Reading: Prayer at evening, morning, and noon
Reference: Ps. 55:16-17
Psalms 55:16: As for me, I will call upon God; and the Lord shall save me.
Psalms 55:17: Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.
Reading: Qualities of an ideal home
Reference: 1 Tim. 3:2-7
I Timothy 3:2: A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;
I Timothy 3:3: Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;
I Timothy 3:4: One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;
I Timothy 3:5: ( For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)
I Timothy 3:6: Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.
I Timothy 3:7: Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
Reading: The tongue, a tool for peace
Reference: Prov. 15:1-7
Proverbs 15:1: A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
Proverbs 15:2: The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.
Proverbs 15:3: The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.
Proverbs 15:4: A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.
Proverbs 15:5: A fool despiseth his father’s instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.
Proverbs 15:6: In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.
Proverbs 15:7: The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so.
Reading: God’s plan for marriage
Reference: Eph. 5:25-33
Ephesians 5:25: Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
Ephesians 5:26: That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
Ephesians 5:27: That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
Ephesians 5:28: So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
Ephesians 5:29: For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:
Ephesians 5:30: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
Ephesians 5:31: For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
Ephesians 5:32: This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
Ephesians 5:33: Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.
Reading: Recipe for familial peace
Reference: Eph. 6:1-4
Ephesians 6:1: Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
Ephesians 6:2: Honour thy father and mother; ( which is the first commandment with promise;)
Ephesians 6:3: That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
Ephesians 6:4: And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
Reading: Unselfishness keeps the peace
Reference: Gen. 13:1-11
Genesis 13:1: And Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the south.
Genesis 13:2: And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.
Genesis 13:3: And he went on his journeys from the south even to Beth–el, unto the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Beth–el and Hai;
Genesis 13:4: Unto the place of the altar, which he had made there at the first: and there Abram called on the name of the Lord.
Genesis 13:5: And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents.
Genesis 13:6: And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together: for their substance was great, so that they could not dwell together.
Genesis 13:7: And there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram’s cattle and the herdmen of Lot’s cattle: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled then in the land.
Genesis 13:8: And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren.
Genesis 13:9: Is not the whole land before thee? separate thyself, I pray thee, from me: if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left.
Genesis 13:10: And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar.
Genesis 13:11: Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other.
Reading: As for me and my house
Reference: Josh. 24:13-18
Joshua 24:13: And I have given you a land for which ye did not labour, and cities which ye built not, and ye dwell in them; of the vineyards and oliveyards which ye planted not do ye eat.
Joshua 24:14: Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the Lord.
Joshua 24:15: And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
Joshua 24:16: And the people answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake the Lord, to serve other gods;
Joshua 24:17: For the Lord our God, he it is that brought us up and our fathers out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, and which did those great signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way wherein we went, and among all the people through whom we passed:
Joshua 24:18: And the Lord drave out from before us all the people, even the Amorites which dwelt in the land: therefore will we also serve the Lord; for he is our God.
Reading: Covetousness causes strife
Reference: Luke 12:13-15
Luke 12:13: And one of the company said unto him, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me.
Luke 12:14: And he said unto him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you?
Luke 12:15: And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.
Reading: I go and pray
Reference: Matt. 26:36-42
Matthew 26:36: Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.
Matthew 26:37: And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.
Matthew 26:38: Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.
Matthew 26:39: And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
Matthew 26:40: And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?
Matthew 26:41: Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Matthew 26:42: He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.
Reading: Lord, Thou art God
Reference: Acts 4:23-31
Acts 4:23: And being let go, they went to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them.
Acts 4:24: And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is:
Acts 4:25: Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things?
Acts 4:26: The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ.
Acts 4:27: For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together,
Acts 4:28: For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.
Acts 4:29: And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,
Acts 4:30: By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.
Acts 4:31: And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.
Reading: Ye have not, because ye ask not
Reference: James 4:1-3
James 4:1: From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?
James 4:2: Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.
James 4:3: Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
Reading: God will hide His eyes
Reference: Isa. 1:13-18
Isaiah 1:13: Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting.
Isaiah 1:14: Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them.
Isaiah 1:15: And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.
Isaiah 1:16: Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;
Isaiah 1:17: Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.
Isaiah 1:18: Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
Reading: I will help thee
Reference: Isa. 41:10-17
Isaiah 41:10: Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
Isaiah 41:11: Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish.
Isaiah 41:12: Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought.
Isaiah 41:13: For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.
Isaiah 41:14: Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the Lord, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.
Isaiah 41:15: Behold, I will make thee a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth: thou shalt thresh the mountains, and beat them small, and shalt make the hills as chaff.
Isaiah 41:16: Thou shalt fan them, and the wind shall carry them away, and the whirlwind shall scatter them: and thou shalt rejoice in the Lord, and shalt glory in the Holy One of Israel.
Isaiah 41:17: When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the Lord will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them.
Reading: Hezekiah’s prayer answered
Reference: 2 Kings 19:14-20
II Kings 19:14: And Hezekiah received the letter of the hand of the messengers, and read it: and Hezekiah went up into the house of the Lord, and spread it before the Lord.
II Kings 19:15: And Hezekiah prayed before the Lord, and said, O Lord God of Israel, which dwellest between the cherubims, thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; thou hast made heaven and earth.
II Kings 19:16: Lord, bow down thine ear, and hear: open, Lord, thine eyes, and see: and hear the words of Sennacherib, which hath sent him to reproach the living God.
II Kings 19:17: Of a truth, Lord, the kings of Assyria have destroyed the nations and their lands,
II Kings 19:18: And have cast their gods into the fire: for they were no gods, but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone: therefore they have destroyed them.
II Kings 19:19: Now therefore, O Lord our God, I beseech thee, save thou us out of his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou art the Lord God, even thou only.
II Kings 19:20: Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, That which thou hast prayed to me against Sennacherib king of Assyria I have heard.
Reading: God heard Moses’s cry
Reference: Exod. 15:22-25
Exodus 15:22: So Moses brought Israel from the Red sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur; and they went three days in the wilderness, and found no water.
Exodus 15:23: And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: therefore the name of it was called Marah.
Exodus 15:24: And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink?
Exodus 15:25: And he cried unto the Lord; and the Lord shewed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them,
Reading: The work of righteousness is peace
Reference: Isa. 32:17–18
Isaiah 32:17: And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.
Isaiah 32:18: And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places;
Reading: Forgiveness and providence of God
Reference: Gen. 45:1–8
Genesis 45:1: Then Joseph could not refrain himself before all them that stood by him; and he cried, Cause every man to go out from me. And there stood no man with him, while Joseph made himself known unto his brethren.
Genesis 45:2: And he wept aloud: and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard.
Genesis 45:3: And Joseph said unto his brethren, I am Joseph; doth my father yet live? And his brethren could not answer him; for they were troubled at his presence.
Genesis 45:4: And Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you. And they came near. And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt.
Genesis 45:5: Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life.
Genesis 45:6: For these two years hath the famine been in the land: and yet there are five years, in the which there shall neither be earing nor harvest.
Genesis 45:7: And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.
Genesis 45:8: So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God: and he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.
Reading: The gospel of peace foretold
Reference: Isa. 2:1–5
Isaiah 2:1: The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
Isaiah 2:2: And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.
Isaiah 2:3: And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
Isaiah 2:4: And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
Isaiah 2:5: O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the Lord.
Reading: When a man’s ways please the Lord
Reference: Prov. 16:5–9
Proverbs 16:5: Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.
Proverbs 16:6: By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil.
Proverbs 16:7: When a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.
Proverbs 16:8: Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.
Proverbs 16:9: A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.
Reading: Create in me a clean heart
Reference: Ps. 51:10–17
Psalms 51:10: Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
Psalms 51:11: Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
Psalms 51:12: Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
Psalms 51:13: Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
Psalms 51:14: Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.
Psalms 51:15: O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
Psalms 51:16: For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.
Psalms 51:17: The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.