Sunday, March 20, 2016

The Stones Would Shout

CALL TO PRAYER
 Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
How blessèd is the One who comes,
comes in the Lord's great Name!
A blessing from the Lord's own house
upon you we proclaim.
 —Psalm 118: 26
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.
—Luke 19:40
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
If the stones were to speak they would tell of their builder who polished them and fashioned them after the similitude of a palace—and shall not we talk of our Architect and Builder who has put us in our place in the temple of the living God? Oh, if the stones could speak they might have a long, long story to tell by way of memorial, for many a time has a great stone been rolled as a memorial unto God—and we can tell of Ebenezers, stones of help, stones of remembrance! The broken stones of the Law cry out against us, but Christ Himself, who has rolled away the stone from the door of the sepulcher, speaks for us.

Stones might well cry out, but we will not let them! We will hush their noise with ours! We will break forth into sacred song and bless the majesty of the Most High all our days! Let this day and tomorrow be especially consecrated to holy joys and may the Lord, in infinite mercy, fill your souls right full of it—both in practical deeds of kindness and benevolence and works of praise! Blessed be his Name who lives forever and ever!
 —Charles Spurgeon
TODAY'S PRAYER
I don't know how to thank you, God. I have no words to express the depths of your forgiveness and the heights of your love. Give voice to my praise that doubt be overpowered and falsehood be conquered in the songs of your children...

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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