Daily Prayer – Day 351
I DRAW NEAR TO YOU, GOD
Lord, I give thanks for Your greatness, your goodness, and your love, and I now draw near to enjoy your presence.
The Lord made the earth by His power;
He established the world by His wisdom
And stretched out the heavens by His understanding. (Jeremiah 10:12; 51:15)
The Lord gives the sun for light by day,
And decrees the moon and stars for light by night;
He stirs up the sea so that its waves roar;
The Lord of hosts is His name. (Jeremiah 31:35)
Take a moment to consider God’s awesome majesty and thank Him that He loves you and wants an intimate relationship with you.
THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU HAVE DONE
O Lord of hosts, You judge righteously and test the heart and mind; to You I have committed my cause. (Jeremiah 11:20)
The Lord of hosts has planned it, to bring low the pride of all glory and to humble all who are renowned on the earth. (Isaiah 23:9)
I LISTEN TO YOUR WORDS OF TRUTH
I will watch in hope for the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me. (Micah 7:7)
MY RESPONSE TO YOU, LORD
I will not boast about tomorrow, for I do not know what a day may bring forth. (Proverbs 27:1)
Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the strong man boast of his strength, and let not the rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, who exercises lovingkindness, justice, and righteousness on earth; for in these I delight,” declares the Lord. (Jeremiah 9:23-24)
Lord, I thank You that I can commit my cause to You and that You bring Your justice to the earth. I pray that I would fix my hope and confidence in You, and I ask that I would not be proud or presumptuous, but boast only in the knowledge of You.
Daily Scripture Prayers of Affirmation: Part 3
We surely die and are like water spilled on the ground which cannot be recovered. Yet God does not take away life, but devises plans so that a banished person may not be cast out from Him. (2 Samuel 14:14)
With the kind You show Yourself kind;
With the blameless You show Yourself blameless;
With the pure You show Yourself pure;
But to the crooked You show Yourself shrewd.
You save the humble,
But Your eyes are on the haughty to bring them low. (2 Samuel 22:26-28)
You are my lamp, O Lord;
The Lord turns my darkness into light.
With Your help I can advance against a troop;
With my God I can leap over a wall. (2 Samuel 22:29-30)
I will not be afraid, for those who are with me are more than those who are against me. (2 Kings 6:16)
Long ago You ordained Your plan,
And now You are bringing it to pass. (2 Kings 19:25; Isaiah 37:26)
All things come from You, and I can only give You what comes from Your hand. (1 Chronicles 29:14)
I know, my God, that You test the heart and are pleased with integrity. (1 Chronicles 29:17)
God has the power to help and to overthrow. (2 Chronicles 25:8)
The hand of our God is favorable to everyone who looks to Him, but His power and His anger is against all who forsake Him. (Ezra 8:22)
The joy of the Lord is my strength. (Nehemiah 8:10)
Daily Encouragement Day 351 – 1 John 3
Not only must we abide in God’s light; we must also abide in God’s love (2:28-4:21). To do so is to enjoy God’s assurance and to practice righteousness, since the practice of sin is incompatible with the believer’s new nature (2:28-3:10). When believers sin, they do not reflect the regenerate new person, but the works of the devil. Regeneration produces righteousness, and righteousness is expressed in sacrificial love for others (3:11-24).
First John develops the theme of fellowship with God in belief and in practice, and argues that belief in Jesus as the Christ becomes evident when it is expressed in actions of love and service of others. John sought to encourage his readers to obey God’s command to “believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us” (3:23) so that they would enjoy the assurance of Christ’s life in them.
READING of 1 JOHN 3
Lord, I affirm the greatness of the love You have bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. We know that when Jesus appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is.
Meditation passage for today: verses 1-3, 11, 16, 18-24