Prayer Guide

And life will be brighter than the noonday; though there be darkness, it will be like the morning.

[Job 11:17 NET]

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Nature demands that man be ever at the top of his condition. He who violates her laws must pay the penalty, though he sit on a throne.

~ James G. Elaine ~

Dig channels for the streams of love,

Where they may broadly run;

And love has overflowing streams

To fill them every one.

For we must share if we must keep

The good things from above;

Ceasing to give, we cease to have—

Such is the law of love.

~ R. C. Trench ~

Prayer

My Father, I would remember that it is mostly from my inspirations that I conceive life. Take away hatred and vanity that keep me in faults, and awake in me the thoughts that are responsible for visions that lead to high ideals. Amen.

Evening Devotional

The Lord our Righteousness.

[Jer 23:6]

It will always give a Christian the greatest calm, quiet, ease, and peace to think of the perfect righteousness of Christ. How often are the saints of God downcast and sad! I do not think they ought to be. I do not think they would be—if they could always see their perfection in Christ. There are some who are always talking about corruption, and the depravity of the heart, and the innate evil of the soul. This is quite true but why not go a little further, and remember that we are “perfect in Christ Jesus!” It is no wonder that those who are dwelling upon their own corruption should wear such downcast looks; but surely if we call to mind that “Christ is made unto us, righteousness,” we shall be of good cheer!

What though distresses afflict me, though Satan assaults me, though there may be many troublesome things to be experienced before I get to heaven, those are done for me in the covenant of divine grace; there is nothing wanting in my Lord, Christ has done it all. On the cross He said, “It is finished!” and if it is finished, then am I complete in Him, and can rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory, “Not having my own righteousness, which is of the law but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith!”

You will not find on this side heaven a holier people—than those who receive into their hearts the doctrine of Christ’s righteousness. When the believer says, “I live on Christ alone; I rest on Him solely for salvation; and I believe that, however unworthy, I am still saved in Jesus;” then there rises up as a motive of gratitude this thought, “Shall I not live to Christ? Shall I not love Him and serve Him, seeing that I am saved by His merits?” “The love of Christ constrains us!” “Those who which live—should not henceforth live unto themselves but unto Him which died for them.” If saved by imputed righteousness, we shall greatly value imparted righteousness.

Blessings

But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. For he will not speak on his own authority, but will speak whatever he hears, and will tell you what is to come.

[John 16:13 NET]

“He shall not speak of himself.” There is something peculiarly gracious in this feature of the Holy Spirit, that, if we may use the expression, he does not glorify himself by speaking of himself in the same direct, personal manner as the Father and the Son speak of themselves. Thus the Father speaks of himself all through the word; and the Son speaks of himself in Scripture after Scripture; but the Holy Spirit, though he speaks in the Scripture, for by his divine inspiration the whole was written, yet does not speak of himself in a positive, direct manner, nor call upon us in a clear, personal way to believe in, worship, and adore him.

But his office and work are to testify to our conscience and bear witness to our spirit of both the Father and the Son. Thus as a Spirit of adoption he enables the soul to cry, “Abba, Father,” and so testifies of the Father. As a Spirit of revelation he manifests to the soul the glorious Person of Christ, and thus testifies of the Son. But he does not in a personal manner manifest himself, or testify of himself.

How, then, do we know him? By his operations, his influences, his teachings, his consolations, his sealings, his softenings, meltings, humblings, waterings, enlargings, openings, liberatings, strengthenings, and enablings. The Lord therefore said to his disciples, “But you know him, for he dwells with you, and shall be in you.” Thus we know his indwelling by the light he gives to see our evidences clear and bright; by the life which he diffuses into the soul, to renew and revive our drooping graces; by the submission which he imparts in affliction and tribulation to the sovereign will of God; by the meekness which he bestows under the chastening rod; by the gracious confidence which he will not allow us to cast away; by the holy boldness which he grants before the enemies of truth; by the zeal which he kindles in the heart for the truth as it is in Jesus, and for the glory of God; by the suitable words which he brings to the mind in defense of the gospel; and by the power which he gives to speak them forth with an authority which silences, if it does not convince, the adversary.

Thus, though the blessed Spirit does not speak of himself, he makes himself effectually known by his indwelling power and grace. O blessed Teacher, holy Comforter, gracious Intercessor, and heavenly Witness, come and take up your abode in our heart; there reveal and form Jesus, the hope of glory; there shed abroad the love of God; there bear your divine testimony to our sonship; there cry, “Abba, Father;” there teach and sanctify and bless, that we and all in whom you have wrought your work of grace may be “filled with all joy and peace in believing, that we may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Light on The Daily Path

“But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land before you, then those whom you allow to remain will be irritants in your eyes and thorns in your side, and will cause you trouble in the land where you will be living.”

[Num 33:55 NET]

Compete well for the faith.—The weapons of our warfare are not human weapons, but are made powerful by God for tearing down strongholds. We tear down arguments and every arrogant obstacle … and we take every thought captive to make it obey Christ.

So then, brothers and sisters, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh (for if you live according to the flesh, you will die), but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body you will live.

For the flesh has desires that are opposed to the Spirit, and the Spirit has desires that are opposed to the flesh, for these are in opposition to each other, so that you cannot do what you want.—But I see a different law in my members waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that is in my members.—In all these things we have complete victory through him who loved us!

[1 Tim 6:12, 2 Cor 10:4-5, Rom 8:12-13, Gal 5:17, Rom 7:23, Rom 8:37]

Mornings With God

Love does no wrong to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

[Rom 13:10 NET]

We help or hurt others, according as we stand or falter in life’s trials. We do not know what of the strength it may mean to other souls for us to be faithful any little hour. We do not know what eyes are upon us in the life of the common days, with eager desire to learn if indeed there be grace in Christ to help one to be true. Our victory means for others a brief in Christ’s power to help, and our failure would mean the weakening of faith and hope in them. We never know what interests of others may depend on our being faithful and firm any hour.

“Oh, if our brother’s blood cry out to us,

How shall we meet Thee, who hast loved us all –

Thee whom we never loved, not loving him?

The unloving cannot chant with seraphim,

Bear harp of gold or palm victorious,

Or face the Vision Beatifical.”

Evening Prayer

FAITH IN HIS PROMISES

[Romans 4:20-22]

I pray that you will always be in faith. May you be excited about all that God has promised you. Even at times when situations do not go your way, may you not waver through unbelief regarding the promises of God. May your faith continuously strengthen you. May you be fully persuaded that God has the power to do what He has promised. I pray that you will have the faith of Abraham, for this too will be credited to you as righteousness. May God bless you with unwavering faith in His promises today.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.