Monday – Ephesians 3:16–19 Paul prays a very special prayer for the believers in Ephesus and by extension, all of us. He prays that we would be strengthened with power in the inner man through His spirit. What does he mean by the inner man? When we are born again, we have a new nature, a new person living inside of us. Our inner man has been reborn. The old man, the old nature is being taken over by the new man. Paul prays for us that we would realize that we are being strengthened on the inside to do new things in old situations. And we are being strengthened not according to our ability, but according to His riches. This happens as Jesus dwells in our hearts through faith. As we pray to Him, read His word, serve Him with all of our hearts, He increases our faith and makes even more possible. Take a few minutes to read these verses thoroughly and think about what they say.
Tuesday- Psalms 68:32–35 This Psalm talks about God’s power. His power allows Him to ride in the ancient, highest heavens. It says his voice thunders. Our response as we learn more of Him, should be to do what verse 34 says. To ascribe power to God, means to credit Him with what He has created. To think of Him as all-powerful. To consider His Sovereign might over our lives and thank Him for His protection. Our response should be to worship Him together with other believers. As we do He gives us power and strength. Power and strength to serve Him and to praise Him. Pray to Him today for the power and strength to serve Him everywhere you go. In everything you do. Pray that His power would change you and the lives of your friends and family. Pray for your pastor and church to be a powerful force to speed the return of our Risen Lord Jesus Christ. Pray for us all to glorify Him.
Wednesday- Psalms 86:15–17 The Psalmist acknowledges four characteristics of God defined repeatedly in the Scriptures throughout the Bible. He is compassionate and gracious. Aren’t you glad that he knows us and still loves us this way? He is indeed slow to anger and rich in faithful love. I look at the world we live in and all the evil mankind does, and I don’t understand how he can continue. How can he be so faithful? I am amazed. And yet the most consistent truth we find in scripture about God is that He is truth. Everything He has said is more true than anything else we have ever heard. Every word of His Word is perfectly lovely and always right and good. What the Bible says teaches us about God and teaches us more of how to be like Him. And even in the face of our enemies, those who are unfair to us, this Psalm says the Lord Himself will help us and comfort us. In the space below write down three things you would like to ask God to help you with and comfort you in.
Thursday- Matthew 6:9–13 You have probably heard this prayer many times. It is not something to be recited blindly, not thinking about what each phrase means. It is much more important than that. Jesus’ disciples asked Jesus how to pray. It is a reasonable question. It is a question that each of us asks regularly. When we pray, we want to know that we are doing it right or at least attempting to. While each phrase of the Lord’s prayer teaches us something about how to pray it is the last phrase that I want to concentrate on. Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. When we acknowledge the coming kingdom of the Lord and the power He has to make that kingdom occur, we begin to realize His power to bring His will in our lives. His will surely is coming in this world, isn’t it much simpler that He could and would conform us to His will?
Friday- 2 Corinthians 5:14–17 Christ’s love compels us. Have you ever felt compelled to do something? To be compelled means you have to do it. That you have no choice but to follow through. What does His love compels us to do. To bring the Gospel to all. He died for all. He died for all so that anyone who would like a new life, can have one. That is the reason Jesus died on the cross. For all. Because of that we view everyone from a heavenly perspective. Every situation from an eternal perspective. Everyone has the possibility of redemption. Everyone has the possibility of being a new creation. For everyone who will, old things will pass away. Old habits will be forgotten. Old failures will fade and no longer matter. Every loss can become a victory by looking at it through Jesus’ eyes. Pray with me. Lord Jesus Christ, please compel me to live for you. Compel me to care about the people I have never cared for. The ones I have never really thought about as anything but an obstacle or a distraction. I know that you never look at anyone in a purely human way. You look at each of us as a possibility. Thank you. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Saturday- Ephesians 4:15–17 There are several different ways to interpret verse 15. We can approach it as telling someone the truth about a situation. But that requires a judgment on our part. Do we really trust that our perspective is right? We should be very careful about that. The second possibility is much more reliable. We should memorize God’s Word and make it a part of our conversation. That way we are constantly speaking truth into every phase of our lives. That is the way that we grow in love. That is the way that we grow in every way. That is our daily goal. And as all the church grows in this way, we become the Body of Christ. We are given the task of telling the world who Jesus is. We do that together by speaking the truth in love.
Pray with me. Help me to learn your ways. I pray that all those around me can see Jesus in all I say and do. Let my words be seasoned with salt. Lord you said we are the salt of the earth. Let my words be filled with your light. Lord you said the church was the light of the world. Be exalted in us. We worship and glorify you. We pray that your church is pleasing to you. We pray that we are pleasing to you. In Jesus Name, I pray. Amen.