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Living in Prayer: Thank You, God!

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Thank You, God!

In the Word

O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever. Psalm 30:12b

Of the Word

A young couple came home every day tired and ready to unwind. They shared their tales of woe about jobs and co-workers. After a while, they realized their continual complaining was not healthy for their relationship. They decided on a new plan: they would still share their heartaches, but each would be required to share one joy from the day, too. What a difference it made for them!

Similarly, conversations with friends and co-workers can turn into gripe sessions which leave everyone feeling disgruntled. How easy it is to do nearly the same thing in prayer. It is not difficult to bring troubles, heartaches, illnesses and death to the Lord’s attention. He does want us to do that, and He promises to hear and help. Beyond that, He also wants our thanks and praise. He says, and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me (Psalm 50:15).

Walking with my Lord

Lord, forgive my complaining and unthankfulness. Help me to cultivate an “attitude of gratitude” both to You and to those whose lives touch mine. Make my life a life of service and thankfulness. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Living in Prayer. Written by 2003-2005 LWML Christian Life Committee. 2/31 ©2005 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org

Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. All rights reserved worldwide.

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Living in Prayer: Walk me through my day, Lord!

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Walk me through my day, Lord!

In the Word

But I cry to you for help, O Lord; in the morning my prayer comes before you. Psalm 88:13

Of the Word

Where do you go to seek the face of God, to call on Him in times of need? Do you find Him in the beauty of a garden or the grandeur of the mountains? Is His presence more real to you in the serenity of a house of worship or the quietness of an evening walk? In the midst of daily challenges we can turn to God, who is our strength. The psalmist had experienced it personally when God directed him to write: God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging (Psalm 46:1–3). God promises to be there and to be our strength to handle everything this world tries to throw at us. Alone, it’s overwhelming; but we are not alone! He is always there guiding, encouraging and sometimes even carrying us through our daily trials.

Walking with my Lord

Heavenly Father, throughout the ages You have been a refuge and strength for Your people. Be my refuge and strength as well when I walk through today’s challenges. Grant me the grace to live my faith through all I do. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Living in Prayer. Written by 2003-2005 LWML Christian Life Committee. 1/31 ©2005 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org

Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. All rights reserved worldwide.

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Living in Praise: Proclaimed Praise

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Proclaimed Praise

In the Word

… we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done (Psalm 78:4b).

Of the Word

Journalism students have heard it: people like to read about people. Indeed, biographies dominate best-seller lists and publications about celebrities fill magazine racks. We like to hear stories about people.

While few of us appear in the pages of magazines or between the covers of a book, each of us has a story to tell. It’s a story others need to hear. Our story is about the Holy Spirit, who nurtures, deepens, and strengthens our faith throughout our lives. Highlights include how we have received His comfort in our sorrows, how we have experienced His power in our weakness, and how we have seen His presence in our joys.

People — especially young people — need to hear about God’s work in the lives of believers. They want to know what God does when a believer is troubled, when a believer is in need. They need to hear how believers rely on Him through all the challenges of life. Praise Him; then proclaim your praise by telling of the wonderful things He has done.

Walking with my Lord

Lord, grant me voice to tell the wondrous things You’ve done,
For in Your story’s telling, many souls are won. In Your name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Living in Praise. Author: Patricia Mitchell. 4/32 ©2007 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org

Scripture quotations are taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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Living in Praise: Exclusive Praise

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Exclusive Praise

In the Word

“I am the Lord; that is my name! I will not give my glory to another or my praise to idols” (Isaiah 43:8).

Of the Word

God commands His people to praise Him only. His covenant relationship with us, like the bond of matrimony, demands fidelity. He tolerates no rivals for our trust, reliance, worship, or affection. His Word makes it clear: “Do not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God” (Exodus 34:14).

God calls for exclusive praise not because He needs it, but because we need it. His clear command straightens our legs when the world bids us bow to the gods of science and technology. His law stiffens our backbone when our flesh tempts us to bend to the idols of wealth, status, and self-righteousness. Because of God’s gracious invitation to worship Him to the exclusion of all things, we’re saved from the folly of putting trust in earthly power, of rating our wisdom by secular standards, or of measuring our worth by material possessions.

Exclusive praise — it’s God’s will for us and God’s gift to us. Only as we kneel before Him, and Him alone, can we stand tall — and securely — in the world.

Walking with my Lord

Lord, let my praise and worship be
All for You — exclusively. In Your Holy name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Living in Praise. Author: Patricia Mitchell. 2/32 ©2007 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org

Scripture quotations are taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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Living in Praise: Worshipful Praise

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Worshipful Praise

In the Word

Praise God in his sanctuary … (Psalm 150:1b).

Of the Word

What can you expect when you enter church for worship? It’s a fair question, and God answers it.

In God’s House, you can expect God to minister to your deepest needs. In the reading of His Word, He speaks to you of His Law and His Gospel. In the preaching of His Word, He instructs, inspires, and encourages you in your Christian walk. In the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, you witness another person whose name is added to the Book of Life. In the Sacrament of Holy Communion, you touch and taste His presence and grace.

In God’s house, you can expect other believers to minister to you. One look tells you you’re not alone in discipleship. The sound of voices raised in song proclaims that you’re part of a living, joyful, and worshipful community. Hands reaching out to you in times of sorrow and in times of celebration express the unity of faith and oneness in heart of all believers.

Yes, God expects to see you in His house … and you can expect with certainty to find Him and His people there.

Walking with my Lord

Lord, thank You for the gift of worship and community;
Accept my praises, Lord, both here and in eternity. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Living in Praise. Author: Patricia Mitchell. 1/32 ©2007 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org

Scripture quotations are taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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How, Lord … can I accept my circumstances?

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How, Lord … can I accept my circumstances?

In the Word

“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Luke 1:38a

Of the Word

A 13-year-old boy was killed in a motorcycle wreck. His grieving family filled the front pews of the little church, and the minister announced his text, Psalm 23. But he read only three words, The LORD is … (Psalm 23:1).

As his eyes looked out across the congregation, he reminded them that, even in the midst of grief, The LORD is … . When the worst of times befall us, The LORD is … . When hopelessness envelops us like a dark cloud, the truth still rings out: The LORD is … .

He is our Comforter, our Healer, our Friend, our Savior. He is the One who offers rest, hope, and peace.

May we then say with young Mary, “I am the Lord’s servant … May it be to me as you have said” (Luke 1:38).

Walking with my Lord

My Lord and my God, let me never doubt Your loving presence in my life. Give me a patient and understanding heart, and help me serve You with acceptance and joy. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: How, Lord? Marcia Gomulka and Myrna Lou Meyer, authors. 32/32 ©2011 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org

Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations were taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. All rights reserved worldwide.

 

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Living in Praise: Humble Praise

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Humble Praise

In the Word

“Who among the gods is like you, O Lord? Who is like you — majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?” Exodus 15:11

Of the Word

In a culture where inflated résumés and GPAs are the norm, humility lies largely forgotten. We’re told to tout our triumphs and fill in the gaps with positive — if not positively true — accomplishments. As Mother Teresa once observed, however, “It is our emptiness and lowliness that God needs and not our fullness.”

Humility brings us face to face with ourselves, emptying us of our pretenses, our self-pride, our claims to power. Then it shows us Jesus, whose life, death, and resurrection bridges heaven and earth. Through Him, we have access to God our Father, whose power and authority reign supreme. We have received the Holy Spirit, whose wisdom goes far beyond anything we could even imagine. We cling to the genuine merits of Jesus Christ, our God and our Friend, whose love for us knows no bounds.

Yes, humility puts us in our place — which is right where God wants us so He can lift us and fill us with His wisdom. A humble spirit praises Him, not from the emptiness of its accomplishments, but from the fullness of His love.

Walking with my Lord

Grant me a meek and lowly heart, O Lord,
So You can fill it with Your love, according to Your Word. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Living in Praise. Author: Patricia Mitchell. 6/32 ©2007 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105 www.lwml.org

Scripture quotations are taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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