Evening Prayer – March 24, 2020

Silence and Centering: PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE

SCRIPTURE: Psalm 91:1-6

1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”

3 Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.

Silence and Centering:  PAUSE FOR 30 seconds OF SILENCE

SCRIPTURE: Revelation 14:1-5 

Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads. And I heard a sound from heaven like the roar of rushing waters and like a loud peal of thunder. The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing their harps. And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders. No one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. These are those who did not defile themselves with women, for they remained virgins. They follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They were purchased from among mankind and offered as firstfruits to God and the Lamb. No lie was found in their mouths; they are blameless.

Silence and Centering:  PAUSE FOR 30 seconds OF SILENCE

John was overwhelmed, struggling to find words to match the wonders of Heaven. It was filled with sights of splendor. In particular, John was impressed with a voice that sounded like many harps. He had seen living creatures and elders “each one holding a harp” (Revelation 5:8). And he described hearing a voice like “harpists playing on their harps.”

The harp has a unique place for God’s people. As a boy, David played the harp for King Saul, with miraculous impact (1 Samuel 16:23). The harp was so important that David set aside men in his army to prophesy with harps (1 Chronicles 25:1-3). The Bible tells us that harps are an integral part of praising God (Psalm 33:2).

What might these harps have sounded like? We know from modern recordings that harps produce a natural sound, as each string vibrates with the perfect pitch designed by God. As we know from the Bible, the sound of the harp can be soothing and even healing. Yet when played in a harp choir, the sound can be overpowering.

Here on earth, tastes may change from person to person. But as John discovered, the impact of the sounds in Heaven can be overwhelming! How do you imagine Heaven? No matter what your thoughts, you can be sure that Heaven itself is more glorious than you can imagine! But don’t wait. Praise God now! Enter His presence! Be prepared to be
overwhelmed.

Evening Prayer:

Heavenly Father, my day is drawing to an end, and I’m ready to turn in. But before I do, I have to thank you for your faithfulness today. It’s always a good day, even when things may not go the way I plan, or when the world seems in chaos, because you are in control.  For all the times when I was aware of your help today, all the times when your unseen presence seemed so near, thank you, God. But for all the ways you worked behind the scenes, unknown to me, moments when heaven-sent angels moved on my behalf in ways I’ll never know, thank you for those also, Lord. Amen. ~

The Our Father (slowly pray this)

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever, Amen.

One thought on “Evening Prayer – March 24, 2020

  1. I didn’t know my spirit was calling out for an evening prayer – thank you and amen.

    I am listening to spiritual songs because I need Him ever so more!

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