Daily Devotion Tuesday, October 1

Tuesday, October 1, 2013 – Psalm 69; 2 Chronicles 29:1-3, 30:1 (2-9) 10-27; 1 Corinthians 7:32-40 and Matthew 7:1-12

Matthew 7:1-12 – 7“Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. 8For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.

Psalm 69 – 13 But as for me, my prayer is to you, O Lord.
At an acceptable time, O God,
in the abundance of your steadfast love, answer me.
With your faithful help 14 rescue me

We’re all pretty good at asking God for what we want. What we’re not good at is being patient for God to answer. God’s timing and God’s answer may not come as quickly as we want, nor be what we want. Yet, God will answer our every prayer. God might say; yes, not yet or no. If it’s no may we know that God has a better answer than we could imagine.

In Psalm 69 we hear;“But as for me, my prayer is to you, O Lord. At an acceptable time, O God, ….” Two phrases which I strive to put in all my prayers; “at an acceptable time, O God” and “Not my will, but thy will be done.” Both help me remember that it is God’s timing and will which are perfect, not my own.

In the Gospel reading we also heard; 1“Do not judge, so that you may not be judged. 2For with the judgment you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get. 3Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? 4Or how can you say to your neighbor, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ while the log is in your own eye? 5You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor’s eye.

I can have a judgmental heart and many of you know that this passage holds a special place in my heart because someone, very close to me, once shared it with me. This text calls us not to judge others, unless we want to be judged as well. Today, I’ll be watching to see when and where and with whom my judgmental nature raises its ugly head. When it does, may this text come to mind and not only today but whenever I judge others.

O God, forgive me for judging others. Forgive me for looking at the speck in their life and ignoring the 2 X 6 in my own life. May I know that first and foremost I need to ask you to help mold me and make me in your image and love others as you love me. Hear my prayers for the President, representative and senators in Washington DC and my prayers for all who will not go into work today. O God, may you guide our country. I lift it up to you asking that you bring an end to this madness at an acceptable time and that thy will be done in Washington DC, in Forsyth and throughout the world. Amen.

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