Evening Prayer

I pray that your attitude will be the same as that of Christ Jesus, who, in spite of being fully God, humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death. Like Christ, may you willingly take on the nature of a servant. May you prefer to serve than to be served, to be humble than to lord it over. I pray that God will exalt you for your humility and obedience.

In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Live Loved

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

[Matthew 6:34]

Worry Dishonors God

You look at tomorrow’s demands, next week’s bills, next month’s silent calendar. Your future looks as barren as the Sinai Desert. “How can I face my future?” …

God knows what you need and where you’ll be… Trust him. “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes” (Matthew 6:34 msg).

The Greek word for worry, merimnao, stems from the verb merizo (divide) and nous (mind). Worry cleavers the mind, splitting thoughts between today and tomorrow. Today stands no chance against it. Fretting over tomorrow’s problems today siphons the strength you need for now, leaving you anemic and weak.

Worry gives small problems big shadows. Montaigne said, “My life has been full of terrible misfortunes, most of which never happened.” Corrie ten Boom commented, “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows; it empties today of its strength.” Worry scuttles our lives, hurts us, and most sadly, dishonors God.

[Every Day Deserves a Chance]

Father,

When demands or disasters come our way, help us trust you. Help us trust you to guide us safely through the storms of life. Help us turn to you for guidance when we feel lost and confused. Most of all, help us remember your loving faithfulness that has never failed,

Amen.

In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

[Romans 8:37]

A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.

[Proverbs 16:9]

For You are my lamp, O Lord; the Lord shall enlighten my darkness.

[2 Samuel 22:29]

~ Max Lucado ~

Strength Today

The king of Israel replied, “Tell him the one who puts on his battle gear should not boast like one who is taking it off.”

[1 Kgs 20:11]

Clothe yourselves with the full armor of God so that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.

[Eph 6:11]

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Was I not girded for the battle-field?

Bore I not helm of pride and glittering sword?

Behold the fragments of my broken shield,

And lend to me Thy heavenly armor, Lord!

~ ANONYMOUS ~

Oh, be at least able to say in that day,—Lord, I am no hero. I have been careless, cowardly, sometimes all but mutinous. Punishment I have deserved, I deny it not. But a traitor I have never been; a deserter I have never been. I have tried to fight on Thy side in Thy battle against evil. I have tried to do the duty which lay nearest me; and to leave whatever Thou didst commit to my charge a little better than I found it. I have not been good, but I have at least tried to be good. Take the will for the deed, good Lord. Strike not my unworthy name off the roll-call of the noble and victorious army, which is the blessed company of all faithful people; and let me, too, be found written in the Book of Life; even though I stand the lowest and last upon its list. Amen.

~ C. KINGSLEY ~

Afternoon Prayer

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

[1 Thessalonians 5:16]

Father God,

Today, I may find myself standing knee deep in life's cares, unsure of my next course of action. It may be a day laden with mistakes, frustrating me to no end, but I will hold strong to what You teach me in Your Word, and rejoice, every step of the way.

Amen

Evening Devotional

For Ages and Ages

“Is it well with the child?” And she answered, “It is well.”

[2 Kings 4:26]

Recommended Reading

2 Kings 4:18-37

While ministering in Colorado Springs, evangelist D. L. Moody received a message that his little grandson and namesake had died. From his grieving heart, Moody wrote home, saying, “I know Dwight is having a good time, and we should rejoice with him. What would the mansions be without children? And he has gone to help get things ready for his parents. You know the Master said: ‘The last shall be first.’ He was the last to come into our circle, and he is the first to go up there! So safe, so free from all the sorrow that we are passing through! I do thank God for such a life. It was nearly all smiles and sunshine. What a glorified body he will have, and with what joy he will await your coming! … You will have the dear little man with you for ages and ages…. The word that keeps coming to my mind is this: ‘It is well with the child.’”1

When a child goes to heaven, it grieves us to the depths, but what a comfort to know that one day we will be reunited and that, in Christ, all is well.

We can say, “It is well with my soul.”

And then the thought that the Savior will take such good care of him! No going astray; no sickness; no death. Dear, dear little fellow!….

[D. L. Moody]

~ Dr. David Jeremiah ~