Evening Prayer

Even when an army is deployed against me, I do not fear. Even when war is imminent, I remain confident.

Ps 27:3 NET


Soul, rule thyself; on passion, deed, desire,
Lay thou the laws of thy deliberate will.
Stand at thy chosen post, Faith’s sentinel:
Though Hell’s lost legions ring thee round with fire,
Learn to endure.

— Arthur Symonds


The confidence in another man’s virtue is no slight evidence of a man’s own, and God willingly favors such a confidence.

— Montaigne


Prayer

My Father,

May I ever be kept in remembrance of my virtue, and may I be sensitive to its strength. As I go on my way, keep me within control of the impetuous desires of my nature, and in call of the duties and obligations of my daily life.

Amen.

 

Daily Light

Evening

The human spirit is like the lamp of the Lord.

Prov 20:27 NET

“Whoever among you is guiltless may be the first to throw a stone at her.” … Now when they heard this, they began to drift away one at a time, starting with the older ones, until Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him.

“Who told you that you were naked? Did you eat from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”

So whoever knows what is good to do and does not do it is guilty of sin.—that if our conscience condemns us, that God is greater than our conscience and knows all things. Dear friends, if our conscience does not condemn us, we have confidence in the presence of God.

For although all things are clean, it is wrong to cause anyone to stumble by what you eat. Blessed is the one who does not judge himself by what he approves.

Examine me, and probe my thoughts! Test me, and know my concerns! See if there is any idolatrous tendency in me, and lead me in the reliable ancient path!


John 8:7, John 8:9, Gen 3:11, Jas 4:17, 1 John 3:20-21, Rom 14:20, Rom 14:22, Ps 139:23-24

 

Evening Devotional

“The barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by Elijah.”

1Ki 17:16

See the faithfulness of divine love. You observe that this woman had daily necessities. She had herself and her son to feed in a time of famine; and now, in addition, the prophet Elijah was to be fed too. But though the need was threefold, yet the supply of meal wasted not, for she had a constant supply. Each day she made calls upon the barrel, but yet each day it remained the same. You, dear reader, have daily necessities, and because they come so frequently, you are apt to fear that the barrel of meal will one day be empty, and the cruse of oil will fail you. Rest assured that, according to the Word of God, this shall not be the case. Each day, though it bring its trouble, shall bring its help; and though you should live to outnumber the years of Methuselah, and though your needs should be as many as the sands of the seashore, yet shall God's grace and mercy last through all your necessities, and you shall never know a real lack. For three long years, in this widow's days, the heavens never saw a cloud, and the stars never wept a holy tear of dew upon the wicked earth: famine, and desolation, and death, made the land a howling wilderness, but this woman never was hungry, but always joyful in abundance. So shall it be with you. You shall see the sinner's hope perish, for he trusts his native strength; you shall see the proud Pharisee's confidence totter, for he builds his hope upon the sand; you shall see even your own schemes blasted and withered, but you yourself shall find that your place of defence shall be the munition of rocks: “Your bread shall be given you, and your water shall be sure.” Better have God for your guardian, than the Bank of England for your possession. You might spend the wealth of the Indies, but the infinite riches of God you can never exhaust.

~ Charles Spurgeon ~

Dear Jesus

Invite Me into your thoughts by whispering My Name. Suddenly your day brightens and feels more user-friendly.


Dear Jesus,

When I speak Your Name in loving trust, I sense Your Presence and feel myself drawing closer to You. There is great Power in Your Name: I’ve found that simply whispering “Jesus” can turn a hard day into a good one. By calling upon Your Name frequently, I acknowledge my continual need of You.

Beloved, when you pray My Name, you are actually calling upon Me: My very Being. I joyfully respond to your invitation by coming nearer to you.

I am pleased by your desire to rely on Me in your small moments, as well as in the big events of your life. When you whisper My Name, I respond not only to your neediness but also to your love. As you look to Me, My Face shines upon you in radiant approval—brightening your day and helping you feel secure.

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.
Acts 4:12

Come near to God and he will come near to you.
James 4:8

And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
Acts 2:21

The Lord make His face to shine upon and enlighten you and be gracious (kind, merciful, and giving favor) to you. The Lord lift up His [approving] countenance upon you and give you peace [tranquility of heart and life continually].
Numbers 6:25–26 AMP


~ Sarah Young ~

Always Listens

I often think God hasn’t heard me when I’ve prayed. When it seems like I haven’t gotten a response, I feel like God hasn’t listened, or he doesn’t think my prayer is important enough. If God truly heard me, he would do something, or say something to me.

But God hears us every time we pray. When he doesn’t reply immediately, it doesn’t mean he hasn’t listened, or we’ve done something to “distance” ourselves from God. It’s not as if he’s upset with us, and that’s why he’s not responding.

God will respond to our prayers when he thinks it’s right, and will act in our lives at a pace designed with his love for us at heart. As much as we’re concerned for our circumstances, or distraught over the life of another — God is just as concerned, and aware of every detail. He cares more than we ever could, and feels more strongly than we ever could feel.

At all times, God’s reasoning for his actions is based on his immense love for us, and his true love for those around us. Remember, when God doesn’t respond immediately to our prayers, it’s not because we haven’t prayed “properly,” or that we’re separate from God. He hears every word, and will act at the right time. God loves all of us very deeply. Pray to him as much as you can. He always listens.

~ Mona M. Hanna ~

 

Daily Light

Morning

“For this is the way God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”

John 3:16 NET

And all these things are from God who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and who has given us the ministry of reconciliation. In other words, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting people’s trespasses against them, and he has given us the message of reconciliation. Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making His plea through us. We plead with you on Christ’s behalf, “Be reconciled to God!” God made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in him we would become the righteousness of God.—God is love. By this the love of God is revealed in us: that God has sent his one and only Son into the world so that we may live through him. In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, if God so loved us, then we also ought to love one another.


2 Cor 5:18-21, 1 John 4:8-11

Daily Strength

Dear friends, let us love one another, because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been fathered by God and knows God.

1 John 4:7 NET

So to the calmly gathered thought

The innermost of life is taught,

The mystery dimly understood,

That love of God is love of good;

That to be saved is only this,—

Salvation from our selfishness.

J. G. Whittler

The Spirit of Love, wherever it is, is its own blessing and happiness, because it is the truth and reality of God in the soul; and therefore is in the same joy of life, and is the same good to itself everywhere and on every occasion. Would you know the blessing of all blessings? It is this God of Love dwelling in your soul, and killing every root of bitterness, which is the pain and torment of every earthly, selfish love. For all wants are satisfied, all disorders of nature are removed, no life is any longer a burden, every day is a day of peace, everything you meet becomes a help to you, because everything you see or do is all done in the sweet, gentle element of Love.

WM. LAW