Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from Your ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against Your holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done, and we have done those things which we ought not to have done, and there is no soundness in us. O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare those, O God, who confess their faults. Restore those who are penitent, according to Your promises declared in Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, O merciful Father, for Your sake, that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, to the glory of Your holy name.
Know that God desires to show you His goodness in this present moment. Eternity starts when we accept Jesus into our lives. We don’t have to wait for the end of our lives to know that our God is good. Pray that He opens your eyes in new ways to the beauty He provides us everyday.
It’s a common belief that people suffer as a way of punishment for their sins. Yet, Jesus used the blind man’s disability to glorify God, not to punish him because of his own or his parents’ sins. Could the same apply to our suffering? We can view our suffering as an offering to God. It helps to strengthen our faith, teach others about faith, and bring glory to God. When you are low and struggling in your suffering, ask God to show you His perspective.
The Lord Jesus gives special revelations of Himself to His people. Even if Scripture did not declare this, there are many of the children of God who could testify the truth of it from their own experience. They have had manifestations of their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in a special manner, such as no mere reading or hearing could afford. In the biographies of eminent saints, you will find many instances recorded in which Jesus has been pleased, in a very special manner to speak to their souls, and to unfold the wonders of His person; yes, so have their souls been steeped in happiness that they have thought themselves to be in heaven, whereas they were not there, though they were well near on the threshold of it. For when Jesus manifests Himself to His people it is heaven on earth; it is paradise in embryo; it is bliss begun!
These special manifestations of Christ, exercise a holy influence on the believer’s heart.
One effect will be humility. If a man says, “I have had such-and-such spiritual communications, therefore I am a great man,” he has never had any communion with Jesus at all; for “God has respect unto the lowly but the proud He knows afar off.” He does not need to come near them to know them, and will never give them any visits of love.
Another effect will be happiness; for in God’s presence there are pleasures for evermore.
Holiness will be sure to follow. A man who has no holiness has never had this manifestation. Some men profess a great deal; but we must not believe anyone—unless we see that his deeds answer to what he says. “Do not be deceived; God is not mocked.” He will not bestow His favors upon the wicked for while He will not cast away a godly man, neither will He respect an evil doer. Thus there will be three effects of nearness to Jesus humility, happiness, and holiness. May God give them to you, Christian!
It’s difficult to enjoy the day without the night and the night without the day. God created both. As believers, it can be smooth sailing until we hit a rough patch. However, few things will grow your faith more than experiencing a pivotal circumstance in your life. God uses these events to deepen your relationship with Him. Think back on your walk with Christ, did you experience a deepening of your relationship after just such an occasion? Does this impact your perspective on the bad times?
God hears our cries for help. When we face troubles, call out to God for help. Ask Him to listen up and answer your prayers. He cares for you and it’s okay to be real about how you’re feeling as you face overwhelming circumstances.