Morning Prayer

A CHILD’S FOLLY
Proverbs 5:23; Proverbs 13:24; Proverbs 15:10; Proverbs 22:15

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

I pray that God will give you the wisdom to train your children. Since folly is bound up in a child’s heart, may you carry out your responsibility to correct it. May you discipline your children so that they will not be destroyed by foolishness. I pray you will remember that if you do not discipline your children, the Lord Himself will discipline them. God loves His children too much to withhold discipline and allow folly to destroy them. May you not spare the rod, showing indifference towards your children.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Cursed is Everyone

by Pastor Ricky Kurth

The Law curses “every one that continueth not in all things… of the law” (Gal. 3:10). The words “continueth” and “all” here tell us the Law demands 100% faithfulness 100% of the time! Though this may sound unreasonable, how many of our married readers are satisfied with 99% faithfulness from your spouse? Even if you could go 70 years without sinning, then sin, the Law would curse you. This too might sound unreasonable, but if you go 70 years without killing anyone, then snap, the law won’t let you slide just because you’ve never done it before, and neither will God!

“But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident” (Gal. 3:11). The Greek word for “evident” here is translated “certain” when Paul says, “we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain that we can carry nothing out” (I Tim. 6:7). You’ll never see a U-Haul trailer behind a hearse! And it is just as evident that no one can be justified by the Law. You might look good in your neighbor’s sight, but we’re talking about “the sight of God” (Gal. 3:11). Even Abraham looked good to his neighbors, but he couldn’t boast before God (Rom. 4:2), for God knew he lied about his wife.

No, “The just shall live by faith” (Gal. 3:11), that is, the way you get to bejust is by faith. “And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them” (Gal. 3:12), i.e., live eternally (Lev. 18:5 cf. Luke 10:25-28). God is fair. If you could obey Him perfectly, He would give you eternal life. It is not technically correct to say the only way to heaven is by faith. But while there are two ways to get to the moon, by rocket and by jumping, one of these two ways is impossible! Just so, there are two ways to get to heaven, by faith and by the works of the Law (Rom. 2:6-10), but the latter is just as impossible! (Gal. 2:16).

Thankfully, “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us” (Gal. 3:13). “That the blessing of Abraham [salvation] might come on the Gentiles through….” Through what? Through Israel? Through circumcision, or the Law? This was true for Gentiles in the Old Testament. But today the blessing of Abraham comes on us “through Jesus Christ.” Why not “believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31). Notice it doesn’t say “believe and be good.” It just says believe and be saved! “Christ died for our sins…and…rose again” (I Cor. 15:3,4). Don’t try to add any good works to Christ’s work, for salvation is “to him that worketh not, but believeth!” (Rom. 4:5).

Evening Prayer

THOSE WHO MOURN
Matthew 5:4; Luke 6:21; 2 Corinthians 1:5

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

I pray that you will experience the comfort of the Lord in times of mourning. When you mourn – over your own sinfulness, for hurting friends, or for lost souls, may you taste and know that His comfort overflows. Although you weep now, have faith that Christ will restore your joy. I pray that you will consider yourself blessed, for Jesus is easily found during times of mourning.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Days of Heaven Upon Earth

We would see Jesus

~ John 12:21

When any great blessing is awaiting us, the devil is sure to try and make it so disagreeable to us that we shall miss it. It is a good thing to know him as a liar, and remember, when he is trying to prejudice us strongly against any cause, that very likely the greatest blessing of our life lies there. Spurgeon once said that the best evidence that God was on our side is the devil’s growl, and we are generally pretty safe in following a thing according to Satan’s dislike for it. Beloved, take care, lest in the very line where your prejudices are setting you off from God’s people and God’s truth, you are missing the treasures of your life. Take the treasures of heaven no matter how they come to you, even if it be as earthly treasures generally are, like the kernel inside the rough shell, or the gem in the bosom of the hard rock.

I have seen Jesus and my heart is dead to all beside,
I have seen Jesus, and my wants are all, in Him, supplied.
I have seen Jesus, and my heart, at last, is satisfied,
Since I’ve seen Jesus.

Evening Prayer

PRIORITY IN RELATIONSHIPS
Luke 12:52; Luke 14:26

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

I pray that your priorities will be set in order. May you always place your relationship with God above all other relationships. I pray that as you love God first, your love for others will grow even more. I pray that you will stand up for Christ’s righteousness, though it may cause division in certain relationships. I pray that God will honor your desire to put Him first. I pray that you will let your relationship with Christ guide all other relationships in your life.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Love

If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

~ 1 Corinthians 13:1 [NLT]

Without love all our time, talents, and efforts are meaningless. The Bible teaches that being people filled with God’s love is what brings meaning to our lives. The next time you engage in a difficult conversation it is helpful to ask if your words are being communicated with love. If your motive is to win, to persuade, or your tone is void of care then your words are as useful as clanging on an annoyingly loud cymbal. Love is what our world needs more than anything else! Pray that God would give you the strength you need to love others well.

Daily Wisdom

“And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation.”

~ Ps 107:7

“He led them forth.” Forth out of the world—forth out of sin—forth out of a mere profession—forth out of a name to live—forth out of everything hateful to his holy and pure eyes.

“To go to a city of habitation.” They had no city to dwell in here below; but they were journeying to a city of habitation above, whose walls and bulwarks are salvation, and whose gates are praise; where there are eternal realities to be enjoyed by the soul; where there is something stable and eternal; something to satisfy all the needs of a capacious and immortal spirit, and give it that rest which it never could find while wandering here below. If we have a city here in this earth, we desire no city above; and if we have a city above, we desire no city here.

This then must be our state and case; either to be pilgrims, journeying onwards, through troubles, to things above, or taking up our abode below; seeking heaven here, or heaven hereafter; resting upon the world, or resting upon the Lord; panting after the things of time, or panting after the things of eternity; satisfied in self, or satisfied only in Christ. One of the two must be our state and case. The Lord decide it clearly in the hearts of his people that they are on his side; and give us to know and feel that our very restlessness and inability to find food and shelter in the things of time and sense, are leading us more earnestly and believingly to seek after the things that have reality in them; that finding no city to dwell in here below, we may press forward to be manifestly enjoying testimonies of being citizens of that city which is above, “which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God!”

Daily Comfort

“I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.”

~ Phil 1:23-24

Two desires draw upon our hearts if we are living in this world as citizens of heaven. The heavenly life woos us with its visions of bliss, its being with Christ, its tearless joy, its disenthrallment from sin, its realizations of holy hopes. At the same time, earth has its strong hold upon us. It is natural to want to live; any other desire in ordinary conditions is unwholesome. Human affections form a network of chains binding us to this life. So we are all “torn between the two desires.”

Daily Blessings

“And what we have said is even more clear if another priest like Melchizedek appears, one who has become a priest not on the basis of a regulation as to his ancestry but on the basis of the power of an indestructible life.”

~ Heb 7:15-16

We may say of the life which the Lord Jesus lives in the courts of heavenly bliss that it is a threefold life. There is, first, his eternal life, by which I mean the eternal life of God in his divine nature. This he lives IN HIMSELF; for “as the Father has life in himself; so has he given to the Son to have life in himself” (John 5:26). He is hereby “Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” And this life is the foundation of all his acts of mediation, as being God over all, blessed forever.

But there is a life which he lives FOR HIMSELF, that is, a life of inconceivable glory in his human nature. This is the life which he laid down that he might take it again. This life is the cause of, and is attended with all that ineffable glory which he now enjoys in heaven. This life he lives for himself, his reward, and the glory and honor with which he is crowned; as the Psalmist says, “You set a crown of pure gold on his head. He asked life of you, and you gave it to him, even length of days forever and ever” (Psalm 21:3, 4).

But there is another life which he lives—a mediatorial life, a life FOR US. Thus we read, that “he was made a priest on the basis of the power of an indestructible life;” and he says of himself, “I am he that lives, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death” (Rev. 1:18). Now this life does not differ essentially from the second life, of which I have spoken, the life of glory in the human nature; but it differs in this point, that when the work of mediation is accomplished, he will cease to live a mediatorial life; for he will then “deliver up the kingdom to God, even the Father, when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power” (1 Cor. 15:24).

Evening Prayer

LIFESTYLE EVANGELISM
Colossians 4:4-6

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

I pray that you may glorify God at every opportunity in your life. May you live a lifestyle that will edify others, so that they will be drawn to the Lord. May your conversations always be full of God’s grace so that those who hear will be inspired to seek Him. I pray that you will always act wisely toward others so that they may believe in His goodness and salvation. May God anoint you as you share the good news.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.