Reading: King Saul envies David
Reference: 1 Sam. 18:5-11
I Samuel 18:5: And David went out whithersoever Saul sent him, and behaved himself wisely: and Saul set him over the men of war, and he was accepted in the sight of all the people, and also in the sight of Saul’s servants.
I Samuel 18:6: And it came to pass as they came, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women came out of all cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet king Saul, with tabrets, with joy, and with instruments of musick.
I Samuel 18:7: And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.
I Samuel 18:8: And Saul was very wroth, and the saying displeased him; and he said, They have ascribed unto David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed but thousands: and what can he have more but the kingdom?
I Samuel 18:9: And Saul eyed David from that day and forward.
I Samuel 18:10: And it came to pass on the morrow, that the evil spirit from God came upon Saul, and he prophesied in the midst of the house: and David played with his hand, as at other times: and there was a javelin in Saul’s hand.
I Samuel 18:11: And Saul cast the javelin; for he said, I will smite David even to the wall with it. And David avoided out of his presence twice.
Reading: Praying in prison
Reference: Acts 16:22-34
Acts 16:22: And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them.
Acts 16:23: And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely:
Acts 16:24: Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.
Acts 16:25: And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.
Acts 16:26: And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.
Acts 16:27: And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled.
Acts 16:28: But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.
Acts 16:29: Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas,
Acts 16:30: And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
Acts 16:31: And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
Acts 16:32: And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.
Acts 16:33: And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.
Acts 16:34: And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.
Reading: Jesus promises to answer prayer
Reference: Matt. 21:18-22
Matthew 21:18: Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered.
Matthew 21:19: And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away.
Matthew 21:20: And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away!
Matthew 21:21: Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.
Matthew 21:22: And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
Reading: Jesus prays at night
Reference: Luke 6:12; 22:39-46
Luke 6:12: And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.
Luke 22:39: And he came out, and went, as he was wont, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him.
Luke 22:40: And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation.
Luke 22:41: And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed,
Luke 22:42: Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.
Luke 22:43: And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.
Luke 22:44: And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
Luke 22:45: And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow,
Luke 22:46: And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.
Reading: Prayer in the face of danger
Reference: Dan. 6:3-10
Daniel 6:3: Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.
Daniel 6:4: Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him.
Daniel 6:5: Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God.
Daniel 6:6: Then these presidents and princes assembled together to the king, and said thus unto him, King Darius, live for ever.
Daniel 6:7: All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counsellors, and the captains, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions.
Daniel 6:8: Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing, that it be not changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.
Daniel 6:9: Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree.
Daniel 6:10: Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.
Reading: Searching with all your heart
Reference: Jer. 29:11-14
Jeremiah 29:11: For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Jeremiah 29:12: Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
Jeremiah 29:13: And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
Jeremiah 29:14: And I will be found of you, saith the Lord: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the Lord; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.
Reading: Abraham’s importunity
Reference: Gen. 18:23-33
Genesis 18:23: And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?
Genesis 18:24: Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein?
Genesis 18:25: That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?
Genesis 18:26: And the Lord said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.
Genesis 18:27: And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes:
Genesis 18:28: Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty righteous: wilt thou destroy all the city for lack of five? And he said, If I find there forty and five, I will not destroy it.
Genesis 18:29: And he spake unto him yet again, and said, Peradventure there shall be forty found there. And he said, I will not do it for forty’s sake.
Genesis 18:30: And he said unto him, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak: Peradventure there shall thirty be found there. And he said, I will not do it, if I find thirty there.
Genesis 18:31: And he said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord: Peradventure there shall be twenty found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for twenty’s sake.
Genesis 18:32: And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten’s sake.
Genesis 18:33: And the Lord went his way, as soon as he had left communing with Abraham: and Abraham returned unto his place.
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.