24 Aug Psalm 145:10 (Surrendering to God)
“All your works give you thanks, LORD, and your faithful bless you.” ~ Psalm 145:10 (full readings)
Pat’s Reflections: Without humility, we are no good to God, our neighbor, or ourselves. With humility (and faith), our works become God’s works, which according to today’s verse is a blessing for God. In this true exchange of blessings, we grow closer to Him. The header of the LIFE Group Devotions website (www.lifegroup413.org) states that we are “a mix of over 1,000 Pro-Life Christians, striving to grow closer to the will of God.” In humility, let us surrender our will to God, so we can live together In Christ for eternity. While at the St. Joseph Radio studio this past week, preparing to share the National LIFE Runners Team on EWTN radio across the nation (1 Cor 3:6-7), Lu Cortese (studio founder) gave me this “Prayer of Surrender to God” (by Thomas à Kempis). “Lord, you know what is better for me; let this be done or that be done as You please. Grant what You will, as much as You will, when You will. Do with me as You know best, as will most please You, and will be for Your greater honor. Place me where You will and deal with me freely in all things. I am in Your hand; turn me about whichever way You will. Behold, I am Your servant, ready to obey in all things. Not for myself do I desire to live, but for You – would that I could do this worthily and perfectly.”
Faith Challenge: What do you need to surrender to God today? Turn it all over to Him and prepare for a true exchange of blessings!
Our Prayers: Prayer to end abortion, Spiritual Adoption, Alpha Center, Peters family (JP). Add Prayers on our website. Pray with meals, bedtime, wake up, LIFE Runners, etc. Consider mid-week Family Rosary (17 min). Let’s pray now.
Feast Day: St. Bartholomew.
Faith Quote: “Humility does not mean you think less of yourself. It means you think of yourself less.” ~ Ken Blanchard
* Pray/Fast: Prayer connects us with God’s will & His miracles, changing us & helping others. Fast from things that take your eyes off Jesus. Those who pray together stay together, and close to God!
* Save Unborn (& family): Abortion reality (images)…#1 death cause (22% pregnancies). Prov 24:11 & Jer 1:5. “A great poverty that a child must die that you might live as you wish.” Mother Teresa.
* Evangelize: Make room for unbelievers & re-evangelization of self, by way of prayer (relationship) and following Christ’s example of love (service/sacrifice/mercy). Matt 28:19.