Evening Prayer

WORK WITH DILIGENCE 
Psalm 128:2; Proverbs 28:19; Ephesians 6:7

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

I pray that you will work hard today, diligently laboring on the tasks God has given you. May you go about your work, as if you were doing it for God and not for man. May you not overlook important details and complete each task in an efficient and excellent manner. I pray that God will give you vigor when the enemy tries to make you lazy or sluggish, may you be focused on your work, not chasing after fantasies, but doing everything with sound judgment. May God be glorified when others witness your diligence.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Evening Prayer

DELIGHT IN THE LORD 
Psalms 1:1-3; 37:4

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

I pray that you will not walk in the counsel of the wicked, or stand in the way of sinners, or sit in the seat, of mockers. Rather, may your delight be in the law of the Lord and in following His commands. I pray that as you delight in His law and earnestly seek to walk by it, you will be like a tree that is planted by streams of water; for such a tree bears fruit in season and its leaves do not wither. May you delight in His word and meditate on it day and night, and surely you will prosper. I pray that you will delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Evening Prayer

ONE TRUE GOD 
Exodus 15:2; Deuteronomy 5:8; 27:15

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

I pray that you shall not have other gods before Him. I pray that you will not make for yourself an idol in any form, and not bow down or worship them, for this is detestable to the Lord. I pray that you will always remember that He is a jealous God. May you never anger Him with idol worship. May you understand that it is only from Him that you derive your strength, your joy, and your salvation. I pray that you will praise Him, and only Him, for His acts of power and for His surpassing goodness.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Live Loved

Let the words of Christ, in all their richness, live in your hearts and make you wise. [COLOSSIANS 3:16 NLT]

“Your Servant Is Listening” Has any other book ever been described in this fashion: “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12 NIV)?

“Living and active.” The words of the Bible have life! Nouns with pulse rates. Muscular adjectives. Verbs darting back and forth across the page. God works though these words. The Bible is to God what a surgical glove is to the surgeon. He reaches through them to touch deep within you.

Haven’t you felt his touch?

In a late, lonely hour, you read the words “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you” (Hebrews 13:5 NLT). The sentences comfort like a hand on your shoulder.

When anxiety termites away at your peace, someone shares this passage: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6 NIV). The words stir a sigh from your soul.

Put them to use. “Let the words of Christ, in all their richness, live in your hearts and make you wise. Use his words to teach and counsel each other” (Colossians 3:16 NLT). Don’t make a decision, whether large or small, without sitting before God with open Bible, open heart, open ears, imitating the prayer of Samuel: “Your servant is listening” (1 Samuel 3:10 NLT).

—FACING YOUR GIANTS

Precious Lord, your Word is an awesome treasure. It is filled with words to guide, to instruct, and to comfort us. Your holy Word is powerful and as true today as when it was written. Thank you for this truly amazing gift. May we never let one day pass without reading the Bible. Please open our hearts and minds to hear what you want to say through your Word. We are listening, Lord, amen.

He who heeds the word wisely will find good, and whoever trusts in the LORD, happy is he.

~ PROVERBS 16:20 Great peace have those who love Your law, and nothing causes them to stumble.

~ PSALM 119:165

Give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments.

~ PSALM 119:73

Evening Prayer

LOVE THROUGH ACTIONS 
[1 John 3:16-18]

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

I pray that, just as Christ laid down His life for you, you too will lay your life down for others. If anyone is in need and you have the ability to help, may you take pity and fill that need. May you think of the well-being of others before you think of your own, for that is the example shown to us by our Lord Jesus Christ when He sacrificed His own life. May your love go beyond mere words; may it be evident through your actions.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Our Daily Walk

Things To Be Left Behind
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, we must get rid of every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and run with endurance the race set out for us, keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. For the joy set out for him he endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God. — Heb 12:1-2 NET

Leave behind your past sins. They have been many and great, more than you can count. But if you have confessed and forsaken them, they have been put away, “as far as the east is from the west.’” Nothing could be more explicit than 1Jo 1:9. It is useless to brood over the past. God has buried it in the grave of Christ. Go and sin no more!

Leave behind your bad habits that encumber you (R.V. marg.). You know what they are, and how they cling—ill-temper, jealousy, pride, evil-speaking, and many another! You have fallen again and again, overtaken by them, tripped up, your robes stained and torn. There should be some finality in your life, a mark on the grass from which you start to run the race. The command to put off the old man is in the definite tense (Col 3:8-9). It be-speaks one sudden strong act of the will, God-nerved and God-empowered. This, then, is the hour when you must strike for liberty “Ye have died, and your life is hid with Christ in God.”

Leave behind your accomplished ideals. They were once far in front and above you. As you climbed they seemed almost inaccessible, and mocking voices rang out their defiance of your attempt. But by the grace of God things that once you dreamt of are now realised, and you are sitting on the peak that once seemed to laugh you to scorn. But you must leave it behind! Look up! look forward! Are there not fresh ideals calling to you? Leave behind your attainments and strike your tents. One battle is fought, but a yet stronger foe bars the way immediately in front. It is suicidal to rest on your oars; to do so will expose you to the inevitable backward drift.

The best way to leave behind is to press forward. The Spirit of God bids us “run with patience the race set before us, looking unto Jesus.” He is our Forerunner, always before us, always leading us on. His crest, like the plume of Henry of Navarre, is always in the very thick of the fight. Let the soul follow hard after Him, and it will become almost oblivious to what it leaves behind. The boy who is running for the goal, in his eagerness to win the prize, strips himself of one and another article of clothing. He will not count their worth, so long as he may win the prize. So run that ye may attain! Apprehend that for which you were apprehended! Lay hold on the outstretched crown of life!

Most gracious God, quicken me by Thy Holy Spirit, that I may run in the way Thou hast marked out for me. May I ever be kept looking off unto Jesus. Amen.

Our Daily Walk

Christ’s Teaching About Resurrection
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live even if he dies, and the one who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” She replied, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God who comes into the world.” — John 11:25-27 NET

This crowning miracle of our Lord’s life is generally described as the Raising of Lazarus. I am not sure that it might not with equal truth be called the Awakening of Martha, for it is certain that the Lord lifted this soul, whom we have been wont to count prosaic and matter-of-fact, to a most remarkable elevation of faith and hope, as they stood together in the shadow of a great sorrow.

In common with the majority of religious people, Martha believed in a general resurrection at some still future date, but she had not realised that God lives in the present tense, that the Eternal is here and now, and that faith must learn to reckon on God’s I AM. We are always putting the manifestation of the Divine in the far past, or the far future. The heaven is high above the earth on which we stand; only at the horizon, behind us and before us, do heaven and earth touch. We all need to learn the lesson that here, in the prosaic commonplaces of life, Jesus Christ is the present and immediate answer to every need.

Christ’s teaching about Resurrection differs widely from immortality. Plato believed in the immortality of the soul, but had no conception of resurrection. Resurrection is the reunion of the soul with the body, when it shall be raised in a form identical with, though different from, the body laid in the grave, as the sheaf of corn is identical with, though different from, the seed-corn cast into the soil amid the tears of autumn.

Martha could hardly understand all these marvellous disclosures, but she answered Yea to them, on the ground of what she knew Christ to be. He at least was the Messiah, and whatsoever He said, it must be so. So it is that we may still accept much, that we cannot understand, on the bare word of Jesus.

Christ always needed faith in some one, as the fulcrum on which to rest the lever of His mighty power, and He found it in Martha. What can He not do, even here and now, in the hearts of those who are slow to believe, and those who are dead in trespasses and sins? Believest thou this?

O God of Life and Love, Thou hast filled our hearts with joy unspeakable. We thank Thee that Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life, and that those who believe in Him shall never die. He lives, and they live, and we live! We thank Thee, we praise Thee, we bless Thee. Amen.