Beginning Time Alone with God (Youth)

Sunday, October 2, 2022

 

Beginning Time Alone with God (Youth)

 

       Here again comes to light that principle of “inwardness,” which Matthew Arnold rightly judged one of the clearest and surest marks of the teaching of Jesus. He was not unmindful of the value of outward acts of worship, of form and ritual. But He always saw and taught the immeasurably higher value of what lay within. Defilement of the worse sort comes not from the outside, but from the inside. Clean hands mean something, but a pure heart means more.

   There is no lesson we need more than the great truth that what makes the main difference is what we are inwardly, down below all form and manners and dress and custom. He only is safe who is ever conscious of the divine presence deep within, so that he lives his life, in that hidden, secret part, “by the strength and under the eyes of God.”

   He knew that He desired only the truth, and that the truth would have the future with it.

   He whose soul is clear from prejudice, free from bias, and ready to take the truth as his own whatever it be, need not worry about the opinions and judgements of men. He knows that ultimately the truth will prevail: and he is on the side of the truth.

   Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Search me, O God, and know my heart. Try me, and know my thoughts. And see if there be any wicked way in me. And lead me in the way everlasting. For Thy name’s sake. AMEN

William Pierson Merrill, The Way p. 203f (1933)

 

MONDAY

Quiet – yourself before God (2-4 minutes).

Prayer –

        Confession – Confess your sins to God. Ask Him to forgive you

and take away all sin from you.

        Intercession – Pray for other people’s needs and lives.

        Focus – on those who need salvation.

        Petition – Talk with God about your life and needs.

                      Your Purity before God.

Worship – and give thanks to God for everything (be specific).

Bible Adventure –

        Read and think and imagine – Mark 13: 1-11

        Meditate on this passage in the Bible.

Write – Journal what God taught you today.

Close – with prayer. Go with God into your day today.

 

TUESDAY

Quiet – yourself before God (2-4 minutes).

Prayer –

        Confession – Confess your sins to God. Ask Him to forgive you

and take away all sin from you.

        Intercession – Pray for other people’s needs and lives.

        Focus – on the need to grow and become like Jesus.

        Petition – Talk with God about your life and needs.

                                       The Presence of God in your life.

Worship – and give thanks to God for everything (be specific).

Bible Adventure –

        Read and think and imagine – Mark 13: 12,13

        Meditate on this passage in the Bible.

Write – Journal what God taught you today.

Close – with prayer. Go with God into your day today.

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY

Quiet – yourself before God (2-4 minutes).

Prayer –

        Confession – Confess your sins to God. Ask Him to forgive you

and take away all sin from you.

        Intercession – Pray for other people’s needs and lives.

        Focus – on those who need healing.

        Petition – Talk with God about your life and needs.

                      The Passion of God in your life.

Worship – and give thanks to God for everything (be specific).

Bible Adventure

        Read and think and imagine – Mark 13: 14-23

        Meditate on this passage in the Bible.

Write – Journal what God taught you today.

Close – with prayer. Go with God into your day today.

 

 

THURSDAY

Quiet – yourself before God (2-4 minutes).

Prayer –

        Confession – Confess your sins to God. Ask Him to forgive you

and take away all sin from you.

        Intercession – Pray for other people’s needs and lives.

        Focus – on the missionaries all over the world – Monica Padilla Trueman, Colorado Christian Services

        Petition – Talk with God about your life and needs.

                                       The Power of God in your life.

Worship – and give thanks to God for everything (be specific).

Bible Adventure

        Read and think and imagine – Mark 13:24-26

        Meditate on this passage in the Bible.

Write – Journal what God taught you today.

Close – with prayer. Go with God into your day today.

 

 

FRIDAY

Quiet – yourself before God (2-4 minutes).

Prayer –

        Confession – Confess your sins to God. Ask Him to forgive you

and take away all sin from you.

        Intercession – Pray for other people’s needs and lives.

        Focus – on giving thanks for Creation.

        Petition – Talk with God about your life and needs.

                                       God’s Freedom in your life.

Worship – and give thanks to God for everything (be specific).

Bible Adventure

        Read and think and imagine – Mark 13: 27-31

        Meditate on this passage in the Bible.

Write – Journal what God taught you today.

Close – with prayer. Go with God into your day today.

 

 

SATURDAY

Quiet – yourself before God (2-4 minutes).

  Prayer –

        Confession – Confess your sins to God. Ask Him to forgive you

and take away all sin from you.

        Intercession – Pray for other people’s needs and lives.

        Focus – on life all around you.

        Petition – Talk with God about your life and needs.

      God’s Hope in your life.

Worship – and give thanks to God for everything (be specific).

Bible Adventure –

        Read and think and imagine – Mark 11: 1-11

        Meditate on this passage in the Bible.

Write – Journal what God taught you today.

Close – with prayer. Go with God into your day today.

 

 

SUNDAY 

Quiet – yourself before God (2-4 minutes).

Prayer –

        Confession – Confess your sins to God. Ask Him to forgive you

and take away all sin from you.

        Intercession – Pray for other people’s needs and lives.

        Focus – Talk with God about church and worship today at WLCF.

        Petition – Ask God to help you worship Him today.

Bible Adventure –

        Read and think and imagine – Mark 13: 14-31

        Meditate on this passage in the Bible.

Write – Journal what God taught you today.

Close – with prayer. Go with God into your day today.