Now when evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, got into the boat, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was already dark, and Jesus had not come to them. Then the sea arose because a great wind was blowing. (John 6:16-18 )
Jesus, so many of us are rowing against the wind and are weary; please send the fresh wind of your Holy Spirit to encourage and strengthen us.
So when they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near the boat; and they were afraid. (John 6:19)
Jesus, I offer you my fears.
But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” (John 6:20)
Holy Spirit, please write these words of Jesus on my heart.
Then they willingly received him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land where they were going. (John 6:21)
Father, help us receive Jesus into every aspect of our lives. Thank you.
You who love the LORD, hate evil! He preserves the souls of his saints; he delivers them out of the hand of the wicked. (Psalm 97:10)
LORD, please help us recognize both good and evil for what they are and help us love the good and hate the evil. Deliver us out of the hand of the wicked.
Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart. (Psalm 97:11)
Jesus, let your light shine forth for us; bring us to joy and gladness in your Holy Spirit.
Rejoice in the LORD, you righteous, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holy name. (Psalm 97:12)
Jesus, please help us by your Holy Spirit to call upon the power of your name and rejoice in you. Thank you.
A word received: Hear me, my people, I AM among you. Who among you has his face turned to me? Turn your face to me and your footsteps to my path. Turn to me; return to me. Listen for my voice. I AM speaking — who is listening?
Tuesday: 97, 99, ; Jeremiah 17:19-27; Romans 7:13-25; John 6:16-27
Wednesday: 101, 109:1-4(5-19)20-30; Jeremiah 18:1-11; Romans 8:1-11; John 6:27-40
Notes from the Front Line
General William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, who died in 1912, quoted by David Virtue: “I am of the opinion that the chief dangers that confront the coming century will be religion without the Holy Spirit, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God and heaven without hell.”
In 1938 Richard Neibuhr’s assessment of mainline liberal theology: “A God without wrath brought men without sin into a Kingdom without judgment through the ministrations of a Christ without a Cross.”