January 01, 2023
By Brooke Holt
Eternal Father, you gave to your incarnate Son the holy name of Jesus to be the sign of our salvation: Plant in every heart, we pray, the love of him who is the Savior of the world, our Lord Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.” The Collect of the Holy Name (January 1), Book of Common Prayer
What seeds are you planting in your life today? What kind of seeds are you watering and nurturing? Are they the seeds of love – love of the Lord, his people, and his kingdom?
While this seed terminology may not be common to you as you consider your faith, it is part of the Collect’s prayer for today. The Collect implores the Father to plant love for his Son within the people of his church. And let’s face it. We are all planting seeds in our lives whether they be seeds of success, anger, faith, etc.
So back to the question: what seeds are you planting in your life today? The Lord has sent his Son into the world to be your Savior. Are you receiving him and are you growing daily in the love of him, in the knowledge and obedience to his Word, and in the fruit of his Spirit?
As you celebrate this season of Christmas, continue to assess your life. This prayer for today can become a daily prayer: Lord, you sent your Son to make the way for my salvation. Thank you. Now continue to work in my heart that I may love him with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength. Water the seeds of faith in me today.
What seeds are you planting, watering, and tending to in your life today? What new seeds might the Lord want to plant in your heart? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
Our honest prayer before God is evidence that we understand the ways He loves, cherishes, sees, and hears us. Through prayer, we can acknowledge with Hagar, “You are the living One who sees me” (Genesis 16:14). When we pray, we are affirming the same. Why do we often hide from this privilege? Why do we avoid God, the One who sees us as we are and stands ready to provide and answer us in his holy, timely way? In this 8-week study on the prayers of Job, Ruth, Hannah, and David, grow your prayer life by facing your honest need and bringing your whole self before God. Acknowledging God as the One who guides your path can change your heart. It can take you past fear and into faith, strength, and hope. Learn more about Honest Prayer.
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