Monday
 
God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship him in spirit and in truth.
John 4:24
New International Version
 
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY'S VERSE...
 
Genuine worship is a gift.  Since God is spirit, since he is holy, we cannot fully approach him without the gift and blessing of his Holy Spirit.  As Christians who received his Spirit when we were baptized into Christ and born of God, we can now speak to him and worship him Spirit to Spirit.
 
MY PRAYER...
 
Abba Father, by the gift of your Spirit I come to you as your child.  Thank you so much for giving me your Spirit so that I can approach you with confidence and know you hear the concerns of my heart.  Please accept the worship of my heart, of my words, and of my actions.  May the things I do today bring you glory.  In Jesus name I pray.  Amen.
 
Tuesday
 
Sitting down, Jesus called the twelve and said, "If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all."
Mark 9:35
New International Version
 
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY'S VERSE...
 
Last?  Nobody likes to be last.  We have a hard enough time settling for second place, much less last place.  Jesus reverses the rank.  The person who is most important to him is not the person seeking the status and notoriety. The most important person is like Jesus himself: willing to give up rank and status and importance to serve.  For Jesus, last means first in service and first in the eyes of God. 
 
MY PRAYER...
 
Magnificent God my Savior, you have made the world wonderful for me and have given your Son to redeem me.  How can I ever thank you or repay you for your grace and kindness.  Today help me see those you want me to serve with grace and kindness as I try to be more like you.  This I pray in the name of the one who washed his disciples' feet.  Amen. 
 
Wednesday
 
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
Ephesians 4:2
New International Version
 
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY'S VERSE...
 
"You mean I have to put up with that!?"  There are those folks in life about whom the saying is true:  "They are the grit out of which we are to fashion our pearl."  But our great example in this challenge is Jesus.  Think of what he had to put up with in his 12 disciples.  Remember how transformational his patience and gentleness with them was.  Can we dare to less?
 
MY PRAYER...
 
Give me strength and patience, O God, that I may be as loving, gentle, and patient with others as you have been with me.  Through Jesus my Lord and hero I pray.  Amen. 
 
Thursday
 
You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call on you.
Psalms 86:5
New International Version
 
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY'S VERSE...
 
Forgiveness is such a sweet blessing.  But God does more than forgive!  He cleanses and forgets.  His love is not metered out or carefully rationed.  He pours it out upon us if we genuinely seek him as our God and Father.
 
MY PRAYER...
 
O Precious Father, I call to you wanting you to know how important your love and forgiveness are in my life.  Thank you for sending Jesus to show your love and pay the debt of my sin.  Help me to live today as your child: may others see my joy and my passion, to you glory.  Through my Savior I pray.  Amen.
 
Friday
 
Hear, O Israel:  The Lord our God, the Lord is one.  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
Deuteronomy 6:4-5
New International Version
 
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY'S VERSE...
 
So many times Satan seduces us into a flat, 2 dimensional Christianity - going to church and doing good deeds.  But God calls us to a three dimensional faith. He wants us to love him with all of our being in all of  our actions and with all of our might.
 
MY PRAYER...
 
Dear Heavenly Father, I honor you as God Almighty.  I appreciate you for all your kindness and blessings lavished upon me.  I love you because you first loved me in Jesus. My heart's desire today is to demonstrate my love for you in all I do, and love and say.  Through Jesus.  Amen.
 
Saturday
 
As it is written:  "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.
1 Corinthians 2:9
New International Version
 
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY'S VERSE...
 
Many of the things we anticipate and dream about are much less glorious in real life than they were in our imaginations. There is one event, however, that is better than we can imagine and beyond our wildest dreams. When Jesus returns to take us home to be with our Father, it will be far better than we can ask, imagine, dream or think.  Maranatha - Come Lord Jesus!
 
MY PRAYER...
 
Abba Father, thank you for knowing me before time began. Thank you for crafting me in my mother's womb.     Thank you for sending Jesus to pay the price for my sins.  And thank you in advance for the day Jesus comes to take me home to be with you forever.  Through my Conquering Savior I pray.  Amen.
 
Sunday
 
I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of
trouble.
Psalms 59:16
New International Version
 
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY'S VERSE...
 
So many things in our lives can be stolen away by natural disasters, aging, and death.  Satan could be appropriately called "The Thief of Always."  But God is immovable and unstealable!  We can invest ourselves in him and know our spirits are secure in his care.  He is a fortress and a refuge.
 
MY PRAYER...
 
O Great Rock of my salvation, thank you for being unchangeable and faithful.  Thank you for being the source of security and future in a day of chaos and change.  Thank you for being God. You are my God and in you I place my life, my hopes, and my future.  May you be glorified in me today.  In Jesus name I pray.  Amen.