Devotional for Tuesday after Lent 1

May all kings fall down before him,
    all nations serve him!
For he delivers the needy when he calls,
    the poor and him who has no helper.
He has pity on the weak and the needy,
    and saves the lives of the needy. ~ Psalm 72:11-13

We Americans like to think we’re strong and self-reliant. We don’t like to see ourselves as weak and needy, but that’s exactly what we are without the Lord. When we rely on our own desires and plans, things usually don’t go very well. We find ourselves in trouble when we don’t call upon God, confess our weakness and neediness, and ask for His guidance. The Holy Spirit lives within us, and He will lead us in the paths we should walk. But if we fail to admit our needs and rely on our own wisdom, we are likely to be far away from God’s plan for us and close to falling into Satan’s grasp.

Lord God, even though I want to believe I’m strong and independent, the truth is that I am weak and needy. My own thoughts and plans that seem to good to my flesh, my human nature, lead me away from Your will. Open the eyes and ears of my heart and mind to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

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