August 30, 2017
God, lead us into the good works You have prepared for us.
For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art],
created in Christ Jesus [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used]
for good works, which God prepared [for us] beforehand [taking paths which He set],
so that we would walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us].
(Eph. 2:10- Amplified Bible)
Father, Your grace is changing me. I am so thankful for the transforming power of Your grace as You mold me and make me.
Many times I feel like a dry lump of clay. My feelings lie to me and tell me that I am useless. Then, the voice of truth tells me another story! Your Word says that You are making me into a work of art that gives praise back to You.
Overwhelm me today with a sense of destiny as I walk in the works You have prepared for me.
Give me eyes to see how You are going before me.
Use me to serve and love others You will put in my path.
Lead me today into the good works You have prepared for me.
August 29, 2017
God, help us to walk in newness of life as a testimony to the gospel.
We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
Father, as I begin a new day, I preach the gospel to my heart again.
I have been identified with Jesus in His death. I claim His death as the payment for my sin. I could never pay the price for my sin, remove my sin… I could never approach Your righteousness in my sinfulness. But I come to Jesus as the One who paid the complete price of my sin. I have baptized into His death.
I have a new identity in His life—resurrection life. You have raised me in Him. Through Him who loved me—I am more than a conqueror. I have a new kind of life in Him.
May I live this day as one who can love because I have been loved.
…as one who can forgive because I have been forgiven.
…as one who can serve because I have been served.
…as one who does what is right—because the Righteous One has given me new life.
August 28, 2017
God, we love others because we know your deep love for us.
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
(1 John 4:7-11)
Father, everything I know about real love comes from You. There are a lot of things called “love” that pretend to be love—but You are the author and source of true love.
You chose to love us. You didn’t need us—but You chose to love us. You chose to love me.
As I read this passage I am reminded the only reason I love is because You first loved me. The source of my love is my found in my new birth.
As You live in me today—love through me today.
August 27, 2017
God, may our lives cause others to glorify You.
Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable,
so that when they speak against you as evildoers,
they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.
(1 Peter 2:12)
Father, there is no good in me, that is in my flesh. But You are living resurrection life in me—choosing and doing for Your good pleasure.
That’s why I humble myself before You and ask that You give me the grace to live an honorable life. As a new creation, You have given me the desire to do what is right.
As I gather with other believers today, I pray that we will motivate each other to love and good deeds (Heb. 10:24-25).
When unbelievers look at our lives, may they see You living in us
August 26, 2017
God, we pray that the gospel advance by any means necessary.
I want you to know, brothers,
that what has happened to me
has really served to advance the gospel…
Father, give me eyes to see the world through the lens of the gospel—not through the lens of my circumstances.
Deliver me from letting circumstances control my life. Give me a deep longing to know You and to make You known—a longing that goes beyond my circumstances.
Help me see how You use every circumstance in my life, good and bad.
Give me the grace to see how circumstances teach me about my heart and about You.
Give me the grace to see how circumstances give me a chance to put the gospel on display.
Today I pause to pray for those I know who are struggling in difficult circumstances. Overwhelm them with a sense of You presence. Give them the opportunity to see Your hand at work in their circumstances. Give them opportunity to testify of Your goodness and grace in the middle of their difficulty.
Your word says that You resist the proud but give grace to the humble. I humble myself before You.
August 25, 2017
God, like Paul, we want to speak of Christ among those who have never heard
“…thus I make it my ambition to preach the gospel,
not where Christ has already been named…”
(see Romans 15:20)
We say we want the gospel to be proclaimed to our neighbors and the Nations.
Father, this verse moves me to stop and consider if I really do.
How many of our neighbors have never heard a clear gospel presentation?
How many places in the world and never heard the name of “Jesus?”
I confess that it is easier for me to hang out with other believers. Give me the spiritual vision to see empty hearts in my daily world. Give me the courage to open my mouth and have a gospel conversation.
I confess that I seldom take the time to reflect on what is required to share Christ with those who have never heard.
Today I pray for the missionaries who are serving the nations—especially for those who are serving in places where the gospel is hindered by government and religious restrictions. Open doors for the gospel message!
Focus my heart Lord. Give me courage to speak the name of Jesus to my neighbors — and give me a deeper longing for Your gospel to proclaimed to those who have never heard.
August 24, 2017
God, use us to make you known…for their joy and your glory.
May God be gracious to us and bless us
and make His face to shine upon us,
that Your way may be known on earth,
Your saving power among all nations.
(see Ps. 67)
You have been gracious to us. You have blessed us. You have made Your face shine upon us… and we walk in the light of Your presence.
But You did not bless us so that we could use all of Your blessings on ourselves. You blessed us to make us a blessing.
We are a testimony of Your grace and goodness. May we live in such a way that a watching world sees You working in our lives; and, may we open our mouths to declare the Source of our blessings.
You deserve praise from all Your creation. You deserve praise from my heart, my family, our neighbors and from the nations. Recognizing and responding to Your presence moves me to praise You and fills me with joy.
Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you!
Let the nations be glad and sing for joy…
(see Ps. 67)