Evening Prayer

TURN AWAY FROM IDOLS 
1 Samuel 12:21; 1 Chronicles 16:25; Isaiah 42:17; Isaiah 57:13

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

I pray that you will not place your trust in idols or regard images as gods, for they contain no real power to rescue, comfort or prosper you. May you make God your only refuge and receive His protection, comfort, and prosperity. I pray that you will turn only to our Lord, who is to be feared above all gods, and is worthy of our praise.

Who Am I

But who am I, and who are my people, that we could give anything to you? Everything we have has come from you, and we give you only what you first gave us!
~ 1 Chronicles 29:14 [NLT]

When you fully recognize everything you have comes from God, it’s only natural to question your importance.  For Him to love you so much to bestow meaningful gifts, comfort you, or speak to you as only our Lord can, it makes you feel special.  Soak up this feeling of significance.  God considers you to be very important and He treasures you greatly. 

Faith’s Checkbook

Surefootedness

The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hind’s feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. 

~ Hab 3:19

This confidence of the man of God is tantamount to a promise, for that which faith is persuaded of is the purpose of God. The prophet had to traverse the deep places of poverty and famine, but he went down hill without slipping, for the Lord gave him standing. By and by he was called to the high places of the hills of conflict; and he was no more afraid to go up than to go down.

See! The Lord lent him strength. Nay, Jehovah Himself was his strength. Think of that: the almighty God Himself becomes our strength!

Note that the Lord also gave him surefootedness. The hinds leap over rock and crag, never missing their footholds. Our Lord will give us grace to follow the most difficult paths of duty without a stumble. He can fit our foot for the crags so that we shall be at home where apart from God we should perish.

One of these days we shall be called to higher places still. Up yonder we shall climb, even to the mount of God, the high places where the shining ones are gathered. Oh, what feet are the feet of faith, by which, following the hind of the morning, we shall ascend into the hill of the Lord!

Be Refreshed

“You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but on the seventh day you must stop working. This gives your ox and your donkey a chance to rest. It also allows your slaves and the foreigners living among you to be refreshed.
~ Exodus 23:12 [NLT]

God takes His example set in Genesis of taking the 7th day to rest and turns it into a command for His people in Exodus.  This command has a purpose though, which was that they would be refreshed.  God’s commands are not about God setting restrictive rules but they set boundaries as a part of His way of looking out for us. Pausing to rest is an important part of caring for your soul.

Daily Blessings

“All that the Father gives me shall come to me; and him that comes to me I will never out.”
~ John 6:37

Now, poor sinner, upon whose head the beams of a fiery law are darting; now, poor sinner, distressed in your mind, guilty in your conscience, plagued with a thousand temptations, beset by innumerable doubts and fears, can you not look up a little out of your gloom and sadness, and see that the eternal God is your refuge? Do you not cleave to him with the utmost of your power, as being beaten out of every other refuge? Have you not taken hold of his strength that you may make peace with him? Are you not looking to him? And does he not say, “Look unto me and be saved, all the ends of the earth?” He bids you look at him as Moses bade the Israelites look to the bronze serpent. Poor sinner, groaning under the weight of your transgression, he bids you look to him. Has the blessed Lord, he into whose lips grace was poured, not said, “Him that comes to me I will never cast out?” Why should you not look? Why should you not come to him? Will he cast you out? Do you not feel the secret drawings of his grace, movements upon your heart which make you come often with strong crying and tears, with groans and sighs, earnest, vehement, and continual supplications? What are these but the inward teachings of God, as our Lord said, “It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that has heard, and has learned of the Father, comes unto me.”

And do you not know that the Lord himself said, that no man can come to him except the Father who has sent him draws him? These comings, therefore, of your soul in earnest and vehement desire are, according to his own testimony, from the special teachings and gracious drawings of God in you. Having made his dear Son to be the refuge of your soul, he is now drawing you unto him that you may find pardon and peace in him.

But perhaps you will say, “I am so sinful, so guilty, I have been such a sinner, much worse than you can form any conception of; and it is this which sinks me so low.” Are you lower than brother Jonah when he was in the whale’s belly, and, in his own feelings, in the belly of hell? And yet what said he? “Yet will I look again toward your holy temple.” Can you not look again toward the holy temple? Is his mercy clean gone forever? So David felt and feared, but it was not so, for “his mercy endures forever;” and that is a long and strong word. Look and live, look and live!

Let the Whole World Know

Give thanks to the LORD and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done.
~ 1 Chronicles 16:8 [NLT]
Has God brought you out of a time where it appeared you were wandering in the desert?  Then, unknowingly, He provides a beautiful gift which quenches your thirst.  Only God could have created your miracle.  Share with others what He has done for you.  Bring glory to His name.  Shout it out with your heart!

Let The Spirit

Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.
~ Ephesians 4:23 [NLT]

Do you ever feel like you are stuck in your thoughts, they seem to be cyclical returning to the same point?  Perhaps you are battling anxiety that chokes, or building an argument in your head to justify your anger, or you are stuck in the rut of self-victimization.  Each of these are attitudes do not reflect our identity as a cherished child of God.  He has the power, through the Spirit, to change the way you think and feel.  Call on Him in prayer to renew your mind.