>> Friday, May 28, 2010
Right alongside My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers, Thirty-One Days of Praise by Ruth Myers (with her husband Warren) is my favorite devotional book. I've read it dozens of times, and each time through, God does a sanctifying work in me.
I read Day 29 today, and it describes the prayer & praise of my heart right now:
"Thank You that Christ is my Life...that I am a member of His body and a dwelling place of His Spirit. How privileged I am to be indwelt by Your glorious presence (by the whole Trinity: Father, Son & Holy Spirit!) so that You can display Your excellence to those around me.Would you like for me to send you a copy? If so, leave a comment below telling me which part of her praise talk touched you the most, and I'll draw a name a week from today (Friday, June 4th). I've no doubt it will deepen your relationship with the Lord and encourage you to praise Him through each circumstance.
"Thank You for the day when I let go of the whole burden of my sins and rested on the atoning work of Christ--on the total payment He made for me on the cross...And thank You that today, in that same simple way, I can let go of the whole burden of my life and service...of my marriage, children, and all my relationships (past, present,& future), of my inadequacies and my self-dependence, and rest on Your presence working in me through the Holy Spirit. How good it is to transfer these burdens from my shoulders to Yours, and to rest on You to work in me and for me and through me! I praise You for the gracious way You infuse me with inner strength through Christ...and so I'm ready for anything You want me to do, and I'm equal to anything You allow to happen in my life.
"Thank You that I can give myself up to be led by You...that I can go forth praising and at rest, letting You manage me and my day...that I can joyfully depend on You throughout the day, expecting You to guide, to enlighten, to reprove, to teach, to use, and to do in me and with me what You desire...that I can count upon Your working in me and through me as a fact, totally apart from sight or feeling...that I can go forth praising and at rest, believing You and obeying You and ceasing from the burden of trying to manage myself without Your wisdom and power (adapted from Dr. John Hubbard).
"Thank You that I can throw the whole weight of my anxieties on You, for I am Your personal concern."
Scripture references (by paragraph)
1. Colossians 3:4; 1 Corinthians 12:13; 6:19; Ephesians 3:16-19; 1 Peter 2:9
2. Isaiah 53:6; Matthew 11:28-29; Psalm 55:22; 68:19; Hebrews 13:20-21; Philippians 4:13
3. Proverbs 3:5-6; Hebrews 13:20-21; Galatians 2:20
4. 1 Peter 5:7 (Phillips)