Put yourself in the shoes of one of the people Jesus healed. Imagine his touch, and spend time in praise for his merciful compassion.
Think about Jesus’ character: what traits do you excel at (ex., compassion, generosity, mercy)? Thank God for his ongoing work in your life.
Read Matthew 9:13 and consider what God might be instructing you. How can you show mercy in your day-to-day life to honor God?
Psalm 90, subtitled a prayer of Moses, provides a compassionate picture of our Lord who is just and stern, yet merciful and loving.
In Psalm 6, David prays for mercy and deliverance from his foes. Even before the answer came, David turned his prayer into praise (v. 9).
It’s a brand new day and a brand new week! Turn over your concerns to the Lord today and thank him for his grace & mercy in your life.
Praise God today, for in his great mercy, he has given us new birth and a living hope through the resurrection of Christ (1 Peter 1:3).
When you don’t know what to pray, read Isaiah 55:8-9 and humbly thank God for being all-powerful, merciful, and ever-present in your life.
It rained last night for the first time in several weeks, and it was still sprinkling when I left the house this morning. On the drive to work, I glanced in my rearview mirror and noticed a bright rainbow in the distance. I could only look at it for a moment, since I was driving, and I started thinking about how God gives us glimpses of his promises – not necessarily for us to stare at and dwell on for a long period of time, but a quick reminder to prod us as we move forward.
We first read about rainbows in Genesis 9, when the Lord illustrated his promise to Noah that he would never again destroy the earth in a flood. Rainbows are lovely, but they don’t linger very long. They come and go with the rain. This is speculation on my part, but I wonder if God chose a rainbow purposefully, as a periodic reminder.
You’ve probably heard the cliché, “When God closes a door, he opens a window.” In my experience, oftentimes, he may show me the window, but I have to get up off of my rump and open it myself. We can’t go through life expecting easy answers. Sometimes, you just have to keep walking in faith until God reveals the next turn.
It’s important to keep that rainbow in our rearview mirror, though. We need to remember God’s faithful promises. He assured us that he will never abandon us (Deut. 31:6 & Hebrews 13:5). His mercies are new every morning, and he is faithful (Lamentations 3:23).
Perhaps your life feels like you are driving in circles right now. I encourage you to hold on to the promises of God. Spend time in the word, reading your Bible and renewing your mind with scriptures (Romans 12:2). Commit verses to memory, so that you can easily recall them in times of distress. Pray scriptures over situations and people in your life. Put you own name into the Psalms, for example, and pray for yourself. When you aren’t sure which step to take next, keep your focus on God’s word and remember his faithfulness.
What would it look like in our everyday lives if we loved mercy, as Micah 6:8 advises? How might our interactions with others be different?