Thursday, October 13, 2016

This Spiritual Sword

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
 
To Zion's hill I lift my eyes,
from thence expecting aid;
from Zion's hill, and Zion's God,
who heav'n and earth has made.
 —Psalm 121:1-2
Suggested tune: Stracathro (CM)


 
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And before him no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes of the one to whom we must render an account.
—Hebrews 4:12-13
 
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Is there any thing more closely united than the joint and the marrow? than the soul and the spirit? Yes, the soul and sin. Hereupon, the word being to disenthrall the soul from it, must have the same effect upon it that the sword has upon the body, which is, by penetration and dividing the continuity of the parts; for every wound is properly division, an opening or loosening the compactness and closeness of the thing upon which the impression is made. Wherefore, if the great business of the word is to wound and divide the soul from sin, it follows, that they were once intimately and closely cemented together; the connection between these two is a Gordian knot, that cannot be dissolved but by this spiritual sword.
—Robert South
 
TODAY'S PRAYER
For my deceitful heart and crooked thoughts; for barbed words spoken deliberately; for thoughtless words spoken hastily; for envious and prying eyes; for ears that rejoice in iniquity and rejoice not in the truth; for greedy hands; for wandering and loitering feet; for haughty looks: Have mercy upon me, O God.
—John Bailley
 
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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