Evening Prayer

CHEERFUL GIVER

[2 Corinthians 9:6-11]

I pray that you will always give cheerfully and generously, not reluctantly or under compulsion. May you never withhold what you have decided in your heart to give. May you be assured that God will continuously supply the seed for you to sow. I pray that He will even increase your store of seed and enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. May you remember that the Lord desires to make you rich in every way, so that you can be generous on every occasion. May your generosity result in thanksgiving and glory to God!

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Dear Jesus

By gazing at Me, you gain My perspective on your life. This time with Me is essential for untangling your thoughts and smoothing out the day before you.

Dear Jesus,

You can easily read my thoughts, and You assess their condition with perfect accuracy. I wake up each morning with thought-fragments racing through my mind. It’s hard to untangle my own thinking, because my mental capacity is so limited when I first awake. However, I can look to You, to do for me what I am unable to do for myself.

Beloved, even when your thoughts are scrambled, you can indeed look to Me for help. Many people stumble out of bed in the morning and head straight for the coffee pot. Though they are not yet thinking clearly, they are conscious enough to move toward something that will help untangle their thoughts. I perform a similar function for you, when your mind stumbles in My direction. Ask Me to help you think My thoughts and see things from My perspective. I created you in My image so that you would have this amazing capacity. As you wait in My Presence, I not only unscramble your thinking, I also straighten your path through the day. I am sovereign over every aspect of your life, so opening up the way before you is no problem for Me. Some people think they don’t have time to begin their day with Me. They don’t realize how much I can facilitate their activities—removing obstacles, giving insights that save time, and so on. When you spend precious time with Me, I compensate you generously: smoothing out the circumstances of your day.

Amen

O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.

[Psalm 139:1–2]

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

[Genesis 1:27]

We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in you.

[Psalm 33:20–22]

Evening Prayer

FOLLOWING GOD’S VOICE

[Psalms 16:11; 32:8; Proverbs 4:18; John 10:3-4]

I pray that you will be sensitive to God’s voice, so that you will hear His will for your life and take the path He has laid out for you. May you know the sound of His voice, as sheep know the voice of their shepherd. May He instruct you in the way you should go, giving you counsel and guidance each day. May He show you the path of life so that you may be filled with joy in His presence. I pray that you will follow Him, for His path is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Prayer Guide

But those who wait for the Lord’s help find renewed strength; they rise up as if they had eagles’ wings, they run without growing weary, they walk without getting tired. [Isa 40:31 NET]

By religion I mean the power, whatever it be, which makes a man choose what is hard rather than what is easy; what is lofty and noble rather than what is mean and selfish; that puts courage into timorous hearts and gladness into clouded spirits.

[Arthur C. Benson]

For all noble things the time is long and the way rude…. For every start and struggle of impatience there shall be so much attendant failure…. But the fire which Patience carries in her own hand is that truly stolen from heaven—unquenchable incense of life.

[John Ruskin]

My Father,

I pray that I may not be indifferent to the call of my soul. May I not seek to serve the disappearing and neglect to make life worthy. Acquaint me with the permanent values of life. Make clear the way of strength, that I may not be misled by ease and carried to weakness. May my life be ennobled by the power of my possessions.

Amen.

Evening Prayer

SHARING THE GOSPEL

[Galatians 1:15-16; 2:5,7-8]

I pray that you will give thanks to the Lord for He has set you apart from birth and revealed His Son to you in a personal way. May you understand that with knowing Christ, you are entrusted with the task of sharing the gospel to those who do not know Him. Since He has called you by His grace, I pray that you will joyfully and patiently share the truth of this good news. I pray you will be sensitive to the prompting of the Holy Spirit and that He will give you divine appointments and open doors to share the gospel.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Live Loved

Men shall speak of the might of Your awesome acts, and I will declare Your greatness. [PSALM 145:6]

God’s Promises Are Unending

Know this: God, your God, is God indeed, a God you can depend upon. He keeps his covenant of loyal love with those who love him and observe his commandments for a thousand generations” (Deuteronomy 7:9 MSG).

God makes and never breaks his promises. The Hebrew word for covenant, beriyth, means “a solemn agreement with binding force.”5 His irrevocable covenant runs like a scarlet thread through the tapestry of Scripture. Remember his promise to Noah?

Know this: God, your God, is God indeed, a God you can depend upon. He keeps his covenant of loyal love with those who love him and observe his commandments for a thousand generations” (Deuteronomy 7:9 MSG). God makes and never breaks his promises. The Hebrew word for covenant, beriyth, means “a solemn agreement with binding force.”5 His irrevocable covenant runs like a scarlet thread through the tapestry of Scripture. Remember his promise to Noah? “I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be cut off by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.” And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.” (Genesis 9:11–13 NIV)

Every rainbow reminds us of God’s covenant. Curiously, astronauts who’ve seen rainbows from outer space tell us they form a complete circle.6 God’s promises are equally unbroken and unending.

[FACING YOUR GIANTS]

Heavenly Father,

Your word tells us that not one of your promises has ever failed. You are a covenant God who is steadfast and true. We can count on every word you have spoken. We can rely on you to answer our prayers as you have promised. We can stand firm on the truths of your word,

Amen.

Blessed be the LORD, who has given . . . according to all that He promised. There has not failed one word of all His good promise.

[1 KINGS 8:56]

The LORD your God is He who fights for you, as He promised you.

[JOSHUA 23:10]

Therefore know that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments.

[DEUTERONOMY 7:9]

Evening Prayer

CONDEMNATION TO CONVICTION

[Psalm 43:5; Isaiah 30:18; 38:17]

I pray that you will overcome the spirit of condemnation. I pray that your soul will no longer be downcast or disturbed by the memory of past sins. May you experience God’s grace and compassion, so that the accusations you feel will be replaced by conviction and hope. Praise God, that out of His endless love you were rescued from the pit of destruction, and all your sins have been forgiven. I pray that you will no longer be burdened with condemnation, but that His conviction and hope will lead you to live victoriously.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.