Thursday, June 09, 2016

Seek a Better Hope

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
But in thine abundant grace
to thy house will I repair;
looking to thy holy place,
in thy fear I'll worship there.
 —Psalm 5:7
Suggested tune: Light Divine (77.77)


SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
But as for that in the good soil, these are the ones who, when they hear the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patient endurance.
—Matthew 8:15 
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
It is surely time for you to seek a better hope, and another work of God's Spirit, than ever you have yet experienced; something more thorough and effectual. When you see and find by experience, that the seed which was sown in your hearts, though at first it sprang up and seemed flourishing, yet is withering away, as by the heat of the sun, or is choked, as with thorns; this shows in what sort of ground the seed was sown, that it is either stony or thorny ground; and that therefore it is necessary you should pass through another change, whereby your heart may become good ground, which shall bring forth fruit with patience.
 —Jonathan Edwards
TODAY'S PRAYER
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me...
 —Psalm 51:10
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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