hearts to help the least of Your children not just with a donation or the implementation of a program, but with our hands and feet in the ‘ditches’. Let us be honorable soldiers marching in Your honor. Let us see, embrace, and live Your Truth. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Reflection

We have placed people into classes and categories. We have chosen how to treat people based on labels, titles, classes, and categories. We have created a hierarchy that Jesus would scoff at and dismantle. Remember that Jesus was outraged with the elitist who thought they were living righteously and felt entitled to look down and dictate to others. He chastised the elitist with their titles and arrogant ways.

We are so full of ourselves, but it’s really not about us. It’s about God. It’s about seeking, finding, and embracing His Truth, and living life as He commands. Excluding others isn’t Christ-like. Discriminating against others isn’t Christ-like. Controlling and abusing others is not Christ-like. We are all God’s children. We must change our thinking, then our speech, and then our ways.

I love you all!

Natasha

 

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