Evening Prayer

WORKING FOR THE LORD

[Colossians 3:23-24]

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

I pray that as you work, you will work with all your heart as if serving the Lord. May you work diligently and be steadfast, even when no one is looking. I pray that you will not be satisfied with mediocre performances, but that you will strive to show excellence worthy of the name of Christ. May you understand that your reward comes from Him, and that His reward is greater than any earthly reward for your work. May God place His seal of approval on you today.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Evening Devotional

Solace, Security, Satisfaction

My dynasty is approved by God, for he has made a perpetual covenant with me, arranged in all its particulars and secured. He always delivers me, and brings all I desire to fruition.

[2 Sam 23:5]

This is not so much one promise as an aggregate of promises — a box of pearls. The covenant is the ark which contains all things.

These are the last words of David, but they may be mine today. Here is a sigh: things are not with me and mine as I could wish; there are trials, cares, and sins. These make the pillow hard.

Here is a solace — “He hath made with me an everlasting covenant.” Jehovah has pledged Himself to me, and sealed the compact with the blood of Jesus. I am bound to my God and my God to me.

This brings into prominence a security, since this covenant is everlasting, well ordered, and sure. There is nothing to fear from the lapse of time, the failure of some forgotten point, or the natural uncertainty of things. The covenant is a rocky foundation to build on for life or for death.

David feels satisfaction: he wants no more for salvation or delectation. He is delivered, and he is delighted. The covenant is all a man can desire.

O my soul, turn thou this day to thy Lord Jesus, whom the great Lord has given to be a covenant to the people. Take Him to be thine all in all.

~ Charles Spurgeon ~

Truth For Today

AUTHORITATIVE TEACHING

The people were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority.

[MATTHEW 7 : 28 – 29]

One fact that struck Jesus’ audiences as much as any other was that He was an authoritative teacher. The most predominant New Testament word used for authority pertains to power and privilege and demonstrates the sovereignty of Christ.

In contrast to Jesus, the Jewish scribes quoted others to lend authority to their teachings. The Lord needed to quote only God’s Word and could speak as the final authority on truth. He spoke eternal truth simply, directly, powerfully, yet with love and compassion. That astounded His hearers—and it should also profoundly impress us.

~ John MacArthur ~

Streams in The Desert

Mark 6:46

Christ Jesus, in his humanity, felt the need of complete solitude—to be entirely by himself, alone with himself. Each of us knows how draining constant interchange with others can be and how it exhausts our energy. As part of humankind, Jesus knew this and felt the need to be by himself in order to regain his strength. Solitude was also important to him in order to fully realize his high calling, his human weakness and his total dependence on his Father.

As a child of God, how much more do we need times of complete solitude—times to deal with the spiritual realities of life and to be alone with God the Father. If there was ever anyone who could dispense with special times of solitude and fellowship, it was our Lord. Yet even he could not maintain his full strength and power for his work and his fellowship with the Father without his quiet time. God desires that every servant of his would understand and perform this blessed practice, that his church would know how to train its children to recognize this high and holy privilege, and that every believer would realize the importance of making time for God alone.

Oh, the thought of having God all alone to myself and knowing that God has me all alone to himself!

~ Andrew Murray ~

If you were the only person remaining in the universe, your every thought would be, “God and I … ! God and I … !” And yet he is already as close to you as that. He is as near as if no heart but his and yours ever beat throughout the boundlessness of space.

O my soul, practice that solitude! Practice dismissing the crowd! Practice the stillness of your heart! Practice the majestic song “God and I! God and I!” Let no one come between you and your wrestling angel! You will receive conviction yet pardon, when you meet Jesus alone!

~ George Matheson ~

Live Loved

Men shall speak of the might of Your awesome acts, and I will declare Your greatness.
[Psalm 145:6]

God’s Promises Are Unending

Know this: God, your God, is God indeed, a God you can depend upon. He keeps his covenant of loyal love with those who love him and observe his commandments for a thousand generations” (Deuteronomy 7:9 msg).

God makes and never breaks his promises. The Hebrew word for covenant, beriyth, means “a solemn agreement with binding force.” His irrevocable covenant runs like a scarlet thread through the tapestry of Scripture. Remember his promise to Noah?

“I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be cut off by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.”

And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.” (Genesis 9:11–13)

Every rainbow reminds us of God’s covenant. Curiously, astronauts who’ve seen rainbows from outer space tell us they form a complete circle. God’s promises are equally unbroken and unending.

[Facing Your Giants]

Heavenly Father,

Your word tells us that not one of your promises has ever failed. You are a covenant God who is steadfast and true. We can count on every word you have spoken. We can rely on you to answer our prayers as you have promised. We can stand firm on the truths of your word,

Amen.

Blessed be the Lord, who has given rest to His people Israel, according to all that He promised. There has not failed one word of all His good promise, which He promised through His servant Moses.

[1 Kings 8:56]

The Lord your God is He who fights for you, as He promised you.

[Joshua 23:10]

Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments.

[Deuteronomy 7:9]

~ Max Lucado ~