Scripture Readings: Psalm 118:13-21, 2 Kings 24-25, Ephesians 4:1-16
Reflection Verses: Ephesians 4:11-12
Prayer: Father God, You give us gifts to equip and build up Your Church as Your instrument of service. In addition, You also gave us authority to use these gifts to serve You and other believers with humility, patience, tolerance and gentleness. As we use our gift(s), Your Church matures and reaches out to those outside it. Lord, I receive Your gift and the authority You give with it, to equip and build up Your Church. May I recognize Your gift(s) in others so I am equipped and built up by them also and become a mature believer able to equip others in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Scripture Readings: Psalm 118:22-29, I Chronicles 1, Ephesians 4:17-32
Reflection Verses: Ephesians 4:31-32
Prayer: Lord God, once the reality of Your forgiveness has taken root in my life, I am able to put away those things that would tear down or harm others. I am now able to treat people with kindness and forgiveness, also. What a marvelous transformation has occurred in me. Praise God, I am now a new person in Christ. My old life has been removed and I now live in the new life of Jesus. Amen.
Scripture Readings: Psalm 119:1-8, I Chronicles 2, Ephesians 5:1-21
Reflection Verse: Ephesians 5:13
Prayer: Lord God, as I live my life in Christ, I am filled with His light which exposes all my hidden darkness. I desire for Christ’s light to shine forth more and more in and through me. I desire Christ’s light to be so bright that it shines before me and around me exposing darkness, protecting and keeping me from being engaged in it. Shine brightly in me and remove all darkness from me, Lord, so I am able to live in the purity of Your light in Jesus’ name. Amen.
*July 4 – Happy Birthday America!
Scripture Readings: Psalm 119:9-16, I Chronicles 3-4:23, Ephesians 5:22-6:9
Reflection Verses: Ephesians 5:31-33
Prayer: Heavenly Father, the more I love Jesus, the more I am able to love myself. The more I love myself is demonstrated by my love for my spouse. So, the more I love Jesus is reflected in my love for my spouse. Fill me with Your love, Lord, and let it pour out from me to my spouse, my family and others. Let them see how much I love You, Lord, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
A Prayer for our nation:
Lord, I am thankful for the abundant blessings You have bestowed on America. Our forefathers looked to You as Protector, Provider, and the Promise of hope. But we have wandered far from that firm foundation. We repent for turning our backs on Your faithfulness. I pray that this great nation will be restored by Your forgiveness. From bondage, You grant freedom. Through Your own sacrifice, You offer salvation. From the state of despair, You offer peace. From the bounties of Heaven, You have blessed – not because of our goodness – but by Your grace. You have given us freedom to worship You in spirit and in truth as Your holy Word instructs. May our lives honor You in word and deed. May our nation acknowledge that all good things come from You. Help us as a nation. I pray for our president and the leaders who govern us, that they will humble themselves and seek Your guidance so that everything we do will shine the light of Your glory in a darkened world. May our prayers as a people and a nation be heard and blessed for such a time as this. I make this plea in faith, believing in the mighty name of Jesus our Lord. Amen.
Scripture Readings: Psalm 119:17-24, I Chronicles 4:24-6:14, Ephesians 6:10-24
Reflection Verses: Ephesians 6:19-20
Prayer: Father God, my natural tendency is not to stir up stuff. However, I know Jesus is the only answer to every situation. So, I need more boldness, just as Paul asked for while he was in prison, to proclaim Your gospel message. Fill my mouth with bold utterances, Lord, to speak forth Your gospel message – good news to those who are open to hear it in Jesus’ name. Amen.
About The Author
Rev. Dr. Allen Tyndall is an ordained EA pastor. Allen serves as a Regional and Executive Director of Pastor Care, is Dean of Mount Carmel Academy – Lexington, and has served as pastor of local congregations in Ohio, Virginia and North Carolina. Allen is the author of the book, My Prayer With You Today. He and his wife have four grown children and 10 grandchildren.
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