Praying Scripture – 5/23/2020

15 Open my lips, Lord,
and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
17 My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart
you, God, will not despise.

Psalm 51:15-17 NIV

Merciful God,
I come before You today with a heart full of gratitude and words of thanksgiving and praise. Your faithfulness is beyond my ability to fathom. I choose to trust that You are working even when I can’t see it. You provide in Your time and Your way. You love me. You are working to transform me into the image of Your Son. Your grace is truly undeserved. You are true to Your character: You are compassionate, gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. You do not need anything from me: my money, my time, my deeds. Keep that truth ever before me. Help me, though, to steward those things well. Just as importantly, help me to live in Your presence with a humble heart that is open to Your love, to Your ways, and even to Your correction. When I sin, bring it to my attention and help me to be responsive to Your prompting. Break my heart for the things that I do that break Yours. Break my heart for the fallenness of the world around me. Lead me to love You, Your people, and every person I meet in both word and deed with a humble and loving heart that shows the world the love of Jesus. It is in His name that I pray all these things. Amen.

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