-by Tim Bias
As you reflect on the words and scripture below, you are invited to join us in prayer. It’s a part of a prayer I’ve been praying for years. I look forward to sharing other parts of the prayer with you in the coming days and weeks.
Martin Luther wrote, “When it comes to faith, what a living, creative, active, powerful thing it is. It cannot do other than good at all times. It never waits to ask whether there is some good work to do, rather, before the question is raised, it has done the deed, and keeps on doing it.”
Jesus answered, “Whoever loves me will keep my word. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.” -John 14:23
Prayer for the Day
O God, let the light of your Son shine upon me today. With the light of his transforming love and presence permeate my head and my heart and give shape and direction to my reasoning and to my emotions with your grace, your mercy, and your truth. Do not let me be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of my mind. Renew my thinking so I might have the mind of Christ. Create a pure heart in me and put a new and right spirit within me so that I may recognize you in every situation and circumstance, every relationship and acquaintance of the day. For blessed are the pure in heart, they shall see you. By your grace, give me the faith to be about your work in the name of Jesus. Amen.
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I remember when I first heard Tim pray this prayer at HPCUMC. It was in February, 2011. I know this because I transcribed it as I listened to his recorded sermon. It’s only fitting that Tim should be the one to share the rest with you.