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My Prayer for Today

My Prayer for Today 1      I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.      2      My soul shall make its boast in the LORD;            The humble shall hear of it and be glad.      3      Oh, magnify the LORD with me,            And let us exalt His name together. 

The New King James Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982). Ps 34:1–3.

Charles H. Spurgeon, Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, May 8      Go To Evening Reading

         “He that was healed wist not who it was.” 
         — John 5:13

Years are short to the happy and healthy; but thirty-eight years of disease must have dragged a very weary length along the life of the poor impotent man. When Jesus, therefore, healed him by a word, while he lay at the pool of Bethesda, he was delightfully sensible of a change. Even so the sinner who has for weeks and months been [paralyzed] with despair, and has wearily sighed for salvation, is very conscious of the change when the Lord Jesus speaks the word of power, and gives joy and peace in believing. The evil removed is too great to be removed without our discerning it; the life imparted is too remarkable to be possessed and remain inoperative; and the change wrought is too marvellous not to be perceived. Yet the poor man was ignorant of the author of his cure; he knew not the sacredness of his person, the offices which he sustained, or the errand which brought him a…

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

May 8: Moving On
Philippians 3:12–4:1

I've excelled at regret. When I've dwelt on the wrongs I committed against other people and my offensive rebellion against God, I lost my focus. It’s difficult to be confident in our righteousness through Christ when we go through these periods.
In Philippians 3:12–14, Paul offers both hope and advice for these times based on his own experience: “But I do one thing, forgetting the things behind and straining toward the things ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
Paul looks forward to being with God in fullness and experiencing the fruits of his labor for the gospel, so he presses “toward the goal.” He emphasizes that we need to forget the “things behind.” Paul would have known the need for this. As a zealous Pharisee, he had persecuted the early church, counting himself the foremost of sinners (1 Tim 1:15).
Does forgetting imply that we act as if our failures never occurred? Not necessa…