Sunday, July 16 | A Peace to Enjoy
Read today’s psalm as your prayer.
Do not fret because of those who are evil
or be envious of those who do wrong;
for like the grass they will soon wither,
like green plants they will soon die away.
Trust in the Lord and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him and he will do this:
He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
your vindication like the noonday sun.
Be still before the Lord
and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.
Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
do not fret—it leads only to evil.
For those who are evil will be destroyed,
but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.
A little while, and the wicked will be no more;
though you look for them, they will not be found.
But the meek will inherit the land
and enjoy peace and prosperity.
A Way to Cultivate Peace This Week
Intercession is the practice of holding a prayer request in the presence of God. When we do this, we learn God’s desire for the prayer. When we join God’s desire in prayer, we cultivate peace in our lives.
- Sit in silence for two minutes. Let the busyness of life settle as you rest in the presence of God.
- What is one desire or concern that comes to mind today? Hold out your hands and imagine holding an object to represent your desire or concern.
- Now imagine that you are holding this object in the presence of God. Remain in silence, simply holding your object in God’s holy presence.
- If you feel led to pray with words, do so now, as you continue to hold your desire or concern in the presence of God.
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