Thursday, February 11, 2016

A Soft & Secret Report

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Call to Prayer
 Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
Gracious God, renew my heart and a spirit right impart,
cast me not from you, I pray; nor you Spirit take away.
Give salvation's joy again, and a willing mind sustain.
 —Psalm 51:10-12 (Tune: Redhead 77.77.77) 
Word of the Day
Whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
—Matthew 6:6 
Food for Thought
The Spirit of the Lord makes not a noise, but comes in a still small voice, and makes a soft and secret report to the soul, that it is beloved, that it is pardoned, and that it shall be forever glorified
 —Thomas Brooks 
Today's Prayer
O hidden love of God, whose will it is that all created spirits should live everlastingly in pure and perfect communion with you: Grant that I may do nothing to defeat your this purpose; let me welcome every influence of your Spirit upon mine. When you knock at my heart's door, let me not keep you standing outside, but welcome you with joy and thanksgiving. Let me harbor nothing in my heart that might embarrass your presence; let me keep no corner of it closed to your influence. Do with me as you will, O God; make of me what you want; and change me according to your purpose—both now and in eternity; through Jesus Christ...
 —John Baillie (alt.) 
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 

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