Morning Prayer

HIS GUIDANCE PROTECTS

[Joshua 24:17; Psalms 23:4; 48:14]

I pray that you will always walk by God’s guidance, especially in difficult circumstances. May you walk through the valley of the shadow of death, with no fear of evil. May God’s rod and His staff guide you so you may find security and comfort in His direction. May He protect you and keep you safe, so that you will not be lost. I pray that you will always ask for His leading because our Lord promises to be your guide even to the end.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Jesus Lives

FAITH My Light shines on you continually, whether you are aware of it or not. During the wee hours of the night, your thoughts are often distorted—even catastrophic. Although you may feel as if you’re enveloped in darkness, remember that darkness and light are alike to Me. I am with you, and My Love for you never fails. You need the Light of My Presence supremely more than you need the light of day.

When the way before you seems dark and threatening, you can still trust Me to guide you. Walking by faith is akin to using radar to discern the way you should go. Instead of trying to see through clouds of uncertainty up ahead, fix your eyes on Me. I can show you a way forward where there appears to be none. Moreover, as you strive to stay in communication with Me, your soul opens up to Me. Even in the midst of your struggle, My loving Presence can fill your soul with warm delight.

Even the darkness is not dark to You, and the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to You.

[Psalm 139:12]

For we walk by faith, not by sight.

[2 Corinthians 5:7]

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.

[Psalm 143:8]

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

[Hebrews 12:2]

Evening Prayer

OBEDIENCE OUT OF LOVE

[Joshua 1:16; Jeremiah 42:6; John 14:15]

May your heart be filled with a burning desire to follow the Lord your God. May you willingly do what He commands you to do, and go where He commands you to go. May your obedience be out of a deep love for Him. May your love for Him propel you to submit completely to His will, even when circumstances seem unfavorable to you. I pray that you will obey the Lord your God, so that it will go well with you.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Prayer Guide

So I perceived there is nothing better than for people to enjoy their work, because that is their reward; for who can show them what the future holds?

[Eccl 3:22 NET]

His was the heart that overmuch

In human goodness puts its trust,

And his the keen, satiric touch

That shrivels falsehood into dust.

Fierce for the right, he bore his part

In strife with many a valiant foe;

But laughter winged his polished dart,

And kindness tempered every blow.

~ William Winter ~

A wise man will so act that whatever he does may rather seem voluntary and of his own free will than done by compulsion, however much he may be compelled by necessity.

~ Machiavelli ~

Lord God,

May I not forget that it is in the light, and not the darkness, that my work is revealed. I beseech thee to pour in thy light as I plan my life, and open my heart and mind for the reception of thy tru

Amen.

Devotional

Healed

Scripture Reading:  Matthew 9:18-26

Your faith has healed you.

[Matthew 9:22]

I have to be honest: this story confuses me on my best day and angers me on my worst. I have known many people with faith much stronger than mine who have died from illnesses like cancer, heart disease, and pneumonia. I can remember sitting in a small country church and hearing a pastor express his belief that if anyone was battling an illness like cancer, all they had to do was pray harder and have more faith and they would be healed. My wife had to work hard to keep me calm.

Even so, Jesus says quite clearly that this woman was healed because of her faith. So how do we understand the role that faith plays here?

First, faith is planted and nurtured by God and grows in us because of Jesus’ work in our lives. It is a product of his closeness to us. While we do things to develop our faith, it is all in relationship to God and not by our own works. Faith is from God, and this woman’s healing happened in relationship with God through Christ.

Second, Jesus says that this woman’s faith healed her. He doesn’t say that everyone’s faith heals all things. To think that all illness can and should be healed by the faith of the sick person isn’t what Jesus means here. But Jesus is pointing out that faith is a strong and important component of our lives.

God’s gift of faith in us can do amazing things for us and for those around us. Let’s ask God to increase our faith today.

Father,

By your gift of faith in us, heal us of the damage of sin in our lives. Grow in us faith that brings us closer to you.

Amen.

Evening Prayer

DILIGENCE OVER IDLENESS

[Proverbs 10:4; 20:13; Hebrews 6:10-12]

I pray that a diligent spirit will be upon you. May you work hard to complete every task given to you and persevere in it. I ask that you will not slack behind in anything that needs to be accomplished. May there not be a hint of idleness in you. I claim God’s promise for you: that the plans of the diligent will lead to profit.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Prayer Guide

Look at the birds in the sky: They do not sow, or reap, or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you more valuable than they are?

[Matt 6:26 NET]

Sail fast, sail fast,

Ark of my hopes, Ark of my dreams;

Sweep lordly o’er the drowned Past,

Fly glittering through the sun’s strange beams;

Sail fast, sail fast.

Breath of new buds from off some drying lea,

With news about the Future scent the sea;

My brain is beating like the heart of Haste.

I’ll loose me a bird upon this Present waste;

Go, trembling song,

And stay not long; O, stay not long;

Thou art only a gray and sober dove,

But thine eye is faith and thy wing is love.

~ Sidney Lanier ~

God speed thee, pretty bird; may thy small nest,

With little ones all in good time be blest.

I love thee much;

For well thou managest that life of thine,

Well I!—O ask not what I do with mine!

Would I were such!

~ Jane Welch Carlyle ~

My Father,

May I start this day with more faith in myself and greater love for thy world. May my soul be awakened to the highest and be ready for the joys of to-day.

Amen.