Daily Prayer Guide

Be strong and of good courage, fear not, nor be affrighted at them: for Jehovah thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. – Deut 31:6

Passage, immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins! Away, O soul! hoist instantly the anchor! Out the hawser, haul out, shake out every sail! Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough? Have we not groveled here long enough eating and drinking like mere brutes? Have we not darkened and dazed ourselves with books long enough? Sail forth… steer for the deep waters only, Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me, For we are bound where mariner has not dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

My Father, give me joyful courage to squarely face my life. Help me to know that I cannot vanquish life by evading duties, nor encircling myself with indulgences. If I may be blind to my situation, restore my sight that I may make ready a worthy passage with thee. Amen.

Daily Comfort

“Then David went to Jonathan and asked–What have I done? What is my crime? How have I wronged your father, that he is trying to kill me?” – 1 Sam 20:1

A true friend is a refuge. We all have troubles at some time. For many years we may get along quietly, and without sore trial; but the day will come to all of us–when we shall be in sorrow or danger. It may be in such an experience as David’s, when people shall misjudge us, or become our enemies without cause, and may seek to harm us. It may be sickness that comes upon us, or bereavement, or severe loss of some kind. Whatever the trouble may be, a true friend will prove a great comfort to us in the experience.

It is a blessed thing to have one friend that we are sure of, though all others fail us. We can go to him then as David went to Jonathan, telling him all our heart’s burden. Young people should seek to have a friend older than themselves, to whom they can fly in trouble or in danger, and in whose faithful love they can find a sure and safe refuge. There is a wonderful strength in the confidence that one has such a friend.

“There is a Friend who sticks closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24. Christ is the best, strongest, wisest, truest, most helpful friend anyone can have. His friendship is a refuge indeed. We can flee to him in any danger, and find him ready always to comfort, shelter, and bless. However many human friends we may have–we all need Christ.

Daily Blessings

“But my God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

– Phil 4:19

Oh! if there were no Christ Jesus, there could be no “supply.” Howling in hell would our miserable souls be, unless there were a Mediator at the right hand of the Father; a blessed Jesus, full of love, pity, and power, co-equal and co-eternal in his divine nature with the Father and the Holy Spirit, and yet the God-Man, in whom “it has pleased the Father that all fullness should dwell.”

If there were not such a blessed Mediator at the right hand of God, not one drop of spiritual comfort, not one particle of hope, not one grace or fruit of the Spirit to distinguish us from the damned in hell, would ever be our lot or portion. Oh! we should never forget the channel through which these mercies come; we should never, for one moment, think that they could come through any other Person or in any other way, than through God’s only begotten Son, now in our nature, at his right hand, as our Advocate, Mediator, and Intercessor with the Father.

And this supply is “according to the riches of his glory;” which is, I believe, a Hebrew idiom, signifying his glorious riches—riches so great, so unlimited, so unfathomable, raising up the soul to such a height of glory, that they may well be called “glorious.” And these “in Christ Jesus;” stored up in him, locked up in him, and supplied freely out of him, just according to the needs and exercises of God’s people.

Dear Jesus

As you give yourself more and more to a life of constant communion with Me, you will find that you simply have no time for worry.

Dear Jesus,

I hate to say it, but I always find time for worrying! I have battled this worry-beast for years, with little success. Trying not to worry is like trying not to think about something: The more I try, the more anxious I become. I definitely need Your help in this battle.

Beloved, you do need My help, because trying to fight this battle on your own has been so counterproductive: Now you’re worrying about worrying! Your best strategy is to stop focusing on this problem and put your energy into communicating more with Me. This approach will help you achieve freedom from all sorts of negative tendencies, including worry. The idea is to replace hurtful, self-defeating behavior with something wondrously positive—communicating with your Creator and Savior.

Because I am your Creator, I know how you function best: I designed you for rich communion with Me. As your Savior, I also know how you function worst. Remember that I died for every one of your sins. Don’t just talk to Me; listen to Me as well. I speak to you through My Word, My Spirit, My creation. As you give yourself more and more to communicating with Me, you will find your worry-time vanishing.

“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?”
~ Luke 12:25–26 

An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up. 
~ Proverbs 12:25

Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.
~ Psalm 25:4–5

Be unceasing in prayer [praying perseveringly]. 
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:17

Early Morning Prayer

GIVING AND RECEIVING 
Luke 6:38; 2 Corinthians 8:1-4; 9:6-7

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

I pray that you will give generously to others, for the Lord will bless those who are generous. May you reap what you have sown. May you understand that the measure you use in giving to others will be the same measure that will be returned to you. I pray that you will sow generously, then, and from God’s riches you will also reap generously. May God grant you a heart that gives even beyond your ability. May you give in faith.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.