Tuesday, March 15, 2016

A Rare & Retiring Grace

CALL TO PRAYER
 Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
My heart is not exalted, Lord,
nor haughty is my eye.
I do not deal in matters great,
or things for me too high.
 —Psalm 131:1
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land, who do his commands; seek righteousness, seek humility; perhaps you may be hidden on the day of the Lord’s wrath.
—Zephaniah 2:3
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Humility is a rare Christian grace, of great price in the courts of heaven, entering into and being an inseparable condition of effectual praying. It gives access to God when other qualities fail. It takes many descriptions to describe it, and many definitions to define it. It is a rare and retiring grace. Its full portrait is found only in the Lord Jesus Christ. Our prayers must be set low before they can ever rise high. Our prayers must have much of the dust on them before they can ever have much of the glory of the skies in them.
 —E.M. Bounds, The Essentials of Prayer
TODAY'S PRAYER
Almighty and ever-living God, in your tender love towards us, you sent your Son to take our nature upon him, and to suffer death upon the cross. Grant that I may follow the example of his great humility and share in his glorious resurrection...
 
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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