Evening Prayer

STRENGTHEN YOUR HEART
Isaiah 40:29-31; 1 Thessalonians 3:13

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

I pray that you will put your hope in the Lord, so that your strength will be renewed. I pray that the Lord will protect you from stumbling and falling. I pray that God will increase your power to stand up against the weight and pressures of the world. May you have the strength of heart at all times, and soar above any difficult circumstance around you. I pray that God will strengthen your heart, so that you will be blameless and holy.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

The Jesus Family

Scripture Reading: Mark 3:20-34 
To all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. . . .
~John 1:12 
I grew up in a large extended family. It’s so large that I don’t know all of my first cousins. Though most of us love our families, we know there can be times of making mistakes, hurting one another, and dis­agreeing with each other. When conflicts come up, we should try to resolve them. And when we need wisdom, it can help to be able to rely on the family of God, which can offer love and support as well. Today’s episode took place early in Jesus’ ministry. Jesus was attracting large crowds because of his teaching and healing. His family members had heard some reports, and they thought Jesus might be “out of his mind”—though he wasn’t, of course. When he was told they had come looking for him, he gave what might seem a surprising answer. Jesus began with a question: “Who are my mother and my brothers?” He was not disrespecting his biological family here; he used this as a “teaching moment” for all his listeners—including us. He pointed out a much larger and more important family, the family of God. Then he explained how to become part of this family: “Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.” Jesus, God’s Son, invites all of us into his family. And to all who receive him and believe in his name, he gives “the right to become children of God.” Trust in Jesus today as your Lord and Savior, and you will be part of his forever family. Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for inviting us to become part of your everlasting family by trusting in Jesus as our Savior and Lord. Amen.
~ John Van Schepen

Jesus Lives

Rejoice in this day of life, being willing to follow Me wholeheartedly—wherever I lead. Anticipate blessings as we journey together. Since I have created this day of life and presented it to you free of charge, I want you to receive it gratefully. Your natural tendency when you awaken is to assess the day before you, trying to discern how good (or bad) it will be. You do this almost unconsciously, often basing your conclusions on something as trivial as the weather. I urge you to break free from this habit so you can be more receptive to Me and My blessings.

A thankful attitude is immensely helpful. If you awaken to find a dark, rainy day, you can thank Me for the rain. Having done so, you will be much less likely to grumble about the weather. Also, remember that I have arranged the conditions of your day. So you can assume there is much good to be found in it. 

Rejoicing will help you find many blessings in this day. If your circumstances are looking rather bleak, then be joyful in Me—your faithful Companion. I want you to enjoy Me and look for precious gifts I’ve placed along the path we are following. In faith, be on the lookout for good things both great and small. Also, because I am your Teacher, I promise to provide learning opportunities as we travel together.

When you reach the end of this day, stop and look back at the distance we have covered. Take time to ponder what you have learned and to savor the gifts you have found. Let your mind dwell on these things as you lie down to sleep, rejoicing in Me and My blessings.

This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
~ Psalm 118:24 

“You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am.”
~ John 13:13

I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me. 
~ Psalm 3:5

Power

I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.
~ Ephesians 1:19-20 

God is not a wimp.  The Bible chronicles time after time how God and his Spirit did miraculous things here on Earth.  The amazing thing is that you have access to that SAME power as a believer.  Pray bold prayers, believing that God can do mighty things for you.

Eternal Perspectives

Consider the old proverb, “Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die.” It assumes that the only earthly pleasures we’ll ever enjoy must be obtained now. As Christians, we should indeed eat, drink, and be merry—and also sacrifice, suffer, and die—all to the glory of God. In doing so, we’re preparing for an eternal life in which we will eat, drink, and be merry, but never again die. This present life, then, is not our last chance to eat, drink, and be merry—rather, it is the last time our eating, drinking, and merrymaking can be corrupted by sin, death, and the Curse.

~ Randy Alcorn, [Heaven]

Evening Prayer

STRENGTHENED BY HIS LOVE  
Psalms 55:22; Psalms 90:14; Psalms 107:1; Lamentations 3:22

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

I pray that God’s love will help you overcome your weariness. In difficult times, may the Lord satisfy you with His great love. I pray that His compassion that never fails will renew your strength every morning. May the Lord sustain you as you cast your cares upon Him. I pray for God’s love that endures forever, to fill you this day.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.