Evening Prayer

CALL OUT TO GOD 
Psalms 77:1-4; Psalms 78:35

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

In times of trial, I pray that you will cry out to God to help you. I pray that you will not rely on your own strength, but humble yourself and turn to Him, for He understands your distress and your sorrow. I pray that you  will let Him comfort your soul and strengthen your spirit, for He sees the tears you shed when no one is looking. In times when you are too troubled to speak, I pray that you will just call on God and He will embrace you with peace and comfort. May you always remember that God is your Rock; the Most High is your Redeemer.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Our Daily Walk

Abiding In Christ

I am the Vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same beareth much fruit: for apart from Me ye can do nothing.

~ John 15:5

Our savour’s perennial joy was due to His unceasing endeavour to minister help and blessing to others. He saved others; He could not save Himself. He said: “I am the true Vine,” i.e., the vine was made by Him in creation to represent a certain phase or characteristic of Himself. It is the reflection in the waters of materialism of eternal principles deep-seated in His own divine nature. The study of the vine is, therefore, specially precious in its teaching.

Behind the vine, as we know it, there is an immense pressure of energy. In the spring-tide, it seems as though the love of God were pressing for expression in the corn that supports life, in the oil that makes the face to shine, and in the grape that cheers. The vine cannot bear fruit, of itself; it is only the channel along which the energy of God flows in its endeavour to gladden the heart and life of man. So Jesus is the channel through which the life and love of God reach us, that we may pass them on in loving ministry, and in so doing we are creating and storing up for ourselves infinite joy.

Let each of us learn to abide in Christ with the heart open to Him on the one hand, and open to men, women and children on the other. Then let us trust Christ to pour His love and grace into our hearts, that the pressure within may lead us to perform acts of tender sympathy and helpfulness of which we would not otherwise have been capable. Let us resolve to let no day pass without doing something at cost to ourselves, to make the burden lighter and the path easier for someone else. Our willingness for Christ to do these things through us will always meet a response from Him; and His Spirit being in us will show us exactly what to say or do. It may be only a smile, a touch of the hand, or a word! Thus life will be filled with joy, and this will be perpetuated surely in that other life, when we shall awake and be satisfied. As we mingle with the throngs of happy spirits who have come out of great tribulation—the martyrs, prophets, apostles, and saints of every age—the greatest wonder of all will be that we are there. “Lord, when saw we Thee an hungred, and fed Thee? or athirst, and gave Thee drink? And He will say, Inasmuch as ye did it unto one of the least of these.., ye did it unto Me.”

Prayer

May I never forget, O Lord, that the best and happiest life must be lived in communion with the needs, sorrows, and trials of others. Give me closer sympathy with Thyself, who didst not please Thyself, but whose blessed life was perpetually laid down for others. Amen.

Daily Strength for Daily Needs

Let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord.

~ Ps 105:3

The joy of the Lord is your strength.

~ Neh 8:10

Be Thou my Sun, my selfishness destroy,  
Thy atmosphere of Love be all my joy;  
Thy Presence be my sunshine ever bright,  
My soul the little mote that lives but in Thy light.  
~ GERHARD TERSTEEGEN

I do not know when I have had happier times in my soul, than when I have been sitting at work, with nothing before me but a candle and a white cloth, and hearing no sound but that of my own breath, with God in my soul and heaven in my eye… I rejoice in being exactly what I am,—a creature capable of loving God, and who, as long as God lives, must be happy. I get up and look for a while out of the window, and gaze at the moon and stars, the work of an Almighty hand. I think of the grandeur of the universe, and then sit down, and think myself one of the happiest beings in it.

~ A POOR METHODIST WOMAN, 18TH CENTURY

Faith’s Checkbook

Mouth Confession; Heart Belief

If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

~ Rom 10:9

There must be confession with the mouth. Have I made it? Have I openly avowed my faith in Jesus as the Savior whom God has raised from the dead, and have I done it in God’s way! Let me honestly answer this question.

There must also be belief with the heart. Do I sincerely believe in the risen Lord Jesus? Do I trust in Him as my sole hope of salvation? Is this trust from my heart? Let me answer as before God.

If I can truly claim that I have both confessed Christ and believed in Him, then I am saved. The text does not say it may be so, but it is plain as a pikestaff and clear as the sun in the heavens: “Thou shalt be saved.” As a believer and a confessor, I may lay my hand on this promise and plead it before the Lord God at this moment, and throughout life, and in the hour of death, and at the Day of Judgment.

I must be saved from the guilt of sin, the power of sin, the punishment of sin, and ultimately from the very being of sin. God hath said it — “Thou shalt be saved.” I believe it. I shall be saved. I am saved. Glory be to God forever and ever!

Care for These

Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.

~ James 1:27 [NLT]

Religion is about loving those that God loves.  God’s heart breaks for those in distress.  Start with one! Meet the need of one person who is struggling in your community.  Practice true religion by changing one person’s world by showing them love! 

Daily Treasure

Comforted by the Spirit

When the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me.

~ John 15:26

In the hour of my distress,  
When temptations me oppress,  
And when I my sins confess ~
Sweet Spirit, comfort me.

Evening Prayer

A TEACHABLE SPIRIT 
Proverbs 1:7; Proverbs 22:17-19

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

May you have a humble and teachable heart in everything you do, for this is the beginning of knowledge. I pray that you will not despise wisdom, but instead pay attention and listen to the sayings of the wise, to those who study and obey God’s Word in their life. I pray that you will apply your heart to the teachings of God, for He is pleased when you keep them in your heart and have all of them ready on your lips. May God bless you with an ever-teachable heart.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Bless Those

Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them.

~ Romans 12:14 [NLT]

How can someone really have an attitude of blessing towards the person who persecutes you? It’s counter-intuitive. The only way is by changing your thoughts towards the persecution. If you really believed that persecution will make you a better, stronger person then it will change your heart towards the persecutor. Do you believe in the power of persecution?

Jesus Calling

I HAVE ALREADY ACCOMPLISHED the greatest miracle—saving you from your sins. The next time you face an “impossible” situation, turn to Me immediately with a hopeful heart. All things are possible with Me!

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
~ MATTHEW 19:26 

 The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.
~ DEUTERONOMY 33:27 [NKJV] 
 

Also read: JAMES 1:2–3; HABAKKUK 3:17–18

Before You Turn Out the Light …
Be courageous—“impossibilities” are My specialty!

Today With God

These are the things which defile a man.

~ Matt 15:20

It is right to have clean hands, but it is more important to have a clean heart. Some people are most punctilious about minute ceremonies, while they pay small heed to the moralities of their lives. It is the inner life that makes character. A bad heart defiles everything; it is a nest of unholy things.

A lady took a dead child’s photograph and touched it with her brush until the little one seemed to live in the picture. But in a day or two the face was covered with blotches. There was something on the paper on which the picture had been taken which worked up through the colors and spoiled it. So in many a life there are bad qualities which work up through all outside manners and refinements, and spoil the beauty.

The Syrophenician woman knew she was in the presence of One who could heal her child, and she simply would not go away till she got her plea; her importunity prevailed upon Him. We give up too easily when the answer is slow in coming.