Monday – That he would have a balanced life in regards to work and play, and that he would submit his schedule to You. (Proverbs 16:9) Much is written on maintaining a “balanced” life but just what does that mean? I believe that balance does not necessarily mean equal time in all areas but rather purposeful time devoted to important areas of our lives. Our work/life balance is one of the most common subjects written about today and for good reason. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, right? Americans tend to work themselves to death (sometimes literally) and even less so is still most often to a point of burn-out. So, what does God command? Well, let us not forget the He created the Sabbath and asked us to “keep it holy” meaning that we are to set aside time and to assign this time importance in our lives. When we remember to rest in the Lord we are renewed of spirit and better able to face our daily struggles.
- Lord Jesus, I know that you remind us to keep the commandments in addition to your great command of loving one another. Help my husband to remember your commands and to not allow work to come first in his life but that he may continually seek you and place his relationship with you above all others. May his relationship with you help to create the balance needed to make all other parts of his life successful. Help him to continually seek you and to recognize that which is more important than all else. Help me to remember that when he struggles with balance that I am to be encouraging and not demanding. By encouraging him to seek out time with you he will remember that it is not all about his duties but instead about his relationships. Amen
Tuesday – For him to find favor with the Lord, but also with people he knows and interacts with. (Luke 2:52) This passage in Luke reminds us that it was first the favor of the Lord, our father, that Jesus found but it was also the favor of his fellow man that was a result of his wisdom and maturity. Ultimately our relationship with God is the most important. We should continually seek out his guidance and approval. However, as we grow ever stronger in our faith we gain wisdom and maturity that will also gain us the favor of our peers.
- Today Lord I ask that you continually guide my husband to seek first your kingdom and remember that all else will be granted by your favor. Your love, Oh Lord, reaches from the heavens and stretches across the sky. We know that with you all things are possible. Help my husband to continually find favor with those who come into his life. Help me to show him encouragement to continually seek your guidance in all his actions that he may be successful by your name alone. Amen.
Wednesday – That he would enjoy peace and refreshment in his relationship with the Lord. (Psalm 16:11) Again we recognize the importance of our relationship with our Heavenly Father. It is important to remember that with this relationship comes a sense of peace that isn’t found elsewhere. We were not created to be robots who blindly worship our creator, rather, we were created with the free will to seek out a relationship with our creator that leads to such satisfaction we can only worship in gratitude at the sense of peace we’ve found in Him. This passage in the Psalms is part of a larger song of praise about the Lord being our full portion and our relationship with Him brings riches that go beyond measure. As we seek out and strengthen our relationship with Him we are blessed in ways we cannot imagine.
- Lord, I ask that you continually draw my husband into your presence. Help him to always seek out his relationship with you. Though our lives may be “busy” and it is easy for us to “forget” to seek out your presence we praise you for your steadfast love. Whether it has been one day or many days since we last spoke you never give up on us. Your love never fails. Thank you for your continued guidance. May it bring a sense of peace that cannot be found elsewhere. Amen.
Thursday – That he would always be courageous in his stand against evil and injustice, and that he will protect our family from Satan’s attacks. (Ephesians 6:13) How important is this reminder we have today!? We live in a sinful world. God does not cause the sin in this world but as beings with free will we have opportunities for sin daily. May we always remember that with His guidance we are able to be “strong in the Lord and His mighty power.” We should put on the “armor of God” as we face battles each and every day, be them little or big, and it is only with the strength of our relationship with our Father that we are able to triumph over evil. Sometimes we are confronted with situations that do not seem inherently evil and it is only in hindsight that we realize their significance. We should use those opportunities to make wise choices in the future and to always stand for righteousness and justice and truth for it is the Spirit of God that goes with us each day as we enter the battlefield of life.
- Heavenly Father, I thank you for your continued strength and guidance as my husband is confronted with the hidden evils of this world. Help him to stand against injustice and to continually act with courage, standing firm in his faith. That he may be fervent in prayer, always alert to the temptations of this world, ever seeking your guidance. Help me to be a source of strength and love and encouragement. Help our relationship to be of one that makes his armor strong and not one that causes it to rust. We know that inactivity is what leads to decay. Help us to allow the oil of your word to keep our armor strong. Amen.
Friday – That he would be a man of prayer, seeking God in purposeful ways. (1 Thessalonians 5:17) This passage tells us to rejoice always, pray continually, and give thanks in all circumstances. This seems silly, doesn’t it? I mean, we’re expected to give thanks for death and disease and destruction? Yes. We are to remember that God triumphs over all. God is always there through the good and the bad. His love never fails. Though our world is sinful His love is everlasting. We know that this short time here on earth is but a blip on the radar of eternity. We should use those times of struggle to be in prayer and allow them to bring us closer in our relationship with God. Prayer is often described as our conversation with our Heavenly Father. He wants you to talk to Him. He wants you to seek His guidance and to allow Him to reveal to you the wonders of His love for you. Our lives should be filled with prayer, that we should always be seeking to strengthen our relationship with Him. Pastor Joby would pray that the Lord would bless you or break you, whatever will draw you closer to Him.
- Lord, I pray that we will ever seek out your guidance and that you would ever strengthen our relationship with You. Through our trials and through our triumphs, may we pray without ceasing for it is this conversation that You so greatly love. When we seek You the rest falls into place. Help my husband to use the trials that come his way to bring him ever closer to you, oh Lord. Help him to rejoice in his struggles for he knows that this world is not his home and one day we will not be bound to our earthly bodies but will rejoice in the everlasting life that has been granted to us through the life, death, and resurrection of your son, Jesus. Amen.
Saturday – That he will serve God and others with pure motives, and that God would be glorified in everything he does. (Colossians 3:23-24) I love how The Message bible interprets this passage: “…don’t just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best. Work from the heart for your real Master, for God, confident that you’ll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance. Keep in mind always that the ultimate Master you’re serving is Christ. The sullen servant who does shoddy work will be held responsible. Being a follower of Jesus doesn’t cover up bad work.” May we remember that our motives mean more than our acts of service. If we give with a selfish heart we do not do so in His name but our own. We must do everything with a humble heart. We must remember that God is glorified only through pure acts of sacrifice and devotion.
- Lord, I come before you today to ask that you never cease to speak to our hearts, that you never cease to show us our selfish nature and to help us act with pure motives. Today I pray that you ever guide my husband closer to your will. I ask that everything he does is to glorify you and not us. Help him to remember that earthly treasures are impermanent and it is only our eternal life and relationship with you that grants us peace. Help us to work together as a source of encouragement as we face each day together. Help our marriage to strengthen as we seek to glorify you, oh Lord, in all that we do. Amen.
Sunday – That he would offer all this dreams to the Lord, and pursue only those that bring God glory, and that count for eternity. (Jeremiah 29:11) “For I know the plans I have for you” He says. This scripture is one of the most often quoted and for good reason. Sometimes we feel like our life on earth is meaningless and we serve no true purpose. This passage tells us that God will work in our lives for the good and that we will be ever prosperous so we may point others to Him. We must remember that it is not about US but rather about what we DO for Him with what we are given. When we are faced with trials we quickly doubt our ability and cry out in frustration with our circumstances. We should use those opportunities to remember that in all situations God works for the good. His ways may not be known to us but we can rest confident in the ability to reach others for His glory.
- Lord, In this passage in Jeremiah we are reminded that you have great plans for us if only we will call on you and pray to you for you will always answer. Help us to remember that it is not our will but yours to be done. Help my husband each day that he may utilize his opportunities to glorify your kingdom as we know each pursuit brings us closer in relationship with you. Help us to work together to build your kingdom and to recognize your plan for us, that you have a mighty future laid out for us, that in you we may always place our hope. Amen.