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Join us for the National Day of Prayer 2024!

The theme for the 2024 National Day of Prayer

"Lift up the Word, Light up the World" is based on 2 Samuel 22-29-31:

For you are my lamp, O Lord, and my God lightens my darkness. For by You I can run against a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall. This God—his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; He is a shield for all those who take refuge in Him.

Blessings,

 

I pray this monthly letter of encouragement finds you doing well…“Beloved friend, I pray that you are prospering in every way and that you continually enjoy good health, just as your soul is prospering.” ‭‭3 John‬ ‭1‬:‭2‬ (‭TPT‬‬)

 

This month I would like to highlight a prayer app I was introduced to by my eldest son, Josiah, and have been enjoying for almost two years. I don’t always use it, but when I do, God uses it as a tool to beautifully teach and encourage me.   That being said, I hope it does the same for you! Just as my son shared what was uplifting & strengthening for his prayer life, I pray you will enjoy these same benefits. 

 

It’s called Lectio 365 and it’s designed with a morning and evening devotion. I will be including most of the components of the May 21st morning devotion which the Lord used to significantly impact my perception. The following paragraphs will outline the format in the morning devotion. 

 

-There is a “Prayer of Approach” which is introduced early in the devotional…

“Creator God, who formed humanity from dust, breathe new life into me again. 

Nurture my creativity, expand my imagination, and help me to perceive fresh possibilities by Your Spirit today.”  

 

-Then, two scriptures are introduced. The first is Psalm 18:27-29 (NLT) 

“You rescue the humble, but you humiliate the proud. You light a lamp for me. The Lord, my God, lights up my darkness. In your strength I can crush an army; with my God I can scale any wall.” Verse 28 stood out to me…”You light a lamp for me. The Lord, my God, lights up my darkness.” The second scripture is John 8:12-16 (NLT), but verse 12 was specifically highlighted me …“Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”” 

 

-In the next portion, the following was beautifully explained, “I can only see what is illuminated around me.  As objects absorb some light wavelengths and reflect others, to my eyes their color appears to change, depending on the light source shining on them. I may think I have a clear picture of my surroundings, but I might be perceiving only a part of what would be visible if the full spectrum of light was present.” 

 

-Then, there is a space to ASK the Lord for insight…

“Jesus, light of my world, am I seeing my life in the full spectrum of Your illumination, 

or is there a situation where I am making judgements based on a partial or discolored picture?”

 

-And then it continues by taking it beyond one’s self to a larger sphere…

“I think of someone I know who has to make difficult decisions every day…

Jesus, illuminate the decisions they will face today. Show them the full picture of each situation and lead them to the most loving, ethical, and life-giving judgements they can make.”

 

-In the YIELD section of the devotion,  the scripture in John 8:12-16 is again addressed and this time, the following observation is made…

“The Pharisees thought they saw Jesus clearly, but they were only catching a glimpse of who He truly is. It must have been easy to look at Jesus and see only His humanity, entirely missing His ever-present divinity. How often do I miss the presence of the divine in my daily life?

Could I be too distracted by other lights that promise to guide me out of darkness to notice the true light of life today?” 

 

-As the devotional comes to a close, there is a “Yielding Prayer”…

“Jesus, I confess that sometimes I look to Christian leaders, celebrities or politicians to lead me out of dark and difficult times, rather than looking first and foremost to You. Today, show me where I have been dazzled by lesser lights, and lead me into the full illumination of Your wisdom.” 

 

-Then, this is followed by a “Yielding Promise”…

“And now, as I prepare to take this time of prayer into the coming day, Jesus, the Word, who loves me says in John’s Gospel that He:

 

The Life-Light blazed out of darkness; the darkness couldn’t put it out.  

John 1:5 (MSG)

 

-Finally, the “Closing Prayer” is always the same…

“Father, help me to live this day to the full, being true to You, in every way. 

Jesus, help me to give myself away to others, being kind to everyone I meet. 

Spirit, help me to love the lost, proclaiming Christ in all I do and say.

Amen.” 

 

My meaningful takeaway is realizing I must always ask the Holy Spirit to bring the full illumination needed for me to see correctly in every situation and relationship. My perspective is my own shaped by my family of origin, life experiences and the way I process the world around me. I’m reminded of God’s words to us in Isaiah 55:8-9 (NKJV)…““For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.”

 

How wonderful that our God wants to illuminate our perception! He says, we have received the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16/NKJV). He desires for us to have the spirit of wisdom and revelation to know Him better… and the eyes of our understanding being enlightened(Ephesians 1:17-18/NKJV). Let’s come as often as needed every day to exchange our thoughts & ways for His!  As we draw near to God, He will draw near to us (James 4:8/ NKJV)…we have nothing to lose, but only gain that which is far better than we can ever imagine! 

 

 “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭3‬:‭20‬-‭21‬ (‭NKJV‬‬)


 

Shalom, 

Veronica Leach

 

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The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman.  The goal of this observance is to gather people from all walks of life, cultures, and professions to agree in prayer for city, state, nation, families, and vocations.

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