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Chronological Bible Reading: Psalms 7; 27; 31; 34; 52 Chronological Bible Reading: Psalms 56; 120; 140-142 Chronological Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 25-27; Psalms 17; 73
Monday, April 9 Tuesday, April 10 Wednesday, April 11
Col. 1:28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all John 19:28 After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Num. 23:23 Surely there is no enchantment against Jacob, neither is there any
wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. divination against Israel: according to this time it shall be said of Jacob and of Israel, What
hath God wrought!
Dear Lord and Heavenly Redeemer: Holy Lord My God:
Perfection is not in me. Every day I learn that. Each of my tears weeps You uttered seven “last words” from the cross. Seven is the number of O God My Watchman:
“imperfect.” Every sigh of my heart cries “imperfect.” Every time I use hard perfection and completion. It is the number that blends the trinity of the infinite How many times do I fear not only what man can do unto me, but demons
words with others, my lips are muttering “imperfect.” God with the number four of complete creation. Lord in your death cries—as in as well? I tremble at my own lack of spirituality, and how it plays into the hands
I look into the depths of my own heart too often to believe for a second I all else—you were perfection itself! These seven words confirm many of the of the Devil. Surely, on the field of spiritual battle I am especially vulnerable to
can have perfection in myself. Lord, surely every unsaved person I know comes major doctrines of my faith. oppression as well as deception!
to the same conclusion, if they would be honest and admit it. Make __________ 1. Father forgive them, for they know not what they do. Here is the cry from the This one verse alone, however, pulls up all my superstitious fears—root and
and __________ confess it today. There is no perfection in themselves or what cross of free forgiveness based on faith in the Savior’s plea. Salvation. branch. Even if there were any truth to divination, omens, and the ability of
they do. And then, right in the middle of that sad admission, use me to give them 2. To day shalt thou be with me in paradise. Here is eternal safety for the believer. spiritual forces to oppose, they could not oppose me. You do not allow them to
a hope they can grab onto—the comfort of Christ—that they can be imperfect Security. cross that bridge, and enter the realm of altering the fate of the people of God.
everywhere else, but presented perfect in Christ Jesus! 3. Woman, behold thy son! This statement certifies your human side, since to Those whom God has blessed, even the Devil himself cannot curse!
In God’s sight, Lord make them complete in him. Let not another Sunday the end you recognized your human relationship to Mary. Yet your language But help, Lord! I have ungodly men and women against me. Just like
go by where they are incomplete, unsatisfied, and missing the necessary teaches us not to worship her, because you call her woman. Balaam they cunningly plot to overthrow my good. Yet even with all their secrecy
ingredient for eternal life. Even now they can be accepted in the beloved. Help them 4. Eloi, Eloi, lama sbachthani? The fourth cry illustrates the penalty you and conspiracy they are doomed to fail. They are Satan’s agents, but their sword
grasp it, while you empower me to communicate it. For then, every stain of sin endured as my substitute, as you bore my sins and were forsaken by your Father. is dull. Strike they might, but the Lord is not with them. They conspire in vain.
will be removed. Every blot will be released. They can be made without spot or The sharpness of that sentence makes me love you all the more. Give me tranquility even when I can see them weaving their nets, because I
wrinkle (or anything approaching it) if only they will get in Christ. Not even the 5. I thirst. This fifth cry teaches me how the authority of the Bible is God- will not fall into them. Though they employ the serpentine craft of Beelzebub, it
omniscient eye of God will see a blemish or a fault. How glorious! authority, for it was uttered so all scripture might be fulfilled as true. The next will not prevail for them. Their spells will not work. Their divinations will deceive
With my Savior’s robe of righteousness I am as holy as the Holy One. word is just one in the Greek, and translated with three in English. them. Their conspiracy will be overthrown because no one can wrestle with God
Then they can know, and sense, and feel the happiness of this one short 6. It is finished. There I see complete justification for the believer. The work and succeed!
sentence: perfect in Christ Jesus. Holy Father, take the worm and transform him or by which I am accepted was fully accomplished. The last of the seven cries shows I need not fear the fiend himself, nor any of his secret agents. They cannot
her into a bride. Take the deformed sinner and make him whole, because you where your mind was feeding. touch those with “Living Faith” fellowshipping with the Lord whom I
delight to do this to show forth the glory of Jesus today. And Amen. 7. Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit. There is reconciliation with God! worship. Let me go forth today to triumph in revival in Christ Jesus. Amen.
Chronological Bible Reading: Psalms 35; 54; 63; 18 Chronological Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 28-31; 1 Chronicles 10 Chronological Bible Reading: Psalms 121; 123-125; 128-130
Thursday, April 12 Friday, April 13 Saturday, April 14
† Eph. 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and 1 Cor. 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost Psa. 43:3 O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto
gave himself for it; which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles.
ALAS! and did my Savior bleed and did my Sov’reign die? Gracious God and Heavenly Savior: My God and My Judge:
Would He devote that sacred head for such a worm as I? We ask you to work in us according to your word. Work in us such a holy Like the sun sends out its rays, you send out your grace. And like nature
Thy body slain, sweet Jesus, Thine—and bathed in its own blood— love we will give you all we have. Make us feel just like your word says, I am not rejoices in sunshine, I triumph in your faithfulness. It lights even my darkest
While the firm mark of wrath divine, His soul in anguish stood. my own. Let it not be a skinny emotion, overpowering us for a little while, but a surroundings and the most dismal circumstances.
substantial life-force constraining us forever! Change us in our very personality. Lord, I do not seek light by which to sin, nor the knowledge of truth so I
Was it for crimes that I had done He groaned upon the tree? 2 Cor. 5:15 And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live can be exalted with it. I just want light and knowledge to become my practical
Amazing pity! grace unknown! And love beyond degree! unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. guides to close communion with you. Only your light and truth will do this.
Well might the sun in darkness hide and shut his glories in, Make it so Lord, for your people! We pray for grace to spend all our time, Common light is not a strong enough beam to show the road to heaven,
When Christ, the mighty Maker died, for man the creature’s sin. use every faculty, and all we possess to glorify you, Lord and Master, among the but the light of the Holy Spirit is! The truth as it is in Jesus is sanctifying,
sons of men. Be pleased to accept our thanksgiving for special mercies along the elevating, directing and perfecting. It leads me to your glorious presence.
Thus might I hide my blushing face while His dear cross appears, way. Prosper us, as we seek souls for the Son in living-out your Eternal Purpose. Psa. 43:4 Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon
Dissolve my heart in thankfulness, and melt my eyes to tears. Bless us, any and all, who in any way try to make known the savor of the the harp will I praise thee, O God my God.
But drops of grief can ne’er repay the debt of love I owe: name Jesus to the lost. Give our humble tongues fire from above to talk about Let me pour my whole heart out as a sacrifice on the altar of service to you.
Here, Lord, I give myself away, ’tis all that I can do. his cross. Give us in our church a fervor and earnestness, sincerity and depth, I count it my greatest joy to lie there and be consumed, wholly dedicated to you.
and power to bring sinners to Christ! With how much joy should I draw near to Christ, who is the antitype to David’s
At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light, Psa. 45:17 I will make thy name to be remembered in all generations: therefore shall altar? David’s longing to escape from the oppression of man always led him to
And the burden of my heart rolled away, the people praise thee for ever and ever. sigh more intensely for intimacy with you. Make it so Lord, in my case as well! I
It was there by faith I received my sight, Give us grace Lord—as people and pastors—to stretch out with your love do not want escape for comfort’s sake, but for communion’s sake.
And now I am happy all the day! to the lost. We know who the dying ones are, because they are hurting. They are Prov. 15:19 The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns: but the way of the
looking up and down Gilead for balm for their soul and find none. At their righteous is made plain.
—Isaac Watts 1707 moment of deepest need and despair, have us there to share Jesus. Minister to us Draw me closer through trials. Direct me accurately with your light. Keep
through your word so we are strengthened to live to your Eternal Purpose, for me secure in your truth. Make everything plain through prayer. Give me
! this we ask in Jesus’ precious name. Amen. confident security in communion with you. Do it all for Jesus’ sake! Amen.
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Leona M Brown - mother, Luther & Sharon Brown Baptists tend to ridicule liturgical churches that use "prepared prayers" because
Nathaniel Armstrong - husband, Sallie Armstrong they lack spontaneity. But for many Baptists, their prayers are so predictable they are
Jim Rumple - Brother of Lin Tonty no more spontaneous than written-out prayers. The result is we end up praying the
1 Cor 16:2 Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as Dr Bill & June Phillips same things over and over.
God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come. Janet Fredrick - mother, Donna Tuescher & Lisa Rocha
Erica Stogsdill - daughter in law of Gene & Brenda Stogsdill This daily Prayer Diary will prompt you on a wide range of prayer requests you
Fern Stone Sandi Wasem might not normally think of, while forcing you to articulate a deeper devotion to
GIVE GOD THE FIRST DIME OF EVERY DOLLAR—no questions God. We have included a daily Bible reading schedule. This plan will take you
asked. Ten percent is a miniscule amount in our affluent society, but it must come Erik McDaniel Wilma Jones
Karen Freeouf Bart Guffey through the Bible chronologically in a year.
off the top in order to show that God is our priority. We want the blessing of the
firstfruits (first devotion, first dime and first day) to flow out to the rest of our Joanie Danielson Dorothy Williams Do not read ahead and do not try to catch up. Use each day as it comes. Then
resources. Dave Dorsey - friend, Gene McGill Yvonne Richardson you can know that on any given day, dozens of other people are lifting their hearts in
James Johnston - father, Bill Johnston Bonnie Johnson the same mind to God. Pray what is written, but use what is prayed as a springboard
3) TEAM—WORD Joyce Marmon - mother, Mike Cease for your own relationship with God. You learn to pray by praying.
Debra Oden - aunt, Eunice Tooley
Kade Hatcher, son - Christina Harcher —Alan
Heb 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; Evelyn Cline - mother, Connie Smith
but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. Mary Young - mother, Connie Milbern
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GIVE GOD THE FIRST DAY OF EVERY WEEK. You should fellowship David Laird - son in law, Marilynn Duckett Secret prayer is the secret of prayer, the soul of prayer, the seal of prayer, the
with a group of believers around the word of God every Sunday in our church. Martha Gasken - niece, Dave Hill strength of prayer. If you do not pray alone you do not pray at all. Our Lord Jesus
Christ would go nowhere till He had prayed. He would attempt nothing till He had
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! Keeping Christ at the center (your core relationship of worship to God) Linda Brown -sister, Ronnie Starks “Oh,” says one, “I live in the spirit of prayer, and therefore I do not need times
! Keeping the body of Christ a priority (your congregational relationship of Pat Mullinex -mother, Jeff Mullinex and seasons for prayer.” And do you think that Christ did not live in the spirit of
walking with us) Holly Aceves -daughter, Mary Lou Aceves prayer? Yet He had to have his special time and place to pray. Do not fall under the
! Basing beliefs and actions on the mind of Christ (your church relationship in Alfred Boyd -family, Chelsa Bright injurious notion that because your spirit cries to God in prayer all day long, therefore
the Word) April Jackson -sister, Sonya Jackson there must not be some season for more immediately coming into God’s presence. If
Kenny Denman - husband, Shirley Denman you imagine this, I am afraid that it will prove a snare to your feet. The Lord Jesus
Barbara Koons - sister, Dave Rosetti Christ, who knew better than you do that the main thing is the spirit of prayer rather
Grant Stoner - uncle, Jessica Buckallew than the act of prayer, yet Himself retired into desert places to maintain the act and
Tameka Bedell - friend of Starks family exercise of prayer. Be spiritual. Be baptized into the spirit of prayer. But do not be
Carole Jones - mother, James Jones deceived by the enemy, who can steal a spirit away while we dream that we only
Sara Zwahlen - friend of Kay Brockmeyer spiritualize it. We had better preserve the very bones of prayer—the posture, the
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Brittany Nieves - niece, Jim & Lin Tonty God keep us prayerful. He will do so if He makes us like His dear Son.
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