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Evening Prayer

Turn away from evil and do what is right! Strive for peace and promote it!
Ps 34:14 NET

Who are thy playmates, boy?
“My favorite is joy,
Who brings with him his sister Peace, to stay
The livelong day.
I love them both; but he
Is most to me!”

And where are thy playmates now,
O man of sober brow?
“Alas! dear joy, the merriest is dead,
But I have wed
Peace; and our babe, a boy
Newborn, is joy.”
– John B. Tabb

Prayer

Lord God,

May I realize more my dependence on thee for the joys of life. I pray that as I accept thy gifts I will not neglect to take the peace and happiness which thou dost give with them. Grant that I may have the bright hope and cheerful courage that is the experience of power and truth.

Amen.

 

Dear Jesus

The more challenging your day, the more of My Power I place at your disposal. As your day, so shall your strength be.

Dear Jesus,

This is a wonderful, practical promise. My strength seems quite insufficient for the demands I face today. Yet I know Your promises are trustworthy and true. So I look to You for strength sufficient to handle the challenges of this day.

Beloved, no matter how inadequate you may feel, you can always look to Me for help. You don’t need to go to a special place or assume a certain posture to seek My Face. Nor do you need to use elegant language or otherwise work to win My favor. I always look favorably on you, because I can see in you My own perfect righteousness. I am alive in you, and I know your thoughts better than you do. So a simple glance at Me, made in faith, is enough to connect you to My Power.

You tend to waste energy trying to determine whether your resources are adequate for the day’s demands. How much better to simply acknowledge your inadequacy when you awaken each morning! This frees you to rely on My infinite sufficiency. If you stay in touch with Me throughout the day, I will place enough Power at your disposal to meet your needs as they arise.

You often run into trouble when you keep checking up on your “power gauge” rather than looking to Me for My provision. This self-assessment can lead to panic, which quickly sends you into a downward spiral. As your mind races, searching for ways to bolster your resources, you become increasingly anxious. Yet as soon as you turn away from self-help and turn toward Me— your ever-present Help—you find that your strength surges: becoming equal to the demands of your day.

Your sandals shall be iron and bronze; As your days, so shall your strength be.
Deuteronomy 33:25 NKJV

Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.
Psalm 105:4

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Psalm 46:1

~ Sarah Young ~

 

Daily Light

Evening

“What are you doing asleep? Get up!”
Jonah 1:6 NET

For this land is not secure! Sin will thoroughly destroy it!—Keep thinking about things above, not things on the earth.—If wealth increases, do not become attached to it!—“Now seek the Lord your God wholeheartedly and with your entire being! Get up.”

“Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you will not fall into temptation!”—“But be on your guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day close down upon you suddenly like a trap.”—“When the bridegroom was delayed a long time, they all became drowsy and fell asleep.”—“For just a little longer and he who is coming will arrive and not delay.”—It is already the hour for us to awake from sleep, for our salvation is now nearer than when we became believers.—“Stay alert, then, because you do not know when the owner of the house will return – whether during evening, at midnight, when the rooster crows, or at dawn – or else he might find you asleep when he returns suddenly.”

Mic 2:10, Col 3:2, Ps 62:10, 1 Chr 22:19, Luke 22:46, Luke 21:34, Matt 25:5, Heb 10:37, Rom 13:11, Mark 13:35-36

 

Evening Devotional

“Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.”
Psa 31:5

These words have been frequently used by holy men in their hour of departure. We may profitably consider them this evening. The object of the faithful man’s solicitude in life and death is not his body or his estate, but his spirit; this is his choice treasure-if this be safe, all is well. What is this mortal state compared with the soul? The believer commits his soul to the hand of his God; it came from him, it is his own, he has aforetime sustained it, he is able to keep it, and it is most fit that he should receive it. All things are safe in Jehovah’s hands; what we entrust to the Lord will be secure, both now and in that day of days towards which we are hastening. It is peaceful living, and glorious dying, to repose in the care of heaven. At all times we should commit our all to Jesus’ faithful hand; then, though life may hang on a thread, and adversities may multiply as the sands of the sea, our soul shall dwell at ease, and delight itself in quiet resting places.

“Thou hast redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.” Redemption is a solid basis for confidence. David had not known Calvary as we have done, but temporal redemption cheered him; and shall not eternal redemption yet more sweetly console us? Past deliverances are strong pleas for present assistance. What the Lord has done he will do again, for he changes not. He is faithful to his promises, and gracious to his saints; he will not turn away from his people.

“Though thou slay me I will trust,
Praise thee even from the dust,
Prove, and tell it as I prove,
Thine unutterable love.
Thou mayst chasten and correct,
But thou never canst neglect;
Since the ransom price is paid,
On thy love my hope is stay’d.”

~ Charles Spurgeon ~

 
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Afternoon Prayer

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Daily Strength

For I am sure of this very thing, that the one who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.
Phil 1:6 NET

And you will be hated by everyone because of my name. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.
Matt 10:22 NET

Fill with inviolable peace;
Stablish and keep my settled heart;
In Thee may all my wanderings cease,
From Thee no more may I depart:
Thy utmost goodness called to prove,
Loved with an everlasting love!
—C. WESLEY

If any sincere Christian cast himself with his whole will upon the Divine Presence which dwells within him, he shall be kept safe unto the end. What is it that makes us unable to persevere? Is it want of strength? By no means. We have with us the strength of the Holy Spirit. When did we ever set ourselves sincerely to any work according to the will of God, and fail for want of strength? It was not that strength failed the will, but that the will failed first. If we could but embrace the Divine will with the whole love of ours; cleaving to it, and holding fast by it, we should be borne along as upon “the river of the water of life.” We open only certain chambers of our will to the influence of the Divine will. We are afraid of being wholly absorbed into it. And yet, if we would have peace, we must be altogether united to Him.
—H. E. MANNING

 
 
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