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Monday, March 31, 2014

Morning Prayer: 4/1/2014

“15 My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from
them that persecute me. 16 Make thy face to shine upon thy servant: save me for thy
mercies’ sake.” (Ps 31:15-16 AV)

Dear Precious Heavenly Father: Everything in my life, all the good times and all the
bad times are in Your hand” You bring both evil upon the sons of men and You bring
good, and as Your children know these things, plenty and want, joy and sorrow, death
and living, hope and despair, winning and losing, and health and sickness.

But in a special way You hold the times of Your people in Your hand, so that they are
measured out according to our capacity and calling. You do not give us an excess of
good things, or we would forget You and forget the hope of heaven, and we would
treasure Your gifts more than You.

Neither do You give us more trouble than we can bear, but You also make a way to
escape that we are able to bear it. Hence, we can never be overthrown by our sorrows,
for they serve Your good purpose of making us strong, correcting our errors, and
making us partakers of Your Holiness.

So even in good times and bad times, Your face shines upon us, and we will not be
delivered into the hands of our enemies, the world, the flesh, and the devil. Your
mercies are high above the heavens and nothing can take them out of Your hand and
take them from Your servants. We love You, O Lord Jesus, and we want no Lord but
You, no God but You, and we are content.

Amen and Amen.

10 But he [Job] said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh.
What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all
this did not Job sin with his lips.

Hebrews 12: 5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto
children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art
rebuked of him: 6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son
whom he receiveth. 7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for
what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
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