Wednesday, August 31, 2016

No Higher Aim

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
 
O, to thy servants in distress
thy speedy succor send;
for vain it is on human aid
for safety to depend.
 —Psalm 108:12
Suggested tune: Belmont (CM)


 
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
Now may the God of peace, who brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, make you complete in everything good so that you may do his will, working among us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
—Hebrews 13:20-21
 
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
There is no higher aim in life than to do the will of God. It was the supreme object for which our Savior lived. This brought him from heaven. This determined his every action. This fed his inner life with hidden meat. This cleared and lit up his judgment. This led him with unfaltering decision into the valley of death. This was the stay and solace of his spirit as he drank the bitter cup of agony. Throughout his mortal life his one glad shout of assurance and victory was, I delight to do thy will, my God; yea, thy law is within my heart. And human lives climb up from the lowlands to the upland heights just in proportion as they do the will of God on earth as it is done in heaven. If every reader of these lines would resolve from this moment to do the will of God in the very smallest things—with scrupulous care, counting nothing insignificant, shrinking from no sacrifice, evading no command—life would assume entirely a new aspect. There might be a momentary experience of suffering and pain; but it would be succeeded by the light of resurrection, and the new song of heaven, stealing like morning through the chambers of the soul.
—F.B. Meyer
 
TODAY'S PRAYER
Let the healing grace of your love, O Lord, so transform me that I may play my part in the transfiguration of the world from a place of suffering, death, and corruption to a realm of infinite light, joy, and love. Make me so obedient to your Spirit that my life may become a living prayer, and a witness to your unfailing presence...
 —Martin Israel
 
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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