So Far

October 29, 2006
by Brenda Wood

Psalm 142:5 – Then I prayed to Jehovah. "Lord," I pled, "you are my only place of refuge. Only you can keep me safe." (TLB)

An anonymous prayer circulating on the Internet goes something like this:

"Dear Lord, so far today, I'm doing all right. I have not gossiped, lost my temper, been greedy or nasty, selfish or self-indulgent. I have not whined, complained, cursed, or eaten chocolate. I have charged nothing on my credit card. But I will be getting out of bed in a minute, and I think I'll really need Your help then!"

I don't always remember to pray first thing before I get out of bed. My experience tells me that such a prayer is too late for me. In my own self, I am proud and self-opinionated. I have been known to whisper not-so-nice things about people. I occasionally growl at my loved ones and snarl at the dog. Often, I exhibit very little self-control. Overall, my temper is too short, my heart too small, and my head too big. My salvation lies only in my ongoing personal relationship with Jesus. My consolation is that He hears and answers my prayers.

Are your problems similar to mine? Any undesirable personality traits? Family difficulties? Financial woes? Persecution of any kind? Let's not wait till our feet dangle over the bed frame tomorrow morning. Let's call on Jesus now!

Prayer: Lord, when we look at ourselves, we are ashamed. When we call on You and rely on all that You are, we make progress. Keep us always moving forward. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

About the author:

Brenda Wood <brenda.w@nextcom.ca>

Sandycove Acres, Innisfil, Ontario, Canada


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