I HAVE BEEN a servant of God for over thirty years, yet I still give in to the temptation to rely on my own strength. I make decisions before taking time to listen to God. I work far more hours than I should because I believe that success depends upon me. I easily jump to action and later ask God to bless what I have done.
While I recognize this all-sufficient attitude about myself, I am also learning to trust God and to rely upon divine strength through the practice of several spiritual disciplines. In prayer I make my requests to God and wait for answers. In solitude I stay focused on God, attending to divine presence. In worship I regularly focus on God through praise, confession, and hearing the word. These spiritual practices keep me connected to the holy as I continue to learn to rely upon God.
God, help me to stay focused on you so that you may become my strength. Amen.
– Ron Hilliard
From the reading for January 14 by Ron Hilliard, page 26 of The Upper Room Disciplines 2011: A Book of Daily Devotions. Copyright © 2010 by Upper Room Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
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Now the word of the LORD came to me saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
Jeremiah 1:4-5, NRSV
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