Evening Devotional

 

 

Silence, Stillness and Centering before God (2 Minutes)

Scripture Reading & Devotional:

He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
Mark 4:39-41

I have never been on a stormy sea. I can only imagine how fierce the storm must have been. Here are seasoned fishermen and they were exceedingly afraid. Now it did not help that they were going across the lake. The deep part of the lake in the center regions was referred to as the “abyss.” Many frightening fishermen stories were based on journeying into the abyss. Add to that the fact that they left in the evening. It was dark! Finally, they were going to the “other side”. Everyone knew what the “other side” was. It was where that horrific demon processed person lived in the caves. Jesus knew where they were going and fell asleep on the back of the boat. The storm was fast, furious and fierce and they cried out to Jesus. What they saw happen next was shocking to them, and they had seen healing miracles! Jesus stood and commanded the sea to be still! And it did. Now I don’t know about storms on the sea, but I know about storms inside the “sea” of my mind. There is an abyss, there is an “other side” that frightens all of us. Dread, fear, worry, remorse, addictions, obsessive thinking; it seems that our ship is going to sink. When you feel all is lost, do what the disciples did — cry out to Jesus. Name your fear, tell Him exactly what it is that you dread; be specific with your doubts. This same Jesus that said to the sea “Be still” says to you, “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”

PRAYER
Dear Jesus, You calmed the sea; please calm my troubled heart with the peace only You can give. I take the horrific storms of my life and submit them to Your command. You say “peace be still” so I choose not to be troubled or afraid. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

Conclude with Silence (2 Minutes)

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.

Prayer Of The Day – July 6

Father, You have said that the sacrifices that You are looking for are
a broken spirit and contrite heart. Destroy pride among us Lord and give to us
the gift of repentance.

May ‘first love passion’ for Jesus be restored in our
fellowship – Revive us, I pray! (Psalm 51:16-17; Psalm 85:6)
May we as Your people stand firm and let nothing move us.

May we always give ourselves fully to Your work. Encourage us, remind us, that our labour for
You is not in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:58) (Pray for those in our fellowship that you know
of by name.)

Prayer Of The Day – July 5

Lord Jesus, be exalted among us as we gather and worship,
as we meet in homes, at our places of work, school and play. Be exalted;
be glorified in our conversations, in the choices that we make, and the places
we go.

Whether we eat or drink or whatever it is that we might do. May we
always be mindful that we belong to You, and do it all for Your glory.
(1 Corinthians 10:31)

Pry our fingers off of the things of this world, Lord. May we not love the world,
but may our love for You increase! (1 John 2:15)

May each of us Father, use the gifts that You have given to us to serve others,
that we might be faithful in dispensing Your grace. (1 Peter 4:10)

May we become radical in the way that we follow after You Lord Jesus, radical
in the way that we turn from sin, radical in our obedience, and radical in our
acts of love.

Prayer Of The Day – June 29

Pray that each of us at FCC will be given a fresh understanding of
the reason that we are here in the city of Plainfield and the State of New Jersey, for such a time as this.

Pray that we will become determined to fulfil that which God has called us to.
Father, I ask that we as Your people might be increasingly known for our
lavish love and forgiveness of one another.

Keep us from pride that kills the work of Your Spirit and hardens our hearts to Your voice calling us to ‘run
home’ to You. Give to us I pray, the gift of brokenness and repentance. May we
be clothed in humility. (Luke 15:11-32; 1 Peter 5:5)

May we become increasingly radical in our desire for holiness and guard our
minds. (Romans 12:1-2

Prayer Of The Day – June 27

May we be a people who forgive others as You Lord, have forgiven us, and
extend grace to one another freely. (Matthew 10:18)

Father, I ask that You give to us as Your people, the Spirit of wisdom and
revelation so that we might know You better! Open the eyes of our hearts
Father! (Ephesians 1:17-18) (Pray this for those you know at FCC by name.)

Father, I ask that we would be conformed to the image of Christ. May we be
increasingly counter-cultural in the way that we live and unified under the
‘culture of Christ’! Renew and transform our minds and increase our hunger
for Your Word. (Romans 12:1-2)

May our eyes be fixed on what is unseen and eternal – increase our longing for
heaven and for You – that earth would hold nothing that we desire. Smash the
idols in our lives that we might love You only. (2 Corinthians 4:18; Psalm 73:25)

Prayer of the Day – June 26

I pray Father, for those who will be leading & Teaching in FCC Kids Club This week.  

I ask that You anoint them with the Holy Spirit that they
might serve with increasing Christ-likeness.

Forgive our timidity, Father, and embolden us to be risk-takers for the sake of
Your kingdom! (Ephesians 3:30; Hebrews 11:1, 6)

Father, I pray for my brothers and sisters in Christ who are entangled
somehow in sin. I ask that they would receive a fresh glimpse of You watching
for their return, and run into Your arms. (Luke 15:20-24)