Entry 013 Praying for Good Days
In this season of Holy Week celebration, we commemorate the life, sacrifice, death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It was the best of times and the worst all at the same time. Jesus would face unfathomable cruelty and rejection, yet it pleased God to bruise His beloved only begotten Son for us. Because of Jesus’ sacrifice, we gained free justification by grace through faith, but it cost Jesus his life. It has been said that our good days outweigh our bad days, therefore we should not complain. The reality often is the opposite; when we look back over a life of struggle, hurt, grief, disappointment, and regret, the bad days appear to outnumber the good days. This makes it difficult to not complain. Upon changing perspective, we can investigate what makes a day good. Everyday is a day the Lord has made, so we should rejoice and be glad in it, because everything God made is good. A good day is not only a day that we were productive, got whatever we wanted, and had pleasant experiences. A day is good when we put God first, didn’t allow the devil to cause us act unseemly, when we helped someone who could not return the favor, when we learned from our mistakes, and when we glorified God in praise, worship and prayer. Though it may not feel like it sometimes, but it is good to be alive. The dead cannot serve God. Being alive another day is another opportunity for God to use us, and for His promises to come to fruition in our lives. What really make a day good are not the tangible things that make us happy; because even the happy things are subject to make us sad. A good day is being intentional about rejoicing in God’s love, mercy, grace and favor, and choosing not to complain, despair, or be defeated. If we look at it from this perspective, all days are good. So praying for good days is asking God to teach us how to delight ourselves in Him as He gives us the desires of our hearts, so that we can become more aware of the new mercies and goodness we see each new day.
Simple Sample Prayer:
Dear Lord, as we commemorate your sacrifice for us, we bring our praises instead of our complaints. We thank you for loving us so much that you gave your life for us, and are risen again within us. We claim by faith this day, and every day thereafter that you allow us to see to be a good day, for everything you made is good. We proclaim that this is the day that you have made, so we will rejoice in spite of what we are going through, and we will command our souls to be glad. We love you, and we thank you for loving us first. Help us to show your love each day. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.