Morning Prayer

AWED BY HIS WAYS
Psalm 92:4-5; Isaiah 55:8

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

I pray that you will understand that God’s thoughts and ways are not like yours. May the Lord open your eyes to the incredible work He is doing around you, that you may be awed by His wonderful deeds. May you sing for joy at the works of His hands. May you be amazed at His profound thoughts. I pray that His marvelous ways will bring you to a humble recognition of the magnitude of His greatness, leading you to trust in His ways completely.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Evening Prayer

For he is our God; we are the people of his pasture, the sheep he owns. Today, if only you would obey him! He says, “Do not be stubborn like they were at Meribah, like they were that day at Massah in the wilderness,
Ps 95:7-8 NET

Be wise to-day; ’tis madness to defer;
Next day the fatal precedent will plead;
Thus on, till wisdom is pushed out of life.
Procrastination is the thief of time;
Year after year it steals, till all are fled,
And to the mercies of a moment leaves
The vast concerns of an eternal scene.
– Dr. Edward Young

O, my friend, rise up and follow
Where the hand of God shall lead;
He has brought thee through affliction,
But to fit thee for his need.
– Mary Howitt

Prayer

Lord God,

I come to thee for help, that I may make more of my life. Steady me, that I may know its value without wavering, and the loss it sustains from wasted days. I pray that I may live more in thy commandments, and with my work accept the joy of thy love.

Amen.

Daily Light

Evening

The unity of the Spirit.
Eph 4:3 NET

There is one body and one Spirit.—Through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer foreigners and noncitizens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of God’s household, because you have been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. In him the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

Look! How good and how pleasant it is when brothers live together! It is like fine oil poured on the head which flows down the beard – Aaron’s beard, and then flows down his garments.

You have purified your souls by obeying the truth in order to show sincere mutual love. So love one another earnestly from a pure heart.

Eph 4:4, Eph 2:18-22, Ps 133:1-2, 1 Pet 1:22

God Eases The Pressure We Feel

I’m going through my day, trying to complete my tasks and feeling a great deal of pressure. I’m trying to be responsible and ethical and hard working, and am very concerned about doing things properly.

Then I feel for a moment what God is like. God doesn’t place this pressure on me. He wants me to be calm and to relax. He wishes to bear my burdens. I don’t have to worry about doing things perfectly to succeed — whether I succeed or not is based on God’s strength, and his wishes and desires. God looks at me with such love, and tells me to calm down and not to worry. I’m not on my own, with my problems and my situation. I’m with God.

Even if I’m overwhelmed with a dark situation, and feel as if I’m doing the wrong thing — God doesn’t reject me because of this. He’s still with me, with me in the situation, and offering his love just as much as if nothing were wrong. He loves us. His love isn’t conditional on us doing the right thing. His love is eternal and bound to us.

We can breathe easier. We don’t need to be stressed. God has us. He’ll protect us. He’ll manage all our situations. He’ll control what will happen. If we ask for forgiveness, God wipes our slate clean. He loves us so strongly. He has us, and will control our lives.

~ Mona Hanna ~

Evening Devotional

“And these are the singers … they were employed in that work day and night.”
1Ch 9:33

Well was it so ordered in the temple that the sacred chant never ceased: for evermore did the singers praise the Lord, whose mercy endureth for ever. As mercy did not cease to rule either by day or by night, so neither did music hush its holy ministry. My heart, there is a lesson sweetly taught to thee in the ceaseless song of Zion’s temple, thou too art a constant debtor, and see thou to it that thy gratitude, like charity, never faileth. God’s praise is constant in heaven, which is to be thy final dwelling-place, learn thou to practise the eternal hallelujah. Around the earth as the sun scatters his light, his beams awaken grateful believers to tune their morning hymn, so that by the priesthood of the saints perpetual praise is kept up at all hours, they swathe our globe in a mantle of thanksgiving, and girdle it with a golden belt of song.

The Lord always deserves to be praised for what he is in himself, for his works of creation and providence, for his goodness towards his creatures, and especially for the transcendent act of redemption, and all the marvellous blessing flowing therefrom. It is always beneficial to praise the Lord; it cheers the day and brightens the night; it lightens toil and softens sorrow; and over earthly gladness it sheds a sanctifying radiance which makes it less liable to blind us with its glare. Have we not something to sing about at this moment? Can we not weave a song out of our present joys, or our past deliverances, or our future hopes? Earth yields her summer fruits: the hay is housed, the golden grain invites the sickle, and the sun tarrying long to shine upon a fruitful earth, shortens the interval of shade that we may lengthen the hours of devout worship. By the love of Jesus, let us be stirred up to close the day with a psalm of sanctified gladness.

~ Charles Spurgeon ~