Quiet Time

so that you may be like your Father in heaven, since he causes the sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

[Matt 5:45 NET]

The best name by which we can think of God is Father. It is a loving, deep, sweet, heart–touching name, for the name of father is in its nature full of inborn sweetness and comfort. Therefore, also, we must confess ourselves children of God, for by this name we deeply touch our God, since there is not a sweeter sound to the father than the voice of the child.

~ Martin Luther ~

Streams in The Desert

Security in Storms

Meanwhile the boat, already far from land, was taking a beating from the waves because the wind was against it.

[Matt 14:24 NET]

Rude and blustering the winds of March often are. Do they not typify the tempestuous seasons of my life? But, indeed, I ought to be glad that I make acquaintance with these seasons. Better it is that the rains descend and the floods come than that I should stay perpetually in the Lotus Land where it seems always afternoon, or in that deep meadowed Valley of Avilion where never wind blows loudly. Storms of temptation appear cruel, but do they not give intenser earnestness to prayer? Do they not compel me to seize the promises with a tighter hand grip? Do they not leave me with a character refined?

Storms of bereavement are keen; but, then, they are one of the Father’s ways of driving me to Himself, that in the secret of His presence His voice may speak to my heart, soft and low. There is a glory of the Master which can be seen only when the wind is contrary and the ship tossed with waves.

“Jesus Christ is no security against storms, but He is perfect security in storms. He has never promised you an easy passage, only a safe landing.”

Oh, set your sail to the heavenly gale,

And then, no matter what winds prevail,

No reef can wreck you, no calm delay;

No mist shall hinder, no storm shall stay;

Though far you wander and long you roam

Through salt sea sprays and o’er white sea foam,

No wind that can blow but shall speed you Home.

~ Annie Johnson Flint ~

Believer’s Daily Treasure

Peace in Death

Take note of the one who has integrity! Observe the godly! For the one who promotes peace has a future.

[Ps 37:37 NET]

How bless’d the righteous when he dies,

When sinks a weary soul to rest!

How mildly beam the closing eyes!

How gently heaves the expiring breast!

Life’s labour done, as sinks the clay,

Light from its load the spirit flies;

While heaven and earth combine to say,

“How bless’d the righteous when he dies!”

Evening Prayer

REFINING HIS CHILDREN

[Jeremiah 9:7; Zechariah 13:9; Malachi 3:3]

I pray that God will mold you and transform you into the person He wants you to be. Because you are unique in your calling and purpose, may you be willing to surrender yourself to your Maker. Whatever you are going through, may you trust Him and know that He is refining you like silver and gold. Allow God to take you down His path; do not fear, for He is in control. As a child of God, your Heavenly Father knows what’s best for you. May you be assured that this refinement is for your own good, so that you may be able to receive and enjoy the glorious inheritance He has in store for His children. I pray that you will submit to God, as He works in your life.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Prayer Guide

Today I invoke heaven and earth as a witness against you that I have set life and death, blessing and curse, before you. Therefore choose life so that you and your descendants may live!

[Deut 30:19 NET]

The Great Being unseen, but all-present, who in his beneficence desires only our welfare, watches the struggle between good and evil in our hearts, and waits to see whether we obey his voice, heard in the whispers of conscience, or lend an ear to the Spirit Evil, which seeks to lead us astray. Rough and steep is the path indicated by divine suggestion; mossy and declining the green way along which temptation strews flowers. Then conscience whispers, “Do what you feel is right, obey me, and I will plant for you firm footing.”

~ Charlotte Brontë ~

God help us do our duty, and not shrink,

And trust in heaven humbly for the rest.

~ Owen Meredith ~

Prayer

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My Father,

As I review my life I am impressed how accurately my deeds have copied my thoughts. And though I have failed the so often, yet I pray that thou wilt accept my yearnings, to think and work for the best in every day.

Amen.