Monday, May 6, 2024

Monday, May 6, 2024
Proverbs 1:8
Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching.

Solomon, the man of wisdom, encourages you to learn from your parents. But not all parents are created equal. Even David, his own dad, wasn’t a perfect example and made quite a few mistakes. But Solomon’s message wasn’t for you to live a perfect life, it was so you wouldn’t have to suffer consequences that you could bypass by trusting the warnings of those who’ve gone before you. And maybe it’s their mistakes that change the course of your life.

Friday, May 3, 2024

Friday, May 3, 2024
Acts 16:25
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.

In the midst of suffering and persecution, what will you be found doing? Paul and Silas were found praising God and singing hymns to Him. This was after they were arrested, beaten and then put in prison. Instead of feeling fear and doubt creep in, they felt praise and thanksgiving well up in their hearts. So much so, they had a worship service in the prison at midnight. It’s a great reminder, that even in the most difficult of situations, your worship to God can bring comfort, strength, and even influence, not just you, but to others as well.

Thursday, May 2, 2024

Thursday, May 2, 2024
2 Samuel 22:29-31
For you are my lamp, O Lord, and my God lightens my darkness. For by You I can run against a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall. This God—his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; He is a shield for all those who take refuge in Him.

David penned these words as a song of praise to the Lord when He delivered him from the hand of his enemy, Saul. For years, David experienced darkness through difficult times of persecution, loneliness, false accusation, and suffering. Yet, the Lord sustained him, delivered him, and inevitably gave him an eternal place in the genealogy of Christ. On this National Day of Prayer, follow David’s example and cry out to the Lord in prayer.

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Wednesday, May 1, 2024
James 1:6
But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.

If you’ve ever been in the ocean, then you know what it’s like to be tossed by the waves. And James says when you doubt in prayer, it’s just like being pushed around by the ocean. But God doesn’t want you to get tossed around when you lift up your heart to Him, He wants you to trust Him. And your faith in Him as your Rock will keep you standing firm against even the biggest waves.

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Tuesday, April 30, 2024
Matthew 6:6
But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

During the time Jesus walked the earth, the Pharisees enjoyed public accolades. They liked being noticed by everyone, especially when they prayed in the public square. But God doesn’t want us to do things in the public eye in order to be seen by men. He’d rather you find a secluded place, even as small as a coat closet to sit alone in and pray. And when you do, not only will God see you, but He will reward you!

Monday, April 29, 2024

Monday, April 29, 2024
Jeremiah 29:12
Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you.

They didn’t need it…yet. Jeremiah shared this verse with the Israelites before they were taken into Babylon as punishment for turning away from God. But their future offspring needed to know that when the time of punishment was over, God would hear them if they cried to Him. And it’s the same for you. Your journey may stretch out for a season as well, but when you call out to God, He will certainly hear your prayers.