30 Days With Wesley – Day 30: The Send Off

30 Days with Wesley(Optional Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24)

Today’s optional reading is very fitting for the 30th day of this book. It it Paul’s Biblical send off to his readers in 1 Thessalonians. He writes,

Now, may the God of peace himself cause you to be completely dedicated to him; and may your spirit, soul, and body be kept intact and blameless at our Lord Jesus Christ’s coming. The one who is calling you is faithful and will do this.

It is a beautiful send of. It fits so well for today. If you have been journeying with me through these 30 days with Wesley, I probably have never met you in person and we are not close friends. Though if you are a follower of Jesus like I am, I know that we are both on the same journey of seeking after Christ and letting him transform our lives on a daily basis.

It is this common ground that I send you off. May God keep us dedicated to him and may we be found blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus.

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those

who sin against us.

Save us from the time of trial,

and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power,

and the glory are yours,

now and forever.

Amen. 

How did you like the journey of 30 Days with Wesley? Let me know in the comments below.

30 Days With Wesley – Day 10: Child of Light

hALOGEN(Optional Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:2-6)

In 1 Thessalonians, Paul describes the church as “children of light.” He goes on to explain how we have come out of the darkness (sin) and dwell in the light of Christ. As Christians, we need to ask ourselves, are we living as Christ’s children of light?

Many years ago, I took my youth group to a youth conference. During one of the messages, the speaker spoke about temptations and our struggle with sin. The key point was the same as the word plastered many times on his shirt. FLEEEEEE! As I was reading this passage in 1 Thessalonians this morning, the image of this speaker’s shirt and him yelling the word “FLEE” kept coming to my mind. 

As children of the light, do we sometimes spend too much time on the outskirts of the light? Do we look into the darkness wondering, “What if I just let my toes be in the darkness, but the rest of me will be in the light?” Instead, shouldn’t we turn to the sources of our light and seek to be fully immersed in Christ’s light?

Jesus calls us to a life of holy living. A life that seeks to be centered in the light and a life that FLEES all temptations of darkness. This is a choice we must make every day and at every moment of our lives.

God help us to live in the light. May you continue to transform and purify us and let us become ambassadors of your light into this world.

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those

who sin against us.

Save us from the time of trial,

and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power,

and the glory are yours,

now and forever.

Amen.

30 Days With Wesley – Day 2: God the Creator & Savior

30 Days with Wesley(Optional Reading: 2 Thessalonians 3:10-13)

The focus of today’s prayers was on majesty of God. Even though the prayers were similar to yesterday’s, I felt as if they were focused on a different aspect of God’s greatness. This is the beauty of scripture being used as prayers. It might mean or emphasize something different to each person the reads and prays the passage.

Today I felt the focus turn to aspect of God the Creator and Savior. Yesterday I wrote and shared how I feel Christians, including myself, sometimes forget the true majesty of God. God is part of every moment of our lives. He becomes like a good friend (which is a good thing), but the side effect is that we forget that our friend is THE GOD OF THE UNIVERSE! You know what I mean? 

The prayers today reminded me of the amazing truth that my friend is THE GOD OF THE UNIVERSE. Though at the same time, He is the God who came down to this earth and died to save me. Further, this GOD OF THE UNIVERSE loves me so much and wants to be apart of every little detail of my life. 

Perhaps, this is the true example of God’s majesty. THE GOD OF THE UNIVERSE is so full of grace, mercy, hope, compassion and unstoppable love, He seeks after us as damaged and lost people to help restore us and be in relationship with us. 

 

God may we remember that you are the God of the universe. You are the God that created all and yet you seek us out. You desire the best for us. Thank you for your grace. Thank you for your mercy. Thank you for your hope and your compassion. Thank you for your unstoppable love that can soften hearts and change lives. May we live our lives today in a humble response to your grace, mercy, hope, compassion and love.

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those

who sin against us.

Save us from the time of trial,

and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power,

and the glory are yours,

now and forever.

Amen.