Evening Prayer

[Acts 3:16; 1 Peter 2:24]

I pray that you will have the faith to believe that Jesus Christ can and will heal you. May you realize that when Christ died on the cross, He took upon Himself the punishment for our sins, and all our infirmities. Receive, therefore, your healing; have faith that by His wounds you are healed. May every part of your body be restored in accordance to the will of God. May strength and health be yours as you submit your body to the lordship of Christ.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Live Loved

If any of you want to be my followers, you must forget about yourself. You must take up your cross each day and follow me.”

Your God-Designed Task

The phrase “take up your cross” has not fared well through the generations. Ask for a definition, and you’ll hear answers like “My cross is my mother-in-law, my job, my bad marriage, my cranky boss, or the dull preacher.” The cross, we assume, is any besetting affliction or personal hassle. My thesaurus agrees. It lists the following synonyms for cross: frustration, trying situation, snag, hitch, and drawback. To take up the cross is to put up with a personal challenge. God, we think, passes out crosses the way a warden hands out shovels to the chain gang. No one wants one. Each one gets one. Everybody has a cross to bear, and we might as well get used to it.

But really. Is Jesus reducing the cross to hassles and headaches? Calling us to quit complaining about the fly in the ointment or the pain in the neck? The cross means so much more. It is God’s tool of redemption, instrument of salvation— proof of his love for people. To take up the cross, then, is to take up Christ’s burden for the people of the world. Though our crosses are similar, none are identical. “If any of you want to be my followers, you must forget about yourself. You must take up your cross each day and follow me” (Luke 9:23 CEV). We each have our own cross to carry—our individual callings. . . . It’s a . . . sweet day when you discover your God-designed task. It fits. It matches your passions and enlists your gifts and talents. Want to blow the cloud cover off your gray day? Accept God’s direction.


Lord, you have called us to take up our crosses and follow you. You challenge us to take up your burden for the people of the world. Open our eyes to see the need and open our hearts to accept our God-designed task. May our hands be willing to serve you. May we gladly give our gifts and talents to help the hurting, to feed the hungry, and to share your love with those who are lost. May we willingly forget about ourselves and find our calling in you, amen.

Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
None of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy.
[ACTS 20:24]

Jesus Lives

Your prayers are not cries in the dark. On the contrary, they rise to My kingdom of eternal Light. Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things. Mankind has long been plagued with eyes that do not see what is most important. Many people fail to see the most obvious things: I can perform miracles before their very eyes, yet they see only mundane occurrences or—at best—coincidences. Only the eyes of your heart can see spiritual realities.

One of the things I search for among My children is a teachable attitude. When you come to Me desirous of learning wondrous things which you do not know, I rejoice. A good teacher takes pleasure in a student who really wants to learn, who puts forth extra effort to discover as much as possible. I am the Teacher of teachers, and I delight in your desire to learn amazing, unsearchable things from Me. Your openness to My teaching has a wonderful result: I help you understand at heart level the hope to which I have called you, the riches of My glorious inheritance in which you share. You can look forward to living rapturously with Me in the Holy City, where the Glory of God provides Light.

Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”

[Jeremiah 33:3]

I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints.

[Ephesians 1:18]

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground. Psalm 143:10

The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.

[Revelation 21:23]