Evening Prayer

ENDURE TESTING

2 Corinthians 1:8-9; 1 Peter 2:20

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

I pray that you will not fear times of testing, for during these times, the Lord strengthens and builds your character. May you also understand that He allows tests to come upon you, because He knows you will prevail. The Lord gives you sufficient grace and faith to enable you to succeed. I pray that you will endure the testing, therefore, and will not ask for it to be lifted from you. May you embrace these tests, so that when you overcome, you can strengthen others. May you realize that out of your greatest tests comes your greatest testimony.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Live Loved

Undeserved, Unexpected Grace

“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”

~ LUKE 23:34

What does the thief on the cross next to Christ see? . . . He sees the God who wrote the book on grace. The God who coaxed Adam and Eve out of the bushes, murderous Moses out of the desert. The God who made a place for David, though David made a move on Bathsheba. The God who didn’t give up on Elijah, though Elijah gave up on God. This is what the thief sees.

What does he hear? He hears what fugitive Moses heard in the desert, depressed Elijah heard in the desert, adulterous David heard after Bathsheba. He hears what…

• a fickle Peter heard after the rooster crowed,

• the storm-tossed disciples heard after the wind stopped,

• the cheating woman heard after the men left,

• the oft-married Samaritan woman heard before the disciples came,

• the hardheaded and hard-hearted Saul would hear after the light shone,

• the paralytic heard when his friends lowered him through the roof,

• the blind man heard when Jesus found him on the street,

• the disciples would soon hear from Jesus on the beach early one morning.

He hears the official language of Christ: grace. Undeserved. Unexpected. Grace. Today you will be with me in paradise”

~ Luke 23:43.

~ EVERY DAY DESERVES A CHANCE

Precious Savior, we are amazed at your grace. You cancel out our sins and mistakes and restore us to a right relationship with our heavenly Father. You don’t keep track of our sins. You wipe the slate clean with your mercy. Truly we are humbled by the gift of your grace. We don’t deserve it, yet you freely give it. Even when we don’t expect it, you offer it. We cannot make our hearts right. We trust you to do that for us. And we thank you for pouring your generous grace into our lives, amen.

God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.

~ 2 CORINTHIANS 9:8

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

~ HEBREWS 4:16

Daily Prayer Guide

What is man, that thou art mindful of him? And the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him but little lower than God, And crownest him with glory and honor.

~ Ps 8:4-5

Do good with what thou hast, or it will do thee no good. If thou wouldst be happy, bring thy mind to thy condition, and have an indifferency for more than what is sufficient.

~ William Penn

The finest fruit earth holds up to its Maker is a finished man.

~ Humboldt

I considered Napoleon’s presence in the field equal to forty men in the balance.

~ Duke of Wellington

Eternal God, may I know the value of the gift of life. May I think seriously of it, and not through abuse or neglect cripple it, remembering that it is mine to sow, to grow, and to reap. I pray that I may care more for the food and raiment of my soul than I care for the food and raiment of my body. Amen.

Well Built

I will show you what it’s like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it. It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built.
~ Luke 6:47-48 [NLT]

Staying grounded in God’s word is essential to a strong faith that withstands floodwaters. But it’s also essential to apply what you have learned to your life. With a firm faith you can weather any storm when it comes your way in life. Are you laying the foundation for a solid faith?

Jesus Always

Learn to lean on Me more and more. I know the full extent of your weakness, and that is where My powerful Presence meets you! My strength and your weakness fit together perfectly—in a wonderful synergy designed long before your birth. Actually, My Power is most effective in weakness. This is counterintuitive and mysterious, yet it is true. 

It’s important to lean on Me when you’re feeling inadequate or overwhelmed. Remind yourself that you and I together are more than adequate. To sense my nearness, try closing your hand as if you’re holding onto Mine. For I take hold of your right hand and say to you, “Do not fear; I will help you.”

I want you to depend on Me even when you feel competent to handle things yourself. This requires awareness of both My Presence and your neediness. I am infinitely wise, so let Me guide your thinking as you make plans and decisions. Leaning on Me produces warm intimacy with Me—the One who will never leave you or forsake you.

But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me!
~ 2 Corinthians 12:9 [AMP]

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
~ Philippians 4:13 [NKJV]

“For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.”
~ Isaiah 41:13 

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.
~ Deuteronomy 31:6