Evening Prayer

FIXING YOUR EYES ON CHRIST 
Philippians 3:13-14; James 4:6

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

I pray that you will completely surrender your life to Jesus, knowing that He has forgiven you and has completely erased your past. I pray that you will listen to the Spirit as He encourages you to strain toward what is ahead. May you persevere in your walk with the Lord. Just like in a race, I pray that you will press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called you. In so doing, may you grow in your relationship with Jesus Christ!

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Daily Strength for Daily Needs

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.
~ Ps 103:2

Wiser it were to welcome and make ours  
Whate’er of good, though small, the Present brings,  
Kind greetings, sunshine, song of birds, and flowers,  
With a child’s pure delight in little things.  
~ R. C. TRENCH

Into all our lives, in many simple, familiar, homely ways, God infuses this element of joy from the surprises of life, which unexpectedly brighten our days, and fill our eyes with light. He drops this added sweetness into His children’s cup, and makes it to run over. The success we were not counting on, the blessing we were not trying after, the strain of music, in the midst of drudgery, the beautiful morning picture or sunset glory thrown in as we pass to or from our daily business, the unsought word of encouragement or expression of sympathy, the sentence that meant for us more than the writer or speaker thought, these and a hundred others that every one’s experience can supply are instances of what I mean. You may call it accident or chance it often is; you may call it human goodness it often is; but always, always call it God’s love, for that is always in it. These are the overflowing riches of His grace, these are His free gifts. 

~ S. LONGFELLOW

Flee, Dear Friends

So, my dear friends, flee from the worship of idols.
~ 1 Corinthians 10:14 [NLT]

It’s easy to think that this verse doesn’t apply to us anymore, since we don’t pray to false gods and we can forecast the rain. But getting to the heart of the matter, an idol is anything we put our trust in. Isn’t it true that we rely less upon God when we have money in our pocket and food in our pantry? What are some ways you can alter your thinking to trust God for your needs? 

Truth for Today

ENTERING THE GATE 

 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us. 
~ TITUS 3:5

When you enter the narrow gate of salvation, you must do so alone. A turnstile perhaps best represents the concept of the narrow gate. Just one person at a time, with no baggage can pass through a turnstile. God has ordained that people enter His kingdom singly, not in groups. You can’t ride in on the coattails of your church, your family, or your friends, no matter how godly those people are.

God’s gate is so narrow that you must go through it not only alone but naked. You can’t go through the gate clothed in sin and self-will. As the hymn writer said, “Nothing in my hand I bring, simply to Thy cross I cling.” That’s the way of the cross, which is the gospel. And the gospel is the narrow gate, which involves self-denial. Jesus said, “‘If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it’” (Matt. 16:24–25).

Evening Prayer

PUTTING WORK INTO PERSPECTIVE
Ecclesiastes 3:9-13

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

I pray that you will put your work and activities into proper perspective. May you be sensitive to God’s ordained time for a particular task and not toil unnecessarily, for God makes everything beautiful in His time. So I pray that you will not be worried about the tasks and concerns of the day. I pray that you will enjoy your work and the fruit of your labor, for these are gifts from God.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Faith’s Checkbook

Law in the Heart

The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.

~ Ps 37:31

Put the law into the heart, and the whole man is right. This is where the law should be; for then it lies, like the tables of stone in the ark, in the place appointed for it. In the head it puzzles, on the back it burdens, in the heart it upholds.

What a choice word is here used, “the law of his God”! When we know the Lord as our own God His law becomes liberty to us. God with us in covenant makes us eager to obey His will and walk in His commands. Is the precept my Father’s precept? Then I delight in it.

We are here guaranteed that obedient-hearted man shall be sustained in every step that he takes. He will do that which is right, and he shall therefore do that which is wise. Holy action is always the most prudent, though it may not at the time seem to be so. We are moving along the great highroad of God’s providence and grace when we keep to the way of His law. The Word of God has never misled a single soul yet; its plain directions to walk humbly, justly, lovingly, and in the fear of the Lord are as much words of wisdom to make our way prosperous as rules of holiness to keep our garments clean. He walks surely who walks righteously.

God Shows His Love

He ensures that orphans and widows receive justice. He shows love to the foreigners living among you and gives them food and clothing.
~ Deuteronomy 10:18 [NLT]

The God who created the universe is an active one that goes out of his way to show that he cares! The story of the Bible is full of ways God steps in for the lost, enslaved, broken, underdog, sinful, outcasts, and even the rich in an effort to show them that He cares. God freed the enslaved people of Egypt, he gave Solomon riches and wisdom despite the fact he was conceived through questionable circumstances, and He died on the cross for the world to save us from our self-inflicted death sentences. The lesson for us is that we are to live in a way that shows the love of God in practical ways. Give food and shelter to the needy, words of hope to the lost, encouragement to the depressed, and be people who stand up for the oppressed. The comfort is that when we fail to do these things with perfection because as people we inevitably don’t get it all right; God sees the needs of the world and he works to bring justice and provision! 

Evening Prayer

PUT ON A NEW SELF 
Colossians 3:5-10

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

I pray that you will put to death whatever belongs to your earthly nature. God has sent His Holy Spirit to live in you; to give you a new nature. Therefore, may you keep out any remnant of your old self -immorality, evil desires, and idolatry . May you have no tolerance for lies and filthy language. I pray that you will make every effort to completely rid yourself of your old nature and practices. Since you have been born again by the Spirit, I pray that you will put on the new self and continually be renewed in the image of Christ.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.