A Season of Transition, a Season of Prayer — Please join us each day at 11:30 a.m. in offering a personal but collective prayer for our congregation. Today’s focus for prayer is: For those experiencing memory loss and progressive dementia, and for their families and caregivers.
Scripture: Romans 7:13-25
Key Verse: 19 “For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do.”
Reflection: There is an inner conflict within each of us between good and evil. Even when we start the day with good intentions of living out our beliefs, we face the evil that lies close at hand. We are not perfect people. The Apostle Paul says we don’t understand our actions. He is right! We are human beings who are called to rely on God’s grace. Jesus is the one who rescues us from the despair and struggle related to our sin. Only God can transform or change us. We are invited to cultivate a realistic understanding of who we are as fallible human beings. When we can accept ourselves for who we are, then we can learn to rely more and more on God’s saving grace. Certainly, we can amend our ways and try to do better, but without God’s help all our efforts will be short lived. Every day we are faced with decisions – big and small. Sometimes we will succeed in doing good, other times we will not. Let us exclaim with Paul: Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! He is the one who will rescue us.
Prayer: Merciful God, you know our weaknesses and our strengths. Help us today to rely on you and give thanks for your saving grace. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Author: Deborah Conner
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].