Thursday, March 31, 2016

Storm-Tossed, and Not Comforted

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CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
The Lord's a mighty God and King;
above all gods he is.
The depths of earth are in his hand;
the mountain peaks are his
 —Psalm 95:3-4
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
O afflicted one, storm-tossed, and not comforted, I am about to set your stones in antimony, and lay your foundations with sapphires.
—Isaiah 54:11
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Is it not true that well near every Christian is born of a storm? We are driven to Christ through stress of weather. We look to Him because we have nowhere else to look for shelter. We drift to Christ, all of us, as mariners that are hard on rocks with all our righteousness wrecked, and all our other hopes gone to the fore. That first storm with some of you may have lasted long. For months or years it may have threatened your destruction. You remember it, and you think of it, now that the tempest has spent itself, that the sky is clear and you have come to rest calmly in Jesus Christ. Do you think that you lost anything by that storm? Do you not know that you gained much? You lost what it was good for you to lose! You gained the very blessings which you were most in need of.
 —Charles Spurgeon
TODAY'S PRAYER
Lord God, the Creator of all, before whom we bow down in worship: Make us joyful in your presence and do no test us beyond our enduring...
 —Soc. St. Francis
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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