Aug 24, 2016

When We Receive the Poor in His Name

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
 
Souls that are filled with virtue's light
shine brightest in affliction's night:
to pity the distressed inclined,
and just unto all humankind.
 Their lib'ral favors they extend,
to some they give, to others lend;
yet what their charity impairs,
they save by prudence in affairs.
 —Psalm 112:4-5
Suggested tune: Sweet Hour (LMD)


 
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.
—Hebrews 13:1-2
 
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
This human obligation has nearly ceased to be properly observed among us; for the ancient hospitality, celebrated in histories, is unknown to us, and inns now perform the duty of accommodating strangers. But the writer of Hebrews speaks not so much of the practice of hospitality as observed then by the rich; but rather commends the miserable and the needy to be entertained, as at that time many were fugitives who had left their homes for the Name of Christ.
And so that this duty might be commended all the more, it is added that angels had sometimes been entertained by those who thought that they had but received other mortals. Were any one to object, saying that this rarely happened: the obvious answer is that not mere angels are received by us, but Christ himself, when we receive the poor in his Name [see Matt. 25:40].
—John Calvin (alt.)
 
TODAY'S PRAYER
Eternal God, in the order of your creation, you have given righteousness, justice, peace, and love for the enlightenment of all, and the protection of the least among us. Keep me always in that light so that throughout my life, I may show forth the glory of Jesus Christ and reach out to my neighbor in his Name...
 
YOUR OWN PRAYERS
Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

THE LORD'S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
 —Matthew 6:9-13

Aug 23, 2016

Compelled

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
 
To me, since I'm the workmanship
of your Almighty hands,
a heav'nly understanding give
of all your just commands.
 —Psalm 119:73
Suggested tune: Stracathro (CM)


 
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
Go out into the roads and lanes, and compel people to come in, so that my house may be filled.
—Luke 14:23
 
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
The sheep which is compelled is driven where it would not wish to go, but after it has entered, it feeds of its own accord in the pastures to which it was brought.
—Augustine of Hippo
 
TODAY'S PRAYER
Lord, I do not desire to quibble with you about whether my salvation was foreordained or my own choice. I only desire to thank you that I my seat at your heavenly table has been promised, and there I may feast in complete freedom with all your saints...
 
YOUR OWN PRAYERS
Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

THE LORD'S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
 —Matthew 6:9-13

Aug 22, 2016

Our Heavenly Burden

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
 
With sacred truth's eternal laws
all your commands agree.
I'm persecuted without cause;
O Lord, my helper be.
 —Psalm 119:86
Suggested tune: Detroit (CM)


 
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
—Luke 14:27
 
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
I would have true Christians remember that this is one article of the agreement which we make with Christ when we become his disciples. It is taken for granted that when we enter the service of Jesus we by that act and deed undertake by his help to follow his example. If we love Christ, we must follow him. When we took Christ’s cross to be our salvation we took it also to be our heavenly burden.
—Charles Spurgeon
 
TODAY'S PRAYER
When I find the burden of faith to be too heaven, O God, help me to remember that this burden has already been carried for me by your Son. Grant me faith to come to Jesus and learn from him how to be your child in this world. And in all things, may my final prayer be, Not my will, but yours be done...
 
YOUR OWN PRAYERS
Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

THE LORD'S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
 —Matthew 6:9-13

Aug 21, 2016

Nations Shall Be Blessed

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
 
He will not always chiding be,
though we be full of strife;
nor keep our faults in memory
for all our sinful life.
 —Psalm 103:9
Suggested tune: Glasgow (CM)


 
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
If you return, O Israel, says the Lord, if you return to me, if you remove your abominations from my presence, and do not waver, and if you swear, 'As the Lord lives!' in truth, in justice, and in uprightness, then nations shall be blessed by him, and by him they shall boast.
—Jeremiah 4:1-2
 
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
God desires sincerity of heart in those that profess religion.
—Jonathan Edwards
 
TODAY'S PRAYER
Teach me your ways, O Lord, that I may live according to your truth! Grant me purity of heart, so that I may honor you...
—Psalm 86:11 (NLT)
 
YOUR OWN PRAYERS
Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

THE LORD'S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
 —Matthew 6:9-13