For God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16
For God so loved, He gave everything. What are we willing to give in the name of love? We generally are generous to our families and sometimes to our friends. We may even support a local charity or give a dollar to the man we pass each morning on the corner with his sign. We may give out of guilt or obligation, but God wants us to give out of love – out of a heart of gratitude and joy.
It is not just gifts from our treasuries that are important, but the use of our time, the gift of our praise and intercession for others that our God values. Jesus spent time with His friends. He made time to talk with strangers to teach truths to the crowds, to sit with children, to speak with His Father and search His soul.
On this National Day of Prayer, we are reminded to set aside some of our valuable time to talk with God. To praise Him, to thank Him, acknowledge our sins, and pray for ourselves and the needs of others. We can especially pray for our country, our leaders, and our military men, women and their families, that God would guide, direct and protect.
We have received from His compassion – may we give all we have in the same spirit.