Evening Prayer

FEAR GOD, HATE SIN
Numbers 14:18; 1 Timothy 6:11; 2 Timothy 2:22

In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You

I pray that a holy fear of God will be instilled deep in your heart and that out of this fear, you will not tolerate sin in your life. Remember that God does not leave sin unpunished, because He is a righteous and just God. May you realize that God hates sin because He loves you and does not want you destroyed by sin. I pray that you will have the humility to admit to God any sin in your life. I pray that you have the fear of the Lord in your heart, so you may fervently pursue His righteousness.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

All Children

For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
~ Galatians 3:26 [NLT]

Is this a hall pass where we get to do whatever pleases us because of our faith in Christ?  No way!  But if you are feeling unworthy of God’s love because of what you have done lately, take heart.  God loves you still.  This is just a reminder we can easily get out of balance between performing good works and believing those good works will make us right with God.  Reflecting back, have you ever become out of balance between the two? 

Dear Jesus

Be willing to go out on a limb with Me. If that is where I am leading you, it is the safest place to be.

Dear Jesus, 

I’m really not much of a risk taker. I prefer to play it safe. However, staying close to You is my heartfelt desire. I want to follow wherever You lead—even if it’s out on a limb. Help me follow You confidently, rather than fearfully. 

Beloved, bring all your fears to Me. Fears that are not dealt with tend to magnify themselves. Expose them to the revealing Light of My Presence, and they will shrink to manageable proportions. Some of them may even become comical when you view them from this perspective.

As fearfulness loosens its grip on you, you are freed to follow Me. Grasp My hand tightly, as we edge our way out onto the limb. Since I go before you in this venture, you can keep your eyes on Me as you step out in faith. Soon we will get to a resting place, and then you can look around. If you like, glance back at the tree trunk: the place from which we branched out on this adventure. While gripping My hand to steady yourself, look toward the horizon; enjoy the view from this treetop perspective.

You are actually safer here—out on this limb with Me—than you would be on the ground. In this new, challenging environment you stay alert: communicating with Me continually, holding My hand in trusting dependence. Overly familiar surroundings may feel safer, but they can lull you into sleepy self-reliance. That is when you tend to forget about Me; it’s also when you are most likely to fall. Follow Me confidently wherever I lead, and the shelter of My Presence will keep you safe.

If the Lord delights in a man’s way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand. 
~ Psalm 37:23–24 

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 
~ Hebrews 12:2 

In the shelter of your presence you hide them from the intrigues of men; in your dwelling you keep them safe from accusing tongues. 
~ Psalm 31:20