Evening Prayer

THE FOOLISH SHAME THE WISE 
[Judges 6:15; Luke 9:48; 1 Corinthians 1:27]

I pray that you will not judge people even if they are young or lack experience. May you understand that God does not use the standards of this world in choosing who to entrust with knowledge. I pray that you will be humble and not haughty, for God chooses the foolish things of the world to shame the wise. May you acknowlege your weaknesses and realize that He chose those who are weak to shame the strong. May God increase as you decrease, so that in your weakness He may be glorified.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Evening Prayer

FEAR THE LORD 
[Proverbs 14:2, 26-27; 28:14; Psalms 112:1; 128:4]

I pray that you will always fear the Lord, for fearing the Lord is a life-giving fountain that keeps you safe from deadly traps. May you walk upright in all your ways, nurturing a teachable heart. I pray that you will fear the Lord so that you may gain wisdom and be blessed, for he who hardens his heart falls into trouble. To fear God is to know His Word. I pray that you will always remember God’s Word and apply it in your life. Be blessed and protected as you have a holy fear of the Lord.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Evening Prayer

CONFIDENCE IN GOD 
[Philippians 1:6; Hebrews 10:35-36]

I pray that you will have total confidence in God. May you not be discouraged from doing God’s will for your life. I pray that you will persevere in doing what He has called you to do, until you receive what He has promised. Even when things are not going your way, may you be confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion. I pray that you will trust Him and rely on Him, and never lose your confidence in God. May He richly reward you as you put your faith in Him.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Evening Prayer

GOD’S GREAT POWER 
[Isaiah 8:12-15; Jeremiah 32:17]

I pray that you will behold His great power and mighty hand, for He is the God of the universe, the maker of all things. He made the heavens and the earth by His great power. I pray that you may not fear evil people and their ungodly plans, but instead may you fear Him only, whose hand can do anything. I pray that God will give you security by the great works of His outstretched arm. Remember that those who do not rely on the Lord will stumble, fall and be forgotten. May you revere the awesome power of your God.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Evening Prayer

PROMISES IN PERSEVERANCE 
[Romans 5:3-4; Hebrews 10:36; 12:1]

I pray that you will throw away every sin and anything that hinders your walk with God. Rather, may you run with perseverance the race marked out for you. I pray that in sufferings and hardships, you will have the character to persist in doing good. May you be strong and courageous as you face the challenges ahead of you. Always remember that you are not alone; God is with you. As you endure and persevere and have done the will of God, may you receive what He has promised.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Evening Prayer

GROWING RELATIONSHIP 
[Ephesians 4:13-14]

I pray that your relationship with God will grow deep and strong. May you recognize the voice of the Holy Spirit more and more each day. May you mature in your faith, experiencing the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. May you no longer be an infant tossed back and forth by the waves of hardship, or blown off course by the winds of false teachings. I pray that you will be able to discern the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. May you continuously grow in the Lord, and lead others closer to Him.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Evening Devotional

Clothes That Make the Person: Joseph

 

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 
[Romans 8:28]

Today, parents are hesitant to declare one of their children their favorite. But in the ancient world, this was not the case. Jacob (Israel), for example, loved Joseph more than his eleven other sons since Joseph had been born in Jacob’s old age to Rachel, Jacob’s favorite wife (Genesis 37:3). As a sign of his favoritism, Jacob gave Joseph a beautiful robe “of many colors.” All this favoritism provoked jealousy among Joseph’s brothers and they sold him into slavery in Egypt. When the brothers were united many years later, Joseph blessed God for how He had worked in all their lives.

Our lives are multicolored, a tapestry held together on the backside by knots and stitches. Yet out of that which appears random and tenuous on one side, God creates a life of beauty on the other side through redemption in Christ.

No one’s life is perfect, but God causes all the hard parts to be woven together for His glory. Give God thanks today for the “life of many colors” He is making for you as His beloved child.

When God closes a door, He always opens a window.
~ Woodrow Kroll ~