Reading and Prayer – May 27

Reading

James 3:13-18

Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.

But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.

Prayer

Loving Father, You are the provider of all heavenly understanding and the One capable guide to paths that lead to joy and fulfillment. Give me discernment to check and correct my own understanding and to put away all unhelpful thoughts that lead me astray. Make my heart more sensitive to Your guiding hand so that I can sense, understand, and appreciate Your working in my life. Help me fully yield to Your guidance that my paths may always be straight. 

Help me remember the countless times You’ve poured blessings upon me. Comfort me with thoughts of your faithful loving care that I may rid my mind and heart of doubts and anxieties. Help me find wisdom in Your faithful promises. Let them encourage me as I seek and follow Your direction and completely focus on the life You desire for me to have. Amen.