Saturday, March 26, 2016

In Reserve for the Hour of Need

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
The Lord was his reliance once;
now see what God will send.
Yes, let God rise and set him free,
this Man that was his Friend.
 —Psalm 22:8
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
After these things, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus (though a secret one because of his fear) asked Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus. Pilate gave him permission; so he came and removed his body.
—John 19:38
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
My heart misgives me: Joseph was secretly a disciple, therefore I conclude that he must be very timid. But God can make a coward bold as a lion in the day when he needs him! Joseph has proven that he was the very man for this work. We would never have thought of him, but God had him in reserve for the hour of need and brought him to the front at the right moment!
 —Charles Spurgeon 
Discover a fear in your life today that you would like to pray for help in overcoming.
 
TODAY'S PRAYER
Eternal God, give us a sure and certain trust for those who are with Christ. When our loved ones come to die, beyond our sorrow, grant us confidence and hope...
 A New Zealand Prayer Book
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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