Evening Prayer

Lord,

Your Son, Jesus, is my High Priest. He understands and sympathizes with my weaknesses and this excruciating pain of rejection. In His name I approach Your throne of grace with confidence, so that I may receive mercy and find grace to help me in my time of need. I ask You to forgive my sins, and I receive Your mercy; I expect Your healing grace to dispel the rejection I am suffering because of the false accusations and demeaning actions of another.

Forgive me for turning my back on Jesus and looking the other way — He was despised, and I didn’t care. Yet it was my grief He bore, my sorrows that weighed Him down. He was wounded and bruised for my sins. He was beaten that I might have peace; He was lashed, and with His stripes I was healed.

In the face of rejection I will declare, “The Lord is my Light and my Salvation — whom shall I fear or dread? The Lord is the Refuge and Stronghold of my life — of whom shall I be afraid?” [Ps. 27:1]

Amen

Reprogrammed For Righteousness

Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You. [Psalm 119:11]

A man once said to me, “I’ve come to Christ, but I still have so much garbage in my mind. How do I clean it out?” I answered him, “You’ve been programmed by the world for a long time, so your mind is full of filth. Therefore, it has to be reprogrammed— completely cleansed.”

The only way to reprogram your mind with God’s righteousness is to read, study, and meditate on the Word of God. “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord” (Col. 3:16).

If you’re a Christian, and you submit to the Holy Spirit as you study Scripture, you will have a reprogrammed mind that focuses on God’s righteousness and helps you live accordingly (Rom. 12:1–2; Phil. 4:8).

~ John MacArthur ~

Daily Light

The unity of the Spirit. [Eph 4:3]

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.

~ Samuel Bagster ~

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

Dear Jesus

The secret of being thankful is learning to see everything from My perspective. My world is your classroom. My Word is a lamp to your feet and a light for your path.

Dear Jesus,

I know from experience that days when I’m thankful tend to be times of blessing. Sometimes it’s easy to be grateful—when I wake up on the right side of the bed and encounter no major problems. At other times, thankfulness feels as unreachable as the stars. That’s when I need a perspective-lift: helping me see things from Your viewpoint.

Beloved, I delight in lifting your perspective. That’s why I ventured into your world as an infant, even though I knew the price I would pay. My motivation was to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison, and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness. When you are feeling thankless, ask Me to open your eyes and release you from the dark dungeon of ungratefulness.

You live in an age of entitlement, so you need to counteract the barrage of propaganda proclaiming you deserve more. One way to lean against such lies is to jot down each day some things for which you are thankful. This helps you focus on blessings in your life, rather than on things you want but do not have.

It is crucial to saturate your mind with Scripture: reading it, pondering it, memorizing portions of it. This can help you see things from My infinitely wise perspective. My Word is sharper than any double-edged sword; I use it to perform spiritual surgery on the thoughts and attitudes of your heart. As Scripture lights up your perspective and your path, I set you free from the prison of ingratitude. Thus I release you to enjoy the pleasures of a thankful heart.

To open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.

[Isaiah 42:7]

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.

[Psalm 119:105]

For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

[Hebrews 4:12]

~ Sarah Young ~