Evening Prayer

REWARDS OF DILIGENCE 
Ezra 7:23; Proverbs 12:24; Proverbs 21:5; Luke 16:10

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

I pray that you will be diligent in all that you do. I pray that by your conscientious labor, God will promote you to greater things. May your thoroughness lead to profit and protect you from haste that leads to poverty. I pray that you will show diligence, even in the small things, for those who can be trusted with little are eventually entrusted with much. Whatever our God has assigned you to do, may you do it diligently, that God may prosper you and be glorified through you.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Jesus Always

When the way just ahead of you seems too difficult, turn to Me and say: “I can’t, but we (You and I together) can.” Acknowledging your inability to handle things on your own is a healthy dose of reality. However, this is only one part of the equation, because a sense of inadequacy by itself can be immobilizing. The most important part of the equation is recognizing My abiding Presence with you and My desire to help you.

Pour out your heart to Me. Ask Me to carry your burdens and show you the way forward. Don’t waste energy worrying about things that are beyond your control. Instead, use that energy to connect with Me. Seek My Face continually. Be ready to follow wherever I lead, trusting Me to open up the way before you as you go. 

Dare to see your inadequacy as a door to My Presence. View your journey as an adventure that you share with Me. Remain in close communication with Me, enjoying My company as we journey together.

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

Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.
~ Psalm 62:8 

Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His face continually.
~ Psalm 105:4 [NASB]

Daily Word of God

Two Roads and Two Gates

Enter ye in at the strait gate.

~ Matt 7:13

All truly valuable things cost much. Such a glorious privilege as the Christian’s, therefore, cannot be gotten without effort. To open the way, and to purchase for us the privilege of becoming children of God, the Son of God had to come from heaven in condescending love and give His own life. Jesus said, too, that any who would reach the glory of His kingdom must go by the same way of the cross by which He went. He said that he who “will save his life”  that is, keep it from self-denial and sacrifice  shall loose it;” and that only he who “will lose his life for my sake,”  gives it out in devotion to God and to duty,  “shall save it.”

In one of His parables Jesus speaks of salvation as a treasure hid in a field, and a man who learns of the treasure and its hiding-place sells all that he has and goes and buys the field. In another parable our Lord presents the same truth under the figure of a merchant seeking goodly pearls, who, finding one pearl of great price, sells all he has and buys it. We must, in a very deep sense, give up all we have to get Christ and the blessings that come with Him.

Here the truth is put in another way. There are two roads through this world, and two gates into the future world. One of these ways is broad and easy, with descending grade, leading to a wide gate. It is not hard to go on this way. The other road is strait, and leads to a narrow gate. To go this way one has to leave the crowd and go almost alone, and leave the broad, easy way, and go on a hard, rugged path, and enter by a gate too small to admit any bundles of worldliness, or self-righteousness, or any of the fashionable trappings of the old life. If we would get to heaven, we must make up our minds it can be only by this narrow way of self-denial. all the world is not flowing into heaven; the crowds are going somewhere else.

Check Your Motives

Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.
~ Philippians 2:3 [NLT]

Evaluate your motives. Where do you need to pivot from serving yourself to serving others? What lies have you entertained that have inflated your own status? God cares about our hearts, so take time to align your motives with God’s standard of humility.

The Small Stuff

See, the small stuff is what makes up the larger picture of our lives. Many people are like you, young man. But their perspective is distorted. They ignore small stuff, claiming to have an eye on the bigger picture, never understanding that the bigger picture is composed of nothing more than-are you ready?- small stuff.  
~ Andy Andrews,
[The Noticer: Sometimes, All a Person Needs Is a Little Perspective]