Jesus tells us that nurturing our first love for Him is very important; failure to do so is sin, as Jesus said in Revelation that if we fall from our first love for Him, we must repent. Today’s post is to help you nurture your first love for Jesus.
To you, Lord Jesus, the God of creation, the Guardian of Truth, the Giver of grace and the Guide of believers, to you be glory and honor this day. You are the great One: great in purity, in wisdom, in knowledge, in power, in might, in strength. There is no good you cannot do, there is no evil you can do.
You are Yahweh, the eternal I Am: sharply separate from your creation, utterly other than your creatures, gloriously unique in your holiness, majestically mighty in your strength, astoundingly amazing in Your awesomeness, beautifully bright in your brilliance.
You are all knowing, all seeing, all hearing. You are intensely, intimately aware of what is happening in the lives of each of your children, carefully filtering events, protecting and guiding in each one.
As we make you our dwelling place, “the Most High, who is my refuge….will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone” (Ps. 91:9,11).
How true this is, Lord Jesus, my Shepherd and Protector. How often while I was driving have you prevented me from changing lanes, when if I had, I would have hit a car in my blind spot. You caused me to hesitate, or to look over my shoulder, or to sense that a car was there when I could not see it. You send your angels to help, guide and protect.
I think of the dark evening when I was about to cross a small street but for no apparent reason hesitated, and suddenly a black car with no lights flew by. If I’d stepped out as I had planned, I would have been run down.
I think of the many times when I was working on some construction project when you narrowly prevented accidents, like when the large rock fell off the stonewall and just nicked the end of my thumb—if my thumb had been ½ inch further in, it would have been cut off! Or when my arm caught in the handle as I jumped off the backhoe and even though I was left dangling, my arm didn’t break.
Lord, you have been very active in our lives. You have been with us in the trouble you allowed to come and then saved us out of it each time. You have delivered us from all our fears as well as dangers.
You are wonderful and faithful, powerful and ever present, always true to your Word. You are worthy of praise, of honor, of glory, of adoration, of worship. We bow before you in awe, we rise up to love you in obedience, we go forth to praise you throughout this day for whatever you will bring into our lives in your wisdom, love and grace.
Prayer: “Lord help me to live in the truth of your goodness, the warmth of your grace and the light of your guidance. Help me to see your provision and protection, and praise you for them. Help me to obey what I know to be true about you. I thank you now for the answers you will send. Amen.”