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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Handle with Grace

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.
—Galatians 5:13 NIV

Dear Lord,

How can we praise you enough for your blessings?  Much of the time, we focus on our own needs or what we haven’t seen accomplished. You do a perfect work each day. Help us to understand it! Open our eyes so that we recognize the work of your amazing Grace not only in our hearts but also in others. 

We pray for those who haven’t experienced the healing power of your Grace to be set free from illnesses which hang on—physical pain that weakens—emotional distress that wounds—despair that can lead to depression. Lord, we ask you to renew our minds and mold us continually. We surrender any preconceived ideas to become the potential you see. All of these and more, we lay at your feet. 

You were broken and spilled out for us. Now healed by the gift of your life for ours, we lay down our needs upon your altar and rise to peace and victory in your presence. Fill us with your power, Holy Spirit, and with humility to handle each spiritual gift you impart with great wisdom. Guided by your care and discernment, your gifts heal a broken heart—encourage a struggling soul—raise a soul to walk in freedom. Your potential is limitless. 

If we focus on the new life you have bought us—on the gift of your Grace—your unselfish love on Calvary—we have the power to serve others from a clean heart without agenda. We can be so changed by your Grace that we honor another person’s need more than our own. 

Jesus, help us to impart your spiritual gifts with respect and care—mercy and compassion. We surrender to your love so that our hearts remain pliable, healed, and empowered by your Grace. You make our surrender the power which heals someone else’s broken heart. Never let us make it greater or less than your purpose. But always as you wish. 

Copyright © 2019 Lynn Lacher

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