The Prayerful Word - May 26

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Daily blessings and prayers from Scripture.

Psalm 94:12-13 Blessed is the man whom You instruct, O Lord, and teach out of Your law, 13 that You may give him rest from the days of adversity, until the pit is dug for the wicked.

Isaiah 25:1 O LORD, You are my God; I will exalt You and praise Your name, for in perfect faithfulness You have done marvelous things, things planned long ago.

John 3:17 God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.

Ephesians 2:10 We are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Proverbs 9:10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

1 Peter 2:12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day He visits us.

May you seek out those who are dear to the Lord, those who are bound, and lame, and held captive by fear, and demonstrate the kindness of the Lord through His love. 2 Samuel 9

May you understand that the reproach and ill-will of others is what they always carry in their heart, and that it is expressed, not because of who you are, but because of Who you represent, and knowing that the unjust contempt will fade, draw aside for a time, resting in the loving care of the Lord. 2 Samuel 10

May your hands be diligently about your duty, and your eyes ever kept on God, as you are taken by your feet to the places God has appointed you to be, that you may escape temptation and avoid the way of sin. 2 Samuel 11

May you realize that the world hates you just as it hated Jesus first, for you no longer belong to the world since He has chosen you out of the world. John 15

May you daily renew your connection with the vine, just as the vine daily renews the mercies that bring life, that you may be fruitful and glorify the Father. John 15, Lamentations 3

May you see, in the Word and by the Spirit, the height and breadth and depth and width of God's love for you, so that you may understand the value which others, as well, have to the Father, and be able to willingly express His love to those around you by obeying His commands. John15

My child, do not fear to make mistakes.
You are weak, and you have limited understanding; you are human. I am God, and I am your great and loving Shepherd. I know you need watchful care, and I am always attentive, never sleeping.
I do not make allowance for persistent and continual rebellion, but I work with those who love Me. I teach those who desire to be with Me to know My voice and follow Me more closely, that they may safely rest in peace, for that is My gift to you.
It is when you utterly abandon yourself to that which you have seen and received from Me, having touched and been touched by My heart, that you are most likely to err in your zeal with limited understanding and through your own resources, But that is when I give the greatest care to you, knowing that your love for Me is motivating you.
I would rather you were hot or cold, for then I can give you direction and provide you the discipline that teaches and guides you in the way you should go. When you are double-minded, indeterminate, lukewarm, indifferent, without fervor for or against the work of God, I will not take the time to unsettle your comfortable world-view.
However, when you find yourself in a dead-end, having pursued My will with a desire to see Me glorified, I will not leave you or forsake you. My rod and My staff will rescue you, lifting you out of the hole you ended up in. You will have the assurance of My loving presence and never-ending merciful compassion, for I know that it was Me you were pursuing.
Though you may be headstrong, I will never reject you. Though you are timid, I will always encourage you. I will never allow blunders and mistakes to entrap you in destruction. Instead, they will form the basis of My teaching and drawing that brings you nearer and reveals Me more clearly. I see your heart and I know that it is not stubborn individuality and self-will which motivates your choices, but a passionate desire to please Me through obedience to My purpose.
Learn of Me, My dear one, through patient waiting before Me as well as through active participation with Me, for I am with you to train you in the way you should go.

May you remember the time-tested regulations and well-proven judgments of the Lord, finding hope, comfort, and instruction in them during suffering, for the Lord remembers His promise to enliven you and to quicken your life even though the arrogant constantly mocks you without restraint and the proud cruelly derides you in utter contempt, therefore you do not turn from God's word. Psalm 119

May you obey the Lord's precepts daily and remember the name of the Lord in the night so that the decrees of the Lord will be the theme of your song wherever you lodge. Psalm 119

May you seek God's face and entreat His presence with all your heart for He is your portion; as you have promised to obey God's words, so He has promised to be gracious to you. Psalm 119

May you not forget God's law though the wicked bind you with ropes, but hasten and not delay to obey His commands since you have considered your ways and turned your steps to His statutes. Psalm 119

May your soul lift up thanks to the Lord for His righteous laws even in the middle of the darkest trials and most stubborn struggles, for the earth is filled with the love of the Lord, Who teaches you His decrees, making you a friend to all who fear Him and follow His precepts. Psalm 119

May you submit the intents of your heart and the planning of your thoughts to the Lord, so that the reply of your tongue may be from the fullness of God's heart. Proverbs 16:1

May you accept the Lord's verdict as He weighs the motive of your spirit and the intent of your heart, bringing circumstances designed to reveal what you cannot see within you by your response to what surrounds you. May you allow Him to complete His work in your life by the cleansing of the Word and the power of the Spirit. Proverbs 16:2

May you lay your works open to the Lord, entrusting to Him your efforts and committing to Him your deeds, and He will establish your thoughts and bring success to your plans. Proverbs 16:3