Daily Devotion Wednesday, May 8th

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 ­ Psalm 9; Deuteronomy 19:1-7; James 5:13-18 and Luke 12:22-31

James 5:13-18 – 13Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. 14Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven. 16Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective.

I am part of a tradition, protestant tradition, which professes and believes that we need only confess our sins to God to be forgiven. We don’t need to confess them to a priest or the like, who then pronounces our sins forgiven. I give thanks for the gift of forgiveness and how I can do this directly to God. Yet, I know there are times when I need to share my sin with another, so that they can hold me accountable in repenting of my sin and seeking the new life offered me by God. In sharing my sin with another, they can pray for me and with me, so that I might be healed. I do this with what I call stubborn sins, those sins which continually draw me away from God and God’s ways. It’s been a while since I’ve done this. Might be time for a spiritual exam, all the while asking myself, do I need to share my brokenness with another? The reading from James says there are times we need to do this. May I listen for God’s word and desire for me.

An area of my life that I fall short in is trusting in God, truly having faith in God. The reading from Luke speaks to my lack of trust in God, and how I can truly trust and have faith. May these words help you as well.

Luke 12:22-31 – 22He said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. 23For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. 24Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! 25And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? 26If then you are not able to do so small a thing as that, why do you worry about the rest? 27Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. 28But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you — you of little faith! 29And do not keep striving for what you are to eat and what you are to drink, and do not keep worrying. 30For it is the nations of the world that strive after all these things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31Instead, strive for his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.”

O God, may I trust in thee and strive after your kingdom. Your kingdom which is all about me even this day. Amen.

Psalm 9 – 1   I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart;
I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
2   I will be glad and exult in you;
I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.

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