DAILY DEVOTIONALS 6.26 thru 7.01


Going Deeper …

 

 

 

Scripture Reading for the Week:  1 Samuel 18:19-24

 

One of the themes of the Hebrew bible is God making covenant with a chosen people. It is a central theme to the liberation and creation of the people called Hebrews. They were the twelve tribes that represented the sons of Jacob. God was to be their god and king; they were to be God’s community of worship. Through this community God intended to change the world; to bring worship of God and righteousness to all people, all lands. Unfortunately, the people slowly rejected God’s leadership and their faithfulness through worship of God drifted away. They allowed other people and their religions to infiltrate the land of promise and they began to worship false gods and idols. This created problems for the people according to the Hebrew Scriptures; safety, security, and the blessing of God dissipated to almost nil. The leadership and kingship of God faded from their collective memory and community life.


 

One of the themes of the Hebrew bible is God making covenant with a chosen people.  It is a central theme to the liberation and creation of the people called Hebrews.  They were the twelve tribes that represented the sons of Jacob.  God was to be their god and king; they were to be God’s community of worship.  Through this community God intended to change the world; to bring worship of God and righteousness to all people, all lands.  Unfortunately, the people slowly rejected God’s leadership and their faithfulness through worship of God drifted away.  They allowed other people and their religions to infiltrate the land of promise and they began to worship false gods and idols.  This created problems for the people according to the Hebrew Scriptures; safety, security, and the blessing of God dissipated to almost nil.  The leadership and kingship of God faded from their collective memory and community life.

 

I wonder how often we find ourselves dealing with people who have power and misuse it.  I also wonder if there are times when we are the powerful and how we use it.  It can threaten our safety, our security, and for those who have families possibly their very happiness.  When we are the powerful we can be a threat to others.  The questions for this week are designed to help us think about the powerful of this world and the One who has ultimate power over all of creation. 

 

 

 

 

 

QUESTIONS

 

 

Monday

Who exercises power over you?  Are they a blessing or a cursing?  Or who do you exercise power over and are you a blessing or cursing?

 

 

Tuesday

What are the words of your daily prayers regarding the powerful?  Are you praying that God remove them?  Are you praying that God protect you?  Are you praying that you be a blessing to them even if they are mistreating you?  Are you praying about your impact as a person of power?

 

 

Wednesday

When do you take time to pray for the powerful?  Is it only when they are personally affecting you in a negative way?  Or do you also pray for them when their impact is neutral or even positive for you?  Are you daily praying that God use your power for good?

 

Thursday

Where in your life are you the powerful person?  Is it at work, at home, or socially?  If you asked someone under you, what would be their response regarding your use of power?

 

 

Friday

How much time and attention are you giving to the power struggles in our political environment?  Are you relying on one of the political parties for your safety, security, and joy?

 

 

Saturday

 God is still the king of heaven and earth as shown through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.  Do you believe this and worship God for this reason?  Or do you pray for God’s power so that you can exercise power?

 

 

 

 

Conqueror’s Daily Prayer

 

Gracious God, I recognize today that I am the powerful person in most all of my relationships.  I ask today, O God, that you remind me that you are the king of heaven and earth, not me.  The power that you have granted me on earth is an awesome responsibility; help me to exercise it wisely and for your glory.  I pray these things in Jesus name.       Amen.

 

 

Seeker’s Daily Prayer

 

Gracious God, today I feel oppressed by a powerful person in my life.  I am confident that they do not have my best interest in mind and that I am being used to build their kingdom.  As much as I want to resist and fight against this I pray that you help me to be humble.  Protect me from abusive power; help me to be a witness to the powerful in my servant attitude.  And if the environment is too abusive I pray, O God, that you provide a way out of it, especially for the safety, security, and joy of my family.  In the power and name of Jesus I pray.        Amen.

 

 

 

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