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"He is Near"

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 He is Near

Memory Verse

The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.” Psalm 145:18

 Don’t wait to pray as a last resort. Too often we are driven to our knees to pray only after we’ve tried everything else and nothing has worked. The sovereign Lord has promised to be near to those who call on him. So why do we not pray more? The temptation to take matters into our own hands is great. Yet how often have we taken up a matter ourselves and it turned out profitable? Pray first, pray often, and pray fervently. The presence of the Almighty God is what we need in our lives, homes, and churches. His presence will bring needed light to an otherwise dark situation.

 Prayer point:

  • Lord, help me to pray with the confidence that You are with me. Help me to remember that Your presence makes all the difference in the world. Thank You for Your promise to be near me.

 

"The Lord Reigns"

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"The Lord Reigns"

Memory Versus

“Say among the nations, ‘The LORD reigns! Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity.’” Psalm 96:10

 The child of God has no reason to fear the future. The future is not left to chance. It is already determined by the Sovereign God. Now we proclaim the gospel to the nations so they can know Christ. The day will come, however, when all the nations will worship the Lord Jesus. They will all bow down to Him and operate under His supreme rule. Until then, let’s be diligent to pray for the nations so they will know the Lord. Pray for your neighbors who have moved from other parts of the U.S and the world. Rejoice! Our God reigns! He is coming again to right every wrong and to rule sovereignly.

 Prayer points:

  • Lord, help me to remember that You are God. This world is not out of control, the future is not out up of grabs, and one day the nations will praise You. Let me be encouraged.

"Free Mercy"

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"Free Mercy"

 

Memory Verse

“…he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit…” Titus 3:5

 

If you are saved, it is because of the work of Christ alone. You have contributed no righteousness that appeases God’s holiness. You have freely received the righteousness of Christ by being obedient to the gospel you have heard (2 Cor. 5:20; 1 Peter 1:22; 4:17). It is His mercy that saves us and His mercy alone keeps us. An old Puritan prayer proclaims, “Keep me, for I cannot keep myself. Protect me that no evil befall me. Let me lay aside every sin admired of many. Help me to walk by (your) side, lean on (your) arm, hold converse with (you).” Rejoice that you have been washed and renewed by the Holy Spirt!

 Prayer points:

  • Lord, remind me how great Your salvation is. Help me to keep the truth that I have been washed clean in the precious blood of Jesus Christ fresh on my mind. Thank you for keeping me, protecting me, and letting me lean on You.

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