Opening Prayer from Psalm 119:57-58 & 64
You are my portion, O LORD. I have promised to obey your words. I have sought your face with all my heart; be gracious to me according to your promise...The earth is filled with your love, O LORD; teach me your decrees.
Song: Be Still My Soul
written by Katharina Amalia Dorothea von Schlegel
Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side.
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain.
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In every change, He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heavenly Friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.
Be still, my soul: when dearest friends depart,
And all is darkened in the vale of tears,
Then shalt thou better know His love, His heart,
Who comes to soothe thy sorrow and thy fears.
Be still, my soul: thy Jesus can repay
From His own fullness all He takes away.
Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake
To guide the future, as He has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know
His voice Who ruled them while He dwelt below.
Be still, my soul: the hour is hastening on
When we shall be forever with the Lord.
When disappointment, grief and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past
All safe and blessèd we shall meet at last.
Be still, my soul: begin the song of praise
On earth, believing, to Thy Lord on high;
Acknowledge Him in all thy words and ways,
So shall He view thee with a well pleased eye.
Be still, my soul: the Sun of life divine
Through passing clouds shall but more brightly shine.
Psalm 46 (NIV)
For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. According to alamoth. A song.
1 God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
5 God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.
6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.
7 The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
8 Come and see what the Lord has done,
the desolations he has brought on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease
to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the shields with fire.
10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
11 The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Interact with the LORD and His Word:
El Elyon, God Most High; you are my portion and my strong deliverer. Remember that I am but dust, my LORD. Without the righteousness of Jesus, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, I am not worthy to enter your presence. But in your great mercy, you have called me as your own and said that I might boldly enter the throne room with all that troubles me. You know my soul is in turmoil today and needs your peace. Speak to me of your comfort and your love through your Holy Spirit and your Word that my soul might once again be still. Amen.
Main Bible Text: Hebrews 11-13:6
(Read slowly from your own copy of the Word, intent not on how much you read but on hearing what the LORD wants to say to you through His Word. If you find that your mind is wandering, just reread the same section again and again until your mind is truly contemplating the truth of God's Word. When the LORD opens your eyes to some truth, write it down--perhaps even on a notecard that you can meditate on throughout the day. If you don't understand some part of the passage, ask the Holy Spirit to give you understanding. BibleGateway is also a great resource. Look under "STUDY THIS" and then "COMMENTARIES.")
Concluding Prayer time
Spend time in prayer.
Confess sin & if none comes to mind ask the LORD to call to mind any sin that you need to deal with.
Thanksgiving: Thank the LORD for His blessings in your life, for His Word & His salvation.
Petition: Recognize who He is and His power to handle the things that concern you today. Then tell the LORD what is on your heart. If you're troubled about something, tell Him and then ask for His help. Pray for the needs that you're aware of, whatever they might be.
Conclude with a recognition that your desire is for His will to be done in all of your requests--"In Jesus' name. Amen.