Sunday, November 30, 2008

To Know a Greater Love

Dear Lord,

Help me love and honor others above myself since it is too easy to be selfish. Help me keep my spiritual fervor, serving You, O Lord, instead of making excuses and being lazy.

Help me be: joyful in hope for I give up too soon; patient in affliction because I am so weak; and faithful in prayer because I am distracted too easily.

I ask your blessings on those who criticize or belittle what I do and gently remind me not to curse them.

By your Grace may I always leave room for your wrath on others, instead of giving them all of mine. Instead, help me lend my energy to positive actions which praise you.

Please do not let me be overcome by evil, but help me overcome evil with good.

Through Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.

Based on Romans 12:9-13...

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in prayer. Share with God's people in need. Practice hospitality.

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