Evening Prayer

ASKING IN FAITH 
Matthew 6:8; John 15:7; Hebrews 11:6

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

I pray that you will remain in Him, and that His words will remain in you, so that whatever you ask shall be given to you. May you always be in faith and in joyful expectation of the things that you have asked God for. I pray that you will continue to have faith in Him, for God knows your needs even before you ask. May He reward you as you believe that He exists and earnestly seek Him. I pray that you will realize that God is never moved by needs, He is moved by faith.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Often Refreshed

Your love has given me much joy and comfort, my brother, for your kindness has often refreshed the hearts of God’s people.

~ Philemon 1:7 [NLT]

When friends get together each encounter promises to hold a time of connection.  Sometimes we need to vent and release emotions but if we aren’t careful we can leave them feeling burdened and drained.  When you connect with your friends, do they walk away refreshed and thankful for your love?  What act of kindness could you do for a friend today to lift them up?

Daily Word of God

The Heavenly Feast

I not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.

~ Matt 26:29

The Lord’s Supper points forward as well as back. It keeps the past in remembrance; we are to think of what happened nineteen hundred years ago. The Supper is a memorial. But it is also a prophecy. Christ wrote the white lines as a blessed hope amid the mementoes of sorrow. He lifted the veil and gave a glimpse of a fulfillment very glorious beyond earth’s shadows. Even the Holy Supper, precious as it is, is but a faint picture of something far better.

The disciples would not have Jesus with them at the table any more. This was their “last supper” together. Henceforth on earth His place would be vacant. But in telling them this He gave them sweet comfort in the assurance that He would sit down with them again, by-and-by, not here, but in another kingdom. These words are full of luminous brightness. They tell us of a supper in glory, of which the Lord’s Supper on earth is but the shadow. In the Revelation it is called “the marriage supper of the Lamb.” So it will be a memorial, too, of Christ’s death and love.

That night when the Master and His disciples sat down together in the upper room, a great sorrow hung over their hearts and His: for Him it was the shadow of His cross, with all its mystery of woe; for them it was the shadow of sore loss and separation. But the other side of the cloud was very bright. Out of Christ’s death came blessed and glorious salvation; now in heaven Jesus sees of the travail of His soul, and is satisfied. Out of the brief separation there came to the disciples an abiding presence of Christ which filled their hearts full. Jesus went away from them for a little time that He might be with them for ever. So out of these sad memories came great joys.

Work Hard

The earnings of the godly enhance their lives, but evil people squander their money on sin.

~ Proverbs 10:16 [NLT]

When we are faithful to do the work God calls us to, beauty unfolds.  Our efforts are meaningful, they bless our families, workplaces and communities.  God’s hand is on the lives of His godly people. Do work that grows God’s goodness, today!

Early Morning Prayer

FORGIVENESS AND REPENTANCE 
Isaiah 1:16-18

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

I pray that you may understand that the Lord is a forgiving God. I pray that you will purify yourself, make yourself clean and stop doing wrong in His sight, for this is what God desires. May you remember His promise, that if you admit your sin and ask for His forgiveness, your sins that are red like scarlet shall be made as white as snow. I pray that when you accept the Lord’s forgiveness and turn away from sin, you may always do what is right by seeking justice and helping others.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Be Kind

Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

~ Ephesians 4:32 [NLT]

God calls his followers to be those that share his love with the world. What does God’s love look like? It looks like each Believer offering a kind response. It looks like tenderness that shows empathy for others circumstances. It is extendings undeserved forgiveness when an offense has been made. It is pointing the world to Jesus through our obedient acts of kindness towards the world around us.

The Mind Matters

For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will.

~ Romans 8:7

Christ-followers believe our thoughts and actions have eternal implications. Christians should be asking ourselves if we are investing in and meditating on the right things. Another way to ask this would be to question what are we living for? Are we living for success? Is money driving us? Perfectionism? Are we motivated by the desire not to let anyone down? Are we afraid if we don’t say “yes” that we will miss out? Christians are called to live for Christ alone and in order to live out this mission we must carefully consider how we are using our time and resources. 

Early Morning Prayer

O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy endureth forever. He satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness. Be Thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: and Thy glory above all the earth. Amen!

For what we have received, O Lord, we are devoutly thankful. May it be health to our body, as Thy presence is health to our souls. Amen!

Thou hast been very good to us, O Lord, through all our lives, and these are only the latest of countless bounties. To Thee be thanksgiving and glory, world without end. Amen!

Lord, we thank Thee for this meal. We will again set about our tasks; and may it be with the renewed sense of Thy loving presence and tender care. Amen!

We thank Thee, Jesus, our bountiful Provider, for what Thou hast given us. As Thou hast fed us here, continue to feed us, we pray Thee, with the Bread of Life. Amen!