Evening Prayer

SEEK GOD’S COUNSEL

[1 Kings 22:5; Psalm 10:4; Isaiah 11:2-3; 30:1]

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

I pray that in all that God leads you to undertake, you will seek first the counsel of the Lord. May you never execute your plans without His guidance. Remember that only the proud do not seek Him or make room for Him in their plans. I pray that you will know that those who hide their plans from the Lord heap sin and despair. As you seek the Lord, may His Spirit rest upon you. May the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and power be always with you. Then, as you make your plans in accordance with God’s will, I declare that He will bless you and prosper you beyond your expectations.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Living for God’s Glory

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 10:23-33

Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

[1 Corinthians 10:31]

In his discussion on Christian freedom, the apostle Paul touches on some important principles for following Jesus. While emphasizing our personal freedom in Christ, he urges that we respect where others are in their spiritual maturity. Embedded in this discussion is the most important principle for Christian living: in everything we do, we are to live for God’s glory.

The Westminster Shorter Cate­chism lays out this lasting principle using the question “What is the chief end of man?” And it answers with a timeless, bedrock declaration: “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.”

Though we have all been created to glorify God, because of our sin and rebellion against him we live only to glorify and enjoy ourselves. And the ­tyranny of self-glorification brings us no enjoyment, just unending misery.

But, praise God, when we’ve been saved by grace through faith, the Holy Spirit begins to reorient our lives, nudging, prompting, stirring us to live not for ourselves but for God. And as we grow in glorifying our Lord and Savior, we discover our true, lasting joy and purpose in God alone.

Whatever you do today—from the most mundane chore to making the most weighty decision—do it all for God’s glory.

Prayer

By your grace, Father, help us to grow in knowing and loving you and those around us. For only in glorifying you do we fully discover whom you made us to be. Amen.

Jesus Calling

I AM WITH YOU. I am with you. I am with you. Heaven’s bells continually peal with that promise of My Presence. Some people never hear those bells because their minds are earthbound and their hearts are closed to Me. Others hear the bells only once or twice in their lifetimes, in rare moments of seeking Me above all else. My desire is that My “sheep” hear My voice continually, for I am the ever-present Shepherd.

Quietness is the classroom where you learn to hear My voice. Beginners need a quiet place in order to still their minds. As you advance in this discipline, you gradually learn to carry the stillness with you wherever you go. When you step back into the mainstream of life, strain to hear those glorious bells: I am with you. I am with you. I am with you.

[ISAIAH 41:10 NKJV; JEREMIAH 29:12–13; JOHN 10:14, 27–28]

~ Sarah Young ~

Morning Devotional

The Reformation: A Call to Faithfulness

Scripture Reading — Philippians 1:3-11

He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

[Philippians 1:6]

As we observe the 500th anniversary of the Reformation today, let’s praise God for faithful servants like Martin Luther and the other Reformers who sought to revive the church by calling it to return to its biblical moorings.

Reflecting on the five core teachings about our salvation, we can thank God for their call—then and now—to hold fast to Scripture alone, Christ alone, grace alone, and faith alone as we give glory to God alone. These unchanging truths should be our foundation for understanding salvation, living faithfully for God, and sharing our faith.

While prompting our thanksgiving, looking again at the Reformation should also be a reminder to us that like ocean tides, church movements have ebbs and flows. In our time, we need to keep affirming and proclaiming the spiritual truths of our salvation. For if our grasp of and commitment to these crucial teachings erode, so will the church and our own spiritual lives.

Still, while striving to persevere in the faith and in faithfulness, we can take comfort that the Lord of the church, Jesus Christ himself, will complete the good work God has started in us and through us.

“To [God] be the glory forever!” (Romans 11:36).

Prayer

Jesus, Savior and Lord of the church, by your Spirit guide us in understanding the truth that we may live for the praise and glory of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit forever. In your name we pray. Amen.