Seeking God’s Guidance

August 21, 2014

Today’s Reflection

THE NEXT TIME you face a challenge or difficult decision for which you seek God’s guidance, try this. Every morning get up 20 or 30 minutes earlier than normal. Go to a quiet place where you can be alone.

Light a candle. Quiet yourself before God for a few minutes and then thank God for being present with you, as symbolized by that light. Then give thanks for blessings in your life. This practice builds confidence that no matter what the challenge you face, there are still blessings to celebrate.

Now, make your request known. State your challenge and what you need. After that ask, “Dear Lord, how can I honor you in this situation?” Pause. Be still. See what comes to you.

Don’t process the thoughts. Don’t contend with how you will carry out any idea that comes or what that idea might require. Just let the thoughts come. Write them down. Keep a pad and pencil nearby.

do this over several days and see what repeating themes or actions emerge. Once you sense some direction, ask God to show you the next step. Don’t make seeing the end of the path the goal, just knowing the next step.

- Rob Fuquay

The God We Can Know

From page 47 of The God We Can Know: Exploring the ‘I Am’ Sayings of Jesus by Rob Fuquay. Copyright © 2014 by Rob Fuquay. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Do you see yourself working through this prayer exercise when faced with a difficult decision? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.

Psalm 124:8, NRSV

This Week: pray for families in transition. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.

Did You Know?

In need of prayer? The Upper Room Living Prayer Center is a 7-day-a-week intercessory prayer ministry staffed by trained volunteers, call 1-800-251-2468.

Saints, Inc.:

This week we remember:  
Victoria Rasoamanarivo
(August 21).

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

Sponsored by Upper Room Ministries ®. Copyright © 2014, a ministry of GBOD | PO Box 340004 | Nashville, TN 37203-0004 | USA

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Bread of Life

August 20, 2014

Today’s Reflection

GRACIOUS LORD, you are the Bread of Life,
who provides for all my needs
and satisfies the deepest longing of my heart;
graft me into the very center of your great tree of life;
feed me, nourish me,
and care for me like a tender vine
that I might grow into Christ in all things. Amen.

- Paul Wesley Chilcote
A Life-Shaping Prayer: 52 Meditations in the Wesleyan Spirit

From page 53 of A Life-Shaping Prayer: 52 Meditations in the Wesleyan Spirit by Paul Wesley Chilcote. Copyright ® 2008 by Paul Wesley Chilcote. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Pray today’s prayer. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

If it had not been the LORD who was on our side — let Israel now say — if it had not been the LORD who was on our side, when our enemies attacked us, then they would have swallowed us up alive, when their anger was kindled against us; then the flood would have swept us away, the torrent would have gone over us; then over us would have gone the raging waters.

Psalm 1241-5, NRSV

This Week: pray for families in transition. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.

Did You Know?

In need of prayer? The Upper Room Living Prayer Center is a 7-day-a-week intercessory prayer ministry staffed by trained volunteers, call 1-800-251-2468.

Saints, Inc.:

This week we remember:  
Victoria Rasoamanarivo
(August 21).

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

Sponsored by Upper Room Ministries ®. Copyright © 2014, a ministry of GBOD | PO Box 340004 | Nashville, TN 37203-0004 | USA

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Prayer and God’s Will

August 19, 2014

Today’s Reflection PRAYING TO KNOW God’s will is a step-by-step, little-by-little experience. It is an experience in which God is the giver, and we are the receivers. Praying to know God’s will requires listening, putting ourselves into the position of receptivity, and then taking the next few steps in relation to what we have seen […]

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The Best Is Yet To Be

August 18, 2014

Today’s Reflection GOD OF OUR DELIVERANCE, you save us from ourselves and our selfish preoccupations. When we feel trapped, it may well be the dawn of a better day. Give us faith to believe that “the best is yet to be.” Amen. – Richard Morgan Settling In From page 72 of Settling In: My First […]

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Fuel for Faith

August 17, 2014

Today’s Reflection LACK OF SUBSTANCE threatens faith. … When we are spiritually malnourished, we are more likely to fuel our faith with gasoline than with God. The growth of spiritual renewal movements like Walk to Emmaus and Cursillo testifies to our desire to catch fire, but whether or not we have adequate fuel to keep […]

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A Prayer for Discernment

August 16, 2014

Today’s Reflection AMIDST “THE FOREST of my own wanderings” I see the path that has brought me here – beautiful, manicured, and solid. I have walked with giants and saints who have inspired me to seek more. I stand in a clearing now as if at the heart of God. I bask in the holy […]

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Formed into the Image of Christ

August 15, 2014

Today’s Reflection DISCIPLESHIP IS primarily formative, not informative: we are being formed into the image of Christ, not receiving a pile of information like a textbook. Formation is the content of faith. It encompasses more than just what happens in Sunday school or confirmation class but includes every aspect of the Christian life, from worship […]

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God Wants Us Found

August 14, 2014

Today’s Reflection EVEN WHEN WE ARE LOST, God knows where we are. God wants us to be found. Sometimes, for instance, when we do something that hurts another person, we feel lost. But if we say we’re sorry to that person and then ask God for forgiveness, God is ready to find us. Are we […]

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Fear and Worry

August 13, 2014

Today’s Reflection THE DIFFERENCE between fear and worry lies in the realm of choice. Fear is an automatic physiological response to a situation in which we feel threatened. Worry, on the other hand, is a conscious straying of our thoughts to a particular situation that troubles us. While fear energizes and primes us for action, […]

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Confidence in God’s Presence

August 12, 2014

Today’s Reflection AFTER TWO DECADES of working for the same company, my husband gave up the security of a regular paycheck to start his own business. Reassured by his work ethic and passion, I supported his decision and felt a rush of enthusiasm about this new adventure – until that first Friday without a paycheck […]

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