Days of Noah

Days of Noah
By Steve Crowley

“For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭24:37-39‬ (‭ESV‬)

Judgment is coming.

I find it interesting Matthew wrote the words, “they were unaware until the floods came.” I can only imagine that while Noah was building the Arch the people must have mocked him. They had no clue of what was to come or did they? Surely Noah explained why he was building the Ark. Noah had received instructions of not only how to build the Ark but God also told him why he was building it.

“So the Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.”” ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭6:7‬ ‭(ESV‬)

If God told Noah why he was building the Arc we can assume Noah shared with those mocking him. Yet Matthew says, “they were unaware” suggesting the people turned a deaf ear to the judgment to come. Are there many today who are turning a deaf ear to the judgment to come? Are we living in a time similar to the days of Noah?

“But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,” ‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭3:1-4‬ (‭ESV)

I have dubbed the craziness we are living in as wack a doddle days. It’s as if society, especially here in America, have gone crazy. Up is down and down is up. People have lost their way and the enemy is working overtime to get people to abandon their faith. Personally, I shake my head in disbelief at the things the media and even those in leadership are professing.

Judgment is coming.

“God overlooked people’s ignorance about these things in earlier times, but now He commands everyone everywhere to repent of their sins and turn to him. For He has set a day for judging the world with justice by the man he has appointed, and He proved to everyone who this is by raising Him from the dead.”” Acts 17:30-31‬ ‭(NLT‬)

Jesus is coming back and just as in the days of Noah, God will shut the door and all those who have not repented and turn to Jesus will face judgment.

““Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.””‭‭Revelation‬ ‭22:12-13‬ ‭(ESV‬)

Merciful and gracious Father, hallowed be Your name. Lord God, may our ears be open and our hearts be right for we know the days are few until Jesus comes back. Just like in the days of Noah, Your Word is clear, repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.

Father, our heart felt prayer is for people from all nations to have the eyes of their hearts opened to the reality of judgment and to open their hearts to the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Jesus first came to seek and to save that what was lost and to proclaim salvation through His saving grace. Lord, may Your light shine brightly as to wake up those with hardened hearts, least they find themselves outside the Ark of salvation in the day to come. May You use us to share the love of Jesus by sharing our testimonies in this darkened world.

Father, we pray prayers of hope that those who are blind may see, those who are lost may be found. We humbly ask in the name above all names, Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

Amen

The Unexpected

The Unexpected
Steve Crowley

“Though he slay me, I will hope in him; yet I will argue my ways to his face.” Job‬ ‭13:15‬ ‭(ESV)

Have you ever had the proverbial rug pulled out from underneath you, be it an unexpected illness, job loss or the betrayal of someone close to you? Life is full of the unexpected. But the question we need to address is how do we respond to the unexpected. From my own personal experiences I have found I reacted in three ways; I either withdrew and sulked, I became angry seeking someone to blame or I made lemonade out of lemons. Don’t misunderstand, I’m no saint and my initial reaction was always to withdraw but eventually I would come to the realization that out of every dark cloud the sun will eventually shine through.

My single biggest unexpected moment came at the peak of my corporate career. I lost my job. It really didn’t matter the circumstances surrounding the loss, yes I could blame a number of extenuating circumstances but the fact was I was unemployed.

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans‬ ‭8:28‬ ‭(ESV‬)

My job/career loss was the best unexpected event in my life. Through the set back of the biggest disappointment in my life and the emotional pain it caused my life was saved.

“I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.” ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭34:4‬ ‭(ESV)

I found Jesus or better yet I opened my hardened heart to His pursuit of me. I thought my life was destroyed but God used this experience to soften my calloused heart to understand God’s love and salvation through Jesus Christ. At fifty years of age I accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior.

I came to understand that when the unexpected pulls the proverbial rug out from underneath us there is a pair of hands awaiting to catch us and place us on a path that was far better than the one we were on.

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭29:11‬ ‭(ESV‬)

Gracious and loving Father, You truly have a plan for us to give us a future and a hope. Praise be Your Holy name.

Father, our prayer before You is one of thanksgiving. In those times where the unexpected happens in our lives thank You for being the light that lights the light of Your sovereign will for us. Help us see the light and direct our steps to relying and calling upon You as You orchestrate life’s circumstances around us to achieve Your will.

Father, You are the lamp to our feet and the light to our path, may we cast our anxieties upon You and follow Your path. May our faith grow and may we be strengthened by Your grace today and forevermore. For it is in the name of Jesus that we pray.

Amen

Asking

Asking
By Steve Crowley

““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.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭7:7-8‬ ‭(ESV‬)

What would you ask of God?

When I think back about all the things I have asked of God I can’t help but think how God must have sighed and thought, “really, that’s what you asked for.” I believe we have all at one time or another asked God for trivial things and haven’t thought deeply about if there was only one thing we could ask of God, what would it be?

“In that night God appeared to Solomon, and said to him, “Ask what I shall give you.” Give me now wisdom and knowledge to go out and come in before this people, for who can govern this people of yours, which is so great?” God answered Solomon, “Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked for possessions, wealth, honor, or the life of those who hate you, and have not even asked for long life, but have asked for wisdom and knowledge for yourself that you may govern my people over whom I have made you king,” 2 Chronicles‬ ‭1:7, 10-11‬ ‭(ESV)

Solomon asked for wisdom and discernment to be able to govern the people recognizing God as his Lord.

I can remember asking God for various things ranging from passing test in school, finding a good job to even more things. In hindsight, my request were selfish and ridiculous. If we were to really search within ourselves, what would be the one thing we would ask of God?

“One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.” ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭27:4‬ ‭(ESV‬)

Guess what? That’s the one thing God desires to give us over everything else. God wants us all to spend eternity with Him in heaven. That’s precisely why He sent His Jesus.

““For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” ‭‭John‬ ‭3:16-17‬ ‭(ESV‬‬)

Here’s a great suggestion of something to ask of God. Ask for Jesus to come into your heart and be your Lord and Savior. Then God will surely give you the desire of your heart. Eternity in heaven with God.

Loving and gracious Father, we are humbled by Your holiness and majesty of Your presence. Blessed be Your name for all eternity. We thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus Christ to do what we are incapable of doing by taking our sins upon Himself upon the cross so that we can stand blameless before You.

Father, our prayer before You a prayer of thanksgiving. May we continue to walk in Your light and shine the light of Christ before others. May You use our testimonies of the grace and love You extended to us as a means of sharing with others the great news of the love Jesus.

Father, we thank You and pray in the name of Jesus.

Amen

Shameful Mistakes

Shameful Mistakes
By Steve Crowley

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭3:23‬ ‭(ESV‬)

Mistakes and screwups result in heavy burdens called shame. There’s no a single person alive who hasn’t messed up and done something they regret. As a result everyone has the skeleton of shame locked in a closet they hope never comes to light. In fact I believe shame is the one thing that prevents us from pursuing our best. I often recall what former a Senator Orin Hatch from Utah said in 1988 when he asked to run for President, “I have far too many Skelton’s in my closet, I don’t think I can do that.” Doesn’t that apply to us all?

Shame from our mistakes can haunt us and thus paralyze us from achieving our best because we feel unworthy or convince ourselves God would use a person like me. But the story of the prodigal son in chapter 15 in the Book of Luke assures us that when we turn to God, “having come to our senses”, God opens His arms and embraces us in His abiding love and acceptance.

“And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.” ‭‭Luke‬ ‭15:20‬ ‭(ESV‬)

The prodigal son repented and turn towards home having left his pride in pig pen of his shame. As he walked home I can only imagine how he was rehearsing his speech to his father in his head when all of a sudden the sees his father running towards him with a huge smile upon his face with his outstretched arms. God is our Father waiting for us to turn to Him. Jesus Christ shed His blood upon the cross as the atoning sacrifice for our sins.

“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” ‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:21‬ ‭(ESV)

“For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.”” ‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭8:12‬ (‭ESV)

Bottom line, when God sees us He sees the righteous of Jesus therefore lift up our heads and enjoy the loving embrace of the Father as He wraps His arms around us today and forevermore.

O gracious and loving Father, we humbly fall before the cross of Jesus who died and shed His blood for us so we could stand blameless before You. Hallowed be Your Holy name.

Father, may the shame of our youth and the shame of all our iniquities be cast upon the cross. May we come before Your throne of grace seeking the righteousness of Your Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of our sins. Lord, we are humbled by Your Love, that You would run towards us with Your warm embrace when we come to our senses and turn to seek You. Thank You for loving us when we sometimes fail to love ourselves.

For it is through the love You have for us and in the name above all names, the King of kings and Lord of lords, Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior we pray.

“Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.” Jude‬ ‭1:24-25‬ ‭(ESV‬)

Amen

Bill Still

Be Still
By Steve Crowley

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.” ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭23:1-2‬ ‭(ESV)

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you where helpless to alter the circumstances? One day everything is as you expected but suddenly without warning you find yourself at what seems like a dead end.

A dear friend of mine booked a river cruise in France recently. He and his wife met all the cruise lines travel policies in this Covid altered world in which we live. They were tested prior to their departure and tested negative so off they went. After six days of a fourteen day cruise, his wife tested positive and they were placed in confinement until the cruise line could transfer them to a hotel in Paris where they were quarantined for five days when they both would be retested. Five days restricted to a 10×14 hotel room over looking the airport with their meals delivered to their door. My heart and my prayers went out to them.

““Stop striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted on the earth.”” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭46:10‬ ‭(NASB)

There are times in our lives when God places us in situations where we are helpless to effect change. It’s at these times where our abilities are useless and we have no one to help us but the grace of God. I believe that’s where the saying “there are no atheist in a foxhole” originated from. When darkness falls upon you look to the only true light.

“You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, declares the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.” ‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭29:13-14‬ ‭(ESV‬)

Through much prayer my friends finally made it to day five and through God’s grace they both tested negative and were able to get a flight home the very next day. Yes they were frustrated and greatly disappointed but through it all I truly believe they found God’s grace through His presence in their time of need.

““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.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭7:7-8‬ ‭(ESV‬)

Gracious and merciful Father, blessed be Your Holy name. May Your grace abound in our times of need. You are our Shepherd who makes us lie down and leads us beside still waters. May the eyes of our hearts see these times as a blessing that draws us closer to You. May we humbly submit to Your sovereign will and embrace Your presence as our guiding light.

Lord, we readily admit we fight against these times of stillness, therefore we seek Your forgiveness. May our striving give way to submission as we seek the comfort of Your abiding love.

For it is the name of Jesus who taught us to come to Him and He would give us rest that we pray.

Amen

Resurrection Power

Resurrection Power
By Steve Crowley

“If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. Romans‬ ‭8:11‬ ‭(ESV)

Easter is a time of hope, hope in the resurrection power of God. Living in the south we are blessed every Spring with the blossoms of the Azaleas and Dogwood trees. Spring is a time of renewal and new life, where we are reminded of the resurrection of Jesus from death to life. On the first Easter morning when Mary arrived at the tomb where Jesus had been laid, the stone had been moved and the burial cloths lay upon the stone. The resurrection power of God raised Jesus from death to life.

I have always been in awe of the awesome power of God but none more than His resurrection power. It’s one thing to read the account of creation in the Book of Genesis but there’s just something about God raising the dead to life that renews my faith. I believe each of us at one time or another have had apprehensions about death. But every Easter we are given a vivid reminder of the resurrection power of God.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,” ‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭1:3‬ ‭(ESV)

No matter what failures or set backs we’ve experienced in our lives Easter and the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ is a reminder of power of God and His love for us, “to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” Consider for a moment who wrote these words, it was Peter. The one whom denied Jesus and looked into Jesus’ eyes as He carried His cross. Easter morning brought hope for Peter and it brings us hope because He is risen. Praise be the power of God through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭15:13‬ ‭(ESV)

O gracious and loving Father, May the eyes of our hearts be opened to the resurrection power of Jesus Christ from the dead so that we can live as Christ lives today. May Your Words of hope and love renew our spirit as we seek You today and forevermore.

Father, as Mary, John and Peter looked into the empty tomb their lives were forever changed. May the power of the resurrection of Jesus change not only our lives but the lives of everyone who comes to You. We live because Jesus lives. We pray in His Holy name.

Amen

“I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.”” John‬ ‭11:25-26‬ (‭ESV)

Sustainer

Sustainer
By Steve Crowley

“I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭121:1-2‬ (‭ESV‬)

Why is it that we don’t turn to God for help until we reach the bottom and have nowhere else to turn? We have this tendency to go along the path of life as if we are in complete control until we are faced with circumstances that empty us of our ability to resolve them. Then in desperation we seek help. But where and to whom do we turn to for help, that is the question.

“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭20:7‬ ‭(ESV)

We (I) have the tendency to look within to our abilities when faced with difficulties thinking we can utilize our strengths to fix things. But more times than not when we attempt to draw upon of internal resources we quickly sink into despair realizing we are incapable of resolving our situation. But when we come to the end of our resources and turn to God we connect to the power of the One who created the heavens and the earth. Repeatedly, the Bible tells us God is ready and willing to help us if we’d only ask.

“Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.” ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭55:22‬ ‭(ESV‬)

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” ‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭5:6-7‬ ‭(ESV‬)

I believe that is why Corrie Ten Boom, a concentration camp survivor, was able to draw upon the strength of God to see her through. In fact Corrie has many quotes attributed to her about God’s faithfulness.

“There is no pit so deep that God’s love is not deeper still.” – Corrie Ten Boom

The amazing thing about turning to God when we need help is we receive His grace to sustain us. In addition we received the warm embrace of peace knowing God is in control. As my wife often reminds me, let go and let God.

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”Philippians‬ ‭4:4-7‬ ‭(ESV)

Gracious and loving Father, by Your Almighty hand You created the heavens and the earth and by Your breath You are the giver of life. Hallowed be Your wonderful name.

Lord, forgive us by thinking we can resolve problems bigger than us. We humbly look to You casting our burdens upon You knowing You are the sustainer of life itself. May we adhere to Your stated will for us by rejoicing always, praying without ceasing and give thanks in all circumstances for You are our sovereign Lord of all.

In the name above all names, the King of kings and Lord of lords, Jesus Christ we pray.

Amen

Rising Glory

Rising Glory
By Steve Crowley

“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭73:26‬ (‭ESV‬)

Adversity, illness and or despair can cause us to feel as if we are sinking into the abyss, the inner darkness of hopelessness. It’s at these moments of affliction we struggle with searching for a glimmer of hope. Some look within mustering their internal resources only to realize their limitations, which leads to further despair.

“He delivers the afflicted by their affliction and opens their ears by adversity.” Job‬ ‭36:15‬ (‭ESV‬)

When we come to the realization that we are helpless to resolve the circumstances of our difficulties we fall to our knees in search of divine intervention.

When I think back upon the many times in my life where I was beset by differing set backs the one constant was always God. Yes there were many times I argued and even voiced opposition to God for my circumstances, but I always came back before Him with my pleas of mercy for grace. After my back surgery I became very despondent due to the length of recovery and the persisting pain. I prayed and prayed for healing. It was as if my affliction was drawing me closer to God. Looking back on the experience I grew closer to God as a result of my dependence upon God.

“I will give you the treasures of darkness and the hoards in secret places, that you may know that it is I, the Lord, the God of Israel, who call you by your name.” ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭45:3‬ ‭(ESV)

I don’t know what you may be experiencing right now but I pray that in every circumstance, every challenge, you would turn to God in pray.

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” ‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:16-18‬ (‭ESV‬)

O merciful and loving Father, giver of life and the creator of all, blessed be Your name. We humbly come before You pouring out our hearts before You seeking Your presence above all. May we rest in the presence of Your peace and may we find comfort from our burdens by the love and grace You graciously give us each and everyday.

Lord, we thank You for giving us hope that while we may not know what our future holds we rest in the assurance of Your abiding love. We cast our burdens upon Your Almighty shoulders and rest in the knowledge of Your Word that nothing can separate us from Your love. May Your presence and Your glory ever be before us. For it in in the name of Jesus that we pray.

Amen

God’s Will For Us

God’s Will
By Steve Crowley

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” ‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:16-18‬ ‭(ESV‬)

My wife and I attended a wedding where the minister addressed the bride and groom stating that we all search for what God’s will is for our lives. As I listened to the ministers statement and the reading of God’s Word in the verses above I gained a deep appreciation for his reference to these verses as a launching point for the union of marriage as well as a daily reminder for each of us.

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” ‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:16-18‬ (‭ESV)

“Rejoice always,” Life is full of ups and downs but within everything there is something for us to rejoice in. It’s easy to rejoice when everything is coming up roses but what about those unexpected situations that arise in life? How do we rejoice in the face of adversity? Knowing that the creator, God Almighty, is with us always even in the depths of adversity.

“Pray without ceasing”. I can think of no better companion than God. He has given us His Word that we are to love Him with all of our hearts, our minds and our soul and there is no better way than placing God in the forefront of our thoughts through prayer. We grow closer to God the more we talk to Him regardless of what is going on around us.

Finally, “ Give thanks in all circumstances”. What better way to show our appreciation to God for all of our blessing than to give thanks. I know personally, when I pause and give thanks in all circumstances I find that even in the difficulties in life the pause to give thanks changes my perspective.

By rejoicing always, praying without ceasing and giving thanks in all circumstances, we change our focus from the things which we find ourselves in to the incredible grace of God. His love, grace and mercy are worthy of living in His will.

“‘May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.’”
‭‭Numbers‬ ‭6:24-26‬ ‭(NLT)

Father, we truly rejoice in You. Seeking You in continuous pray thanking You for the incredible blessing of Your love through the salvation of Your Son Jesus Christ.

Lord, my we commit to abiding in Your will by committing these verses to our memory, that by doing so we grow closer to You. You have given us Your Holy Word as a dialogue to our spirit giving us the knowledge of Your unending love. My we seek You always and give thanks for Your saving grace, for it is in the name of Jesus that we pray.

Amen

Anger

Anger
By Steve Crowley

“Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” ‭James‬ ‭1:19-20‬ ‭(ESV‬)

How many times in our lives have we allowed our anger to flare its ugly head causing us a great deal of embarrassment? Oh have I done so on many occasion regrettably. For one thing my angry outburst caused consequences far beyond the immediate outburst. I can remember one time where I got so angry at another automobile driver that I rolled down my window at the stop light and gave them a piece of my mind. I was so angry I fail to remember that my daughter was in the back seat listening and watching her father make a fool of himself. Not only did I make a fool of myself but months latter when something went wrong for her she mimicked me and said things she should not have said. So then I had to face my wife who was pale listening to my daughter mimicking me.

Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the heart of fools. Ecclesiastes 7:9 (ESV

I have often heard God gave us two ears and only one mouth, inferring we should listen twice as much as we speak. There are countless books written about the need to control our anger, but none more important than the Holy Bible. The Book of Proverbs is full of wisdom writings cautioning its readers to the ills and ramifications of anger. Needless to sayI learned a very valuable lesson many years ago that when my anger begins to rise due to actions of another or in some cases my own mistakes its best to keep my mouth closed and walk away until my temper subsides.

Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense. Proverbs 19:11 (ESV)

As hard as it is at times to control our anger not doing so will result in unintended consequences whether directly or indirectly by those our anger effects. As Shakespeare once said, “All the worlds a stage”. Meaning there’s always someone watching.

“Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,” ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭2:14-15‬ ‭(ESV)

O merciful Father, mighty are You and gracious is Your steadfast love. Blessed is Your name. Father, forgive us for those moments where our anger is exhibited and forgive us when we lash out. We know nothing ever good comes from our outburst and we seek You in prayer asking You to grant us inner peace in the face of frustrations. May we look to Jesus who “When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly.” ‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭2:23‬ ‭(ESV)

May we be transformed by the renewing of our hearts and minds to be more like Jesus. For we rely upon Your Word knowing that You are at work in us both to will and to work according to your good pleasure.

We thank You and seek You for it in the name of Jesus and by the power of His indwelling Spirit that we pray.

Amen