Monday, June 06, 2016

Our Souls at Rest in God

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
To render thanks to thee, O Lord,
it is a comely thing,
and to thy Name, O God Most High,
due praise aloud to sing.
 —Psalm 92:1
Suggested tune: Capel (CM)


SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
Your faith has saved you; go in peace.
—Luke 7:50
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
So He says to each of us: ‘If you have been saved by faith, I open the door of this great palace. I admit you across the boundaries of this great country. I give you all possible forms of peace for yours.’ Peace with God—that is the foundation of all—then peace with ourselves, so that our inmost nature need no longer be torn in pieces by contending emotions, ‘I dare not’ waiting upon ‘I would,’ and ‘I ought’ and ‘I will’ being in continual and internecine conflict; but heart and will, and calmed conscience, and satisfied desires, and pure affections, and lofty emotions being all drawn together into one great wave by the attraction of his love, as the moon draws the heaped waters of the ocean round the world. So our souls at rest in God may be at peace within themselves, and that is the only way by which the discords of the heart can be tuned to one key, into harmony and concord; and the only way by which wars and tumults within the soul turn into tranquil energy, and into peace which is not stagnation, but rather a mightier force than was ever developed when the soul was cleft by discordant desires.
 —Alexander Maclaren 
TODAY'S PRAYER
May my heart be as a palace, which the One who is strong keeps in perfect peace. And let me not miss whatever grace may be won, or lesson learned, or sympathy gained, through the fiery ordeal of temptation...
 —F.B. Meyer
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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