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…Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know 
that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
(1 Corinthians 15:58)
Please read today’s passage-of-focus followed by lyrics and link to audio of the following song of worship, then document your PRAYER conversation for the day based on your own time of reflection; in other words, from ways in which the material speaks to your spirit and, if applicable, nudges you to speak to God.
To the Work! To the Work!
Lyrics by Frances J. Crosby, 1869
To the work! To the work!
We are servants of God,
Let us follow the path that our Master has trod;
With the balm of His counsel our strength to renew,
Let us do with our might what our hands find to do.
Refrain
Toiling on, toiling on,
Toiling on, toiling on,
Let us hope, let us watch,
And labor till the Master comes.
To the work! To the work!
Let the hungry be fed;
To the fountain of life let the weary be led;
In the cross and its banner our glory shall be,
While we herald the tidings,
“Salvation is free!”
Refrain
To the work! To the work!
There is labor for all;
For the kingdom of darkness and error shall fall;
And the love of our Father exalted shall be,
In the loud-swelling chorus,
“Salvation is free!”
Refrain
To the work! To the work!
In the strength of the Lord,
And a robe and a crown shall our labor reward,
When the home of the faithful our dwelling shall be,
And we shout with the ransomed,
“Salvation is free!”
Refrain
Listen to a performance of the hymn here.
Conclude Day 19 by reflecting on the above hymn and passage of focus – how do they speak to you personally? – then document your PRAYER conversation for today in light of your answers.
Praise and Thanksgiving:
            In your own words, who is God to you personally? What has He done for you specifically
            in the past day or so – especially the little things – that surprised you or drew you
            appreciation?
Repentance:
This one seems obvious, but consider making a deliberate commitment to go
            beyond “I’m sorry” and make a sincere commitment to do your best through Christ
            to lay these sins aside.
Adoration:
            Love Him. Worship Him. And don’t be afraid to do so with hymns or other songs of
            worship…sometimes mere words may not seem adequate to you. That’s ok!
Yielding:
Is there something you need to turn over to God? A circumstance you can’t control?
            Complicated relationship? Your own will that’s struggling with His will?
Expectation:
What are your concerns, your hopes, your dreams for your church? Your family?
Friends? Not-so-much friends? Yourself?
Restoration:
            End your conversation with the firm knowledge that you are God’s and God is yours.
            Affirm your trust in His all-powerful, never-ending presence in your life. Thank Him
            again for what He’s done for you in the past and what He will do for you in the future
            that’s in accordance with His will. This is an important and proactive demonstration of
            your faith in Him.

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