Thursday, April 07, 2016

Special Birds

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CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
Why are you jealous, mountain peaks,
of this, the hill where God
desires to dwell? The Lord in it
will always make abode.
 —Psalm 68:16 (Marlow CM)
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
And when they had called in the apostles, they had them flogged. Then they ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. As they left the council, they rejoiced that they were considered worthy to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name. Every day in the temple and at home they did not cease to teach and proclaim Jesus as the Messiah.
—Acts 5:40-42
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Saints have rejoiced in their greatest sufferings, and triumphed in their most grievous tribulations. They have gloried in their disgrace for Christ. The wicked, like common birds, can sing in summer; but saints, like special birds, can sing in winter.
 —George Swinnock
TODAY'S PRAYER
Transform my attitude toward suffering, dear Christ, so that it becomes for me a means by which I learn and share your salvation. Help me to treat it not as something to be avoided at all costs, but as part of the cost by which all things are met redemptively in you.
 —Eugene Peterson, Praying with the Early Christians
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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