For a Christian there is a continuing question as to how to combine our time spent in church and the time spent in the workplace and at home. It’s said that there is a constant pull between the calling of the spiritual and secular in our daily lives including the time we spend in each of these places. In reading the Upper Room recently, I found a reference to how the Apostle Paul dealt with this problem as he described the spiritual unity in the lives of a Christian. It’s highly significant that Paul doesn’t make a distinction. In other words, he doesn’t draw lines that divide the spiritual and the secular. The real world and worship must be a part of our daily lives and our discipleship. Here is how Paul puts it:
Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God.
If we follow Paul’s advice and counsel on a daily basis – regardless of the circumstances facing us – whether it be watching television at home or trying a lawsuit in a court of law or sitting in a Sunday School class, we will do the right thing and for the right reason. It’s impossible to make wrong choices or to do the wrong thing when we act as Paul instructs. In fact, it would be a good thing if we started each day by reading or saying these words from Paul. It would definitely make for a better day!
Several of our readers have asked for a copy of the daily prayer that we included in a prior issue. Rather than mailing to them, I have taken the liberty of setting out “My Daily Prayer” below:
I begin this day with you, God – You are my loving Father, and I place all my love and confidence in You. Nothing can disturb me when I trust You. I know that You love me and sustain me in all things, under all circumstances. I lean on your mighty power to help me. I rest in your love that bids me not be troubled about anything. With You all things are possible. With you I can do all things. I trust Your wisdom to guide me this day. I trust Your life to renew me and strengthen me. You are my help in every need. You are my Shepherd and I shall not want for any good thing. You are my supply, and I trust You to fulfill my needs. You are my comfort – You work through me to accomplish Your good purposes. And I trust Your perfect will for me. Whatever I need to do today I shall do it calmly, trusting Your spirit within me to guide me to success. Your light makes my way plain. Yoru love opens doors for me. My heart is at peace, for I trust You, God.
I believe this request for the daily prayer came in to remind me that not only must I believe in God – but I must trust in Him – and be obedient to Him in all things. That reminder came at a most appropriate time for me. God sometimes has to get my attention and this did!
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