Too often I sit on the Mercy seat and cast stones at myself and others. How can I give out what I have not experienced within my own relationship with you? Help me to feel your Mercy and Love more today than yesterday. Increase my desire to offer the kind of mercy you offered to the 120,000 people in Nineveh. Ignite within my heart the ability to rejoice in my brother’s and sister’s experience of your love and mercy more today than yesterday. Too often I am Jonah, angry and resentful that you are showing mercy to someone I don’t feel deserves it. “Let He who is without sin cast the first stone.” Jesus, John 8:7.
Make me aware of the ways the devil uses to get me off track from my desire to love and serve you. Help me to have the same strength you had when you were tempted in the desert after 40 days of fasting. You were weak, tired and hungry. I can relate to all of those conditions, yet you stood firm knowing your identity and declaring it. Increase my desire to spend time with you and reading the Holy Scriptures that testify about your faithfulness and love for me. Fill me with the strength of the same Spirit that rose your dead body to life so that I too can be victorious against the deceptive, accusatory and tempting attacks of the devil in my daily tasks. You are my Master in life and I choose to do life in, with and for the Glory of God.