A Prayer for New Life
By Dick Woodward
“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.” – (Psalm 19:1-2)
At the end of summer we approach the threshold of the explosion of beautiful fall colors. While you enjoy the explosion of color this year consider the words God speaks to us every fall.
Since that beautiful color is produced by the death of those leaves, the word God is speaking to many of us is that death can be beautiful. In many ways the most beautiful reality you and I encounter in our three or four score years on earth is the death of our Lord Jesus Christ that makes it possible for us to experience salvation and enter heaven.
Paul tells us the Gospel is that Christ died so we might live and now it is our turn. We must die so Christ might live through us (Galatians 2:20). That means our death to ourselves can be beautiful.
Every spring our God speaks another word to us. That word is seen through all the resurrection around us as we see black trunks and branches of trees we thought were dead sprout to life and bloom.
The Latin root meaning of rehabilitation is “to invest again with dignity.” Do we have the faith to believe God can bring to life that which we thought was dead? Let’s apply that thought to our own life, to the lives of our children, and to secular people we know and love.
Heavenly Father, thank you for the joy and wonder of the autumn season. As we spend this time with friends and family, help to remember the many blessing you have bestowed upon us. As we reflect on the end of the harvest time, help us remember that you are in the business of bringing life out of death. Thank you that death does NOT have victory over us, and that spring will always come again. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Editor’s Note: The following is an abridged version of Words God Speaks Through Nature by Dick Woodward. To read the full devotional, follow this link.
“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.“ -Colossians 4:2 NIV
The Intercessory and Prayer Ministry Team’s focus is to pray for the needs of New Life Church, its Pastors, its Leaders and the prayer requests of its members and attendees.
Prayer can assist us in our dealing and coping with physical, emotional, spiritual and relational issues that may prevent us from living in the full freedom of Christ.
The Team is committed to the power of prayer. Their mission is to make dependence on God through prayer foundational first in their own life and then pray for the needs of others.
“This is the confidence which we have before him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” – 1 John 5:14.
If you have a prayer request, please contact us.
30 Days of Prayer for New Life: Day 26
God, not every day is the fairy tale. So in those days when we feel like Cinderella needing a bippity boppity boo from the Fairy God Mother, remind us that in a way, we do have that. We have You, and You are REAL!
For Your word says, “with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hewbrews 4:16).
Lord, thank You for accepting me just the way I am… Help me to have the courage to accept your mercy, and your grace. -In Jesus name, Amen.
Posted by amandacarroll on Tuesday, January 26th, 2016 at 3:00 am in 30 Days of Prayer for New Life, Daily Prayer
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