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

Eternal Perspectives

I believe there will be more in heaven than in hell. If you ask me why I think so, I answer, because Christ in everything is to have the preeminence (Colossians 1:18), and I cannot conceive how he could have the preeminence if there are to be more in the dominions of Satan than in paradise.

Moreover, it is said there is to be a multitude that no man can number in heaven (Revelation 7:9). I have never read that there is to be a multitude that no man can number in hell.

I rejoice to know that the souls of all infants, as soon as they die, speed their way to paradise. Think what a multitude there is of them! And then there are the just and the redeemed of all nations up till now. And there are better times coming, when the religion of Christ shall be universal. And in the thousand years of the great millennial state there will be enough saved to make up all the deficiencies of the thousands of years that have gone before.

~ Charles Spurgeon, “Heavenly Worship,” Sermon 110

🙏 Early Morning Prayer 🙏

LOVE WITH HIS LOVE 
John 3:16; 1 John 4:7-8, 11, 19

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

In times when you struggle to love a “difficult” person, may God remind you of His awesome love for you. May you remember God’s great love for you that even while you were a sinner, He did not give up on you. I pray that when you recall God’s love, you will not withhold your love for others, for He sent His one and only Son to die for you, that you may have eternal life. May you know that you can love, because God first loved you.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Live Loved

“Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”
~ MARK 14:36 NLT 

Face Fear with Honest Prayer 

Jesus did more than speak about fear. He faced it. The decisive acts of the gospel drama are played out on two stages—Gethsemane’s garden and Golgotha’s cross. Friday’s cross witnessed the severest suffering. Thursday’s garden staged the profoundest fear. It was here, amidst the olive trees, that Jesus “fell to the ground. He prayed that, if it were possible, the awful hour awaiting him might pass him by. ‘Abba, Father,’ he cried out, ‘everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine’ ” (Mark 14:35–36 NLT). . . . Of what was Jesus afraid?

The cup equaled Jesus’ worst-case scenario: to be the recipient of God’s wrath. He had never felt God’s fury, didn’t deserve to. He’d never experienced isolation from his Father; the two had been one for eternity. He’d never known physical death; he was an immortal being. Yet within a few short hours, Jesus would face them all. God would unleash his sin-hating wrath on the sin-covered Son. And Jesus was afraid. Deathly afraid. And what he did with his fear shows us what to do with ours.

He prayed. He told his followers, “Sit here while I go and pray over there” (Matthew 26:36). One prayer was inadequate. “Again, a second time, He went away and prayed. . . . And prayed the third time, saying the same words” (vv. 42, 44). He even requested the prayer support of his friends. “Stay awake and pray for strength,” he urged (v. 41 NCV). 

Jesus faced his ultimate fear with honest prayer.

Lord, when you were confronted with a fearful situation, you faced it with honest prayer. Grant us the wisdom and the strength to do the same. No matter how frightening the circumstance, may we choose to share it with you in sincere and simple prayer. Before we turn anywhere else, may we turn to you. By the comfort of your Holy Spirit, may we find peace and hope and joy, amen.

For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

[HEBREWS 13:5]

“With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

[MATTHEW 19:26]

Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.

[PSALM 37:5]

Truth For Today

STAYING ALIVE

But made alive in the spirit. 
[1 PETER 3:18]

Today’s verse makes a specific reference to the life of Jesus’ spirit—it does not refer to the Holy Spirit. The apostle Peter is contrasting what happened to the flesh (or body) of Jesus with what happened to His spirit. His spirit was alive but His flesh was dead.

Some think “made alive in the spirit” refers to Christ’s physical resurrection, but that would necessitate a statement like, “He was put to death in the flesh but made alive in the flesh.” The resurrection was a spiritual and physical occurrence. Thus Peter’s point has to be that though Christ was physically dead, His spirit was still alive.

On the cross, Christ’s spirit experienced brief separation from God. He said, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matt. 27:46). The separation ended quickly, however, for shortly after our Lord’s lament, He said, “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit” (Luke 23:46). Then, His spirit was no longer separated from God; it was committed to the Father.