Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, there are so many things and people and demands that are pressing on our lives these days that at times we can lose track of the fact that what life is really all about is “walking in a way that pleases you.” Help us to remember that today. And help us to walk deeply with you. Amen.
Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 4:1
Journal: What occupies most of your time and attention these days? What are you “doing so more and more?” Is that leading toward Jesus? What does it mean for you—specifically, in your life right now—to walk in a way that pleases Jesus?
Authentic transformation is possible if we are willing to do one thing and that is to arrange our lives around the kind of practices and life Jesus led to be constantly receiving power and love from the Father. (The Spirit of the Disciplines by Dallas Willard)
Closing Prayer: Lord, you will have to be our teacher, because the dignity has been drained out of us in so many ways. We have been treated like dirt, and that has stuck on us. We’ve put ourselves against standards of our own making, because we thought it would give us worth. Please touch each person with how unique they are in your eyes and how their dignity in your eyes is so great that you will not even override them; you will woo them and pursue them and help them to accept that you are seeking them and you will allow yourself to be found by them if they simply cry out for help. I pray that great freedom will come across them because of their awareness of where they stand in your kingdom. That will make Jesus very happy, and the angels in heaven will jump up and down. And so we say, “Let it be so,” and that’s what we mean by amen. Amen. (Living in Christ’s Presence by Dallas Willard)