Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Today We Pray

Dear Lord, give ear to my prayer. Attend to the voice of my supplications. In the day of my trouble, I will call upon You: for You will answer me.

Among the gods, there is none like You, O Lord. No works like those You have done. All nations whom You have made will come and worship before You, O Lord; and will glorify Your name.

O good shepherd, seek me out, and bring me home to Your fold again. Deal favourably with me according to Your good pleasure, until I may dwell in Your house all the days of my life. And, praise You forever and ever with them that are there.


Today's Godly Reminder - Luke 19:10

There are still lost people in the world. But let us not lose hope. God sent Jesus to save them. There's still hope because Jesus is there.

Introduce your friends to Jesus. Take courage. Share them the hope in this world, which is Jesus. Ask the Lord to bless your heart to reach out to them.

Monday, February 19, 2018

The Daily Grace - The Eleventh Hour

World War 1 has been ranked by many as one of the deadliest conflicts in human history. Millions lost their lives in the first global modern war. On November 11, 1918, a ceasefire was observed on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. During that historic moment, millions around the world observed moments of silence while they reflected upon the war's terrible cost - the loss of life and suffering. It was hoped that "the Great War", as it was called, would truly be "the war that would end all wars".

Despite the many deadly military conflicts that have followed, the hope for lasting peace has not faded. And the Bible offers a hopeful and realistic promise that someday, wars will finally end. When Christ returns, Isaiah's prophecy will come true: "Nations shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore" (Isa. 2:4). Then the eleventh hour will pass and the first hour of lasting peace in a new heaven and new earth will begin.

Until that day comes, those who follow Christ are to be people who represent the Prince of Peace in the way we conduct our lives and in the way we make a difference in our world. Only Christ can true peace be realized. The blood of Jesus whispers peace within. Trust Him that He will end all of these because He is on the throne.

Today We Pray

Dear Lord, thanks be to thee. Thank You for all the benefits thou hast won for me. And thank You for all the pains and insults thou hast borne for me.

O most merciful Redeemer, Friend, and Brother, may I know thee more clearly. Let me love thee more dearly. And, follow thee more nearly for ever and ever.

Walk with me, dear Lord, so that I may not be alone as I face this day, but always in Your presence. Your joy is a lighthouse in a world often dark with sin, and I pray that I may reflect the light of Your truth, to inspire others as I have been inspired. In the name of Christ, bless me this day, and all whom I may meet.


Today's Godly Reminder - Psalm 40:1

Wait expectantly for the Lord. He will look and He will listen to our cries. He is a listening and an answering God. When we cry, we feel that we are unaware of His presence but He is there. Do not fret. Every tears are counted. He will always turn to us and always be there for us.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

The Daily Grace - Tell It All

A clerk who helped me purchase a small digital voice recorder told me that he kept one just like it in his car when he worked in California. "When I began driving home after work, I switched it on", he said, "and I talked about everything that happened that day on the job, good and bad. When I pulled into my driveway, I hit the erase button". Then he smiled. After telling everything to his voice recorder, he apparently no need to go over the day's problems with his wife or family.

It reminded me of how often I needlessly rehearse my disappointments and problems to others instead of telling them to God. The psalmist wrote: "Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us" (Ps. 62:8). Twice he spoke of waiting silently for God, his rock and salvation (vv. 1-2, 5-7). While there is great comfort in sharing our difficulties with a friend, we miss the greatest help if we fail to bring them to the Lord. No matter where we are, Jesus is only a prayer away.

Joseph Scriven said it so well: What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear! What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer! O what peace we often forfeit, o what needless pain we bear. All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer!

Today We Pray

Dear God, I come to You in the morning, full of hope that the day to come might be filled with joy and energy. Grant that I may do my work with a light and happy heart. And if there are tasks that I do not look forward to, or even dread, let me undertake them with courage and resolve. 

Where I face frustration today, let me handle it with acceptance and faith that the outcome is in Your hands. Lead me away from anger or judgment of other people. Let me tend to my own garden instead of looking over the fence.

And let everything I attempt be filled with the knowledge and guidance of Your Holy Spirit. I pray that the Spirit will be with me at every moment, and that I will always be aware of Him, and live every moment of this day in Your presence. In Christ’s name, I pray.