Let today be a clearing out. All that you have been through is gone, and you can't change it. All that you're going to be going through is ahead, and there's nothing you can do to know what it will be. Take today to pray, praise, and thank God for what has happened, and what will happen. (Steve Case, Everything Counts, 31 December)
I hope you enjoyed visiting the Arrow Prayers blog during 2011 and that you will continue following what I find to post in 2012.
[The writer of Hebrews] ... insists that we must look on all the hardships of life as the discipline of God and as sent to work, not for our harm, but for our ultimate and highest good. (William Barclay, The Letter To The Hebrews, p. 177) 30 December 2011
Our forefathers discovered that prayers which plead the clear promises of a covenant-keeping God are guaranteed success - it is time we discovered it too. (Selwyn Hughes, Every Day Light, Day 349) 29 December 2011
... we might well ponder what kind of society we would find ourselves in at this moment were it not for the great spiritual awakenings of the past. (Selwyn Hughes, Every Day Light, Day 330) 28 December 2011
There were only a few shepherds at the first Bethlehem. The ox and the ass understood more of the first Christmas than the high priests in Jerusalem. And it is the same today. (Thomas Merton, The Seven Storey Mountain) 25 December 2011
Those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary. (Isaiah 40:31 (NAS) in Daily Guideposts - 2009, 3 December) 19 December 2011
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. (Ephesians 6:18 - Steve Case, Everything Counts, 16 December) 18 December 2011
The Christian life is going somewhere, and it would be well if, at each day's ending, we were to ask ourselves: "Am I any farther on?" (William Barclay, The Letter To The Hebrews, p. 171) 15 December 2011
It is good to praise the Lord and make music to Your name, O Most High, to proclaim Your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night. (Psalm 92:1-2 in From The Heart by Helen Steiner Rice, 3 December) 8 December 2011
When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. (Matthew 2:10)
Don't let this Christmas season overwhelm you. Don't feel you have to do something, or go into debt just to impress other people. Focus instead on Jesus. Take time every day to read the prophecies of His coming, and the wonderful story of His birth. Make this Christmas one of "exceedingly great joy." (Billy Graham, Hope For Each Day, 6 December) 6 December 2011
Ask God to open your eyes to all the blessings He has bestowed on you, and to give you a fresh spirit of gratitude - not just at this season of the year, but always. (Billy Graham, Hope For Each Day, 22 November) 30 November 2011
A little lifting of the heart suffices; a little remembrance of God, one act of inward worship are prayers which, however short, are nevertheless acceptable to God. (Brother Lawrence, In God's Care, 14 November) 19 November 2011
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