Monday
 
I love you, O Lord, my strength.  The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.  He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
Psalms 18:1-2
New International Version
 
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY'S VERSE...
 
We sing it and we say it in our public prayers:  "Father, God, we love you."  But notice very carefully the beginning phrase of our verse.  "I love you, O Lord..."  Even in public, community worship, we are taught the importance of a personal expression of love to God.  When is the last time you told the Creator of the universe, "I love you!"
 
MY PRAYER...
 
Father in heaven, I love you.  I love you because you are more than worthy of my love.  I love you because you have first loved me.  I love you because you sent your son to be my big brother and pay the price for my adoption into your family.  I love you because of your faithfulness.  I love you because you have permitted me in your grace to love you.  In the name of Jesus I thank you.  Amen.
 
 
Tuesday
 
The word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all  he does. The Lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love.
Psalms 33:4-5
New International Version
 
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY'S VERSE...
 
God is faithful.  We can trust his promises to be kept and his purposes to be good.  How do we know?  The sunrise each morning is a reminder that the Father of heaven and earth is at work keeping his universe in working order.  If it is true in nature, it is true in the spiritual realm as well.  Greet each sunrise as a reminder of God's faithfulness. 
 
MY PRAYER...
 
O Magnificent and Majestic Creator, I greet today as your gift and a reminder of your faithfulness.  Each day the sun rises I anticipate the day you honor your promise to send your Son back to bring us home to you.  Give me a keen sense today of your faithful presence. I pray this through him in whom all your promises find their fulfillment. Amen.
 
 
Wednesday
 
He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity, and honor.
Proverbs 21:21
New International Version
 
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY'S VERSE...
 
Isn't it funny that when we set off to find happiness or joy or significance or meaning, we seldom find it.  Instead, when we offer to serve others and give ourselves wholeheartedly to the Lord and His work, it is then that we find what we most need.
 
MY PRAYER...
 
O Giver of every good and perfect gift, I ask today that You give me a chance to serve you and others in a way which shows your kingdom and its glory.  If in the process You choose to meet the needs in my own heart, then I thank You.  This I pray through your servant Jesus.  Amen.
 
 
Thursday
 
Let those who love the Lord hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
Psalms 97:10
New International Version
 
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY'S VERSE...
 
Hate -- what a bold and powerful word.  We must not hate people.  We must hate evil.  It's a tough combination to pull off, but absolutely vital.  Evil is here because of the Evil One -- the champion of hate, lies, and death.  So when evil rears its ugly head, let's be courageous and oppose Satan and his work.  In the process, let's pray for those trapped in its tentacles, even if they consider us enemies.
 
MY PRAYER...
 
Almighty God, make my heart pained by the evil in my world. Give me a holy revulsion to things opposed to your will and character.  Yet Father, just as You redeemed me by grace, and rescued me while a captive to sin, give me courage to care about those who are in the Evil One's embrace. Through my Savior I pray.    Amen.
 
 
Friday
 
[Jesus said,] "You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you:  Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven."
Matthew 5:43-45
New International Version
 
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY'S VERSE...
 
We often talk about the privileges of being a child of God - forgiveness, salvation, a future in heaven with him, the gift of the Holy Spirit, and ultimate victory when Christ comes. One of the greatest privileges we get, however, is the opportunity to act toward those who dislike and hate us in a way that reflects the character of God himself.  Anyone can return hate for hate, but it takes a child of God to return a blessing and a prayer for their enemies.
 
MY PRAYER...
 
Father, thank you for loving me when I was still an enemy to you.  Thank you for risking the death of your Son to offer me the chance to accept or reject your love.  As you have promised, please pour your love into my heart so I may love even my enemies as you have loved me.  Through Jesus, the gift of your love, I pray. Amen.
 
 
Saturday
 
We ought always to thank God for you, brothers, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love every one of you has for each other is increasing.
2 Thessalonians 1:3
New International Version
 
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY'S VERSE...
 
"Increase my faith, O Lord."  "Increase my strength." "Increase my wisdom."  We often pray for these things, but when is the last time you thanked God for your love increasing?  Can you think of anything more exciting to say about your church than "The love every one of you has for each other is increasing!"  Lets pray and act to make it so!
 
MY PRAYER...
 
Holy God, may your love so fill us that I share it with others who call on your name.  May this love grow and increase in my life so others may readily see its benefits and recognize that it is a direct response to your lavish love shared with me.  In Jesus name I pray.  Amen.
 
 
Sunday
 
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.  If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.  If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
1 Corinthians 13:1-3
New International Version
 
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY'S VERSE...
 
Love - in the week before Valentine's Day we want to remember the real meaning of love.  Without the motivation and expression of love, all "Christian" activities are more "activity" than Christian.  Love is the expression of Christ's character and presence in our lives through deeds done for others.
 
MY PRAYER...
 
Loving Heavenly Father, thank you so much for your demonstration of love in Jesus.  Help me to love as he did - selflessly, sacrificially, and consistently, so others may know of your love through my actions.  In Jesus Name I pray.  Amen.