Psalm 73:23-28 (NIV)

23 Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand.  24 You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. 25 Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you.  26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. 27 Those who are far from you will perish; you destroy all who are unfaithful to you. 28 But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign LORD my refuge;I will tell of all your deeds.

James 4:8 (NIV)

8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

DEVOTION – Julie Gilleand (Indiana)

As my parents age, they are becoming more and more dependent on my help.  I do what I can, but it is not easy since I work and have responsibilities in my own immediate family as well.  Because life has become such a struggle for Mom and Dad, our every visit or phone conversation has become focused on the next list of requests they have for me.   Sometimes I feel I have become merely a facilitator of all their needs.  I’m happy to help as much as I can, but I miss chatting and laughing and doing things together the way we used to.

This may be how God feels when I pray only when I have a list of requests.  I know that God cares about my needs, and I often mention them in prayer.  But I very seldom pray just to worship and be near God.  I regret looking to God merely as a facilitator of requests.  More and more I am realizing that God wants more than my request; God wants my heart.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Today I will treasure my time with God.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, reignite our hearts with love for you.  Remind us that our times of communion together can be not only about our needs but about spending time with you.  Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS: THOSE CARING FOR AGING PARENTS

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