Wednesday, May 04, 2016

A Scepter to Subdue

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
All nations clap your hands for joy;
to God lift shouts and sing!
For awesome is the Lord Most High,
above all earth the King!
He brings the peoples under us
with mastery complete;
and he it is who nations all
subdues beneath our feet.
 —Psalm 47:1-3 (Tune: Ellacombe CMD)
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. Its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there. People will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations.
—Revelation 21:22-26
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
The church is called a queen, and the mother of all the godly, because divine truth, which is like a scepter to subdue us all, has been committed to her keeping... The only way by which the rest of the world has been brought into subjection to God is, that people, being renewed by the Spirit of God, have willingly yielded themselves docile and tractable.
 —John Calvin, Commentary on Ps. 47:3
TODAY'S PRAYER
Eternal God, by raising Jesus from the dead you proclaimed his victory, and by his ascension you declared him King. Lift up my heart to heaven that I may live and reign with him...
 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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