Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Charitably & with a Willing Mind

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
 
To fathom this my thoughts I bent,
but found the case too hard for me;
till to the house of God I went,
then I their end did plainly see.
 —Psalm 73:16-17
Suggested tune: Abends (LM)


 
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them; for all of them have contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on.
—Luke 21:3-4
 
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Christ observes whether we give largely and liberally in proportion to what we have, or whether we be sneaking and paltry in it; nay, his eye goes further, he observes whether we give charitably and with a willing mind, or grudgingly and with reluctance. This should make us afraid of coming short of our duty in this matter; men may be deceived with excuses which Christ knows to be frivolous. And this should encourage us to be abundant in it, without desiring that other people should know it; it is enough that Christ does; he sees in secret, and will reward openly.
—Matthew Henry
 
TODAY'S PRAYER
Give me a generous heart, O Lord, both toward you and toward my neighbor...
 
YOUR OWN PRAYERS
Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

THE LORD'S PRAYER
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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