Devote yourselves to prayer
with an alert mind and a thankful heart.
Live wisely among those who are not believers,
and make the most of every opportunity.
Let your conversation be gracious and attractive
so that you will have the right response for everyone.
Colossians 4:2, 5-6
God stretches the northern sky over empty space
and hangs the earth on nothing.
He wraps the rain in his thick clouds,
and the clouds don’t burst with the weight.
He covers the face of the moon,
shrouding it with his clouds.
The foundations of heaven tremble;
they shudder at his rebuke.
…Who, then, can comprehend the thunder of his power?
Job 26:7-9, 11, 14
…“O Lord, I’m not very good with words.
I never have been,
and I’m not now,
even though you have spoken to me.
I get tongue-tied,
and my words get tangled.”
Then the LORD asked Moses,
“Who makes a person’s mouth?
Who decides whether people speak or do not speak,
hear or do not hear,
see or do not see?
Is it not I, the LORD?
I will wait for the LORD…
I will put my hope in him.
Someone may say to you,
“Let’s ask the mediums
and those who consult the spirits of the dead.
With their whisperings and mutterings,
they will tell us what to do.”
But shouldn’t people ask God for guidance?
Should the living seek guidance from the dead?
Look to God’s instructions and teachings!
People who contradict his word
are completely in the dark.
…They will be thrown out into the darkness.
Isaiah 8:17, 19-20, 22
For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day
when God will reveal who his children really are.
Against its will,
all creation was subjected to God’s curse.
But with eager hope,
the creation looks forward to the day
when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom
from death and decay.
For we know that all creation has been groaning
as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.
And we believers also groan,
even though we have the Holy Spirit within us
as a foretaste of future glory,
for we long for our bodies to be released
from sin and suffering…
For all who are led by the Spirit of God
are children of God.
So you have not received a spirit
that makes you fearful slaves.
Instead, you received God’s Spirit
when he adopted you as his own children.
Now we call him, “Abba, Father.”
For his Spirit joins with our spirit
to affirm that we are God’s children.
Those who are dominated by the sinful nature
think about sinful things,
but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit
think about things that please the Spirit.
So letting your sinful nature control your mind
leads to death.
But letting the Spirit control your mind
leads to life and peace.
The heavens proclaim the glory of God.
The skies display his craftsmanship.
Day after day they continue to speak;
night after night they make him known.
They speak without a sound or word;
their voice is never heard.
Yet their message has gone throughout the earth,
and their words to all the world.
God’s way is perfect.
All the LORD’s promises prove true.
He is a shield for all who look to him for protection.
…don’t get involved in foolish,
ignorant arguments that only start fights.
A servant of the Lord must not quarrel
but must be kind to everyone,
be able to teach,
and be patient with difficult people.
2 Timothy 2:23-24