Genesis Forty-nine


Holy Spirit, help us to hear and respond to what You are saying to us throughout Your word. Remind us that all of scripture is God-breathed and we can benefit from it in more ways than we understand. You make no mistakes in how You have laid out Your word. May we seek Jesus in Your word everyday to become more and more like Him. 

Father God, prevent us from being hasty and short-sighted in daily decision making. We often want to do what feels good and right in the moment, but if it is sin, it always carries long-term consequences. We know You can redeem all our past mistakes. Keep us disqualifying ourselves repeatedly because of short-sighted and instant gratification. May we never take Your grace for granted.

Holy Spirit, help us to not be deceitful even when we are supposedly doing the right things in everyone else’s eyes. You judge the motives and intents of our hearts even when we might be completely justified in the eyes of the world. You are never deceived. Keep us from abusing the sacred to be sacrilegious and being violent for the sake of violence. 

Lord Jesus, You are the Lion of Judah who justifies us. You are our gift of salvation; help us to humble ourselves and receive You. The obedience of all the nations of the world belongs to You alone. You bring joy and redemption as You reap a harvest of abundant worship. Keep us grateful for the fact that it is never too late for You to change us. Make us holy as You are Holy. 

Father God, extend the borders of our influence beyond what we can visualize or anticipate because of Your faithfulness to us. Keep us from using the gift of hard work to enslave ourselves to this world. May we view both work and rest as Your gifts to us and be wise stewards of both. May all our work be for You and may we find rest in you alone.

Lord Jesus, keep us from using human wisdom to make decisions that have eternal consequences. Help us to be just in our judgments to the best of our abilities as you lead us. Keep us from giving the enemy of our soul a foothold into our lives because of how we judge others. You are the only righteous judge who can save us.

Holy Spirit, give us victory over our enemies, both physical and spiritual. May we see ourselves as part of Your kingdom coming and Your will being done on earth. Transform our lives from the inside out as we bear Your abundant fruit. Release us to speak words of reformation, repair, and restoration for Your kingdom. 

Father God, we all want to be remembered for doing something big that goes beyond our days on earth. Help us to understand the irony though that how we impact those around us in the little things contributes to the big thing. Remind us that leaving a legacy is more than leaving behind a big name. It has to do with being willing vessels available for Your work in us, with us, and through us in Jesus name.

Lord Jesus, You are fruitful in all that You do. You help us overcome obstacles so that we can step beyond the walls that hold us back. Despite persistent resistance, Your heritage remains strong. Power, majesty, and victory are in Your hands. You go into battle for us and defend us as our Good Shepherd. You have resisted all the schemes of the enemy and have emerged victorious on our behalf. All the blessings of heaven and earth belong to You alone! 

Father, Son, and Spirit, may we draw close enough to You to hear that You are One! Let loving You with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength be the greatest legacy we leave behind. May we teach our children to do the same as we go about the task of daily living. Teach us to be in awe of You and worship You alone. Help us to understand Your word, so that we can keep it and have abundant life through You. You have already rescued us from the enemy of our soul. May we prevail by doing what is right by faith and contend for the inheritance that is already ours in Your name. -Amen!  

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Roshni Di Stefano

Roshni was born in Mumbai, came of age in Montreal, and now lives in Youngstown, Ohio. She works as a physical therapist and likes to write. She also enjoys sipping masala chai or gin and tonic on the porch while trying not to drool excessively over her Canadian-Italian-American husband. In her spare time, she herds two kids.

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