Father, through Zechariah, You told the people of Bethel that it was not simply the observance of anniversaries, holy festivals, feasts and fasting, which pleased You. It is the condition of my heart that You are concerned with.
While it is true that those things can be done as acts of worship to honor You, the Lord Almighty; they can also be done for the sake of the activity. You alone know the hearts of the people involved; whether they participate to please themselves or to honor You.
Father, today help me examine myself. Search my heart, look at my motives. Do not let me simply “go through the motions.” Fill my spirit!
When I praise You, I will do it with a full and sincere heart.
When I give money or time or energy, I will do it gladly as an act of worship.
When I read Your Word, I will do it with an open mind and spirit to hear and receive what You have to say to me.
When I feast or fast, I will do it not for the recognition of others, but for an audience of One – You. And whether I am celebrating Christmas or Passover I will do it with sensitivity to the spiritual meaning, not just what history or the world has made it to be.
Father, I acknowledge and thank You for Your deeds. I celebrate and trust the way You do things. I don’t always understand, because Your ways are not my ways – but I trust them. And I cannot wait until every knee bows to You, and every tongue confesses that You, indeed, are Lord! Amen!