Morning Prayer

DO NOT BE QUICK TO JUDGE
Matthew 7:1-5

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

Praise God, our righteous Judge, for He is just, yet loving and merciful. May you follow His example by first seeing the good in others. May you not judge others, so that you will not be judged, for with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Instead, may you search your heart for anything that may displease the Lord. May you see others the way God sees them and have compassion for them. I pray that you will live a righteous life, so that you may set an example and win many to the Lord.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Evening Prayer

in hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the ages began.
Titus 1:2 NET

Truth is sensitive and jealous of the least encroachment of its sacredness.
– A. Bronson Alcott

Faith that withstood the shocks of toil and time,
Hope that defied despair,
Patience that conquered care,
And loyalty whose courage was sublime;

Teaching us how to seek the highest goal,
To earn the true success;
To live to love, to bless,
And make death proud to take a royal soul.
– Louisa M. Alcott

Nor is it
Wiser to weep a true occasion lost,
But trim our sails, and let old bygones be.
– Alfred Tennyson

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I pray that I may live in truth; and without fear of life or death live content in the faith of eternal life. Amen.

Daily Light

Evening

“Do you now believe?”
John 16:31 NET

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but does not have works? Can this kind of faith save him?… So also faith, if it does not have works, is dead being by itself.

By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac. He had received the promises, yet he was ready to offer up his only son…. he reasoned that God could even raise him from the dead.—Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar?… You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.

The one who peers into the perfect law of liberty and fixes his attention there, and does not become a forgetful listener but one who lives it out – he will be blessed in what he does.

“You will recognize them by their fruit. ”Not everyone who says to me, ’Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the kingdom of heaven – only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.“—”If you understand these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”

Jas 2:14, Jas 2:17, Heb 11:17-19, Jas 2:21, Jas 2:24, Jas 1:25, Matt 7:20-21, John 13:17

Evening Devotional

“Spices for anointing oil.”
Exo 35:8

Much use was made of this anointing oil under the law, and that which it represents is of primary importance under the gospel. The Holy Spirit, who anoints us for all holy service, is indispensable to us if we would serve the Lord acceptably. Without his aid our religious services are but a vain oblation, and our inward experience is a dead thing. Whenever our ministry is without unction, what miserable stuff it becomes! nor are the prayers, praises, meditations, and efforts of private Christians one jot superior. A holy anointing is the soul and life of piety, its absence the most grievous of all calamities. To go before the Lord without anointing is as though some common Levite had thrust himself into the priest’s office-his ministrations would rather have been sins than services. May we never venture upon hallowed exercises without sacred anointings. They drop upon us from our glorious Head; from his anointing we who are as the skirts of his garments partake of a plenteous unction. Choice spices were compounded with rarest art of the apothecary to form the anointing oil, to show forth to us how rich are all the influences of the Holy Spirit. All good things are found in the divine Comforter. Matchless consolation, infallible instruction, immortal quickening, spiritual energy, and divine sanctification all lie compounded with other excellencies in that sacred eye-salve, the heavenly anointing oil of the Holy Spirit. It imparts a delightful fragrance to the character and person of the man upon whom it is poured. Nothing like it can be found in all the treasuries of the rich, or the secrets of the wise. It is not to be imitated. It comes alone from God, and it is freely given, through Jesus Christ, to every waiting soul. Let us seek it, for we may have it, may have it this very evening. O Lord, anoint thy servants.

~ Charles Spurgeon ~