Monday
 
I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth.
New International Version
 
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY'S VERSE...
 
Beyond what these words were first meant to convey, we know today that our Redeemer will return as the Rider on the white horse in triumph and victory.  Hallelujah, what a day!
 
MY PRAYER...
 
Conquering King, Immortal God, I look forward to the day of your ultimate triumph in our world.  Until that day, I pray that your Kingdom may be reflected in my church, my family and my life.  Through the Rider on the white horse, I pray.  Amen.
 
 
Tuesday
 
Speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.
New International Version
 
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY'S VERSE...
 
Speaking the truth is hard enough. You mean I have to do it in love? Yes, if I am to be Christ's man or woman, I must speak to others as he did.
 
MY PRAYER...
 
Father, forgive me for the bitterness in my heart and unfairness on my lips. Through your Spirit, help me better use my speech to bless others and glorify you.  May I speak your truth with your love today in all my conversations.  Through him who is Truth and Love I pray.  Amen.
 
Wednesday
 
Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
New International Version
 
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY'S VERSE...
 
I believe!  I believe that God not only knows me, but cares about me.  I believe that God not only created the universe, but he knows the number of hairs on my head.  I believe that God not only sent his Son to save the world, but that he's sending him back to bring me home.  What's more, I believe that God is pleased by my belief.
 
MY PRAYER...
 
Almighty, Most Holy Lord, I thank you for your steadfast love and enduring faithfulness.  I thank you for your grace and mercy. I thank you for your might and power.  I thank you for your awesome holiness.   I thank you... for being you and choosing to reveal yourself to mortals like me.  Through Jesus, your final Word, I pray.  Amen.
 
 
Thursday
 
This is the confidence we have in approaching God:  that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.  And if we know that he hears us - whatever we ask - we know that we have what we asked of him.
New International Version
 
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY'S VERSE...
 
Confidence before God. Through the presence of Jesus at the Father's right hand and the intercession of the Holy Spirit, we can have confidence and come boldly before the Creator of the universe and know that he not only hears us, but also cares for us.  Wow, what an audience!  Oh, and one final thing, he also ACTS on what we ask.
 
MY PRAYER...
 
Abba Father, for the grace of your listening ear I thank you more than words can say.  Through the authority of Jesus, my brother, and by the grace of your interceding Holy Spirit, I offer you my thanks and love this day. Amen.
 
 
Friday
 
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
New International Version
 
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY'S VERSE...
 
Sometimes the key to survival is simply "setting our jaw" and going on faithfully trusting that God is there helping us, despite the outward circumstances.  Choosing joy through hope rather than despair, choosing patient endurance in times of affliction, and choosing faithfulness in prayer are all decisions of the will. We trust that God, who raised Jesus from the dead, can also change our circumstances because he hears our voice.
 
MY PRAYER...
 
Create in me, O Mighty God, a resolute and steadfast heart so that I might persevere with joy no matter what the difficulty. This I ask through your faithful Son.  Amen.
 
 
Saturday
 
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
New International Version
 
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY'S VERSE...
 
Humility is not our culture's biggest asset or most desired character quality.  But humility is what is demanded -- not so much because it's commanded (thought that would be enough), but because we've earned it.  Every year brings another wave of major failures in morality, character, and spirituality. Rather than progressing culturally, we find ourselves slipping. Humility is earned!  So let's be humble and call upon the Lord!
 
MY PRAYER...
 
Holy and Almighty God, your deeds are awesome, your faithfulness is overwhelming, and your mercy and grace are such a blessing.  Yet I come to you knowing that you hear me, despite the incredible distance between you and I, between your worth and holiness and my lack.  I confess that I, and my culture and country around me have made a mess of what you so wonderfully blessed us with.  I come humbly asking that you reassert yourself in our nation in clearly recognizable ways. I ask this in faith through Jesus.  Amen.
 
 
Sunday
 
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
New International Version
 
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY'S VERSE...
 
God wants to hear our prayers, but to keep them from becoming too self-focused, God wants us always to remember to give thanks.  It is so easy for us to turn prayer into a request line.  We are the ones who are left bereft when thanksgiving and praise are robbed from our prayers.
 
MY PRAYER...
 
Gracious God, I have so many reasons to praise you.   In the face of trial and hardship I have your promises to reawaken my hope.  In the moment of victory I have you to thank for my abilities.  In the boredom of the routine, I have great joys in your surprises.  Thank you, God, for being so great and yet so loving.  In Jesus name.  Amen.