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Today’s Reflection

TO COMMIT TO FOLLOWING JESUS is to commit myself to a lifelong journey of being led where Jesus wants me to go and not necessarily where I want to go. This situation often causes opposition within myself. Jesus may call me to do what I do not normally and easily do. Jesus may ask me to wait or remain silent when I wish to speak or move on. In each of these cases I experience opposition within to what Jesus calls me to do and to be.

– Norman Shawchuck and Rueben P. Job
A Guide to Prayer for All Who Seek God

From page 262 of A Guide to Prayer for All Who Seek God by Norman Shawchuck and Rueben P. Job. Copyright © 2003 by the authors. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

When has your desire been in conflict with Jesus’ desire for you? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

John 12:3, NRSV

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

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This week we remember Patrick of Ireland (March 17).

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  • robert moeller March 16, 2013, 2:41 am

    Delaying devotions in the morning while I check email is an example of going in the opposite direction from what Jesus wants me to do.

    Lord, without you we have no hope, with you we have all the hope anyone could ever want, need. Thank you for the salvation you made possible for us.

    Lord, I pray too for those who have no time to pray and for those searching for you. I thank you for the good news I receive from my children, Jenny with almost two month old Willa and Erich making good progress at school. Thank you for Anneliese and may our plans for the future be guided by our faith in You. Watch over Mom and keep her. In Your name I pray. Amen.

    Men’s Communion Breakfast this morning – another blessing from You – Thank You.

  • Jill March 16, 2013, 5:04 am

    This is most evident with my words. Praise Him – He has helped me so much. Yet – I still have a ways to go. I am encouraged to see the progress – strengthened to know that it is His Spirit at work in me. I will keep listening and striving to obey.

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