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My Prayer for Today

My Prayer For Today  
    1      LORD, how they have increased who trouble me!
           Many are they who rise up against me.
    2      Many are they who say of me,
“There is no help for him in God.”   Selah
    3      But You, O LORD, are a shield for me,
           My glory and the One who lifts up my head.
    4      I cried to the LORD with my voice,
           And He heard me from His holy hill.       Selah

    5      I lay down and slept;
           I awoke, for the LORD sustained me.
    6      I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people
           Who have set themselves against me all around.

    7     Arise, O LORD;
           Save me, O my God!
           For You have struck all my enemies on the cheekbone;
You have broken the teeth of the ungodly.
    8     Salvation belongs to the LORD.
          Your blessing is upon Your people.       Selah

The New King James Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982). Ps 3:1–8.

Morning and Evening : Daily Readings,

Morning, May 2      Go To Evening Reading

     “I pray not that thou shouldst take them out of the world.” 
         — John 17:15

It is a sweet and blessed event which will occur to all believers in God’s own time—the going home to be with Jesus. In a few more years the Lord’s soldiers, who are now fighting “the good fight of faith” will have done with conflict, and have entered into the joy of their Lord. But although Christ prays that his people may eventually be with him where he is, he does not ask that they may be taken at once away from this world to heaven. He wishes them to stay here. Yet how frequently does the wearied pilgrim put up the prayer, “O that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away and be at rest;” but Christ does not pray like that, he leaves us in his Father’s hands, until, like shocks of corn fully ripe, we shall each be gathered into our Master’s garner. Jesus does not plead for our instant removal by death, for to abide in the flesh is needful for ot…

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

May 2: Don’t Focus on Overcoming
Philippians 1:12–18

When I go through difficult circumstances, I want the end. I’m so focused on escape and overcoming that I barely think about what God might be teaching me through that experience. And I’m certainly not thinking about how He might be using me to witness to others.
Paul was on a completely different wavelength. In his letter to the church at Philippi, he sets his Roman imprisonment in context: “Now I want you to know, brothers, that my circumstances have happened instead for the progress of the gospel, so that my imprisonment in Christ has become known in the whole praetorium and to all the rest” (Phil 1:12–13).
Paul wasn’t just enduring or anticipating the end of his imprisonment. He was using his experience to be a witness for Christ. His captors must have wondered: what makes a person willing to suffer like this? What makes his message worth imprisonment?
Paul’s circumstances didn’t merely create waves with those he was testifying t…