Monday, August 22

Opening Prayer: Almighty God, open Your Word to me today as I read, reflect, and pray. May I know Your best wishes for me today. Amen.

Read: James 1

Reflect: This week as you read through the book of James take time to reflect on the words and phrases that stand out to you. James can be a very challenging book. Read it prayerfully and ask the Holy Spirit to give you clarity and insight in to the Word.

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself.

Hymn: “Close to Thee”
Thou, my everlasting portion,
More than friend or life to me,
All along my pilgrim journey,
Savior, let me walk with Thee.
Close to Thee, close to Thee,
Close to Thee, close to Thee
All along my pilgrim journey,
Savior, let me walk with Thee.

Not for ease or worldly pleasure
Nor for fame my prayer shall be.
Gladly will I toil and suffer;
Only let me walk with Thee.
Close to Thee, close to Thee,
Close to Thee, close to Thee
Gladly will I toil and suffer;
Only let me walk with Thee.

Lead me through the vale of shadows;
Bear me o’er life’s fitful sea;
Then the gate of life eternal
May I enter, Lord, with Thee.
Close to Thee, close to Thee,
Close to Thee, close to Thee
Then the gate of life eternal
May I enter, Lord, with Thee.

Closing Prayer: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 1:2 (NIV)

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