Tuesday, April 12, 2016

A Comfortable Blessing

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
Goodness and mercy all my life
shall surely follow me,
and in God's house forevermore
my dwelling place shall be.
 —Psalm 23:6 (Tune: Crimond CM)
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
They shall know that I, the Lord their God, am with them, and that they, the house of Israel, are my people, says the Lord God. You are my sheep, the sheep of my pasture and I am your God, says the Lord God.
—Ezekiel 34:30-31
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
To be the Lord's own people is a choice blessing, but to know that we are such is a comfortable blessing. It is one thing to hope that God is with us, and another thing to know that he is so. Faith saves us, but assurance satisfies us. We take God to be our God when we believe in him; but we get the joy of him when we know that he is ours, and that we are his. Believers should not be content with hoping and trusting, he should ask the Lord to lead them on to full assurance, so that matters of hope may become matters of certainty.
 —Charles Spurgeon, Faith's Checkbook, Nov. 9 (alt.)
TODAY'S PRAYER
Lord, send me such a flood-tide of thy love that I shall be washed beyond the mire of doubt and fear.
 —see above
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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