Ecclesiastes

Old Testament Reference

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God of Order

You created time-based on the movement of the stars and planets to give us order in our lives and help us track significant events.

As we complete our annual orbit of the sun, today becomes a time of reflection. We’re given this opportunity each year to remember the good things You have done, mourn the tragedies…learn from the personal struggles… look forward to the new challenges ahead, and to celebrate new beginnings.

Lord, reinforce the lessons of this past year and use them to make me more like Christ. As I internalize the past and plan with hope and great anticipation for all You’ve planned for me the next 12 months, help me honor You in all I do and say moving into the future.

Amen

Scripture: “There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 3:1

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Lord of Perfection

Your creation was perfect. Your eternity is perfect. But today we live in a fallen world because our egos tempted us into believing we could improve our lives without You.

The result is the world we live in now. We have chased every kind of evil as we seek peace from the chaos we’ve created.

From the legalization of marijuana to the poisonous opioids flooding our country…from sex without constraints to a life unshackled from the truth; Americans are seeking relief from the pain of a culture without You.

Oh, the foolishness of thinking we can handle our lives ourselves.

We need a holy awakening all across our land…without You all our efforts at creating Utopia are as futile as trying to be our own god.

Father, remove the willful blindness of so many…unleash Your Spirit on our country. Begin with me.

AMEN

Scripture: “But I did find this: God created people to be virtuous, but they have each turned to follow their own downward path.” Ecclesiastes 7:29

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Lord of Heaven and Earth

Not a day passes that I don’t see Your fingerprints. You are everywhere in creation and everywhere in my heart. It is impossible to comprehend the depth and steadfastness of Your love for me.

My country is speeding along a path of self-destruction. I acknowledge that too often I have preferred to seek my own comfort rather than engage in the battle. I have failed to challenge the abortion culture in our country. I have not actively opposed the secular worldview which seems to dominate our social media and our education system.

Please forgive my failure to push back harder against the darkness…my failure to shine Your light of truth on our brokenness.

Please give me the courage to “stand in the gap” for America.

AMEN

Scripture: “A wise person chooses the right road; a fool takes the wrong one.” Ecclesiastes 10:2

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