May 4

Joshua 4

The Israelites choose 12 stones to erect as a memorial to God's faithfulness.


Memorials help us preserve important memories. God memorializes many important things in the Old Testament, often through feasts and ceremonies. Now He uses a monument built of stones so that in the future the Israelites can tell their children: "Here, the God of miracles was faithful."

What things has God done in your life that you ought not to forget? Think of ways to memorialize them. You might have ceremonies, anniversaries of important events, or a physical memorial. Either way, foster the memory of God's work on your behalf.


· Offer this psalm of praise to the Lord as you remember all He has done for you:

The Lord reigns;
Let the earth rejoice;
Let the multitude of isles be glad!
Clouds and darkness surround Him;
Righteousness and justice are the
foundation of His throne. . . .
The mountains melt like wax at the
presence of the Lord,
At the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.
The heavens declare His righteousness,
And all the peoples see His glory
(Psalms 97:1-2).

· Pray this confession to the Lord as you seek to keep your life free from sin:

I acknowledge my transgressions,
And my sin is always before me.
Against You, You only, have I sinned,
And done this evil in Your sight-
That You may be found just when You speak,
And blameless when You judge
(Psalms 51:3-4).

· Pause to pray this affirmation to the Lord who has done great things for you:

[We look] for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works (Titus 2:13-14).

· As you make your requests known to the Lord, pray for:

· greater sensitivity to sin,
· the ministry of your local church,
· whatever else is on your heart.

· Offer this closing prayer to the Lord:

Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen (Hebrews 13:20-21). 

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