Friday, June 18, 2021

TRUST THE LORD

PSALM 60:11 (CEV)
Help us defeat our enemies!
No one else can rescue us.


2 THESSALONIANS 3:3 (CEV)
But the Lord can be trusted to make you strong and protect you from harm.

SUMMARY SENTENCE
Trust the Lord because he has your back.

PRAYER
Almighty God, you are powerful and trustworthy. Even when trouble is beyond definition, you are the reliable shield that keeps me moving. I admit that sometimes I doubt but even then you've got my back. Keep me safe and give me confidence to face the trouble that is on the horizon. I'm going to tune out the propaganda from the enemy and trust in you my Savior. Amen.

Thursday, June 17, 2021

BLESSINGS!

DEUTERONOMY 28:12 (NLT)
The LORD will send rain at the proper time from his rich treasury in the heavens and will bless all the work you do.

1 PETER 2:3 (NLT)
...you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness.

SUMMARY SENTENCE
We've already had a small taste of the Lord's kindness -- just wait until the whole meal arrives.

PRAYER
God, you have already begun to bless me. I can't really count all the blessings -- there are too many. Yet, I slide into worrying over the silliest little things. As your blessings rain into my life, flood out all the worries and pettiness. Fill me with forgiveness and kindness to share. I'm going to live in anticipation of all that you have stored up to share with us. Amen.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

SAVED BY GRACE

ZECHARIAH 3:4 (CEV)
This means you are forgiven. Now I will dress you in priestly clothes.

EPHESIANS 2:5 (CEB)
You are saved by God’s grace!

SUMMARY SENTENCE
Because he is merciful God chooses to forgive us and graciously give us fresh starts.

PRAYER
Thank you, gracious God, for forgiving me of all in my life that is unacceptable to you. I am grateful for the reset button that Christ pushed for us when he conquered death. Help me to organize my life around this good news -- and to extend the same grace to others through my own actions, attitudes, and words. I'm going to live with the awareness that I am saved by your grace. Amen.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

KEEP PRAYING

PSALM 66:20 (CEB)
Bless God! He didn’t reject my prayer;
he didn’t withhold his faithful love from me.


COLOSSIANS 4:2 (ABP)
Keep on praying -- with focus and gratitude.

SUMMARY SENTENCE
When it comes to prayer, don't be a slacker.

PRAYER
Thank you, God, for your eagerness to talk with us. You have the time and energy for me. I, on the other hand, can become quite lazy and unfocused. I use that as an excuse to skip praying. Help me to maintain contact with you -- even if my prayers are disjointed and shallow. Even if my prayers are sloppy I know that your love is unrelenting and attentive. Amen.