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My Prayer for Today

 My Prayer for Today

Devotion to Church
"Several preachers have told of a deaf member of a church and a rather typical-minded American churchman who asked, “Why do you come to church each Sunday when you cannot hear the service?” The humble man replied, “I come each week to let people know which side I am on.”
Father, when I read this illustration from G. Curtis Jones, 1000 Illustrations for Preaching and Teaching, I am reminded in this short prayer: Why do some Christian's come to church every time the doors are opened? Some come and sit without any emotions all of the time; nothing seems to move them spiritually or otherwise; they seem to be thinking about outside activities: jobs, friends, social affairs or just showing up to be seen.
Which side or you own? If you are on the Lord's side, then consecrate your-self, read your Bible for understanding daily, have a daily prayer life, commune with the Lord Jehovah daily. Then, when you show up to church: you're in the corr…

Morning and Evening: Daily Readings, Complete and unabridged; New modern edition

Morning, February 26      Go To Evening Reading

         “Salvation is of the Lord.” 
         — Jonah 2:9

Salvation is the work of God. It is he alone who quickens the soul “dead in trespasses and sins,” and it is he also who maintains the soul in its spiritual life. He is both “Alpha and Omega.” “Salvation is of the Lord.” If I am prayerful, God makes me prayerful; if I have graces, they are God’s gifts to me; if I hold on in a consistent life, it is because he upholds me with his hand. I do nothing whatever towards my own preservation, except what God himself first does in me.  Whatever I have, all my goodness is of the Lord alone. Wherein I sin, that is my own; but wherein I act rightly, that is of God, wholly and completely.  If I have repulsed a spiritual enemy, the Lord’s strength nerved my arm. Do I live before men a consecrated life? It is not I, but Christ who liveth in me. Am I sanctified? I did not cleanse myself: God’s Holy Spirit sanctifies me. Am I weaned from the world?…

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

February 26: Patiently Waiting
Song of Solomon 8:1–5

Delayed gratification is a foreign concept to our natural instincts. Our culture doesn’t encourage patience or contentment; we would prefer to have our desires met the moment they arise.
The woman in Song of Solomon tells us that she is delighted in her beloved. She praises his attributes and tells of the wonders of their love. But throughout the poem, at seemingly random moments, she also warns the daughters of Jerusalem about love: “I adjure you … do not arouse or awaken love until it pleases!” (Song 8:4).
This is not the first time she has “adjured” them to wait and have patience: the same refrain is found elsewhere in the poem, and it acts like an oath (Song 2:7; 3:5). Although the elevated poetry glories in love, delight, and fulfillment, it also warns about immediate gratification. The woman urges us not to force love. It is something that must be anticipated and protected, not enjoyed before it’s time.
It doesn’t feel natural …