Dec 5, 2016

Lean on the Lord

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
 
God is a constant sure defense
against oppressing rage.
His needful aids, as troubles rise,
in our behalf engage.
 —Psalm 9:9
Suggested tune: Capel (CM)


 
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
On that day the remnant of Israel and the survivors of the house of Jacob will no more lean on the one who struck them, but will lean on the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, in truth.
—Isaiah 10:20
 
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Self-examination should always precede confession, and in the nature and manner of it should be conformable to the state of the soul: the business of those that are advanced to the degree of which we now treat, is to lay their whole souls open before God, who will not fail to enlighten them, and enable them to see the peculiar nature of their faults. This examination, however, should be peaceful and tranquil, and we should depend on God for the discovery and knowledge of our sins, rather than, on the diligence of our own scrutiny.
—Mme. Guyon
 
TODAY'S PRAYER
God, forbid that I should turn to the world for help or fulfillment in times of need, but let me instead lean on you in truth...
 
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

Dec 4, 2016

Sin and You Must Part

 
CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
 
O with due rev'rence let us then
to God's house now repair;
then humble kneel before him, and
pour out our humble prayer,
 —Psalm 132:7
Suggested tune: Crimond (CM)


 
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
Bear fruit worthy of repentance.
—Matthew 3:8
 
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
There must be repentance, then, and that repentance must be practical. It is no use whining and crying, and going into the enquiry rooms with a lie in your right hand, and then going home to swear and drink, or to break the Sabbath, and to live as you like—and all the while hoping to enter heaven. No, sin and you must part, or else Christ and you can never keep company.
 —Charles Spurgeon
 
TODAY'S PRAYER
May I not wallow in sorrow for my sins, Lord, but rise and do what you would have me do—both in and for the world...
 
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

Dec 3, 2016

The Glad Obedience of Heaven

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
 
Bless'd be Jehovah, mighty Lord,
the God whom Isr'el fears;
who only wondrous in his works
beyond compare appears.
 —Psalm 72:18
Suggested tune: Winchester Old (CM)


 
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.
—Matthew 3:2
 
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
The gleam and purity of lofty spiritual ideas are soon darkened, as a film forms on quicksilver after short exposure. John’s contemporaries thought that the kingdom of heaven meant exclusive privileges, and their rule over the heathen. They had all but lost the thought that it meant first God’s rule over their wills, and their harmony with the glad obedience of heaven. They had to be rudely shaken out of their self-complacency and taught that the livery of the King was purity, and the preparation for his coming, penitence.
—Alexander Maclaren
 
TODAY'S PRAYER
Teach me the true meaning of repentance, Lord, and then help me to truly repent...
 
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

Dec 2, 2016

Saved and Saved Eternally

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
 
To all that fear God's holy Name
his sure salvation's near;
and in its former happy state
our nation shall appear.
 —Psalm 85:9
Suggested tune: Stracathro (CM)


 
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
The haughtiness of people shall be humbled, and the pride of everyone shall be brought low; and the Lord alone will be exalted on that day.
—Isaiah 2:17
 
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
There is not one word in the Bible against a humble soul. There is not one curse against a sinner who feels his need and comes empty-handed! When we have done with self and with all self's hopes, projects, and plans—and trust only in the finished work of Jesus—then may we rejoice, for we are saved and saved eternally!
—Charles Spugeon
 
TODAY'S PRAYER
May the thought of Jesus' birth in a lowly manger make me more humble, Lord, at his coming, that I may receive him not in a spirit of loftiness which must look down, but in a spirit of humility, that I might reach out.
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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