Afternoon Prayer

STEWARDSHIP OF ABILITIES
Exodus 31:3; Deuteronomy 8:18; Matthew 25:15; Colossians 3:23

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

I pray that you will be a good steward of the skills and talents the Lord has given you, and that you will always put your abilities to good use. May you acknowledge that it is the Lord our God who gives you your abilities. I pray that you will use them faithfully, and that God will raise you up. I pray that as you do your best in small things or in big things, your work will reflect the glory and excellence of God. In anything you do, may you do it as if you do it unto the Lord, and He will honor and bless the work of your hands.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Afternoon Prayer

PRE-APPOINTED DESTINY
Jeremiah 1:4-10

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

Thank the Lord for the great destiny He has for you. May you understand the truth that even before you were formed in you mother’s womb, He knew you and has set you apart. I pray that as you live each day, you will walk closer to your appointed destiny without distraction. May He enable you with all grace to fullfill His plans for you. I pray that you will see every situation as a step toward this plan. May you not be afraid for He is with you and will rescue you from all harm. May you have confidence in the Lord as you step into His plans.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Afternoon Prayer

OUR COUNSELOR
John 14:16-17, 26; John 15:26

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

May the Father send you the Holy Spirit to be your counselor and surround you with the Spirit of truth. May you know the Spirit and allow Him to live in you. I pray that you will be sensitive to His voice and be reminded of everything that Christ has taught you. I pray that when He speaks, you will listen well and recognize His presence. May the Holy Spirit teach you, show you, guide you, and counsel you in everything you do today. Receive the counselor – the Spirit of truth who is from the Father and who testifies about Christ.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

My God

“My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”

~ Matthew 27:46 [NLT]

It’s okay to be angry at God for a short time, but don’t walk away from your relationship with Him. Don’t allow your anger to become uncontrolled. Instead, work through the anger and emotions. Your relationship with Him will grow deeper and stronger. In time, you will look back on this time with a renewed spirit of the glories God can do.

Afternoon Prayer

GIVING TO THE NEEDY
Matthew 6:1-4

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

I pray that if you give to the needy, you will do it out of love and compassion. May you be careful not to give just to be seen by others. Remember that if you do, you will have no reward from our Father in heaven. I pray that when you give, you will not announce it with trumpets as the hypocrites do. I pray that you will not be hungry for honor. Realize that the Father recognizes those who – with the right heart – give in secret; and He will reward them in full.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Daily Blessings

“But the anointing which you have received of him abides in you.”

~ 1 John 2:27

All the powers of earth and hell are combined against this holy anointing, with which the children of God are so highly favored. But if God has locked up in the bosom of a saint one drop of this divine unction, that one drop is armor against all the assaults of sin, all the attacks of Satan, all the enmity of self, and all the charms, pleasures, and amusements of the world. Waves and billows of affliction may roll over the soul; but they cannot wash away this holy drop of anointing oil. Satan may shoot a thousand fiery darts to inflame all the combustible material of our carnal mind; but all his fiery darts cannot burn up that one drop of oil which God has laid up in the depths of a broken spirit. The world, with all its charms and pleasures, and its deadly opposition to the truth of God, may stir up waves of ungodliness against this holy anointing; but all the powers of earth combined can never extinguish that one drop which God has himself lodged in the depths of a believer’s heart.

JONAH had it locked up in the depths of his soul when he was in the whale’s belly; but not all the waves and billows that went over his head, nor even the very depths of hell itself, in whose belly he felt he was, could wash away that drop of anointing oil which God had lodged in his soul. DAVID sank deep into sin and remorse; but all his sin and misery never drank up that drop of anointing oil that God the Spirit had dropped into his heart. The PRODIGAL SON goes into a far country; but he never loses that drop of anointing oil, though he wastes his substance in riotous living. HEMAN complains out of the depths of his affliction; but all his troubles never drank up that holy anointing oil that God had put into his soul. HEZEKIAH on his apparent death-bed, when he turned his face to the wall, was severely tried, and almost in despair; yet all his affliction and despondency never drained the holy drop of anointing oil.

And so it has been with thousands and tens of thousands of the dear saints of God. Not all their sorrows, I may say more, not all their sins, backslidings, slips, falls, miseries, and wretchedness, have ever, all combined, drunk up the anointing that God has bestowed upon them. If sin could have done it, we would have sinned ourselves into hell long ago; and if the world or Satan could have destroyed it or us, they would long ago have destroyed both. If our carnal mind could have done it, it would have swept us away into floods of destruction. But the anointing abides sure, and cannot be destroyed; and where once lodged in the soul, it is secure against all the assaults of earth, sin, and hell.

The saints of God feel that it abides; for it springs up at times in prayer and desires after the living God; and it breaks forth into faith, hope, and love. Thus it not only abides as a divine reality, but as a living principle, springing up into eternal life. Were it not so, there would be no revivals, no fresh communications, no renewed testimonies, no breakings forth, no tender meltings, no breathings out of desire for the Lord’s presence, no mourning over his absence. But the anointing abides, and this preserves the soul from death, and keeps it alive in famine.

Afternoon Devotional

For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.
~ 1 Corinthians 1:25

God’s ultimate “foolishness“ is his willingness to use the cross to bring others to him. At first glance, the cross is a hideous and horrible tool. In our human wisdom, we could never visualize using a man crucified as criminal scum to capture the hearts of the world. But God does. The cross transcends cultural boundaries, overcomes language barriers, and reaches across racial differences. The cross is God’s demonstration of foolishness and weakness, and through it he conquers death and brings our heart to him.

Afternoon Devotional

When he [Judas] was gone, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified and God is glorified in him.“

~ John 13:31

In the powerful old hymn “Beneath the Cross of Jesus,“ we sing “my glory all the cross.“ That was genuinely true of Jesus. While other human leaders try to find glory in all sorts of ways, Jesus’ path to glory was the cross, because he was not after acclaim, but wanted to obey and glorify the Father! When Judas left the Last Supper, the final stages of the process was set in motion that would bring Jesus to the horrors of Calvary. But rather than seeing the cross as his degradation, it was his way of glorifying God.