Daily Bible Reading

Continually

There are few things in life anyone does continually. We all breathe. That’s a given. Most will work continually until retirement. Some talk continually. Some sleep continually. But all of these things can, and most often do, required breaks of some sort or another. There is one thing, though, that the Bible tells us to do continually.

Pray.

Never stop praying.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NLT)

Many in the western church probably couldn’t tell you the last time they started praying let alone the last time they prayed without stopping.

One of the greatest needs of the present day is men and women who will not only start out to pray for things but pray on and on and on until they obtain that which they seek from the Lord.

R.A. Torrey (1956-1928)

We all want to see God move in church on Sunday, but who is really willing to pray on Monday? For most of us, the Great Awakenings of the last century are so far gone (and often forgotten), that we don’t realise how effective prayer can really be. I make a point (though not often enough) to go back and read of the great revivals that brought North America to its knees. You cannot learn about a great move of God without being stirred to see one yourself.

But who is willing to pray for a move of God? Who even knows what that kind of prayer looks like?

True prayer is an approach of the soul by the Spirit of God to the throne of God. It is not the utterance of words, it is not alone the feeling of desires, but it is the advance of the desires to God, the spiritual approach of our nature toward the Lord our God. True prayer is neither a mere mental exercise nor a vocal performance. It is far deeper than that—it is spiritual transaction with the Creator of heaven and earth.

Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892)

Acts 1:14 says that they all met together continually for prayer. Do you think the Holy Spirit would have shown up with tongues of fire if the group hadn’t waited? If they hadn’t been praying while they waited?

It is time that the Church look again toward prayer. Not just programs and growth strategies. I believe those things will come as the result of effective prayer.

The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results.

James 5:16b (NLT)

We all have a decision to make regarding prayer. We can go on with our daily lives and offer up a prayer every once in a while when we feel like it or need heavenly help out of a jam—but what’s the point of our faith at all if that’s the case? Or we can pray continually. Continual prayer will require sacrifice on our part, but the reward is great power and wonderful results.

Daily Bible reading: Ezra 9-10, Acts 1

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Turn on

I can safely say, on the authority of all that is revealed in the Word of God, that any man or woman on this earth who is bored and turned off by worship is not ready for heaven.

A.W. Tozer

I can guarantee that I’m not the only worship leader who often steps off the stage feeling discouraged by the numerous people sipping coffee, checking their phones or wandering in when the last song is winding down.

It’s a cultural thing, I’ve heard. Whose culture? Not ours. Our culture has no problem whatsoever worshipping whether it be celebrities, sports teams, video games, or new phone apps. When more attention is given to the fact that the barista got your coffee wrong than seeking the presence of God, a giant warning light should go off.

With them were Heman and Jeduthun and the rest of those chosen and expressly named to give thanks to the Lord, for his steadfast love endures forever.

1 Chronicles 16:41 (ESV)

When King David brought the ark of the covenant back into Jerusalem, he chose a worship team and gave them a permanent position at the tent. He picked the best musicians and singers for the job. Why? So he could have the coolest sounding band in town? No. Because God’s steadfast love endures forever. David picked the best so that they could give God the best simply because He deserves it.

David went so far as to trade his royal robes for those of a priest as he ushered the ark into the city. He gave worship a greater place than his status as king.

I believe that in public worship we should do well to be bound by no human rules, and constrained by no stereotyped order.

Charles Spurgeon

Corporate worship is a regular gracious reminder that it’s not about you. You’ve been born into a life that is a celebration of another.

Paul David Tripp

I could list quote after quote from the Bible and great men and women of faith both current and those who have gone before us. There is a great truth to all of it – worship is not about us and how we feel (comfortable or not). Worship is our response to who God is and who we are in light of Him.

Surely that which occupies the total time and energies of heaven must be a fitting pattern for earth.

Paul E. Billheimer

Daily Bible reading: 1 Chronicles 14-16; John 9:24-41

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Night

Believe that the night is as useful as the day.

~ Charles Spurgeon

God spoke light into being, but here, on Earth, darkness still remains. It was not that God’s light was not enough to overpower the darkness, but that He allowed the darkness to remain.

As the world turns in an endless cycle of light and dark, our lives do as well. We rejoice in the light and we mourn in the dark praying for the light to return. But what if, like the earth, God intends for us to also go through times of darkness. It is not that God creates the darkness, but, like Job, He allows us to experience it.

It is not what we do in the light that defines us, but how we come through the dark. Like Spurgeon, do we believe that the night, as miserable as it may be, can be as useful as the day?