Evening Prayer

BLESSED PERSEVERANC
Romans 5:3; James 1:4; James 5:11

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

I pray that God will develop in you a persevering spirit. By being determined and unrelenting, may you be made mature and complete, not lacking anything. May you even rejoice in your suffering, knowing that it will produce perseverance. I pray that you will remember that those who never give up, will be blessed. May you enjoy the blessings that the Lord rewards to those who persevere.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Evening Prayer

GOD REWARDS WORK
Isaiah 65:21-23; 1 Corinthians 15:58

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

I pray that you will give yourself fully to the work God has called you to do. May you offer your work to Him, for you know that your labor in the Lord is never in vain. May you understand that the Lord causes His chosen ones to enjoy the works of their hands and the fruit of their labor. I pray that you will dwell in the houses you build, and eat the fruit of the vineyards you plant. I pray that you will not toil in vain, for you and your descendants shall be blessed by the Lord.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Evening Prayer

PROTECTED BY GOD
Exodus 13:21; Psalms 5:11; Psalms 40:11; Psalms 140:4

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

May God spread His protection over you today. May He go ahead of you to guide your way and give you light. I pray that God will keep you from the hands of the wicked and protect you from men of violence. May He cover you with the precious blood of His Son, from the top of your head to the soles of your feet. I pray that you will take refuge in Him and be glad, for His love and truth shall always protect you. I charge that the angels of God be with you and protect you this day.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

How Long?

Scripture Reading: Psalm 13; Revelation 6:10

They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?”

~ Revelation 6:10

There are life lessons we can learn by listening to prayers. For instance, my parents’ prayers nurtured me to be a follower of Jesus. By their example, I learned to give thanks to God, to ask for forgiveness, to pray for the coming of God’s kingdom, and much more. They also taught me to lament, to cry out to God, for help and for justice on the earth.

We need to learn prayers of praise, and we need to learn prayers of lament. Jesus’ prayer on the cross, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mark 15:34) was a soul-piercing cry to God from Psalm 22.

In our reading from Revelation today, we listen again to the prayer of the martyrs: “How long, Sovereign Lord . . . until you . . . avenge our blood?” And we can see that this echoes ancient laments in the Psalms (see also Psalm 74:10; 94:3; 119:84).

In this passage God opens our eyes to a bigger and better picture of faith. We are challenged to long as much as God does for justice and peace on the earth. The martyrs are not content just to be in heaven. They continue to work and pray for God’s justice to be present on earth as it is in heaven. Their prayer also reminds us that God plans to restore not just our souls but also the whole earth, where we will live again one day in our bodies, restored and whole.

These are powerful words for living by faith today.

Prayer:

Thank you, Lord, for having us listen and learn from the prayer of the martyrs. Bring justice and peace, Lord. Amen.

Evening Prayer

GOD’S HEIRS
Galatians 4:3-7

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

I pray you will understand that you are a child of God. May you know that He redeemed you and adopted you into His kingdom. I pray that the Spirit of His Son be in your heart, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father”. May you realize that He has given you the full rights as a child of His, so you are no longer a slave to this world. I pray that you will call on your Heavenly Father with confidence, knowing that you are God’s heir to the fullness of all His blessings.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Our Daily Walk

God’s Forgiveness

Forgive us our sins, for we ourselves also forgive everyone who fails in his duty to us.

~ Luke 11:4


Forgiveness Is the exclusive prerogative of Christianity. The schools of ancient morality had four cardinal virtues ~ justice in human relations; prudence in the direction of affairs; fortitude in bearing trouble or sorrow; temperance or self-restraint. But they knew nothing of mercy or forgiveness, which is not natural to the human heart. Forgiveness is an exotic, which Christ brought with Him from Heaven. As long as He abode on earth, He forgave, and He left it as an injunction and example that His people were to forgive even as they had been forgiven.

Our Lord does not mean that God’s forgiveness is measured by our own, or that our forgiveness is the cause of God’s. Neither of these is the true rendering of this clause; but that God cannot forgive an unforgiving spirit. The only sure index that our contrition and penitence are genuine is that we forgive those who have wronged us. If we do not forgive, it proves that we have never attained that true position of soul before God in which He is able to forgive.

How is it with you? Do you forgive? Or are there men and women that you obstinately refuse to forgive? If there are, it shows that your own soul is not right before God; your love to God is gauged by your love to men; your relationship to God is indicated by your relationship to your fellows. The man who does not love the brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. Discover where you are to-day. If there is anyone in your life that you refuse to pray for and forgive, know that your heart is wrong with God.

Do the first thing, begin to pray for them, and say: “Forgive us—that one who has hurt me, that man who has wronged me; he needs forgiveness, but I need it equally. We are both in the wrong. I might have made it easier for him to do right than I have done.” Second, ask for the opportunity to meet him. Third, claim that when you meet, there may be in you the royalty of God’s grace, that you may bear yourself with that rare, gracious love which covers the multitude of sins. Be willing that through your lips God’s pitying mercy may pass forth in words of human kindness and tenderness.

Forgive us, we pray Thee; put away our sin, as far as the east is from the west. Remember it no more, cast it behind Thee as into the depths of the sea. May we be kind one to another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ has forgiven us. Amen.

Deaths Doom

Scripture Reading: Revelation 6:7-8

There before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. – Revelation 6:8

The fourth horseman is too ­familiar to us. This picture represents death and grief disrupting our lives. Perhaps you are feeling death’s dreadful presence today. May you be comforted in God’s love and care.

At the time of this writing, the global death count from COVID-19 is over 2 million. The fourth horseman has created another pandemic. Death is always a terrible intruder, regardless of its coming to claim people in large numbers or in the sudden death of a person we love.

The Holy Spirit has given us powerful pictures to embrace for a time such as this. We have the good news of Christ’s coming and of his rising on Easter Sunday morning, announcing death’s defeat. We also have comforting pictures of Jesus grieving with those who mourn. Jesus wept with Mary and Martha over their brother Lazarus’s death (John 11:33-35). Jesus weeps with us too when this rider on the pale horse comes.

Jesus also knows this horseman as his “last enemy to be destroyed” (1 Corinthians 15:26). And God’s great story closes with John announcing, “Then I saw ‘a new heaven and a new earth,’” in which God will “wipe every tear from [our] eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain” (Revelation 21:1-4). Hallelujah!

Prayer:

Thank you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, for your victory over death for our sake. Comfort us in your promise to put an end to death and to all our grieving. Amen.

~ Jim Poelman

Evening Prayer

PLEASING OUR LORD
Luke 6:46; John 8:29; John 14:16, 26

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

I pray that in everything that you do today, you will please our Lord. As a servant does what pleases his master, may you aim to please the Lord your God. I pray that, as His child, you will hear His words and put them into practice. May you know that the Holy Spirit is your helper, and that He will remind you of His Word; you will never be alone. I pray that the way you live every aspect of your life will be pleasing to Him.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.