Evening Prayer

STANDING UP FOR GOD 
Daniel 3:28, 29; 1 Corinthians 10:13

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

I pray that you will have the faith, courage, and conviction to stand up for righteousness. If others entice you to sin or to do anything that will displease the Lord, may you defy their evil designs. If your convictions are put to the test, I pray that you will be strengthened with His grace so you can stand firm for what you believe in. I pray that the angels will rescue you from all difficulties, for the Lord will not allow you to be tested beyond what you can bear. I pray that God will sustain you as you stand up for Him.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Jesus Lives

Freedom in Him

Come to Me when you are hurting, and I will share your pain. Come to Me when you are joyful, and I will share your Joy—multiplying it many times over.

I invite you to come to Me just as you are—no matter what condition you’re in. You don’t have to clean up your act first, since I already know the worst about you. When you’re hurting, you want to be with someone who understands you without condemning you. When you’re happy, you delight in being with someone who loves you enough to celebrate with you. I understand you compassionately and love you exuberantly, so bring more and more of yourself to Me.

Most people are selective about which parts of themselves they share with Me. Some hesitate to bring Me the traits they consider shameful. Others are so used to living with painful feelings—loneliness, fear, guilt—that it never occurs to them to ask for help in dealing with these things. Still others get so preoccupied with their struggles that they forget I’m even here.

There are hurting parts of you that I desire to heal. However, some of them have been with you so long that you consider them part of your identity. You carry them with you wherever you go, with little awareness. On occasions when you have brought some damaged portion of yourself to Me, I have helped you walk in newfound freedom. However, you are so addicted to certain painful patterns that you cannot easily break free from them. Only repeatedly exposing them to My healing Presence will bring you long-term freedom. When that happens, you will be released to experience Joy in much fuller measure. I will share your Joy and multiply it many times over.

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
~ Romans 8:1

The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.
~ Psalm 126:3

In my anguish I cried to the Lord, and he answered by setting me free.
~ Psalm 118:5 

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” 
~ John 8:36

Jesus Lives

His Forgiveness

As you come to know Me more intimately, you grow increasingly aware of your sins. This presents you with a continual choice—to focus on your flaws and failures or to rejoice in My glorious gift of salvation. When My ultimate sacrifice is your focus, you live in joyful assurance of being wondrously loved. There is no greater Love than this, and it is yours every nanosecond of your life. The best response to such Love is to love Me with your whole being. Of course, your loving Me is not what saves you, but it does demonstrate your grateful awareness of how much I forgive you.

Tragically, many people think they have little—if anything—for Me to forgive. They have been deceived by the prevailing lie that there is no absolute truth. They think good and evil are relative terms; therefore, they see no need for a Savior. These deceived ones do not seek My forgiveness, so their sins are not forgiven and they have no love for Me. Their minds remain darkened by the evil one’s deceptions. Only My Love-Light can penetrate that thick darkness. As you walk in the Light of My Presence, let My Love flow through you to others, shining into their darkness. Because you are My follower, you never walk in darkness—you have the Light of Life!

But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, for he has been good to me.

~ Psalm 13:5–6

Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.

~ John 15:13


“Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little.”
~ Luke 7:47

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” 
~ John 8:12

Days of Heaven Upon Earth

Forget also thine own

~ Ps 45:10

We, too, like the ancient Levites, must be consecrated every one upon our son and upon our brother, and forget our kindred and our father’s house in every sense in which they could hinder our full liberty and service for the Lord. We, too, must let our business go if it stands between us and the Lord, and in any case let it henceforth be His business and His alone, pursued for Him, controlled by Him, and its profits wholly dedicated to Him, and used as He shall direct. And, like James and John, you must be willing to give up the hired servants too. It will make a great difference in your way of living. It will be a change to give up your ease and luxury, your being waited upon and indulged in every wish, and have to do your own work, to give up the attentions of others, to put with privations, and inconveniences, and humiliations, but it will be easy to do it with Him. He never owned a foot of land. He never rode in a carriage. He never had a hired servant. He lay down at last in a borrowed grave. But He is rich enough now, and so will you be some day if you can only be willing to suffer and to wait.

Evening Prayer

SPEAKING THE TRUTH 
Proverbs 12:17,19,22; 14:25; Ephesians 6:14

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

May you always be a truthful witness who gives honest testimonies. May you always stand firm with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, for the Lord detests lying lips, but delights in those who are truthful. May you always remember that truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment. I pray that as you speak the truth in love to others, the truth of God’s Word will save lives and set them free. I pray that you will always please the Lord by speaking only the truth.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Prayer Guide

Take us the foxes, the little foxes, That spoil the vineyards; For our vineyards are in blossom.

~ Song 2:15

In love, if love be love, if love be ours,

Faith and unfaith can ne’er be equal powers:

Unfaith in aught is want of faith in all.

It is the little rift within the lute

That by and by will make the music mute,

And ever widening slowly silence all.

The little rift within the lover’s lute,

Or little pitted speck in garner’d fruit,

That rotting inward slowly molders all.

It is not worth the keeping: let it go:

But shall it? Answer, darling, answer no.

And trust me not at all or all in all.

~ Alfred Tennyson

Loving Father, help me to put away the distractions and cares that make me discontented. Grant that I may not set myself in “gilded pride” and keep out the precious things of life. Help me to abandon doubt and suspicion, and keep the faith that is happy to believe and willing to forgive. Amen.

Truth For Today

BIBLICAL HOSPITALITY

Given to hospitality.
~ ROMANS 12:13

True followers of Christ should not only meet the needs of believers and unbelievers whom they encounter, but they should also look for opportunities to help those they don’t know. That is the scriptural definition of hospitality. Hebrews 13:2 instructs us, “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.”

You should view any opportunity to demonstrate hospitality as a happy privilege, not a drudging duty (1 Pet. 4:9). Gaius undoubtedly had that sort of righteous attitude in his hospitality toward itinerant teachers, because the apostle John commended him: “Beloved, you do faithfully whatever you do for the brethren and for strangers, who have borne witness of your love before the church. If you send them forward on their journey in a manner worthy of God, you will do well” (3 John 5–6).