Monday of Pentecost 20 – Prayer of the Week

Lord Jesus Christ, whose grace always precedes and follows us, help us to forsake all trust in earthly gain and to find in you our heavenly treasure; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

My friend told me he sat in the car and prayed for some time before he got out and walked up to the opulent front door of the very large house. He had a very difficult conversation on the other side of that door. A wealthy donor had said and done somethings which needed to be addressed. Money always complicates things. But he knew what he needed to do. This was far larger than earthly gain. This was about a heavenly treasure.

The door opened and couple welcomed him in. My friend sat down on the couch in their beautiful home with growing trepidation. How would he begin this conversation to steer it in the right direction? Before he could open is mouth, the donor said, “I know why you are here. I know what I did was wrong. I need you to forgive me.” My friend admitted that he sat there stunned for a moment. All his preparation for this conversation had been geared toward opening this conversation and getting to this very point. Now, with no effort on his part, he was at the point he had almost despaired of reaching. We pray to the Lord Jesus whose grace always goes before us and follows us. Jesus had been on the other side of that door long before my friend got there. And after he left, that same gracious Lord would be there to make the most of his humble and sometimes faltering words. He did not need to worry about what would happen. Jesus had that in hand. Trust him. Do you have a tough conversation in your future? Pray about it and trust that Jesus will make the best of whatever happens. Speak the truth in love (Eph. 4:15) and watch and see what He will do.

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