Tuesday, February 16, 2016

All Bettering Is Mere Battering

Call to Prayer
 Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
Great peace have those who love your law;
and nothing causes them to fall.
I hope for your salvation, Lord,
and your commands—I keep them all.
 —Psalm 119:165-166
Scripture of the Day
Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved; for you are my praise.
—Jeremiah 17:14
Food for Thought
How did believers of old come to God? Jeremiah approached God sick and needing to be saved. He cried, 'Heal me, O Lord; save me!' That is the way to come! If I would have God and God's glorious throne as my shelter, then I must come just as I am: sick and penitent. So let's not delay, waiting for self-improvement—all bettering is mere battering until we come to Christ, who really does improve us, for he makes us a new creation!
 —after a sermon preached by Charles Spurgeon on 15 June 1884
Today's Prayer
Come to me, Lord, in my brokenness. My fair ideals are like trampled flowers, and my attempts to improve myself have failed. Do for me what I cannot do for myself. Heal me, for your mercy endures forever...
 —F.B. Meyer (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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