Context: At the end of an eventful day, I was thanking God for all I had experienced, when suddenly this little prayer began to rise in my mind. Each line led to the next, until it was finished almost before I knew it. I’m so grateful to God for offering me a fresh start every day, bringing new opportunities for prayer, praise, thanks, rejoicing, comfort, repentance, forgiveness and service.
I am the Lord, the God of Israel, the one who calls you by name (Isaiah 45:3; NLT).
Call me to your path each day, Lord,
Draw me to your side.
Take me in your arms each day,
Forgive my foolish pride.
Bind me to your heart each day, Lord,
Keep me close to you.
Merge my soul with yours each day,
Then help me start anew.
His mercies begin afresh each morning (Lamentations 3:23; NLT).
Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else. Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:15-18; NIV).
Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23; NLT).