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Daily Light's Morning Reading

Men ought always to pray, and not to faint.LUKE 18:1.

Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; for a friend of mine in his journey is come to me and I have nothing to set before him? And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee. I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.—Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.

I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.—As a prince hast thou power with God and with men.—Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving.

[Jesus] went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.

Luke 11:5-8. -Eph. 6:18.Gen. 32:26,28. -Col. 4:2.Luke 6:12.

Spurgeon's Morning Reading

“Ye that love the Lord hate evil.”

Psalm 97:10

Thou hast good reason to “hate evil,” for only consider what harm it has already wrought thee. Oh, what a world of mischief sin has brought into thy heart! Sin blinded thee so that thou couldst not see the beauty of the Saviour; it made thee deaf so that thou couldst not hear the Redeemer’s tender invitations. Sin turned thy feet into the way of death, and poured poison into the very fountain of thy being; it tainted thy heart, and made it “deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked.” Oh, what a creature thou wast when evil had done its utmost with thee, before divine grace interposed! Thou wast an heir of wrath even as others; thou didst “run with the multitude to do evil.” Such were all of us; but Paul reminds us, “but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” We have good reason, indeed, for hating evil when we look back and trace its deadly workings. Such mischief did evil do us, that our souls would have been lost had not omnipotent love interfered to redeem us. Even now it is an active enemy, ever watching to do us hurt, and to drag us to perdition. Therefore “hate evil,” O Christians, unless you desire trouble. If you would strew your path with thorns, and plant nettles in your death-pillow, then neglect to “hate evil:” but if you would live a happy life, and die a peaceful death, then walk in all the ways of holiness, hating evil, even unto the end. If you truly love your Saviour, and would honour him, then “hate evil.” We know of no cure for the love of evil in a Christian like abundant intercourse with the Lord Jesus. Dwell much with him, and it is impossible for you to be at peace with sin.

“Order my footsteps by thy Word,

And make my heart sincere;

Let sin have no dominion, Lord,

But keep my conscience clear.”

Old Testament Chapter a Day - Isaiah 58

Isaiah 58

58. True Fasting

False and True Worship

58

Shout out, do not hold back!

Lift up your voice like a trumpet!

Announce to my people their rebellion,

to the house of Jacob their sins.

2

Yet day after day they seek me

and delight to know my ways,

as if they were a nation that practiced righteousness

and did not forsake the ordinance of their God;

they ask of me righteous judgments,

they delight to draw near to God.

3

“Why do we fast, but you do not see?

Why humble ourselves, but you do not notice?”

Look, you serve your own interest on your fast day,

and oppress all your workers.

4

Look, you fast only to quarrel and to fight

and to strike with a wicked fist.

Such fasting as you do today

will not make your voice heard on high.

5

Is such the fast that I choose,

a day to humble oneself?

Is it to bow down the head like a bulrush,

and to lie in sackcloth and ashes?

Will you call this a fast,

a day acceptable to the Lord?

 

6

Is not this the fast that I choose:

to loose the bonds of injustice,

to undo the thongs of the yoke,

to let the oppressed go free,

and to break every yoke?

7

Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,

and bring the homeless poor into your house;

when you see the naked, to cover them,

and not to hide yourself from your own kin?

8

Then your light shall break forth like the dawn,

and your healing shall spring up quickly;

your vindicator shall go before you,

the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.

9

Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer;

you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am.

 

If you remove the yoke from among you,

the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil,

10

if you offer your food to the hungry

and satisfy the needs of the afflicted,

then your light shall rise in the darkness

and your gloom be like the noonday.

11

The Lord will guide you continually,

and satisfy your needs in parched places,

and make your bones strong;

and you shall be like a watered garden,

like a spring of water,

whose waters never fail.

12

Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt;

you shall raise up the foundations of many generations;

you shall be called the repairer of the breach,

the restorer of streets to live in.

 

13

If you refrain from trampling the sabbath,

from pursuing your own interests on my holy day;

if you call the sabbath a delight

and the holy day of the Lord honorable;

if you honor it, not going your own ways,

serving your own interests, or pursuing your own affairs;

14

then you shall take delight in the Lord,

and I will make you ride upon the heights of the earth;

I will feed you with the heritage of your ancestor Jacob,

for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

 

New Testament in Four Years - Hebrews 5:7-10

Hebrews 5:7-10

5. Jesus the Great High Priest

7 In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.8Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered;9and having been made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him,10having been designated by God a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.

Psalm a Day - Psalm 119:33-48

Psalm 119:33-48

119. Psalm 119

33

Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes,

and I will observe it to the end.

34

Give me understanding, that I may keep your law

and observe it with my whole heart.

35

Lead me in the path of your commandments,

for I delight in it.

36

Turn my heart to your decrees,

and not to selfish gain.

37

Turn my eyes from looking at vanities;

give me life in your ways.

38

Confirm to your servant your promise,

which is for those who fear you.

39

Turn away the disgrace that I dread,

for your ordinances are good.

40

See, I have longed for your precepts;

in your righteousness give me life.

 

41

Let your steadfast love come to me, O Lord,

your salvation according to your promise.

42

Then I shall have an answer for those who taunt me,

for I trust in your word.

43

Do not take the word of truth utterly out of my mouth,

for my hope is in your ordinances.

44

I will keep your law continually,

forever and ever.

45

I shall walk at liberty,

for I have sought your precepts.

46

I will also speak of your decrees before kings,

and shall not be put to shame;

47

I find my delight in your commandments,

because I love them.

48

I revere your commandments, which I love,

and I will meditate on your statutes.

 

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