The Prayerful Word - May 8

  • 2 Timothy 2:13 NRSV If we are faithless, [Christ] remains faithful — for he cannot deny himself.

    Romans 5:8 NIV But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

    Hebrews 12:10-11 NIV Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. 11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

    Psalm 40:8 NKJV I delight to do Your will, O my God.

    Proverbs 12:28 NKJV In the way of righteousness is life, and in its pathway there is no death.

    Isaiah 48:17 CSB This is what the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel says: I am the Lord your God, who teaches you for your benefit, who leads you in the way you should go.

    May you show God's love to the next generation with admonition, rebuke, and encouragement, so that they will not fail to know the mercies of the Father. 1 Samuel 2

    May you grow in favor with God and men, learning His voice, and answering when He calls, for then He will let none of your words fall to the ground, for He will honor those who honor Him. 1 Samuel 3

    May you not rely on relics or trust in traditions to obtain the presence and blessings of God, but know that real repentance in the heart, where you sorrow because of sins rather than the judgment which sins bring, will draw you near to God and release His mercy into your life. 1 Samuel 4

    May you make every effort to obtain the praise that come from the only God. John 5

    May your diligent study of the Scriptures lead you directly to the Son and draw you inevitably to Jesus. John 5

    May you seek not to please yourself but the Father, Who desires your obedience. John 5

    May you hear Jesus, the Son of God, and believe God, Who sent His Son, for then you will have eternal life and will not be condemned, but will have crossed over from death to life. John 5

    For this purpose is My Spirit given to you, My child. He will enable you to understand the hidden things of the Father, to know the comfort of the eternal hope of salvation, and to receive the gift of faith that opens your mind, allowing you to know and stand on the truth of God's Word.
    The rulers of this world possess the wisdom of this time, for who can understand the times and the seasons except the spirit of the world be in them? But I have not given you this wisdom, My studious one. Rather My Spirit is revealing to you Who the Son is, for that is where the Father will meet you.
    It is useless to object, “I am weak,” when you are directed to obey, for is not My grace sufficient for you? Have I not created the vastness of the sky to be sufficient for the bird and the incomprehensible volume of the ocean to be enough for the fish?
    Do not turn to the visible power of numbers and the recognized authority of riches in the world to accomplish My work. Rather, in your weakness, let My Spirit reveal the truth of My Word which declares that you can do all things through My strength.
    It is better for you to have My strength than your own, for if you were a thousand times as strong as you are, the enemy would still overcome you. But if you could be weaker than you are, you can still do all things through Me.
    As you let My Spirit dwell in your heart and in your nature, He will pray through you, expressing the unutterable, which the Father receives with joy as His will is prayed through your vessel of flesh.
    But just as I cleansed the temple and would not suffer any vessel to be carried through it, so the temple of the Holy Spirit is not a shortcut of convenience for your flesh. He will not allow you to defile it – you must guard the gates of your eyes and your ears to allow no defilement to enter.
    Learn of Me through My Spirit, and teach others to know Me in Spirit and in Truth.

    May you maintain justice and constantly do what is right, for you will receive God's blessing. Psalm 106

    May you give thanks to the Lord, for He is good and His love endures forever. Psalm 106

    May the Lord remember you when He shows favor to His people and come to your aid when He saves them, so that you may enjoy the prosperity of His chosen ones and the joy of His people, joining His inheritance in giving praise. Psalm 106

    May you have a peaceful mind and tranquil heart, for the healing of the heart makes for a healthy body, whereas envy and jealousy destroys your strength by rotting the bones. Proverbs 14:30

    May you show merciful kindness to the poor and needy and give generous help to the afflicted and oppressed, for this is how you honor God, their Maker. Proverbs 14:31