Sanctifying the Day — One Thought at a Time
A Call to Worship — A God of Lovingkindnesses.
“Who is like the LORD God of Hosts?
His faithfulness surrounds us.
His lovingkindness extends to the heavens.
Indeed, His lovingkindnesses never cease
because His compassions never fail;
they are new every morning.
Therefore, let us rise and live with passion
the day He has set before us.
And let us enjoy His peace in every moment
as we live for Him and His Kingdom.”
cf. Psalm 89:8; 36:5; Lamentations 3:22, 23
A Mid-Day Prayer for Revival
3 Then Job answered the Lord and said:
4 “Behold, I am of small account;
what shall I answer you?
I lay my hand on my mouth.
5 I have spoken once,
and I will not answer;
twice, but I will proceed no further.” (Job 40:3-5)
1 Then Job answered the Lord and said:
2 “I know that you can do all things,
and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
3 ‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’
Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand,
things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.
4 ‘Hear, and I will speak;
I will question you, and you make it known to me.’
5 I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear,
but now my eye sees you;
6 therefore I despise myself,
and repent in dust and ashes.” (Job 42:1-6)
“Lord, it took so much pain in Job’s life
to produce the humility we see in Job 42.
We look at the losses, the death, the tragedy,
the sorrow, the betrayals, the disappointments, the pain,
emotional and spiritual,
that Job went through and it is scary.
Lord, that is not the right word.
It is more than scary; it’s terrifying.
We are scared to pray what it might take for You to get our attention
and have our complete devotion.
Will we need similar affliction?
Will we experience similar pain and sorrows
before we repent and follow?
Lord, I hope not, but, and we know we don’t really know
what we are asking—whatever it takes,
whatever it takes to revive Your church,
would You do that so that Your honor
and Your kingdom would reign supreme in our lives.
cf. adapted from Job 40:3-5; 42:1-6
A Benediction to Sanctify the Night
“It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
and to sing praises to His name.
For the most high God is filled with lovingkindness in the day
and faithfulness in the night.
So may all His children rest
in the peacefulness of his presence,
knowing that His kindness and faithfulness
will again greet us in the morning.”
cf. adapted from Psalm 92:1-2