Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Prayer of the Day (18th Sunday after Pentecost)

Lord God, you call us to work in your kingdom and leave no one standing idle.  Help us to order our lives by your wisdom and to serve you in willing obedience; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

God leaves no one standing idle.  Faith cannot stand still.  A living faith shows in our life.

That does not mean, however, that your works will grab headlines or that they will have parties to honor you.  Most of your deeds are done quietly and lovingly.  You serve where God puts you at home, on the job, or in the community.  You have mercy on anyone who needs mercy.  You offer comfort, encouragement, and care.  You say your prayers for your family, your friends, and even for strangers. 

Your service in God's kingdom may be humble and quiet.  It may even be done in secret.  And it may often feel thankless.  But it is never worthless.  God's people benefit from your service.  Strangers are aided by your patience.  A wicked world is preserved to some extent by your decency and chastity. 

God calls you to serve in his kingdom.  Your service in God's kingdom may seem insignificant to you.  But your service honors God and benefits others, and that is never insignificant.

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