Daily Prayer Guide

Then your light will shine like the sunrise; your restoration will quickly arrive; your godly behavior will go before you, and the Lord’s splendor will be your rear guard.— Isa 58:8

Prune thou thy words, the thoughts control
That o’er thee swell and throng;
They will condense within thy soul,
And change to purpose strong.
— John H. Newman

Think truly, and thy thoughts
Shall the world’s famine feed;
Speak truly, and each word of thine
Shall be a fruitful seed;
Live truly, and thy life shall be
A great and noble creed.
— Horatio Bonar

We ought to love everybody and make everybody love us. Then everything else is easy.
— Alice Freeman Palmer

Almighty God, look upon me with pity; so often I have obeyed the thoughts that have been misleading and profitless. Make me more careful of what I think and say, and may I learn from my mistakes the forbidden paths. Help me to keep my mind in unity with thy will. Amen.

Jesus Lives

Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in Me is kept safe. You’re beginning to realize how much your life is hampered by fear of man. This condition has been so much a part of your daily existence that you failed to recognize it until recently. Now that you realize what’s going on, let Me help you break free from this fear of other people’s disapproval.

I will give you a two-pronged approach for dealing with this crippling condition. First, replace your fear of displeasing people with eagerness to please Me—the Lord of the universe. Make pleasing Me your highest priority. Include Me in your thinking whenever you are making plans or decisions. Let your desire to enjoy My approval shine brightly, illuminating your thoughts and choices.

The second way to free yourself from fear of man is to develop deeper trust in Me. Instead of trying to please people so they will give you what you want, trust in Me—the Supplier of all your needs. My glorious riches never run short, nor does My Love for you. People can easily deceive you, promising you things with no intention of following through. Even if they mean well at the time, they may change their minds later on. Because I remain the same forever, I am absolutely dependable. Trusting in people is risky. Trusting in Me is wise: It keeps you safe.

Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.

~ Proverbs 29:25

So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.

~ 2 Corinthians 5:9

And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.        

~ Philippians 4:19

But you remain the same, and your years will never end.

~ Psalm 102:27

Evening Prayer

GIFTS AND SERVICE 
1 Corinthians 12:4-7, 11-12, 27-28

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

May you appreciate the different gifts given by the Holy Spirit to those in the body of Christ. May you realize that each individual has been appointed a specific act of service for the common good. Likewise, may you realize your own gifting and assigned service, in order that you may fulfill your role in the body of Christ. I pray that you will rest secure wherever God may call you. May you honor and glorify Him through your work. I pray that you will discover the gift that the Holy Spirit has given you and fulfill the acts of service God has appointed for you.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Eternal Perspectives

Thinking of Heaven will motivate us to live each day in profound thankfulness to God: “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe” (Hebrews 12:28).

In Perelandra, C. S. Lewis’s protagonist says of his friend Ransom, who has recently returned from another planet, “A man who has been in another world does not come back unchanged.” A man who gives sustained thought to another world—the Heaven where Christ is and the resurrected Earth where we will live forever with him—also does not remain unchanged. He becomes a new person. He’ll no longer fill his stomach with stale leftovers and scraps fallen to a dirty kitchen floor. He smells the banquet being prepared for him. He won’t spoil his appetite. He knows what his mouth is watering for.

~ Randy Alcorn, [Heaven]