Friday, July 21, 2017

Fear Transformed

CALL TO PRAYER
For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation.
Psalm 62:1

SCRIPTURE PASSAGE
Surely God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid, for the Lord God is my strength and my might; he has become my salvation.
Isaiah 12:2

DEVOTIONAL
True faith, by a mighty effort of the will, fixes its gaze on the divine Helper, and there finds it possible and wise to lose its fears. It is madness to say, ‘I will not to be afraid!’ it is wisdom and peace to say, ‘I will trust, and not be afraid.’ But it is no easy matter to fix the eye on God when threatening enemies within arm’s length compel our gaze; and there must be a fixed resolve, not indeed to coërce our emotions or to ignore our perils, but to set the Lord before us, that we may not be moved. When war desolates a land, the peasants fly from their undefended huts to the shelter of the castle on the hilltop, but they cannot reach the safety of the strong walls without climbing the steep road. So when calamity darkens round us, or our sense of sin and sorrow shakes our hearts, we need effort to resolve and to carry into practice the resolution, ‘I flee unto thee to hide me.’ Fear, then, is the occasion of faith, and faith is fear transformed by the act of our own will, calling to mind and depending on the strength of God.
Alexander Maclaren

TODAY'S PRAYER
From morn till noon, till latest eve,
thy hand, O God, we see;
and all the blessings we receive,
proceed alone from thee.
In all the varying scenes of time,
on thee our hopes depend;
through every age, in every clime,
our Father, and our Friend.
James Thomson

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

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Sun of Righteousness

CALL TO PRAYER
Let me abide in your tent forever, find refuge under the shelter of your wings.
Psalm 61:4

SCRIPTURE PASSAGE
See, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble; the day that comes shall burn them up, says the Lord of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. But for you who revere my name the sun of righteousness shall rise, with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall.
Malachi 4:1-2

DEVOTIONAL
Christ daily illuminates us by his Spirit; and though we see him not with our eyes, yet we find by experience that he is a sun of righteousness. [And Malachi] gives the name of wings to the rays of the sun; and this comparison has much beauty, for it is taken from nature, and most fitly applied to Christ. There is nothing, we know, more cheering and healing than the rays of the sun; for ill-savor would soon overwhelm us were not the sun to purge the earth from its dregs. We also feel a sort of relief at the rising of the sun, for the night is a kind of burden. But the Prophet has expressed what is still more—that a clear sun in a serene sky brings healing; for there is an implied opposition between a cloudy or stormy time and a clear and bright season. During time of serenity we are far more cheerful, whether we be in health or in sickness; and there is no one who does not derive some cheerfulness from the serenity of the heavens: but when it is cloudy, even the most healthy feels some inconvenience.
John Calvin

TODAY'S PRAYER
O God, let the Sun of Righteousness arise upon me with healing in his wings, for I do—I trust and fear your Name!
Charles Spurgeon

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

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Lead Me to the Rock

CALL TO PRAYER
From the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint: Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
Psalm 61:2

SCRIPTURE PASSAGE
Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock.
Matthew 7:24-25

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
That faith is true which has its roots deep in the heart, and rests on an earnest and steady affection as its foundation, that it may not give way to temptations. For such is the vanity of the human mind, that all build upon the sand, who do not dig so deep as to deny themselves.
John Calvin

TODAY'S PRAYER
Lord, show me the worst of my case. If my profession has been a mistake, O let me not build up and prop up a rotten thing, but help me to build aright upon the Rock of Ages.
Charles Spurgeon

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

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Brightness of Your Power

CALL TO PRAYER
O grant us help against the foe, for human help is worthless.
Psalm 60:11

SCRIPTURE PASSAGE
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Proverbs 3:5-6

DEVOTIONAL

Thou, infinite in love!
Guide this bewildered mind,
which, like the trembling dove,
no resting-place can find
on the wild waters, God of light,
through the thick darkness lead me right!

Bid the fierce conflict cease,
and fear and anguish fly;
let there again be peace,
as in the days gone by:
In Jesus' Name I cry to thee,
remembering Gethsemane.

Fain would earth's true and dear
save me in this dark hour;
and art not thou more near?
art thou not love and power?
Vain is all human help,
but thou canst send deliverance even now.

Though through the future's shade
pale phantoms I descry,
let me not shrink dismayed,
but ever feel thee nigh;
there may be grief, and pain, and care
but, O my Father, thou art there!
A Book of Hymns for Public & Private Devotion, 1848

DAILY PRAYER
O God, when pleased to put forth your might, you need none to help you. Thus, once assured of an interest in your favor, we have no reason to deire desire human aid. All other resources of a worldly nature vanish before the brightness of your power.
John Calvin's paraphrase of Ps. 60:11

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