And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. (Rom 5:3-6)
Let not those who hope in you be put to shame through me, O Lord GOD of hosts; let not those who seek you be brought to dishonor through me, O God of Israel. (Psalm 69:6)
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
10 Things I am praying in 2011
People ought to make resolutions. Ministers are no exception. We often, not just at years beginning, set about looking at our lives and evaluate them. This is part of the practice of taking the sacraments. As Paul said, "we ought to examine ourselves" as not to partake in an unworthy manner.
Therefore, as the new year is about to begin I have pondered and considered these following ten items to pray about as a daily petition.
1. That every week I would lead and disciple a person in the saving grace of Christ.
2. To not say anything dumb. Yes, that only wisdom come from my mouth.
3. For personal holiness for the church's sake.
4. That He lead me not into temptation, but deliver me from evil. Thus progress in sanctification.
5. For my thoughts and actions to be redemptive with all people and situations.
6. God minded/centered thinking in everything would become my heart nature.
7. To stop and worship daily.
8. That I measure the success of myself, my church, and "heroes and others" by God's standards.
9. That I be faithful in all endeavors.
10. That joy permeate all things giving God the glory.