Evening Prayer

1 Corinthians 9:24-27; Philippians 3:14

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

I pray that you will have the spirit of a winner today. In everything you do, may you do it with passion and excellence. Just like a runner in a marathon, I pray that you will run the race in such a way as to win the prize. May you not run aimlessly, but press on toward the goal. I pray that you will run to get the crown that will last forever, not a crown that is temporary. May you put all your effort toward the goal for which God has called you heavenward in Christ Jesus.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Jesus Lives

Do not dread walking through the valley of the shadow of death. My radiant Presence shines brightly in that deep, sunless valley—strengthening, encouraging, and comforting you. Beloved, there is no valley or pit so deep and dark that I cannot see all the way to the bottom of it. Even if you wander from Me and fall into a slimy pit, you need not despair. When you cry out to Me, I will lift you out of the mud and mire and set your feet on a rock—giving you a firm place to stand.

Whenever you start to feel afraid, remember that I—your Shepherd—am armed. I am never without My rod of protection, and I use it with deadly accuracy. My shepherd’s staff is for guiding you. The hooked end of the staff is perfect for pulling you back from danger or rescuing you when you have fallen out of arm’s reach. Find comfort in the constant protection and guidance I provide.

“As you face your fears, remember that I am the One who goes before you and will be with you; I will never leave you. While you are walking through the valley of adversity, let these ten short words cascade through your mind: I will fear no evil, for You are with me.”

“Yes, though I walk through the [deep, sunless] valley of the shadow of death, I will fear or dread no evil, for You are with me; Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort me.”

~ Psalm 23:4 [AMP]

“I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.

~ Psalm 40:1–2”

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.”

~ John 10:11 [NKJV]

The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

~ Deuteronomy 31:8

The Bible Is For You

by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

As we examine the Bible one fact stands out with particular emphasis and clarity: The Bible was written for the people, for the populace at large, not for some special class among them.

St. Paul addressed his epistles to both “laity” and “clergy”: “To all that be in Rome” (Rom. 12), “unto the church… at Corinth… with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord” (I Cor. 1:2), “unto the churches of Galatia” (Gal. 1:2), “to all the saints… at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons” (Phil. 1:1), etc.

When Paul proclaimed the gospel at Berea his hearers did not take even this great apostle’s word for granted, but “searched the Scriptures daily, whether those things were so,” and for this God called them “noble” (Acts 17:11). They were the true spiritual aristocracy of their day. Our Lord, when on earth, encouraged — even challenged His audiences to “search the Scriptures” for themselves (John 5:39).

Indeed, since God has revealed Himself and His plan of salvation in the written Word, we are responsible, each one for himself, to study the Scriptures. When Dives begged Abraham to allow Lazarus to go and warn his five brothers about the horrors of Hades, Abraham replied: “They have Moses and the prophets, let them hear them,” and when Dives urged that a word from Lazarus would be more effective, Abraham answered: “If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rose from the dead” (Luke 16:29-31).

Do not depend upon your clergyman to interpret the Scriptures for you but see for yourself what they say, for “every one of us shall give account of himself to God” (Rom. 14:12), and it will not be enough in that day to say: “But my minister or priest told me…” You are responsible to “search the Scriptures” for yourself to “see whether those things are so.”

Evening Prayer

Exodus 20:15; Proverbs 30:8-9

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

I pray that God will bless you with every spiritual blessing. May He open your eyes to see how you have been blessed in your spirit, body and soul. I pray that you will be made rich through the fruit of honest labor and divine blessings. I pray that you will not be tempted in any way to desire what is not yours. May you never be in need or be driven by envy or greed that you might steal, and so dishonor the name of God. I pray that you will have the strength against the temptation to steal.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Afternoon Prayer

1 Corinthians 11:1

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

I pray that you will follow the example of godly people around you, even as they follow Christ. May you imitate their faith in the Lord, while you watch them closely. I pray that as you do this, others may see you grow from glory to glory. May God give you the grace to listen and learn from these people, so that you will bear much fruit. I pray that you will learn to be a good disciple.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.