Daily Comfort

“Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me! But He said to me–My grace is sufficient for you—for My power is made perfect in your weakness!”

~ 2 Cor 12:8
Many prayers which seem to be unanswered–are really answered. The blessing comes–but in a form we do not recognize. Instead of the very thing we sought–something better is given!
The burden is not lifted away–but we are sustained beneath it.

We are not spared the suffering–but in the suffering we are brought nearer to God, and receive more of His grace.

The sorrow is not taken away–but is changed to joy.

Our ignorant prayers are taken into the hands of the great Intercessor, and are answered in ways far wiser than our thought!

Instead of earthly trifles–heavenly riches!

Instead of things which our poor wisdom sought–things God’s infinite wisdom chose for us!

Instead of pleasure for a day–gain for eternity!

Daily Treasure

Lead to Amendment of Life

I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies. I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments.

~ Ps 119:59-60

Thou art my portion, O my God;  
Soon as I know thy way,  
My heart makes haste to obey thy word,  
And suffers no delay.

Nurturing Relationships

A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.
~ Proverbs 17:17 [NLT]

It’s almost expected for our friends to be loyal and our family to help but there is a precursor to this that we don’t always think about. These relationships need to be nurtured. Have you reached out to a friend lately to offer some help or simply meet for lunch? Make an effort to engage in an activity together with a friend or family member. Building your relationships will not go unnoticed over time.

Daily Word of God

The True Vine

I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman 

~ John 15:1

This is a wonderful Vine. It grew up at first like “a root out of a dry ground, with no form nor comeliness.” The soil in which it was planted seemed too poor to produce anything good. But its origin was heavenly, and it grew into luxuriant beauty. By-and-by it seemed that men in their rage had altogether destroyed this Vine, which had in it so much blessing for the earth; however, it was not destroyed, but was only lifted away from earth and transplanted to heaven. There in the garden of God its roots were fixed, and the Vine itself dropped down to earth again, and began to send out branches in all directions. Every poor little human life which attaches itself to this Vine is grafted on it and becomes a branch in it, drawing life from the Vine’s fullness, and sharing its fruitfulness.

These branches are not left to grow wild and untended, but have wise and skilful care. It ought to be a great comfort to us to know that as branches we are under the culture of a husbandman who is none other than our heavenly Father: “Your Father is the husbandman.” We are very sure that His care will be both wise and tender. If an ignorant, inexperienced, unskillful man were to enter a beautiful vineyard and begin cutting away at the vines, he would soon destroy them. He does not know what he ought to prune off, or what he ought to leave on the vine.

But if the man who comes to tend the vineyard understands vines, and has had long experience and is skilful, there is no danger that he will do harm in his pruning. Sometimes, indeed, He may seem to be cutting the vine to death; but we know that He understands what He is doing, and that all His prunings are for the good of the branches. By-and-by we shall see increased fruitfulness as the result of His unsparing work.

Morning Prayer

GOD LISTENS TO YOUR CRY 
Jonah 2:2-9

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

I pray that you will learn to call on the Lord in your distress. Call on Him, for He will surely answer you. I pray that you will realize that He never banished you from His sight or abandoned you. He has been waiting, all this time for you to put your hope and trust in Him. May you turn to the Lord, then, and experience His grace. I pray that you will understand that no matter how deep your distress is, He can hear your cry and reach down to the depths to help you.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Evening Prayer

REST WITH GOD 
Luke 5:16; Luke 6:12; Luke 11:1

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

I pray that you will find a place of solitude to rest with God. Just as Jesus often withdrew to quiet places to pray, may you also withdraw from the demands of this world to dialogue with the Father. I pray that you will hunger for time alone with God. May you cultivate the habit of spending time with Him each day. As you set aside time for His Word, I pray that He will satisfy you; you will have your fill!

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Daily Treasure

Retrospection Should Lead to Self-Abasement

And Jacob said, I am not worthy of the least of all thy mercies, and of all the truth, which thou hast shewed unto thy servant.

~ Gen 32:10

Unworthy, Lord, of all  
Thy mercies though we be,  
Yet for the greatest we may call,  
The greatest are most free.