The works of God are declared in the heavens, and the words of God lead to righteousness.
A creator is known by his creation; an artist is known by his art; a musician by his music; and a sculptor by his sculpture. God can be known by the universe that He has created. Psalm 19:1 says: "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork." Romans 1:20 says: "since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen." Judging from nature, God exists and has power, intelligence, and a flair for beauty!
The Lord is greater than our deep longings, and we praise Him who can satisfy our hearts:
Praise the Lord!
Praise the name of the Lord;
Praise Him, O you servants of the Lord!...
Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good;
Sing praises to His name, for it is pleasant...
And our Lord is above all gods.
Whatever the Lord pleases He does,
In heaven and in earth,
In the seas and in all deep places...
Blessed be the Lord out of Zion,
Who dwells in Jerusalem!
Praise the Lord! (Psalm 135:1, 3, 5-6, 21).
As you seek to keep your life free from sin, pray this confession to the Lord:
No chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful;
nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness
to those who have been trained by it (Hebrews 12:11).
Confess any sins that the Holy Spirit brings to your mind.
Now pray this affirmation to the Lord:
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust" (Psalm 91:1-2).
As you make your requests known to the Lord, include:
- An eternal perspective
- Your spiritual goals
- Local prison ministries
Finally, offer this prayer to the Lord:
May the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen
(1 Peter 5:10-11)
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