What will you be remembered for?
James 4:14 (AMP): “Yet you do not know [the least thing] about what may happen in your life tomorrow. [What is secure in your life?] You are merely a vapour [like a puff of smoke or a wisp of steam from a cooking pot] that is visible for a little while and then vanishes [into thin air]. When we lay our heads down at night, can we rest easy if we came face to face with Jesus before the morning came? Would we have any regrets?”
Let us remember this week that we have one life, and a chance to:
Walk in God’s love, in unity and in the brightness of our Lord’s wisdom and light. May we leave a legacy and set an example of what it means to look to Jesus – placing Him at the centre of our lives and praising Him for reconciling us with our Heavenly Father. May we seek wholeness and become more aligned with God’s plan and will for our lives. Let us focus on love, peace and being united – avoiding division and rather walking in the wisdom and light of Jesus, not only for ourselves but for the generations to come.
Have faith that in our times of loss and grief, we can trust that our Lord is near. He will restore us and help us stand firm as He carries us to a place of healing. He will equip us to share His love and compassion with those who are hurting. As we go through hardships, may we remember that others are watching to see if believing in Jesus makes a difference. May we hold on to 1 Peter 5:10 (NIV): “And the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” Even though we often can’t see it in the midst of our difficulties, there will be strength for us, and a testimony of faith for others as we depend upon our Lord to see us through.
Cultivate our hearts and minds to be content with God’s peace, love, goodness, favour and hope – so that our lives may lead others to Him! This involves choosing to focus on the positive things, enjoying the company and wisdom of our loved ones, developing an attitude of gratitude, remaining immersed in prayer, God’s Word and worship, seeking God first in all we do, and loving and serving others. May we be intentional with our time and our priorities. May we enjoy life and the blessings God bestows upon us. May we find joy in Jesus, grow in our relationship with Him, and hold a hopeful outlook about the future!
Be faithful in sharing God’s truth with the generations to come. May our words and our deeds reflect His mighty character – so that those we love will long for a personal relationship with Him. As we see God at work in our own lives, may we share it with our children and let them tell it to their children and their children to the next generation (Joel 1:3). May we share the love, faithfulness, and salvation we received through our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, with the world around us, whether it is our loved ones or the stranger on the street… May we never stop sharing about the wondrous and miraculous deeds and promises of our Heavenly Father. We are called to set an example of a life centred around Him, serving Him and glorifying Him in all we do! May we be on our knees, praying that what we leave behind will draw others closer to Jesus!
Dearest Father, Jesus, Holy Spirit – You are the almighty God, the only God that we serve. Today we bow our knees and thank You for coming to ‘pitch your tent’ amongst us. Thank You that You ‘tabernacled’ with us – You showed us who God the Father is. You dealt with the enemy finally and completely. You helped us and showed us the way that we should walk. I pray that You would give us the grace and the power to move in unity with You, with people, with nature and with ourselves. Guide us through Your Holy Spirit, so that we will not cause any division, or anything that will stop Your kingdom from coming. We pray for Your Kingdom to come in all our relationships as we walk in love, as we walk in unity and walk in brightness. I pray this in Your name Jesus.
Lord Jesus, it is so hard to understand grief and sadness and its place in our lives. We know that You are waiting to help us and share in our grief. We know that the peace and the healing that we crave only comes from You. Thank You for the examples in Your Word that help us, Father. In Jesus’ name, I pray.
Dear Lord Jesus, I thank You so much for this time today, and I thank You Holy Spirit that You walk with us each and every day. If we choose to be aware of Your presence, You are so good at making things known to us and revealing things to us. You actually live our lives with us in every little detail. You show us the things that You desire for us, the things You want us to be aware of. I just pray that You would help each and every person. Lord Jesus, to really choose a happy mind; and that we would choose to embrace the good gifts that You give us, and not allow the enemy to steal anything from us in Jesus’ name. I pray that we will not allow the enemy to steal any of our time. If any one of us needs to re-evaluate our routine, or our rhythm or our schedules, or how we are spending our time, we just pray that You will help us with that. You provide us with everything that we need. We pray and ask this in Jesus’ name.
O Lord, we come humbly before You – thanking You that the gift of salvation and a personal relationship with You is not ours to keep, but to give away. We long to share it with the generations beyond us, so they too might have a purpose in this life, and the promise of Heaven. We ask first of all, that you would show us any areas in our lives that need Your touch – so we might respond and represent You well, Lord. Then, we pray boldly that all generations beyond us would know You as Saviour, and serve You as Lord. May they lead many people to Jesus. When we are all gathered before Your throne, Lord Jesus, may the circle of our family not be broken. We love You Lord, and we long to leave a legacy for You. In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.
(This WRAP is with great appreciation towards Liz, Mary Lynn, Angie and Kristen)
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