Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Return

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
 
Those who make sacrifice
 of humbleness and praise,
I'll show them God's salvation if
 they order right their ways.
 —Psalm 50:23
Suggested tune: Franconia (SM)


 
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God, for you have stumbled because of your iniquity. Take words with you and return to the Lord; say to him, 'Take away all guilt; accept that which is good, and we will offer the fruit of our lips.'
—Hosea 14:1-2
 
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
It is a very instructive call, for it tells the sinner exactly what he has to do. Return—that is, reverse your course! The course you have taken is the opposite of that which you ought to have taken. Therefore, come back. You have gone from God—come back to God! You have been prayerless—begin to pray! You have been hardened—yield to the Word. You have been full of quibbling—believe, even as a little child! Bring forth fruits meet for repentance and not the fruits of obstinate persistence in evil. To many there could be no better direction in spiritual morals than this word, 'Return.' Do what you have not done—leave undone what you have been doing! Reverse the original. Take the other track! 'Return!' is but a single word, but that word is full of meaning. There is to be a change, a total change, a coming back to God.
 —Charles Spurgeon
 
TODAY'S PRAYER
O Lord my God, take away all my guilt; accept that which is good, and I will offer the fruit of my lips.
 —Hosea 14:2
 
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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