40 Days of Prayer - 2015
Day 25 - October 7

A Wealth of Weeds
By Mary Jo Cannard

I don’t know about you, but weeding is not one of my favorite things to do. Often when I do get out to do the weeding, I think about the lessons about sin I can learn from weeds.

Sometimes I ignore the weeds, and the they grow abundantly. That may seem to makes the job easier. Bigger weeds are easier to see and to grasp. Yet, when pulling them up, sometimes the wanted plants are damaged. Do I let big sins affect my relationship with God and others? At other times, I go out early in the season and tackle the weeds when they are small. It may seem this is the best plan, but often small weeds are hard to get a hold of, and it may be difficult to tell whether a plant is a weed or wanted. Sin is the same, seemingly innocent or even unrecognized in its beginning. Some plants have good camouflage. They blend in with the surrounding plants or the soil surrounding them. Are our sins as difficult to see? A good weeding strategy is to start early and keep with it.

Checking regularly for new or hidden weeds and keeping things under control. Seems the same strategy might work to keep the weeds of sins from our lives.

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9 ESV

Pray that you will recognize the sin in your life and, with divine help, get rid of it.
Pray that those who attend the meetings will come to understand sin and the influence it has on their lives.