Number Our Days

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Prayer - Psalm 90:12 - Number Our Days - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Prayer – Psalm 90:12 – Number Our Days – Growing As Disciples

Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12 (NIV) 

Teach Me

That’s exactly what I want. What is exactly what you want? I want you to teach me to number my days. Why is that? What’s the hurry? That’s it exactly. There is some urgency. I don’t have forever to live this life. I have a very brief life and a limited number of days. It is about time you have come to this realization. Why do you say that? You tell me. I have lived my life, on this earth, as if it would last forever. I have probably lived in denial that my life on this earth would one day come to an end. How has living in that kind of denial impacted your life? I have wasted a lot of hours. I have misspent many days. I have not made the best use of my time.

What would you like to do differently? I would like to ask you to teach me to number my days. I would like you to help me to make the best use of my time. How would you like to use your time? I would like to use my time doing what is pleasing to you. I want to know your will and walk in your ways. I want to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. I want to be able to look back over life and know that both you and I would say that it was well spent. That is quite a lofty goal. Yes, it is. I certainly cannot accomplish that goal by myself. Why is that? I know I don’t have the wisdom I will need to live the life I know you are calling me to live. I desperately need your help. Yes, you do.

So, you are asking me to give you a heart of wisdom? Yes, I am. You are asking me to teach you to number your days? Yes, I am. You are asking me to help you to wisely spend your life? Yes, I am. You are asking me these things because you want to know and do my will. That’s right. You are asking me these things because you want to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name. That’s true. You are asking me these things so that one day both you and I will say that your life was well spent. That’s it exactly. What do you think are the chances that I will hear and answer these prayers of yours? I would say that there is a hundred percent chance that you will hear and answer these prayers of mine. That is one hundred percent correct. I will give you a heart of wisdom. I will teach you to number your days. I will help you to know and do my will. Thank you, Lord. 

Lord, I have lived as if my life would last forever. I have not considered the fact that I have a limited number of days to live on this earth. How foolish is that? Help me to number my days and wisely use the time I have been given. I want to be fruitful for you. Amen

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Every Word

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Prayer – Matthew 4:4 – Every Word – Growing As Disciples

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”Matthew 4:4 (NIV)

Living On My Word

I am thankful that I have your word. Why is that? Your word is living and active. Your word is powerful and effective. How So? Just as food feeds my physical life, your word feeds my spiritual life. As I have fed on your word it is changing everything about me. I would like to hear you say more about that. Your word is changing the thoughts of my mind. No longer am I letting my mind be conformed to the patterns of this world. No longer am I thinking just like everyone in the world thinks. I am not accepting the patterns, practices and values of the world. What are you doing? I’m letting your word dwell in me richly. How so? I’m reading your word. I’m studying your word. I’m meditating on and memorizing your word. I’m praying your word and I’m putting your word into practice. As I take a hold of your word, it is taking a hold of me. I’m thinking thoughts that you give me to think. That is very good.

What else? Your word is changing my heart. Say more. At one time, it was a big battle of my will and sacrifice on my part to be willing to go and do your will. Often, I did so very reluctantly. I noticed. Now, it is the desire of my heart to go and do your will. I want to do what is pleasing to you. It is my joy to follow and serve you. That is very good.

What else? I’ve already begun to tell you how my mind being transformed and my heart being changed has begun to impact the deeds of my life. It has now become my goal to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. I want to shine brightly as your witness in the world. In every way I want to go and do your well. One day I hope to hear you say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Yes, I have heard you express that desire many times. Where do you think that desire has come from? It has come from you. That’s right. Will I grant desires that I give to you? Most certainly. Yes, I will.

What else? Your word has been changing the prayers of my heart. Without your word, I would not know how to pray. Often times, I pray the promises in your word. I ask that what you promise in your word will be true in my experience. What do you mean by that? I don’t want to be only a hearer of your word. I want to put your word into practice. I want to live out your word in my daily life. So, I am allowing the subject of your word to become the content of my prayers. That’s good. Keeping living on my word. Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good. 

Heavenly Father, thank you for your word. I will live on every word that comes from your mouth. I will allow your word to change the thoughts of my mind, words of my mouth, deeds of my life and prayers of my heart. Speak to me. I will listen carefully to you. Amen

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Cast All Your Anxiety On Him

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Prayer – 1 Peter 5:6-7 – Cast All Your Anxiety On Him – Growing As Disciples

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6-7 (NIV)  

I Care For You

Do you want me to lift you up? Do you want me to relieve you of your anxieties? You’ve noticed? Yes, I have noticed. My life is filled with anxiety. I have been living under heavy burdens. Do you know why you are filled with anxiety and living under heavy burdens? Life is tough. There is a lot to worry about in life. Life is filled with anxiety. There are a lot of heavy burdens to carry in life. That is true if you decide to carry them by yourself. What do you mean by that? What have you done with your anxieties? I’m not sure what you are asking of me. Have you turned all your anxieties over to me? Have you cast all your cares on me? Have you turned every one of your anxieties into a prayer to me? When anxiety and stress has begun to weigh you down have you drawn near to me in prayer? Have you asked me to lift you up? Have you asked me to take any burdens off of you? No, I have not. That has been a huge mistake, of that I am sure. That’s right. 

Why is it that you have not asked for my help? Why have you not turned your anxieties and worries into prayers to me? Why have you not asked me to lift you up and remove heavy burdens from your life? Do you think I will not listen? Do you think I cannot hear? Do you think that I am not able to relieve you of your anxieties and remove your heavy burdens? No, I think none of those things. You must be thinking something else. Yes, I am afraid so. Tell what you have been thinking? I have been thinking that I can handle my anxieties and worries and burdens by myself. I have thought that I can and should be able to solve all my problems by myself. Has that been true? No, just the opposite has been true. Trying to solve my own problems has only caused me more anxiety and worry. The weight of my own burdens has only grown heavier under my own efforts. I’ve noticed.

Is there something you would like to do differently with your anxieties, worries and burdens? Yes, there is. What’s that? I want to humbly admit that I need your help. I will let go of my pride. I will draw near to you in prayer. I will come to ask for your help. I will cast all my anxieties, worries and prayers on you. I will rely on your help. That will be very good. You can be sure that I will hear and answer your prayers when you cast all your anxieties and worries and burdens on to me. Do you know why that Is? Yes, you care for me. Yes, I care for you far beyond what you can think or hope or even imagine. 

Lord, my life has been filled with anxiety. My pride has made me slow to turn my anxieties over to you. I have foolishly tried to work my own way out of my anxieties. My efforts have made me more anxious. No more. Instead, I will cast all my anxieties on you. Amen

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Active In Sharing Your Faith

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Prayer – Philemon 1:4-7 – Active In Sharing Your Faith – Growing As Disciples

I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers, because I hear about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints. I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ. Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the saints. Philemon 1:4-7 (NIV)

Active In Sharing Your Faith

Do you want to better come to know all that you have in me? Yes, I definitely want to come to better know all I have in you. Are you sure? Yes, I’m sure. Why, is there a reason why I may not really be sure that I want to better come to know you? There may be. What might that be? How do you think that you might better come to know me? I’m sure that I would better come to know you as I draw near to you. As I meet with you in your word, I will better come to know you. As I meet with you in prayer and worship, I will better come to know you. As I listen to you and put your word into practice, I will definitely better come to know you. Let’s talk more about your putting my word into practice. I would be happy to talk to you about putting your word into practice. That’s good.

Have I said in my word that I want you to be active in sharing your faith? Have I given you the assignment of going out into the world to make disciples? Have I told you that I want to work in and through you so that you can bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name? Have I given you an example of loving and giving to others? Have I asked you to become a servant just like I became a servant? Yes, you have said all these things to me. Yes, you have given me these assignments. Yes, you want to bear fruit for your kingdom through my life. Yes, you want me to bring glory to your name. Yes, you have asked me to love and to give and to serve just as you loved and gave and served. Then let me ask you another question. Go ahead, I’m listening. How are you doing? Are you actively sharing your faith? Are you making disciples? Is fruit for my kingdom being born through your life? Well, I could be much more active in sharing my faith. I could be much more intentional in making disciples. I could allow you to bear much more fruit through my life. Is that what you want? Yes, that is what I desire with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. Will you help me to be more active in sharing my faith. Will you help me to come to better know all that I have in you? Is that your prayer? Yes, it is. Yes, I will help you to be more active in sharing your faith. Yes, I will help you to better know all that you have in me. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, I don’t know why I have been reluctant and timid to share my faith with others. I want that to change. Help me to be continually active in sharing my faith with others. Help me to better come to know all that I have in you, as I share my faith with others. Amen

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All Who Are Thirsty

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Transformation – Isaiah 55:1-3 – All Who Are Thirsty – Growing As Disciples

“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare. Give ear and come to me; hear me, that your soul may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David. Isaiah 55:1-3 (NIV)  

Are You Thirsty?

Are you thirsty? Are you hungry? Am I hungry and thirsty for what? Are you hungry and thirsty for a new kind of life? What do you mean by that? Perhaps, I should ask you several more questions to help you to know what I am talking about? That would probably be very helpful. Alright then, I will ask you these questions. Are you weary? Are you worn out? Does your life lack hope and meaning and purpose? Do you feel lost and without direction in life? Do you feel like your life is running on empty? Have you tried to fill that emptiness? Have you discovered that chasing after all the world has to offer will never satisfy your soul? Do you know that this world will never supply what will refresh your life? That’s probably enough questions. I have a very good idea of what you are talking about. That’s good.

How will you answer my questions? Do you have any answers? I know what you are talking about. You do? You are talking about me. You know me. Yes, I know you. You know that I have chased after all that the world has to offer. You know that I have tried to fill the emptiness inside of me. Yes, I do. You know that I am out of gas. You know that I am weary and worn out. I have let my life get too busy. I have chased after what is not important. I have neglected what is vital. What is vital? That is such an important question. I need to ask myself that question every day. What is unimportant and what is vital? That question should be ever before me. The things of this life that will one day all pass away are ultimately unimportant. My relationship with you is vital. Living in an intimate relationship with you is vitally important. Only you can refresh and satisfy my soul. In your presence, I can find peace and rest. You are the one who gives hope and meaning and purpose to my life. You will fill me up. You will keep me from running on empty. With you, I will never run out of gas. That’s true. That’s right. That is for sure.

So, what will you do? I will draw near to you. I will come to rest in your presence. I will listen to you. I will hear your voice. I will walk with you through life. I will live out the moments of my day with and for you. I will live my life in a constant dialogue with you. That will be very good. 

Lord, I’m thirsty for you. My soul is weary. I have made the mistake of pursuing what will not satisfy. I have chased after all the things of this world. I will return to you. I will come to live in an intimate relationship with you, so you can refresh and satisfy my soul. Amen

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To Those He Loves

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Psalm 127:1-2 – To Those He Loves – Growing As Disciples

Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain. In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat– for he grants sleep to those he loves. Psalm 127:1-2 (NIV)

Unless

“Unless” is a very important word for you to hear and understand. Why is that? If you don’t hear and understand the word “unless” you could waste your entire life. How could that be possible, it’s such a small word? Have you ever wasted a day running around racing to do something that wasn’t all that important? I’ve wasted a lot of days doing just that. Have you ever evaluated your “to do” list and discovered that it had a bunch of meaningless tasks on it that won’t add up to anything of real value? I’ve noticed that far too often. Have you ever made your own plans without asking me what I thought? Yes, I’ve done that.  Have you ever relied solely on your own strength to accomplish your work? I’ve done that as well. Are you wondering how that little word “unless” relates to all my questions? Yes, I am. Are you still wondering how not understanding that little word “unless” could cause you to waste your life? Yes, I am.  But, I think I’m beginning to figure out where you have been headed. Let me hear your thoughts. I will give you a little clue. What’s that? Begin your thoughts with the word “unless”. All right, I will. Unless, I take time to know your will, I will be spinning my wheels in life. Unless, I understand what you want me to do, I may waste my life working on what was of little value. I may think that I have or I am accomplishing a lot. But, one day I may look back only to realize that my life has accomplished next to nothing of lasting and eternal value. My own thoughts and plans and accomplishments will amount to nothing without you. Apart from you, I can do nothing that will bear fruit for all eternity. Unless, I rely on your power and strength to work in and through me, I will never be able to accomplish the work that you have given me to do. No, you will not. You must rely on me. 

Do you have any more thoughts about this little word “unless”? Yes, I do. Unless, I rely on your power and strength I will work even harder because I will see how little I have accomplished in life. Unless, I rely on you to work in and through me I will get up early and stay up late working in vain. Unless, I know that I am bearing the fruit that you want me to bear, I will work myself weary and never get the sleep and rest you want to give to me. My life will have no rhythm or balance. No, it will not and why is that? It will be because I did not understand the value of the little word, “unless.” That’s right. I want you to guard and guide and bring balance to my life. I can see that. So, I will not fail to understand hear and understand all that you are saying to me through this little word “unless.” I will let you work in and through me. I will do the work that you have given me to do. I will rely on your power and strength. I will allow you to guard and guide my life. I will allow you to bring balance into my life. I will slow down and accept the sleep and rest that you want to give to me. That will be very good.

Lord, I want to know and do the work you have given me to do for you. I want my life to bear fruit for you that will last for eternity. Guide me to do your work. Bless my efforts as I rely on you. Guard, protect and balance my life according to your will and plan. Amen

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Like A Fire

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – God’s Word – Jeremiah 23:29 – Like A Fire – Growing As Disciples

“Is not my word like fire,” declares the LORD, “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces? Jeremiah 23:29 (NIV) 

Like A Fire And Hammer 

How is your word like a fire? How is your word like a hammer? Those are two very good questions that I will let you answer. How has my word been like a fire and a hammer in your life? Your word has set me on fire to want to love and follow and serve you. Your word has created an insatiable hunger and thirst in me for you. My heart and mind and life burn with passion for you. I want to live a life that is fully pleasing to you. I want to go where you send me to do what you ask of me. Most of all, I want to know and love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. This is the fire that you have set in my heart and mind and life. That is very good. That’s not all, there is more. Your word has been like a white-hot fire to purify the thoughts of my mind, words of my mouth and deeds of my life. You have used your word to change my heart, transform my mind and guide my life. My life is not as it once was. I think thoughts, speak words and do deeds that are pleasing to you. Am I perfect? Has your word completely perfected me? No, your word continually burns like a flame in me and changes me day by day as I continue to love and follow and serve you. Only when I see you face to face will your work in me be complete. I eagerly look forward to that day. That is very good. 

How has my word been like a hammer in your life? Your word has confronted my thoughts and words and deeds. Your word has challenged my heart and mind. You have used your word like a hammer to break up my thoughts and words and deeds that are not in alignment with your will and ways. You have used your word like a hammer to break up the hardness of my heart. You have used your word like a hammer to break through the thick headedness of my mind. I have needed your word to work like a fire and a hammer, so your work would continue in my heart and mind and life. That’s true.

Will you welcome my word into your heart and mind and life? Will you allow my word to be like a fire that purifies your life and sets you on fire to love, follow and serve me? Will you allow my word to be like a hammer that will break through your life? Yes Lord, I will. That is very good. 

Lord, use your word like a white-hot fire to purify the thoughts of my mind, words of my mouth and deeds of my life. Use your word like a hammer to break up the hardness of my heart so that I will humbly accept all the work you want to do in and through me. Amen

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God Of All Comfort

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Prayer – 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 – God Of All Comfort – Growing As Disciples

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 (NIV)  

Comfort Others

There is no doubt about it. There is no doubt about what? This world is a sin-filled and broken place. This world is not as you intended it to be. How so? You did not intend that this world would be filled with pain and suffering and sickness and death. It was not your plan that we would live with grief and loss and separation. It was not your desire that we would live bruised and battered and broken lives. No, you are correct. This world is nothing like I created it to be. When sin came into this world everything that I made was corrupted and no longer functions according to my original design and plan. That’s too bad. Yes, it is.

There is no doubt about it. There is no doubt about what? You are the God of all comfort. All my pain and suffering and bruising and brokenness and grief and loss has drawn me to you. You have drawn near to me as I have drawn near to you. You are close to the broken hearted. You have never failed to meet with me in my pain and suffering and brokenness. You have healed my hurts. You have bandaged my brokenness. You lifted me up out of the muck and mire of depression, grief and loss. You have been with me to comfort me. You have led me when I have lost direction. You have revived and strengthened me when I have thought that I could go no further. You have continued to lead me to where you wanted me to go. You have kept giving me what you have wanted me to do. You have kept me moving forward with you on the path of life. Yes, I have comforted you. Yes, I will never leave or forsake you. Yes, I will always be with you to help you.

There is no doubt it. There is no doubt about what? You have not comforted me for only my comfort. You have comforted me so that I would be able to comfort others. You want me to become like you. How so? You want me to be kind and loving and compassionate. You want me to draw near to the broken hearted. You want me to comfort others just as you have comforted me. That’s right. Will you comfort others with the comfort you have received from me? Yes, I will. That will be very good.

Heavenly Father, I know this world is a broken place. I will experience pain and suffering in this life. Thank you that pain and suffering have drawn me to you. In prayer, I have received all your comfort. Thank you for using me to comfort others with your comfort. Amen

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Search Me, O God

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – The Mind – Psalm 139:23-24 – Search Me, Oh God – Growing As Disciples

Search me, O 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. Psalm 139:23-24 (NIV)

Change Me

You know me. There is nothing that I have thought, said or done that is a secret to you. You know me from the inside out. Nothing about me has escaped your notice. You know me better than I know myself. You know what I will say or do even before I have spoken a word or done a thing. That’s right. I have a question for you. Go ahead, I’m listening. If you know me so well what sense does it make for me to ask you to search me? You have already searched me. You already know me. Yes, I do. Your invitation is what is important to me. Your invitation tells me even more about you. Like what?

Your invitation for me to search your heart and mind and life tells me that you want to live in ways that are pleasing to me. You could have tried to hide yourself from me. That would make no sense. Such an effort would be ridiculously impossible. Nothing can be hidden from you. That’s right. From the Garden of Eden and the fall of mankind onward many have tried to hide themselves and their sin from me. Many have fearfully tried to run away from their sin, guilt and shame. That is not pleasing to me. That is not my desire. That is not my plan. My son came into the world so that sin could be forgiven. He wiped away guilt and shame for all those who received His forgiveness and cleansing. You have received my Son as your Lord and Savior. Yes, that’s true. You are living the new life that you have been called to live. Yes, I am. It is your desire to live in ways that please me. Yes, it is. As part of your desire to live in ways that please me, you are asking me to search your heart and mind and life. Yes, I am.

Why are you unafraid for me to search your heart and mind and life? Are you living a perfect life? Will I find nothing in your life that is not pleasing me to me? No, I’m sure that you will find things that I have thought, said or done that are not pleasing to you. I’m inviting you to not only search me. I am inviting you to change me. I want you to mold and shape me into the person you have called me to be. I want to live the life that you have called me to live. I’m trusting that you will change me. I believe that you will work in and through me. My life is in your hands. Yes, it is. I will search you. I will change you.

Lord, search my heart and mind and life. Show me if there are any thoughts or ways in me that are offensive to you. I want to live my life in every way that is pleasing to you. Lead me in your way everlasting. Help me to calmly live my life according to your will. Amen

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The Mind – Psalm 139 -23-24 – Search Me, O God – 4 Page Discipleship Devotional Study Guide

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Have Been Brought Near

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Life In Christ - Ephesians 2:11-13 - Have Been Brought Near - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Life In Christ – Ephesians 2:11-13 – Have Been Brought Near – Growing As Disciples

Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (that done in the body by the hands of men)– remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ. Ephesians 2:11-13 (NIV)

Near

That word sounds so good. I had no idea how much hope and joy I would have in that word. What word are you talking about? I am thinking and talking about the word near. At one time I live far away from you. Not as far as you think. How so? You think you were living in darkness. You think you were walking on a path that led away from me. You think you were living without hope in the world. Would I be wrong in thinking those thoughts?  No, you would not, that is not the point I want to make to you. What point do you want to make to me? I was near to you then. I am near to you now. My eye was on you then. My eye is on you now. It is true that your sin separated you from a relationship with me. But I, was not content to let you remain in that condition. I came into to the world to die on the cross as payment for your sins. All I suffered, I suffered so that you could be drawn near and come to live in an intimate relationship with me. So, when you cried out to me, I was there to answer your cry. When you turned your life over to me, I was ready to hear your prayer. When you told me that you would follow me as your Savior and Lord I was ready to lead and guide you through life. Do you hear what I am saying to you? I was near to you then and I am near to you right now. That is awesome. For that I will be forever thankful and grateful. That’s good.

So, what about now? What about now? What desire do you have in your heart right now? It is my desire to come to know you ever more fully every day as I follow and serve you. It is the passion of my live in an intimate relationship with you. I don’t want to know and love you a little bit. I want to know and love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I want to know and love you as intimately as is possible. I want what you want for me. I want to receive all that you have for me. I want to walk closely with you. I will keep on drawing near to you. I know that you will keep on drawing near to me. Yes, I will. That is why my life is filled with such hope and joy and thankfulness. That is very good. 

Lord, I was without hope in the world. My sin separated me from you. No relationship with you was possible. But you changed all that. You brought me near through your bloody sacrifice on the cross. You forgave my sin so I can live in a new relationship with you. Amen

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