Watch Unto Prayer
Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation : the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak
~ Matt 26:41
We must learn both to watch and pray. It is good to watch. There is danger everywhere. An army in an enemy’s country never rests a moment without its encircling line of pickets, keeping watch against danger at every point, and reporting instantly any hostile movement. We are living in the enemy’s country, and cannot safely pass an hour without watching. But watching is not enough; for we are not able to keep ourselves when the danger comes. Hence we need also to pray asking God to keep us. But as watching without praying is not enough, neither is praying without watching. God means us to use our eyes and to keep our wits about us, as well as to cry to Him for help
We must not say that every one who makes a good profession, and then fails, is insincere or a hypocrite. Peter was neither when he made his bold avowal that he would never deny Christ, and that he could die with Him. He loved Christ, and meant to be true to Him. Peter’s spirit was eager and earnest, but he was weak in himself; and because he relied only on himself, he was not able to hold out against the sore temptations which came upon him.
We are all just like Peter. If we are true Christians we mean to be faithful to our Lord. But sincerity is not enough. “The flesh is weak,” and we need to rest continually upon God for help to be true and faithful. If young Christians would learn this lesson they would not fall so easily. If the drunkard who resolves to reform learned it, he would be safer and stronger. No matter how good his intentions are, he is not able of himself to fulfil them. None of us are as good as we want to be and strive to be; and only through the mighty help of Christ can any of us live a true and noble life amid all the world’s temptations and dangers.
POOR IN SPIRIT
Proverbs 18:12; Matthew 5:3; Luke 1:48; James 4:10
In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You
I pray that you will always be humble and poor in spirit, for it is only through Jesus that you have been saved from the consequences of your sinful nature. May you humble yourself before the Lord, and He will lift you up. I pray that you will always remember that where there is pride, downfall is soon to follow. Believe that God honors a humble servant. Be assured that the poor in spirit shall inherit the Kingdom of Heaven. May God see a humble spirit in you.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
“He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?”
~ Rom 8:32
I have thought sometimes of the sweet figure of Solomon, as a type of Christ, in his royal liberality to the queen of Sheba. We read of him that he “gave unto the queen of Sheba all her desire, whatever she asked, beside that which Solomon gave her of his royal bounty.” So our Royal Benefactor gives more to the sons of men than is in their heart to ask for. And what he gives, he gives freely, out of his royal bounty. As freely as the rain drops from the sky; as freely as the sun casts forth his glorious beams and ripens the fruits of the field; as freely as the wind courses over the earth; as freely as the dew drops upon the morning grass; so free are the gifts of God to his Church and people.
Indeed, in giving Christ, God gave everything. The Apostle declares, he “has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.” We must never look upon spiritual blessings as broken fragments of the love of God, mere shreds and patches, scattered crumbs, waifs and strays, like floating pieces of some shipwrecked vessel; but we must look on the blessings of the gospel as all stored up in Christ our covenant Head. Whatever is given, is given out of Christ, in whom it has pleased the Father that all fullness should dwell; and it is by virtue of union to him, and out of his fullness, that all these blessings are received.
How can we lift up our thoughts, how raise up our hearts, adequately to conceive of the gift of God’s only begotten Son, his eternal Son, the Son of the Father in truth and love, given out of the bosom of God that he might become incarnate, suffer, bleed, and die; and by a suffering life and meritorious death offer a sacrifice acceptable to God, a sacrifice whereby the sins of God’s people were forever put away?
The grand source of all the admiration and adoration and the eternal blessedness of the saints, will be the holy enjoyment of the ‘mystery of an incarnate God’. The incarnation of the second Person in the glorious Trinity the eternal Son of the eternal Father his taking human nature into union with his own divine Person will be the mystery that will ravish the hearts and fill the lips of God’s saints with an endless theme of admiration and joy through the countless ages of eternity.
The rich and poor have this in common: The Lord made them both.
~ Proverbs 22:2 [NLT]
This verse is very simple to understand. Essentially, everyone is created by God. But it is the application of this verse that is pivotal. The great divide between the have’s and have not’s is certainly not because God favors one person over the other. We should not discriminate or look down on one another because of a persons financial status. We are all made by God, in His image.
Godly sorrow worketh repentance not to be repented of.
~ 2 Cor 7:10
Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
Mine iniquities have taken hold upon me, so that I am not able to look up; they are more than the hairs of my head: therefore my heart faileth me. Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me: O Lord, make haste to help me.
Turn thou to thy God: keep mercy and judgment, and wait on thy God continually.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds. He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good: and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
Matt 26:75, 1 John 1:9, 1 John 1:7, Ps 40:12-13, Hos 12:6, Ps 51:17, Ps 147:3, Mic 6:8
CONFESS YOUR SINS
Leviticus 5:5; Isaiah 59:1, 2
In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You Today
I pray that you will thank God for His grace and mercy, for there is no sin that is too big for Him to forgive. I pray then, that you will confess your sins and ask for God’s forgiveness, for sin separates you from Him. May God not hide His face from you nor prevent you from hearing Him because of your sins. May you understand that His arm is not too short to save, nor His ear too dull to hear. I pray that you will accept His loving forgiveness, so that you may reclaim your relationship with Him today.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
THE FOOLISH SHAME THE WISE
Judges 6:15; Luke 9:48; 1 Corinthians 1:27
In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You Today
I pray that you will not judge people even if they are young or lack experience. May you understand that God does not use the standards of this world in choosing who to entrust with knowledge. I pray that you will be humble and not haughty, for God chooses the foolish things of the world to shame the wise. May you acknowlege your weaknesses and realize that He chose those who are weak to shame the strong. May God increase as you decrease, so that in your weakness He may be glorified.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Millions of people are striving to make themselves acceptable to God by good works. Such people can never be sure of salvation, for the simple reason that they can never be sure whether they have done enough good works or whether they have done them in the right way. Some suppose that heaven can be won if our good works outweigh our evil works, but this does not make sense either, for good works are what all of us ought to do and even one evil deed would prevent a just and holy God from justifying us or admitting us into His presence.
Let’s not put the cart before the horse. God does expect good works from His children but not as payment for salvation, for eternal life and glory could not possibly be bought at any price. “Christ Jesus came into the world,” says the Apostle Paul, “to save sinners” (1 Tim. 1:15). Then, having saved them by grace, He expects them to do good works out of gratitude.
It is interesting to compare Tit. 3:5 with Tit. 3:8:
Tit. 3:5:”NOT BY WORKS of righteousness which we have done, but ACCORDING TO HIS MERCY HE SAVED US.”
Tit. 3:8:” …these things I will that thou affirm constantly, THAT THEY WHICH HAVE BELIEVED IN GOD MIGHT BE CAREFUL TO MAINTAIN GOOD WORKS. …”
Faith is the root; good works the fruit. Thus we read in Eph. 2:8-10:
“For by grace are ye saved, through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God: NOT OF WORKS, lest any man should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus UNTO GOOD WORKS, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam
“My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”
~ Matthew 27:46 [NLT]
It’s okay to be angry at God for a short time, but don’t walk away from your relationship with Him. Don’t allow your anger to become uncontrolled. Instead, work through the anger and emotions. Your relationship with Him will grow deeper and stronger. In time, you will look back on this time with a renewed spirit of the glories God can do.