Evening Prayer

REFINING HIS CHILDREN 
Jeremiah 9:7; Zechariah 13:9; Malachi 3:3

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

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.

Evening Prayer

RECEIVE AND SHARE COMFORT 
2 Corinthians 1:3-5

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

I pray that you may find comfort in our God, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort. May He meet you in your time of need. I pray that Christ’s comfort overflows to strengthen you so you may help ease the pain of others in return. May you never withhold love and comfort from those in need. In spite of your troubles, may you still encourage others with the comfort you have received from God’s grace in your life.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Eternal Perspectives

God uses suffering and impending death to unfasten us from this earth and to set our minds on what lies beyond. I’ve lost people close to me. (Actually, I haven’t lost them, because I know where they are—rather, I’ve lost contact with them.) I’ve spent a lot of time talking to people who’ve been diagnosed with terminal diseases. These people, and their loved ones, have a sudden and insatiable interest in the afterlife. Most people live unprepared for death. But those who are wise will go to a reliable source to investigate what’s on the other side. And if they discover that the choices they make during their brief stay in this world will matter in the world to come, they’ll want to adjust those choices accordingly.
~ Randy Alcorn, [Heaven]

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

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

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.

Eternal Perspectives

A SUFFERING STANDARD

For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens. 
~ 1 PETER 3:18

Jesus was executed as a criminal on a cross. Yet He was guilty of no crime—no wrong, no trespass, no sin. He never had an evil thought or spoke an evil word. His was the most unjust execution ever perpetrated on a human being. Yet it shows us that though a person MAY be perfectly within the will of God— greatly loved and gifted, perfectly righteous and obedient— he May still experience unjust suffering. Like Jesus, you MAY be misunderstood, misrepresented, hated, persecuted, and even murdered. Yet you must follow His standard.

Today With Tozer

Knowing Him
For all this we would not underestimate the importance of mere knowing about. Its value lies in its ability to rouse us to desire to know in actual experience. Thus knowledge by description may lead on to knowledge by acquaintance. May lead on, I say, but does not necessarily do so. Thus we dare not conclude that because we learn about the Spirit we for that reason actually know Him. Knowing Him comes only by a personal encounter with the Holy Spirit Himself.

 

How shall we think of the Spirit? A great deal can be learned about the Holy Spirit from the word spirit itself. Spirit means existence on a level above and beyond matter; it means life subsisting in another mode. Spirit is substance that has no weight, no dimension, no size nor extension in space. These qualities belong to matter and can have no application to spirit. Yet spirit has true being and is objectively real. If this is hard to visualize, just pass it up, for it is at best but a clumsy attempt of the mind to grasp that which is above the mind’s powers. And no harm is done if in our thinking about the Spirit we are forced by the limitations of our intellects to clothe Him in the familiar habiliments of material form.

 

Verse
So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.
Galatians 5:16

Thought
Spirit means existence on a level above and beyond matter; it means life subsisting in another mode. Spirit is substance that has no weight, no dimension, no size nor extension in space.

Prayer
Holy Spirit, we long to know You, to have a personal encounter with You.