My prayer for you and me this week...
Holy Spirit remind us of our desperate condition without Christ. God, Your word tells us we were dead in our transgressions and sins (Ephesians 2:1) until You, who are rich in mercy, made us alive in Christ (Ephesians 2:4-5).
This week, Holy Spirit, I ask You to cause us to see our own face in the faces of the people we tend to judge. As we encounter wretched sinners this week, may we see ourselves in their place. Give us a visual of our own dead, dry bones without Christ's resurrected life in us.
Surely, Lord God Almighty, this recognition of our own
resurrection from death to life will create a flood of gratitude in our own hearts, and overflow into hearts of compassion for those around us who are the walking dead.
The Spirit of the Lord asked Ezekiel, "Son of man, can these bones live?" Then He said to me, "Prophesy to these bones and say to them, 'Dry bones hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life."
Ezekiel 37:3-5 (NIV)