Faith’s Checkbook

Rest Is a Gift

Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

~ Matt 11:28

We who are saved find rest in Jesus. Those who are not saved will receive rest if they come to Him, for here He promises to “give” it. Nothing can be freer than a gift; let us gladly accept what He gladly gives. You are not to buy it, nor to borrow it, but to receive it as a gift. You labor under the lash of ambition, covetousness, lust, or anxiety: He will set you free from this iron bondage and give you rest. You are “laden,” yes, “heavy laden” with sin, fear, care, remorse, fear of death; but if you come to Him He will unload you. He carried the crushing mass of our sin that we might no longer carry it. He made Himself the great Burden-bearer, that every laden one might cease from bowing down under the enormous pressure.

Jesus gives rest. It is so. Will you believe it? Will you put it to the test? Will you do so at once? Come to Jesus by quitting every other hope, by thinking of Him, believing God’s testimony about Him, and trusting everything with Him. If you thus come to Him the rest which He will give you will be deep, safe, holy, and everlasting. He gives a rest which develops into heaven, and He gives it this day to all who come to Him.

Daily Quiet Time

Herein is my Father glorified that ye bear much fruit.

~ John 15:8

What a possibility, what an inspiration, that we can enhance the glory of “our Father”! Our hearts leap at the thought.

How can this be done? By bearing “leaves,” a profession of love for Him? No. By bearing some fruit? No. “That ye bear much fruit.” In the abundance of the yield is the joy, the glory of the husbandman. We should, therefore, aim to be extraordinary, “hundred–fold” Christians, satisfied with none but the largest yield. Our lives should be packed with good deeds. Then at harvest time we can say, “Father, I have glorified Thee on the earth!”

~ W. Jennings

Evening Prayer

DESIRE SELF-CONTROL
Proverbs 25:28; Galatians 5:19, 22

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

I pray that you will desire self-control and discipline, for a person without these is like a city whose walls are broken down. May God’s Spirit empower you to withstand temptation and abhor sin. May He give you the power to overcome any habit that is not pleasing to Him. I pray that you will remove every hint of immorality and impurity from your life. May He open your eyes to areas that you have not surrendered to His control. I pray that self-control, a fruit of the Spirit, be evident in your life.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Evening Prayer

RECEIVE GOD’S STRENGTH
Deuteronomy 31:6; Habakkuk 3:19

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

I pray that God will give you the strength to accomplish the tasks He has ordained for you to do. Let the Sovereign Lord be your strength. May you lean on Him when your body feels tired and your spirit feels worn, for He will make your feet quick and your mind focused. I pray that God will enable you to pursue greater heights. May you realize that He will always be at your side and will not leave you nor forsake you. May you never be moved only by striving, but seek your strength from God. I pray that you will receive the mighty strength of the Lord
today.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Daily Word of God

Magnificat

And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,

~Luke 1:46

No wonder that Mary sang that day. At the shut gate of the garden of Eden there was a promise given of a Saviour, a Saviour — who should be “the seed of the woman.” Ever after that, all along the line of the covenant, each woman hoped that she might be the mother of this Saviour. Centuries passed, and generations of disappointed hearts saw their hopes fade. At length one day a heavenly messenger came to this lowly Nazarite maiden, and announced to her that she should be the mother of this long-expected Messiah. What a glorious honour! No wonder she rejoiced. One strain of her song was, “My soul doth magnify the Lord.” We cannot make God any greater; He needs nothing from us. Can the candle add to the glory of the sun’s noon-day splendour? Yet we can so tell others of God that He will seem greater to them. It was said in praise of a distinguished preacher that in his sermons he made God appear very great. We can declare God’s goodness and grace. Then we can so live ourselves as to honour Him, and thus magnify His name.

Retzsch, a German sculptor, made a wonderful statue of the Redeemer. For eight years it was his dream by night, his thought by day. He first made a clay model, and set it before a child five or six years old. There were none of the usual emblematical marks about the figure, no cross, no crown, nothing by which to identify it. Yet, when the child saw it he said, “The Redeemer! the Redeemer!” This was a wonderful triumph of art. We should exhibit in our life and character such a reproduction of the nobleness and beauty of Christ that everyone who looks upon us may instinctively recognize the features, and say, “Behold the image of our Redeemer!” There is no other way of magnifying the Lord that so impresses the world.

Pause and Thank God

The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.

~ Lamentations 3:22-23

God’s mercies are unending and he loves you love with a powerful never-ending kind of love. As you go through your day you can take comfort in knowing you are never alone. God promises to faithfully provide what we need for each new day. Pause at some point today to thank God for the way you have experienced his mercy.

Afternoon Prayer

STEWARDSHIP OF ABILITIES
Exodus 31:3; Deuteronomy 8:18; Matthew 25:15; Colossians 3:23

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

I pray that you will be a good steward of the skills and talents the Lord has given you, and that you will always put your abilities to good use. May you acknowledge that it is the Lord our God who gives you your abilities. I pray that you will use them faithfully, and that God will raise you up. I pray that as you do your best in small things or in big things, your work will reflect the glory and excellence of God. In anything you do, may you do it as if you do it unto the Lord, and He will honor and bless the work of your hands.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Bible Verse

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

~ Luke 4:18-19

Evening Prayer

REMEMBER HIS TEACHINGS
Proverbs 3:1-4

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

I pray that you will never forget the Lord’s teachings, but will keep them in your heart. Remember His commands, for they will prolong your life and bring you prosperity. I pray that you will never let love and faithfulness leave you. May you bind them around your neck and write them on the tablet of your heart, then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. I pray that you will always remember His teachings, and that His favor will go with you.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.