Tuesday, March 29, 2016

A Door of Hope

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CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
This is the day the Lord has made;
let us be glad and sing.
Hosanna! Lord, O bring success!
O Lord, salvation bring!
 —Psalm 118:24-25
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress; instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle; and it shall be to the Lord for a memorial, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.
—Isaiah 55:13
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
May not the barren and fruitless souls conceive hope here? Fruitfulness is of God, who hath said, Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress; instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle; and it shall be to the Lord for a memorial, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off. May not the withered soul conceive hope here? For a blessed watering is of God, who says, he will pour waters on the thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground. Ο let even the graceless souls, that have any sense of their graceless state, see a door of hope here; for grace is of God, who is the God of all grace. Let dead sinners, dead souls, dead hearts here, in the name of the living God, rise and hear the good news that life is of God, who is the God that quickens the dead, and calls the things that are not as though they were
 —Ralph Erskine
TODAY'S PRAYER
O God, who by the glorious resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light: Grant that all who have been raised with him, may abide in his presence and rejoice in the hope of eternal glory; through Jesus Christ
 Book of Common Prayer
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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