Thursday, June 10, 2021


PSALM 119:10 (CEB)
I have sought you with all my heart.
Don’t let me stray from any of your commandments!

1 JOHN 5:3 (NCV)
Loving God means obeying his commands. And God’s commands are not too hard for us...

If you truly love God, you'll turn your attention to following his instructions.

Thank you, God, for giving us the directions needed to live lives that please you. It's no great secret. Yet, I'm prone to go halfway. I'm an enthusiastic student of the Bible but I'm not nearly so passionate about living out your instructions. I mean, they aren't hard but they are inconvenient and I'll have to change some things. Lead me through the changes that I need to make so that my life honors Christ Jesus, who is your living set of instructions. Amen.



The Daily Texts have been published by the Moravian Church since 1731. In 2011 I started posting these Bible verses for my spiritual formation students at Pacific Islands University. In the process of responding to the verses, I found the rhythm of looking for a common thread and writing a prayer based on that key idea to be helpful for my own soul.

The prayers are more or less modeled on the TRIP method, which is what I ask my students to do in their journaling. ~ Brad Boydston


ABP = Authorized Boydston Paraphrase -- a freestyle biblical adaptation -- somewhere between paraphrase, commentary, and sermon

CEB = Common English Bible (©2011, the Common English Bible)

CEV = Contemporary English Version (©1995, American Bible Society)

EEB = EasyEnglish Bible (©2015, MissionAssist)

ERV = Easy-To-Read Version (©2006, World Bible Translation Center)

GNT = Good News Translation (©1992, American Bible Society)

MSG = The Message (©1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson)

NCB = New Catholic Bible (©2019 by Catholic Book Publishing Corp.)

NCV = New Century Version (©2005, Thomas Nelson Inc)

NIRV = New International Reader's Version (©1996, 1998, Biblica)

NIV = New International Version (©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011, Biblica)

NLT = New Living Translation (©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, Tyndale House Foundation)

NRSV = New Revised Standard Version (© 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.)

NTE = New Testament for Everyone (©2011 Nicolas Thomas Wright.)

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