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Thus saith the Lord God, I will yet for this be enquired of.EZEK. 36:37.

Ye have not, because ye ask not.

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: for every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.—This is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us: and if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.—If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.—Open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.—Men ought always to pray, and not to faint.

The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry. The Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.—Ye shall ask in my name; and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you: for the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me. Ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

Jas. 4:2.Matt. 7:7,8. -I John 5:14,15. -Jas. 1:5. -Psa. 81:10. -Luke 18:1.Psa. 34:15,17. -John 16:26,27,24.

Spurgeon's Morning Reading

“I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing.”

Ezekiel 34:26

Here is sovereign mercy—“I will give them the shower in its season.” Is it not sovereign, divine mercy?—for who can say, “I will give them showers,” except God? There is only one voice which can speak to the clouds, and bid them beget the rain. Who sendeth down the rain upon the earth? Who scattereth the showers upon the green herb? Do not I, the Lord? So grace is the gift of God, and is not to be created by man. It is also needed grace. What would the ground do without showers? You may break the clods, you may sow your seeds, but what can you do without the rain? As absolutely needful is the divine blessing. In vain you labour, until God the plenteous shower bestows, and sends salvation down. Then, it is plenteous grace. “I will send them showers.” It does not say, “I will send them drops,” but “showers.” So it is with grace. If God gives a blessing, he usually gives it in such a measure that there is not room enough to receive it. Plenteous grace! Ah! we want plenteous grace to keep us humble, to make us prayerful, to make us holy; plenteous grace to make us zealous, to preserve us through this life, and at last to land us in heaven. We cannot do without saturating showers of grace. Again, it is seasonable grace. “I will cause the shower to come down in his season.” What is thy season this morning? Is it the season of drought? Then that is the season for showers. Is it a season of great heaviness and black clouds? Then that is the season for showers. “As thy days so shall thy strength be.” And here is a varied blessing. “I will give thee showers of blessing.” The word is in the plural. All kinds of blessings God will send. All God’s blessings go together, like links in a golden chain. If he gives converting grace, he will also give comforting grace. He will send “showers of blessing.” Look up today, O parched plant, and open thy leaves and flowers for a heavenly watering.

Old Testament Chapter a Day - Proverbs 6

Proverbs 6

6. Warnings Against Folly

Practical Admonitions

 6

My child, if you have given your pledge to your neighbor,

if you have bound yourself to another,

2

you are snared by the utterance of your lips,

caught by the words of your mouth.

3

So do this, my child, and save yourself,

for you have come into your neighbor’s power:

go, hurry, and plead with your neighbor.

4

Give your eyes no sleep

and your eyelids no slumber;

5

save yourself like a gazelle from the hunter,

like a bird from the hand of the fowler.

 

6

Go to the ant, you lazybones;

consider its ways, and be wise.

7

Without having any chief

or officer or ruler,

8

it prepares its food in summer,

and gathers its sustenance in harvest.

9

How long will you lie there, O lazybones?

When will you rise from your sleep?

10

A little sleep, a little slumber,

a little folding of the hands to rest,

11

and poverty will come upon you like a robber,

and want, like an armed warrior.

 

12

A scoundrel and a villain

goes around with crooked speech,

13

winking the eyes, shuffling the feet,

pointing the fingers,

14

with perverted mind devising evil,

continually sowing discord;

15

on such a one calamity will descend suddenly;

in a moment, damage beyond repair.

 

16

There are six things that the Lord hates,

seven that are an abomination to him:

17

haughty eyes, a lying tongue,

and hands that shed innocent blood,

18

a heart that devises wicked plans,

feet that hurry to run to evil,

19

a lying witness who testifies falsely,

and one who sows discord in a family.

 

20

My child, keep your father’s commandment,

and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.

21

Bind them upon your heart always;

tie them around your neck.

22

When you walk, they will lead you;

when you lie down, they will watch over you;

and when you awake, they will talk with you.

23

For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light,

and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life,

24

to preserve you from the wife of another,

from the smooth tongue of the adulteress.

25

Do not desire her beauty in your heart,

and do not let her capture you with her eyelashes;

26

for a prostitute’s fee is only a loaf of bread,

but the wife of another stalks a man’s very life.

27

Can fire be carried in the bosom

without burning one’s clothes?

28

Or can one walk on hot coals

without scorching the feet?

29

So is he who sleeps with his neighbor’s wife;

no one who touches her will go unpunished.

30

Thieves are not despised who steal only

to satisfy their appetite when they are hungry.

31

Yet if they are caught, they will pay sevenfold;

they will forfeit all the goods of their house.

32

But he who commits adultery has no sense;

he who does it destroys himself.

33

He will get wounds and dishonor,

and his disgrace will not be wiped away.

34

For jealousy arouses a husband’s fury,

and he shows no restraint when he takes revenge.

35

He will accept no compensation,

and refuses a bribe no matter how great.

 

New Testament in Four Years - Colossians 2:9-12

Colossians 2:9-12

2. Freedom Through Life in Christ

9For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily,10and you have come to fullness in him, who is the head of every ruler and authority.11In him also you were circumcised with a spiritual circumcision, by putting off the body of the flesh in the circumcision of Christ;12when you were buried with him in baptism, you were also raised with him through faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.

Psalm a Day - Psalm 37:1-40

Psalm 37:1-40

37. Psalm 37

Psalm 37

Exhortation to Patience and Trust

Of David.

1

Do not fret because of the wicked;

do not be envious of wrongdoers,

2

for they will soon fade like the grass,

and wither like the green herb.

 

3

Trust in the Lord, and do good;

so you will live in the land, and enjoy security.

4

Take delight in the Lord,

and he will give you the desires of your heart.

 

5

Commit your way to the Lord;

trust in him, and he will act.

6

He will make your vindication shine like the light,

and the justice of your cause like the noonday.

 

7

Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him;

do not fret over those who prosper in their way,

over those who carry out evil devices.

 

8

Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath.

Do not fret—it leads only to evil.

9

For the wicked shall be cut off,

but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land.

 

10

Yet a little while, and the wicked will be no more;

though you look diligently for their place, they will not be there.

11

But the meek shall inherit the land,

and delight themselves in abundant prosperity.

 

12

The wicked plot against the righteous,

and gnash their teeth at them;

13

but the Lord laughs at the wicked,

for he sees that their day is coming.

 

14

The wicked draw the sword and bend their bows

to bring down the poor and needy,

to kill those who walk uprightly;

15

their sword shall enter their own heart,

and their bows shall be broken.

 

16

Better is a little that the righteous person has

than the abundance of many wicked.

17

For the arms of the wicked shall be broken,

but the Lord upholds the righteous.

 

18

The Lord knows the days of the blameless,

and their heritage will abide forever;

19

they are not put to shame in evil times,

in the days of famine they have abundance.

 

20

But the wicked perish,

and the enemies of the Lord are like the glory of the pastures;

they vanish—like smoke they vanish away.

 

21

The wicked borrow, and do not pay back,

but the righteous are generous and keep giving;

22

for those blessed by the Lord shall inherit the land,

but those cursed by him shall be cut off.

 

23

Our steps are made firm by the Lord,

when he delights in our way;

24

though we stumble, we shall not fall headlong,

for the Lord holds us by the hand.

 

25

I have been young, and now am old,

yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken

or their children begging bread.

26

They are ever giving liberally and lending,

and their children become a blessing.

 

27

Depart from evil, and do good;

so you shall abide forever.

28

For the Lord loves justice;

he will not forsake his faithful ones.

 

The righteous shall be kept safe forever,

but the children of the wicked shall be cut off.

29

The righteous shall inherit the land,

and live in it forever.

 

30

The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom,

and their tongues speak justice.

31

The law of their God is in their hearts;

their steps do not slip.

 

32

The wicked watch for the righteous,

and seek to kill them.

33

The Lord will not abandon them to their power,

or let them be condemned when they are brought to trial.

 

34

Wait for the Lord, and keep to his way,

and he will exalt you to inherit the land;

you will look on the destruction of the wicked.

 

35

I have seen the wicked oppressing,

and towering like a cedar of Lebanon.

36

Again I passed by, and they were no more;

though I sought them, they could not be found.

 

37

Mark the blameless, and behold the upright,

for there is posterity for the peaceable.

38

But transgressors shall be altogether destroyed;

the posterity of the wicked shall be cut off.

 

39

The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord;

he is their refuge in the time of trouble.

40

The Lord helps them and rescues them;

he rescues them from the wicked, and saves them,

because they take refuge in him.

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