August Prayer - Day 8

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Lord you are my portion
    and my cup of blessing;
    you hold my future.
The boundary lines have fallen for me
    in pleasant places. 
Indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance. 

—Psalm 16:5-6


A Beautiful Inheritance

by Kayla Oliver

One of my favorite authors, Ruth Chou Simons, wrote, “I can’t drink from a cup that is already full of my own agenda and striving.” She got me thinking— How often do I try to fill my own cup with plans and expectations, only to become disappointed when my plans are thwarted and my expectations go unmet? You too?

Hopefully these verses represent good news! May we be encouraged by the truth that God holds our future. The cup he pours out is no longer a cup of wrath, but a cup of blessing thanks to Christ’s finished work. He himself is our inheritance! May we learn to deeply treasure the gift of Jesus, even as we wrestle to fully trust His plans. And may we rejoice with the Psalmist: “You reveal the path of life to me; in your presence is abundant joy; at your right hand are eternal pleasures.” (Ps. 16:11) This is a beautiful inheritance, indeed.


For prayer today:

  • The elders have asked that we pray for the marriages at LBC. Our marriages are often under attack, and we all need to be strengthened. If you know of individuals going through family challenges, pray for them by name.
  • Pray for our elders in their work of shepherding and giving oversight to our church: Richard Hostetter, Ed Holtz, Jim Cunningham, Mike Mikkelson, and Bart Johnson. Pray, too, for new generations of elders as we look to the coming years. Pray for individuals who meet the qualifications of 1 Timothy 3.