Sunday, October 23, 2016

They Shall Not Stumble

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
 
Thy word is to my feet a lamp,
the way of truth to show;
a lantern to point out the path
in which I ought to go.
 —Psalm 119:1-5
Suggested tune: Marlow (CM)


 
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
See, I am going to bring them from the land of the north, and gather them from the farthest parts of the earth, among them the blind and the lame, those with child and those in labor, together; a great company, they shall return here. With weeping they shall come, and with consolations I will lead them back, I will let them walk by brooks of water, in a straight path in which they shall not stumble; for I have become a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn.
—Jeremiah 31:8-9
 
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
It is a good thing to have a straight road, but it is a better thing to have also a sure foot! And God, who teaches his people to do right, also gives them grace to do it. These blind ones and lame ones and weak ones are upheld by Sovereign Grace in the narrow way in which the Lord is leading them. My eye seems to catch the glorious vision! I see the blind finding their way to the great center of eternal blessedness. I see the lame come running as though they had wings on their feet to speed them onward to the pearly gates above! I see the vast blood-bought throng, from the North, and the South, and the East, and the West, casting away, by Divine Grace, all their burden and their cares!
—Charles Spurgeon
 
TODAY'S PRAYER
Guide me, Lord, through the day;
guide me, Lord, this I pray:
Through all hardships, temptation, and strife,
guide me, Lord, through thy might.
Guide me, Lord, by thy light
that thy will might be done in my life...
—Merle Haggard
 
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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