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PRAY

Take time to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you as you read, ponder and write.

Read Matthew 14:13-33

“And after he had dismissed the crowds,
he went up on the mountain by himself to pray.
When evening came, he was there alone…”
Matthew14:23

WRITE

In Matthew Chapter 14 you will find two very familiar stories. Jesus feeds the 5000 and Jesus walks on water. But it is the little bit wedged between these two magnificent miracles that I want to focus on today. The story begins with Jesus trying to get some time alone. But, the people seek Him out and when He sees them – as only Jesus could amidst his exhaustion –  He has compassion on them. He ministers to them, heals them, feeds them, pours Himself out for them, and then…

  • According to Matthew 14:23 what does Jesus do next?
  • What does this reveal about the most essential part of the day?
  • Does this make you rethink your attitudes amidst your exhaustion?
  • What can you do today to take action or re-prioritize your time?

GROW

Praying that the example of Jesus will impact your heart today. May we all seek relationship with our heavenly Father the way that Jesus did. May each of us crave the fellowship that only our mighty God can provide. Praying for you!

Trust?

PRAY

Take time now to ask the Spirit to guide you as you seek after the Lord.

WRITE

  • What has been dominating your mind today? Is there something that you just can’t stop thinking/worrying about?
  • Read Proverbs 3:5-6
  • Put it in His hands… Write a prayer laying it down and trusting in His plan.

This is my favorite new song. Thank you Tauren Wells for putting into song what is in my heart.

 

GROW

Praying that the Spirit would guide you as you lay your heart into the hands of our Almighty Lord! He will make your path straight, trust in Him…

Peace

PRAY

Remember to pray & read the entire passage before beginning.
John 14:27

 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. ”
John 14:27

WRITE

I am listening to my kids “play” a video game together right now. There is arguing, and yelling & general frustration! It is far from peaceful – I’m just waiting for the real fight to begin. The sensory overload I am feeling right now has every nerve in my body on alert. It’s so silly! So insignificant! And yet… the peace of Christ is still available in this situation – just like every difficult, gut wrenching, devastating and soul searching event in our lives. Jesus offers us that… His peace in every situation. Do not let your heart be troubled He says to us… do not be afraid. Ask Me he invites…

  • What are you afraid of?
  • What are you troubled about?
  • Big or Small – put it in the hands of Jesus… write down your prayer now!

REMEMBER
 “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ”
Philippians 4:6-7

GROW

Praying today that you will take your fears and frustrations, big and small, to God… Jesus is our peace. Praying that the peace of God would guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus! Praying for you!

Be

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How to Act Like a True Christian – Digging Deep Into Romans 12:9-21

“Be constant in prayer.” 
Romans 12:12c

Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today. 

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  • I’m sure I do a few too many definitions here, but I have really been moved by the word “BE” in this part of the passage. One of the Merriam Webster definitions of be is, “the condition of a person or thing.” Write down what that definition means to you in this context.
  • Paraphrase Romans 12:12c  taking into consideration this definition.
  • It reminds me of Jesus instruction to abide in Him (John 15). We are to BE in a condition of constant communication with our Savior. How does that look to you in your life?
  • He is our way, our truth and our life. He is our guide. He is our life GPS. I know it’s cliché, instead of just  thinking “What would Jesus do?,”  we need to be asking Him – “Lord what do I do.”  And, it can be a simple as that. God is not telling us we need to live our lives in our living room praying…no He’s telling us to live our lives while constantly praying. Write a prayer now asking the Lord to abide with you and make you mindful in seeking Him constantly.

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Praying you feel the presence of the Risen Savior in your daily life as you seek to live in a condition of prayer, may you just BE in Him.