Who have you been praying would receive the gift of salvation through Jesus? God has not given up on them.
Losing a spouse is undeniably heart-wrenching. The sting of loss penetrates every core of our lives and every hidden corner of our hearts. We are forced to navigate life solo, without the one person who promised to be there with us.
Today as we pray for the upcoming fall, may it be a reminder to us of the work of God in our lives and hearts. We are being made into His image and transformed into His likeness.
Are you going through a time where you find it difficult to forgive? Are you harboring feelings of resentment or bitterness? Are these feelings ones that you would love to rid yourself of? Jesus doesn’t want your life to be dominated by sin, whether that is your own sin or someone else’s. These are burdens that you are not meant to carry.
Lord, please bless the college students of today. In a culture of confusion, help them to find all their answers and identity in You. Amen.
God went to great lengths to make sure we were never alone. Not only did He surround us with other human beings to do life with, but He also gave us His Holy Spirit through Christ empowering us to live life on a completely accelerated level, beyond what we are humanly capable of.
God went to great lengths to make sure we were never alone. Not only did He surround us with other human beings to do life with, but He also gave us His Holy Spirit through Christ, empowering us to live life on a completely accelerated level beyond what we are humanly capable of.
The world is bent to “self,” but we are called to be selfless. Through the power of the Holy Spirit living in every single one of us who believes in Christ Jesus as our Savior, we have infinite power to transform and renew our minds. God wouldn’t have put in Scripture for us to digest if it was impossible.
God foresaw humanity’s need for rest. It was God who modeled for us what healthy, creative, and productive work looked like. After six days of creation, he gave us rest.
Our tongues can bring life and help remind people of how good God really is.
No one is too far gone for His arm to rescue!
Have you ever stopped and reflected on your “walk” with the Lord? Maybe how it started, how long you’ve been on it, or what the path has been like? Well, I did that recently. And let me tell you that mine looked more like tripping, falling behind, running ahead, or missing a turn and straying down the wrong path on many occasions.
Technology has become a cop-out, the cry of depraved hearts who want to serve themselves.
As God’s children, we are not to grumble.
Unworthiness is an epidemic. In a world bent on “self,” there are so many lost in search of themselves. Anxiety and depression are sky-high.
It’s difficult to open ourselves up to the possibility of friendship when we have no idea if it will work out long-term for us. We are always searching for a guarantee in life.
There are people we actually avoid. It’s the shocking truth. In a world where we have been set down to serve others, we actually don’t want to or like to, sometimes, depending on the person and what we have going on in our own lives at the moment.
What happens to us, Christians, after we have an encounter with Jesus so immense it changes the course of our eternity that we lose our sense of who He is and why He came?
Because of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, He tore the veil that separated sinful man from the Holy and Righteous One; Jesus made a way for me to approach God as my Father. What a beautifully life-changing truth!
Everything in this world is fading away, but GOD will endure forever.
While we are still on earth, Christians will always feel the tension between living in the present and spending eternity with their Savior. The Lord put eternity in our hearts (Ecclesiastes 3:14), but He also desires that while we are still here, we continue to make disciples (Matthew 28:19-20) and be a light in this dark world (Matthew 5:16).
Although He allowed tragedy to strike, He never left me forsaken.
Have you had a disappointment lately? Has there been a failure in your life that you cannot seem to get past?
The author of Hebrews reminds us not to seek comfort in the material things of this world.
The Bible is filled with promises that we can cling to for every single situation that we encounter in our lives.
It is a brave decision to look out for the lives of others and to protect a community. Sacrifice is truly seen in the lives of those who choose to work in law enforcement branches and their families.
No matter what we are going through, the Lord is on His holy hill.
When difficulties and unknowns surround us, our minds can race, and our hearts can pound. However, there is peace waiting for us at all times found in the Holy Spirit.
Throughout the Bible, the concept of waiting is expressed in many different ways.
. Throughout Scripture, God promises us that he is with us — we do not have to be afraid or feel hopeless.
The Lord is more than able to handle our weariness. Today as we come to Him in prayer, may we be reminded that He cares about us and desires for us to have strength from Him
God has called us to love Him and to love others. In 1 John 4:7-8, He so kindly reminds us that we are to love each other because love is from Him, and when we love, we show that we have been saved by Jesus and know Him.
It is extremely easy to pray for those in our families, our friends, and for ourselves. However, it is a whole new ballgame when we realize that Jesus called us not only to pray for those who we like but also for our enemies.
Do we live strong and courageous? Or do we live so comfortably and content that we pass by where God is directing us?
As believers, our speech should be as one who has been forgiven.
The process of patience refines us and takes us on a journey of learning to trust in God.
We want our friends and family to believe in God— to say yes to the unconditional love of Jesus. But their hearts may be distant from God for whatever reason.
There is freedom in things coming to the light and by God’s grace, we live on this side of the cross - where redemption and hope are offered because of Christ.
Stress and worry were just a part of my life, and I allowed them to move into my mind and become my permanent mental roommates.
Focus is something that we all could use more of in our daily lives. Whether it is keeping our mind fixed on what we are working on and zoning into the details that we need to tend to, focusing on our children or grandchildren who are present to show them how much we care or focusing on the sermon in church on Sunday.
Living in love, as John wrote in the verse above, releases us from the burden of alibis and stewing over injustice and hurt.
There is a lot of understandable anxiety and fear in the approach to the upcoming school year.
In our lives, we will have times when we want answers.
If you’re prone to multi-tasking like I am, then you know how these tugs for our attention can easily compete. And who can fault us in this crazy, busy world that we live in today?
My prayer for you today is that you would recognize the depth of this love God has for you and that this love will be a reminder of how we should love one another.
Every day I come across someone else who’s hurting.
What area of your life are you struggling to believe God in? Let’s come to Him today and ask for more faith through His Holy Spirit.
When King Solomon could ask for whatever he wanted from God, he chose wisdom.
God is being gracious to keep the door open to eternal life in Jesus.
So how can we stay in the joy of the Lord all day long, regardless of our circumstances? Here are a few things that we can be intentional about:
After being invited to a homeschool mom’s outing, I spent the entire morning coming up with reasons I shouldn’t attend.
We have this promise that we can remind ourselves of when our heart is not at peace: God is still the Ruler of the universe, and not one little, tiny detail ever escapes His notice.
If you struggle to earn God’s love and forgiveness, run to the throne of grace and ask the Lord to remind your heart of His steadfastness and faithfulness in your life.
May we all purposefully and joyfully consider what it could look like to pursue someone like our Savior who leaves the ninety-nine sheep to find the one who has lost their way.
Let us ask the Lord to help us to seek contentment and hold onto it regardless of what we may be experiencing.
The promise of Jesus stands firm. Come to him if you feel weary. Come to him however you feel. Come and rest.
Let’s not confuse sitting with sinners as somehow renouncing our salvation or our belief in God’s Word.
No matter how we put it into practice, overflowing with thankfulness is always a good idea.
If you, like me, often breeze through the Psalms, let me encourage you to meditate on this book as you seek to reject the world's ways and hide God’s words in your heart.
As we join in prayer, let’s ask ourselves this. “What do I need, only for today?”
Whenever we doubt God’s timing, all we need to do is look in the Bible to see how God is in the details of life.
When we face rejection from others, we must remember that Jesus understands more than anyone what rejection feels like, as He is very familiar with it Himself.
As we go about our lives, may we remember this biblical truth: we can’t truly love others the way Jesus does until we learn to forgive like Jesus.
Jesus not only believed in the power of praying but the power of praying for one another. As believers, we cannot shy away from this part of our roles in the Body of Christ. We don’t need to be a pastor, ministry leader, or in Christ for long to pray with a friend or stranger.
I slowly learned that reading my Bible was less about my complete understanding of every passage and more about meeting with God and discovering more about who He is and what He is like! And that has changed everything.
Today, run to Him, love Him. He is the salvation you are looking for from your enemies.
Today, my prayer for you is that you do not give up.
It is not always easy to remember those less fortunate, especially when we ourselves are experiencing seasons of financial strain, physical exhaustion, and spiritual burnout. But friend, remember these words from Jesus in Matthew 25:40, "Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.”
Wisdom is knowing that time here on earth is fleeting, and we do not know what tomorrow brings, so we should not take a single breath for granted.
We find our hope in the personhood of God. He is everything we could ever hope for, and he promises us his presence.
When a believer accepts Jesus as his or her Savior, from that moment on they are sealed by the Holy Spirit. This means that they have God living inside of them for the rest of eternity they are secure in Him they are safe in His arms, and they are forever His children.
But through the gift of praying for our children, God gives us a promise. He is faithful, and when it comes to our kids, that’s all the assurance we need.
That is why we must keep our eyes fixed upon the hope of eternity and not on this life. And that is why faith in God is so important because it is the rock on which we stand when trials and the storms of life come because they will.
Friend, don’t give up on your spiritual growth. Even when progress is slow, know that the Lord is doing a good work in those whom He loves and that He is faithful to complete it!
When I choose the easy way of my own understanding, I miss out on deepening my trust in God’s character.
Jesus is calling us. Listen and look for Him in the present and the future. Look back briefly enough to remember how important it is to keep running forward.
Your beauty or worth as a woman isn’t about how hard you can slay or hustle, how immaculately clean your home looks, or how well-behaved your children are. Real beauty comes from total dependency on God. What blooms in your life will be beautiful because of Him.
If you’ve started the day exhausted or worn out today, let God meet you for a time of Sabbath rest. Let’s begin with this Sabbath Day prayer for the weary and spend a few moments with him. He is our Master Restorer.
We don’t have to withhold happiness for our brothers and sisters in Christ; instead, we can lavish them with sincere joy.
Collect those rocks of remembrance of God’s faithfulness to you. Write them down so you can call them to mind when you wonder if God hears your cries. Stack stones and remember.
Have you ever heard of habit stacking? This is a practice you can implement when trying to create a new habit, where you attach the new habit to something you already have a habit of doing.
It is easy to judge, thinking other people need prayers for their racism. However, we have all sinned against others, having considered or shown partiality. Today, as we pray, let's ask the Holy Spirit to work in our world and within our own sinful hearts.
The Christian life is the process of growing in Christ-likeness- transformed through sanctification. The path of transformation leads to an eternity of transformation.
God has woven His Word and creation together to guide us into action, call us to be still, and know He is God.
Today, maybe you are wondering if someone can help you with your struggling loved one too. There is One who made you and will give you understanding. Will you submit to His will?
A pawn is the least valued piece in a game of chess. It moves forward in one direction only and just one step at a time. Even so, the pawn has the potential to change and become a queen if it reaches the other side. The idea is really quite remarkable. A boring, nondescript piece of plastic is unrealized royalty!
This is the faith that was once for all handed down to the saints of old, and we must continue to pass it down to each generation and protect it from those who would want to twist its message.
Those in authority shouldn't only talk the talk; they have the high responsibility and honor of walking the walk.
Even though it seems like our religious freedoms are quickly slipping away in America, we can ask God to watch over and protect our religious freedoms, knowing that with God, all things are possible.
Today, we come before God to ask Him to renew the church in America. The Lord is still on the throne and working. He can bring revival, sees His faithful ones, and knows hearts. God is still moving.
Real transformation only comes from the inside out, when the hearts of Americans are softened and turned toward God.
We live with the pains of this world daily, but that doesn't have the power to steal the joy and hope we have in Christ.
We need to spread the truth that our God is the God of love. He created it. He designed it, and He gets to define it.
Time is short, and even though we are not promised tomorrow, we become so consumed with future situations that we forget to embrace today's blessings and gifts.
Marriage is something to fight for, just like the Church of Jesus Christ is worth fighting for.
God is the guardian of our souls. The plan has always been to rescue us through the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus.
Let’s un-connect, refocus, and ask the Lord to help us live in the moment and not take any of it for granted.
Today if you’re facing unfavorable circumstances, acknowledge and experience the durability of the joy made possible by Christ.
While many of us have external struggles with home, family, work, and finances, we also deal with internal battles.
We can pray about anything and everything—even our busy days!
The world will not tell us to forgive and pray for the person who disappointed us. But Jesus does.
The fate of the world doesn't depend on what you do! What happened yesterday, last month, or a hundred years ago will ultimately occur again. That's not disheartening; that's uplifting!
It's often difficult to keep an eternal perspective in the midst of the mundane of life. Still, every moment is an opportunity to glorify Christ and continue in gratefulness and joy, no matter the task.
I might feel alone, but God is with me.
For those who are far from, or without, their dads this Father's Day, know you are not alone in how you feel.
As Psalm 68:5 describes, God becomes a Father to the fatherless.
The Good Shepherd protects His flock, even at the expense of His own life!
Our actions must show others that our God is a God of law and order and that He craves justice.
We are to imitate Jesus in all areas of our life. His way of regarding relationships is one of selflessness and putting others first.
Humankind has repeatedly turned away from him, yet God is patient.
I don't know what you may be facing today, but I want to remind you God is still in the business of restoring!
Let us have hope that God Almighty can reach those who seem unreachable. No one is too far gone for His arm to rescue!
Let’s be like Abraham and never waver from our beliefs.
When God wakes me with a name on my heart, I know he's called me to pray.
New mercies are available to us every morning, and new grace for each task ahead of us.
As we look and observe the actions and lives of little ones daily, we may better understand how we are supposed to live in a relationship with You, totally dependent, trusting, and believing.
God's love for our children will never change, no matter what they face in this world.
It takes the Lord's help to stay steady. He is the one who never changes!
But Jesus, through his death, brought peace. The kind of peace holds us steady when the storm rages.
Today we pray God's Spirit would physically and emotionally release those suffering from the terror of sex trafficking.
The battle between our ears has to be fought vigilantly.
When we begin to fear God over the fear of man (Hebrews 13:6), we can boldly, confidently, and without hesitation proclaim the message of salvation the world desperately needs to hear.
Let us stand in the presence of the Lord and know his desires for us, which will ultimately transform the direction of our lives.
God loves us more than anyone else could. If He is saying "no" this season, it is for your best.
The seasons of anger, weeping, and a host of other negative emotions can linger, but hold on to this truth: Joy comes in the morning!
Let us not waver in our faith like shifting sand but instead firmly plant ourselves on the solid rock of Christ.
Whatever you do, never forget how faithful God is, has been, and will be to you in the future.
As Christ's followers, we are called to represent Jesus in all things and to love and lead in ways that honor Him.
The truth is when we put faith in Jesus, our stone-cold heart that seeks after our own desires and acceptance is redesigned by our good and gracious Father.
Praying for your unsaved loved ones is not for the faint of heart.
Jesus died so that we could have unending fellowship with the Father. When you fully embrace Jesus, the Father embraces you.
God allows twists and turns to help us grow stronger and teach us to rely fully on him.
Lord, we pray against the enemy's attacks and ask that You surround those who love You with Your armor.
Rather than believe the devil's lies, we want to remember because we belong to God, we have His favor.
We want to be comfortable and have extra, but if your needs are met today, God is providing!
If you long to reignite your faith so that others will feel God’s unending love, today is the perfect day to ask him to light a spark.
There is nothing we can do to earn God's love. It's not based on who we are or what we do or don't do. It's all based on who God is, and He is love (1 John 4:16).
Jesus will always be our most loyal and loving friend, and when we follow His lead, we will be able to see the people who have been placed in our lives to love …and to love us.
The work of being a grandmother and a mother is often overlooked and undervalued by the world, but that is not how God sees this high calling.
Death is permanent and difficult for anyone, especially small children, to wrap their heads around.
We need tenacious courage to trust God to guide our children's steps, knowing he does a much better job than we do.
We don't have to face the struggles of motherhood on our own. We can turn to God, the truth of His word, and to the hope of our future in Him.
Thank you so much for Your gift of new life. Thank You that You are the Creator of all things and that every person is made in Your image. Thank You for pregnant mothers chosen to carry the next generation.
The mighty, all-powerful God who created the entire universe is the same God who draws so close to us in our brokenness and pain.
Too often, we don't realize the enormous blessing of being a mother; today, let's pray for the Lord's help as we learn to value our roles within the home.
Today we lift up in prayer the mom missing her beloved momma this Mother’s Day.
Unity is worth guarding. Once disunity happens, it can be challenging to regain harmony.
God has a wonderful plan for you and me. We can take courageous steps of faith in His lead. Love, give, and serve as God shows you.
The seasons are set to a specific time God ordains, as are the events in our lives and the journey He unfolds along the way.
As Christians, we are invited to ask our questions. Jesus encourages us to seek understanding and to dive deeply into our faith.
Whereas the world is a liar and flighty, we know our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
Life is full of trouble, agony, and sorrow, but it’s also filled with beauty, fun, and laughter. To live life with joy, we must cultivate its fruit in our lives by abiding in the Lord.