Daily Archives: January 27, 2021

Evening Prayer: January 27th

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Almighty God, we give you thanks for surrounding us, as daylight fades, with the brightness of the vesper light; and we implore you of your great mercy that, as you enfold us with the radiance of this light, so you would shine into our hearts the brightness of your Holy Spirit. Bless our evening’s rest that we may find the renewal and strength we need to carry us into a new day of service. In your name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.


Daily Scripture Passage: Ephesians 6:11-13

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Ephesians 6:11-13 (ESV)

11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm


Thoughts to Ponder from 1 Kings 3:9

Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil; for who can govern this, your great people? 1 Kings 3:9

       I am thankful that I was not King Solomon. I often wonder, if God had asked me the same question, what my answer would have been. Think of the initial question: “Ask ANYTHING you desire and I will grant it to you.” How many of us would have been tempted to answer with such things like money, power, possessions, or even health and longevity? After all this is the God of the cosmos asking this question! Nothing would have been beyond His granting. Regardless, Solomon responds with an interesting request. He simply asks God for an understanding mind or wisdom. Out of all the things this fledgling king could have asked for from the God of all creation – he asks for wisdom.

       As I really think about this, the request is not all that “unwise”. Solomon had a specific reason for his request, which is evidenced in the verses that follow (the dispute between two women over a child). Solomon wanted an understanding mind so that he may discern between good and evil thus being an effective king.

       This points out a very important topic of stewardship: stewardship of the mind. Time and time again the Scriptures talk about the renewing of the mind. Why? The mind is the devil’s playground. It is in the mind that temptations fester. It is in the mind that we focus on things, be it God or other things. We need to be good stewards of them mind, discerning between good and evil because it is in the mind that the battle is won or lost between living for God or not living for God. When we take on Christ, we are renewed (transformed) in the mind. Our thoughts and focus need to be redirected because in the flesh, our thoughts are anything but pure. Perhaps all of us should seriously ask for the same thing: a renewing of the mind in order that we may discern between good and evil in order that we may follow God with integrity and purity. May we be stewards of our mind that we may have the mind of Jesus and thus show the world there is a different way.
Grace and Peace