1 Timothy 2

Father, fill me up with Your truth.

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“The first thing I want you to do is pray:  Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know.” (v 1 MSG)

When the day is going well, You say, “Pray.”
When the day is not so swell, You say, “Pray.”
When life is light and carefree, You say, “Pray.”
When life is heavy and burdened, You say, “Pray.”
When I’m understanding Your ways, You say, “Pray.”
When I can’t find my way, You say, “Pray.”
All day long, all my life long, no matter the circumstances,
it’s always the time for this child to talk with her Daddy.

“He wants not only us but EVERYONE saved, you know, everyone to get to know the truth WE’VE learned: that there’s one God and only one, and one Priest-Mediator between God and us — Jesus, who offered Himself in exchange for everyone held captive by sin, to set them all free.  Eventually the news is going to get out.  This and this only has been my appointed work:  getting this news to those who have never heard of God, and explaining how it works by simple faith and plain truth.” (v 5-7 MSG)

Thank You, Father, for the simple truth of Your gospel.  Thank You that You sent Jesus to die in our place to free us from sin.  Thank You that You raised Him from the dead, and through Him left the promise of Your Holy Spirit’s presence and a guarantee that He would come back to take us into heaven and Your eternal presence.

Continue making me just like Jesus, placing His heart in the place of mine.  Amen.

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Draw my heart toward Yours, Jesus, so that I fall deeper in love with You every moment.

1 Timothy 1

Father, fill me up with Your truth.

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“Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of GOD our SAVIOR and of CHRIST JESUS our HOPE … GRACE, MERCY, and PEACE from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.” (v 1-2 NIV)

Thank You, Father, for reaching out Your strong, compassionate arm to save this soul of mine.  Thank You for the hope (or assurance) that You have supplied to me in Jesus.  You have saved me from the clutches of sin, and have assured me of my position in Your family and my place with You for eternity.

By Your grace, You give to me what I don’t deserve.  Through Your mercy, You withhold from me what I do deserve.  Then, You garnish my heart, my mind, my soul with Your peace.

“…love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.(v 5 NIV)

Continually purify my heart, Lord.  Keep my conscience clean and good.  Cause my faith to be genuine, sincere and real.  Keep my eyes focused on Jesus and my life devoted to following You … “The world behind me; the cross before me … Though none go with me, still I will follow … no turning back, no turning back.” *

“I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that He considered me faithful, appointing me to His service… The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.” (v 12, 14 NIV)

Every ounce of strength I have comes from You, Father.  Every move I make I make in You.  You have called me to be Your own.  When I accepted that call, You appointed me to Your service, handing me this primary assignment: Make disciples (Matt 28:18-20).  You have designed the places where I live, where I work, where I shop, where I travel, where I visit, and the family wherein I’m related.  You knew just WHO You would need in these arenas to reach the people my life will and does touch.  By Your grace poured out on me in abundance, I can step forward in faith and love as a willing courier of Your message of salvation to a world that needs You.  Continue to shape my life into more and more of a reflection of Jesus and less and less a resemblance of me.  Make me just like Him in all ways.  Amen.

* (from “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus” source unknown; folk melody from India; arranged by Eugene Thomas in The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration, Word Music, 1986.)

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Draw my heart toward Yours, Jesus, so that I fall deeper in love with You every moment.