Monday, May 02, 2016

About Lydia

Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
Make your vows unto the Lord; pay
unto God what is his own.
People, bring your gifts before him;
fear is due to him alone.
He brings low the pride of princes;
monarchs tremble at his frown.
 —Psalm 76:11-12
On the sabbath day we went outside the gate by the river, where we supposed there was a place of prayer; and we sat down and spoke to the women who had gathered there. A certain woman named Lydia, a worshiper of God, was listening to us; she was from the city of Thyatira and a dealer in purple cloth. The Lord opened her heart to listen eagerly to what was said by Paul. When she and her household were baptized, she urged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come and stay at my home.” And she prevailed upon us.
—Acts 16:13-15
Two things are wonderful about Lydia: Her open heart, which was to able to hear God's word and receive the gospel; and her open home, which she used to show hospitality to God's servants. How might you be more open, both to receiving what God offers you, and to the ways you might offer God to others?
 —inspired by Eugene Peterson
Give me an open ear, O God, that I may hear thy voice calling me to high endeavor. Too often have I been deaf to the appeals thou hast addressed to me, but now give me courage to answer, 'Here I am, send .' And when any one of thy children, my human brothers and sisters, cries out in need, give me then an open ear to hear in that cry thy call to service...
 —John Baillie
Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
 —Matthew 6:9-13

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