Evening Prayer

SORROW OVER SIN 
2 Corinthians 7:8-11

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

I pray that the Holy Spirit will expose any sin in your life and fill you with godly sorrow regarding that sin. May your sorrow lead you to repentance that leads to salvation, a repentance that leaves no regret. May this godly sorrow produce in you an eagerness to purify yourself and live a clean life. May it bring indignation against sin, and a longing to see righteousness and justice fulfilled. I pray that godly sorrow will change you more and more into the likeness of Christ.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Daily Strength For Daily Needs

I will arise and go to my Father. — Luke 15:18 WEB

O my God, my Father! hear,
And help me to believe;
Weak and weary I draw near;
Thy child, O God, receive.
I so oft have gone astray;
To the perfect Guide I flee;
Thou wilt turn me not away,
Thy love is pledged to me.
—HYMNS OF THE SPIRIT

O child, hast thou fallen? arise, and go, with childlike trust, to thy Father, like the prodigal son, and humbly say, with heart and mouth, “Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before Thee, and am no more worthy to be called Thy son; make me as one of Thy hired servants.” And what will thy heavenly Father do but what that father did in the parable? Assuredly He will not change His essence, which is love, for the sake of thy misdoings. Is it not His own precious treasure, and a small thing with Him to forgive thee thy trespasses, if thou believe in Him? for His hand is not shortened that it cannot make thee fit to be saved.
—JOHN TAULER

Daily Streams

Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are – Jas 5:17

Thank God for that! He got under a juniper tree, as you and I have often done; he complained and murmured, as we have often done; was unbelieving, as we have often been. But that was not the case when he really got into touch with God. Though “a man subject to like passions as we are,” “he prayed praying.” It is sublime in the original—not “earnestly,” but “he prayed in prayer.” He kept on praying. What is the lesson here? You must keep praying.

Come up on the top of Carmel, and see that remarkable parable of Faith and Sight. It was not the descent of the fire that now was necessary, but the descent of the flood; and the man that can command the fire can command the flood by the same means and methods. We are told that he bowed himself to the ground with his face between his knees; that is, shutting out all sights and sounds. He was putting himself in a position where, beneath his mantle, he could neither see nor hear what was going forward.

He said to his servant, “Go and take an observation.” He went and came back, and said , how sublimely brief! one word …“Nothing!”

What do we do under such circumstances?

We say, “It is just as I expected!” and we give up praying. Did Elijah? No, he said, “Go again.” His servant again came back and said, “Nothing!” “Go again.” “Nothing!”

By and by he came back, and said, “There is a little cloud like a man’s hand.” A man’s hand had been raised in supplication, and presently down came the rain; and Ahab had not time to get back to the gate of Samaria with all his fast steeds. This is a parable of Faith and Sight—faith shutting itself up with God; sight taking observations and seeing nothing; faith going right on, and “praying in prayer,” with utterly hopeless reports from sight.

Do you know how to pray that way, how to pray prevailingly? Let sight give as discouraging reports as it may, but pay no attention to these. The living God is still in the heavens and even to delay is part of His goodness.

~ Arthur T. Pierson

Each of three boys gave a definition of faith which is an illustration of the tenacity of faith. The first boy said, “It is taking hold of Christ”; the second, “Keeping hold”; and the third, “Not letting go.”

Evening Prayer

SERVE GOD, NOT MONEY 
~ Luke 16:13; 1 Timothy 6:10 ~

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

I pray that you will love God and know that He is your provider. May you not love money nor be eager for it, for this may cause you to wander from your faith. I pray that you will guard your heart from the love of money for this is idolatry and will take the place of God. May you remember that no one can serve both God and money, for loving money is the root of all kinds of evil. I pray that you will allow Him to take His rightful place in your heart, as your only Master.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Jesus Always

Trust in Me at all times. Pour out your heart to Me, for I am your refuge. The more you rely on Me, the more effectively I can help you. Trusting Me is appropriate for all circumstances: joyful and sorrowful, peaceful and stressful. In fact, things that cause you stress can serve as reminders to seek My Face. I want you to remember that I am with you, taking care of you, even when life hurts. Talk with Me about your troubles and leave them with Me. Then rest in My Presence while I go to work on your behalf.

Tell yourself the truth about Me. Use words of Scripture to describe Me: “You are my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” I am indeed a refuge—a safe place to find shelter in the storms of life. Speaking or singing such truths is an effective way to draw near Me. Your mind usually has several thoughts or thought-fragments passing through it at once. Instead of just thinking about Me, speak out loud; this gives focus to your thoughts—and to your trust in Me.

Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.
—Psalm 62:8 

Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His face evermore!
—1 Chronicles 16:11 nkjv 

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
—1 Peter 5:7 

I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
—Psalm 91:2