Evening Prayer: August 21, 2017
- Take a moment of silence to calm and center yourself before God; before you begin to speak to God, first come to Him ready to quiet your heart and to listen. Allow the Holy Spirit to focus your attentions and affections as you begin.
- Meditate on and consider this prayer from Psalm 119:162-168:
I rejoice at your word
like one who finds great spoil.
I hate and abhor falsehood,
but I love your law.
Seven times a day I praise you
for your righteous rules.
Great peace have those who love your law;
nothing can make them stumble.
I hope for your salvation, O LORD,
and I do your commandments.
My soul keeps your testimonies;
I love them exceedingly.
I keep your precepts and testimonies,
for all my ways are before you.
- Peace is found in the presence of God and it is a gift to us in Christ alone. Take some time to confess all of the different places you have sought out peace. Ask the Holy Spirit to do a work of repentance in your heart that you might turn to Him for peace both now and in the future. Confess your trust in the Lord for his continued deliverance.
The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. – Romans 16:20
- We receive the peace of Christ in our life by faith in Christ. That faith might be expressed in recognizing the Christ is powerful enough to secure peace for you, and that he is good enough to give His peace to you; all of this by his cross and resurrection. Worship Christ the redeemer and peacemaker. Proclaim the glory of his excellence. Pour out your affection on the one who has made a way for you and brought you to God.
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. – Colossians 1:15-20
- The gospel of peace transforms us into peacemakers and into messengers of God’s peace in the world. Take a moment and consider the Scriptures below, and ask God to do a work in your life as one who brings His peace. What actions do I need to take? What relationships need to be restored? Where should I be preaching the gospel of peace?
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” – Matthew 5:9
But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. – James 3:17-18
Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.
– Hebrews 12:14
Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. – 2 Corinthians 13:11
- Pray on behalf of three specific people, entreating God to act on their behalf, to bring them peace, and to meet their deepest and most real needs.
- Pray that our church, Freshwater, would be a vessel of blessing to this community, that our fellowship would be bound together by the Holy Spirit, that we would be empowered and compelled to carry out God’s mission for us, and that by His mercy, God would release us from all our debts so that we might devote our resources more fully to the spread of the gospel now and in the years to come.
- Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done on Earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for Yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever, Amen.
Be blessed as you go; know that the work of prayer is a work of eternal significance.
“To clasp the hands in prayer is the beginning of an uprising against the disorder of the world” -Karl Barth