Evening Prayer

Psalms 65:11; 66:10, 12; 78:15; 145:7

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

In the midst of trials, may you see with eyes of faith that God is good all the time. May He crown you with His bounty and cause your carts to overflow. Just as He split the rock in the desert to provide water, may He also meet your needs in times of trouble. I admonish you to trust in Him with a steadfast heart. May you give Him thanks, for though He tests you, He refines you like silver. In spite of your trials, I pray that you will celebrate the abundant goodness of the Lord.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Dear Jesus

As you spend time in My Presence, My thoughts gradually form in your mind. My Spirit is the Director of this process.

Dear Jesus,

There are so many influences on my mind! I’m thankful for Your Spirit, who infuses Life and Peace into my mind. If I didn’t have the Spirit’s help, my thoughts would be savagely roaming the landscape of my brain— searching for satisfaction. Even so, my thinking is often unruly. I long to think Your thoughts more and more.

Beloved, I know even better than you the contents of your thoughts. Your mind is a spiritual battlefield. That’s why I urge you to stay alert! When you spend time listening to Me, you need to begin with prayer for protection. The evil one is the father of lies; his deceptions can worm their way into your mind if you let down your guard. When you ask for protection, always pray in My Name, because I defeated the devil utterly on the cross!

I’m pleased that you desire to think My thoughts. Having prayed for protection, you should also ask the Holy Spirit to help you listen well. He is the Director of this listening adventure. Remain alert while you listen, ready to reject anything inconsistent with biblical truth. As My thoughts gradually form in your mind, you may find it helpful to write them down. Thank Me for what you have received, and continue to seek the help of My Spirit. Don’t become overly focused on writing. The process—listening to Me under the direction of My Spirit—is more precious than the product: what you write. As you spend time focusing on Me, you will grow not only closer to Me but also more like Me.

The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace. [Romans 8:6]

Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. [1 Peter 5:8]

He [the devil] was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

[John 8:44]

~ Sarah Young ~