Morning Prayer

DO NOT GOSSIP 
[Psalms 5:9; 10:7; 15:3; 34:13; Matthew 12:34]

In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You Today

I pray that you will never speak of others in a way that displeases the Lord. May you keep your tongue from slander and your lips from speaking lies. May you never use your tongue to curse or threaten others. But more than that, I pray that you will not harbor hatred in your heart, for your mouth speaks out of the overflow of the heart. May your heart be free from hate, so that you may always speak words of peace, truth, and encouragement.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Live Loved

By those who come near Me I must be regarded as holy; and before all the people I must be glorified.

~LEVITICUS 10:3

God’s Priority                 

The Hebrew term for glory descends from a root word meaning heavy, weighty, or important. God’s glory, then, celebrates his significance, his uniqueness, his one-of-a-kindness. As Moses prayed, “Who among the gods is like you, O LORD? Who is like you—majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?” (Exodus 15:11 NIV).

When you think “God’s glory,” think “preeminence.” And when you think “preeminence,” think “priority.” For God’s glory is God’s priority.

God’s staff meetings, if he had them, would revolve around one question: “How can we reveal my glory today?” God’s to-do list consists of one item: “Reveal my glory.” Heaven’s framed and mounted purpose statement hangs in the angels’ break room just above the angel food cake. It reads: “Declare God’s glory.” God exists to showcase God.

He told Moses: “By those who come near Me I must be regarded as holy; and before all the people I must be glorified” (Leviticus 10:3). . . .

Why do the heavens exist? The heavens exist to “declare the glory of God” (Psalm 19:1 NIV). 
Why did God choose the Israelites? Through Isaiah he called out to “everyone who is called by My name, and whom I have created for My glory” (Isaiah 43:7 NASB). 
Why do people struggle? God answers, “I have tested you in the furnace of affliction. For My own sake, for My own sake, I will act” (48:10–11 NASB). 
“Then call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory” (Psalm50:15 NLT).

~ Its Not About Me

Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness. 
~  PSALM 29:2 NIV 

Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
~ 1 CORINTHIANS 10:31

Jesus Lives

Striving

To receive My Peace, you must change your grasping, controlling stance to one of openness and trust. Grasping and controlling are your means of trying to feel safe. However, such an approach actually hurts you and works against you: The more you manipulate and maneuver for control, the more anxious you become.

Rather than striving for peace of mind through these means, abandon yourself to Me. My hand is the only thing you can grasp without damaging your soul. Let Me help you open your hands and receive all that I have for you.

What you do with your body can help or hinder what goes on in your soul. When you realize you are grasping for control, become aware of your body language. Intentionally open your hands, releasing your concerns to Me and inviting Me to take charge. Open your heart and mind as well, as you lift your hands to Me. You are now in a good position to receive My many blessings, not the least of which is awareness of My Presence.

Enjoy the Peace that flows out from Me while you bask in the Light of My Love. Then, when you move back into your activities, consciously grasp My hand in childlike dependence. For I am the Lord your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, “Do not fear; I will help you.”

I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing.
~ 1 Timothy 2:8

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”
~ John 20:19 

“Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
~ Matthew 18:4

For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.
~ Isaiah 41:13