ADORATION – Reflect on God’s Greatness
GOD IS GOOD
God is the embodiment of perfect goodness, and is kind, benevolent, and full of good will toward all creation.
Do good to your servant according to your word, Lord.
Teach me knowledge and good judgment, for I trust your commands.
Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word.
You are good, and what you do is good; teach me your decrees.
Praise the God of Perfect Goodness
Praise God for his good word. Praise God for his knowledge and wisdom. Praise God for the specific ways he has shown his goodness in your life.
CONFESSION: Confess your sins to God and receive his continued mercy.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
THANKSGIVING: Giving thanks to God for his specific blessings in our lives.
“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” Psalm 100
SUPPLICATION: Bringing our requests to God.
- Bring your personal prayer requests to God.
- Pray for Embrace. Ask God to use their work to protect the lives of unborn children and to introduce hurting mothers to Christ.
James 1:12-18 – English Standard Version
12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. 14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.
16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. 18 Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
Trials have the potential to grow our faith. Trials have the potential to tempt us to turn from God. In Scripture God allows and brings trials into our lives, but he is never behind temptation. God’s purposes in trials are for our lasting good; temptations are to be resisted because sin is never good. James goes from talking about trials to quickly making this key adjustment in our thinking. He knows that we can easily become confused when we conflate trials with temptations. “If one is from God,” we reason, “then so must the other be. If God is the author of temptation,” we can believe, “then he must not be good.” No, that is just not true. A good parent wants the child to grow, but does not desire the child to suffer harm. Testing is for our good; temptation away from God is never good. If you are going through trials, pay attention to the potential for temptation. Turn towards God in the trials and you will be turning away from temptation.