From Handbook to Prayer
Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? But to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. (1 Corinthians 1:20, 24)
If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. (Galatians 6:3)
Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 1:31)
Pause to reflect upon these biblical affirmations.
Concerning the lost, Jesus said, “What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? And when he finds it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes into his house, he calls his friends and neighbors together and says to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. There is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (Luke 15:4–7, 10)
Pause to offer your own expressions of thanksgiving.
Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed;
He answers him from His holy heaven
With the saving strength of His right hand.
Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
But I will remember the name of the Lord my God. (Psalm 20:6–7)
Love the Lord, all you His saints!
The Lord preserves the faithful,
And fully repays the proud doer.
Be of good courage and He will strengthen your heart,
All you who hope in the Lord. (Psalm 31:23–24)