29 October 2008

prayer for my brothers and sisters

Remind us every day that all we have comes from You.

Our attempts to hold on so tightly to the material things of this world are pointless and irrelevant; the fact that I have this computer to type this is a testament to Your providence, not my own wealth. Help us let go!

When we claim our right to things over the needs of others, we distance ourselves from the example of Your son who we so imperfectly attempt to emulate. Widows, children, medically needy, poor... remind us of the gospels and the life of Jesus. Don't let us be swayed by opinions all-too-loudly-preached (from pulpits).

When we develop a self-righteous morality and attempt to follow it, forgoing the needs of others, we subscribe to legalism. You disdain legalism... you sent Jesus to be crucified as the ultimate sacrifice and freedom from the unattainable goals of a legalistic life.

We are imperfect, Jesus, but don't let us also be misled. Help us cling to You and Your truth. Don't let us become caught up in details that ultimately don't matter... let us live as You did and would.


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