Evening Prayer

LOVING JESUS 
Luke 7:44-50

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

I pray that today, you will receive Christ’s unconditional love and forgiveness. May you experience His forgiveness and be drawn closer to Him. Understand that he who confesses his sins and receives forgiveness for many transgressions loves Him much. But one who justifies himself, confessing only in part, feels little forgiveness and therefore loves little. I pray, then, that you will realize how much you have been forgiven, so that you may experience the immense love that Christ has for you. Be covered with Christ’s forgiveness and love today.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Turn and Comfort

Their insults have broken my heart, and I am in despair. If only one person would show some pity; if only one would turn and comfort me.
~ Psalm 69:20 [ NLT]

Our God is filled with compassion and as His followers we too should be filled with compassion.  One of the ways we can follow closer behind God is by showing mercy to those who need it most.  What does can this look like?  Befriend someone who is bullied and lonely.  Generously babysit for single mothers struggling to make ends meet.  Teach your business knowledge to a fledgeling young graduate.  You have a lot to offer, if only you would turn and comfort them. 

Daily Treasure

Diligence in Worldly Calling

Study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you.

~ 1 Thess 4:11

Midst hourly cares, may love present  
Its incense to thy throne;  
And while the world our hands employs,  
Our hearts be thine alone.

Evening Prayer

SORROW OVER SIN 
2 Corinthians 7:8-11

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

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 Wisdom

“Why should any living man complain when punished for his sins? Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord.” 
~ Lam 3:39-40

I believe in my conscience there are thousands of professors who have never known in the whole course of their religious profession what it is to have “examined and tested their ways;” to have been put into the balances and weighed in the scales of divine justice; or to have stood cast down and condemned in their own feelings before God as the heart-searching Jehovah. From such a trying test, from such an unerring touchstone they have ever shrunk. And why? Because they have an inward consciousness that their religion will not bear a strict and scrutinizing examination.

Like the deceitful tradesman, who allures his customers into a dark corner of his shop, in order to elude detection when he spreads his flimsy, made-up goods before them, so those who have an inward consciousness that their religion is not of heavenly origin, shun the light. As the Lord says, “Every one that does evil hates the light, neither comes to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved; but he that does truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest that they are wrought in God.”

Now if you know nothing of having from time to time your ways searched and tested by God’s word, or if you rise up with bitterness against an experimental, heart-searching ministry that would test them for you, it shows that there is some rotten spot in you—something that you dare not bring to the light. The candle of the Lord has not searched the hidden secrets of your heart; nor have you cried with David, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my thoughts. And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

Never Abandon

Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.”
~ Hebrews 13:5 [NLT]

One of the greatest lies we are told is that money provides security.  At the heart of our need for security is a fear of not having enough.  At some point, when we believe this lie we put money higher than God and money is more trustworthy than God.  But God has promised something greater than the lies money has told.  God will never leave us.  He will not abandon us, even after the security of money is gone.  Are you satisfied with what you have?

Daily Prayer Guide

All chastening seemeth for the present to be not joyous but grievous; yet afterward it yieldeth peaceable fruit unto them that have been exercised thereby, even the fruit of righteousness.
~ Heb 12:11

Never yet was a springtime,  
Late though lingered the snow,  
That the sap stirred not at the whisper  
Of the south wind, sweet and low;  
Never yet was a springtime  
When the buds forgot to blow.  
  
Ever the wings of the summer  
Are folded under the mold;  
Life that has known no dying,  
Is Love’s, to have and to hold,  
Till, sudden, the burgeoning Easter!  
The song! the green and the gold!
~ Margaret E. Sangster

In tracing the shade, I shall find out the sun.
~ Owen Meredith

Prayer

Almighty God, grant that as the fulfillment of the green comes to the withered grass, so thy restoring may come to me with the glory of life that comes in the resurrection of the soul. I trust thee to bring me out of winter’s seal, that I may help make the spring. Amen.