all people

PRAY

Take time to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you as you study God’s word today! 

“First of all, then, I urge that
supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings
be made for all people,

1 Timothy 2:1

WRITE

  • Think about all the strangers you  come in contact with in a day. Now think of the impact you could make if you prayed for them. We are called to pray continually… so today, choose to pray for those who you are in line with, sitting at the light with, sitting in the waiting room with, who are in the houses you run by on your daily run. Write about your experience.

GROW

It is said of Jesus in Matthew 9, “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” And that is how many people around us live. We don’t know how prayer works, but we do know that our prayers are powerful because God is powerful. Praying that as you keep your eyes focused on God and in prayer for those around you that you, too,  would be changed by His love, peace and compassion.

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big mouth

PRAY

Take time to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you as you study God’s word today! 

Matthew 15:10-19

“‘Hear and understand: it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.'”
Matthew 10b-11

 

WRITE

  • What does Matthew 15:18 reveal about what comes out of our mouths?
  • Think about what has been coming out of your mouth lately. Pray about it… what is God revealing to you about what is in your heart.
  • Take time to pray and ask God to do some heart surgery and change the way you think so that what comes out of your mouth will reflect your heart for Jesus.

GROW

You will be my witnesses… that’s what Jesus tells His disciples and us! What an honor to be called into His service and to have the opportunity to share the love of Christ! May we all honor God with our hearts and mouths as we seek to bring Him glory! Praying for you…

six things…

PRAY

Take time to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you as you study God’s word today! 

Proverbs 6:16-19

There are six things that the Lord hates,
    seven that are an abomination to him:
 haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
    and hands that shed innocent blood,
 a heart that devises wicked plans,
    feet that make haste to run to evil,
 a false witness who breathes out lies,
    and one who sows discord among brothers.”

Proverbs 6:16-19

WRITE

  • Write down the six (or seven) things the Lord hates.
  • Dig into the Bible to uncover more about what God thinks about life choices.
    • Haughty Eyes – Humility (Philippians 2:3)
    • Lying Tongue – Put on your new self (Colossians 3:9-10)
    • Hand that Sheds Innocent Blood – Reconcile (Matthew 5:21-26)
    • Heart that devises and runs to evil – Set your heart on the Spirit (Romans 8:5-6)
    • Bears False Witness – Put away falsehood (Ephesians 4:17-32)
    • Sow Discord Among Brothers – Build up (Ephesians 4:17-32, John 13:35)

GROW

It’s easy to set our hearts and minds on earthy things. And desire to get even, exact our revenge, or get ahead at any cost. But as we see in Proverbs – it’s not something the Lord encourages. Instead we are directed in Romans 12 that ““if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Remember you get to choose what you hold in your heart. You get to choose what you act on and what attitude that you have  – every day. If you know Jesus then you are a new creation and you have His Spirit renewing you day by day. Choose to set your mind on the things of the Spirit – so that you may live in light and peace! Praying for you!

read & pray

PRAY

Take time to pray and ask the Spirit to guide you as you seek the Lord today.

 “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”
Ephesians 6:18 NLT

WRITE

  • We are commanded to pray in the Spirit all the time! So… look at a headline in today’s news and write a prayer. I challenge you to pray often for the events you see in the news and swirling around you every day. Prayer is powerful because God is powerful! Alleluia!

GROW

Ask the Lord to guide you with how and when to pray each day. Ask the Spirit to reveal to you what burdens Him, and seek God’s will in all circumstances. We may not even know what or how to pray, but we know that “the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” Romans 8:26. May we all be daily prayer warriors. Praying for you.

imperfect vessel

PRAY

Take time to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you as you study God’s word today! 

2 Corinthians 4NIV

 For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.
2 Corinthians 4:6NIV

WRITE

  • What has God shone in our hearts?
  • In what do we carry this treasure?
  • What does the image of jars of clay speak about our state?
  • What does the idea of God using fragile, imperfect vessels to shine His light speak about God?
  • Paraphrase 2 Corinthians 4:16-18. How does this change your perspective on hope?
  • How does this hope apply to your life?

GROW

We are fragile, imperfect, easily crushed jars of clay. But we carry an amazing treasure… the gift of new life in Christ and the light of His saving Spirit! We have an eternal hope, may we shine the light of Christ through our cracked vessels that many will know His love and salvation! Praying for you