Thirst for Wisdom

By Jan Stoneking of Plano, Illinois, USA

But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.  James 3:17–18

God has given me so much. I appreciate this chance to testify of the power of the Holy Spirit for the peaceable kingdom of God!

Several years ago, after prayer and thoughtful consideration, I asked God to take away my addiction to romance novels and replace it with a thirst for good books. Until that prayer, I rarely had been aware of my prayers being answered so quickly and definitively. From that time until now, I have had no wish to read shallow fiction all the time. Although some fiction is worthwhile, today my library is full of good, spiritual, life-enhancing books.

This new discipline led to reading the Bible from cover to cover with an intense thirst for God’s word and direction. Today I still find myself amazed at the awesome nature of the Holy Spirit and its transforming power in my life.

Prayer for Peace:

God of wisdom, may we be peaceable, gentle, and full of mercy. Fill us with knowledge of what you would have us learn. Sow in us a thirst for your word. May we harvest the will to share the peace of Jesus Christ.

Spiritual Practice for the Week: Honoring the Worth of All Persons

Each day this week read Psalm 139:13–18. After each reading sit quietly and let the deep meaning of the words sink into your mind, heart, and body. Imagine God watching you grow in your mother’s womb. What thoughts and feelings do you have about being “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14a)? Sense the intimate knowledge God has of you and every child ever born.

Ask God for an awareness of the sacred worth of each person on the planet. Weep with God over the soul-wounding forces and events that rob people of dignity and worth. How are you being invited to notice, protect, heal, and affirm the spiritual identity of all God’s beloved people today? Pray for God’s compassion.

Peace Covenant:

Today, God, I will take time to learn more of you and your vision.

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  1. The staff of Thirst Missions invites you to join us in fulfilling the Great Commission to a country in great need of Jesus Christ. As you do so, you will be a blessing to the Belizeans and each of your group members will be greatly blessed.

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