Sunday, July 23 | A Promise to the Faithful
Read today’s psalm as your prayer.
You, Lord, showed favor to your land;
you restored the fortunes of Jacob.
You forgave the iniquity of your people
and covered all their sins.
You set aside all your wrath
and turned from your fierce anger.
Restore us again, God our Savior,
and put away your displeasure toward us.
Will you be angry with us forever?
Will you prolong your anger through all generations?
Will you not revive us again,
that your people may rejoice in you?
Show us your unfailing love, Lord,
and grant us your salvation.
I will listen to what God the Lord says;
he promises peace to his people, his faithful servants—
but let them not turn to folly.
Surely his salvation is near those who fear him,
that his glory may dwell in our land.
Love and faithfulness meet together;
righteousness and peace kiss each other.
Faithfulness springs forth from the earth,
and righteousness looks down from heaven.
The Lord will indeed give what is good,
and our land will yield its harvest.
Righteousness goes before him
and prepares the way for his steps.
A Way to Cultivate Faithfulness This Week
Fixed-hour prayer is a way of keeping our whole selves and all our activity oriented toward the constant presence of God. In this practice, we pause multiple times a day to rest in God’s presence and direct our hearts and activity toward Him. Try setting aside 10 minutes three times a day once this week for fixed-hour prayer.
- In the morning, before you begin your day, sit for a moment in the presence of God. Look forward to the day. Where do you desire to be most aware of God’s presence today? Close your morning prayer with the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9–13).
- At noon, pause your daily work and remember you are in the loving presence of your Creator. God has been with you in everything you have done today, and all you have yet to do. How can your activity this afternoon be directed toward God? Finish your noonday prayer with the Lord’s Prayer.
- In the evening, when your work is complete, sit in silence. Let the activity of the day settle and rest in the gracious presence of God. What are you thankful for today? End your evening prayer with the Lord’s Prayer.
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