In the time of the Kings of Israel and Judah, the men were told to write a copy of the Mosaic law for themselves and commit it to memory. The law would guide the Kings in decision-making, judgment, and care for the kingdom. As Spring gives way to Summer, many people are graduating from High School, College, preparing for marriage, and embarking on a new career. In the background are the two great commandments that would be encouraged to remember and never lose sight of. These “Great Commandments” are not mere words used to fill space on a page they are guiding principles by which we need to set the tone and cadence of our life. Those who are getting married soon, you will agree to the vows you right or the default read to you these also are not “mere words for an auspicious circumstance” they are promises that you will make to your spouse. If you want your marriage and life to grow and thrive you will remember these words and meditate on them so that when the trials come you will be prepared. When the dark times come, and there will be many, you will not
Readings: Matthew 22:36-40, Deuteronomy 17:18-20, John 21:15-19, Proverbs 3:13-18, Psalms 145
You are the Lord G-d above you there is none other. It was You who won the victories of my life and it was You who in my dark times guided me to safe shores. No one who has ever put their faith in you wrote your laws on the tablets of their hearts and walked in obedience ever regretted it. Today we are in the midst of dark times financially, spiritually, mentally, and physically and we need Your help. I pray for my brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus that their faith will not wane and that you will send help from the sanctuary (Psalms 20:2-5). Watch over these young men and women who are preparing to take their place in the workplace and help them to make wise decisions so that they will be a credit to You. Please Watch over those getting married and help them to always remember their vows and not abandon them. I pray for Ukraine, the people of Uvalde, and places where violence has separated family members. I pray for the military, law enforcement, and EMT communities that you will be with every one of them and bring them safely home. I pray over our politicians that you will continue to shake them to their core with the message of the Ephod so that they fully understand who they serve. I pray for the city of Stacy, the state of Minnesota, and the USA may your Spirit fall fresh upon us. I pray for the truckers who carry supplies to our communities. I thank you for healing our land by rain that refreshes the land and the storms that shake the heart of mankind. I pray for those who need a special touch from you today. Finally, I pray that my words will always be an encouragement to all who read these words in Jesus’ name I pray. May your peace be upon my family, city, state, nation, and world. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer (Psalms 19:14).