Saturday, July 30, 2016

The Great Object

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
 
Why should I fear evil days
when hateful foes surround—
even those who have great wealth
and boast as it abounds?
No one can by any means
pay to God a ransom price
for the purchase of their soul—
no, riches can't suffice.
 —Psalm 49:5-8
Suggested tune: Amsterdam (76.76.77.76)


 
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
When they bring you before the synagogues, the rulers, and the authorities, do not worry about how you are to defend yourselves or what you are to say; for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that very hour what you ought to say.
—Luke 12:11-12
 
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Christ is the great object of the Christian's faith. We believe him and his authority. He hands us the Old Testament and tells us that it is the Word of God; that its authors spoke by the Spirit; that the scriptures cannot be broken. And we believe his testimony which is given in a different way. He promised to give his apostles a mouth and a wisdom which their adversaries could not gainsay or resist. He told them not to worry about what they should say, 'for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that very hour what you ought to say.' He told them, 'Those who receive you receive me.' and He prayed for those who should believe in him through their word. We believe the scriptures, therefore, because Christ declares them to be the Word of God. Heaven and earth may pass away, but his word cannot pass away.
 —Charles Hodge (alt.)
 
TODAY'S PRAYER
I confess to you that I worry too much, O Lord. Help me to thank you for what I have received from your generous hand; and in my gratitude, may I learn to trust you more—for my daily bread, for the words of love which I am to speak in the hour of confrontation, and for the future of my soul...
 
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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