Evening Prayer

EXCEL IN GIVING 
2 Corinthians 8:7-9; Corinthians 9:7

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

I pray that as you excel in faith, speech, knowledge, and in your love for others, may you also excel in the grace of giving. I pray that you will follow example of Christ, who gave all He had – even His life, out of His love for you. Even though He was rich, He became poor for your sake, so that through His poverty you may become rich. Just like Christ, may you excel in giving, and may you give with a cheerful heart.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Daily Strength for Daily Needs

What doth the Lord thy God require of thee, but to fear the Lord thy God, to walk in all His ways, and to love Him, and to serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul?

~ Deut 10:12

What asks our Father of His children save  
Justice and mercy and humility,  
A reasonable service of good deeds,  
Pure living, tenderness to human needs,  
Reverence, and trust, and prayer for light to see  
The Master’s footprints in our daily ways?  
No knotted scourge, nor sacrificial knife,  
But the calm beauty of an ordered life  
Whose every breathing is unworded praise.  
~ J. G. WHITTIER

Give up yourself to God without reserve; in singleness of heart meeting everything that every day brings forth, as something that comes from God, and is to be received and gone through by you, in such an heavenly use of it, as you would suppose the holy Jesus would have done in such occurrences. This is an attainable degree of perfection.  
~ WM. LAW

We ought to measure our actual lot, and to fulfil it; to be with all our strength that which our lot requires and allows. What is beyond it, is no calling of ours. How much peace, quiet, confidence, and strength, would people attain, if they would go by this plain rule.  
~ H. E. MANNING

Daily Word of God

Comforted

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

~ Matt 5:4

We do not usually regard sorrowing people as blessed. Here, however, is a special beatitude for mourners. In particular, Jesus probably meant penitent mourners. In all this world there is nothing so precious before God as tears of contrition; no diamonds or pearls shine with such brilliance in His sight. It was Jesus Himself Who said, “there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth”. Truly blessed, therefore, are those who in true penitence grieve over their sins; a holy light shines from heaven upon all such mourners. They are comforted with God’s pardon and peace.

But no doubt the beatitude refers also to those children of God who are in sorrow, from whatever cause. Blessing is never nearer to us than when we are in affliction. If we do not get it, it is because we will not receive it. Some day we shall see that we have gotten our best things from heaven, not in the days of our earthly joy and gladness, but in the times of trial and affliction.

Tears are lenses through which our dim eyes see more deeply into heaven and look more fully upon God’s face than in any other way. Sorrows cleanse our hearts of earthliness and fertilize our lives. The days of pain really do far more for us than the days of rejoicing. We grow best when clouds hang over us, because clouds bear rain, and rain refreshes. Then God’s comfort is such a rich experience that it is well worth while to endure trial, just to enjoy the sweet and precious comfort which God gives in it.

But to receive from our sorrows their possibilities of blessing, we must accept the affliction as a messenger from God, and pray for true comfort, not the mere drying of our tears, but grace to profit by our affliction, and to get from it the peaceable fruit of righteousness.

Partiality

Fear the Lord and judge with integrity, for the Lord our God does not tolerate perverted justice, partiality, or the taking of bribes.

~ 2 Chronicles 19:7 [NLT]

Have you ever found yourself caught between two fighting people?  Each has their side of the story which they think is right but yet you know the truth lies somewhere between the two stories.  Take the road that leads to integrity.  Don’t choose sides but instead find ways to push grace in the conversation. 

Evening Prayer

PROCLAIM HIS GOODNESS 
Psalm 71:14-18

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

I pray that you will praise God more and more with each passing day. May your mouth tell of His righteousness and of His salvation all day long. May you never cease to declare His faithfulness and goodness in your life. I pray that you will proclaim the goodness and kindness He showed you since the days of your youth. I pray that you will continue to declare His praises to the next generation.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Daily Comfort

The third time He said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love Me?” Peter replied, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You!”

~ John 21:17

You look into your life today and what do you see there? Failures, broken purposes, promises not kept, commandments violated, purity stained, everything sullied! Jesus comes and looks into your face, with that calm, holy, searching gaze of His, and says, “Do you love Me?” As you are about to answer, you think of all you have done that has been dishonorable and sinful. You are speechless before Him. Yet you are conscious that you do love Him; that in your heart, beneath all your sins, failures, and faults–there is love for Him. What a comfort it is to cast yourself on His knowledge of what is in you! Perhaps men sneer, and say that one who has stumbled as you have done–surely cannot love Christ. But Christ knows the love, even amid the sins and failures.

I am glad that perfection is not the test of discipleship. We may be full of faults. We go on stumbling every day. We do nothing beautifully. We misrepresent the Christ whose name we bear. We hurt the friends we want to help.

Christ knows all these sad failures. He looks at the stained scroll we fold up at the close of the day–with the blots on it. But while He sees the worst, He sees also the best; and He loves on loves unto the uttermost! “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You!”