Iron Sharpens Iron
Updated: Dec 31, 2022
As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. Proverbs 27:7
Dear Lord Jesus,
I praise You for all the wonderful people in my life, and I ask that You may bless my relationships. May they be centered around You, giving You all the glory.
You created me so that I may glorify You. That's my ultimate purpose on this earth - to bring You glory. You are the most glorified in me when I am the most satisfied in You. God is most glorified in you when you are the most satisfied in Him. - John Piper. May my satisfaction never be self-centered. May my satisfaction always be Christ-centered, for I know that true joy can only be found in You, Jesus. Lord, I pray that my joy in You radiates to others the truth and love of Christ.
Companionship always increases our joy. Your favorite show is good when watched alone, but it is way better when your best friend is on the couch watching it with you. Somehow, a great meal becomes amazing when enjoyed in the intimacy of your husband or wife. Going for a walk on a beautiful fall day is pleasant, but you notice and appreciate the fall colors even more when you walk with your Mom. We naturally want to invite our family and friends into what we enjoy. “You have to read this book I read!” “You have to try that restaurant with me!” "You have to listen to this song I heard!" But out of all the joys in life, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is the greatest joy. The greatest joy in the world is to know Jesus Christ. The second greatest joy is to make Him known. - Steve Lawson. We were made for God. We were made to enjoy God. We were made to praise God for His creation and all the gifts He gives us. We were made to center our lives around Him every single day, giving Him all the glory in everything we do, say, and think. So, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).
Like any other joy, our joy in Jesus will be the fullest when we share Him with others. Spending time with other Christians is enriching and invaluable. Friendships with other believers help us to enjoy our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ even more and grow stronger in our own personal walks with Him. Let us never reverse this and use God as a means to enjoy people more. If we only go to Him to ask for a husband or a wife, for friends, or for children to enjoy, it reveals that we see God as the means to gain someone or something else. We should be doing the opposite. We should be looking for more of Christ in other people. Interestingly enough, we will enjoy our relationships more, the more our relationships become a means of enjoying Jesus.
Lord, I pray that You help me find meaningful friendships and relationships with those who also center their lives around You. Help me find people in this world who understand their ultimate purpose in life and desire to fulfill that purpose. Lead me to those who's highest goal in life is to bring You glory in everything they do, and help me be encouraged through them to do the same. I pray that we grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ, reach greater heights of joy in You, and spend eternity together, glorifying and praising You.
Lord, I praise You for loving me before the foundation of the world, setting me apart for Your purposes, and opening my eyes to see the glorious light of Jesus, full of grace and truth.
Help me to be a light in this dark world. Help me to let the light of Jesus shine so that I can help others come to know You and be saved by Your grace. Lord, I know I can't convince anyone to believe in the Truth. It's not my job to save anyone, but it is my responsibility and the greatest privilege on earth to share the gospel message faithfully. I know that it's only by Your grace that people will see Jesus. As I share the gospel message and plant seeds of truth, Lord I ask that You bring the growth. Please have mercy on those who are lost and blind, and open their eyes to see the light of the gospel, like you did mine. I praise You for saving me from my sins and gifting me eternal life, by grace through faith in Jesus.
Lord, it is Your will that people be saved, sanctified, saturated with Your Word, Spirit-filled, submissive, suffering for the sake of Jesus, and saying thanks always for what Jesus has accomplished for us in His life, death on the cross, and resurrection. Lord, I pray for Your will to be done.
All glory belongs to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen
God is most glorified in you when you are the most satisfied in Him. - John Piper
We were made to know and treasure the glory of God above all things; and when we trade the treasure for other things, everything is disordered. The sun of God’s glory was made to shine at the center of the solar system of our soul. And when it does, all the planets of our life are held in their proper orbit. But when the sun is displaced, everything flies apart. The healing of the soul begins by restoring the glory of God to its flaming, all attracting place at the center. - John Piper
The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray. Proverbs 12:26
Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm. Provers 13:20
Do not be deceived: Bad company ruins good morals. 1 Corinthians 15:33
13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. (Romans 10:13-17)