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Confession and Prayer

Confession and Prayer James 5:16, James the half brother of Jesus 16aCommand1Confess your trespasses to one another, bCommand                                  and pray for one another, cPurpose                                           that you may be healed. dPronouncementsThe effective, 2fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. (James 5:16) [1]

1 NU Therefore confess your sins sNum. 11:2 2 supplication [1]The New King James Version. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982. Print.

Connect the Testaments

May 7: Making Good out of Bad
Judges 11:1–12:15; Philippians 3:1–11; Psalm 68:15–35

God is renowned for working through unlikely means with the most unlikely people. During the period of the judges, there were few candidates less likely for God’s work than Jephthah himself: “Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty warrior; he was the son of a prostitute, and Gilead was his father” (Judg 11:1). The man is the son of a prostitute and an adulterer who had other sons with his wife (compare Judg 11:2). It can seem odd that details like this are included in the Bible. This one is there because God is about to do something unexpected.
When Jephthah is told that he won’t inherit anything from his father, he flees and assembles a motley crew of other outlaws (Judg 11:3). If you’ve seen The Magnificent Seven, you might be tracking with this Wild West story: “After a time the Ammonites [a threatening nation of strong warriors], made war with Israel [a small nation with a reserve army at best]. When t…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

May 7

  The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon.… They … gladly received [Peter’s] word; and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls
Luke 24:34; Acts 2:41
Before the Lord can use us in His service we must have close individual dealings with Him. He always will have to do in secret with that soul that He intends to use in blessing others.
Do you want to speak for Jesus to those around you? Then you must go to Jesus Himself for your message. What you say for Jesus must be got from Jesus.
Oh, how much breath falls powerless on every side because it has not been inhaled in the sanctuary! We want more secret dealing with the living God. We run without being sent: we speak before God has spoken to us: no wonder we so often fail. Oh, what secret prayer and what heart-searching discipline the heart needs before God can use it!

F. Whitfield

Hardman, Samuel G., and Dwight Lyman Moody. Thoughts for the Quiet Hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publi…

Morning and Evening

Morning, May 7      Go To Evening Reading

         “Great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all.”
         — Matthew 12:15

What a mass of hideous sickness must have thrust itself under the eye of Jesus! Yet we read not that he was disgusted, but patiently waited on every case. What a singular variety of evils must have met at his feet! What sickening ulcers and putrefying sores! Yet he was ready for every new shape of the monster evil, and was victor over it in every form. Let the arrow fly from what quarter it might, he quenched its fiery power. The heat of fever, or the cold of dropsy; the lethargy of palsy, or the rage of madness; the filth of leprosy, or the darkness of ophthalmia—all knew the power of his word, and fled at his command. In every corner of the field he was triumphant over evil, and received the homage of delivered captives. He came, he saw, he conquered everywhere. It is even so this morning. Whatever my own case may be, the beloved Physician can heal me…