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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for July 5, 2021

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MONDAY, July 5                  Independence Day (USA), tr

Psalm 145:19 The LORD is near to those who call upon him, to all who call upon him faithfully.

A friend spends five minutes a day praying for his children. That may not sound like a lot, but after seventeen years, it adds up! It’s had a beautiful effect on his children’s lives—and on my friend.

This practice gave me an idea. I’d been struggling with a broken relationship for nearly a decade, so I thought I would pray five minutes a day for him. Surely that would heal him and fix our relationship, right? Soon after, however, he stopped talking to me altogether and things (as I perceived them) disintegrated even further.

What’s the deal, Lord? Months later, I realized God never asked me for this “sacrifice” of prayer. It seemed holy at the time, but after examining my heart, I realized I was praying because I wanted God to do what I wanted rather than the other way around.

God asks us to be faithful. Our actions may seem like they’re pleasing to God, but our motivations need to match. God is interested in our hearts, not our sacrifices.

MOVING FORWARD: Consider adding five minutes of prayer to your day—but without conditions or for your own desires. Use the time to listen to God.

PRAY for the Diocese of Daejeon (Korea)

Ps 145 * 145:1-9 | Deuteronomy 10:17-21 | Hebrews 11:8-16 | Matthew 5:43-48

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