Wednesday’s Prayer: Useful Faith
What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.James2:14-17NIV.
Dear Lord Jesus, you have taught me many things. You have taught me to love my neighbor and that means that you want me to do good things for them; you want me to clothe them, feed them, care for them, and so much more. Love is an action. James even says it is downright duplicitous if I wish my neighbor well, but then do nothing to help them. Lord God, give me a useful faith, a faith that cares for the needs of my neighbor. Give me wisdom to know what good my neighbor needs me to do for them. Give me strength to do the good that needs to be done. And most of all, dear Jesus, give me a heart like yours. I confess that I often want to talk about love, but, when it comes right down to it, I don’t really want to do what love requires. Give me a heart of compassion like yours. Give me strength and zeal to do good like yours. Give me a useful faith that does what my neighbor needs. Help me to do this today, dear Savior. Amen.
God does not need my good works, but my neighbor does – Martin Luther.
Refuel Faith: Luke 13
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