Thursday, October 20, 2016

Possible

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
 
How pleasant is your dwelling-place,
O Lord of hosts, to me!
The tabernacles of your grace,
I long, O God, to see.
 —Psalm 84:1-2
Suggested tune: Dundee (CM)


 
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
What is impossible for mortals is possible for God.
—Luke 18:27
 
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
We don't have to travel far before we meet the impossible. We soon reach the end of the short road of the possible, and then the impossible looms before us! It is possible to restrain a man from crime; it is impossible to restrain him from sin. We can compel a woman to pay her income tax; it is impossible to compel her to be generous. We can readjust people's circumstances; we cannot renew their hearts. We may save them from worldly excesses; we cannot make them immune from the contagion of the world. We may “patch up a bad job,” but we have no power of new creation.

And so we touch our impossible almost at a stride. The impossibles stare at us from every side. What to do? It is only in God and in the power of his holy grace that the impossible thing can be realized. In the Lord Jesus miracles can and do happen every day. But in our pathetic folly we go on trying to mend the broken earthenware, when the mighty God would recreate the vessel. We use social cosmetics upon a withered and wizened society, and the holy Lord is waiting with the unspeakable quickening of the new birth. We use rouge when we really need the blood of the Lamb.
—John Henry Jowett
 
TODAY'S PRAYER
When I come up against the impossible, remind me, Lord, that all things are possible for you. Help me to leave that which I cannot change in your hands, for you have the power to transform...
 
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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