DAILY PRAYER

Monday, May 31, 2021

“Very truly I tell you, you will see ‘heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on’ the Son of Man.” (John 1:51)

The Lord has blessed us over the past days, gave us life and has enabled us to see a new day. ­ “Very truly I tell you, you will see ‘heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on’ the Son of Man.” John 1:51.

Yes, you will see the presence of angels guarding you, leading you and protecting you throughout this day. Heaven will be open to you and your eyes will behold the throne of Yeshua the Messiah.

The reigning power of God will be visible to you and you will be connected to His throne through His angels. You will see angels ascending and descending.

There are angels for everyone. ­God considers us as little children so the angels He has placed in charge of us always remain at His presence bringing us His grace. Therefore, the angels will help us remain sinless and walk in the way of the Lord safeguarding our salvation.

The devil tries to break our faith while angels come with God’s word to revive our faith. Ultimately, our victory comes due to our faith. Faith conquers the world. Thus the angel of God comes and strengthens our faith with the word from God.

Beloved, because of the worldly struggles, we are given angels who remain at the presence of God and bring word from God to revive us. Let us be bold and confident. We will not fall.

The angels are also given to us to protect and guard us. Each one of us has a long way to go and great heights to climb. God has a plan for you to raise you to great heights; and for this plan to be fulfilled the Lord has given you the angels.

The Lord will also lift you up. Today, you might be little and insignificant, but God has appointed angels for you, angels who remain at the presence of God. Be confident. From today, the heavens will be open to you and angels will ascend and descend.

The Lord says you are special and He has placed angels for you to protect your soul. Praise God for choosing you and giving you angels to bless millions of people through you.

A Prayer for Today
Loving Father, Thank You for Your promise that angels will lead me, strengthen my faith and protect me. Thank You for You have kept angels in charge of me. Thank You for I am not alone. Thank You for You will fulfil Your purpose in me and lift me up in life to great heights. May this day be filled with Your presence. In Yeshua’s magnificent Name I pray, Amen.

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Then Balak’s anger burned against Balaam. He struck his hands together and said to him, “I summoned you to curse my enemies, but you have blessed them these three times.” (Numbers 24:10)

King Balak of the Moabites offered a prophet named Balaam a lot of money to put a curse upon the Israelites. But God told Balaam, “What I have blessed, you cannot curse.” When Balak continued to press Balaam, not only did Balaam refuse, but God had him start speaking blessings over the Israelites, how they would succeed and accomplish great things.

Notice that when God puts the commanded blessing on you, it doesn’t matter what somebody else says or does. All that matters is the Creator of the universe put His blessing on you, and everything else is of no effect.

They can speak defeat all day long, but here’s the key: they are powerless to change the blessing on your life. When the enemy tries to curse your future with negative words and negative thinking, do like Balaam. Start prophesying victory, prophesy favor, prophesy health, prophesy abundance. When you walk in obedience, God’s blessings will chase you down and overtake you.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for the commanded blessing that You have put on my life because I belong to You. Thank You that Your blessing will override any force that’s trying to hold me back. I believe that as I keep honoring You, Your blessings will chase me down and overtake me. In Yeshua’s Name, Amen

Saturday, May 29, 2021
Give us gladness in proportion to our former misery! Replace the evil years with good. Let us see your miracles again; let our children see glorious things. (Psalm 90:15–16)

Psalm 90 is a prayer of Moses. Perhaps you can identify with his request in today’s Scripture. He was saying, “God, I’m having a tough time. I’ve had some bad breaks, but I’m asking for Your restored blessing.” When you face difficulties, do as Moses did and pray, “God, strengthen me again, heal me again, and show me Your favor again.”

Your situation may not look good. You may be facing something at your business, in a relationship, or have a health issue that you don’t think could ever work out. But God didn’t bring you this far to leave you. He can turn things around, bring a breakthrough, restore your health and happiness, and cause your business to take off. Rise up in faith and say, “God, I’m not going to give up. I’m believing to see glorious things, miracles again, the dream come to pass, the problem resolved. I know that You always finish what You start.”

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for being the God of miracles who does glorious things. Thank You for the assurance that the work You’ve started to do in my life will be brought to completion. I declare that I will not give up my trust in what You can do. In Yeshua’s Name, Amen

Friday, May 28, 2021

And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. (Romans 13:11)

When God first put that dream or promise in your heart, you were excited; you told people what you were going to do. But now it’s been months, maybe years, and things haven’t turned out like you planned.

The Scripture says you are closer now to seeing it come to pass than you’ve ever been. You’re coming into a high time. High time is when things suddenly change in your favor, when blessings chase you down.

High time is when your healing shows up, you break the addiction, you meet the right person. God makes things happen that you could never make happen.

If you’re going to see this high time, you have to wake up out of your sleep. That means to get your passion back. Start believing again, start expecting things to change, start talking like it’s going to happen.

You can’t be complacent and step into the fullness of what God has in store. My question is, are you awake?

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for the call to wake up, to get my hopes up, to start expecting things to change. Thank You that I’m closer to going to the next level, to seeing explosive blessings than I’ve ever been. I believe that I’m about to see this high time. In Yeshua’s Name, Amen

Thursday, May 27, 2021

This is the day the LORD has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24)

When we read about the heroes of faith, their lives seem so exciting, but the truth is that most of their days were routine. Moses experienced one miracle after another, but those involved only a few days of his life.

Most of our days will be ordinary days with some exciting days. If you live from big event to big event, waiting for something exciting to keep you encouraged, you’re going to be disappointed.
Learn to enjoy where God has you right now.

This is the day the Lord has made. It may be routine, but when you do the ordinary with a good attitude, that’s getting you prepared for the new things God has in store.

It’s being faithful day in and day out, doing the right thing when the wrong thing is happening, staying in faith when we’re not getting our way. You won’t be promoted if you’re not being your best where God has you right now.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for this day that You have made. Thank You that I can be faithful in the ordinary and routine, knowing that You are preparing me for the new things You have in store. I’m going to keep being my best, serving, giving, and loving right where I am. In Yeshua’s Name, Amen

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

“You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.” (Genesis 50:20)

God gave Joseph a dream that he was destined for greatness, but before that dream came true, he went through some very dark places. However, today’s Scripture shows how God connected the dots.

Being thrown into the pit by his brothers led to being sold to Potiphar in Egypt, which led to being falsely accused and put in prison. In prison, he interpreted the dreams of the butler and the baker, which led to interpreting Pharaoh’s dream and being put in charge of the nation.

Every step was divinely orchestrated and moving Joseph toward his destiny. As was true in Joseph’s life, you have to believe that a disappointment, a betrayal, or a setback is part of God’s plan. It’s moving you little by little into your destiny.

God knows what He’s doing. What looks like trouble is really the hand of God. Keep doing the right thing despite the trouble, and one day, God is going to connect the dots for you.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that what so often looks like trouble is really Your hand moving me toward Your purpose. Thank You that it’s going to push me into a level of my destiny I could never experience without it. Help me to be patient while You connect the dots. In Yeshua’s Name, Amen.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

“Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you into a great nation there.” (Genesis 46:3)

In his old age Jacob now begins one more journey. Many years earlier, Jacob had fled his homeland in fear; now he leaves in the hope of a joyful reunion with a son he had thought was dead. But this journey also requires him to leave the land God has promised to him (Genesis 35:12).

This journey will take him to Egypt, a place of danger for his father and grandfather (Genesis 12:10-20; 26:2). Can God be involved in this unexpected change of plans?

It is to Jacob’s credit that he begins this journey with worship—for even if a plan seems appealing to us, it will not succeed if it does not honor God. Though his own son had invited him to come and stay in Egypt, Jacob also surely knew of God’s warning that his descendants would be mistreated in a foreign land (Genesis 15:13).

For this reason, God’s assurance is vital to his journey. Perhaps it seems that God has placed you on a journey you did not expect: a new career, a new home, a challenging situation that stretches your faith.

Hear today the great assurance that Jacob heard: “Do not be afraid. . . . I will go . . . with you.” God, who lived among us and journeyed with us in the flesh of his Son (John 1:14), will redeem and bless even the unexpected journeys of all who trust in him.

A Prayer for Today
Lord, sometimes you send us to unexpected places in life. Give us wisdom to discern your leading in our journeys, and give us courage in knowing you are always with us, through Yeshua, our Savior. Amen.

Monday, May 24, 2021

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10)

Yeshua says, ‘I will do a new thing for you and make all things new.’ Our God is a God who is longing for newness and freshness. He will transform everything for it to be new in your life. Old sorrows and pains will pass away.

Today’s promise is from Psalm 51:10; the prayer of David saying “create in me a new heart O Lord and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Create in me a pure heart.” A pure heart is what God wants you to have.

David sang this song at the time when he had failed God by becoming an adulterer. He cried to God saying ‘Lord you have given me e a certificate that I am a man after your own heart, but my heart has become sick. It is dead because of sin.

Create a pure heart in me Lord for you are the life and resurrection. Create a pure heart for me instead of my dead heart. God heard his prayer and made him new. Today, everyone hails David as their father and says he is a man after God’s own heart. He did all the will of God and many millions have named their children as David.

As you cry today for God to give you a clean and pure heart, The Lord will take away your old heart and create a pure heart. In Ezekiel 36:26 God says, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” 

Yeshua does miracles. Today, god is giving you a new heart, a heart of love for God and love for the people. So, when you pray from that heart with tears of love, you will have miracles.

A Prayer for Today
Father, Give me a new heart, a pure heart, a heart of flesh full of your love. Help me to cry and come to your presence. Help me to cry and pray for others. Let there be miracles. In Yeshua name, I pray. Amen.

Sunday, May 23, 2021

“Your approval means nothing to me.” (John 5:41)

It’s great when people cheer us on and make us feel valuable. We love when a friend compliments us or a coworker helps us on a project. God uses people to help move us toward our destiny. But you can’t become so dependent on people that you’re trying to get your worth and value from them.

It’s easy to rely on them to keep you feeling good about yourself and make you feel approved. But if they don’t give you their approval and meet your expectations, you’ll feel discouraged and inferior, and you’ll work overtime to try to win their approval.

The problem is, you’re trying to get from people what only God can give. Your value, your self-worth doesn’t come from another person—it comes from your Creator. Yeshua knew better than to rely on people. What they do or don’t do doesn’t determine your worth and cannot stop your purpose. Quit depending on others’ approval and start approving yourself.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for the people You’ve placed in my life to help me move to my destiny. Help me, though, not to become dependent upon their approval or try to get my value from them. I declare that I have Your approval and love, and that’s all I need. In Yeshua’s Name, Amen.”

Saturday, May 22, 2021

“But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” (Daniel 3:18)

This is what three Hebrew teenagers did in the Scripture. They wouldn’t bow down to the king of Babylon’s golden idol. He was so furious that he was about to have them thrown into a fiery furnace. They said, “King, we’re not worried.

We know that our God will deliver us. But even if He doesn’t, we’re still not going to bow down.” That’s unconditional trust. You may have a lot coming against you. Perhaps, you feel as though you’re about to be thrown into a fire.

This is the key: stay in faith, believe in your dreams, believe the situation will turn around, and then declare, “Even if it doesn’t happen my way, I’m still going to be happy. God, if You turn it around, or if You don’t turn it around, I’m still going to give You praise.” You live like that and all the forces of darkness cannot keep you from your destiny.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that You are worthy of my unconditional trust. There are things in my life that I don’t understand, situations I want to see changed, but even if they never happen, I’m still going to trust You. I gladly leave these matters in Your hands. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Friday, May 21, 2021

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:21)

When David was a teenager, his oldest brother, Eliab, spoke to him in the most condescending, disrespectful, and accusatory way in front of others (see 1 Samuel 17:28). Rest assured that David felt like telling his brother off, but he kept his mouth closed, turned and walked away. Seeing such self-discipline, it’s no wonder God entrusted David to do great things.

You know that if you argue long enough with someone, you’re going to say things you regret later. A ten-minute argument can set the relationship back ten years. You have to learn to walk away. You’re not going to accomplish anything positive in a heated, disrespectful, contentious situation.

Let them have the last word, and you keep your peace. The Scripture says that you “overcome evil with good.” You don’t overcome disrespect with more disrespect, or overcome insult with insult, or overcome shouting with more shouting. You do it by staying respectful. You be the first to walk away.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that in every way possible Jesus overcame evil by doing good. Thank You for giving me the grace to overcome evil by doing good as well. Help me to stay respectful in all of my conversations and every situation and walk away when necessary. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Hezekiah trusted in the LORD, the God of Israel. There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him. He held fast to the LORD and did not stop following him…And the LORD was with him; he was successful in whatever he undertook. (2 Kings 18:5–7)

Hezekiah’s father was King Ahaz of Judah, who set up idols for the people to worship and closed the doors of the temple. He didn’t honor God, and the nation went downhill and became very poor. Hezekiah was raised in an environment of compromise, defeat, and mediocrity.

He could have turned out like his dad and adapted to that environment, but when he became king, the first thing Hezekiah did was to reopen the temple. He turned the nation back toward God.
You may be in some kind of limited environment.

If Hezekiah were here today, he would tell you, “You can break out of the mold. You can be the difference maker. You can be the one who sets your family on a course to honoring God, a course of blessing, favor, and victory.”

Recondition your mind, start thinking better, believing that you’re a can-do person, knowing that you have seeds of greatness, and you too will break barriers that you thought were impossible.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that I can break out of the mold and be a difference maker. Thank You that I can live a life that honors You and is a blessing to my family. I declare that I will not live a life of compromise, but rather one of favor and victory. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

The tongue has the power of life and death. (Proverbs 18:21)

Words have creative power. They can be very helpful like electricity. Used the right way, electricity powers all kinds of good things. But electricity used the wrong way can harm or even kill you. It’s the same way with our words. Whether we speak positive or negative words, we will reap what we sow.

If you’re always speaking words of defeat and failure, you’re going to live in a pretty miserable world. Use your words to change your negative situations and fill them with life.

The Scripture clearly tells us to speak to our mountains. Maybe your mountain is a sickness,  a college debt, or a floundering business. Whatever your mountain is, speak to that obstacle. The Scripture says,

“Let the weak say, ‘I am strong!’” Start calling yourself healed, happy, whole, blessed, and prosperous. God is a miracle-working God. Stop talking to God about how big your mountains are and start talking to your mountains about how big your God is!

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for the creative power that You give my words to change my life. Help me to give my faith a voice by speaking words of life and blessing over myself and my future daily. I declare that You are greater than any mountain I face. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

“For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.” (Psalm 84:11)

Let’s meditate on the verse Psalm 84:11, “For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.” God loves a righteous life.

We read, “The righteous lead blameless lives; blessed are their children after them” (Proverbs 20:7). A man is called righteous when he walks in integrity. Dear friend, check your life even now. Are you being upright before God?

Read in Proverbs 11:3, “The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.” If you lead a life of integrity the Lord Himself will be pleased with you and He will guide you in the path of righteousness. This is the secret of success.

We read in Job 1:1, “In the land of Us there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil.” Job walked in the right way with all integrity. He faced so many problems in his life.

He lost all his children, he lost his health, he lost his peace but as the Lord was pleased with him, he restored all his losses and made him live up to hundred and forty years. In Job 42:16, we read “After this, Job lived a hundred and forty years; he saw his children and their children to the fourth generation.”

Moreover we read about a king called Hezekiah. He too was a righteous man walking with integrity. But the Lord told Hezekiah that he is going to die and instructed him to put everything in order as he was going to die but Hezekiah tells God that he has walked in integrity before Him and asks God to remember his good deeds and grant him life.

He cried to God facing the wall reminding God of his uprightness. So God added 15 years to his life and extended his life. God found him upright so He prolonged his days on earth. David says, “By this I know that You delight in me, for my enemy does not triumph over me. In my integrity You uphold me and set me in Your presence forever.”(Psalm 41:11,12)

Enemies such as sickness or sorrow cannot touch your life when you walk in integrity. So make up your mind to walk uprightly before God and man from today.

A Prayer for Today
Father, Touch my heart and give me grace to walk in integrity before You and men. Cleanse me with Your blood. Change my heart and help me to live a righteous life.

Help me to please You with my life. Bless me and give me a long and satisfying life like how You blessed Job. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.

Monday, May 17, 2021

A relaxed attitude lengthens a man’s life; jealousy rots it away. (Proverbs 14:30)

No matter what age you are, you can be young at heart, full of faith, energy, and creativity. Your spirit never ages. It doesn’t have to get old and grouchy. You can stay young in spirit. The way that happens is to give no place to the negative.

Get in a habit of emptying out any offenses, knowing that God is in control and will do what He promised despite what comes against you. Empty out the worry and anxiety. If you made a mistake, empty out the guilt.

If you didn’t do your best, empty out the regret. If you were upset because you didn’t get the credit you deserved, empty out the self-pity.

If you had a bad break, and you don’t understand why, empty out the questions. Don’t try to figure it out.

If you get good at emptying out the negative every day, you’ll be strong, vibrant, full of faith, and full of joy.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that I never need to get old in my heart, and that I can stay young and vibrant in my spirit. I choose to empty out the worry, mistakes, and offenses and let negative things go. Fill me with joy to overflowing. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Now Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom. (Daniel 6:3)

How badly do you want that promotion at work? Badly enough to get to work early, to do more than what’s required, to take that extra course online to sharpen your skills? If not, you don’t want it badly enough.

You have to stand out in the crowd. Today’s Scripture says that Daniel “distinguished himself.” He was so excellent in his work, so skilled, so sharp, and had such a great attitude that he stood out among all the other young men.

The king gave him a position of great leadership. It doesn’t say, “God distinguished Daniel, made him stand out, made him excel.” It says that Daniel distinguished himself.

He was willing to do what the other young men wouldn’t do. It wasn’t so much that he was more talented or more gifted; it was the fact that he wanted it more than they did. The question is, how big is your want-to?

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for the gifts and talents and seeds of greatness that You’ve given me. Thank You that I have the opportunity to distinguish myself and become all You created me to be. I’m going to take steps to grow. I’m going to come up higher and excel. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Saturday, May 15, 2021

“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin.” (Zechariah 4:10)

When David went out to face Goliath, all he had was a slingshot and five smooth stones. It looked insignificant, ordinary, and certainly nothing special. But God breathed on him, and he defeated Goliath and became the king of Israel.

All Moses had was an ordinary stick, something he found on the ground, yet when he picked up that rod and held it in the air, the Red Sea supernaturally parted. Samson was surrounded by a huge army.

All he had was the jawbone of a donkey. But he picked up that jawbone, God breathed on him, and he defeated a thousand men.
Don’t despise the day of small beginnings. Don’t look at what you have and say, “I can’t do anything great. I don’t have a lot of talent.” If you’ll use what God has given you, He will multiply it. He will not only bring your dreams to pass, but He will do more than you can ask or think.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that You rejoice to see me use what You have given me, and You will bring the increase as I trust in You. Thank You that a slingshot and five stones are enough to bring down a giant. I believe that nothing can keep me from my destiny. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Friday, May 14, 2021

So give yourselves humbly to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)

The Scripture tells us to resist the enemy. To resist means to not agree with what he’s telling you, but rather to believe what God says about you. When you hear him whisper, “You’re all washed up.

You’ve made too many mistakes,” the way you resist it is to answer, “No, thanks. God’s mercy is bigger than any mistake. My best days are still in front of me.” Don’t assist the enemy; resist him. When he tells you, “You don’t deserve to be blessed.

Look what you’ve done,” resist him by declaring,” I am the righteousness of God. I am forgiven. I am redeemed.” When the enemy says, “Well, you blew it. You knew better, and now you’re guilty,” tell him, “There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

I asked God for forgiveness, and He not only forgave me, but He doesn’t remember it. I’m going to live guilt-free, confidently, securely, holy, blamelessly, righteously, and honorably in Jesus’ Name.”

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that when the accuser tries to dump a load of guilt on me, I can say with authority, ‘Condemnation is not acceptable here. Jesus paid the price.’ I am far from perfect, but I will not drag yesterday’s failures into today. I am forgiven. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Reading (Acts 18:1-8)

[1] After this, Sha’ul left Athens and went to Corinth, [2] where he met a Jewish man named Aquila, originally from Pontus but having recently come with his wife Priscilla from Italy, because Claudius had issued a decree expelling all the Jews from Rome.

Sha’ul went to see them; [3] and because he had the same trade as they, making tents, he stayed on with them; and they worked together. [4] Sha’ul also began carrying on discussions every Shabbat in the synagogue, where he tried to convince both Jews and Greeks.

[5] But after Sila and Timothy arrived from Macedonia, Sha’ul felt pressed by the urgency of the message and testified in depth to the Jews that Yeshua is the Messiah. [6] However when they set themselves against him and began hurling insults, he shook out his clothes and said to them,

“Your blood be on your own heads! For my part, I am clean; from now on, I will go to the Goyim!” [7] So he left them and went into the home of a “God-fearer” named Titius Justus, whose house was right next door to the synagogue.

[8] Crispus, the president of the synagogue, came to trust in the Lord, along with his whole household; also many of the Corinthians who heard trusted and were immersed.

Gospel (John 16:16-20)

[16] “In a little while, you will see me no more; then, a little while later, you will see me.” [17] At this, some of the talmidim said to one another, “What is this that he’s telling us, ‘In a little while, you won’t see me; then, a little while later, you will see me’? and, ‘I am going to the Father’?”

[18] They went on saying, “What is this ‘little while’? We don’t understand what he’s talking about.” [19] Yeshua knew that they wanted to ask him, so he said to them, “Are you asking each other what I meant by saying, ‘In a little while, you won’t see me; and then, a little while later, you will see me’?

[20] Yes, it’s true. I tell you that you will sob and mourn, and the world will rejoice; you will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

“For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.” (2 Corinthians 1:20)

You might have received so many promises while reading the Bible or you would have received from prophets who have prophesied to you and you might be wondering why those promises are not fulfilled.

It might have been too long since the Word has been given to you but surely each and every promise will come to pass. So don’t worry or don’t get discouraged. The Bible says, “The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it” (1 Thessalonians 5:24). Yes the Lord will do everything He has told you.

Many of us know the story of Abraham in the Bible. The Lord made many promises to Abraham. God said that He would make Abraham’s descendants like the dust of the earth and that his offspring shall be a great nation. Yet, Abraham had to wait for long for this promise to come to pass.

Though he had no child at that time he believed what God said. He believed that he would get offspring as much as the dust of the earth. In the same way the only thing that you need to do is believe in the Word of the Lord and thank Him and the Lord will fulfil each and every promise He has given you.

Thank the Lord in advance and believe the promises that God has given you. David says, “I will bow down toward your holy temple and will praise your name for your unfailing love and your faithfulness, for you have so exalted your solemn decree that it surpasses your fame” (Psalm 138:2).

Yes God has exalted His Word above everything.  He will do everything only according to His Word. God fulfilled all His promises to all His children. That is why Solomon says, “You have kept your promise to your servant David my father; with your mouth you have promised and with your hand you have fulfilled it-as it is today” (2 Chronicles 6:15).

God says, “so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11). So do not worry that it is taking time for God’s Word to fulfil for God will surely bring it to pass.

A Prayer for Today
Lord Jesus, Thank You for this wonderful promise verse. I believe You are going to fulfil each and every promise You have given me. I have nothing to ask of You and I thank You that You are going to do just as You have said. In Your Name I pray, Amen.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Then Balak’s anger burned against Balaam. He struck his hands together and said to him, “I summoned you to curse my enemies, but you have blessed them these three times.” (Numbers 24:10)

King Balak of the Moabites offered a prophet named Balaam a lot of money to put a curse upon the Israelites. But God told Balaam, “What I have blessed, you cannot curse.”

When Balak continued to press Balaam, not only did Balaam refuse, but God had him start speaking blessings over the Israelites, how they would succeed and accomplish great things.

Notice that when God puts the commanded blessing on you, it doesn’t matter what somebody else says or does. All that matters is the Creator of the universe put His blessing on you, and everything else is of no effect.

They can speak defeat all day long, but here’s the key: they are powerless to change the blessing on your life. When the enemy tries to curse your future with negative words and negative thinking, do like Balaam.

Start prophesying victory, prophesy favor, prophesy health, prophesy abundance. When you walk in obedience, God’s blessings will chase you down and overtake you.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for the commanded blessing that You have put on my life because I belong to You. Thank You that Your blessing will override any force that’s trying to hold me back. I believe that as I keep honoring You, Your blessings will chase me down and overtake me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Give us gladness in proportion to our former misery! Replace the evil years with good. Let us see your miracles again; let our children see glorious things. (Psalm 90:15–16)

Psalm 90 is a prayer of Moses. Perhaps you can identify with his request in today’s Scripture. He was saying, “God, I’m having a tough time. I’ve had some bad breaks, but I’m asking for Your restored blessing.”

When you face difficulties, do as Moses did and pray, “God, strengthen me again, heal me again, and show me Your favor again.”

Your situation may not look good. You may be facing something at your business, in a relationship, or have a health issue that you don’t think could ever work out.

But God didn’t bring you this far to leave you. He can turn things around, bring a breakthrough, restore your health and happiness, and cause your business to take off. Rise up in faith and say, “God, I’m not going to give up.

I’m believing to see glorious things, miracles again, the dream come to pass, the problem resolved. I know that You always finish what You start.”

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for being the God of miracles who does glorious things. Thank You for the assurance that the work You’ve started to do in my life will be brought to completion. I declare that I will not give up my trust in what You can do. In Jesus’ Name, AmenPAGE BREAK

Monday, May 10, 2021

And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. (Romans 13:11)

When God first put that dream or promise in your heart, you were excited; you told people what you were going to do. But now it’s been months, maybe years, and things haven’t turned out like you planned.

Today’s Scripture says you are closer now to seeing it come to pass than you’ve ever been. You’re coming into a high time. High time is when things suddenly change in your favor, when blessings chase you down.

High time is when your healing shows up, you break the addiction, you meet the right person. God makes things happen that you could never make happen. If you’re going to see this high time, you have to wake up out of your sleep.

That means to get your passion back. Start believing again, start expecting things to change, start talking like it’s going to happen. You can’t be complacent and step into the fullness of what God has in store. My question is, are you awake?

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for the call to wake up, to get my hopes up, to start expecting things to change. Thank You that I’m closer to going to the next level, to seeing explosive blessings than I’ve ever been. I believe that I’m about to see this high time. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Sunday, May 09, 2021

This is the day the LORD has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24)

When we read about the heroes of faith, their lives seem so exciting, but the truth is that most of their days were routine. Moses experienced one miracle after another, but those involved only a few days of his life.

Most of our days will be ordinary days with some exciting days. If you live from big event to big event, waiting for something exciting to keep you encouraged, you’re going to be disappointed.
Learn to enjoy where God has you right now.

This is the day the Lord has made. It may be routine, but when you do the ordinary with a good attitude, that’s getting you prepared for the new things God has in store.

It’s being faithful day in and day out, doing the right thing when the wrong thing is happening, staying in faith when we’re not getting our way. You won’t be promoted if you’re not being your best where God has you right now.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for this day that You have made. Thank You that I can be faithful in the ordinary and routine, knowing that You are preparing me for the new things You have in store. I’m going to keep being my best, serving, giving, and loving right where I am. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Saturday, May 08, 2021

This is the day the LORD has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24)

When we read about the heroes of faith, their lives seem so exciting, but the truth is that most of their days were routine. Moses experienced one miracle after another, but those involved only a few days of his life. Most of our days will be ordinary days with some exciting days.

If you live from big event to big event, waiting for something exciting to keep you encouraged, you’re going to be disappointed.

Learn to enjoy where God has you right now. This is the day the Lord has made. It may be routine, but when you do the ordinary with a good attitude, that’s getting you prepared for the new things God has in store.

It’s being faithful day in and day out, doing the right thing when the wrong thing is happening, staying in faith when we’re not getting our way. You won’t be promoted if you’re not being your best where God has you right now.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for this day that You have made. Thank You that I can be faithful in the ordinary and routine, knowing that You are preparing me for the new things You have in store. I’m going to keep being my best, serving, giving, and loving right where I am. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Friday, May 07, 2021

“You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.” (Genesis 50:20)

God gave Joseph a dream that he was destined for greatness, but before that dream came true, he went through some very dark places.

However, today’s Scripture shows how God connected the dots. Being thrown into the pit by his brothers led to being sold to Potiphar in Egypt, which led to being falsely accused and put in prison.

In prison, he interpreted the dreams of the butler and the baker, which led to interpreting Pharaoh’s dream and being put in charge of the nation. Every step was divinely orchestrated and moving Joseph toward his destiny.


As was true in Joseph’s life, you have to believe that a disappointment, a betrayal, or a setback is part of God’s plan. It’s moving you little by little into your destiny.

God knows what He’s doing. What looks like trouble is really the hand of God. Keep doing the right thing despite the trouble, and one day, God is going to connect the dots for you.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that what so often looks like trouble is really Your hand moving me toward Your purpose. Thank You that it’s going to push me into a level of my destiny I could never experience without it. Help me to be patient while You connect the dots. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Thursday, May 06, 2021

“Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you into a great nation there.”
Genesis 46:3

In his old age Jacob now begins one more journey. Many years earlier, Jacob had fled his homeland in fear; now he leaves in the hope of a joyful reunion with a son he had thought was dead. But this journey also requires him to leave the land God has promised to him (Genesis 35:12).

This journey will take him to Egypt, a place of danger for his father and grandfather (Genesis 12:10-20; 26:2). Can God be involved in this unexpected change of plans? It is to Jacob’s credit that he begins this journey with worship—for even if a plan seems appealing to us, it will not succeed if it does not honor God.

Though his own son had invited him to come and stay in Egypt, Jacob also surely knew of God’s warning that his descendants would be mistreated in a foreign land (Genesis 15:13). For this reason, God’s assurance is vital to his journey.

Perhaps it seems that God has placed you on a journey you did not expect: a new career, a new home, a challenging situation that stretches your faith.

Hear today the great assurance that Jacob heard: “Do not be afraid. . . . I will go . . . with you.” God, who lived among us and journeyed with us in the flesh of his Son (John 1:14), will redeem and bless even the unexpected journeys of all who trust in him.

A Prayer for Today
Lord, sometimes you send us to unexpected places in life. Give us wisdom to discern your leading in our journeys, and give us courage in knowing you are always with us, through Jesus, our Savior. Amen.

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10)

Jesus says, ‘I will do a new thing for you and make all things new.’ Our God is a God who is longing for newness and freshness. He will transform everything for it to be new in your life. Old sorrows and pains will pass away.

Today’s promise is from Psalm 51:10; the prayer of David saying “create in me a new heart O Lord and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Create in me a pure heart.” A pure heart is what God wants you to have.

David sang this song at the time when he had failed God by becoming an adulterer. He cried to God saying ‘Lord you have given me e a certificate that I am a man after your own heart, but my heart has become sick.

It is dead because of sin. Create a pure heart in me Lord for you are the life and resurrection. Create a pure heart for me instead of my dead heart. God heard his prayer and made him new.

Today, everyone hails David as their father and says he is a man after God’s own heart. He did all the will of God and many millions have named their children as David.

As you cry today for God to give you a clean and pure heart, The Lord will take away your old heart and create a pure heart. In Ezekiel 36:26 God says, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” 

Jesus does miracles. Today, god is giving you a new heart, a heart of love for God and love for the people. So, when you pray from that heart with tears of love, you will have miracles.

A Prayer for Today:
Father, Give me a new heart, a pure heart, a heart of flesh full of your love. Help me to cry and come to your presence. Help me to cry and pray for others. Let there be miracles.
In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.

Tuesday, May 04, 2021

“Your approval means nothing to me.” (John 5:41)

It’s great when people cheer us on and make us feel valuable. We love when a friend compliments us or a coworker helps us on a project. God uses people to help move us toward our destiny. But you can’t become so dependent on people that you’re trying to get your worth and value from them.

It’s easy to rely on them to keep you feeling good about yourself and make you feel approved. But if they don’t give you their approval and meet your expectations, you’ll feel discouraged and inferior, and you’ll work overtime to try to win their approval.

The problem is, you’re trying to get from people what only God can give. Your value, your self-worth doesn’t come from another person—it comes from your Creator.

Jesus knew better than to rely on people. What they do or don’t do doesn’t determine your worth and cannot stop your purpose. Quit depending on others’ approval and start approving yourself.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for the people You’ve placed in my life to help me move to my destiny. Help me, though, not to become dependent upon their approval or try to get my value from them. I declare that I have Your approval and love, and that’s all I need. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Monday, May 03, 2021

“But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” (Daniel 3:18)

This is what three Hebrew teenagers did in the Scripture. They wouldn’t bow down to the king of Babylon’s golden idol. He was so furious that he was about to have them thrown into a fiery furnace. They said, “King, we’re not worried.

We know that our God will deliver us. But even if He doesn’t, we’re still not going to bow down.” That’s unconditional trust.

You may have a lot coming against you. Perhaps, you feel as though you’re about to be thrown into a fire. This is the key: stay in faith, believe in your dreams, believe the situation will turn around, and then declare, “Even if it doesn’t happen my way, I’m still going to be happy.

God, if You turn it around, or if You don’t turn it around, I’m still going to give You praise.” You live like that and all the forces of darkness cannot keep you from your destiny.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that You are worthy of my unconditional trust. There are things in my life that I don’t understand, situations I want to see changed, but even if they never happen, I’m still going to trust You. I gladly leave these matters in Your hands. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Sunday, May 02, 2021

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:21)

When David was a teenager, his oldest brother, Eliab, spoke to him in the most condescending, disrespectful, and accusatory way in front of others (see 1 Samuel 17:28).

Rest assured that David felt like telling his brother off, but he kept his mouth closed, turned and walked away. Seeing such self-discipline, it’s no wonder God entrusted David to do great things.

You know that if you argue long enough with someone, you’re going to say things you regret later. A ten-minute argument can set the relationship back ten years. You have to learn to walk away. You’re not going to accomplish anything positive in a heated, disrespectful, contentious situation.

Let them have the last word, and you keep your peace. The Scripture says that you “overcome evil with good.” You don’t overcome disrespect with more disrespect, or overcome insult with insult, or overcome shouting with more shouting. You do it by staying respectful. You be the first to walk away.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that in every way possible Jesus overcame evil by doing good. Thank You for giving me the grace to overcome evil by doing good as well. Help me to stay respectful in all of my conversations and every situation and walk away when necessary. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Saturday, May 01, 2021

Hezekiah trusted in the LORD, the God of Israel. There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him. He held fast to the LORD and did not stop following him…And the LORD was with him; he was successful in whatever he undertook. (2 Kings 18:5–7)

Hezekiah’s father was King Ahaz of Judah, who set up idols for the people to worship and closed the doors of the temple. He didn’t honor God, and the nation went downhill and became very poor. Hezekiah was raised in an environment of compromise, defeat, and mediocrity.

He could have turned out like his dad and adapted to that environment, but when he became king, the first thing Hezekiah did was to reopen the temple. He turned the nation back toward God.
You may be in some kind of limited environment.

If Hezekiah were here today, he would tell you, “You can break out of the mold. You can be the difference maker. You can be the one who sets your family on a course to honoring God, a course of blessing, favor, and victory.”

Recondition your mind, start thinking better, believing that you’re a can-do person, knowing that you have seeds of greatness, and you too will break barriers that you thought were impossible.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that I can break out of the mold and be a difference maker. Thank You that I can live a life that honors You and is a blessing to my family. I declare that I will not live a life of compromise, but rather one of favor and victory. In Jesus’ Name, AmenPAGE BREAK

Friday, April 30, 2021

The tongue has the power of life and death. (Proverbs 18:21)

Words have creative power. They can be very helpful like electricity. Used the right way, electricity powers all kinds of good things. But electricity used the wrong way can harm or even kill you. It’s the same way with our words.

Whether we speak positive or negative words, we will reap what we sow. If you’re always speaking words of defeat and failure, you’re going to live in a pretty miserable world. Use your words to change your negative situations and fill them with life.

The Scripture clearly tells us to speak to our mountains. Maybe your mountain is a sickness,  a college debt, or a floundering business. Whatever your mountain is, speak to that obstacle. The Scripture says, “Let the weak say, ‘I am strong!’”

Start calling yourself healed, happy, whole, blessed, and prosperous. God is a miracle-working God. Stop talking to God about how big your mountains are and start talking to your mountains about how big your God is!

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for the creative power that You give my words to change my life. Help me to give my faith a voice by speaking words of life and blessing over myself and my future daily. I declare that You are greater than any mountain I face. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Thursday, April 29, 2021

“For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.” (Psalm 84:11)

Let’s meditate on the verse Psalm 84:11, “For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.” God loves a righteous life. We read, “The righteous lead blameless lives; blessed are their children after them” (Proverbs 20:7).

A man is called righteous when he walks in integrity. Dear friend, check your life even now. Are you being upright before God?Read in Proverbs 11:3, “The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.”

If you lead a life of integrity the Lord Himself will be pleased with you and He will guide you in the path of righteousness. This is the secret of success. We read in Job 1:1, “In the land of Us there lived a man whose name was Job.

This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil.” Job walked in the right way with all integrity. He faced so many problems in his life. He lost all his children, he lost his health, he lost his peace but as the Lord was pleased with him, he restored all his losses and made him live up to hundred and forty years.

In Job 42:16, we read “After this, Job lived a hundred and forty years; he saw his children and their children to the fourth generation.”

Moreover we read about a king called Hezekiah. He too was a righteous man walking with integrity. But the Lord told Hezekiah that he is going to die and instructed him to put everything in order as he was going to die but Hezekiah tells God that he has walked in integrity before Him and asks God to remember his good deeds and grant him life.

He cried to God facing the wall reminding God of his uprightness. So God added 15 years to his life and extended his life. God found him upright so He prolonged his days on earth. David says, “By this I know that You delight in me, for my enemy does not triumph over me. In my integrity You uphold me and set me in Your presence forever. (Psalm 41:11,12)”

Enemies such as sickness or sorrow cannot touch your life when you walk in integrity. So make up your mind to walk uprightly before God and man from today.

A Prayer for today
Father,  Touch my heart and give me grace to walk in integrity before You and men. Cleanse me with Your blood. Change my heart and help me to live a righteous life. Help me to please You with my life. Bless me and give me a long and satisfying life like how You blessed Job.
In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

A relaxed attitude lengthens a man’s life; jealousy rots it away. (Proverbs 14:30)

No matter what age you are, you can be young at heart, full of faith, energy, and creativity. Your spirit never ages. It doesn’t have to get old and grouchy. You can stay young in spirit. The way that happens is to give no place to the negative.

Get in a habit of emptying out any offenses, knowing that God is in control and will do what He promised despite what comes against you. Empty out the worry and anxiety. If you made a mistake, empty out the guilt. If you didn’t do your best, empty out the regret.

If you were upset because you didn’t get the credit you deserved, empty out the self-pity. If you had a bad break, and you don’t understand why, empty out the questions. Don’t try to figure it out.
If you get good at emptying out the negative every day, you’ll be strong, vibrant, full of faith, and full of joy.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that I never need to get old in my heart, and that I can stay young and vibrant in my spirit. I choose to empty out the worry, mistakes, and offenses and let negative things go. Fill me with joy to overflowing. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Now Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom. (Daniel 6:3)

How badly do you want that promotion at work? Badly enough to get to work early, to do more than what’s required, to take that extra course online to sharpen your skills? If not, you don’t want it badly enough.

You have to stand out in the crowd. Today’s Scripture says that Daniel “distinguished himself.” He was so excellent in his work, so skilled, so sharp, and had such a great attitude that he stood out among all the other young men.

The king gave him a position of great leadership. It doesn’t say, “God distinguished Daniel, made him stand out, made him excel.” It says that Daniel distinguished himself. He was willing to do what the other young men wouldn’t do.

It wasn’t so much that he was more talented or more gifted; it was the fact that he wanted it more than they did. The question is, how big is your want-to?

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for the gifts and talents and seeds of greatness that You’ve given me. Thank You that I have the opportunity to distinguish myself and become all You created me to be. I’m going to take steps to grow. I’m going to come up higher and excel. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Monday, April 26, 2021

“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin.” (Zechariah 4:10)

When David went out to face Goliath, all he had was a slingshot and five smooth stones. It looked insignificant, ordinary, and certainly nothing special. But God breathed on him, and he defeated Goliath and became the king of Israel.

All Moses had was an ordinary stick, something he found on the ground, yet when he picked up that rod and held it in the air, the Red Sea supernaturally parted. Samson was surrounded by a huge army.

All he had was the jawbone of a donkey. But he picked up that jawbone, God breathed on him, and he defeated a thousand men.

Don’t despise the day of small beginnings. Don’t look at what you have and say, “I can’t do anything great. I don’t have a lot of talent.” If you’ll use what God has given you, He will multiply it. He will not only bring your dreams to pass, but He will do more than you can ask or think.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that You rejoice to see me use what You have given me, and You will bring the increase as I trust in You. Thank You that a slingshot and five stones are enough to bring down a giant. I believe that nothing can keep me from my destiny. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Sunday, April 25, 2021

So give yourselves humbly to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)

Today’s Scripture tells us to resist the enemy. To resist means to not agree with what he’s telling you, but rather to believe what God says about you. When you hear him whisper, “You’re all washed up.

You’ve made too many mistakes,” the way you resist it is to answer, “No, thanks. God’s mercy is bigger than any mistake. My best days are still in front of me.” Don’t assist the enemy; resist him. When he tells you, “You don’t deserve to be blessed.

Look what you’ve done,” resist him by declaring,” I am the righteousness of God. I am forgiven. I am redeemed.” When the enemy says, “Well, you blew it. You knew better, and now you’re guilty,” tell him, “There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

I asked God for forgiveness, and He not only forgave me, but He doesn’t remember it. I’m going to live guilt-free, confidently, securely, holy, blamelessly, righteously, and honorably in Jesus’ Name.”

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that when the accuser tries to dump a load of guilt on me, I can say with authority, ‘Condemnation is not acceptable here. Jesus paid the price.’ I am far from perfect, but I will not drag yesterday’s failures into today. I am forgiven. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Saturday, April 24, 2021

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.” (John 14:1)

With social media, so many people can hide behind being anonymous and say hurtful, critical things to try to make you feel small, unattractive, and not good enough. At times it may seem as though there’s a campaign against someone, but it’s usually just a handful of bullies, haters, and envious people.

You can’t stop that from coming, but you can ignore it. Let it bounce right off you.
The trick of the enemy is to try to deceive you into thinking about it all the time, and then it contaminates your life.

Don’t let the poison in. Don’t even bother to read it when it gets negative. Don’t call a friend and ask them what someone might be saying about you. Don’t let your heart be troubled; let God take care of it. You don’t have to defend yourself.

God is your vindicator. Just run your race. Stay focused on moving forward, and He will take care of the rest.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that You are my vindicator, and  You will protect my reputation as I keep on honoring You. Help me to let any negative chatter bounce off me and not read it or listen to it. I believe that You will handle it Your way. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Friday, April 23, 2021

“For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.” (2 Corinthians 1:20)

You might have received so many promises while reading the Bible or you would have received from prophets who have prophesied to you and you might be wondering why those promises are not fulfilled.

It might have been too long since the Word has been given to you but surely each and every promise will come to pass. So don’t worry or don’t get discouraged. The Bible says, “The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it” (1 Thessalonians 5:24).

Yes the Lord will do everything He has told you. Many of us know the story of Abraham in the Bible. The Lord made many promises to Abraham. God said that He would make Abraham’s descendants like the dust of the earth and that his offspring shall be a great nation.

Yet, Abraham had to wait for long for this promise to come to pass. Though he had no child at that time he believed what God said. He believed that he would get offspring as much as the dust of the earth.

In the same way the only thing that you need to do is believe in the Word of the Lord and thank Him and the Lord will fulfil each and every promise He has given you.  Thank the Lord in advance and believe the promises that God has given you.

David says, “I will bow down toward your holy temple and will praise your name for your unfailing love and your faithfulness, for you have so exalted your solemn decree that it surpasses your fame” (Psalm 138:2).

Yes God has exalted His Word above everything.  He will do everything only according to His Word. God fulfilled all His promises to all His children. That is why Solomon says, “You have kept your promise to your servant David my father; with your mouth you have promised and with your hand you have fulfilled it-as it is today” (2 Chronicles 6:15).

God says, “so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11). So do not worry that it is taking time for God’s Word to fulfil for God will surely bring it to pass.

A Prayer for Today
Lord Jesus, Thank You for this wonderful promise verse. I believe You are going to fulfil each and every promise You have given me. I have nothing to ask of You and I thank You that You are going to do just as You have said. In Your Name I pray, Amen.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

“When the Lord brings you into the Promised Land, as he soon will, he will destroy the following seven nations, all greater and mightier than you are.”
(Deuteronomy 7:1)

God was about to take the Israelites into the Promised Land, but there were seven nations in their path that were bigger, stronger, and more powerful than the Israelites. Moses didn’t know what they were going to do.

In the natural they could never defeat them. But God told them, “You don’t have to fight this in your own strength. I’m going to go before you and clear the path. I’m going to defeat your enemies so all you have to do is walk in and take the land.”

We all face situations where the odds are against us. It’s easy to think, This sickness…this debt…this addiction…these people coming against me are much more powerful. Don’t worry. God is going before you right now clearing the path.

He’s making things happen that you couldn’t make happen. On your own you may be outnumbered, but you’re not on your own. The God who controls the universe says He will take care of your enemies.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that You’re defeating my enemies, and You’re bringing me into my Promised Land. Thank You that You’re going before me right now and clearing the path and doing what I cannot do on my own. I believe that the victory is on the way. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Whoever has no rule over his own spirit is like a city broken down, without walls. (Proverbs 25:28)

When you let your feelings control you—anger, impatience, lust, a negative attitude—your walls of defense are down. The enemy can come in and run your life. God has given us self-control. Quit saying, “I can’t stop it. It’s too hard.”

You have the ability, but self-control is like a muscle—if you never discipline yourself to walk away when you feel like taking the easy way out, then your self-control muscle is very weak. You have to start exercising it by saying no to your flesh.

You have a destiny to fulfill. But as long as you are controlled by these ordinary impulses, God can’t release the amazing things He has in store for your future. Spiritual maturity has nothing to do with how many years you’ve been in church or how long you’ve known the Lord.

It has everything to do with what kind of fruit you are displaying. Are you ruling over your emotions?

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that one of the fruit of the Spirit working in me is self-control. Thank You that I don’t have to be a slave to feelings that have tried to control me for years. I believe that as I say no to the flesh, I will reach my highest potential. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

“The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.” (Exodus 12:13)

In the last plague that God sent on Egypt in order to get the Pharaoh to let the people of Israel go free, God told Moses that the Israelites should mark their doorposts with a lamb’s blood so that the death angel could “pass over” their houses and spare them from the death of all the firstborn of Egypt.

You can imagine how careful they were to follow the exact instructions. Today, have you put the blood of the Lamb of God over your house, so to speak? When you say, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord,” in effect you’re putting that blood over your doorpost.

God says no harm will come near your dwelling. When you’ve accepted the sacrifice of Christ’s salvation, you’re in a place of protection. No weapon formed against you will prosper. Because of the blood of the Son of the living God, there’s a blood line that the enemy cannot cross.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that I am covered by the blood of Jesus. Thank You that I have Your protection over every area of my life and family. I believe that You have put a blood line of protection around me and no weapon formed against me will prosper. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Monday, April 19, 2021

Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!” “My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed.
(John 20:27–28)

After Jesus’ resurrection, Thomas had declared that he wouldn’t believe unless he felt the wounds in Jesus’ hands and side. When Jesus appeared to Thomas, He held out His hands and said, “Touch My scars.” Thomas fell down and said, “Lord, I believe!”

Maybe somebody needs to touch your scars to believe. Maybe they need to hear your story of how God brought you through the sickness, through the divorce, through the mistake or loss. Don’t hide your scars; show your scars.

Your scars can inspire someone else to believe. There’s healing in your scars. When you see other people who are wounded, do like Jesus did and tell them, “Touch my scars.” Let them know that what God did for you, He can do for them.

When they hear how God healed you, restored you, and blessed you, that will breathe new life into their spirit. God didn’t show you mercy just for your sake; those scars are for somebody else.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for the scars that Jesus bore in His hands and side for my redemption. Thank You for healing me of the wounds that I have had. Help me to show my scars and use my scars to encourage others of what You can do for them. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Sunday, April 18, 2021

“Don’t be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request has been heard in heaven. I have come in answer to your prayer. But for twenty-one days the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia blocked my way.” (Daniel 10:12–13)

In the Scripture, Daniel prayed and asked God for something, but nothing happened. Day after day went by, no sign of it.

Three weeks later, an angel showed up with the answer and said, “From the moment you prayed, God sent me with the answer, but there were forces in my way that stopped me.” God had to send another angel to fight through the forces of darkness.

There are blessings that have your name on them—promotion, businesses, a house, healing, a spouse, a baby, restoration—that you’ve been believing for. There are forces trying to hold back what you’ve been praying for.

God is about to release what’s been held up. Stay encouraged; it’s on the way. Just imagine God breaking the way wide open through those forces that are holding it back. You’re going to see what God promised. What has your name on it is on the way. All the forces of darkness cannot stop it.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that You are the Most High God who rules over the forces of darkness that try to hold back the blessings I am believing for. Thank You that You are breaking the way open right now. I believe You are releasing me into favor and new levels. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Saturday, April 17, 2021

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

Today’s blessing is from Ecclesiastes 3:11, “He (God) has made everything beautiful in its time.” Everything has already been made for us. That is what we see in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

God’s plans for your life have already been made even at the time of the creation of the world before the foundation was laid according to Hebrews 4:3, “And yet his works have been finished since the creation of the world.”

So those plans are very beautiful plans which are meant to prosper you. He has plans that will only give you hope and a future. Yes, that is the heart of God. The same verse Ecclesiastes 3:11 says that the Lord has set eternity in the hearts of men and in another translation it is written that the Lord has set the world in the hearts of men.

That’s why people leave the plans of God and go behind the world. The world is full of the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life. When a person gets into the plans of the world, they commit sin and destruction comes into their life.

There is no beauty in their life any longer. There is only death. That is why God said, “I can’t allow my children to suffer under the prince of the world”. So He came in the form of man as Jesus Christ and shed His blood on the cross and the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin. 

Whoever goes to the Lord and says, “My life is in destruction because I followed the world in my heart” and asks for forgiveness, Jesus cleanses them with His blood, heals their heart and sets Himself in their heart.

Then His plans begin to operate in their life and everything becomes beautiful. Yes, your life will become beautiful today. Turn to Jesus and get cleansed with His blood.

A Prayer for Today
Father, Make everything beautiful in my life according to Your plan. Cleanse me with Your blood and make my heart pure. Come into my heart and let my heart be set on You and not on this world. Establish Your will in my life. I give You all the control. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.

Friday, April 16, 2021

“He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.” (Psalm 25:9)
The Lord has a beautiful promise verse for you today. It is taken from Psalm 25:9, “He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.” First the Lord will guide the humble to justice and then teach them His way.

How does He guide us and what is the path of justice? It is the path of the cross. We read in Acts 14:22, Paul and Barnabas went around “strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith.

“We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said”. According to God, we have to go through so many tribulations in order to enter the kingdom of God. This is how the Lord leads us. This is the way of God.

In Hebrews 12:5,6 we read, “My son, do not take lightly the discipline of the Lord, and do not lose heart when He rebukes you. For the Lord disciplines the one He loves, and He chastises every son He receives.”

When we go through the path of affliction it is very hard for us. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it (Hebrews 12:11).

When we go through trouble it will be painful but this is the way God teaches us His way. He also teaches us through the Word of God. We see in Psalm 94:12, “Blessed is the one you discipline, LORD, the one you teach from your law;” Yes, everyday the Lord teaches us through the Word of God.

Not only that He sends His Holy Spirit to live among us and teaches us all things. What a wonderful God we have! He teaches even the small things to us through the Holy Spirit. He will beautifully lead us and guide us even today.

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it” (Isaiah 30:21). You don’t have to turn to the right or to the left. God’s voice will lead along the straight path to Heaven.

The Lord will catch hold of your hand and lead you beautifully. He says, “Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you” (Isaiah 46:4). Do not be discouraged. The Lord who teaches you is always living in you.

A Prayer for Today
Loving Heavenly Father, What a wonderful God I have in You Lord. You are my Teacher and my Guide. You are my only hope Master. Even now as I am going through much tribulation, guide me and teach me Your way.

Free me from my troubles Lord. Let me have joy instead of sorrow. Let me see a change in my life from today. Lead me have a straight path. Guide me beautifully. Hold on to my hand and lead me.
In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

As they danced, they sang: “Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands.” (1 Samuel 18:7)

King Saul had been happy running his race until David started getting more praise than him. From that moment on, Saul never looked at David the same way and ended up losing his throne over it. What was his problem?

He couldn’t handle somebody getting ahead of him. Saul got distracted and spent months and months trying to kill David all because he wasn’t comfortable with who he was. Maybe like Saul, you’re at the one thousand level but you have a friend who’s at the ten thousand level.

The real test to see if God can promote you is: Can you celebrate people who pass you by and stay focused on your race? Can you celebrate what you’ve accomplished? Our attitude should be: “God may have made me to be a one thousand-level person, but I’m going to be the best one thousand-level person you’ve ever seen.

I’m going to become all God has created me to be.”

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for the amazing people You have brought into my life, and thank You that You’ve made me amazing as well. Thank You that I am not competing against others but simply running my own race. I celebrate who You have made me to be. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

For he “has put everything under his feet.” (1 Corinthians 15:27)

How we see our difficulties very often will determine whether or not we get out of them. When you face challenges and things come against you, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and start thinking. This is never going to work out.

I’ll just have to learn to live with it. That kind of thinking not only pushes you down, but it stops God from working. It’s going to attract fear, worry, and doubt. Many people settle for mediocrity. You have to change your perspective.

If you’re going to live in victory, you have to see every sickness, every obstacle, and every temptation as being under your feet. It’s no match for you. It’s not going to keep you from your destiny.

It’s already defeated. God is going to use it as a stepping stone to take you higher. It’s just a matter of time before you break through to a new level.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that Your Word says that You have put all things—every sickness, obstacle, and temptation—under my feet. Thank You that I don’t have to just learn to live with it or put up with it. I declare that all of these challenges are under my feet. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.
(1 Peter 4:8)
In relationships, we all have disagreements, tension, and stress. When we do, we need to step back and remember that love makes allowances for other people’s weaknesses. Love covers a wrong done to it.

You have to rise above these petty things that are pulling you apart. Give people room to have a bad day. When they’re rude, don’t respond. Be an eagle and rise above it. Life is too short for you to live at odds, being contentious, arguing over things that don’t matter.

Some people have to have the last word in every argument. Don’t be hardheaded. Let it go. Quit wasting your energy. You have a destiny to fulfill. You have an assignment to accomplish. Those are distractions trying to pull you off course.

Zip it up and let the other person be right. You may know they’re wrong, but it doesn’t matter. Don’t waste your valuable time on something that’s not moving you toward your purpose.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for loving and approving me just as I am. Help me to do the same with others and seek the best for others. I ask You for the deep love that covers offenses and weaknesses so that I can honor You in everything I do. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Monday, April 12, 2021

He removed the foreign altars and the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles… No one was at war with him during those years, for the LORD gave him rest. (2 Chronicles 14:3, 6)

King Asa of Judah inherited a kingdom that was filled with idolatry. His father had passed down compromise, mediocrity, and dysfunction. But Asa understood that just because something negative is passed down doesn’t mean you have to continue it and let it limit your life.

He smashed the pagan shrines and altars, and because of it, the Lord gave him rest from his enemies. If you want rest from that bad attitude, that addiction, or that low self-esteem that most likely was passed down to you, you have get rid of it.

Be an Asa and say, “I’m not going to let this anger rule my life. I’m going to pull that stronghold down and smash it. I’m not going to put up with this anxiety and insecurity. I’m removing these limitations.

I’m living in peace. I’m going to enjoy my life.” When you make a decision that enough is enough, God will begin to give rest from your enemies.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that I don’t have to be defined by the past, by what was passed down to me or the mistakes I’ve made. Thank You that I can take a stand and remove anything that is holding me back. I will be the difference maker and break the chains. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Sunday, April 11, 2021

He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s! (Psalm 103:5)

The reason some people aren’t young and strong in their spirit and vibrant and passionate about life is that there’s no room for God to fill them with good things. All the space is taken up with negatives. Worry will make you weak.

Living stressed out will make you old and take your passion. Being bitter, angry, and resentful will shorten your life. Is God trying to fill you with joy, confidence, and creativity, but there’s no room? If you empty out the negative, God will have room to fill your life with good things.

Instead of hanging on to bitterness after someone does you wrong, say, “God, I forgive them. I let it go.” You didn’t just forgive; you made room for God to give you beauty for ashes. When you empty out worry, you’ll have peace in the midst of the storm. Empty out discouragement, and He’ll fill you with joy. He’ll fill you with good things.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for the promise that You fill my life with good things. I choose to empty out the worry so You can fill me with peace, to empty out the discouragement so You can fill me with joy. I believe that You will keep me young and strong in spirit. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Saturday, April 10, 2021

“Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. (Matthew 14:29)

When Jesus came walking across the stormy sea in the darkness of night, Peter was the only disciple who had the courage to walk on the water to Him. One can imagine the other disciples saying, “It’s too dangerous!

Don’t go!” But when Jesus told him to come, Peter stepped out into the unknown and walked on water. He didn’t let what was familiar and comfortable in his life keep him from getting out of the boat and becoming who he was created to be.

You can’t play it safe your whole life and reach the fullness of your destiny. What God has in store for your future is going to boggle your mind—the places He wants to take you, the people you’re going to influence, the dreams you’re going to accomplish.

Don’t let the what-ifs talk you out of it. “What if I fail? What if they say no?” You’ll never know unless you try—it’s in the unknown.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that the stormy seas and waves of my life are no problem for You. I choose to obey You quickly. Help me not to overthink things, but trust Your leading in my life. I declare that I am willing to step out of my comfort zone. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Friday, April 09, 2021

More than how we cherish calling God as our God, God is proud to call Himself as our God. He says to us, “For behold, I am on your side; I will turn toward you, and you will be tilled and sown” (Ezekiel 36:9).

Yes, everyday God will give you His Word that you need to live in this wicked world and yet prosper and have abundant life. We read that, “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). If God is for us who can be against us? (Romans 8:31).

God is on your side. The Lord says, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).

What a wonderful God we have with us! We need not be afraid at all. We need not entertain any fear in our life. God says, “I will do everything for you. I will help you and I will strengthen you. I will hold you in My arms.”

He says in Isaiah 49:16, “See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.” You are always loved by God. He says, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness” (Jeremiah 31:3).

Who can pluck you away from His hand? Nobody can do it. So, you will never be taken away from the hand of God. He will protect you and promise you of His goodness each day. He will make you grow in Him and lift you up higher and higher in life.

Why should you be dismayed? Why should you be distressed? The Lord is with you. He Himself will guide you step by step now and always even till the end.

His love for you will not change and He will continue to speak to you through His Word and strengthen you. You will prosper and rise up high in life.

A Prayer for Today
Loving Heavenly Father, What a joy it is to know that You are on my side Lord! You are carrying me in Your nail pierced hand so I thank You Lord. Thank You that You are protecting me. Thank You that You will prosper me.

Guide me with Your Word each day. Out of Your fullness let me receive one blessing after another. Let me have no more lack in my life. Bless my future. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen

Thursday, April 08, 2021

“For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.”(Isaiah 41:13)

You are precious to God because you have come seeking after God’s promise for today. His promises shall be yes and amen in Christ Jesus for your life. Today, God promises you three blessings. Firstly, God’s covenant of peace with you will not be shaken.

Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you (Isaiah 54:10).

The psalmist says, “I have set the LORD always before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved” (Psalm 16:8). Because you too have set the Lord before you, you will not be moved. God will hold your right hand and will help you today (Isaiah 41:13). So, be without fear.

Secondly, God’s strength will be perfected in your weakness. In Isaiah 41:10, God says, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

God is with you to strengthen you. For we read in the Bible, “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans” (Romans 8:26).

In your weakness, the Holy Spirit will be strong and pray for you to overcome your weaknesses.
Thirdly, God will put His words in your mouth for you to speak about Him to everyone and He will protect you.

The Lord says, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” (Jeremiah1:7-8). When you speak God’s Word you will be delivered.

The Lord says, “Don’t be afraid my child. I am with you to strengthen you, help you and deliver you.” Just trust God. Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you with His strength. As you live for Him this day, He will fulfil these promises to you.

A Prayer for Today
Father Give me this grace to have You close to me. Let Your Covenant of peace be with me, let Your strength be made perfect in my weakness and let Your Words be proclaimed through me.

Remove the fear in Jesus Name. Help me to experience Your presence with me. Protect me and help me. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

 “…Then the LORD asked Moses, “Who makes a person’s mouth?… Is it not I, the LORD?.” (Exodus 4:11)

When God told Moses to go and tell Pharaoh, “Let My people go,” Moses said, “God, I can’t do that. I don’t speak well. I stutter.” Moses was saying, “God, I don’t have what it takes. You didn’t give me that gift. I’m afraid.”

He kept making excuse after excuse until the Scripture says, “God became angry with Moses.” He was angry because Moses saw his gift as not enough. He’s displeased when we’re not using what He’s given us, when we’re making excuses, discounting our gifts.

God said to Moses, “Who made your tongue?” He was saying, “Moses, I created the universe. I flung stars into space. You didn’t get shortchanged. You’re not lacking anything.” God would not ask you to do something if He hadn’t already given you what you need.

Quit saying, “If I was as gifted or good looking as they are, I could do something great.” No, take the talent you have and develop it. If you’ll use what you have, God will give you more.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for the gifts and the talents You put in me. Thank You that I don’t have to have what I think is a big gift for You to use me in a great way. I will be faithful to develop what You’ve given me and trust You to give me more as I increase it. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Tuesday, April 06, 2021

“…Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

Sometimes it’s as though we’re carrying all these heavy bags around—a bag of guilt, another bag with all the mistakes we’ve made, then we add on a bag full of regrets.

We go through life carrying around all of these bags, then we wonder why life is a struggle, why we’re tired, why we can’t accomplish a dream. It’s because you weren’t created to live with guilt, condemnation, and shame.

The Scripture tells us to “lay aside the weights that can easily entangle us.” It’s time to lay aside those weights of guilt and shame and regret. It’s time to get rid of that baggage. This is a new day.

The accuser has held you back long enough. Nothing you’ve done in the past is too much for the mercy of God. You are redeemed. You are restored. Shake off the guilt and the accusing voices and receive the gift of righteousness in Christ Jesus and rest for your soul.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that I can come to You and unload all the weight of heaviness, regrets, feelings of unworthiness. I am laying aside all those heavy bags and receiving Your gift of righteousness. I will rest in Your love and mercy and forgiveness. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Monday, April 05, 2021

“…I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” (Romans 12:1)

You’re not giving up anything. You’re gaining purpose, your destiny, a life that He’s designed, a life more rewarding than you ever imagined. You might as well recognize you’re a marked man, a marked woman.

The Creator of the universe has His hand on your life. The sooner you surrender your will to His, the better off you’re going to be. You’re not giving up anything. You’re gaining purpose, your destiny, a life that He’s designed, a life more rewarding than you ever imagined.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for all of the times You’ve shown me such great mercy, protecting me from accidents and delivering me from mistakes I’ve made. I surrender my will to You, and I believe that You are leading me forward into the life that You designed for me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Sunday, April 04, 2021

“Isn’t it obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, chose these “nobodies” to expose the hollow pretensions of the “somebodies”?…” (1 Corinthians 1:27)

In Luke 9, when Jesus fed the five thousand, they only counted the men. They didn’t count the children or the women, who were regarded as second class, less than back then.

Yet it was a small boy, the least likely among the crowd, who brought the lunch that fed the crowd. God uses people that other people don’t count.

Could it be that you’re not reaching your highest potential because you feel like you’re not counted, you’re lacking in some area, now you’re not expecting anything good, not pursuing your dreams? No, you need to have a new perspective.

You’re a prime candidate for God to show out in your life. You may feel weak, but God wants to show Himself strong. You may feel like the least likely, but God wants to do something so amazing in your life that it will astound the people around you.

You’ve been counted; you’ve been qualified. What God spoke over your life will come to pass.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that even if others discount me, You count me, and You are the only One who really matters. Thank You that You have qualified me to do what You have destined me to do. I believe that You will take what I have and multiply it. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Saturday, April 03, 2021

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” (Matthew 5:9)

The concept of peace here is based on the meaning of the Hebrew word shalom. Shalom refers to a way of life in which justice, peace, goodness, rightness, and flourishing abound for all people.

This is life as God intends it to be, in which everyone lives in harmony with God and with their ­neighbors. Jesus came to bring and restore us to peace with God (John 16:33; Romans 5:1). And now we are invited to be peacemakers together with Jesus.

Just as he is the Son of God, so we become children of God as we join in his mission of peacemaking.
Shalom-making involves every­thing we do—in our work and play, in the way we handle our finances, in all our relationships with family, friends, and neighbors.

Shalom guides us to build unity across racial differences, break down barriers that keep people in poverty, call for legislation that helps life to flourish, and point to God’s way of living that brings full life for all, including care for God’s ­creation.

Worshiping Christ often closes with a blessing of peace on the people who are gathered, so that they may go out to share God’s peace with others (Numbers 6:24-26): “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”

A Prayer for Today
Renew me, O Lord, with your peace that surpasses understanding, that I may be a peacemaker in all I do, following Jesus’ example. For his sake, Amen.

Friday, April 02, 2021

“If you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” (Matthew 6:14-15)

Jesus’ teaching here at the end of the Lord’s Prayer might be confusing. It almost sounds as if we have to earn God’s forgiveness by forgiving others. But we also know that through faith in Jesus, we are already forgiven by God (Acts 2:38; Romans 3-8).

So we need a different kind of thinking here. Think of an old kitchen sponge that hasn’t been used for a long time. When you put it under the tap, the water runs right over the sponge. But if you set the sponge in a bucket of ­water for a few minutes, it softens and becomes usable again.

Our hearts can be like that too. When we hold onto resentments and bitterness, nursing our anger, we can become as hard as a rock, and God’s grace for us will be like water running over a rock. It doesn’t soak in.

But when we are open to forgiving others, we become soft like a moistened sponge. The Lord’s deep grace soaks in and saturates our hearts, and we become available to share his grace.

Just as a wet sponge moistens other things when it touches them, we can share grace, helping to wipe others’ dirt away as we forgive others. As Colossians 3:13 puts it, “Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”


Dying to our accumulated resentment, anger, and bitterness softens our hearts to receive God’s amazing grace and to share it freely with others.

A Prayer for Today
Soak my heart, Lord, in the depths of your abundant grace and mercy, that I may overflow with grace and mercy for others. For Jesus’ sake, Amen.

Thursday, April 01, 2021

“Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion…” (Isaiah 30:18)

Do you ever think about the way your heavenly Father feels about you? He’s been thinking about you a long time. Jesus says, “It is the Father’s good pleasure to the give you the kingdom.” He doesn’t say, “Okay, you’re here, and I have to take care of you, but you’re a pain.” No, you’re not a burden to God.

You’re not inconveniencing Him. You’re the apple of His eye. He’s saying to you, “I can’t wait to give you My world.” His world is big, abundant, full of favor, joy, peace, and opportunity. He’s going to take you places you never dreamed, open doors bigger than you’ve imagined, and bring talent out of you that you didn’t known you had.

He loves showing you favor, doing things that amaze you, making you stand out. He takes pleasure in giving you His world. Stir your faith up, believe big, pray bold prayers, and dream God-sized dreams that honor Him. Keep Him first place.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for Your heart of compassion that longs to be gracious to me. Thank You that it is Your pleasure to give me the kingdom, to give me Your world. I am taking the limits off You and expecting to be surprised by Your goodness and love. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Wednesday, March 31, 2021


“I will walk with integrity of heart within my house…” (Proverbs 4:23)
Solomon said, “A good name is worth more than great riches.” Your reputation is one of the most valuable things you have, and it is built on the foundation of your personal integrity.

A person of integrity does the right thing when no one is watching. You can have talent, determination, and vision, but without integrity, you won’t reach your full potential.

Where does it start? In today’s Scripture, David was saying, “Starting in my private life, when I could compromise, give in to temptation, cheat people, instead I’m going to do the right thing. I’m going be a person of excellence and show God that He can trust me.”

He went on to say, “I will not look at anything impure. I won’t watch things that are going to poison me. I will not have anything to do with crooked dealings, things that are shady, not ethical.” Your name is too important to let it become tarnished by not having integrity.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that down at the foundation of my life I can be a person of integrity, someone who’s true to You no matter what. Thank You that as I honor You, You are a shield of protection to me. I will not let small things keep me from Your big blessings. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it…” (Proverbs 4:23)
Guard Your Heart

One of our most important responsibilities is to keep our hearts pure. It’s easy to let what’s on the outside get on the inside. It takes discipline to say, “I’m not going to dwell on that offense. I’m not going to feel sorry for myself because something didn’t work out.”

Maybe you need to forgive somebody, or maybe you’re still sour about a dream that didn’t work out, or maybe you’re still beating yourself up over a mistake you made. You only have so much emotional energy each day. It’s not an unlimited supply.

Do you know how much energy it takes to hold a grudge, to go around offended? That’s wasting valuable energy that you need for your dreams, for your children, and for your destiny.

Life is too short for you to live offended, unforgiving, and bitter over what didn’t work out. Quit letting what’s on the outside get on the inside; start guarding your heart.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that I can guard my heart and keep it pure from all the negative things that try to enter in. I declare that I will not allow offenses to get inside. I want Your stream of grace to flow unhindered in and through my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Monday, March 29, 2021

“Then the word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.” (Jonah 3:1–2)

After Jonah’s first refusal to go and preach to the city of Nineveh, God in His mercy used a great fish to rescue Jonah from certain death. The story could have ended there, but God doesn’t want to just rescue you from your mess, He wants to give you another chance to get to where you’re supposed to be.

That mistake doesn’t disqualify you. God is always going to give you another chance and another to fulfill His best plan for your life.

The second time God told Jonah to go to the city of Nineveh, he obeyed and saw God do amazing things. The point is, Jonah’s mistake did not stop his destiny. It’s not too late to become everything you were created to be.

If you’ll start right where you are, honoring God, being your best, serving others, the right doors will open, the right people will show up. The good news is, you’re covered by mercy.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that when I make a mistake and cause a mess, You don’t say, ‘Too bad, you had your chance, you’re on your own.’ Thank You for Your mercy that covers me and gives me second chances. I believe You will get me to where I’m supposed to be. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Sunday, March 28, 2021

“And I will bless her and also give you a son by her; then I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples shall be from her.” (Genesis 17:16)

Sarah and her husband, Abraham, were very old. Sarah had been barren her whole life and not able to have children, but God spoke today’s Scripture to Abraham. When Sarah heard this, it was so unbelievable that she laughed.

She was out in the desert, there were no fertility treatments or medical procedures, and she was ninety years old. Every circumstance said it was impossible, and yet it happened. God was saying, “Sarah, what I put in you is more than you can imagine.”

God is saying the same thing to you: “What I put in you is still going to come to pass. There is greatness in you. It’s much bigger than what you think.” Don’t let circumstances talk you out of your dreams and potential.

You may not see how it can work out. God has ways to do it that you’ve never thought of. One touch of God’s favor will catapult you to the next level.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for the dreams, the promises, the potential, the seeds of greatness that You put inside me. Thank You for the divine connections, the explosive blessings, and the supernatural opportunities You have in my future. I believe I will give birth to my dreams. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Saturday, March 27, 2021

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of ­heaven.” (Matthew 5:3)

Make your hand into a fist, clenching it tight. Now imagine that your heart is like that: clenched, closed, so tense and tight that it almost hurts—but in a strange way that tightness feels safer than letting anyone in to hurt you.

Listen as Jesus begins a powerful sermon, declaring, “Blessed are the poor in spirit. . . .” It’s as if he’s saying, “Of course your heart wants to clench up. It feels inadequate; it is wounded and weary; it feels threatened, like it’s under attack. It wants to protect itself.”

But he knows that a clenched heart might also shut out the love of God. So Jesus invites us to open our hearts, just as they are, wounded and weary. It’s as if he is saying, “Don’t pretend; be real; be vulnerable.

You are poor in spirit, but you want to hide that from people around you, so you clench your heart. Let it go! Being poor in spirit is not something to hide; it’s a way to be blessed!”

A Prayer for Today
Lord, thank you for inviting me to come to you as I am. Help me to open my heart to others—and to show your love. Amen.

Friday, March 26, 2021

“You have been set apart as holy to the LORD your God, and he has chosen you from all the nations of the earth to be his own special treasure….” (Deuteronomy 14:2)

There’s a constant pressure trying to squeeze you into being common, into doing what everyone else is doing today. Don’t let that thinking rub off on you. Today’s Scripture is saying you’re not common.

You’re not like everyone else. You’ve not only been chosen by the Most High God, but He set you apart. He made you uncommon. It takes courage to be different. It takes courage to not compromise.

People will try to make you feel weak because you don’t go with the majority, you don’t party with everyone, you don’t gossip, you don’t play politics. The truth is, you’re not weak; you’re strong. You are uncommon.

People around you may be giving in to temptation, doing things you know are not the best. That’s the enemy trying to deceive you into being common. He knows that if you’re like everyone else, it will keep you from becoming all you were created to be. Don’t fall into that trap. Be uncommon.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that You not only chose me, but You set me apart to be Your special treasure. I’m not going to be pressured into compromising, and I’m not going to live like everyone else. I’m going to live by a higher standard, and I believe I will see uncommon favor. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Thursday, March 25, 2021

“Should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has kept bound for eighteen long years, be set free on the Sabbath day from what bound her?….” (Luke 13:16,)

Jesus saw a lady in the synagogue who had been crippled for eighteen years. She was bent over and unable to stand up. It’s interesting that He described the infirmity as a chain, that she was bound by it. He touched her and instantly she was healed.

We all have forces that are trying to hold us back, chains that restrict us. Chains of guilt—beating yourself up for past mistakes. Chains of depression—a dark cloud follows you around. Chains of low self-esteem—you never feel good about yourself.

But you were not created to be bound, whether it’s by loneliness, by shame, or by negative words spoken over you. The good news is our God is a chain breaker, and He is saying, “This is your time to be free. It is not your destiny to go through life with something limiting you.” If you let this take root, every chain that’s holding you back is being broken.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that I can know You as my savior, as my provider, as my healer, and as my chain breaker. Thank You that my chains are gone, and I’ve been set free. I believe that every force that has been holding me back has been broken. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
(Philippians 1:6)

Are you a person who sees a half glass of water as half full—or half empty? These are two very different ways of looking at life. For much of my life, I saw God as checking me out in a half-empty-glass sort of way.

I had so many character flaws. Fear often paralyzed me from doing the right thing. If folks knew what really went on in my heart and mind—well, it would be “game over” for me. It seemed that the best survival strategy was to hide my heart and pretend I was doing great.

But God sees us as a glass half full. He has begun a good work in us! Wow, there’s so much to be thankful for! Christ is being formed in us. Even if you are not a Christ-follower, the fact that you are reading this is part of a good work that God is beginning in you!

The good work that God has begun in you is like a launchpad filled with hope, commitment, gratitude, and courage to keep on being formed in Christ. Think of yourself as being “under construction.” God is doing good things in you.

And God has many more good things that he will do. So in his strength let us all “run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith” (Hebrews 12:1-2).

A Prayer for Today
Thank you, Lord, for the good work you have begun in me. Continue your work as I seek to run the race you have marked out for me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

“Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church….” (Acts 12:5)

King Herod hated believers so much that he had the apostle James killed, then he had Peter put in prison. With chains on both wrists, Peter was guarded by four squads of soldiers to make sure he didn’t escape.

Today’s Scripture says the church was in prayer constantly for Peter, asking God to somehow bring him out. While they were praying in the middle of the night, an angel showed up in the prison and woke Peter up.

He was sleeping, not praying, but he had friends who were praying. The chains fell off Peter’s wrists, and they walked past two guard posts and the prison’s iron gate opened on its own accord. Peter’s life was spared.

Are you praying for others? All of your family members, friends, and relatives should be like Peters. Cover them in prayer. When you pray, Red Seas part, hungry lions can’t open their mouths, cancer is overcome, blessings rain down. Your prayer can bring an angel.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that when I pray, something powerful happens, supernatural things take place. Help me to develop a habit of praying for others and be patient and stay faithful when I don’t see anything happening. I believe that my prayers make a difference. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Monday, March 22, 2021

“The righteous are as bold as a lion…” (Proverbs 28:1)
The Scripture speaks of how God has made you righteous. Righteous means “to be holy, blameless, honorable.” It doesn’t say you’re going to be righteous one day when you’re good enough. You are righteous right now—not because of anything you’ve done, but because of what Christ has done. Righteousness comes to us as a gift we receive.

When those voices remind you of everything you’re not, of how many times you’ve failed, you have to be bold and say, “I am righteous. I am holy. I am blameless.” Everything in your mind will say, “No, you’re not. You keep giving in to temptation. You made those mistakes.” But when you declare, “I am righteous,” you are announcing to the accuser, to the guilt, and to the heaviness, “You don’t control my life. The Creator of the universe made me righteous. He made me holy and blameless. I may not feel righteous, but by faith I receive God’s gift of righteousness.”

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for making me righteous through what Your Son has done. Thank You that when I gave my life to Christ, I became a new creation, a holy person, a righteous person, Your very own child. I will not carry around guilt and condemnation. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Sunday, March 21, 2021

“…I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well…” (Psalm 139:14)

Life will try to make you feel as though you’re anything but amazing. Disappointments, betrayals, and rejection will try to steal your sense of value. You may feel ordinary, but because of your Maker, there’s something about you that makes you extremely valuable.

You’re an original. You can’t get any more prestigious than that. If you’re going to recognize your value, you have to see yourself as amazing, as wonderful. It’s not because of who you are, but because of who made you. You have the fingerprints of God all over you.

All through the day, you need to remind yourself, “I am amazing. I am a masterpiece. I have been wonderfully made.” Don’t discount what God has created. Don’t go around feeling ordinary when in fact, you’re extraordinary.

People may try to make you feel average. Are you going to believe what people say about you, or believe what God says about you and move up to the next level?

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that You made me fearfully and wonderfully in a way that is amazing. Thank You that I am wonderful because I belong to You. I believe that nothing can hold me back from becoming the masterpiece that You created me to be. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.PAGE BREAK

Saturday, March 20, 2021

He said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” (John 20:27)

As we go forward in our life of faith, we all experience moments of doubt. We may wonder, Does God really love me? Does God see what I’m going through? Is all of this teaching in the Bible real, or am I just wasting my time? These questions and others are a natural part of believing in an invisible, intangible God.

Sometimes we may fear that our doubts are inappropriate or even sinful. We may wonder if God is angry with us for doubting his faithfulness or wondering if the Bible can be trusted.

But here in John 20, we see God’s patience for doubters like us. Thomas had a hard time believing that Jesus had truly risen from the dead. But rather than scolding Thomas or dismissing him, Jesus invited him to find the proof that he needed: “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side.”

In our own times of doubt, God may similarly provide for us. He may show up through the guidance of a friend, a comforting passage of Scripture, or a well-timed sermon or devotional reading. He may even give us a sign to point us in the right direction.

There’s no reason we should be afraid of our doubts or of bringing them before God. If we are honest and open, he is faithful to provide what we need to continue following him.

A Prayer for Today
Lord, be near me in times of doubt. Provide the guidance and assurance I need to continue serving you. Amen.

Friday, March 19, 2021

Jesus said, “It is finished.” (John 19:30)

As Jesus prepares to give up his spirit, he utters one final phrase from the cross: “It is finished.” Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, God has made redemption possible for every person who believes in his power to save. Jesus has taken all of the world’s sin on himself, the one final sacrifice for all people, for all time.

At times, you and I will be tempted to believe the lie that we are not worthy enough for God to save us. We may look at our past and think we are too flawed to ever belong to God fully. Or we might get discouraged about a sin that we continue to struggle with, in spite of our best efforts.

Or we might compare ourselves to others and think that we are not doing enough for God in comparison to them. It is easy to believe that we must do more or be more in order to deserve God’s love.

But on the cross, Jesus declared, “It is finished.” No matter who you are, what you have done, or what you have failed to do, Jesus’ death is payment enough to cover all of your sin. Though we can never do enough good to outweigh our sin or to earn God’s favor, Jesus has done it for us. It is finished.

The good news is that Jesus is enough. No matter your story, he is enough to make you right with God and to assure your place at his side. Because of Jesus, you can have full life forever with him.

A Prayer for Today
Lord, help me to rest in the knowledge that your sacrifice on the cross is enough to save me. Amen

Thursday, March 18, 2021

“…Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms…” (1 Peter 4:10,)

Too often we pursue titles and positions, thinking we’ll feel good about ourselves when we have them. “When I make it to sales manager, when I get on the varsity cheerleading squad, when I’m the head usher, the senior partner, the lead supervisor…”

That’s fine. But you don’t need a title to do what God has called you to do. Don’t wait for people to approve you, affirm you, or validate you. Use your gift, and the title will come.

If David would have waited for a title, we wouldn’t be talking about him today. When he went out to face Goliath, David wasn’t a general, a corporal, or a sergeant.

He wasn’t even enlisted. He didn’t have a title, a name badge, a uniform, or a single credential. He went out knowing God had called and given him the gift to defeat Goliath. In a few years they gave him a title: King of Israel.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for the gift that You have given me and for what You have called me to do. Thank You that I can just be the best that I can be with what I have, and You will take care of the rest. I believe that You will receive the glory. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

“…So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed…” (John 8:36)

In the Scripture, Rebekah instructed her son Jacob to deceive their father. Jacob turned out to be a deceiver just like her. Jacob’s Uncle Laban had the same problem. He deceived Jacob. There was a spirit of deception in that family.

It looked as though it would continue from generation to generation. But at one point, Jacob admitted he was wrong, and God changed him (see Genesis 32). That was the turning point. The curse was broken.

Some of the things you struggle with every day have been passed down to you. The dysfunction, the addiction, the low self-esteem didn’t start with you, but it can end with you. God is saying, “I’m about to break its power in your family line.”

 This is a new day. Freedom and wholeness are coming to your house. Put your faith out there and say, “Christ broke the power of this when He rose from the dead. It is finished in our family. We are free indeed.”

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that when Christ conquered death on the cross, He broke the power of every negative thing that’s trying to hold me back. Thank You that any stronghold of the enemy within our family line is being destroyed. I believe that we are being set free. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

“…Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart…” (Psalm 37:4)

Today’s Scripture doesn’t say you have to earn or make the desires of your heart happen. No, God is going to give them to you. You’ll know it’s the hand of God because it’s going to happen without a struggle.

If you keep delighting in the Lord and meditating on His Word, filling your mind with thoughts of hope and faith, then without even trying, you’re going to come into your time, and God will give you the desires of your heart.

You have to trust God’s timing when things aren’t happening as fast as you would like. Every season is not harvest. There are seasons of watering, planting, weeding, and fertilizing the ground. These are important seasons.

They are times of testing when God is seeing what you’re made of. Are you going to keep a good attitude when you’re doing the right thing but not receiving the desires of our heart? Have faith and patience. You’re closer than you think.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for the desires You have put in my heart. Thank You that I don’t have to work for them or make them happen on my own, but You promise to give them to me. I will delight myself in You and fill my mind with Your Word. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Monday, March 15, 2021

“…Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him…” (James 1:12)

In the Scripture, David was anointed to be the next king of Israel at the age of seventeen. After this incredible promise was given to him, David did not go to the palace for a coronation; he went back to the shepherds’ fields.

He was anointed but not appointed. He had to pass the test of being faithful taking care of sheep. He had to pass the test of being good to King Saul even though Saul was trying to kill him. David didn’t take the throne until he was thirty-seven.

It took twenty years for him to take the throne, for him to be prepared for where God was taking him. Don’t get discouraged by the preparation process between the time God puts that dream in your heart and the time it comes to pass.

If you keep the right attitude, every struggle you go through, every disappointment, every delay is making you stronger, developing your character, growing you up. Pass those tests. It’s getting you prepared.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for both the anointing and the appointing that You have for my life. Thank You for the training and preparation process that You are taking me through. I believe that I will pass the tests and get to where You are taking me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Sunday, March 14, 2021

“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.” (John 15:18)

This may be one of Jesus’ hardest teachings—especially if you tend to be a people pleaser. Jesus wants us to understand that his followers will sometimes be at odds with the values of the world.

As a result, there will be times when we pay a relational price for following him. But will we be hated? Disliked? Probably. Misunder­stood? Sure. But hated? That sounds pretty extreme.

Yet Jesus chooses strong language here for a reason. Putting God first will create friction—it’s a threat to people and systems that have a vested interest in their own ambitions and ways of doing things.

Jesus invited people into the kingdom of God, and this resulted in his death on a cross. Why? Because his teachings represented a threat to the religious leadership. Following Jesus meant having less power, status, and attention, so their response was to get rid of the competition and protect their own interests (see John 11:48).

Since that is how Jesus was treated, should we be surprised to encounter hardship in our own lives because of our faith in him? No.

Yet, in spite of resistance in this world, God remains faithful to his people. Through the Spirit, we can be empowered and refreshed to continue the work God calls us to do. And in community we can find the support to keep following Jesus, no matter what it costs us.

A Prayer for Today

Lord, give me the courage to stay faithful even when others criticize or condemn me for my faith in you. Amen.

Saturday, March 13, 2021

“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

Jesus makes a bold claim in this passage, saying he is the way, the truth, and the life. He’s the only one who can lead people to God the Father.

Many people today disagree with this. They argue that it’s wrong to make such an exclusive claim because spiritual truth is ultimately unknowable for us.

In this passage, Jesus makes it hard to stand in the “mushy middle” when it comes to Chris­tianity. Each person who reads John 14 must make a deci­sion to accept or reject Jesus’ claim. Following Christ is ­either the one true way to know God, or it’s not.

For some of us, this either-or choice may seem extreme. But as we consider Jesus’ words, it’s helpful to remember that he makes this statement while he is preparing to go to the cross.

He knows he will be arrested this very night and be crucified the next day. Jesus is comforting his disciples in the face of his impending death by reminding them of the truth.

As he gets ready to die, Jesus wants his friends to have the assurance that he and they are doing the right thing. He will give up his life on the cross in order to open the way for us to have full life with God forever.

No matter what happens over the coming days, he wants them to know that if they believe in him, they can trust that they will be with him forever.

A Prayer for Today
Father, help me to find confidence in this claim of Jesus. Give me the courage to follow his teachings, trusting that he is leading the way to you. Amen.

Friday, March 12, 2021

“…I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway…” (Romans 7:19)

Many people don’t really like who they are. They focus on their faults, their weaknesses. They’re constantly critical toward themselves. That recording of all the things wrong with them keeps playing in their mind, “You’re impatient. You blew your diet.

You should be ashamed of yourself.” They wonder why they’re not happy, not realizing they have an inner war going on. It’s very freeing when you can be happy with who you are even though you have some areas in which you still need to improve.

Think about what the apostle Paul said in today’s Scripture. Even he still struggled in some areas. If he would have been down on himself, he would have never written almost half the books of the New Testament and become one of the heroes of faith.

You don’t have to have it all together to do something great. If you’re waiting till you overcome every weakness and perform perfectly, you’ll be waiting your whole life.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that though there are areas of my life that need to improve, there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. I know You are changing me little by little. I believe that what You started in my life, You are going to finish. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Thursday, March 11, 2021

“…For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end…” (Jeremiah 29:11)

The Scripture says that God declares “the end from the beginning.” When God planned out your life, He started with where He wants you to end up, and then He worked backward. His plans for you are “to give you an expected end.”

The good news is that you don’t end in defeat, in failure, in disappointment, or in heartache. You end in victory, fulfilling your destiny. You can live in peace, knowing that in the end, all things are going to work to your advantage.

But there will be difficult seasons in your life when it looks as though things didn’t work out. You may be in a difficult season right now, and it may look as though your dream has died. You have to remind yourself that’s not how your story ends.

The Most High God has already planned it for an expected end. If you’ll keep moving forward, He’ll weave it all together. He’s already established the end.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that in the midst of a very insecure world that I can rest in the security of knowing that my end has been set, knowing that You always cause me to triumph. I believe that You are working all things to my advantage. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

“…But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart…” (Luke 2:19)

Mary was engaged to the man of her dreams when the angel appeared and said she was going to have a baby, the Messiah, without knowing a man.

We focus on how amazing that supernatural birth was and forget that she had to explain that to her fiancé, Joseph, who would in all likelihood call off the wedding.

She had to accept the fact that for her whole life she would have to put up with shameful rumors and negative comments about who the father was. She could have easily been defensive, cynical, and bitter.

But today’s Scripture says she took in all that God had said and “pondered it in her heart.” She thought about it over and over. What she kept close to her heart was what God promised her.

When worries come, people are spreading rumors about you, or a loss happens, keep what God has promised and said about you close to your heart. You will rise above the negative.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that I can shut the door on the negative that comes against me and keep what You have promised and said about me close to my heart. Thank You that none of these things need move me. I believe that I will rise about the negatives. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Tuesday, March 09, 2021

“…I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound…” (Philippians 4:11–12)

It’s good to have dreams and goals. We should be stretching our faith. But while we’re waiting for promises to come to pass, we shouldn’t be discontent where we are.

When we’re unhappy, frustrated, and wondering if something is ever going to change, we’re dishonoring God. We’re so focused on what we want that we’re taking for granted and not being thankful for what God has given us.

The apostle Paul said he had to learn to be content. It doesn’t happen automatically. It’s a choice we have to make. Being content doesn’t mean that we don’t want change, that we give up on our dreams, or that we settle where we are.

It means we don’t live our life always wanting something else. We see the gift in what we have right now, and we’re trusting God’s timing. We know He is working behind the scenes, and at the right time, He will get us to where we’re supposed to be.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that no matter what my circumstances are, I don’t have to live stressed and frustrated and discontent. Thank You that You are teaching me to be content with where I am and with what I have. I am trusting Your timing with my wants. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Monday, March 08, 2021

“…This was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders sent priests and Temple assistants from Jerusalem to ask John, “Who are you?” He came right out and said, “I am not the Messiah”…” (John 1:19–20)

John the Baptist was baptizing people and gaining a lot of attention when the Jewish leaders asked him if he was the Messiah. Without missing a beat, John said, “I am not.” It’s important to know who you are and who you’re not.

If you don’t know this, you can spend your life trying to be something you’re not. Knowing what you’re not will help you stay focused on becoming who you are because there will always be pressures to be this, to be that, to be the other. If you’re trying to be something you’re not, you’ll be frustrated.

There’s no grace for it. It will be a constant struggle, like it’s always uphill. When you’re you, you activate your anointing. The anointing on your life is to be who God called you to be. There’s a favor, a blessing, a grace that is unique to your life.

Be confident in what you have. Keep being who God’s made you to be.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that You have given me gifts and talents to fulfill my destiny, and they are different from what others have been given. Thank You for the blessing of being different and the privilege of making the most of what You’ve given me. I will be content. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Sunday, March 07, 2021

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)

A huge crowd of people came to see Jesus Christ and stayed with Him for 3 days. Then the Lord was moved with compassion on them. He thought “Oh! These people have travelled long distances to see me.

They must really be hungry and should not faint on their way home! Let us do something for them!” He gave them good food to eat and sent them full and satisfied. (Matthew 15:32,37). That is the same way He looks at you too!

He looks at you with compassion and performs a miracle to help you out of your tough situation. So be cheerful because He is going to remove all your lack and want and fill you with health and prosperity.

God will fill you with His peace. May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels (Psalm 122:7). Just as the Lord desires there will be peace within the walls of your house and among your family.

Whatever be the situation God will turn it around and make it peaceful. Every time Jesus met his disciples He assured them of His peace. He says even to you today, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27).

A Prayer for Today
Loving Lord, Thank You for promising me Your peace even today. Lord You know my situation. You alone can change it. Let Your peace rule in my heart and in my family. Let my words and deeds be full of love. Help me to spread Your peace with the people around me. This I pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Saturday, March 06, 2021

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1:17)

There is a saying, ‘Expectations bring disappointments’. I do not know how true this statement is because I only expect from my heavenly Father who bestows upon me perfect gifts, from above. Expecting things from people might bring disappointments.

That is why we should look to our God who is the Giver of all good things. We see how the Psalmist says about this in Psalm 118:9. “It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in princes”. Yes we should trust the Lord and receive blessings from Him. We should not run to people.

Jesus also says about the Heavenly Father like this: “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:11).

Many a time, you may pray to God like this little boy for your blessings and ultimately look for help from people. That is why your blessings are delayed sometimes. Remember that every blessing which is received by you comes from God above.

He promises you to give good and perfect gifts and He will not change His word. God expects you to trust Him, believe in Him and experience His power. Trust in God and in God alone. Have you noticed shadows? They shift from morning to evening based on the direction of the light.

The Bible says that our God does not shift like shifting shadows. So He does not change as days go by or His mood does not change based on what we do. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous (Matthew 5:45).

He is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). He will always bless us with good things much more than our earthly parents. We can always have our hope on Him and we will not be disappointed.

A Prayer for Today
Loving Lord, I thank You for the word of blessing You have spoken to me today. You will give me the right and perfect gift at the right time. Give me the grace to receive it with patience and gratitude. Help me to be good to everyone like You.

Give me grace to not to look to men. I trust in You alone. Thank You for You do not change like shifting shadows so You will bless as You have blessed me earlier. Do miracles for me Lord.
This I pray in Jesus’ name, Amen

Friday, March 05, 2021

“…For he will conceal me there when troubles come; he will hide me in his sanctuary. He will place me out of reach on a high rock…” (Psalm 27:5)

David had all kinds of things come against him—people, armies, even his own family. He had many reasons to live worried, upset, and bitter. But he said, “The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? Why should I be afraid?” David lived with this attitude, “God’s got this. I’m not going to worry or live in fear. He will hide me when trouble comes. He will place me out of reach.”

You may have discouraging situations and difficulties coming against you, but God has placed you out of reach. They can’t defeat you. Now do like David and remain confident. Keep your peace. You may feel like you’re surrounded by an army, but the truth is you’re surrounded by God’s favor.

The forces that are for you are greater than the forces that are against you. God’s got this. He’s done it in the past, and He’s not going to stop now.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that You are my light and my salvation and the stronghold of my life. Thank You for Your promise of protecting me when troubles come and placing me out of its reach. I will live from a place of peace, knowing I am safe in the palms of Your hands. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Thursday, March 04, 2021

“…This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins…” (1 John 4:10)

“Real love” is not our love for God, it’s God’s love for us. When we try to perform to gain His love, the problem is that we can never measure up. There will always be something we can’t do right, some reason we can’t feel good about ourselves. Why don’t you take the pressure off and receive real love, God’s love for you?

That’s what the lady who was caught in the act of adultery had to do in John 8. When her religious accusers walked away, failing to condemn her, Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”

He didn’t say, “Go and change your ways, quit giving in to the temptation, and then I’ll love you, then I’ll be for you.” Just the opposite. He first said, “I don’t condemn you.” Before He talked about her behavior, before he addressed the issues, Jesus made sure she knew she was the one whom He loved.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that Your love is the real love that I need to change my life. Thank You that You sent Jesus as a sacrifice to take away my sins that I might receive Your love as a gift. I receive it now, and I believe I am the one whom You love. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Wednesday, March 03, 2021

“…Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity…” (1 Corinthians 13:12)

We all go through painful times when we’re hurting, lonely, undergoing medical treatment, and on the surface, the pieces of our life don’t make sense. We think they can’t be a part of God’s plan. Pain is a part of life, and it often feels like a dark place.

It’s easy to get discouraged and think, God, why did this happen? You have to trust that even then, God doesn’t make any mistakes. He’s already designed your life and laid out every piece down to the smallest detail.

He never said we would understand everything along the way. God didn’t promise that there wouldn’t be any pain, suffering, or disappointment. But He did promise that it would all work out for our good.

That piece that’s painful, that doesn’t look as though it makes sense—when everything comes together, it’s going to fit perfectly in place. You just can’t see it now because the other pieces are not in place.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that there is a purpose for whatever pain comes my way and that You only allow what I can handle and what is for my good. Thank You that though I may not understand it now, the day is coming when I will see it clearly and understand. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Tuesday, March 02, 2021

“…Your faith has healed you. Go in peace…” (Luke 8:48)

Scripture says, “Without faith it is impossible to please God.” That means you can be obedient and yet have a sour attitude and not please God. You can give, help the poor, and volunteer, which are good things we should do, and not please God.

If you’re not believing for things bigger than you can accomplish on your own, if you’re not expecting difficulties to turn around, if you’re not anticipating new levels, and thanking God that He’s opening doors you can’t open, thanking Him that He’s bringing promises to pass, then you’re not releasing your faith. You have to stir up what God put in your heart.

Maybe you’ve been praying, believing, expecting for a long time. Stay in faith; it’s going to happen sooner than it looks. Get ready because God is full of surprises. Many times He’ll do it suddenly, out of the ordinary, you didn’t see it coming. Expect His goodness, and you’ll please God.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that You are on Your throne and You are bigger than anything I am facing. I know that You work in Your own perfect timing, so I thank You that it’s on the way. I’m looking for Your goodness and Your favor today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Monday, March 01, 2021

“…My eyes stay open through the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promises…” (Psalm 119:148)

Studies show that we talk to ourselves up to thirty thousand times a day. There is always something playing in our minds. The Scripture tells us to meditate on God’s promises. The word meditate means “to think about over and over.” We need to pay attention to what we’re meditating on.

Meditating is the same principle as worrying. When you worry, you’re just meditating on the wrong thing. You’re using your faith in reverse.

If you go through the day worried about your finances, worried about your family, and worried about your future because you’re allowing the wrong thoughts to play, it’s going to cause you to be anxious, fearful, negative, and discouraged.

The whole problem is what you’re choosing to meditate on. You control the doorway to your mind. When those negative thoughts come knocking, you don’t have to answer the door. You can say, “No, thanks. I’m going to choose to meditate on what God says about me.”

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for giving me Your promises to meditate upon. Thank You that Your Word instructs me to think on things that are true, right, wholesome, pure, and of good report. I declare that my trust is in You alone and not in anything else. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Saturday, February 27, 2021

“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” (1 Chronicles 16:34)

God tells us today, “whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:17). We should give thanks to the Lord at all times for all things.

This is how we show God that we value what He does to us. To give thanks is to honour God. Saying ‘thank you’ is a courtesy we show to mere people. How much more should we thank our God who does good things in our lives without us asking Him.

God lives in the praises of people. He is worthy of our praise and thanks. It is also God’s will for us to thank God. He says, “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

David was the man after God’s own heart because he always remained thankful. So God was pleased with him. The Lord loves a grateful person. In the New Testament, we read about the incident where ten lepers shout to Jesus requesting Him to have pity on them and heal.

Jesus asks them to go to the priests and show themselves and while the lepers were on their way they got healed. Once they were healed one of the lepers ran back to Jesus fell at His feet and thanked Him.

Jesus immediately asked him, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?”  Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” The Lord expects us to thank Him for all the blessings we receive from Him.

A Prayer for Today
Loving Lord, I praise You for every goodness You have done in my life. Through the ups and downs of my life I will remember the grace You have showered on me and will glorify Your name. Thank You Lord, for every blessing in my life.

Thank You for protecting me and providing all things for me even during these perilous times. It is Your grace that I am safe. Thank You Lord. I will remain thankful to You. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.

Friday, February 26, 2021

“…Jabez prayed to the God of Israel: “Bless me, O bless me! Give me land, large tracts of land. And provide your personal protection—don’t let evil hurt me.” God gave him what he asked…” (1 Chronicles 4:10)

The name Jabez means “pain, sorrow, suffering.” Every time someone said, “Hello, Jabez,” they were saying, “Hello, sorrow. Hello, pain.” They were prophesying defeat and failure.

You can imagine how he could have let that make him feel inferior and insecure. But despite what people labelled him, he had the boldness to ask big, that God would bless him with abundance and protection. And God blessed him indeed.

Like Jabez, you may have reasons to settle where you are—what you didn’t get, what people said, the odds may be against you—but the good news is that God is for you. He can thrust you further than you ever imagined, but you have to pray bold prayers.

Ask in spite of the circumstances. Ask in spite of what people are saying. Ask in spite of what the enemy keeps whispering in your ears. If you’re going to reach your highest potential, you have to learn this principle of asking big.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that when the odds are against me, You are for me. Thank You that nothing and no one is more powerful than You, and I can dare to pray bold prayers. I believe that You are going to bless me with abundance as You did Jabez. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Thursday, February 25, 2021

“…Don’t seek vengeance. Don’t bear a grudge; but love your neighbor as yourself, for I am Jehovah…” (Leviticus 19:18)

In the Scripture, Joseph was betrayed and sold into slavery by his own brothers, then falsely accused and put in prison. He could have used excuse after excuse to be bitter and angry, but he had a “no excuses” mentality.

He kept doing the right thing when the wrong thing was happening. And in the end, he came out vindicated, promoted, and in a place of influence and respect. People may have said things about you and done things to you that hurt and offended.

Don’t waste your time looking back, nursing your wounds. Reliving what they did, thinking about what didn’t work out are distractions. Let it go and God will be your vindicator. Life is too short for you to waste another day in self-pity.

It’s not always easy to get over it and move forward, but here’s the key: the pain of letting it go is less than the pain of holding on and missing your destiny.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that You are the God who fights my battles and vindicates me. Thank You for Your love and grace that are mine. Right now I let go of the hurts, offenses, and wounds of the past. I declare that they have no power over me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

“…The angel of the LORD came back a second time and touched him and said, “Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you…” (1 Kings 19:7)

The prophet Elijah had just gone from one of the greatest victories of his life to running away in defeat at the death threat of Queen Jezebel. He was sitting under a tree so depressed that he didn’t want to live.

He said, “God, I’m done. It’s over.” He’d just seen a great miracle, but now he was tired of standing strong in faith. Maybe you’ve been doing the right thing, praying and believing, but you’ve lost your drive. You may not have given up on life but given up on your dreams.

Here’s the good news: God doesn’t condemn us or disqualify us or write us off when we get tired. God sent an angel to cook and feed Elijah once, and then a second time to strengthen him. That is what He’ll do for you.

He’s going to cause blessings to chase you down. He’s coming a second time to push you into the fullness of your destiny..

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for Your provisions all along my life journey. Thank You for Your promise of coming to me a second time to renew me with strength and breathe new life into my dreams. I believe that You are coming again to cause blessings to chase me down. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

“…I tell you, her sins—and they are many—have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love…” (Luke 7:47)

Jesus was at a Pharisee’s house when an “immoral woman” came in and poured a jar of expensive perfume on Jesus’ feet and began to wash them with her tears and her hair. The religious leaders were shocked that Jesus would allow this “sinner” to touch Him.

But though she had made a mess of her life, she loved and longed to please Jesus. When she took one step toward God, He showed her mercy and said, “Your sins are forgiven.”

That’s the God we serve. Maybe you’ve made a mess, and now you think, God will never help me. No, God is not judging you based on what you’ve done. He looks past the outside, past the mistakes and failures, and He looks at your heart.

The question is, is your heart turned toward Him? As it was with this lady, when you call out to God, you’re going to see His favor, restoration, and mercy.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for looking beyond my performance and seeing my heart. Thank You for forgiving my mistakes and failures and messes. I’m shaking off the guilt and condemning thoughts and believing that You will show me Your favor and restoration. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Monday, February 22, 2021

“…If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you…” (James 1:5)

God is not keeping a record of all your faults. Sometimes we think He’s in heaven, watching to catch us. “I saw that failure. Let me write that down. I heard that comment. Gabriel, put a star by that one—that was really bad.

I’ll have to withhold My goodness.” No, God is not a faultfinder. He’s not an accuser. He doesn’t go around saying, “You knew better and still failed, so you’re on your own.” God is not waiting for you to perform perfectly and then He’s going to show you His goodness. He is full of mercy. He’ll show you favor that you don’t deserve.

When you have the right image of God, you know that He’s for you, that He’s not basing His goodness toward you on your performance but on His grace alone. Then all the guilt and the condemnation have to go. God will give you the power to overcome anything that’s holding you back.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that You are not a faultfinder, but You are full of mercy. Thank You that You are not waiting for me to perform perfectly and then You’ll show me Your love and goodness. I believe that You will empower me to become all You created me to be. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Sunday, February 21, 2021

“If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you” (John 15:7).

Let us open our ears to listen to the Lord today. God says, “but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved” (Matthew 24:13). Let us prayerfully read the Bible every day so that we hear God’s voice to stand firm till the end. 

The Lord says, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you” (John 15:7). Lord Jesus is the Word of God. To remain in the Lord we have to remember and rely on the Word of God so that we remain in Jesus and receive from the Lord whatever we ask Him for.

We read in Matthew 9:32-33, “While they were going out, a man who was demon-possessed and could not talk was brought to Jesus. And when the demon was driven out, the man who had been mute spoke.

The crowd was amazed and said, ‘Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.’” The Lord who made the mute man talk will do miracles for you too. Jesus says, “For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened” (Matthew 7:8).

We should ask the Lord and receive miracles from Him. Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness (Matthew 9:35).

The Lord is still living and is still going around doing miracles and healing people. God will do the same for you too. We also read, “Jesus travelled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God” (Luke 8:1).

Jesus went everywhere proclaiming good news. Forsaking hunger and thirst, Jesus travelled with His twelve disciples to many towns and villages preaching freedom from sickness, sin and demon possession.

The good news of Jesus is that He will turn your situation around. In Acts 10:38 the disciples explained that “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.” 

We also read that, “When He(Jesus) saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd” (Matthew 9:36). The Lord has compassion on you and He will do wonders for you today.

A Prayer for Today
Loving Lord, You are so full of love and compassion and You haven’t changed so do a miracle for me too today. Set me free from my bondages. Turn my situation around and bring something good out of it for You are a good God.

You are my shepherd and You alone can help me. Make me a testimony. Let me also share Your good news with everyone in my life for Your glory. I ask this Father in Jesus name, Amen.PAGE BREAK

Saturday, February 20, 2021

“…. my people will be filled with my bounty”   (Jeremiah 31:14)

May the Lord cherish you, take care of you and fill you with all the good things even today. Yes, God is our father. He wants us to be happy all the time. He says, “I give my peace to you. I do not give to you as the world gives.

Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27) God wants you to be at peace all the time. That is why every time the Lord visited His disciples, He assured them of His peace. Even today, let everything bring you peace.

May you be filled with joy and finish the day with God’s abounding goodness. The Lord is with you all the time for this very purpose. Once when Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him.

 In that crowd there was a leper and he came to Jesus. He bowed down before Him and asked the Lord to heal him if He was willing to heal (Matthew 8:1,2). In those days, a leper was separated from the residents of a place and was forced to stay away in a remote place.

They have to dwell alone. They have to leave their family and go alone to a faraway place. In our times, people who are affected by corona are separated from their family and are quarantined. They are isolated from their loved ones and are alone in hospitals.

If some of them die, their bodies are being burnt and not given to their family members for burial. In many countries, they are buried in mass graves. They are dumping hundreds in the same pit. These are perilous times.

The leper was in a similar state. Also, if anyone crosses a leper they should shout “Unclean! Unclean! I am unclean!”. That was the law of that day. Today, you might be facing such saddening circumstances. May be your own heart shouts at you saying, “you are unclean”.

May be you feel rejected and dejected. May be you are saying, “don’t come to me, I am cursed”. In this state only the leper came to Jesus seeking His favour. Do you know what happened? When he shouted saying, “Lord if you are willing, please make me clean”, the Lord heard him and stretched out His hand and touched him who was feeling unloved all the time and healed him (Matthew 8:3).

When the Law forbid everyone from touching the lepers, the Lord showed His power to cancel the writings against us (Colossians 2:14) and touched him. This shows the compassion of the Lord. The Lord hasn’t changed and He is still willing and His hands are still stretched toward you to bless you.

A Prayer for Today
Loving Lord, Establish these words in my life. Let me experience your goodness in a sufficient measure. Make me clean by placing Your hand on me. Purify me. Heal me. Deliver me. Help me to live peacefully and blessedly with my loved ones in my family and society. Give me a new life. In Your sweet name I pray Lord Jesus, Amen.

Friday, February 19, 2021

“…You may say to yourselves, ‘These nations are stronger than we are. How can we drive them out?’ But do not be afraid of them; remember well what the LORD your God did to Pharaoh and to all Egypt…” (Deuteronomy 7:17–18)

The Israelites were headed toward the Promised Land, but they were up against nations with huge armies that were stronger and more skilled in warfare. The Israelites had just come out of slavery and were just trying to survive in the desert.

They were very discouraged when Moses spoke these words to them: “Don’t be afraid. Just remember what God did to Pharaoh.”

If you’re going to overcome obstacles, if you’re going to reach your highest potential, you have to learn to remember. On a regular basis, we should go back over the major victories in our life. When you face tough times and your dream looks impossible, just remember.

Go back and replay your victories. Relive the times God made a way. When you’re constantly thinking about how He’s protected you, vindicated you, and promoted you, not only will faith rise in your heart, but that attitude of expectancy will allow God to do great things in your future.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for the strength that rises within me whenever I remember what You have done in my life. Thank You for the countless times You made a way when it seemed there was no way, and You opened doors that seemed closed. I will not be afraid. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Thursday, February 18, 2021

“…He never sinned, nor ever deceived anyone. He did not retaliate when he was insulted, nor threaten revenge when he suffered. He left his case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly…” (1 Peter 2:22–23)

When Jesus was on the earth, He went around doing good, healing the sick, lifting the fallen. He did nothing wrong, but He was misunderstood, criticized, belittled, ridiculed, and falsely accused.

How did He respond to protect His reputation? Read the Scripture. He didn’t waste His time trying to prove to His critics that He was the Son of God. He just kept being His best, trusting His Father to settle His cases.

We all have people who come against us and make negative comments about us. We spend too much time worrying about what they think, trying to defend ourselves and prove to people who we are.

Why don’t you put your reputation in God’s hands? He said He will defend you, and He will vindicate you far better than you can vindicate yourself. You don’t have to retaliate, get even, prove that you’re a nice person, or convince them to change their mind. God can do it better than you.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for the example that Jesus showed in His response to insults and false accusations. Thank You that I don’t have to waste my time and energy trying to prove who I am or change what others think of me. You are my defender. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

“…Whoever wants to embrace life and see the day fill up with good, here’s what you do: Say nothing evil or hurtful…” (1 Peter 3:10)

Our mouth gets us into more trouble than just about anything else. You can’t go around telling people off, saying hurtful things, and expect to step into the fullness of what God has for you. Many times, it’s not big things that are keeping us from God’s best; it’s not some big sin or big mistake.

It’s the small things. The apostle Peter said that if you want to enjoy life and see good things, say nothing evil or hurtful. How much higher would we go if we didn’t have to have the last word or have to be right, but just quietly keep honoring God, being respectful, staying on the high road?

When David faced a lot of opposition and had plenty of opportunities to lose his cool and tell people off, he prayed a great prayer in Psalm 141: “Take control of what I say, O Lord, and keep my lips sealed.” Make that your prayer every morning.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that I can embrace life and see my days filled with good by taking control of what I say. I choose in advance to watch my words carefully today. I ask You to help me keep my lips sealed when I’m tempted to complain and argue. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

“…Don’t be afraid,” David said to him, “for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table…” (2 Samuel 9:7)

Mephibosheth was the grandson of King Saul. His father was Jonathan, David’s best friend. But when Saul and Jonathan were killed in battle, and with the enemy coming to wipe out Saul’s family, young Mephibosheth was crippled in an accident.

He ended up living in exile for many years in a poor, run-down city named Lo Debar, barely surviving, with no family and no way out. But one day King David remembered his friend Jonathan and discovered that Mephibosheth was alive.

He sent soldiers to look for Mephibosheth, then brought him to the palace to live as royalty and restored his family’s land.

Perhaps you feel stuck in your own Lo Debar. The good news is, the King is looking for you. He wants to restore all that belongs to you as His child—the freedom, the joy, the peace, the victory, the abundance.

He wants to pay you back for the unfair things that have happened. There is a seat for you at the King’s table.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for loving me and looking for me because You want me to have all that belongs to me as Your child. Thank You that You found me and brought me to live with You in Your palace forever. I will gladly take my place at Your table. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Monday, February 15, 2021

“…LORD, how they have increased who trouble me!… But You, O LORD, are a shield for me, my glory and the One who lifts up my head…” (Psalm 3:1, 3)

In today’s Scripture, David was saying, “God, my enemies are multiplying.” He not only had other armies trying to stop him, but his own son Absalom was trying to take the kingdom from him.

David could have thought, I can handle people from the outside trying to take me down, but now it’s my own son. I’m done. This could have been David’s end. But after David stated the hard facts, he took it one step further and said, “But You, O Lord, are my shield.” Notice that David added the “but.” “I’m having a lot of trouble, but the Lord is my shield.”

What’s the message? Don’t let the enemy have the last word. Always add the “but.” “The medical report doesn’t look good, but the Lord is my healer. “A coworker did me wrong, but God is fighting my battles.” “I went through a loss, but God has beauty for ashes.” Every time something negative happens, answer back with a “but.”

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for being a shield about me, my glory and the lifter of my head. Thank You that the enemy doesn’t have the last word when something negative happens to me. I will use the power of “but” and see Your promises come to pass. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Sunday, February 14, 2021

“…But Noah found favor with the LORD…” (Genesis 6:8)

When the great flood covered the earth, Noah’s family was the only one that was saved. It was because Noah found favor with the Lord. It doesn’t say Noah’s sons had favor, but because they were connected to Noah, their lives were spared.

The principle is, when you are connected with people who are favored, people who are further along, people who are more successful, then that favor will flow down to you. You’ll see increase and blessing because of your association.

The question is, are you connected to people who inspire you, challenge you, and make you strive to do better? Or, are you connected to people who are negative, drain your energy, and cause you to compromise?

Eventually, you’re going to become like whoever you’re connected to. You need to disconnect from people who are hindering your growth and find some favor connections—people who are going places, who are at another level, who have what you dream about.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that You have already lined up these favor connections for me. Thank You for the people who are ordained to help me go further. Help me to disconnect from people who are hindering my growth and connect with people who are favored. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Saturday, February 13, 2021

“The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord is on his heavenly throne.”  (Psalm 11:4).

The Lord is always present in His holy temple. Do you know what this holy temple is? It is our body. We are His holy temple. God loves to dwell within us. Through Jesus, God came and dwelt with us. He is Emmanuel, God with us.

Through the Holy Spirit, now God has come to dwell within us. He accepts us as His holy temple. So now God is always present within us. What happens when God dwells within us? He reads our thoughts and hears our cries.

He listens to the prayers we do in our hearts and He answers us. That is why the Psalmist says, “In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears.” (Psalm 18:6).

When we cry out in distress He hears us. He is not distant from us rather He is nearer to us than our own thoughts. He comes to our rescue when we need Him.

According to the verse, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1), God is very present with us to help us. He is our refuge and strength. We need not fear harm. He will carry us.

“For He will give His angels charge concerning you, to guard you in all your ways. They will bear you up in their hands, that you do not strike your foot against a stone” (Psalm 91:11,12). God is always watchful of us.

The LORD watches over you, the LORD is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD will keep you from all harm, he will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore (Psalm 121:5-8). Yes, because the Lord is within us we are always known by the Lord and we will always be protected by the Lord.

God listens to all that we speak. “Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard” (Malachi 3:16). That is why we should be careful about what we speak and what we do. Jesus said, ” For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” (Matthew 12:37).

So we need to fear God and speak the right words.  We need to be sure that the Holy Spirit whom God has deposited within us is not grieved by our words and deeds. The Bible says, ” Let no unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building up the one in need and bringing grace to those who listen.

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.” (Ephesians 4:29-31).

 If we are godly in our words and deeds God will rejoice over us with singing and we will be truly blessed.

A Prayer for Today
Loving Lord! Thank You for Your Holy Spirit whom You have deposited within me as my Counsellor and guide and greatest friend. Help me to be pure in my thoughts, words and deeds so that I do not grieve the Holy Spirit.

Listen to my prayers and answer me. Protect me and be my help. Watch over my life. Let me always please You in all that I do. In the sweet name of my Lord Jesus I pray, O Father, AmenPAGE BREAK

Friday, February 12, 2021

So Israel yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor. And the Lord’s anger burned against them. (Numbers 25:3)

In this story we see that Israel brings a curse and plague on itself. And in Numbers 31:16, we learn that it was Balaam (see also Numbers 22-24) who advised their enemies to seduce the Israelites in this way.

So the men of Israel fell into sexual relationships with the women of Moab and bowed down to their gods. “And the Lord’s anger burned against them.” This story reminds us that if sin is not able to get a foothold in one area of our life, it will try to lodge itself in another.

We have enemies that relentlessly attack us, such as the devil, the world, and our own sinful nature. They will not stop. When we’re spiritually strong in one area, they look for a weakness in another area. To resist these attacks, we need to be vigilant and humble.

We need to be alert to sin’s power and the devil’s schemes. We need to know our weaknesses. And we need to cry out to God for help. For Israel, the action of Phinehas the priest brought atonement for the people’s sin.

For us, Jesus has become our faithful High Priest. His blood atones for our failures, and his intercession secures our Father’s favor. Where do you feel vulnerable? Where are you tempted? “Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power” (Ephesians 6:10). Go to Jesus for help.

A Prayer for Today
Heavenly Father, protect us from the schemes of our enemies. Help us to stand firm and to be faithful to you. For Jesus’ sake, Amen.PAGE BREAK

Thursday, February 11, 2021

“…He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish…” (John 21:6)

Peter was an experienced fisherman and had been out in the boat all night. He had worked hard, used his best techniques, threw out the nets just where he thought the fish would be, again and again, hour after hour, but nothing.

Early the next morning, a man shouted from the beach to throw the net on the right side of the boat. When they did, they caught so many fish they couldn’t haul the net in. Right then, Peter recognized that the man on the beach was Jesus.

Like Peter, you may have worked hard toward your dreams, done your best, used your expertise, exhausted yourself, and come up empty. But God knows where your fish are. God is saying, “Throw out your nets one more time.”

The struggle, the disappointment, and the lack were only tests. Your fish are still there. If you’ll throw out your nets again, God is going to cause those stored up blessings to find you.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that You are the God who spoke worlds into existence, and You know how to get the fish to my net. Thank You that the opportunities, the promotions, the breakthroughs are coming. I’m going to keep believing and casting my net. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

“…When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith…” (Matthew 8:10)

When a Roman officer came to Jesus and said, “One of my employees is very sick, but you don’t have to come to my house. Just speak the word, and I know he’ll be healed,” Jesus marveled at his faith.

In Mark 6, it says that Jesus also marveled at the unbelief He was met with in His hometown. What’s interesting is that the people who doubted were the religious people. They were in the synagogue every week.

The Roman officer wasn’t a religious person. He hadn’t been indoctrinated to think that it couldn’t happen. He simply believed that Jesus was the Son of God.

When God looks at you, what does He marvel at? Why don’t you come over into faith? You may think that you’re not religious enough, that God would never help you, but God is not looking for religion.

He’s looking for people who simply believe in Him, for people who know that He can do the impossible.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for being the God of miracles and that You’re still on the throne no matter what the doubters say. Help me to believe big, dream big, pray big, and think big. I want to be one of the ones who always believes that You can do the impossible. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Tuesday, February 09, 2021

“…For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had…” (John 5:4)

There was a crippled man who had been lying by the pool of Bethesda for thirty-eight years. The people knew when it was the season for the angel to come. This man knew that was his window of opportunity to get well.

One day Jesus came and said to him, “Do you want to get well?” I can imagine the man was confused. It wasn’t the right season for the angel to come. But Jesus said to the man, “Get up, pick up your bed, and walk.” Instantly the man was healed.

Don’t be surprised when God shows up and you aren’t expecting it. God likes to break the rules, so to speak, to do things that we can’t explain. You don’t see any way, the odds are against you.

God doesn’t have to wait for the training, for the boss to like you, for the loan to go through, for the economy to improve. He controls the universe. He’s not limited by seasons.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that You’re not limited by seasons, by closed doors, by disappointments, or by my preconceived ideas of how You can work. Thank You that You do things out of the box that I’m not expecting. I’m looking for Your surprises. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Monday, February 08, 2021

“…Then he said to me, “Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: Behold I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live…” (Ezekiel 37:4–5)

The prophet Ezekiel saw a vision of a valley filled with bones. It was like a huge graveyard of bones from people who had died. Bones represent things in our life that look dead, situations that seem impossible and permanently unchanging.

God said, “Prophesy to these dead bones.” Ezekiel started speaking to the bones, telling them to come alive. As he was speaking, the bones started rattling and coming together, morphing back into people. Finally, breath came into those bodies, and they stood up like “a vast army.”

You may have things in your life that seem dead—a relationship, a business, your health. All you can see is a valley of dry bones, so to speak. It’s not enough to just pray about it; you need to speak to it. Prophesy to those dead bones.

Call in health. Call in abundance. Call in restoration. God will resurrect what looks dead. He’ll make things happen that you could never make happen.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that I can speak to the things in my life that seem dead, and You will breathe life into them and bring resurrection. I believe that as I speak words of faith, You will make things happen that I could never make happen. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Sunday, February 07, 2021

“…For you are still only baby Christians, controlled by your own desires, not God’s…” (1 Corinthians 3:3)

The Scripture describes a lot of people. If they feel like telling somebody off, feel like buying something they can’t afford, or feel like watching something they know is not good, they do it anyway.

Desires and feelings will always be there. The problem is that when we give in to them, we come under their control. The more you feed those feelings—anger, self-pity, a bad attitude, a critical spirit—the stronger they grow.

The way you break free is to quit feeding them. The next time you feel like being upset, stay in peace. Put on some good praise music; think about how much you have to be grateful for. That’s feeding your spirit man instead of feeding your flesh.

As your spirit person gets stronger, the flesh is getting weaker. Starve the negative emotions, and over time, they won’t control you. The sign of maturity is that you can feel the negative emotions, but you don’t act on them.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that I can choose to be disciplined and say no to the flesh and its desires. Thank You that every day I can take my feelings off the throne and allow Your Spirit to control my life. Help me to sow to the Spirit and do what’s right. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Saturday, February 06, 2021
“…with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among [the disciples] and said, “Peace be with you!…” (John 20:19)

We celebrate Good Friday each year, but on the day when Jesus was crucified, the disciples thought it was the worst day of their lives. “Tragic Friday” would have been their description. The One whom they had devoted their lives to was dead and buried in a tomb.

But a few days later, when Jesus rose from the dead, they realized that He was who He’d said He was. He had defeated the enemy and brought salvation to mankind. What they’d thought was the worst day of their lives became the best.

We all face times when a dream dies, a relationship ends, we come down with an illness—nothing about the situation seems good. It may not be good right now, but God knows how to bring it all together.

You may think it is going to stop you, set you back, and cause you heartache. If you’ll stay in faith, one day you’ll look back and say it was good.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that You see the big picture for my life and that You use difficulties for my good. Help me to be patient and trusting when things happen that I don’t understand. I believe that You will bring it all together for my good. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Friday, February 05, 2021

“…And I will make the Egyptians favorably disposed toward this people, so that when you leave you will not go empty-handed…” (Exodus 3:21)

After the Israelites had been in slavery for 430 years, God said, “I have seen the affliction of My people. I’ve heard their cries. I am coming down to deliver them.” God was saying, “Enough is enough. It’s payback time.”

It was a great miracle for the Israelites to be set free, but God was keeping the records and said they wouldn’t leave empty-handed. On their way out, the Israelites asked the Egyptians for their gold, silver, and jewelry. God gave them favor, and the Egyptians willingly gave it to the Israelites.

You may be in an unfair situation for a long time, but God is saying, “I’m coming down to do something about it.” Things are about to change in your favor.

Payback is coming, healing is coming, promotion is coming, vindication is coming, new relationships are coming. You’re not going to come out empty-handed. You’re going to come out loaded, better than you were, promoted, stronger, healthier, and at a new level.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that You are a God of justice and You keep the records. Thank You that the time comes when You say that enough is enough, that it’s payback time. I believe that things are about to shift in my favor and blessing is on the way. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Thursday, February 04, 2021

“…And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good…” (Genesis 1:3–4)

When God created the heavens and the earth on the first day, He said, “Let there be light,” and light came. There were no skies, no animals, and the earth was formless and empty, but God said it was “good.”

An observer would have said, “God, it’s not good; it’s a mess. Nothing is in order.” And He would have responded, “Don’t worry. You’re only seeing day one. Wait till you see what it looks like when it’s ‘very good’ at the end of day six.”

Sometimes we’re so focused on our flaws, weaknesses, shortcomings, and how we should be further along that it holds us back. You need to focus on what you’re doing right. Find the good along the way; thank Him for the partial.

If you don’t celebrate the good in day one, in the season that you’re in, you won’t see day two. If you’ll be grateful for the good, God will get you to very good.

A Prayer for Today
Father, thank You that You created the heavens and earth, and You made me as well. Thank You that You’re not finished working in my life, and I celebrate the good. I believe that as I give thanks for the good that You will get me to very good. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.PAGE BREAK

Wednesday, February 03, 2021

“…The fear of human opinion disables; trusting in GOD protects you from that…” (Proverbs 29:25)

One day a large crowd of people celebrated Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem, shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” A few days later, those same people were shouting, “Crucify Him!”

When Jesus went to trial and needed His closest friends to support Him, most of His disciples had fled, one had betrayed Him, and Peter denied Him.

If you don’t know who you are without other people, then if they leave, you’ll be lost. They’ll take you with them because your identity was caught up in who they made you to be. Then you’ll have to try to find somebody else to tell you who you are.

Don’t put your identity, your value into somebody else’s hands. You don’t need their approval or for them to tell you who you are. Your value came from your Creator. Let Him tell you who you are. Get your value, your self-worth, your approval from Him.

A Prayer for Today
Father, thank You that I don’t have to look to someone else to tell me who I am because You have already told me that I am Your masterpiece and prized possession. I declare that my identity and value is securely in Your hands, and I’m not looking to others. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.PAGE BREAK

Tuesday, February 02, 2021

“Has the Lord spoken only through Moses?” they asked. “Hasn’t he also spoken through us?” (Numbers 12:2)

In Numbers 11, even though Moses was a unique ­prophet of God, God’s Spirit was poured out on other leaders in Israel. This was apparently the context for Miriam and Aaron saying, “Hasn’t the Lord also spoken through us?”

They may have longed for the gift of the Spirit so that they too could prophesy, but they also envied Moses’ unique relationship with God. God spoke face to face only with Moses. Miriam and Aaron wanted what Moses had. They grumbled against the Lord and faced the Lord’s anger.

Sunday is a day of gathered worship among God’s people. We meet to praise God, listen, pray, give, and sing. Pastors will preach. Every Christian is called to be a prophet, priest, and king in the name of Jesus.

Yet we recognize that some have been uniquely called to speak for God as preachers and leaders. God’s Spirit is poured out on all Christians, yet his Spirit rests in a unique way on the leaders who open God’s Word for us.

How can you support your pastors? How can you personally encourage them? Make sure you pray for those who are called to preach. Give them a note of encouragement. Listen and apply what they have taught. Remember that they are God’s servants to you.

A Prayer for today
On this Lord’s Day, we thank you, Lord, for pastors and preachers who proclaim your Word. May we honor and support them in Jesus’ name. Amen.PAGE BREAK

Monday, February 01, 2021

“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” (Isaiah 43:1)

God knows you in detail. As we read in the Bible, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (Psalm 139:13,14)

It is God who created you. He formed you with much care. Can you imagine how God’s word describes your creation. God made you fearfully which means He literally put so much of attention and with trembling so that you are perfectly created according to His plan.

You are not a mistake. You are not a ordinary person. You are precious in God’s sight. When God created man, He made him in His own likeness. Can you imagine what an honour it is? To be created in God’s likeness is such an honour. You are so honourable in God’s sight.

When He knows each star by name and has numbered them, He surely knows your name. He says to you, ““Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” (Isaiah 43:1). He has heard your prayer. God says, “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?

Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” (Matthew 10:29,30). See how important you are to God? God will surely deliver you from all your problems.

You are very close to your miracle. Whatever be your need, come boldly to the One who loves you unconditionally with an undying love. Ask Him what you need in faith. You will receive it from Him. Your heart will be filled with joy.

A Prayer for today
Loving Father, I come to Your throne of grace to receive help and provision. You know me. You have called me by my name. I believe You have the best solution to my problem.

I believe You who care about the sparrow, also care about me whom You fearfully and wonderfully made. Lord, let me experience Your miracle in my life soon. I receive it today in the name of Jesus, Amen.PAGE BREAK

Sunday, January 31, 2021

“…When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dreamed. Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy…” (Psalm 126:1–2)

The Israelites had been taken into captivity by the Babylonians. The return and the restoration of Jerusalem had been anticipated for so long that it seemed like a dream to them. Some of them had waited their entire lifetime.

Their joy was beyond containing. They were laughing in amazement, saying, “This is like a dream. It’s too good to be true.”

Some of the things you’ve been dreaming about—to get out of debt, to start that business, to meet the right person, to finish college—the odds may be against you, it seems laughable, but God is about to surprise you.

Stay in faith, because like the Israelites, the day is coming where God fills your mouth with the laughter of amazement. It’s going to seem like a dream. You’re not only going to be amazed, but the people around you are going to be so in awe that all they can do is laugh with you.

A Prayer for Today
Father, thank You for the things You’ve put into my heart that seem laughable and that I have to dare to believe can happen. Thank You that You do what seems to be too good to be true. I’m going to stay in faith and look forward to laughing in amazement. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.PAGE BREAK

Saturday, January 30, 2021

“…No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house…” (Matthew 5:15)

God has put gifts and talents in you. He’s given you dreams and goals that are unique to your life. But it’s easy to let fear hold you back. “What if I try it and it doesn’t work…what if people don’t accept me…what if I don’t have the talent?”

Too often we let the what-ifs talk us out of it. Quit hiding the dreams and talent that God has given you. He created you to shine, to make a difference, to leave your mark. Your gift isn’t just for you; it’s to share with the world.

Life is short, so stir up what God put in you. You can’t wait till the fear goes away and then you’ll do it. The fear may not go away. You’re going to have to do it in spite of the fear. That’s what faith is all about. Nobody who’s ever done anything great in life has done it without fear.

A Prayer for Today
Father, thank You for entrusting me with gifts and talents and dreams. Thank You that I have greatness in me because You put it there. Help me to come out of hiding and release what You’ve given me in spite of my fears. I will shine Your light into my world. In Jesus’ Name, AmenPAGE BREAK

Friday, January 29, 2021

“…The LORD directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way?…” (Proverbs 20:24)
When troubles come our way, it’s easy to get discouraged, but God uses difficulties to move us toward our destiny. You won’t become all you were created to be without trouble. You don’t grow in the good times; you grow in the tough times, the dark times.

Trouble prepares you for the next level. Trouble develops something in you that you can’t get when it’s easy and everything is going your way. In the difficult times, your spiritual muscles are developed, and you gain strength, endurance, and wisdom.

Every challenge you’ve been through has deposited something in you. Through every relationship that didn’t work out, through those times when somebody did you wrong, you gained insight.

The times when you failed, when you blew it weren’t wasted—you gained experience that will transport you in the future. The truth is that trouble was transportation. It was all a part of God’s plan.

A Prayer for Today
Father, thank You that You are the Most High God who is directing my steps. Thank You that the difficulty I’m experiencing now is developing something in me that I can’t get when it’s easy. I believe it is transporting me to the next level of my destiny. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.PAGE BREAK

Thursday, January 28, 2021

“…The angel of the LORD appeared to him and said, “Mighty hero, the LORD is with you!… Go with the strength you have, and rescue Israel from the Midianites. I am sending you!…” (Judges 6:12, 14)

There was a man in the Scripture named Gideon whom God wanted to lead the people of Israel against an opposing army. The angel appeared to him and said, “Hello, Gideon, you mighty man of fearless courage,” I can imagine Gideon looking around thinking, Who is he talking to?

Gideon was afraid, intimidated, and insecure. But notice that God didn’t call him what he was. God called him what he could become. God sees your potential. God knows what you’re capable of. You may feel weak, but God calls you strong.

You may be intimidated today, but God calls you confident. You may feel less than, but God calls you well able. If the Angel of the Lord were to appear to you today, He would say the same thing he said to Gideon. “Hello, you mighty man, you mighty woman of fearless courage.”

Why don’t you get in agreement with God and start believing what He says about you?

A Prayer for Today
Father, thank You that You see my potential and know what I am capable of. Thank You that You have equipped and are empowering me to be strong where I feel weak and less than. I believe that You are transforming me into a mighty warrior. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.PAGE BREAK

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

“…David was greatly distressed…But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God…” (1 Samuel 30:6)

Thirteen years after David was anointed to be the next king of Israel, he was still living as a fugitive from King Saul. Then one day, he and his six hundred men came home and found their city had been burned, their possessions taken, and their families taken captive.

It was the worst defeat of David’s life. He and his men wept until they could not weep anymore. He was tempted to think, God, I’ve been faithful year after year. This is the final straw.

But David made a decision: “I am not allowing this discouragement to stay. I am strong in the Lord. I am His anointed.” You can talk yourself into defeat or into victory. When you speak the right way, strength comes, courage comes, vision comes, healing comes.

Turn the discouragement around and say, “Yes, this is tough, but I am strong in the Lord. No weapon formed against me will prosper.” Strengthen yourself in the Lord.

A Prayer for Today
Father, thank You that the power of Your life in me is greater than the greatest force that can ever come against me. Thank You that I can put discouragement behind me and stir up my faith. I believe that no weapon that is formed against me will prosper. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.PAGE BREAK

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

“…Pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results…” (James 5:16)

It’s good to pray and ask God to help you with every need, but don’t stop there. Today’s Scripture tells us to pray for one another. You have the ability to help someone else reach their destiny.

There are people God has put in your life who won’t become all they were created to be without you praying. They don’t have the faith to accomplish their dreams, they won’t break the addiction, they won’t overcome the challenge without you stepping up and asking God to help them.

Prayer moves the hands that rule the world. Prayer causes the God who created the universe to make things happen that we couldn’t make happen. When you pray, all of heaven comes to attention and the angels go to work.

Chains of depression, sickness, and loneliness that have held others back begin to loosen. It may not happen overnight, but your prayers have great power and will produce wonderful results.

A Prayer for Today
Father, thank You that when I pray, it says that my prayers come up before Your throne as incense and You listen. Teach me to pray powerful prayers that produce wonderful results for the people whom You’ve brought into my life. I will lift them up. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.PAGE BREAK

Monday, January 25, 2021

The Lord said to Moses and Aaron: “The Israelites are to camp around the tent of meeting. . . .” (Numbers 2:1-2)
For many people, summertime is camping season. It’s a great time to go camping and enjoy the outdoors. For 40 years in the wilderness, Israel camped. They didn’t have permanent homes; they lived in tents.

Their camping arrangement was set by God. Each tribe had its assigned place. What was most notable about the arrangement is that all the tribes camped around the tent of meeting.

The tabernacle, or tent of meeting, was the place where God was present and lived among his people, and it was the center of the camp. God was in the midst of his people. The Lord was at the heart of Israel’s life and wilderness journey.

The truth that God is with us is one of the most repeated promises in the Bible. God tells us that he will be with us wherever we go. God, who is faithful, will never leave us or forsake us.

Today we know that God came to live among us in the person of his Son, Jesus. At his birth, Jesus was called Immanuel, which means “God with us” (Matthew 1:23). This is a promise that should encourage us through the wilderness of life. But there’s also a challenge to respond to. Are we living with God in the center of our lives?

A Prayer for Today
Lord, you have promised to be with us always. Help us also to live with you at the center of our lives each day. Amen.PAGE BREAK

Sunday, January 24, 2021

“…The LORD your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes…” (Deuteronomy 1:30)

The Israelites had been freed from slavery and were on their way to the Promised Land. They had all kinds of enemy nations surrounding them and no military equipment or training. Now they were out in the heat of the desert without water and food sources.

They felt overwhelmed, outnumbered, and inadequate. In the natural, they didn’t have a chance. But God spoke today’s Scripture to them. They had seen God part the Red Sea and destroy Pharaoh and his army.

You may feel that the odds are against you. But God is saying to you what He said to them, “I’m going before you, and I’m fighting for you.” Whatever is trying to stop you is no match for our God.

One touch of His favor and He’ll turn that Red Sea into dry ground. You’re not going to have to struggle and fight. It may look intimidating, like it’s never going to change, but don’t worry. God is going to do something extraordinary.

A Prayer for Today
Father, thank You that You are the Almighty God who goes before me and fights for me. Thank You for all the great things You have done for me and for all the extraordinary victories that You are about to bring me through. I believe that this is a new day of Your favor. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.PAGE BREAK

Saturday, January 23, 2021

“Take a census of the whole Israelite community by their clans . . . listing every man by name, one by one.” [Numbers 1:2]

Before leading Israel into the wilderness, God told them to count every man 20 years old or older and able to serve in the army. And “the total number was 603,550.” A census may seem boring, but we can learn some things from it.

First, it reminds us that God is faithful. God had promised that Abraham’s descendants would be as numerous as the sand on the seashore (Genesis 22:17).

And here a census of the men able to serve in Israel’s army numbers in the hundreds of thousands—and that doesn’t include women, children, the Levites, and many others who made up the people of Israel. God had kept his promise.

The census also shows that at that time in history, God’s people needed an army to defend themselves, and when God called them to battle against his and their enemies, they needed to be prepared.

God would fight for his people and protect them, but they also needed to stand firm and show other nations that they were God’s faithful people.

The battles they fought were rooted in spiritual war between the one true God and the false gods of other nations, led by the great deceiver of all peoples—Satan, who wants to destroy us all.

Today we are still involved in spiritual war for God’s kingdom. The Christian life is a fight of faith. The devil wants us to lose hope and abandon God. But Jesus, our Savior, has defeated all our spiritual enemies. Are you fighting the good fight of faith (1 Timothy 6:12)?

A Prayer for Today
God, you are faithful. Help us to be faithful to you, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.PAGE BREAK

Friday, January 22, 2021

“…None of these things move me…” (Acts 20:24)

The apostle Paul went through all kinds of unfair situations. He was falsely accused of crimes, beaten with rods, lied about, put in prison, and shipwrecked. In Acts 20, he gives us the secret of living a victorious life: “None of these things move me.”

He was saying, “Yes, there were setbacks and disappointments, but I didn’t lose my joy. God is still on the throne. Even being put in prison gave me the opportunity to write about half of the books of the New Testament.”

There’s always something trying to move us, to pull us out of peace, to pull us out of rest. Are you allowing these things to move you? You can’t pray them away. These are tests we all have to pass. Jesus said, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled.”

He said troubles will be there, but you don’t have to be moved by them. Stay in peace. Quit letting these things ruin your day.

A Prayer for Today
Father, thank You that I don’t have to be moved by the tests and troubles I face because I know that You are still on the throne. My faith and trust are in You and Your mighty power at work in my life. I declare that You will work Your good plan for my future. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.PAGE BREAK

Thursday, January 21, 2021

“…I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world…” (John 17:14)

The Scripture speaks of how we are in the world, but we are not of the world. You may be in a limited environment, but you don’t have to be of it. Don’t let that environment get in you.

If you see struggle, lack, and poverty long enough, your mind can become conditioned to thinking, This is who I am. I’ll never have enough. No, that’s where you are, that’s not who you are. That may be what’s been normal. The good news is, you’re a barrier breaker.

Some people try to put you in a box. They’ll tell you such things as, “You’ll never afford a nice house, never get well, never meet the right person.” Because their thinking is limited, they’ll try to put their limitations on you.

You have to put your foot down and say, “I refuse to be mediocre because people around me are mediocre. I am a barrier breaker. I’m going to set a new standard.”

A Prayer for Today
Father, thank You that You didn’t create me to be average or to live a mediocre life. Thank You that You’ve given me the power, the favor, and the talent to break out and go further than the limitations around me. I believe that I am a barrier breaker, and I will set a new standard. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.PAGE BREAK

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights” (Habakkuk 3:19).

Strength comes from God. He is the source of all strength. Even though people do many tasks to build up their strength ultimately strength is from God. Our God is a God causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous (Matthew 5:45).

People who do not know God also enjoy the strength that He alone gives. When God’s strength comes into a person, they accomplish great things for God who makes their feet like that of a deer and enables them to rise up high in life.

In the Bible, we read of Samson who was blessed with extraordinary strength. Nobody could match his strength. Not even the lion which is the strongest animal. It was because of the special anointing that was on him.

In the New Testament we read how God poured the same anointing on all men without favouritism. The Spirit of God enabled men to do greater feats like raise the dead back to life, heal the sick, make the lame walk and even the sting of a viper couldn’t cause death.

That is how God’s strength transforms us to do great things for His glory and it is enough for us. But the salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; He is their strength in time of trouble” (Psalm 37:39). God alone can give us strength and save us. Man’s help cannot be trusted.

That is why the Psalmist says, “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1).

You need to fear nothing when God is with you and God promises you that He will never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). So don’t panic looking at your problems. God can blow them away with a single breath. You will run very fast and complete great tasks for Him.

A Prayer for Today
Loving Heavenly Father, Let Your strength that can make me ride on the heights lift me up in life. Let Your strength be made perfect in my weaknesses. Help me to achieve great things for Your glory.

Blow away all the problems in my life and strengthen my heart and soul. With You by my side I shall be more than a conqueror so be with me and give me strength.
In Jesus Name I pray, Amen!PAGE BREAK

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

“Don’t be afraid; just believe.” (Mark 5:36)

Jairus was taking Jesus home to heal his daughter who was lying at the point of death. But some people came running to him and said, “Jairus, your daughter is dead. Do not trouble the Teacher.” Indeed you can imagine what people would have told him.

They would have said, “Jairus, it’s over, everything is finished; your daughter is no more.” Everyone must have mourned with him. There was crying and weeping in his house. As a father, his heart was shattered into pieces.

But, Jesus saw the sorrow in the eyes of Jairus and said, “Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well.” And we know what happened in the end – Jairus got back his daughter. She was restored to life.

If Jairus had not taken Jesus to his house believing His word the story would have been sad. But because Jairus trusted the Word of God, He witnessed the miracle. God expects us to trust His Word. He says, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away (Matthew 24:35).”

One positive word from Jesus made Jairus to come to the point of hope. People around may speak words of discouragement. They may say things like ‘you can’t study; your business has failed; it will never prosper; you are bankrupt; you cannot survive in this world anymore.’

But Jesus on the other hand says, “Do not be afraid; just believe” (Mark 5:36). When fear troubles your heart God cannot perform His miracles for you. So, during the times of your struggle, do not be troubled.

Just say, “Lord, I can’t do it, help me father” and you will see His mighty power operating in you. Yes  believe in His positive words and you will experience His miracle today. Wait on the Lord’s feet for His Word concerning your situation.

When God promises, He will surely fulfil it. All you need is one word from the Lord. Read the Bible everyday and also read or listen to God’s messages through people with an open ear to hear from God and He will certainly speak to you. His words are life.

The Word of God is spirit and life (John 6:63); it is living and active (Hebrews 4:12) and, when quickened by the Holy Spirit, has dynamic power to resurrect anything back to life.

A Prayer for today
Father God, You are an everlasting and amazing God. You have instilled only words of comfort, healing, encouragement in me. Though this world discourages me, I will only listen to Your voice. Give me Your grace that I may shut my ears to the voice of the devil. Take control of me.
This I ask in Jesus’ name, Amen.PAGE BREAK

Monday, January 18, 2021

“…The women said to Naomi: “Praise be to the LORD, who this day has not left you without a guardian-redeemer. May he become famous throughout Israel! He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age…” (Ruth 4:14–15)

Naomi lost her husband in death, and then both her sons died as well. She was so discouraged that she didn’t think she could go on. She had been full of joy and sweetness, but now she was bitter.

She even changed her name from Naomi, which means “my joy,” to Mara, which means “bitter.” She was saying, “Call me bitter.” But her friends refused and kept calling her Naomi. She was trying to stay in defeat, but they said, “No, you’re coming into victory,” and eventually she did.

If you have been through disappointments and loss, you need people around you who will remind you about who you are—not people who will get bitter with you and agree with the defeat. Stay close to people who will call you blessed and victorious.

You want people in your life who will remind you that your best days are yet to come, that what was meant for your harm, God will use to your advantage.

A Prayer for Today
Father, thank You that You are able to take the most unfair situations in my life and turn them into positives. And thank You for the people in my life who call me victorious and blessed. Help me to stay close to those who remind me of who I am. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.PAGE BREAK

Sunday, January 17, 2021

“…But you, LORD, sit enthroned forever; your renown endures through all generations. You will arise and have compassion on Zion, for it is time to show favor to her; the appointed time has come…” (Psalm 102:12–13)

In the first eleven verses of Psalm 102, the psalmist goes into great detail listing all his troubles, telling how miserable he is. Just when you think he’s ready to give up, he wrote today’s Scripture.

In the midst of his sad song, he recognized that God was still on the throne, and he knew there was a set time for favor in his future. God was saying to His people, “Don’t worry, things are about to change. You’ve come into your set time of favor.

I will arise and have compassion.” In your set time of favor, God will step in against your enemies and scatter them. When He arises, sickness will be defeated, addictions will be broken, and lack, poverty, and struggle will come to an end.

He’s going before you clearing the path where you couldn’t go before, pushing back the forces of darkness. The enemies you’ve seen in the past you will see no more. It’s your set time for freedom, for wholeness.

A Prayer for Today
Father, thank You that You are enthroned forever, and You have set this time of favor for me. Thank You that You are giving me power to do what I couldn’t do. I believe You are fighting my battles, preparing the way for me to step up to the next level. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.PAGE BREAK

Saturday, January 16, 2021

“…For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow…” (James 1:3)

Sometimes when we’re being tested by discouragement, it seems God is silent. We pray and don’t hear anything. We read the Scripture and still come away feeling as though God is a million miles away.

It’s easy to think something must be wrong. But remember, this is a test. You have to pass the test of being faithful where you are. Keep stretching, praying, and believing. The next step is coming—an increase step, a favor step, a healing step, a breakthrough step.

When God is silent, don’t assume He’s left you or is mad at you. He is right there with you during the test. His silence is a sign that He has great confidence in you and He has prepared you, and now He is watching to see if you have learned.

He knows you will come through the test victoriously or He would not have permitted you to be tested. Keep being your best with what you have.

A Prayer for Today
Father, thank You for the good plan You have for my life. Even when I don’t understand things, I choose to put my hope and trust in You. Help me to live in Your joy and pass the discouragement test when You seem to be silent. In Jesus’ Name, AmenPAGE BREAK

Friday, January 15, 2021

“…For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow…” (James 1:3)

Sometimes when we’re being tested by discouragement, it seems God is silent. We pray and don’t hear anything. We read the Scripture and still come away feeling as though God is a million miles away.

It’s easy to think something must be wrong. But remember, this is a test. You have to pass the test of being faithful where you are. Keep stretching, praying, and believing. The next step is coming—an increase step, a favor step, a healing step, a breakthrough step.

When God is silent, don’t assume He’s left you or is mad at you. He is right there with you during the test. His silence is a sign that He has great confidence in you and He has prepared you, and now He is watching to see if you have learned.

He knows you will come through the test victoriously or He would not have permitted you to be tested. Keep being your best with what you have.

A Prayer for Today
Father, thank You for the good plan You have for my life. Even when I don’t understand things, I choose to put my hope and trust in You. Help me to live in Your joy and pass the discouragement test when You seem to be silent. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.PAGE BREAK

Thursday, January 14, 2021

“…When the LORD saw that Leah was not loved, he enabled her to conceive, but Rachel remained childless…” (Genesis 29:31)

In today’s Scripture Leah and her sister, Rachel, were both married to Jacob. Rachel was more beautiful, so Jacob didn’t give Leah much time and attention. I’m sure she felt like she was inferior, at a disadvantage, not good enough.

That doesn’t go unnoticed. God sees every injustice, every wrong, every tear. Leah went on to have four sons before Rachel had one. Having a son in those days was a big deal. God was saying, “Leah, I’m giving you sons who’ll cause Jacob to notice you.”

You may feel like someone else got all the good breaks, good childhood, good looks, good personality. Don’t worry, your time is coming. God has some advantages for you that will cause you to stand out.

You’re not going to always live in the shadow of somebody more talented, more beautiful, more successful. God’s going to cause you to shine. You’re going to excel, you’re going to be known, you’re going to leave your mark.

A Prayer for Today
Father, thank You that nothing that has happened to me has gone unnoticed by You. Thank You that You take it personally, and You go to work to make things right. I believe that as I honor You and put You first that You will cause me to shine. In Jesus’ Name, AmenPAGE BREAK

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

“He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive” (Luke 20:38).

Do you have a relationship with God? Can you say of God that He is ‘my’ God? Do you own Him as your God? Bible says in Luke 20:37, “But in the account of the burning bush, even Moses showed that the dead rise, for he calls the Lord ‘the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.'”

God was called by the name that belonged to His children. He was proud to be known as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Because they chose Him to be their God, He made their names great.

He fulfilled His promise to Abraham in which He had said, “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great and you will be a blessing” (Genesis 12:2). God belonged to them as much as they belonged to God.

As a result God blessed them with a long life while on earth and also made them enter into Eternal life. God tells you today that He is the God of the living and He will make you live.

God will heal you of all your sicknesses and weakness and make you live. No matter what makes you feel that your life is over, God says to “Because I live, you also will live” (John 14:19). Jesus went through everything you aregoing through.

He went through death and was buried but He rose back to life. He has all authority in His hands to turn your life upside down. When you have a personal relationship with God, He Himself will speak to you, walk with you and teach you profitable things that will change your present circumstances.

The doctors might have given up hope but the hope we have in God is that because He is living we will live also. So hold on to this promise today and claim a long and blessed life in this world. Your name will also be honoured like Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and He will be known as your God.

A Prayer for Today
Loving Heavenly Father, thank You for choosing to reveal yourself to me and become my God. I value Your more than my life. You are the reason I live and thank You for promising me that You will bless me with a long life.

Heal my loved ones who are sick and heal them so that they enjoy a long life. Help me to own You as my God and let me life be blessed and let Your Name be lifted high through my life.
I ask this in Jesus name, Amen.PAGE BREAK

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

“…the voice of those…who will bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the LORD. For I will cause the captives of the land to return as at the first,” says the LORD…” (Jeremiah 33:11)

In today’s Scripture God was saying to His people, who had been taken into captivity in Babylon, that when you thank Him even though you don’t see anything good happening, when you offer up the sacrifice of praise, God is going to reverse negative situations and restore what’s been stolen.

When you don’t see how it can work out, but you go through the day saying, “Father, thank You that the answer is on the way; thank You that this problem is turning around,” get ready because God is going to reverse and restore.

He’s going to reverse finances that are down, reverse a bad health report, reverse a legal matter, and He’s even going to restore what should have been yours. He’s going to restore years that you’ve lost because somebody did you wrong. He’s going to restore a relationship that’s on the rocks, restore health back to your body. It’s going to happen because of your praise, so turn it up!

A Prayer for Today
Father, thank You that You are bigger than any difficulty I will ever face. You are the Creator of the universe, and I offer You a sacrifice of praise and the deepest worship of my heart. I believe that You will reverse and restore what should have been mine. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.PAGE BREAK

Monday, January 11, 2021

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)

Every one lives in fear in this world. Maybe, today you are afraid of what people may think of you, being far away from home, of public speaking, flying, spiders, failure or rejection, of poverty, losing a loved one, disease, pain or death.

The good news for you is that the Lord says to you, “Fear Not”. Such an assurance is needed today for those who live in the grip of needless fear. Fear is not true. It removes our eyes from God and makes us see our problems that threaten us.

May be your fear has a cause but it need not have an impact on how you live. It does not need to dictate how things should happen in your life. With God beside you, you can rule out fear.
“Fear not!”

These were the very first words of the Gospel with which an angel cheered the shepherds who shook with fright on the first Christmas night. “Be not afraid!” – These were the very first words that the risen Christ spoke to the women who sought Him on the first Easter morning in the grave where He had been laid.

There once was this criminal who had committed a crime. He was sent to the king for his punishment. The king told him he had a choice between two punishments. He could be hung by a rope or take what’s behind the big, dark, scary, mysterious iron door.

The criminal quickly decided on the rope. As the noose was being slipped on him, he turned to the king and asked: “By the way, out of curiosity, what’s behind that door?” The king laughed and said: “You know, it’s funny, I offer everyone the same choice, and nearly everyone picks the rope.

There is freedom behind the door, but it seems most people are so afraid of the unknown that they immediately take the rope.” Yes, dearly beloved, we too fear the future as to how things might change and spend our time not being fruitful.

Fear paralyses us but the phrase fear not occurs 366 times in the Bible. God has included one even for the leap year so that there would never be a moment or reason to feel fearful. The best cure for such baseless fear is to trust in God’s benevolence and the knowledge of what you have in Christ.

You may say, “I am fearful. How can I avoid it?” Beloved, the Bible says that God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, of love and of a sound mind. So, it is meaningless to say “I am afraid” when you do not have to be afraid.

Speak words of faith and courage. Go through this day with the boldness of a lion. You are the child of the Lion of Judah!.

A Prayer for Today
Loving heavenly Father, I thank You for dispelling my fear through this truth. Thank You for giving me a spirit of love, power and of sound mind. Let Your words be written on my heart so that I will be strengthened to face my fears with power.

Remove every fear from my heart and mind. Also help me to relieve others from their fear and distress through this beautiful truth. This I ask in Jesus’ name, Amen.PAGE BREAK

Sunday, January 10, 2021

When [Barnabas] arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts. (Acts 11:23)

We all experience times of joy and times of struggle in our lives. Having a place to share about them is meaningful and can help us celebrate and support one another.

An encouraging community is a place where all of our experiences can be shared and we can receive support and friendship no matter what is going on around us.

In Acts 4:36 we meet Barnabas, whose name means “son of encouragement.” And throughout the book of Acts we see him doing what his name suggests. He is an encourager to the apostle Paul and many of the early churches.

We all need people in our lives who encourage us, and we need to be encouragers to others. That is what Christian community does.

A Prayer for Today
Father, help us to find encouragement from others and to be encouragers to people who need to hear kind words today, Amen.PAGE BREAK

Saturday, January 09, 2021

“…Be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord…” (1 Corinthians 15:58)

To “be steadfast and immovable” is a powerful choice we need to make. “I am not going to be moved by my circumstances. I’m not going to let what others say about me steal my joy. I’m not going to live worried about my finances.

I’m going to do my best and trust God to do what I can’t do. I have the grace from God to handle anything that comes my way.”

As long as you’re allowing circumstances to determine your peace and joy, your life is going to be like a rollercoaster ride that’s based on what goes your way. That’s surface living. God is saying, “You have to go down deeper in your faith.”

 Rather than try to use your faith to control your circumstances, use your faith to control yourself in the midst of those circumstances. When you stay in peace, that’s a place of power. You know that no weapon formed against you will prosper.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for Your peace and joy as I put my trust in You. Help me to be steadfast and consistent, unmoved by the ups and downs of life. I believe You have given me the grace to handle anything that comes my way today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Friday, January 08, 2021

“…The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!…” (John 1:29)

In the Old Testament, the only way to have forgiveness for sins was to sacrifice an animal. Every year on the Day of Atonement, the high priest would offer a sacrifice for his sins and the sins of all the people.

If the sacrifice met all the requirements, their sins would be taken away, and they would be covered until the next year’s Day of Atonement sacrifice. This was an ongoing process of temporary forgiveness.

Jesus is the Lamb of God who actually takes away our sin. Now we can live with the confidence that all our sins—past, present, and future—have not just been covered, but they have been washed away by the power of His blood and death on the cross. We have an everlasting release.

The price has already been paid, and you are forgiven. Don’t go around feeling guilty, condemned, trying to pay God back for your mistakes. Receive His forgiveness, receive His mercy, receive His love.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that I am forgiven, thank You that I am redeemed by the blood of Your Son, Jesus. Thank You that the price for my sins has been paid once and for all. I receive Your love and forgiveness and refuse to live under guilt and condemnation. In Jesus’ Name, AmenPAGE BREAK

Thursday, January 07, 2021

“…Avoiding a fight is a mark of honor; only fools insist on quarreling…” (Proverbs 20:3)

A lot of times we think winning a fight is a mark of honor. We walk away from an argument thinking, I won that fight. I told them off. That’s not winning. You fed your ego, but it didn’t strengthen your relationship. You may have won the argument, but how much damage was done? When we say hurtful things, it exacts a heavy price. The real way to win is to avoid it and walk away. That’s a mark of honor. It takes humility. Pride wants to argue and have the last word.

There’s a right way and a right time to address your differences. Do it calmly, express your concerns, and then leave it there. If it starts getting heated, walk away. When you do it God’s way, He’ll fight your battles. He’ll change what needs to be changed. Do what you can to keep the atmosphere loving, kind, and peaceful. Be a person of honor and avoid the fight.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for calling me to be a person marked by honor. Help me to know the right way and a right time to quietly and calmly address my differences with others. I want to do it Your way and leave it to You to fight my battles. In Jesus’ Name, AmenPAGE BREAK

Wednesday, January 06, 2021

“…You do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures…” (James 4:2–3)

When James says “you ask amiss,” the word amiss means “sick, weak, miserable.” When we ask to just get by and endure, that’s a weak prayer. That’s asking amiss. God is saying, “I created the whole universe.

Don’t come to Me with a weak prayer, asking Me to help you live in mediocrity. Ask big, knowing that I’m the God of more than enough. Ask Me to show out in your life, to heal you from that disease, to accelerate your goals.”

When you ask big, God calls that a healthy prayer. That’s when He says to the angels, “Go to work. Release My favor. Open new doors.” Ask to be the difference maker. Ask to set a new standard.

When you say, “God, I don’t have the funds for this project, but I want to thank You that blessings are chasing me down,” that’s your faith being released. That’s what allows God to do great things.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that You want to do great things in my life so that You will be glorified as the God who is more than enough. Help me to pray healthy prayers that release Your favor and open new doors. I declare that am taking the limits off You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Tuesday, January 05, 2021

I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven… (Matthew 5:44-45)

When we think about our enemies (also known as the people who’ve hurt us), we often want to run as far away from them as possible. We don’t want to see them, hear about them, or think about them. And we definitely don’t want to love them or pray for them.

When we’ve been wounded, we just want to heal from the hurt in our hearts that’s connected to them. If we decided to only follow our feelings, we’d probably never pray for our enemies…but that’s exactly what Jesus is asking us to do.

If you’re struggling to forgive someone right now, I have good news for you: Forgiveness is not a feeling, so we don’t have to feel like forgiving to forgive. It’s a choice we make because we want to follow Jesus, and it opens the door for our soul to heal.

To forgive does not mean that we allow others to continue to treat us badly, that we never confront their bad behavior, or that we let them get away with walking all over us.

What forgiveness does mean is that we choose not to stay angry with people or get even because of what they’ve done, but to let God take care of vindicating us.

It also means that we’ll pray God’s best for them, and even have some compassion for them, because we know they’re only hurting themselves by mistreating others.

One reason some of us struggle so much with forgiveness is that we don’t pray for our enemies; praying for them is a vital step toward being able to genuinely forgive and heal. If you’re wondering how to pray for someone who’s done you wrong, here are a few suggestions:

– Pray that they’ll know Jesus in a real, personal way.
– Pray that God will show them what they need to see about their behavior and how it has hurt others.
– Ask God to bless them.

As hard as praying for our enemies can be, know that being intentional to bless them and not badmouth them will do wonders in helping us heal. If you need to talk about it as part of your healing journey, please don’t share your situation with someone who’ll only feel sorry for you, then start gossiping all about it.

Instead, choose to find someone who has the ability to truly help you, who’ll pray with you and for you, and who will keep it confidential. As you take these steps, God will give you the grace you need to forgive and heal the pain in your heart.

A Prayer for Today
Father, please give me the strength I need to pray for ____, and to trust You to take care of justice. Thank You for providing the grace I need to forgive ____, and for healing my heart. In Jesus’ Name, amenPAGE BREAK

Monday, January 04, 2021

“…So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife…and she gave birth to a son…Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David…” (Ruth 4:13, 17)

A young widow named Ruth left her home country and moved to her elderly mother-in-law’s home to take care of her. They barely had enough food to survive. Ruth went into the fields to pick up the leftover wheat that the workers missed.

One day Boaz, the wealthy man who owned the field, noticed Ruth and told his workers to leave handfuls of wheat on purpose for Ruth. Now she didn’t have to work nearly as hard. God was meeting their needs, and she was so grateful.

But God is full of surprises. Just when you’re satisfied and think you’ve reached your limits, God has something bigger in mind. Boaz fell in love with Ruth, and they got married. Now instead of working in the field, Ruth owned the field!

And on top of that, their great-grandson was named David. Ruth went from barely surviving to ending up in the family line of Jesus Christ. God has something big coming your way!

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that You know every hardship and hurt, every unfair and difficult situation I have faced and will face. I choose to believe that You have more blessings and favor for me than I can dream. I believe that something big is coming my way. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Sunday, January 03, 2021

“…Now this wonderful statement—that he was accepted and approved through his faith—wasn’t just for Abraham’s benefit. It was for us, too, assuring us that God will accept us in the same way he accepted Abraham…” (Romans 4:23–24)

Too often we get our performance mixed up with our identity. You ask somebody, “Who are you?” and they answer, “I’m a nurse.” But the truth is, that’s what they do, not who they are. You are a child of the Most High God.

That’s where your value, your worth comes from—your who, not your do. You may do some wrong things, but that is not who you are. Nothing that you do changes your value because your value comes from your Creator.

So feel good about who you are. When you’re positive toward yourself, you’re in agreement with God. If you make a mistake, the moment you ask God to forgive you, He not only forgives you but He forgets it.

Quit remembering what God has forgotten. Quit listening to all the accusing voices telling you what you’re not. Your performance isn’t perfect, but you are accepted and approved through your faith. That’s what matters to God.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that You are the God of Abraham and my God as well. Thank You that You accept and approve me because of my faith and not because of my performance. I declare that I feel good about who I am and ask You to help me become my best. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Saturday, January 02, 2021

“…The eyes of the LORD search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him…” (2 Chronicles 16:9)

When Jesus chose His twelve disciples, He didn’t choose people who had it all together. He didn’t choose the Pharisees, who kept all the religious rules, prayed at the right time, and gave what was required but whose hearts were not right.

He chose people who had lots of flaws, who came out of dysfunction and weren’t raised in a religious environment. Man looks on the outside, at the performance, the credentials, the background, but God looks beyond all that.

He knows it’s the heart that matters. He chose those whose hearts were committed to Him. God is not looking for people who have a perfect performance. He’s looking for people who desire to please Him.

Your behavior, attitude, and character may need some improvement, but just as with the disciples, God is saying, “I know your heart is sincere; your heart is set to do the right thing. So I’m going to show Myself strong in your life.”

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that I can come to You with an open and willing heart. Search me and know me. I struggle and make mistakes, and there is so much I need to improve on in my character, but my heart is committed to You. Show Yourself strong in my life today. In Jesus’ Name, AmenPAGE BREAK

Friday, January 01, 2021

Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. [Matthew 28:9]

Matthew interrupts the sadness of the story with a somewhat scary and somewhat comical scene. An angel comes to the tomb, with an appearance like lightning and causing an earthquake, and he rolls away the stone and sits on it.

The soldiers guarding the tomb are so terrified that they shake and fall down like they are dead. And the women? They are scared too. The women have come to the tomb to see it and grieve. But the angel tells them that the one who was in the tomb isn’t there.

And there’s no need to grieve anymore because Jesus has risen from the dead! In fact, he’s on his way to Galilee and wants his disciples to see him there.

So the women who have come to grieve hurry away “filled with joy.” And if their joy is already full, what happens next makes their joy overflow: Jesus meets them. The person they have come to see dead is standing in front of them alive!

Do you remember when you first met Jesus? He takes our sorrow and turns it into the greatest joy. If you haven’t met him yet, I hope you meet him soon—maybe even today. It is the greatest joy any of us has known.

A Prayer for Today
Dear Jesus, our eyes are sore from the violence, injustice, sickness, and death in this world. Help us to meet you today so that we may see the joy and hope only you can give. Amen.PAGE BREAK

Thursday, December 31, 2020

“…Let him have all your worries and cares, for he is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you…” (1 Peter 5:7)

Worry is a thief that steals your joy, your energy, and your sleep at night. You don’t make good decisions when you’re worried.

You weren’t created to be constantly worried about your health, upset about your job, or stressed out over a friend who had been rude. Your mind needs a break. You weren’t designed to carry all that load. You have to turn your cares over to God.

David had all kinds of opposition and enemies coming against him. He could have lived upset and worried, but he understood this principle: “The Lord is my shepherd.

He leads me to restful waters.” David was saying, “The way I keep my sanity and protect my peace on a regular basis is to go down to the still waters. I empty out all the worry and anxiety.”

He let his mind rest. It can be chaotic all around you—traffic, people, problems, drama—but on the inside, in your spirit, you’re at rest.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that You are my good shepherd who leads me to restful waters. I turn my cares over to You, knowing I can’t carry this load on my own, but You can and will on my behalf. I declare that I am resting in You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

 “…Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock…” (Matthew 7:24)

The Scripture says, “Your Father sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” Being a person of faith doesn’t exempt you from difficulties. Jesus told a parable about a wise man who built his house on a rock. This man honored God. Another man foolishly built his house on the sand.

He didn’t honor God. Then the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on the houses of both the just and the unjust. But after the storm was over, the house built on the rock was still standing. The house built on the sand was completely ruined.

You may get knocked down and go through some dark, stormy times, but that’s just a part of life. It rains on everybody. The difference is that when you honor God, when you stay in faith, you have God’s promise that when the storm clears, you won’t be the victim; you’ll be the victor. You’ll still be standing.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that my life can be built on the rock that You are, and I can live to honor You. Thank You for Your promise that no matter what comes my way, when the storm is over, I’ll still be standing. I believe that You will bring me through. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

“…Dear friends, now we are the children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is…” (1 John 3:2)

It’s easy to have the wrong image of ourselves. The Scripture says, “Now we are the children of God,” but too many times, we live as though we don’t deserve to be blessed because we’ve made too many mistakes and had too many negative things come against us.

We live with a slave mentality to mediocrity, to guilt, to lack, to addictions. Stop thinking as a slave and start thinking as a son. Stop thinking about what you’ve been through and the mistakes you’ve made and start thinking about who you are.

A son of the Most High God doesn’t live feeling guilty and condemned about past mistakes; he receives mercy and moves forward. A son or daughter has a boldness, a confidence. You’ll expect God’s favor.

You’ll believe for doors to open for you that you don’t deserve. Why? Because you’re not a slave, or a hired worker, or a friend of the family. You’re a free child of Almighty God!

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that You have made me Your child, and I am no longer a slave. Thank You that You redeemed me, and You’re taking me forward into full freedom. I believe that I have Your favor, and the obstacles in my way will be overcome. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Monday, December 28, 2020

“…Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many? …” (John 6:9)

In today’s Scripture, a little boy had a sack lunch—five loaves of bread and two fish. Nothing much. Yet when thousands of people were hungry, Jesus took his lunch, multiplied it, and fed the whole crowd.

Think about the boy’s mother who made the lunch. She was a homemaker raising a child without a title or acclaim. But titles don’t bring fulfillment. Keeping up with your neighbors doesn’t bring happiness.

Trying to impress your friends will make your life miserable, but understanding your assignment and being comfortable with who God made you to be are what bring true fulfillment.

Don’t discount the gift God has given you. Are you secure enough to play the role that God has given you?

Are you comfortable enough to not have to be number one, to have the title, to keep up with others? The beauty of our God is that He has given every one of us a specific gift and purpose.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that the gifts You have given me are custom-made. Thank You that You have matched me for what You want me to do, and I have exactly what I need to fulfill Your plan for my life. I declare that I am content with my assignment. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Sunday, December 27, 2020

“…Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you…” (Luke 10:19)

If God be for you, who dare be against you? Quit telling yourself, “I’ll always struggle in this area. I’ll never lose this weight. I’ll never get out of debt.” Change your perspective. You are not weak, defeated, or inferior.

You are full of “can do” power. The same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead lives inside you. Tap into that power. Greater is He that’s in you than he that comes against you. You are more than a conqueror.

Now start putting things under your feet. Think of that word tread in today’s Scripture. One translation says “to trample.” God has not only put it under your feet, but He has armed you with authority and strength to be victorious.

He has already equipped you. If you will see these obstacles as being under your feet, as being already defeated, a new boldness will rise up. Your faith will activate God’s power in a new way.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that You have given me power to tread on all the power of the enemy because Your Spirit lives in me. I believe that I can look down in faith and see my obstacles as being stepping stones to take me higher. I am more than a conqueror. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Saturday, December 26, 2020

I have set the LORD always before me: because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. (Psalm 16:8)

We say God is our Father when He brought us in this world, He will take care of us. This is just like when we take care of our own children whom we gave birth, since s/he come in this world we take her / his responsibility to give her / him all what is needed.

In the same way our heavenly Father does. Once He send us in this world, He never leave us alone, As a heavenly Father, He provides us with our need & He protect us from all evil.

Sometimes we ran here & there for protection when troubles enter our life, we rely on our worldly father for money, our needs & for all small things.

But we forget that God our Lord is the only Provider & Protector & if we set Him before us in all what we do He will not only protect us & will save us from all evil but also will take care of us in the troubles.

The only thing we need to do is to put Him first in all our work & He will be our right hand which always protect us from all kind of diseases, failure, quarrels & neglect.

A Prayer for Today
Our heavenly Father, You are great as from our childhood & till the end of our live, You protect us as a shield from all evil, give us that heart & mind which always think of You to put You before in all what we do, so that we can be safe from all problems we fall in. Amen.

Friday, December 25, 2020

“…Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom…” (2 Corinthians 3:17)

If you’re always thinking about something negative that happened yesterday, last month, last year, there’s no freedom there. That’s where the Spirit of the Lord was. This is a new day. Quit living in what was and come over into what is.

Right now there is freedom, joy, peace, and restoration for you. Right now there are new beginnings. Remaining upset and offended about what happened yesterday doesn’t bring freedom. Living in regret of what you should have done or what could have been doesn’t do anything productive.

It’s time to drop it and move forward. You may be a product of your past, but you don’t have to be a prisoner of your past. God already knew every hurt, every loss, and every mistake you would go through.

The good news is that for every setback, He’s already arranged a comeback; for every disappointment, a new beginning; for every failure, restoration; for all the ashes, He has beauty. Live in freedom.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that Your Spirit is working in my life and bringing me into freedom. Thank You that I can make a clear break with the past and enter into new beginnings. I declare that I am leaving behind what was and coming over into what is. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Thursday, December 24, 2020

“…Those who trust in the LORD will lack no good thing.” (Psalm 34:10)

So often we think, If I had more money and more talent, I could do something great. If I had a bigger house, I’d be happy. But as long as you feel as though you don’t have enough, you’ll make excuses to be less than your best.

You have to get a new perspective. God has given you exactly what you need for the season you’re in. You have the talent, the friends, the connections, the resources, and the experience you need for right now.

Psalm 34 says that because your trust is in the Lord, He will make sure you have whatever you need when you need it. You won’t “lack any good thing.” This means that if you don’t have it right now, you don’t need it right now.

Our attitude should be, “I’m equipped, empowered, and anointed for this moment. I am not lacking, shortchanged, inadequate, missing out, or less than. I have what I need for today.”

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for the assurance that You have provided me with exactly what I need for the season I am in. I believe that You have equipped and empowered me with every good thing right now, and You will keep providing for me as I need it. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

“…The accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.” (Revelation 12:10)

The enemy will remind you of everything you’ve ever done wrong. It’s easy to live in regret, thinking about what you did or didn’t do. Don’t go through life looking in your rearview mirror, being down on yourself, living in regret.

You can’t do anything about the past, but you can do something about your future. The moment you asked God to forgive you, He forgave you. Why don’t you forgive yourself and empty out all the guilt? Turn off the accusing voices that try to deceive you into living with condemnation.

None of us deserve to be blessed. We deserve judgment. This is what God’s mercy is all about. That’s why it’s called “the good news.” Your sins have already been paid for and forgiven. You don’t have to pay God back. When the accuser says, “You blew it again!” just answer, “I’m not perfect, but I’m forgiven, and I’m moving forward.” Don’t let guilt poison your future.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, and that includes me. Thank You that the enemy has no power over my life. I declare that I’m not perfect, but I am forgiven, and I’m moving forward in victory. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

“You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here.” . . . They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid. (Mark 16:6, 8)

Some women watched from a distance as Jesus died on the cross. They had followed him for years and had “cared for his needs.” They loved him.

They also saw Joseph take down Jesus’ body and wrap it in linen. They followed and saw Joseph lay Jesus in a tomb and then roll a stone across the entrance.

After the Sabbath they came back as soon as possible. They would care for him in death as they had in life. They were so intent they almost forgot about the stone blocking the tomb.

But when they arrived, they saw that the stone had been moved—and someone was in the tomb! “Don’t be alarmed,” said a young man dressed in white (an angel), but they had little time to be afraid of him. Jesus was missing! More accurately, Jesus had escaped.

The women did what anyone else would do in a tomb where a dead body had gotten up and walked away—they ran!

Every time we think we have Jesus figured out, Mark throws in a twist. That’s because Jesus never follows our rules. He’s powerful and unpredictable—and that’s unsettling to the way we would like to live.

That’s why the authorities killed him. But that didn’t stop him either—then or now. Jesus is alive, and he could turn up at any moment, anywhere, and turn our world upside down.

A Prayer for Today
Dear Jesus, I have to admit there are times when you scare me. You change all of the things that need to change, and I’m scared to let some things go. Please be gentle and gracious as you change me. Amen.PAGE BREAK

Monday, December 21, 2020

“…Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34)

As Jesus was hanging on the cross, having been betrayed by one of His disciples, falsely accused by the religious authorities, mocked by soldiers, and about to breathe His last breath, He did something significant.

He said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” They didn’t ask for or deserve forgiveness. But Jesus was showing us by example to release the toxin of unforgiveness so that nothing will hold us back.

When somebody does us wrong, human nature wants to hold on to the hurt and anger, to carry around a bitter grudge. We think, I’m not going to forgive them. They don’t deserve it. But you’re not forgiving for their sake; you’re forgiving for your sake. Unforgiveness is a toxin that will contaminate your life.

When you forgive, as Jesus did, you’re not excusing their behavior. You’re simply getting the poison out of you. You have to forgive so that you can be free.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for Your love toward me. Thank You that because I am freely forgiven by Jesus on the cross, I can also forgive others for anything they’ve done wrong to me. I declare that I’m letting it go and getting the poisons out of my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Sunday, December 20, 2020

“Am I leading a rebellion,” said Jesus, “that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me?” (Mark 14:48)

Jesus doesn’t take up arms, and his disciples flee. This is an interesting scenario. The disciples were willing to fight for Jesus against an armed crowd, but they were apparently too afraid to stand by peacefully while Jesus was arrested.

This is especially interesting in light of the earlier part of the story, when three of the disciples kept falling asleep while they were supposed to be supporting Jesus as he prayed. The disciples did not do well at that time either.

Perhaps if the disciples had been able to support Jesus in his prayers, they would have known better how to support him in his arrest and trial. As it was, they weren’t able to support Jesus on either occasion. They couldn’t support him be­cause they didn’t yet understand God’s battle.

The Son of God did not come to start a physical rebellion. Neither his enemies nor his disciples understood that. Jesus came to conquer the world spiritually. His enemies couldn’t stand up to his teaching, and his disciples didn’t know how to support his spiritual battle.

By willingly dying for our sins and then rising from the dead, Jesus won the spiritual war. Jesus proved that violence, war, and actions like that will not save the world. Jesus had the spiritual power to do good in the face of evil—and that’s what saved the world.

A Prayer for Today
Lord Jesus, you battled evil at the spiritual level, using your goodness. Help us to follow you in doing that. Teach us what is good, and guide us to do good when we face up to evil. Amen.PAGE BREAK

Saturday, December 19, 2020

“…But godliness with contentment is great gain.” (1 Timothy 6:6)

After David had been anointed to be the next king of Israel, he spent years taking care of his father’s sheep. David could have thought, God, what am I doing stuck with a bunch of sheep?

But David knew that God was in control, so he just kept going to work with a good attitude, grateful for where he was. Because he was content in the shepherds’ fields, he made it to the throne.

He passed that test. But if you’re not content in the season you’re in, even if your dreams do come to pass, you won’t be satisfied. Discontentment will follow you everywhere you go.

You have to train your mind to be thankful and satisfied with where God has you right now. Be content whether you have a lot or not. Content whether your children are in diapers or in college. Content whether you’re in maintenance or management. Pass the tests on your way to the throne.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that I can come to You with thanksgiving for all the circumstances in my life. Help me to always see the good and to be grateful for what I have now. I choose to enjoy the season I am in and not just endure it. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Friday, December 18, 2020

“…But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” (1 Peter 2:9)

We are living in a day where it’s acceptable to compromise standards, to take the easy way out and not have integrity, to do what everybody else is doing, to go where everybody else goes, to think like everyone else thinks.

It’s common. Complainers and compromisers are a dime a dozen. It’s normal. But God did not create you to be common.

God is looking for uncommon people. People who have uncommon faith, who believe for things that seem impossible. People who have uncommon commitment, who do the right thing when it’s hard.

People who have an uncommon attitude that’s positive when everyone else is negative. People who have uncommon integrity, who do not give in to temptation but do what they know is best.

When you make this decision to not fit in, to not do what everyone else is doing, but to be uncommon, you will see uncommon favor, uncommon strength, uncommon friendships, uncommon increase. God rewards uncommon.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for setting me apart to be Your special possession, to be one of Your chosen ones, to be uncommon. Thank You that I don’t have to let society squeeze me into its mold. I want my life to stand out as one who brings You praise. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Thursday, December 17, 2020

“Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!” (Mark 11:9-10)

As Jesus rides in on a colt. That crowd also misses that this one’s for God. Instead, they seem pretty sure that Jesus is for them. But, as Mark tells it, this episode is rather anticlimactic.

There’s hardly any response after Jesus enters the temple courts. We don’t see opposition from the government or the religious leaders.

Sometimes following Jesus can feel anticlimactic to us. We want Jesus to swoop in and face off with whatever troubles us. The crowd in Mark’s account yells, “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!”

They want an earthly kingdom like David’s, and a king who will rise up and fight for them. Like us, they have missed what Jesus is really about.

Hosanna means “save us.” As King, Jesus has done that. But saving us required more than setting up a new nation or religion; it meant Jesus had to die for all our sin. Jesus had to fight a spiritual battle.

And because Jesus was victorious, we have a King who offers us not just a better life right now—but new life with him forever.

A Prayer for Today
King Jesus, sometimes I just want you to fix what’s broken right now. Help me to be patient and rest secure in your timing. AmenPAGE BREAK

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

“…Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” (Luke 6:27–28)

It’s easy to be good to people who are good to us. But what about when someone does something deliberately to hurt you? It’s easy to get bitter, hold a grudge, talk bad about them, and think about how you can get even with them.

Why would Jesus say that we should bless and do good to those who hurt us when they don’t deserve it? Because you’re not blessing them for their sake, but for your sake. The mercy and kindness you show others is the mercy God’s going to show you.

If you’re bitter and angry, you’ll get stuck. Life is too short to go through it with bitterness poisoning your life. If you’ll let go of the hurt they inflicted and live out of a place of forgiveness, out of a place of wholeness, you’ll not only feel better, but that’s what allows the Creator of the universe to go to work and take you higher.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for all the mercy and forgiveness and protection You have shown me when I’ve done wrong. Help me to do good and bless those who have done me wrong. I am leaving them in Your hands and believing that You are taking me to new levels. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

“…O My God, I cry in the daytime, but You do not hear; and in the night season, and am not silent.” (Psalm 22:2)

In 1 Kings 17, after the prophet Elijah had spoken the word of the Lord to wicked King Ahab, God told him to go hide by the Brook Cherith.

Elijah wanted to continue to speak to the nation, but for the next three and half years, he experienced a season of silence and waiting before going on to perform many miracles.

We all have times when we’re praying, but our prayers aren’t being answered. We’re being our best, but not getting good breaks, the problem isn’t turning around. It seems as though God is on vacation.

But the silence is not a sign that God is not working. He may not be changing the circumstances, but He is changing us. God uses the seasons of silence to prepare us, to develop our character.

You’re gaining experience, maturity, and strength that you’ll need for where God is taking you. Don’t fight the silence. Keep being faithful, for your appointed time is on the way!

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for loving me so much that at times You hide me and cause me to be overlooked, keeping doors closed. Thank You that You love me so much that You’re getting me prepared to go where I’ve never gone. I will be faithful in the seasons of silence. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Monday, December 14, 2020

“…There is a wide-open door for a great work here, although many oppose me.” (1 Corinthians 16:9)

How do you respond when unfair situations come against you and people do you wrong? It’s easy to get discouraged and think that because it’s not working out, it’s not meant to be. But just because you have opposition doesn’t mean you’re not in God’s will.

The apostle Paul described his work in the city of Ephesus as a wide-open door of opportunity with many in opposition. Anytime you have opportunity, anytime you’re about to move forward to the next level, there will be opposition, people trying to discourage you, things you don’t understand.

The people who reach their destiny aren’t moved by what’s not working out, and they don’t give up because they had a setback or because somebody did them wrong. They know God is in control, that He’s directing their steps.

They know that the setback is really a setup for God to do something greater. The adversity means the promotion, the healing, the new level is on the way.

A Prayer for Today

“Father, thank You for every open door of opportunity that You open for me. Thank You that the opposition I face is only a setup for You to do something greater in my life. I believe that You are in control and the next level is on the way. In Jesus’ Name, AmenPAGE BREAK

Sunday, December 13, 2020

“…No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” (Hebrews 12:11)

It can feel good to give into the temptation to watch something you shouldn’t, to gossip about a friend, to be lazy, to tell someone off. The flesh likes the easy way. The reason some people don’t grow is because they’re not disciplined to do the right thing when it’s hard.

You have to be consistent. The flesh is not going to go away. The apostle Paul said, “I die daily.” Every day we have to say no to things. “No, I’m not going to watch that. I won’t be sarcastic. I’m not going to hang out with that friend. I’m not going to eat whatever I feel like.”

Remember that every time you give into that temptation, become impatient, or get offended, you’re feeding and growing the flesh. If you’ll start to not give in to the temptation, the temper, the bad attitude, you’re going to step into a new season of freedom, of growth, of favor.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that You are working in me and giving me the desire to obey You. Thank You that I have the power to overcome and be disciplined to do the right thing. I believe that the forces for me are greater than the forces against me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Saturday, December 12, 2020

“Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. (John 11:43-44)

Lazarus met Jesus—many times. The two of them were friends. Jesus and his disciples had often stayed at the home of Lazarus and his sisters, Mary and Martha. So when Lazarus died, Jesus joined the family in grieving deeply.

Lazarus had now been dead for four days, long enough for everyone to know that he was certainly dead. But Jesus told them to open the tomb anyway—and when he commanded Lazarus to come out, the dead man came back to life and walked out of the tomb.

This is an astonishing miracle, but it shows us even more than Jesus’ miraculous power. It shows us that Jesus is stronger than death. This story acts like a kind of preview for the even more important story of Jesus’ resurrection.

Jesus points forward to that event when he says to Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.”

This reality of Jesus’ power over death gives my husband and I such great hope that we have named our son Lazarus. We want his name to point to the hope that he can have—every day of his life—because Jesus is the resurrection and the life.

Lazarus and each one of us can have hope because Jesus is stronger than death.

A Prayer for Today
Lord and Savior, we praise you that you are stronger than death. We praise you that because you live, we can live forever withPAGE BREAK

Friday, December 11, 2020

He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree. . . . (Luke 19:3-4)

Zacchaeus met Jesus. He was so eager to see Jesus that he climbed up into a tree in order to watch as Jesus passed by.

We aren’t told what Zacchaeus was feeling that made him so eager to meet Jesus. We do know that he was a tax collector who had gotten rich by cheating people out of their money.

Perhaps he realized that was not the best life he could be living, and he was looking for someone to show him a better way. Or perhaps he was just curious about Jesus because he had heard about all the miracles Jesus had done.

No matter what reason Zacchaeus had for wanting to see Jesus, Jesus took their interaction a step further when he told Zacchaeus that he would come and stay at his house. Even if Zacchaeus didn’t know what he needed, Jesus knew what Zacchaeus needed.

And during their time together, Zacchaeus’s life changed. He became a generous person, giving half of his possessions to the poor and paying back the people he had cheated.

No matter what your reasons are for being curious about Jesus, Jesus gladly seeks out a relationship with you too. He invites himself into your life. And when you open your heart to him, your life will change too.

A Prayer for Today
Lord, open my heart to receive your love. Open my life to receive your power to change me. Make me a person who wants to live God’s way in gratitude for all you have done. AmenPAGE BREAK

Thursday, December 10, 2020

“…And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!” (Philippians 2:8)

Did you know that even Jesus had to humble Himself. It takes humility to walk in obedience. Without humility, Jesus could have thought, I’m the Son of God. I don’t have to put up with the way people treat Me.

I’m not going to the cross. It was humility that caused Him to not retaliate against those who did Him wrong. Because of His humility, He could spend His life serving others when He had every right to be served.

Because of His humility, He could hang on the cross and say, “Father, forgive them. They don’t know what they’re doing.”

When you humble yourself and do hard things that you know God is asking you to do—forgive the person who did you wrong, honor your spouse’s request, take advice from somebody who doesn’t have your experience—your obedience will bring a blessing.

As Jesus did, do what God is asking you to do. Don’t reason it out; just do it.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that Jesus was willing to come to earth as a man and then humble Himself even further by becoming obedient to the point of death.

Help me to humble myself whenever pride rises up to keep me from being obedient. I want to walk in humility. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Wednesday, December 09, 2020

“…Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well…” (1 Thessalonians 2:8)

Many people are praying for a miracle. “God, please send me a friend. God, I need help with my children. I need training. God, I need a good break.”

We have to realize that we can become the miracle they need. God uses our lives to touch and encourage and bless others. God will bring people across our path so that we can be the answer to their prayers.

Take time to become the miracle. You can’t help everyone, but you can help someone. Be aware of who is in your life. Listen to what they’re saying. Is there any way that you can help? Those are opportunities to become their miracle.

God put them there on purpose. It’s because you are full of miracles. There is healing in you. There is restoration, there’s friendship, there are new beginnings. You can lift the fallen. You can restore the broken. You can be kind to a stranger. You can become someone’s miracle.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that You bring people across my path so I can be the answer to their prayers. Help me to listen to what they’re saying and to be available and do what I can to help. I believe that I am a miracle waiting to happen for someone. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Tuesday, December 08, 2020

“…So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most…” (Hebrews 4:16)

Many people are trying to earn God’s goodness, trying to be good enough, trying to work hard enough, thinking that then maybe they’ll deserve God’s blessings. That’s a slave mentality. You don’t have to earn God’s love.

You don’t have to work for His approval. You don’t have to pay God back for your mistakes. The Scripture tells us to come boldly to the throne of grace, not as a servant saying, “God, I know I don’t deserve it.”

If you want to put a smile on God’s face, go to Him with boldness, go to Him like you know He’s pleased with you, like you know you have a right to be there as a son, like you know He wants to be good to you.

Ask Him for your dreams. Pray bold prayers. You’re not inconveniencing Him. Jesus says, “It is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” God is longing to be good to you.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that I can come boldly before You, knowing that as Your child, this is my rightful place. Thank You that I don’t have to earn Your favor or be good enough to come into Your presence. I am coming to pray bold prayers and to dream bold dreams. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Monday, December 07, 2020

“…He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us…” (2 Corinthians 1:4)

In today’s Scripture the apostle Paul is saying, “You were comforted in the loss of your loved one; help somebody else through their loss. You’ve been healed; now go help somebody else get healed.”

God didn’t heal you just so you could be well, but so you could become a healer. He favored you so you could show people favor. He gave you a new beginning so you could help others make it through their loss. You’re no longer a patient needing help; you’ve become a physician.

Every one of us has had experiences that make us a physician. If you’ve been through cancer treatment, a divorce, a loss, or a rough childhood, you are uniquely qualified to help others in that situation. You’ve been in their shoes.

You know the pain, the discouragement, the battles they fight in their mind. You can help them in a way that others who’ve not experienced it can. Don’t stay a grateful patient, become a physician.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for the things that You’ve brought me through that I can now use to help others in their struggles. Thank You that I have something to give, some encouragement to share, some wisdom to impart. Help me to give away what You’ve given to me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Sunday, December 06, 2020

“…Bring all the tithe into the storehouse…and try Me now in this,” says the LORD of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it…” (Malachi 3:10)

When you honor God with your life, He puts a blessing on you that gives you an advantage. Today’s Scripture doesn’t say “blessings,” plural; it says “blessing,” singular. When you have “the blessing,” all kinds of blessings will come.

It causes you to rise up when circumstances are pushing you down and to prosper when others are struggling. It’s not just because of your skill, talent, and determination. There is a force behind you that is fighting your battles, bringing the right people into your life, opening doors you can’t open.

Don’t discount yourself. David went out with a slingshot and a few stones and defeated Goliath. What you have may seem small compared to what you’re up against, but a slingshot with the blessing is more powerful than a tank without it.

Your talent may seem small compared to the dream God put in your heart, but that talent with the blessing will take you further than you can imagine.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for the blessing on my life, thank You for breathing in my direction, thank You for taking me where I couldn’t go on my own. Thank You that You have levels that I’ve never fathomed. I believe I haven’t touched the surface of what’s in store. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Saturday, December 05, 2020

“…But He said, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.” (Luke 18:27)

Psalm 7 says the ungodly “are pregnant with trouble and give birth to lies.” The good news is, that’s not you. You are the righteous. You’re not pregnant with trouble, with bad breaks, sickness, lack, or depression.

You are pregnant with favor, with talent, with victory. All through the day, keep saying, “Lord, thank You that I’m pregnant with Your promises. I believe conception has occurred.” Perhaps your dream looks impossible.

It’s been a long time, you gave it your best effort, and it didn’t work out; but deep down, you can’t help it—something keeps kicking, telling you that it’s still on the way. In God’s perfect timing, when everything is ready, you’re going to give birth.

Quit telling yourself that you can never get ahead, that you don’t have enough of this, enough of that. You are pregnant with success, pregnant with ideas, pregnant with your destiny. You’re going to give birth to what God put in you.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that I can put away any worries and discouragements. Thank You that in Your perfect timing, when everything is ready, even what looks to be impossible will be possible with You. I believe that what You’ve started in my life You will finish. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Friday, December 04, 2020

Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.” (Matthew 19:21)

A rich young man met Jesus. When Jesus told him to sell his possessions and give to the poor, the man could not do it. He just went away sad. Jesus said, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

Many people would like to be able to serve both God and money, even though Jesus makes clear that our allegiance must be to God alone (see Matthew 6:24).

So people have come up with ways to try to soften this hard calling in Matthew 19. For example, some have said that “the eye of the needle” refers to a small gate in Jerusalem that camels couldn’t pass through.

But Jesus meant to describe something impossible. That’s why he adds later, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” It is impossible for us to seek and live for God with a pure heart if we are always desiring other things, like money.

When Jesus says, “With God all things are possible,” he means that his grace will welcome even people like the rich young man to follow him. His grace will welcome us to follow him, to be generous with whatever we have, and to give our allegiance to God alone.

A Prayer for today
Lord, we confess that we love money and we usually seek after earthly possessions and comforts more than we seek after you. Show us your grace and help us to turn to you. AmenPAGE BREAK

Thursday, December 03, 2020

“…The LORD will make you the head, not the tail……” (Deuteronomy 28:13)

People constantly put labels on us, telling us what we can and cannot become, what we do or don’t have. People will label you “not good enough, too slow, addict, average.”

Many times, these labels are not in agreement with what God says about us; but if we don’t know any better, we’ll wear them like they’re the truth.

If we keep them on long enough, they’ll become so ingrained in our thinking that we’ll become what people have said rather than what God has said—“you are strong, talented, valuable, more than a conqueror.”

Are there labels holding you back today? The only power a label has over you is the power you give it.

If you remove it, quit thinking about it, quit acting like it’s the truth, that label will have no effect on you. If you’re going to rise to the next level, you have to put on God labels. To live better, you need to think better.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that I do not have to live according to what others have said I can and cannot become.

Thank You that the negative labels they have placed on me hold no power over my destiny. I declare that You alone determine my destiny. In Jesus’ Name, AmenPAGE BREAK

Wednesday, December 02, 2020

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” (Matthew 5:8)

When Jesus said “pure in heart,” the word pure in the original language is where we get our word catharsis, which means “cleansing, releasing, purifying.”

After surgery, the doctor may put in a catheter, which is from the same root word. It’s a tube that drains out the impurities in the body—the infection, the toxins, the waste.

The doctor knows that these contaminates will come naturally. He’s not alarmed unless they’re not released and flushed out.

God is saying that you’re going to be blessed when you learn to release the impurities of life, emptying out all the things that will infect you. Bitterness, guilt, worry, doubt, and self-pity are impurities that will come, but you have to let them go and flush them out or they will contaminate your spirit and poison you.

But they can’t hurt you if they just pass through. If you let them go, God will fill your life with good things.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that I can have a pure heart today. Thank You that I can release any worries, any doubts, any guilt, and bitterness, and flush them out of my life. Help me to forgive whatever needs forgiving and let go of the past. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.PAGE BREAK

Tuesday, December 01, 2020

“…You are snared by the words of your mouth; you are taken by the words of your mouth…” (Proverbs 6:2)

To be snared means “to be trapped.” Your words can trap you. What you say can cause you to stumble and keep you from your potential. You’re not snared by what you think. Negative thoughts come to us all. But when you speak them out, you give them life.

If you say, “I’ll never get back in shape,” it becomes more difficult. If you say, “I’m not that talented. I don’t have a good personality,” that is calling in mediocrity. It’s setting the limits for your life. When negative thoughts come, the key is to never verbalize them. That thought will die stillborn if you don’t speak it.

In the tough times, it’s very tempting to vent your frustrations. When you continually talk about the problem, you’re making it bigger. Turn it around and talk about the promise. Let your report be: “God is supplying all my needs. It may look impossible on paper, but with God, all things are possible.”

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that I do not have to keep being snared by the words of my mouth. I choose to not focus on or talk about negative circumstances and problems but on Your faithful promises. Help me to keep speaking the right things. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Monday, November 30, 2020

And the scribe said to Him, ‘You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides Him. And to love Him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.’ (Mark 12:32-33)

There was a teacher of the law who asked Jesus about the greatest commandment in Scripture. Jesus responded: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37)

Because Jesus said this, we need to make this command our top priority. What does it look like to live out this most important aspect of life?

God knows you, pursues you, and loves you perfectly. The starting point in living a life of love is to receive God’s love. Grace is an undeserved gift. God’s love is displayed through action and sacrifice. The Bible says, “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

Jesus has paid the full price for your sins, and He is risen from the grave! Have you made a clear decision to follow Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior? When you decide to follow Jesus, you are loved eternally, part of God’s family, forgiven, accepted, and have eternal life and peace with God.

There is reassurance in the Word of God: “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)

Worship is a response to who God is and how much God loves us. We love God as a response and on the basis of how Jesus treats us. Worship is not compartmentalized to one location, one day, or one hour. A relationship with God is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for all of eternity.

Our role is to abide with Jesus and represent Him where we live, work, learn, and play. The Holy Spirit will help you at every turn of the journey. Be filled with the Holy Spirit by confessing your sins, surrendering, and asking for Him to take over. (Ephesians 5:18)

We can not live the Christian life in our own strength, but we are empowered and led by the Spirit. Being secure in His love and relying on God are the keys to being ready to love God fully.

To love God with all of your heart includes your affection, attention, and devotion. Guard your heart from sins. Pour out your heart to God in prayer. Treasure Jesus more than anyone or anything else in your life. Spend time in praise and worship.

Linger in God’s presence and enjoy time with Him. To love God with all of your soul includes spending time listening to God, finding a church family, using your gifts and talents, embracing His priorities, and serving Him with integrity in the deepest part of your being.

To love God with all of your mind includes spending time reading, listening to and meditating on Scripture. Researching the evidence of your faith and sharing the gospel with other people. It includes thinking about what is pure, noble, true and excellent during the day.

Reject destructive and sinful thoughts and replace them with heavenly and gracious thoughts. Loving God is active, full and life-giving. Loving Jesus is the ultimate reason you were born. It is deeply fulfilling.

A Prayer for Today
Dear God, thank you for loving me and caring for me. I love You. Help me take the next step to love You with all my heart, soul and mind. Amen.PAGE BREAK

Sunday, November 29, 2020

“…Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city…” (Proverbs 16:32)

Today’s Scripture tells us to rule our own spirit. It doesn’t say to rule somebody else’s spirit or to rule your circumstances. You can’t control what other people think or say about you or the negative circumstances around you.

If you’re dealing with a sickness or your finances are low, your attempts to control it will only lead to frustration, worry, and discouragement. Part of ruling your spirit is to not let that poison get in you. Ships don’t sink because there’s water around them; they sink if they let the water get in them.

Another part of ruling your spirit is to not believe the enemy’s constant whispers, “You blew it. God’s never going to bless you.” God’s mercy is bigger than any mistake. Your mistakes didn’t cancel God’s plan, and He’s not finished with you.

You may have fallen down, but your attitude should be, “I’m not staying down. God will get me to where I’m supposed to be.”

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for Your strength and mercy in times of difficulty. I can’t control what others say or do or control negative circumstances around me, but I can rule my spirit. I believe that You will make a way for me and get me to where I’m supposed to be. In Jesus’ Name, AmenPAGE BREAK

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. (Mark 8:25)

A blind man at Bethsaida met Jesus. Jesus restored the man’s sight, but the curious thing about this story is that Jesus did not restore the man’s sight all at once. After Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes for the first time, the man said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.”

So it sounds like he could see, but things looked blurry. Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes a second time, and then the man “saw everything clearly.”

A lot of people who read this story puzzle over why Jesus would heal the man in two stages and not just all at once. Some people guess that Jesus gave the man his vision the first time, and it just took the man’s eyes a while to get adjusted.

Some people guess that by restoring the man’s sight in two stages, Jesus was illustrating how his disciples would first figure out that he was the Messiah, and then later they would see clearly that the Messiah must suffer by dying on the cross.

At its core, though, this story tells of another miracle that shows Jesus’ power to heal—no matter how Jesus chooses to do it! Jesus can heal in one step or two steps, and sometimes in our lives Jesus even gives us hundreds of little steps toward healing.

A Prayer for Today
God, we trust in your power to heal in the name of Jesus. Whether that happens all at once or through a process that may not be complete in our lifetime, give us grace and the assurance of life forever with you. Amen.PAGE BREAK

Friday, November 27, 2020

“…He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God…” (Psalm 40:2–3)

When God sees you praising Him in the pit, praising Him in the storm, praising Him in the loss, that’s what He calls “a sacrifice of praise.” He knows it’s not easy and you feel like quitting. When you praise Him in the pit, that moves Him in a greater way.

It’s one thing to be grateful when things are going your way, but when you have a song of praise in your heart when every circumstance says you should be depressed, get ready for God to show out in your life.

David said in today’s Scripture that praise brings you out of the pit. Praise when it’s sunny, and praise when it’s rainy. Praise when business is up, and praise when it’s down. David said in Psalm 34, “I will bless the Lord at all times.

His praise will continually be in my mouth.” God is looking for some pit praisers, people who praise no matter what happens.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that the pits I find myself in are only temporary stops along the way to my final destination. Thank You that I can offer You a sacrifice of praise because You hold victory in store for the upright. I believe that You’ll get me to where I’m supposed to be. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Thursday, November 26, 2020

“…But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth…” (1 John 2:20)

We don’t have to go through life doing everything on our own, trying to accomplish our dreams in our own ability, trying to overcome challenges in our own strength, our own intellect, and our own hard work. We have an advantage. God has placed His anointing on you.

The anointing is a divine empowerment. It enables you to do what you could not do on your own. It will cause you to accomplish dreams even though you don’t have the talent. It will help you overcome obstacles that looked insurmountable.

The anointing is only activated where there is faith. Instead of complaining about how something is not going to work out, turn that around and start declaring, “I am anointed. I am equipped.

I am empowered. I am well able.” When you have this attitude of faith and are speaking words of victory, you are stirring up your anointing. That’s when you’ll go places that you couldn’t go on your own.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that You have placed Your anointing on me to enable me to do what I cannot do on my own and to accomplish my dreams. I believe and declare that I am equipped and empowered to go where I’ve never been and do what I’ve never done. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

“As he spoke, he showed them the wounds in his hands and his side. They were filled with joy when they saw the Lord!” John 20:20)

We all carry invisible scars that come from inner wounds—perhaps from a divorce, from what somebody did, from a mistake we made, from a loss. So often we try to hide our scars. They remind us of the hurt. But you can be at peace with your scars.

Those scars are your testimony; they tell your story. Instead of being depressed over what you’ve been through, have a new perspective—the enemy tried to stop you, but God brought you through it, healed you, and you have a scar to prove it. The scars can remind you of His grace and power.

Jesus’ back was lashed with thirty-nine stripes and His hands and feet and side were pierced. When He rose from the dead, you would think He would be perfectly restored, but He still had scars. This was significant. God could have taken them away. Maybe, in part, it was to show us that it’s okay to have scars.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that I worship a Savior who has scars. Since He has scars, I’m okay with my scars. I’m not going to live bitter because of a disappointment, or in regret over past mistakes, or go around sour because somebody did me wrong. I’m at peace with my scar. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

“…About this time next year,” Elisha said, “you will hold a son in your arms…”
(2 Kings 4:16)

In 2 Kings 4, there was a wealthy lady who had been extraordinarily kind to the prophet Elisha. The only thing missing in her life was a child. She was barren and her husband was old. One day Elisha said, “By this time next year, you will hold a son in your arms.”

She nearly passed out. She’d tried to have a baby for years. She said, “Please don’t lie to me like that!” She was saying, “How can this happen? It’s impossible.” But God is a supernatural God. He can make things happen out of season. A year later she had her son.

We all have situations that look permanent. All the circumstances say it’s going to take years to get out of debt, years to accomplish that dream, but God is going to surprise you. Don’t believe the lies that say it’s permanent. You may not see anything changing, but stay in faith—you are closer than you think.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that You are the God who can do the impossible and who loves to surprise us. Thank You that one touch of Your favor can turn around what looks like it will never change. I believe that You are going to do more than I can imagine. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Monday, November 23, 2020

“…The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me…to proclaim liberty to the captives and…to set at liberty those who are oppressed…” (Luke 4:18)

If we’re not careful to develop a freedom mindset, having a bondage mindset will become normal to us. We’ll accept that it’s normal to be hot-tempered, it’s normal to live depressed and negative, it’s normal to struggle and not get any good breaks, it’s normal to have bad relationships.

That’s not normal. That’s a chain that restricts your movement, that limits your ability. You are made in the image of Almighty God. You have seeds of greatness. You were created to be free, to be happy, to accomplish dreams—not to get by in life, but to excel. Don’t let a chain that binds you become normal.

Jesus came announcing freedom, announcing that the chains that are restricting you are being broken. Now it’s up to you to receive it. The chain breaker, the Most High God is working in your life right now. Your day of freedom has come. Get ready for favor in new ways. Start living from a freedom mindset.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that You are the Most High God, the chain breaker, who is releasing me into increase, into favor, and into new levels. Thank You that what has hindered me in the past is not going to hinder me anymore. I believe my chains have been broken. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Sunday, November 22, 2020

“…When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed…” (Mark 5:27–28)

He laid His hands on people. But in this case, the woman laid her hands on Jesus. There were other sick people in the crowd that day. Many people with needs bumped up against Jesus and nothing happened, but this lady believed in Him, touched Him, and was healed.

Are you brushing up against Jesus or are you touching Him, so to speak? Are you waiting for God to lay hands on you? Are you living with expectancy, knowing that He’s bigger than your specific problems, or are you discouraged, thinking it will never change?

God is passing by. He has all power. Don’t just brush up against Him. Don’t be passive and think you’ll never accomplish your dreams, never start your business, never meet the right person. Your faith can activate God’s power to do amazing things. Do like this woman—touch Him and believe it will happen!

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that my faith and expectancy can be a catalyst for You to do amazing things. Thank You that I can reach out and touch You by faith today. I believe that You are making a way, that things are changing in my favor, and that victory will be mine. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Saturday, November 21, 2020

“I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you. . . .” (Isaiah 46:4)

God wants to get your attention. You, who are overwhelmed by the waves. You, who are feeling the heat of fire. You, whose body is wasting away. You, who are struggling under the weight of depression.

This is your Father speaking! This is the great I am, who has proven himself again and again throughout history. This is the one who has been protecting you since you were swimming in the womb, growing up in the world, and even now as your hair turns gray and your skin wrinkles.

God has always been here, and he always will be.
God sees your struggles, catches your tears, feels your pain, hears your prayers, and says, through the prophet Isaiah, “I will sustain you and I will rescue you,” and “I am God, and there is none like me.”

What is the problem that you think is too big for God? Place it before him and watch the great I am, the maker of heaven and earth, take it over. God can do anything.

God can stop my cancer, lead your child to salvation, heal your broken heart, and give us the peace that is beyond understanding. One day, God will make all things new, and “there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain” (Revelation 21:4). Keep holding on!

A Prayer for Today
Lord, help us to hold on to you when life tosses us to and fro. We know that you—the great I am—are in charge and will sustain us and carry us through. Amen.PAGE BREAK

Friday, November 20, 2020

“…Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us…” (Ephesians 3:20)

Have you adapted to a limited environment? You have big dreams in your heart. You know there’s a new business in you, a management position, a book, a better house, but you’ve gone as far as your family members and friends have gone in the past. No, don’t settle there.

There is potential in you right now just waiting to come out. You have gifts that will cause new doors to open, talent that will bring new opportunities. Quit making excuses to settle where you are. You may be in a limited environment that includes dysfunction, addictions, and depression.

The good news is, you don’t have to stay there. God is saying, “This is a new day. You’re a barrier breaker. I’m going to take you further faster than you’ve imagined. You’re going to defy the odds.” Now do your part. Let this seed take root in your spirit. Don’t talk yourself out of it. Get in agreement with God.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that I can get in agreement with You and believe that this is a new day with new doors to open and new opportunities before me. I believe that You are going to do immeasurably more than all I can ask or think. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Thursday, November 19, 2020

“…If you are walking in darkness, without a ray of light, trust in the LORD and rely on your God…” (Isaiah 50:10)

All of us at some point will go through a dark place—a sickness, a divorce, a loss, a child who breaks our heart. It’s easy to get discouraged, give up on our dreams, and think that’s the end. But God uses the dark places. They’re a part of His divine plan.

Think of a seed. As long as a seed remains in the light, it cannot germinate and will never become what it was created to be. The seed must be planted in the soil, in a dark place, so that the potential on the inside will come to life.

You may not realize it, but it’s only in the dark places that the seeds of greatness in you—dreams, goals, talents, potential—will come to life. These times of darkness are where your character is developed, where you learn to trust God and persevere, and where you gain blessings you cannot gain in the light.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for the seeds of greatness that You’ve placed in me that will only come to life in dark places. Thank You for using the times of darkness to build my character and bring me blessings. I will rely on You in the dark places. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

“…A man will be satisfied with good from the fruit of his words…” (Proverbs 12:14)

Whether you realize it or not, all through the day the power of “I am” is at work in your life, for whatever follows those two simple words will always come looking for you. When you say, “I am so unlucky,” you’re inviting disappointments. “I am so overweight.” Calories come looking for you.

It’s as though you’re giving it permission to be in your life. That’s why you have to be careful what follows the “I am” and not wield its power against you.

The good news is, you get to choose what follows the “I am.” Get up in the morning and invite good things into your life. “I am blessed. I am strong. I am talented. I am wise. I am disciplined. I am focused. I am prosperous.”

When you talk like that, talent gets summoned by Almighty God: “Go find that person.” Health, strength, abundance, and discipline start heading your way, and it costs you nothing!

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that my words have creative power, and I can use the power of ‘I am’ to become who You say I am. Thank You that You call me a masterpiece and Your treasured possession. I will use my words to invite good things into my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

“…Be still, and know that I am God!…” (Psalm 46:10)

It’s easy to live frustrated because somebody is not doing what we want, discouraged because of a disappointment, upset because our dreams haven’t come to pass. But God doesn’t remove every frustration. He doesn’t change every person we don’t like or take away everything that’s bothering us.

When He says, “Be still and know that I am God,” this implies that if we’re not still, if we’re upset, frustrated, and worried, we’re not going to know that He is God. Most of the time when we’re frustrated, we’re trying to change things that only God can change.

We’re trying to be God and fix things over which we have no control. You can’t make people do what’s right or make yourself get well. If you’re trying to control everything, you’re going to be frustrated. Do what you can, then turn it over to God and let Him take care of the rest. Stay at peace, knowing He’s in control.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that I can be still and know that You are God. Help me to stop trying to change what only You can change and stop trying to fix things over which I have no control. I declare that I’m going to stay in peace and know that You are in control. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Monday, November 16, 2020

“…There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears…” (Philippians 1:6)

How you start is not important. Don’t let what you think is a disadvantage or a bad break cause you to say, “If I’d had a better childhood, if I had more support, if I didn’t have this dysfunction, I could do something great.” That’s where you started, but that’s not where you’re going to finish. The beginning doesn’t determine your destiny.

The apostle Paul did not say that God will bring you “to a defeated finish,” “an unfair finish,” “a lonely finish,” or a “bankrupt finish.” God has a victorious finish, an abundant finish, “a flourishing finish.” When those thoughts tell you, “It’s never going to work out.

You have too many disadvantages,” let those lies go in one ear and out the other. God has established the end, and He loves to take people who start with the odds against them and shine down His favor, give them breaks, increase them, and cause them to do extraordinary things.”

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that Your plans for me are for good. I may not understand everything along the way, and it may not have been fair, but I’m not going to live worried, upset, or discouraged. I know You’re bringing me to a flourishing finish. In Jesus’ Name, AmenPAGE BREAK

Sunday, November 15, 2020

“Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:25-34)

Our Lord is the living God & we are his children, Father never leaves his children in problems so why to worry. worries linger in the back of our mind?

We can imagine Jesus lovingly shaking his head at all of our what-ifs, and asking the rhetorical question “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” Jesus teaches us not to waste time with such concerns but instead to “seek first the kingdom” of God. We can focus on living out the gospel, sharing it with others, and maximizing the time we are given.

Jesus challenges us to have faith and to trust that the Father knows exactly what we need. Rather than fret, we are invited to surrender our stress to Jesus. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened,” he says, “and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).

A Prayer for Today
Lord, we worry when we should just pray. Help us to bring the concerns of each day to you in faith, and empower us to trust in your providential care to sustain us and our loved ones. Amen.PAGE BREAK

Saturday, November 14, 2020

“…Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert…” (Isaiah 35:6)

There are times when things aren’t going your way, business is down, the medical report isn’t good. It’s not your season. The good news is that God specializes in doing things out of season. He doesn’t wait for the perfect circumstances to line up, for you to have the training, for the right people to believe in you.

He does things unexpectedly. He’ll make water pour out in your dry places and cause you to blossom out of season. What happened? God blessed you out of season.

Do you feel out of season as though you’re stuck in some area? Stay encouraged. God has you in the palms of His hands. Get ready for an “out of season” blessing, for an “it’s beyond my imagination” healing, for an “it doesn’t make sense” promotion.

God is about to do something unusual, something that’s bigger than you’ve dreamed, where you’re going to say, “Wow, God! I didn’t see that coming!”

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that You are not limited by seasons or the right conditions to be in place in order for You to do what You want. Thank You that You’re always working behind the scenes on my behalf. I believe that You will bless me out of season. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Friday, November 13, 2020

“…The tongue is a small thing, but what enormous damage it can do. A great forest can be set on fire by one tiny spark. And the tongue is a flame of fire…” (James 3:5–6)

We need to realize that God hears what we say every day. He hears us when we bless people, when we compliment and encourage them, and when we push them forward. He hears when we criticize and stir up trouble.

The prophet Isaiah said that we will eat the fruit of our words. If you sow disrespect, sarcasm, discord, and judgment, you’re going to reap those things. But when you sow kindness, encouragement, and mercy, that’s what you’re going to reap.

James said that our tongue is like a fire, and one spark can set a whole forest on fire. One word can start a major problem or a major blessing. You can start some good fires. Ignite dreams, ignite hope, ignite passion.

Your words can put people on their feet, breathe new life into their dreams. Don’t be a part of the problem, be a part of the solution. Be a lifter, be an encourager, be a healer.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for the people You have placed in my life. I want to love them like You do. Help me to use my words to start some good fires. I believe that You are making me into a lifter, an encourager, a healer. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Thursday, November 12, 2020

“…You can’t find firm footing in a swamp, but life rooted in God stands firm.” (Proverbs 12:3)

When the ground is saturated, even a big sturdy oak tree with an extensive root system that extends beyond its canopy can be blown over by high winds. That’s because most of its roots are less than twelve inches deep and don’t have anything to anchor to.

It’s the same principle in life. We all have things that come against us—a medical issue, a business downturn, a child gets in trouble. What’s going to determine whether or not you stand strong and outlast these storms is the depth of your roots.

The reason some people are always upset, offended, and discouraged is that they only have surface roots. They’re moved by what somebody said or did or something unfair.

They’re always being tossed to and fro. But when you have deep roots, when you know that God is in control, you’re not moved by what doesn’t go your way. The winds may blow, but you’re still standing.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for giving me the promise that because my roots are in You, I will not be moved. Help me to sink my roots of faith deeper in You and trust in Your faithfulness. I declare that I am strong in You and in the power of Your might. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

“…Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” (Matthew 5:9)

It’s easy think, If my coworker wasn’t so disrespectful, I wouldn’t argue. No, you have to be the bigger person. Just because they’re doing wrong doesn’t mean you have to engage.

That’s the enemy baiting you, saying, “Argue, fight, set the record straight, prove you’re right.” Don’t take the bait. It takes a mature person to overlook an insult and say, “No, I’m staying in peace.”

Jesus didn’t say, “Blessed are those who are right.” For the sake of peace, sometimes you have to let the other person think they’re right, even when you know they’re wrong. We think, I’m right, and I’m going to prove it and win this fight.

Can we tell you that being right is overrated? You can win every battle, prove your points, but your relationships are being damaged. Put your ego down and let them be right even though you think you’re right. Be a peacemaker and learn to shake it off and move on.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for the promise of blessedness when I take the high road and am a peacemaker. Give me wisdom to know when to keep my mouth closed and overlook something that bothers me. I believe that walking in peace is Your will for me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

[Nothing] will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  (Romans 8:31-39)

Have you ever watched a movie in which a prisoner is being tortured at increasingly horrible levels of pain until they either give up a secret or give in to death? This is what comes to mind when reading the apostle Paul’s dread-list of the worst things that could happen to God’s people. Which of these might cause them to doubt God’s love?

In this passage Paul was naming some of his own hardships and then confirming to his own soul, and to ours, “No, not persecution. No, not famine. No, not that, or that, or that.”

Why? Because God’s love is unshakable, and God gives us the strength not only to face but also to conquer the enemy’s attacks. How? Through the finished work of Christ’s victorious death and resurrection.

Paul says neither the present nor the future shall threaten our confidence in God’s loving grip on us.
Is there anything in your life that feels too overwhelming to handle? The power of the living God guarantees a strong grip on you as you face your hardship head-on. Never give up.

A Prayer for Today
Lord, we are weak, but you are strong. When the troubles of life pummel us, help us to find comfort in your love that never lets go. Help us to keep looking to you. In Jesus, Amen.PAGE BREAK

Monday, November 9, 2020

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning. . . (Lamentations 3:19-26)

Lamentations is not lighthearted reading; it’s a collection of desperate cries from the bottom of a pit. The author laments the suffering of God’s people during their time of captivity, which left them trapped in misery for years.

But in the middle of the book, a glimmering light shines through the darkness, as the weeping writer lifts his head and proclaims hope in the God of love and compassion. We witness the progression from a downcast, bitter soul (verse 20) to an upright, resolute warrior refusing to be consumed by the troubles of life (verse 22).

The rallying cry of confidence is that God will ultimately save his people. We too can find God’s blessings in big and small ways each day if we make a point of looking for them. Great is God’s faithfulness.

A Prayer for Today
Lord, we often allow the darkness of night to overshadow our daytime. Shine the light of your love on us each day so that we can see your blessings. Amen.PAGE BREAK

Sunday, November 8, 2020

“…Love your neighbor as yourself.”n(Matthew 22:39)

Jesus said that if you don’t love yourself in a healthy way, you will never be able to love others in the way that you should. This is why some people don’t have good relationships. If you don’t get along with yourself, you’ll never get along with others.

We all have weaknesses, shortcomings, and things that we wish were different. But if you see yourself as less than, not talented, and not valuable, you will become exactly that. If you feel unattractive on the inside, you will convey feelings of unattractiveness. That’s going to push people away. You carry yourself the way you see yourself.

People see you the way you see yourself. Perhaps if you quit focusing on your flaws and start loving yourself in a healthy way, being proud of who God made you to be, then as you send out these different messages, it’s going to bring new opportunities, new relationships, and new levels of God’s favor.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for uniquely designing me with gifts, talents, and abilities to enjoy life and accomplish Your will. Help me to love myself with all my weaknesses, shortcomings, and things I wish were different. I celebrate who I am. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Saturday, November 7, 2020

“…Rabbi,” his disciples asked him, “why was this man born blind? Was it because of his own sins or his parents’ sins?” (John 9:2)

In today’s Scripture, some people asked Jesus whose fault it was that this man was born blind. They were looking for somebody to blame. Some reason, some excuse. Jesus said, “It’s nobody’s fault. The reason he was born this way was so that the goodness of God could be displayed.”

When something unfair happens, don’t get stuck looking for a reason, trying to find someone or something to blame. All that blaming is going to do is give you a reason to feel sorry for yourself. You’re not going to understand why everything happens.

Nothing that’s happened to you is a surprise to God. He sees every wrong that’s been done to you and every disadvantage, and He is a God of justice. If you stay in faith, it won’t work against you, it will work for you. God will use it to show out in your life. He’ll take what was meant for your harm and use it to your advantage.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for the abundance of Your goodness in my life. Thank You that nothing that’s happened to me is a surprise to You. Whatever I go through that might harm me, I know You will use to my advantage. I declare that You are a God of justice. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Friday, November 6, 2020

“…Jacob said, “Please. If you can find it in your heart to welcome me, accept these gifts. When I saw your face, it was as the face of God smiling on me.” (Genesis 33:10)

Genesis 25 and 27 record two deceptions by Jacob that resulted in such great losses for his brother, Esau, that he vowed to kill Jacob. For many years, the brothers lived estranged. Finally, the day came when Jacob returned to his home, only to hear that Esau was coming to meet him with four hundred men.

Vengeance seemed certain. But when Esau saw Jacob, he ran to him and hugged him, weeping and welcoming Jacob back. Jacob was so moved by Esau’s kindness that he said, “Seeing your face was as the face of God smiling on me!”

Life is not about getting revenge and hurting people who hurt you. It’s easy to try to pay someone back, ignore them, and make them suffer. All that’s doing is holding you down. Why don’t you be the smile of God and show them the kindness they don’t deserve? When you’re the smile of God, He’ll make sure people smile back on you.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for all of the times that You have loved me and smiled on me when I deserved neither. Help me to be forgiving, merciful, and kind to those who have done wrong to me. I want to be Your smile to those who don’t deserve it. In Jesus’ Name, AmenPAGE BREAK

Thursday, November 5, 2020

“…Do not give the devil a foothold…” (Ephesians 4:27)

Scripture says to give no place to the enemy. That’s not just talking about forces of darkness; that means to give a foothold to things that weigh us down—guilt, resentment, worry, doubt, and bitterness. These things come naturally.

The problem is that when we allow them in, they take up space that should be reserved for the good things God created us to be filled with—joy, peace, confidence, and creativity. But the negative can’t come in automatically and take over.

You control what comes into your life. You have control over negative thoughts and emotions. You have to make the choice and say, “I’m not going to give space to negativity and let it poison my life. I won’t let an offense make me sour and bitter.”

Take inventory of what you’re giving place to. Life is too short for you to go through it with negative things holding you back.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that I have control over what comes into my life. I come to You in faith declaring that I am finished with giving any room to negative thoughts and emotions. Fill me with Your joy and peace as I move forward in victory. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

“…He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters…” (Psalm 23:2)

The Scripture says that our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, and we must take care of it. You can’t go against natural laws and expect God to bless you. Constant busyness and fatigue will make you feel flat. It’s easy to work all the time, to always be thinking about business, or some problem you must solve.

That’s doing yourself and the people around you a disservice. Your mind needs a break; your body needs to relax. That’s why God required the people in the Old Testament to take a Sabbath. They had to rest.

If you live stressed out and overworked, don’t eat right or sleep enough, eventually God will make you lie down in green pastures. You’ll probably come to a point where you have to rest.

Don’t wear yourselves out to where God has to make you slow down. You need recreation, exercise, and laughter. The key is to live balanced—physically, spiritually, and emotionally.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for giving me my body to live in and to care for as a temple of Your Spirit. Thank You that You made me to work and be productive as well as to rest and laugh. Help me keep myself healthy and live a balanced life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Some men came, bringing to [Jesus] a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. (Mark 2:3)

We have a little quiz we use when we teach middle schoolers about Jesus. We list some scenarios, such as moving to a new school or losing a grandparent, and we ask the children how likely it would be for them to invite Jesus to help them deal with it. The point is that they can call on Jesus in every situation.

But what if a person feels too broken, too sorrowful, too stressed, or too sinful to reach out to Jesus for healing? I knew a dear woman, now with the Lord, who struggled with debilitating depression. There were times when she just couldn’t pray, and her pastor assured her that it was okay because many people were lifting her up by name to Jesus.

Today’s Bible reading tells of a man who couldn’t get to Jesus on his own because he was paralyzed. His friends decided to make a way through when they could find no other way to reach Jesus. So they climbed up on the roof, made a hole in it, and lowered their friend on his mat to meet Jesus.

The first thing Jesus did was to heal the man’s soul by forgiving his sins, and then he healed the man’s body so that he could walk. Jesus knows exactly what we need. When we just can’t bring ourselves to Jesus, the family of God can carry us to him in prayer.

A Prayer for Today

Dear Jesus, thank you that when broken people like us are placed at your feet, you touch us in ways we couldn’t imagine and you heal us in places only you can see. Thank you for making a way. Amen.PAGE BREAK

Monday, November 2, 2020

“…And because of their unbelief, he couldn’t do any miracles among them except to place his hands on a few sick people and heal them…” (Mark 6:5)

In today’s Scripture, it doesn’t say Jesus wouldn’t do any miracles; it says He couldn’t. God works where there’s an attitude of faith. How many times do we stop God from abundantly blessing our lives because we don’t believe His promises are going to happen?

We let our circumstances and what’s happened in the past talk us out of it. Here’s the key: God’s idea of blessing you is very different than what you think being blessed is. We think natural; God thinks supernatural. He’s the running-over, the exceed-your-expectations God. He’s already decided to bless you.

Now it’s up to you. What you decide will determine whether or not it comes to pass. You may not see how it can happen, but take the limits off of Him. Get rid of the excuses. Dare to believe what God has already decided. If you do this, God is going to exceed your expectations and take you to the fullness of your destiny.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that You are the running-over, exceed-my-expectations God. Help me take the limits off of what I believe You can do in and through my life. I believe Your promise of blessing and declare that I will see the surpassing greatness of Your favor. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.PAGE BREAK

Sunday, November 1, 2020

“…But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory…” (2 Corinthians 3:18)

Too many people are so focused on their flaws, weaknesses, and mistakes they’ve made in the past that they are unhappy with who they are now. If you feel guilty and condemned that you’re not further along, that’s going to hold you back from growing. Quit taking inventory of all your faults. You may have a lot wrong with you, but you have a lot right with you.

The key is to learn to accept yourself while you’re in the process of “being transformed from glory to glory.” You may not realize it, but you’re in a phase of glory right now. Learn to enjoy the glory that you’re in while God is changing you and taking you to the next level of glory.

You have to start accepting yourself right where you are, faults and all. You are not a finished product. God is the Potter, and you are the clay. He is still working on you.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that my life is in Your hands—not just my dreams and goals, but my weaknesses and shortcomings. Thank You for the promise that You are transforming me from glory to glory. I believe that You are working right now to lift me to another level of glory. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Saturday, October 31, 2020

“…And have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth…” (Revelation 5:10)

Today’s Scripture talks about how God has made us to be kings and priests to Him. You need to start seeing yourself as royalty. Start carrying yourself as royalty. Not in arrogance, thinking that you’re better than others, but in humility, be proud of who God made you to be. You are not better than anyone else, but you are not less than anyone else. Understand that when your heavenly Father breathed His life into you and sent you to earth, you didn’t come as ordinary. He put a crown of honor on your head. Now start thinking as royalty, talking as royalty, dressing as royalty, walking as royalty, and acting as royalty.

When you start seeing yourself as royalty, you will never be intimidated again. You don’t have to be the most talented, the most educated, or the most successful to feel good about yourself. You are crowned not by people but by Almighty God.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that You have made me the way I am and crowned me with favor to be royalty. Thank You that You see me as royalty even when I’ve failed. I declare that I am becoming more and more like who You say I am. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Friday, October 30, 2020

“…The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart” (1 Samuel16:7)

In the Scripture, David was discounted by his family, and his job as a shepherd was considered insignificant. His family looked on the outside, but David had a heart after God. He didn’t complain or get bitter; he didn’t slack off because nobody was watching or cared. He just kept being his best where he was. And on the day the prophet Samuel showed up to anoint one of his father’s sons as the next king, it was David who was anointed over his brothers.

Just because people leave you out doesn’t mean God leaves you out. People may overlook you or judge you by your looks, your talent, or your skin color. God looks on the inside. He sees your faithfulness, your integrity. The good news is that if you keep honoring God, He’ll take you from the background to the foreground. People may try to push you down, but God will lift you up. People don’t determine your destiny; God does.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that You are not limited to seeing me as other people see me. Thank You that You see my heart, and You know my faithfulness to You. I believe that promotion comes from You, and You are lifting me toward my destiny. In Jesus’ Name, AmenPAGE BREAK

Thursday, October 29, 2020

“…Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy…” (Psalm 107:2)

Words have creative power. When you speak something out, you give life to what you’re saying. For instance, it’s important to believe that you’re blessed. But when you say, “I am blessed,” that’s when blessings come looking for you. Today’s Scripture doesn’t say, “Let the redeemed think so, or believe so, or hope so.” That’s all good, but you have to take it one step further and say so. If you’re going to go to the next level, overcome an obstacle, or break an addiction, you have to start declaring it.
When God created the worlds, nothing happened until He spoke. He said, “Let there be light,” and light came. His thoughts didn’t set it into motion; His words set it into motion. It’s the same principle today. You can have big dreams, stand on God’s promises, but not see anything change until you speak. When you speak, good breaks, promotion, and ideas will track you down.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that when You created the worlds, You didn’t just think or believe them into being. You spoke them into being. I believe that I am to speak out words that are true to the faith in my heart, and that when I say so, You will act. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope. (Psalm 130:5)

“Never pray for patience; you will not like how God teaches you.” Most people are not very good at waiting, whether it’s for food to be served, a traffic light to change, or test results to arrive. In our fast-paced world, waiting is usually  an irritating inconvenience.
As a child, we eagerly anticipated Christmas. As a teen, we counted down to graduation and leaving the nest. As an adult, the longest weeks we ever experienced were those leading up to the announcement that anyone accepted into a three-year clinical trial for treatment of his second bout with cancer.His life depended on it.

When the psalmist writes that his “whole being waits,” perhaps you—like me—can relate to that feeling. His heart and soul long for a sign from God, a flicker of light while hanging out in the depths of darkness. He wanders back and forth between calling out to God and reminding himself of the goodness and faithfulness of God.

Fear creeps into our waiting when there’s a possibility of bad news—and that can make the situation feel unbearable. Like the psalmist, we must keep our eyes fixed on God, the source of hope for this life and forever. There is no outcome that God will not help us handle.

A Prayer for Today
Dear Lord, we cautiously pray for patience as we deal with irritating little things and major, life-altering, fearful things. Thank you for your infinite mercy. Infuse us with unshakable hope in your Word. Amen.PAGE BREAK

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

I will always obey your law, for ever and ever. (Psalm 119:44)

The writer of Psalm 119 often mentions trust. God’s Word is trustworthy, he says; so he trusts in God’s laws, precepts, commands, and decrees. Along with that, the psalmist eagerly commits to obeying God’s Word. He explicitly speaks of obedience again and again and again. Clearly, the call to “trust and obey” God’s Word is at the heart of this psalm.

There’s another theme worth mentioning as well. The psalmist is committed to trust and obey even in times of difficulty. When the psalmist cries for God’s rescue, he affirms his desire to trust and obey, no matter what.
This helps us see another way in which Psalm 119 points us to Jesus: on the night before he died for our sins, Jesus faced one of the worst moments of anguish recorded in the Bible, an experience more challenging than any we will ever know. And yet Jesus said to the Father about the suffering that was before him, “Not as I will, but as you will” (Matthew 26:39).

Jesus trusted and obeyed. What a blessing it is to know that “while we do his good will, he abides with us still, and with all who will trust and obey”!

A Prayer for Today
Help us, Lord, to live for you, in the assurance that you love us and will never leave or forsake us. AmenPAGE BREAK

Monday, October 26, 2020

“…let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us…” (Hebrews 12:1)

If we are going to live a victorious life in Christ, we have to be willing to deal with anything that is keeping us from being our best. It may be an addiction, a bad habit, or a hot temper. Maybe it’s not getting to work on time, not treating someone right, or having a critical spirit. God is always dealing with us about something, calling us higher. But anytime we go higher, our flesh has to go lower.

If you have an area you struggle in—and we all do—don’t ignore it. Don’t pretend it’s not there or hope it just goes away. You will never conquer what you don’t confront. If you have a problem, get it out in the open. When you have a humble attitude, in faith asking God for help, He will never let you down. If you do your part and deal with it, God will do His part and help you overcome.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for always calling me higher and to lay aside everything that keeps me from being my best. Help me to confront the areas where I struggle. I believe that with Your help, I can overcome and be victorious. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Sunday, October 25, 2020

“…if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God…all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you…” (Deuteronomy 28:1–2)

When you honour God with your life, keeping Him in first place, He puts something on you called a “commanded blessing.” The commanded blessing is like a magnet. It attracts the right people, good breaks, contracts, ideas, resources, and influence. You don’t have to go after these things, trying to make something happen in your own strength, your own talent, hoping that life works out. All you have to do is keep honouring God, and the right people will find you. The right opportunities will come across your path. The favour, the wisdom, and the vindication will track you down.

Out of nowhere, a good break comes. Suddenly, your health improves. Out of the blue, you’re able to pay your house off. Unexpectedly, a dream comes to pass. That’s not a coincidence. That’s the commanded blessing on your life. Why? You’ve become a magnet for God’s goodness.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for the power of Your commanded blessing. Thank You for Your promise that as I honour You, blessings are headed my way, tracking me down and overtaking me. I believe that I have become a magnet for Your goodness. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Saturday, October 24, 2020

“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown…” (Isaiah 43:2)

In Genesis 37, God gave Joseph a dream that one day his family would bow down before him. God showed him the end, and the promise was planted in his heart. But what God didn’t show him was the middle. Years later, when the dream came to pass and Joseph was ruling over the nation of Egypt, I can hear him saying, “God, You gave me this incredible promise, but You didn’t tell me I’d be thrown into a pit, sold into slavery, falsely accused of a crime, and put in prison for years.” If Joseph were here today, he would tell you, “Don’t get discouraged in the middle when life doesn’t make sense.” You know the promise is in your heart, but every circumstance says just the opposite. Keep believing, keep being your best. If you’ll have faith for the middle, the God of the middle is going to protect you, provide for you, and favour you.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for Your promise to be with me through the deepest of waters. Even when life doesn’t make sense, I choose to trust in You and believe that You are working behind the scenes for my good. I will have faith for the middle. In Jesus’ Name, AmenPAGE BREAK

Friday, October 23, 2020

“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart…” (Galatians 6:9)

God knew one challenge we all would face is weariness. It’s easy to get tired. Weary means to lose your sense of pleasure, to not feel the enjoyment you should. You’re doing the right thing but not getting right results. Sometimes because the battle is taking longer than you thought, you become weary. Let me encourage you that your due season is on the way. Don’t let discouragement convince you to give up or settle where you are.

You may be dealing with battle fatigue today. You’re tired of fighting and don’t think you can go on. But you don’t have to do it on your own. God says, “Let him take hold of My strength.” It’s available, but you have to take hold of it. When thoughts tell you, “It’s never going to change,” just say, “No, I know my time is coming. I’ve been armed with strength for this battle. I can do all things through Christ.”

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for that You are the Most High God and seated on Your throne. Help me to shake off my weariness and take hold of Your strength. I declare that You have armed me for the battle I am to fight and that I am strong. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Thursday, October 22, 2020

“For still the vision awaits its appointed time…If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay…” (Habakkuk 2:3)

None of us like to go through waiting periods, but we all have things we’re waiting on—a dream to come to pass, our health to improve, to meet the right person. We know God put the promise in our heart, but we wonder why it’s taking so long to happen. The Scripture says there’s an appointed time, which means any other time is the wrong time. If you don’t understand that God will always be right on time, the waiting periods will cause you to be frustrated. But you can only receive the promise within God’s timing. He knows when you’re ready, when to open the door, when to turn it around. If it’s not happening yet, be mature enough to say with David, “God, my times are in Your hands.”

Now do your part and trust Him. Wait for the God who created the universe to unfold His plan for your life.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that You know what I need and have an appointed time set to get it to me. I choose to stop stressing out over what I don’t have, knowing it will be here down to the very second of when I really need it. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous laws. (Psalm 119:164)

Does the psalmist really stop and praise God for his righteous laws seven times a day? In the Bible, the number seven suggests completion and perfection. Actually, the psalmist reveals that praise is always on his lips. So whether he prays seven times a day or continually, the psalmist offers a powerful example for us. Praise for God should always be on the tip of our tongue.

The psalmist has faced numerous difficulties. Yet in each case, even as he languishes under the torment of bullies, praise remains on his lips. No, this isn’t the power of positive thinking. It shows that believers who turn to God—even in the most desperate situations—find peace. God promises that he will never forsake his people.

While the psalmist waits on God, he immerses himself deeply in God’s Word. In the process, his love for God’s Word and for God himself deepens and grows. And as God’s Word blossoms in his heart, praise flows from his lips at least seven times a day.
Whatever our circumstances, we too should be growing in our knowledge of and obedience to God’s Word. As we do, our love for God will grow, and praise will be on our lips always!

A Prayer for Today
Accept, Lord, the praises of our mouths, and teach us how to live for you. Amen.PAGE BREAK

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law. (Psalm 119:18)

After rising from the dead, Jesus met several times with his followers. On the road to Emmaus, while he walked along with two of them, they didn’t know who he was while he taught all about himself from the Scriptures. Only later, when he broke bread with them, were their eyes opened to see him as the Messiah, God’s Anointed One, the Saviour (Luke 24:13-35).

Then later that same day, in Jerusalem, Jesus met with a large group of his disciples. And after he opened their eyes to see that he had risen in the flesh, Jesus explained that all of the Scriptures—“the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms”—were fulfilled in him.
For us to see and understand Jesus in the Scriptures, we too need our eyes opened. Although the psalmist couldn’t see Jesus or know what we know about Jesus today, the psalmist certainly understood the need for eyes to be opened to understand God’s Word.

Without our eyes opened, God’s Word can seem like a legalistic code to measure how others—and we—fail to live righteously. With our eyes opened, we see in God’s Word the living God who graciously reveals himself to us. We learn how to live the way God intends for us. We ultimately find the “wonderful things” of God’s grace and mercy—above all, in God’s gift of Jesus—and we live in gratitude for all he has done for us.

A Prayer for Today
Open our eyes, Lord, so that we may see Jesus and live according to your Word. AmenPAGE BREAK

Monday, October 19, 2020

“Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe…” (Mark 5:36)

A synagogue leader named Jairus came to Jesus and pleaded, “Will You please come to my house and heal my little daughter who’s dying?” Jesus said He would, but then was delayed to the point that news came that the girl had died. Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” When Jesus arrived at the house, everyone was upset and crying. He said to them, “The child is not dead but asleep.” He went in and said to the girl, “Wake up,” and instantly she stood up and was perfectly well.

You may have dreams you’ve given up on, promises you think there’s no way they can happen now. The good news is they’re not dead, they’re just asleep. God is about to wake up what you thought was dead. He’s going to bring to life dreams you’ve given up on. Now do your part and start believing, get your hopes up. Your dreams are waking up right now.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that no matter what happens in my life, You have the final say. Thank You that I can get my hopes up and choose to not dwell on negative reports. I believe that You are waking up the promises and breathing life into my dreams. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Sunday, October 18, 2020

“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path…” (Psalm 119:105)

God has a detailed plan for your life. He knows your final destination and the best way to get you there, but God doesn’t show you the details. The Scripture says His Word is a lamp for your feet. A lamp implies you have enough light to see the life path in front of you, but not for the next fifty years. If you trust Him and take that next step into the unknown, not knowing the outcome, He’ll lead you step-by-step into your destiny.

The question is, will you be bold and take the next step that God gives you with the light you have? The unknown is where miracles happen, where you discover abilities you never knew you had, and where you’ll accomplish more than you ever dreamed. If you have the courage to do what you know He’s asking you to do, He has the provision, the favour, and all that you need to go to the next level.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that what lies ahead and is unknown to me is well known to You. I choose to rely on Your strength and Your Word that guides me step-by-step. I trust that You will go before me and take me to the next level. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Saturday, October 17, 2020

“…Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha…” (2 Kings 6:17)

Elisha’s assistant thought they were surrounded by the enemy army until the Lord opened his eyes. Suddenly, he looked out and saw the hills full of powerful, warring angels with their horses and chariots of fire. The enemy was surrounded by our God.

Like this man, you may be surrounded by trouble, but what you can’t see with your natural eyes is that the Most High God is surrounding what’s surrounding you. If God pulled back the curtain, you would see powerful angels at work on your behalf, protecting you, pushing back the forces of darkness. You would see God moving the wrong people out of the way, lining up things in your favour, arranging healings and deliverance. If you only focus on what you see with your physical eyes—the sickness, the addiction, the obstacle—you’ll be worried and discouraged. Through eyes of faith, you need to see that every obstacle that’s holding you back is surrounded by the Most High.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that no matter what trouble I face, I can stay in peace knowing that You are surrounding me, and You can turn every situation around and put an end to it. I declare that You are greater than any force that comes against me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Friday, October 16, 2020

“The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!…” (Matthew 13:23)

Jesus told a parable about a man who sowed seed on good ground, and it flourished, producing great crops. But some of the seed fell on rocky ground, and lacking soil and deep roots, its plants withered. Other seed fell among the thorns, and its plants were choked from growing. All the seed was the same quality; what made the difference was the soil.

You are a seed. You are full of gifts, talents, and potential. But if you plant yourself in unhealthy soil, if you hang around friends who compromise and pull you down, if you’re in an environment with limited mindsets where people tell you how you’ll never accomplish your dreams, you won’t see the growth you should. It’s not because there’s something wrong with your seed. It’s that the thorns and rocks are choking the life out of your seed—your dreams, your vision, and your character. Do your part and keep your seed in good soil.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for the gifts and potential You put in me. Help me protect what You’ve entrusted to me by being selective about my environment. I believe that as I stay in the good soil, I am going to see increase and new levels. In Jesus’ Name, AmenPAGE BREAK

Thursday, October 15, 2020

“…Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk…” (Acts 3:6)

The crippled beggar was expecting the ordinary from Peter, a few coins, but God showed up and exceeded his expectations. The man didn’t see it coming, but that one moment of favor, that one exceeded expectation changed his whole world. I can hear him saying, “I never dreamed I’d be able to walk or work or be this fulfilled!”

God has some of these “I never dreamed” blessings in store for you. Similar to the crippled man, sometimes we’ve struggled in an area for so long that we’ve gotten comfortable with it. We’re expecting a few coins, something to sustain us, but God is about to do a new thing. You’re believing for the ordinary; God is going to the extraordinary. He’s going to take you where you’ve never been. No more coins, no more dysfunction, no more being stuck in your career. You’re about to come into exceeded expectations. So why don’t you put your faith out there?

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for loving me and having such an amazing plan for my life. Help me to expect the “I never dreamed” blessings You have for me. I believe and declare that You are doing exceedingly abundantly above all that I ask or think. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Give me discernment that I may understand your statutes. (Psalm 119:125)

In this section of Psalm 119 we find some of the most memorable words in the entire psalm, as the writer declares that he loves God’s Word “more than gold, more than pure gold.” But if we lift this beautiful confession out of its context, we miss a more subtle truth in these verses: the psalmist’s plea to understand God’s Word.

In declaring how he treasures God’s Word, the psalmist isn’t merely offering a beautiful senti­ment. He offers this like evidence in a court of law, as if he is testifying like a plaintiff. Because he loves God’s words above all else and seeks to follow them, God should rescue him from his oppressors.
Knowing that we tend to see only our own point of view and that we often fall short, most of us would hesitate to put God on trial in a way like this. Nevertheless, we can learn from the psalmist’s request. He acknowledges his need for help in understanding God’s precious Word.

Though we may not all dare to call God to account in pleading for his help, we all need guidance in discerning the truth of God’s Word. We hear God’s voice most clearly when we ask him to remove our distractions and reveal himself and his will to us.
And when God does speak to us through his Word—as he certainly will—we must apply God’s teaching to our daily lives.

A Prayer for Today
Teach us your Word, Lord, and help us to love your commands more than pure gold or anything else. Amen.PAGE BREAK

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Make your face shine on your servant and teach me your decrees. (Psalm 119:135)

The words “Make your face shine on your servant” echo the blessing found in Numbers 6:24-26. There God explains how to give his people a blessing, saying: “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” Here God conveys to his people that he sees them and promises to love and protect them.

In our reading for today, the psalmist sees the light of God’s Word, and his passion for God grows, leading to a greater thirst for God’s Word. As he reads and meditates, ponders and absorbs, the writer’s understanding of God’s love, mercy, and compassion deepens and his longing for God increases. The intensity of his passion for God leads him even to pant for God’s Word!

Another important thing to note here is that the psalmist calls himself God’s servant. Connecting God’s blessing with service, the psalmist reminds us that blessings don’t stop when they land on our doorstep. God blesses us—his servants—so that we can serve and be a blessing to the people around us.

Go ahead and ask God for his blessing, because God wants to bless you. He also wants you to be keenly attentive to his Word and to actively serve in his world.

A Prayer for Today
Direct our footsteps, Lord, according to your Word, and let no sin rule over us. Amen.PAGE BREAK

Monday, October 12, 2020

“…Not a scratch was found on him, for he had trusted in his God.” (Daniel 6:23)

In Daniel 6 is the story of how the enemies of Daniel conspired to get him arrested and thrown into the lions’ den for refusing to stop worshipping God. Daniel’s attitude was, “God has me in the palms of His hands. He controls the lions.” He stayed in peace. Everyone else expected the hungry lions to tear Daniel apart, but God supernaturally closed the mouths of the lions. He made Daniel unappetizing!

God never promised that we wouldn’t have difficulties, but He did promise that He would give us strength for every challenge and take what was meant for harm and use it for our advantage. You may have a good reason to worry about something, but there’s a simple phrase you have to get down in your spirit: God’s got this. He already has a solution. Live out of a place of peace and trust. It’s just a matter of time before you see things turn around in your favor.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for Your promise that You can take the things that are meant to harm me and use them for my good. I receive this word and choose to remain at rest, knowing You’ve got this. I declare that there is no God like You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Sunday, October 11, 2020

My soul faints with longing for your salvation, but I have put my hope in your word. (Psalm 119:81)

The psalmist cries out again for God to rescue him from his enemies. They have tried to trap him; they have tried to persecute him without cause. On the brink of despair, the psalmist is in crisis, “like a wineskin in the smoke.” Normally wineskins are soft and flexible, but long exposure to smoke makes them brittle. From abuse, the psalmist feels he is about to crack.

Pounding on heaven’s door, the psalmist cries out: Where are you, God? “When will you comfort me?” “How long must your servant wait? When will you punish my persecutors?” Rescue me from these troubles, now! But it seems God is silent.

Did you notice the psalmist’s reaction to this? He doesn’t reject God or turn away from him. Instead, the psalmist’s ­trials stoke his passion for God and for growing closer to God by meditating on his Word. In God’s Word the writer finds assurance of God’s unfailing love—and this, he says, makes him want to please God by living an obedient life.

Though our troubles may or may not be as difficult as the psalmist’s, we all experience waiting for God. And while we wait—resting on God’s ­promises—we have an opportunity to grow in following and serving the Lord. In his time, God will answer. Will we seek him through his Word and continue to obey while we wait?

A Prayer for Today

We wait for you, Lord—and as we wait, help us to grow in trust and obedience. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Saturday, October 10, 2020

You are my portion, Lord; I have promised to obey your words. (Psalm 119:57)

With words such as “Though the wicked bind me with ropes,” the psalmist continues his lament in this section of Psalm 119. The laments of this psalm are often raw and deep. And yet we can sense that the psalmist finds safety in the promises and love of the Lord, the surest source of comfort and protection.

Notice that this section begins with the words “You are my portion, Lord. . . .” This is likely a reference to the way God gave portions of the promised land to the tribes of Israel (see Joshua 13-21). Allotments were given to all of the tribes except for the tribe of Levi, because God had dedicated the Levites to serve and lead in the worship of the Lord. Their service to God included everything from offering sacrifices to teaching the law, and from leading in worship to taking care of all the materials used for worship (see Exodus 25-30). As Joshua explained to the people, “The Levites . . . do not get a portion among you, because the priestly service of the Lord is their inheritance” (Joshua 18:7).

In a similar way, the psalmist has nothing and no one but God to depend on. The Lord is his portion, his inheritance. In utter dependence and trust, the psalmist takes everything to God in prayer, including his laments. With God as our portion, we too have the privilege of taking all our troubles and cares to the One whose guidance and instruction give us full life.

A Prayer for Today

Help me to seek you with all my heart, Lord, and reveal your promises to me. Amen.PAGE BREAK

Friday, October 9, 2020

“…Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” (John 11:40)

In John 11, Mary and Martha sent word to Jesus that their brother, Lazarus, was very sick. They thought He would come right away and heal Lazarus. But days passed, and Lazarus died. When Jesus showed up, Mary and Martha were so upset. They said, “Jesus, if You had been here, our brother would still be alive.” Against all apparent odds, Jesus went to the tomb and raised Lazarus from the dead.

Sometimes God will wait on purpose till the odds look way against you. You’re ready to bury that dream or promise. You don’t see any way it could work out. But God’s ways are not our ways. Mary and Martha prayed for a healing, but God had a resurrection in mind. Maybe God’s not going to answer your prayers the way you thought. Maybe He has something better than you ever dreamed. Trust Him. Odds don’t determine what He can and cannot do.”

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that You are the keeper of my dreams. I trust that You are totally for me when all the odds are stacked against me. I believe that You are working behind the scenes and bringing a resurrection to what I thought was dead. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Thursday, October 8, 2020

“…He who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6)

The greatest key to living a life filled with God’s blessings and favour is to keep God first place in your life. When you make it your highest priority to please Him, you can expect to live a blessed, fulfilled life. Notice who God rewards. Not people who half-heartedly seek Him or who only seek Him when they have a problem. God rewards people who diligently seek Him. Psalm 34:10 adds, “Those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.” When you seek God daily with your whole heart, you won’t be able to outrun the good things of God.

God has a reward that’s just waiting to be released to you, but you have to meet the demands of the reward. God makes it so easy: “If you will just seek Me—if you will get up in the morning and thank Me, read My Word, and make an effort to please Me—I will give you the reward.”

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that I can come to You by faith, knowing that as I seek You, You will reward me. Thank You for the blessings and favour that are mine as I keep You first place in my life. I believe that I will lack no good thing. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

“Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom…” (Luke 12:32)

Many of us were raised by loving fathers who did their best, but no father was ever perfect. Others were raised by abusive, violent, neglectful, critical fathers, or fathers who abandoned them. Most fathers never planned on passing down dysfunction and insecurity to their children, but all of us have been wounded in some way by our father’s mistakes, wrongs, and failures.

Where you come from is not who you are. You are a child of the Most High God, and it is His good pleasure to give you the kingdom. If you’ll turn to the Good Father and get your approval, your validation, your love from Him, then despite what your earthly father did or didn’t do, He will make it up to you and pay you back for the injustices. The Good Father takes pleasure in not only helping you overcome, but He’ll show you favor that thrusts you years ahead. Start going to the Good Father.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that it is Your good pleasure to give me the kingdom. I declare that as Your child I am coming to You for my love and approval, and I’m asking You to pour out Your favor and healing upon me. Thank You that I can receive it now. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago…” (Ephesians 2:10)

When God created you, He put in you everything you need to fulfill your destiny. God is precise. He’s intentional down to the smallest detail, and when He laid out the plan for your life, He studied it carefully. He thought about what you would need, and what it would take to get you there, then He matched you with your world. He gave you the talent you need, the creativity, the strength. You’re the right size, and you have the right looks, the right personality, and the right family.

Now don’t go around feeling shortchanged, as though somehow you’re lacking, you didn’t get enough, or you can’t do what others can do. You are fully loaded and completely equipped for the race that’s been designed for you. Be who God created you to be. You have something to offer the world that nobody else has. Let your gifts shine. You are an original masterpiece.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that You created me as a masterpiece down to the smallest detail of what I would need to fulfill Your plan for my life. Thank You that I am fully loaded for the race that’s been designed for me. I declare that I am Your original creation. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Monday, October 5, 2020

“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he…” (Proverbs 23:7)

Every one of us has a picture in our mind of our self, our family, our future. The question is, what does your picture look like? Do you see yourself rising higher, overcoming obstacles, and living an abundant life? Or, do you have a picture of yourself struggling, defeated, addicted, overweight, and never getting good breaks? The pictures you allow in your mind will determine what kind of life you live.

Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” If your vision is limited, your life will be limited. Dare to get a fresh, new vision of victory for your life and trust God to bring it to pass. You don’t have to figure out how it’s going to happen. All you have to do is believe. One touch of God’s favor can bring any dream to pass. But you have to see it on the inside before it will ever come to pass on the outside.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that I can begin to see myself the way You see me as blessed, prosperous, healthy, strong, talented, and successful. Help me to get the negative images out and the fresh, new vision in. I believe that my vision will become a reality. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Sunday, October 4, 2020

I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. (Psalm 119:11)

For an extra challenge as we look at Psalm 119 this month, we might try memorizing this psalm. Many Christians have memorized Psalm 119, including the French philosopher Blaise Pascal, the British abolitionist Wilbur Wilberforce, and the British missionary David Livingstone.

What might be the purpose of memorizing passages from the Bible? In the section we are focusing on today, the psalmist urges us to read, to ponder, and to store up God’s Word in our hearts so that we know God more deeply and strive to please him with our thoughts, words, and deeds.
The benefits are beyond measure. Meditating deeply on God’s Word increases our joy. People who aim to live by God’s Word have praise on their lips and joyful delight in their hearts. Through nurturing God’s Word in our hearts, our passion to please God will grow. And our lives will grow more pleasing to God as we seek to live by every word that comes from his mouth.

Whether or not you take up the challenge to memorize Psalm 119, take the psalmist’s advice to store up God’s Word in your heart. As you do, your joy will grow as you learn God’s will and strive to please him more and more.

A Prayer for Today
Lord, help us to seek you with all our heart, and do not let us stray from your commands. Amen.PAGE BREAK

Saturday, October 3, 2020

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here…” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

A while ago there was an advertisement for DNA testing that asked the question, “Who’s the father?” They can take your DNA, and out of the billions of people on earth, the chances of your DNA matching someone who’s not your family are so small that it’s inconceivable. In a similar way, when you gave your life to Christ, the Scripture talks about how you became a new creation. You were born into a new family. Imagine that somehow they could take a sample DNA from your heavenly Father, then a sample DNA from you, and run all the tests. The good news is that it would come back a perfect match. Proven beyond all doubt, you are God’s child. You have His spiritual DNA. Don’t you dare go around thinking that you’re average. Your Father created worlds. You come from a royal bloodline. There’s nothing too much for you. You can accomplish your dreams.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for being my Father and breathing Your life into me. Help me to quit believing the lies that say I’ve reached my limits. I believe and declare that I am a child of the Most High God, and I’m stepping up to the next level. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Friday, October 2, 2020

“That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers…” (Psalm 1:3)

The best decision of your life was to live your life with God at the center. That was the essential first step to living at your full potential. Now the key to experiencing an extraordinary life every day is to grow in your relationship with God. Scripture talks about how life with God is like a tree and its branches. When a branch is connected to the tree, it receives nourishment and life and produces fruit. We have to stay connected to God so we can receive His strength and be empowered to accomplish all that He has for us.

In any relationship, growth happens over time. God doesn’t expect you to be perfect. He just wants you to keep moving forward with Him one step at a time. No matter what is going on in your life, keep making time for Him so that your relationship can grow strong, and you can walk in the fullness of His blessings!

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that every day I can live my life with You at the center and grow in my relationship with You. Thank You for planting me in the streams of Your living water. I look forward to the abundance You are producing in my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Thursday, October 1, 2020

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland…” (Isaiah 43:18–19)

We’ve all had negative things happen to us. People did us wrong, the company let us go, someone was rude to us. It’s easy to go through life carrying offenses, trapped in self-pity, blaming ourselves and others. Because we’re always looking back, reliving the negative, we end up carrying around emotional baggage that weighs us down. One of the best things you can learn to do is drop it. Whether it happened twenty years ago or twenty minutes ago, don’t carry negative baggage from yesterday into today. Now do your part and let it go.

Past hurts occurred once. Don’t let them continue to hurt you by always thinking about them. As long as you’re dwelling on the past, you’re going to miss “the new things” God wants to do. You need to be looking forward to new beginnings. But God will not release new opportunities as long as you’re reliving old hurts and old failures.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that I can be free from all the negative baggage that comes from carrying past offenses, guilt, and blame. Help me to treat the past as the past, that it’s over. I look forward to the new things You’re doing in my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me…” (Psalm 51:10)

With the new year comes fresh starts, resolutions and new beginnings. It is a time for making plans, setting goals and writing visions. But the greatest “new start” of all comes through Jesus Christ. Second Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a NEW creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” If you need a new beginning this year in any area of your life, allow Christ to make you a new creation, and the old will pass away! He will put a new and right spirit within you when you call on His name!

This year, make your relationship with Him your number one priority. When you put God first place and make it your highest priority to please Him, you can expect to live a blessed, fulfilled life. Scripture states, “God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Notice who God rewards. Not people who half-heartedly seek Him, only seek Him when they have a problem, or come to church only on special occasions. God rewards people who diligently seek Him. Psalm 34:10 adds: “Those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.” When you seek God daily with your whole heart in this new year, you won’t be able to outrun the good things of God!

A Prayer for Today
“Father, as we enter into a new year, I choose to put You first. Wipe the slate clean as I develop a deeper personal relationship with You. Thank You for new beginnings as I walk every day with You in Jesus’ name! Amen.PAGE BREAK

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

“Now Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that You would bless me indeed and enlarge my border, and that Your hand might be with me, and that You would keep me from harm that it may not pain me!” And God granted him what he requested…” (1 Chronicles 4:10)

In 1 Chronicles 4, Jabez was a man that people said was supposed to have trouble and heartache and lived depressed and defeated, but he shook off the negative mentality. Despite how people labeled him, he had the boldness to ask big, that God would bless him and enlarge his territories. He was saying, “God, let me see abundance. Let me see more of Your favor.” And God blessed him indeed.

Like Jabez, you may have plenty of reasons to settle where you are—what you didn’t get, what people said, how impossible it looks. The odds may be against you, but the good news is that God is for you. He wants your new year, your life and everything about you to be successful and wonderful. He knows how to make up for what you didn’t get. He can thrust you further than you ever imagined, but you have to pray bold prayers. Ask in spite of what the circumstances look like and what people are telling you. Ask in spite of what the enemy keeps whispering in your ears. If you’re going to beat the odds, stand out in the crowd and reach your best life, you have to learn this principle of asking big.

A Prayer for Today
“Father in heaven, today I open my heart to You and ask You to bless me. I ask You to increase me in every area and teach me to be faithful to You always. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Monday, September 28, 2020

“…his favor lasts a lifetime…” (Psalm 30:5)
Success in this life isn’t necessarily about how popular, influential or educated someone is. Success is about living a life of excellence in obedience to God’s Word. When we step out to do what God has called us to do, Scripture says that His favor surrounds us like a shield. When we have His favor, we have everything. We have an advantage for success! God’s favor opens the right doors. His favor will bring good breaks. The favor of God will cause you to accomplish what you could not accomplish on your own. It gives you an edge.

Now, if you’re going to see the gracious hand of God at work in your life, you can’t go through the day feeling intimidated, thinking that you’re average, comparing yourself to everyone else. No, you have to live like you have His favor, think like you have favor, talk like you have favor, walk like you have favor, dress like you have favor! Not arrogantly. Not in a way that portrays that you’re better than somebody else, but with a quiet confidence knowing that you have the gracious hand of God on your life! Live like you’ve got it because you do!

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for Your grace, favor and mercy upon my life. I praise You today because You are good. I receive Your truth by faith and rise up to walk in my calling. I know that You are going before me to prepare the way as I walk in Your favor all the days of my life in Jesus’ name. Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Sunday, September 27, 2020

“Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart…” (Psalm 37:4)

God knows the secret petitions of your heart. He knows every hidden dream He’s placed within you. He knows the things that you haven’t told anyone about. Maybe you thought they would never come to pass, or maybe you buried them because they didn’t happen on your timetable. Maybe, in the natural, you have every reason to give up on those dreams. Be encouraged today—God is still working behind the scenes! He still has a plan to bring those dreams to pass. Do what today’s verse says and delight yourself in Him. The word “delight” actually means “to make yourself soft and pliable.” It paints the picture of God as the Potter and you as the clay. Allow God to mold and shape your character today. Allow Him to direct your plans and ideas. Keep an attitude of faith and expectancy, and as you submit your ways to the Lord and follow His leading, He will fulfill those secret petitions of your heart!

A Prayer for Today
“Father, You said the path of the righteous gets brighter and brighter. You said no good thing will You withhold because I walk uprightly before You. You said because I delight myself in You, You will give me the secret petitions of my heart. Thank You for being in control of my life and for the good things You have in store for my future in Jesus’ name. Amen. “PAGE BREAK

Saturday, September 26, 2020

“God sets the solitary in families…” (Psalm 68:6)

Most everyone goes through times in life when they feel lonely or wonder where they belong. God designed family to always be a place of love and acceptance. Maybe you didn’t come from an environment like that, or maybe you’ve been away from your family. Maybe they are no longer around. God still desires to meet that need for family. The Scripture says that He is the Father to the fatherless, and He places the solitary in families. God wants to give you a circle of people whom you can trust and who will embrace and accept you. If you need family today, ask God to meet that need and show you where you belong. Or maybe, you are the one who can open your home and heart to someone who is alone. The point is that God loves family. He designed family for a purpose. Jesus said in Matthew 12 that those who do God’s will are His family. When you are part of the family of God, you are never alone! He promises to never leave you nor forsake you. He promises to fill you with His peace and joy so that you can live as an overcomer all the days of your life!

A Prayer for Today
“Father in heaven, thank You for showing me Your design for family. Thank You for accepting and embracing me always. Show me how I can reach out and be an example of family in someone else’s life.”PAGE BREAK

Friday, September 25, 2020

“Daniel, servant of the living God! Was your God, whom you serve so faithfully, able to rescue you from the lions?…” (Daniel 6:20)

Most people won’t ever literally come face to face with a hungry lion, but we’ve all been in situations where we felt as though we are about to be “eaten up” or destroyed. Daniel lived a life of excellence and found favor with the king. The king kept promoting him and giving him more authority, which made the other administrators jealous and angry. They manipulated the king into signing a law that Daniel could not follow.

Daniel prayed and still found himself in the lions’ den. How would you respond in that situation? I’m sure Daniel believed that God would deliver him. I’m sure he hoped it would be before he was thrown into that den. Have you ever prayed and prayed for something and things just kept getting worse? Daniel trusted that God was working His plan for His glory. In the end, Daniel was protected and his enemies were destroyed. When it looks as though your friends have turned on you and you are headed for the lions’ den, don’t be discouraged because God has the final say. Keep believing Him; keep trusting Him. He’s promised to never leave you nor forsake you. He’ll shut the mouth of the lion; He’ll silence your accusers; He’ll stand with you in the fire, and He will lead you into victory in every area of your life.

A Prayer for Today
“Prayer: Father in heaven, You are my Light in dark times. I thank You for Your faithfulness and trust that You have a wonderful plan for my life. No matter how things seem, I will put my hope and trust in You. In Jesus’ Name. AmenPAGE BREAK

Thursday, September 24, 2020

“Send your grain across the seas, and in time, profits will flow back to you…” (Ecclesiastes 11:1)

God’s system works on the principle of sowing and reaping. What you pour out will come back to you in increased measure. When you give generously, a generous harvest will return to you. When you help others succeed, you will find abundant success on your path, too. What are you investing in the lives of the people around you? Are you helping others get ahead? There are people in your life who hold the keys for you to reach your full potential. These are people whom God has placed in your life for you to help along. The higher they rise, the higher you will rise.

When you give generously of your time, talent and resources, you are setting yourself up for greater success. People will come across your path who will help you grow and reach your full potential. But you have to do your part to step out and sow the seed. Be on the lookout for ways you can help others. As you give of yourself to help others grow, you’ll rise higher and live the abundant life He has in store for you.

A Prayer for Today
“Father in heaven, I open my heart to Your heart. I invite You to use me to be a blessing in the lives of others. Show me where to invest my time, talent, and resources for Your glory.”PAGE BREAK

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

“She is more righteous than I, since I wouldn’t give her to my son Shelah.” (Genesis 38:26)

Life can get messy, and Judah made a mess of his life. Perhaps your life is in a jam right now. My mother (echoing some old preachers) often said, “God can make a straight line with a crooked stick.” Genesis 38 shows how God’s grace can give us hope in the midst of life’s messiness.

Judah chose a wife, Tamar, for his oldest son, but the oldest son died without children. According to custom, Tamar was given to the second son, to father an heir for his brother, but then the second son also died. The next brother, Shelah, was legally required to marry Tamar next. But Judah put off the marriage indefinitely. Perhaps he felt Tamar was cursed.

Desperate for her future, Tamar pretended to be a prostitute and seduced Judah to make her pregnant, without his realizing it. When he found out she was pregnant by prostitution, Judah accused her of immorality, but then Tamar proved that Judah himself was the father. Judah proclaimed, “She is more righteous than I, since I wouldn’t give her to my son Shelah.” She later gave birth to twin boys, and the firstborn was named Perez.

Though Tamar was “more righ­teous,” she too was sinful. So are we. Bible reminds us—in spite of our messiness—that God is in control. Jesus, our Savior, became a descendant of Perez (Matthew 1:3) so that the righteousness of God might be given to all who believe in him (Romans 3:22). What grace! What hope!

A Prayer for Today
Lord God, thank you for the grace given to us through the righteousness of Jesus. Amen.PAGE BREAK

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus…” (Philippians 4:19)

In 2 Samuel 12 is the story of how King David got off course with his life. The prophet Nathan was correcting him. In doing so, he reminded David of what God had brought him through. David had seen God’s goodness, favor, protection and provision down through the years. And in verse 8, God made an interesting statement through Nathan: “David, if it had not been enough, I would have given you much, much more.” In other words, “David, looking back over your life, if you were ever lacking, if you ever needed more wisdom, more favor, more protection, more finances, I would have given it to you.”

That tells us that we have what we need right now in order to fulfill our destiny. The moment it become insufficient is the moment that God will give you more. The moment it begins to stop God’s plan for your life is the moment God will intervene on your behalf. Today, be encouraged that you have what you need, and what you need tomorrow is on its way! God is closely watching your life. He is faithful and saying to you what He said to David: “If it’s ever not enough, you can count on Me. I will always be there to give you more.”

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for being my Source and Supply. I declare that my trust and hope is in You. I choose to rest in You knowing that You have provided everything I need for today in Jesus’ name. Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Monday, September 21, 2020

“And I will make My covenant (solemn pledge) between Me and you and will multiply you exceedingly…” (Genesis 17:2)

God is in the multiplication business. It doesn’t matter what your need is today, God wants to increase you! One time in the Old Testament, God simply multiplied the sound of four men’s footsteps and caused them to sound like a mighty army. When their enemies heard them coming, they took off running. There were thousands of enemy troops running for their lives, scared to death, thinking they were being attacked by a massive army when, in fact, it was just four people!

Friend, God can make you seem bigger than you really are. He can make you look more powerful. He knows how to multiply your influence, your strength, your talent and your income. You don’t have to figure it all out. All you have to do is put your trust in Him. If you will release your faith and get up every day expecting God’s far and beyond favor, you’re going to see God multiply you in every area of your life!

A Prayer for Today
“Father God, thank You for Your faithfulness in my life. Thank You for Your promise to bless and multiply me. Direct my steps, keep me close to You as I increase in You in Jesus’ name. Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Sunday, September 20, 2020

“I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair…He set my feet on solid ground…He has given me a new song to sing…” (Psalm 40:1-3)

Have you ever felt as though you were in a pit of despair? Just as God lifted David out, God is going to lift you out. That depression is not the end. That sickness is not the end, and that addiction is not the final chapter. Where you are right now is not where you’re going to stay. There are brighter days ahead for you that are filled with favor, promotion and increase. Notice that God gives us a new song, but we have to do our part to sing that song. That means you don’t go around talking about your problems, how bad things are, or how you’re never going to make it. No, you have a song of victory! If somebody asks you how you’re doing, your attitude should be, “I refuse to dwell on the negative things that have happened to me. I’m moving forward in strength and power.” Remember, praise precedes the victory, and the Scripture tells us that God inhabits our praises. As you magnify and lift Him up, He will lift you up out of your despair. He’ll set your feet on solid ground, and you’ll move forward in joy and victory in every area of your life.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for lifting me up to higher places. Thank You for putting a new song in my heart. I choose to sing and be grateful today for the life of blessing You have in store for me in Jesus’ name! Amen!”PAGE BREAK

Saturday, September 19, 2020

What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
(Romans 8:31)

Today we come to the end of our month of reflecting on questions in the Bible. And we conclude with hope.

In Romans 8, the apostle Paul asks, “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” The “things” Paul is referring to are the teachings about salvation that he has discussed earlier, such as freedom from sin and death, the life-giving Spirit who lives in us, the new life we have as God’s children, the promise of renewal despite suffering we may face today, and strength and hope to endure.

Faith in Jesus does not remove all the struggles we may encounter in life. Still, we know that “in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Somehow, even despite bad things that can happen in our lives, God works to conform us “to the image of his Son.”

Paul’s question “Who can be against us?” answers itself: If God is for us, of course no one can be against us! And Paul goes on to say, “In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Prayer for Today
Dear God, we know that if you are for us, nothing can stand against us. By your Spirit, guide us to live for you. In Jesus, Amen.PAGE BREAK

Friday, September 18, 2020

The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)

Adam and Eve, the first human beings, were created good. If God created all things good, including humankind, then why is there so much bad in the world and in our lives? Where did sin come from? This question has intrigued people through­out the ages.
Genesis 3 tells us the sad story of the fall into sin. God had called Adam and Eve to obey him freely and willingly as they cared for his creation. But they failed to obey. Because of their disobedience, which we call sin, this world and our lives are now filled with brokenness, pain, and sorrow. Further, the lives of all people will end in death (Genesis 2:17; Hebrews 9:27).

Perhaps today you are experiencing the devastating effects of sin around you: the death of a loved one, a life-threatening disease, hunger, homelessness, or the ravages of war. Thank God that the story does not end there.

In Romans 5, the apostle Paul compares and contrasts Jesus and Adam. While Adam, the first man, brought sorrow and death, in Jesus we receive new hope and joy. Christmas reminds us that God sent his Son to heal this sin-scarred world, to forgive our sins, and to give us eternal life. What an awesome gift! And here’s more good news: you don’t need to wait until Christmas to receive this gift. Why not trust Jesus as your Savior and Lord today?

A Prayer for Today
God of all grace, thank you for the gift of Jesus, who came to restore us from all the effects of sin. We long for that day when he returns and we will see you face to face! Amen.PAGE BREAK

Thursday, September 17, 2020

“The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,” says the Lord Almighty. “And in this place I will grant peace,” declares the Lord Almighty…” (Haggai 2:9)

God wants to amaze you with His goodness! We are living in a day when God is increasing His favor. Maybe you have seen God’s goodness to a certain degree in the past; but in reality, you haven’t seen anything yet! God has favor in your future that will supersede anything that you’ve seen! The Scripture talks about how the glory of the latter day will be greater than the glory of the former day. That means what God did for your parents or grandparents, He’s going to surpass in your generation. The blessing and favor of past generations were good, but we serve a God of increase! He has greater things in store for your future! Today, get your hopes up! Enlarge your vision. Be expecting God to bring opportunities across your path. Be expecting to meet the right people and get the right breaks. Prepare your heart and mind to receive the increase and expect to see greater things in your future!

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for blessing and increasing me. I believe that You have great things in store for my future. I surrender every area of my mind, will and emotions to you in Jesus’ name. Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away. (Genesis 5:24)

Were you tempted to skip over the strange names in today’s Bible reading? Please don’t! When we read this genealogy, we learn that Enoch was the father of the oldest man in the Bible. More importantly, Enoch is the only one in this list of names who doesn’t follow this pattern: “he lived . . . and then he died.” Instead, the Bible says, “Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.” How could this be?

The Bible gives us a clear hint. Twice we are told that Enoch “walked faithfully with God.” The word “walked” here indicates a special relationship between God and Enoch, and—as a result—Enoch did not die. After reading how each generation died, it’s awesome to read of this man, Enoch, who walked with God and then was taken to be with God.

Perhaps today you would like to know how you can walk with God. In Matthew 1 we read that Jesus was the promised Immanuel, which means “God with us.” Jesus bridges the gap between us and God so that we can walk with him not only today but forever, like Enoch. That is why Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die” (John 11:25). There is only one question left to answer: “Do you believe?”

A Prayer for Today
Loving God, thank you for calling us to walk with you today, and thank you for making it possible by faith in Jesus to walk with you forever. Amen.PAGE BREAK

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

“Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days…” (Psalm 90:14)

If certain things in your life were just a little bit “better,” would you be happy? A better job, a better house, better health, better relationships? The truth is, it only takes one thing for you to be happy. It takes a made-up mind. That’s right, you have to decide that you are going to be happy regardless of your situation. You may have some obstacles to overcome, but don’t let that steal your joy. Begin each day thinking of all the things you have to be thankful for. Decide each morning to declare as David did, “This is the day the Lord has made. I’m going to rejoice, and be glad in it.” If you don’t get happy where you are, you will never get to where God wants you to be. It all begins with a grateful attitude. Let us encourage you to be content no matter what your circumstances. When you have an attitude of gratitude, God will take you from victory to victory, and you’ll live the abundant, joy-filled life He has in store for you.

A Prayer for Today
“God, I have decided to be happy. I choose joy! No matter what happens today, I will sing Your praises and focus on the good things in my life-and share my attitude of gratitude with others! In Jesus’ name. Amen”PAGE BREAK

Monday, September 14, 2020

“No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God…” (Romans 4:20)

In the Scripture, Abraham’s circumstances were beyond his control. God promised him that he would have a son, but both he and Sarah were way too old to have a child. What did he do while he was waiting? “He grew strong in faith by giving praise to God.” He got up every morning and said, “Lord, thank You for Your faithfulness. Thank You that my baby is on its way. Thank You that You are faithful to Your Word.” He kept thanking God for what he heard in his spirit, and eventually, the promise came to pass.”

As with Abraham, God has put dreams in your heart. He has spoken promises over you. Deep down you believe it will happen, but in the natural, it looks impossible. The odds are against you. It’s been so long. No, God is saying, “What I started in your life I will finish.” The key is to follow Abraham’s example and praise God while you wait. That’s one way to grow in faith. Keep praying. Keep believing. Keep expecting. Grow strong in faith and see His promises fulfilled in every area of your life!”

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for refining me and growing my faith. I choose to stand strong in the midst of difficulty. I choose to bless You no matter what my circumstances are. I trust that You are leading and guiding me in paths of righteousness for Your name’s sake in Jesus’ name. Amen”PAGE BREAK

Sunday, September 13, 2020

“These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold…” (1 Peter 1:7)

One thing we have to realize is that God is not going to deliver us from every difficulty. He is not going to keep us from every challenge. If He did, we would never grow. The Scripture says, “Our faith is tried in the fire of affliction.” When you’re in a tough time, that’s an opportunity for your faith to shine. Anybody can get negative and bitter, blame God, or lose their passion. That’s easy. But if you want to pass the test, if you want God to take you to a new level, you cannot be a weakling. You have to be a warrior. Dig your heels in and say as the apostle Paul, “I can handle it. I’m ready for it. I’m equal to it. I know God is still on the throne. He is fighting my battles, and on the other side of this difficulty is a new level of my destiny!”

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for refining me and growing my faith. I choose to stand strong in the midst of difficulty. I choose to bless You no matter what my circumstances are. I trust that You are leading and guiding me in paths of righteousness for Your name’s sake in Jesus’ name. Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Saturday, September 12, 2020

“Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honored his name…” (Malachi 3:16)

Do you ever keep special cards or emails from loved ones? People do this because those words of love and encouragement are important. In the same way, your words and thoughts of love are important to God, too. Did you know He has a Book of Remembrance? In this book, every time we talk about Him or thank Him for His goodness, He has the angels write it down. When you just think about God, the angels record it. In fact, this moment right now, the angels are writing it down in the Book of Remembrance. This book is not up on a dusty storeroom shelf in heaven somewhere. The Scripture says, “It stays constantly before God, wide open, as a reminder of those who are thinking of Him.” God loves you so much and values your love, too. All throughout the day, be determined to keep God in your thoughts. Meditate on His promises and thank Him for His goodness. When we keep our minds focused on Him, we won’t be distracted by the cares of this world. When you let your love for Him show, it pleases His heart and draws you closer to Him each and every day.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, today I turn my heart and mind toward You, thanking You for Your goodness and faithfulness in my life. I bless You today because You are worthy. I hold Your truth close to my heart so that I can always be pleasing to You in Jesus’ name. Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Friday, September 11, 2020

When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” (John 21:15)

After Jesus’ resurrection, Peter and some other disciples went fishing. All night they fished but caught nothing. A man on the beach called out, telling them to fish on the starboard side of their boat. What difference would that make? But they did as he said, and their net filled with fish!
John said, “It’s the Lord!” And Peter jumped out of the boat to wade ashore. He found Jesus cooking a breakfast of fish.

Jesus had unfinished business with Peter. Peter had denied Jesus three times during his trial (John 18:15-18, 25-27). After the third denial, Jesus had looked straight at him, and Peter had gone out “and wept bitterly” (Luke 22:60-62). Now Jesus was back and wanted to restore Peter. “Simon,” he said, “do you love me more than these?” More than fishing? More than the friends he went fishing with? Peter could only answer, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”

Jesus asks the question three times, and it pounds Peter’s soul. “Lord, you know everything; you know I love you.” Tears roll down his cheeks. Jesus says, “Feed my sheep.” And he graciously restores Peter, saying, “Follow me!”

Jesus redeems sinners and restores his disciples. He asks us, “Do you love me more than anything else—your career, possessions, friends, and even family? When we answer “Yes,” we know he has redeemed and restored us.

A Prayer for Today
Yes, Lord Jesus, we love you, and we want to love you more than anything. Help us to feed your sheep and follow you. Amen.PAGE BREAK

Thursday, September 10, 2020

“Behold, the virgin shall become pregnant and give birth to a Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel—which, when translated, means, God with us…” (Matthew 1:23)

All throughout the Bible, Jesus has many names according to His attributes. In this verse, He is called Emmanuel, which means “God with us.” Aren’t you glad we serve a God who is with us? He’s not far away looking down on us; He is with us! And as believers, He’s not just around us, He’s actually living inside us. That means you never have to be alone or feel afraid. Do you need Emmanuel today? Do you need to feel His presence? He is closer than the air you breathe. When you call on Him, He will answer. As you worship and thank Him for His faithfulness, His presence will manifest in your life, and you will experience Him in ways you never imagined. Take time right now to acknowledge Emmanuel. Thank Him for dwelling inside you. Give Him first place in your life, and as you do, He’ll pour out His abundant blessing, and you’ll experience the life of victory He has in store for you.

A Prayer for Today
“Heavenly Father, thank You for being Emmanuel and for choosing to live inside of me. Thank You for being close to me today and giving me Your comfort and peace. I acknowledge You today that I may bring You glory in everything I do. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

“In Him [and in fellowship with one another] you also are being built together…” (Ephesians 2:22)

The Scripture says in Psalm 133:1 that it brings pleasure to the Lord to see “brethren dwell together in unity.” Imagine that when you come to church and fellowship with other believers, it brings joy to the heart of our heavenly Father and strengthens you as well! It’s important to find a church home where you can participate in worship, fellowship, events, small groups, and outreach opportunities. The person who benefits most from this involvement…is you! Wherever you choose to “dwell,” you will discover your new beginning and God’s purpose for your life.

A Prayer for Today
“God, I pray for the church today. Without a place for believers to belong, we would grow weak in our faith. Thank you for giving me so many opportunities to unite in communion and fellowship with my brothers and sisters in Christ.”PAGE BREAK

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me…” (Philippians 4:13)

Today, I want to remind you of what God says about you. No matter what’s happening in your life, remember that you are not limited by your resources, your family or your background. Almighty God has anointed, equipped and empowered you. He has given you creativity, ideas, inventions, skills and talents. Don’t you dare settle for a mediocre life! Today, I call forth the seeds of greatness inside you. Today, I declare that your best days are ahead, that you are blessed with success, with supernatural strength, with promotion, and with divine protection. I declare that you can do all things through Christ. I declare that before anyone could put a curse on you, God put a blessing on you. And no matter what they’ve said about you, no matter how they’ve tried to make you feel, the blessing always overrides the curse. Walk and live in that blessing by following His commands and staying fully committed to Him in everything you do!

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for blessing me and calling me according to Your purposes. I receive Your Word which is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. I will hide Your truth in my heart that I might not sin against You in Jesus’ name. Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Monday, September 7, 2020

“Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours…” (Isaiah 61:7)

When this Scripture was written, God’s people were going through a very dark time. They were being held captive against their will and mistreated by other nations. God sent this word to encourage them and give them hope for their future. When the time came, God was faithful to His Word!

Are you going through a difficult time today? Let this word bring you encouragement, too. God wants to give you double for your trouble. He is the God of restoration—that means He’s not going to just repay you for every wrong done, He’s going to go above and beyond and make things even better than they were before. If you are facing challenges today or going through a time of adversity, remember that it’s always darkest just before the dawn. Your days are destined to shine brighter because God is faithful. As you stay in faith and are obedient to His Word, you’ll receive double for your trouble and the blessings He has in store for you!

A Prayer for Today
God, thank You for Your Word which lights my path and guides my steps. I choose to put my trust and hope in You today. Thank You for bringing restoration into my life as I keep my heart and mind stayed on You in Jesus’ name. Amen.PAGE BREAK

Sunday, September 6, 2020

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He also has planted eternity in men’s hearts and minds [a divinely implanted sense of a purpose working through the ages which nothing under the sun but God alone can satisfy]…” (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

God has placed eternity in the hearts of mankind. Everything we experience not only serves a purpose here on earth, but it serves a purpose for eternity. Right now, God is working in you and putting inside you everything you need to fulfill your eternal destiny. He is making you ready to rule and reign with Him. As long as you are moving forward and gaining strength, you are gaining eternal victory. View what’s going on in your life with an eternal perspective. You have a higher calling; you have a greater purpose. Focus on what God is doing in your life. Don’t allow the little irritations to get you off course or distract you from what God has called you to do. Open your heart and mind and allow Him to prepare you for eternity. As you keep an eternal perspective and stay determined to be who God has called you to be, you will see His hand moving in your life, and you will live as an overcomer now and throughout eternity.

A Prayer for Today
Father in heaven, thank You for placing eternity in my heart. Help me stay focused on things that have eternal value so that I can live to give You glory. AmenPAGE BREAK

Saturday, September 5, 2020

“Do you think I came to bring peace on earth?” Luke 12:51

Have you heard the story about Jesus’ birth and how the angels came to celebrate it? In Luke 2:13-14 we read, “Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared . . . praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.’”
But in our reading today we find Jesus himself asking, “Do you think I came to bring peace on earth?” And he answers, “No, I tell you, but division.”
Here Jesus is prodding his followers to think; he wants them to consider carefully what it means to commit their lives to him.

As we think about this, Jesus does seem to bring division. That’s because the good news of salvation and the rule of God’s kingdom will bring resistance in this world. Sadly, there will be some people who do not want to believe in God and do not want their hearts changed. Here Jesus warns of family divisions, and many of us know how those can happen because of belief in Jesus.
Jesus warns what will happen, not what he wills to happen. As we experience the love of God in Christ, from which nothing and no one can separate us (Romans 8:38-39), all other relationships take second place. In Jesus we find that we have peace with God (Romans 5:1-8); through Christ, God’s favor rests on us. Do you know Jesus? Then you know that peace.

A Prayer for Today
Lord, help us to rest in your peace today so that we might help others find peace with you too in this troubled world. In your name we pray. AmenPAGE BREAK

Friday, September 4, 2020

“And walk in love, [esteeming and delighting in one another] as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us…” (Ephesians 5:2)

We don’t hear the word “esteem” very much in our culture, but the Scripture tells us to esteem and delight in one another. One definition of esteem is “to hold in high regard.” That means we are to honor and value one another, even if we don’t always agree. They may not always act honorably, but we are to honor and esteem people because they are valuable in the eyes of God.

If you had a very costly and valuable piece of jewelry, you wouldn’t just wear it to the gym or leave it on the kitchen sink. No, you would treat it carefully. You would put it in a safe place and protect it. When we see others as valuable the way God sees them, we treat them carefully. We speak respectfully. We look for the good in others and honor them for who God made them to be. The Scripture tells us that the way we treat others is like sowing seeds, and it will come back to us. Choose to esteem and delight in one another. Sow good seeds, and you will see a harvest of blessing in your own life!

A Prayer for Today
Heavenly Father, today I choose love. I choose to honor the people around me. Help me to see the value in others the way You see the value in me. Help my actions and words to esteem and delight in others so that I can be an example of Your love and light.PAGE BREAK

Thursday, September 3, 2020

“For we who have believed do enter that rest…” (Hebrews 4:3)

God promises that there are “set times” in our future to bring His promises to pass in our lives, but He doesn’t tell us when they will be. Your set time may be tomorrow morning at 9:47. You’ll get the phone call you’ve been waiting for. Your set time may be two years from now. You’ll get a good break that will thrust you to a new level. My question is, “Do you trust God enough to believe that your set times are coming?” Are you willing to wait with a good attitude? Are you willing to get a new perspective? Remember, that set time is already in your future. Don’t let the negative thoughts talk you out of it. The way you know that you’re really believing is when you have rest on the inside. You’re at peace. You know the answer is on the way. You trust that God is working things out. Today, put your faith and trust in Him and enter into rest. Know that He is good and He is for you! Your set time of favor is on the way!

A Prayer for Today
Father, today I choose to enter into rest. I choose to trust You, I choose to put my faith and hope in You knowing that You are good and that You have good things in store for my future in Jesus’ name! Amen.PAGE BREAK

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Beloved do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed…” (1 Peter 4:12-13)

If you know you are going into a challenging season, you can get prepared for it. You can make sure you are mentally ready. But what about the difficulties that we don’t see coming? The unexpected crisis that catches you off guard? Sometimes it can seem so overwhelming and devastating when your life is suddenly turned upside down.

The Scripture says that we shouldn’t be surprised by fiery trials. That’s because the forces of darkness would not be fighting against you if they didn’t know that God has something amazing in your future! Sometimes those unexpected difficulties are just a sign that you’re on the right track. It’s always darkest just before the dawn appears. The enemy always fights the hardest when you are closest to your breakthrough. The key is to stay the course and keep fighting the good fight of faith. In the difficult times, keep your joy and keep declaring God’s Word over your future. God has promised that you will overcome every obstacle. You will defeat every enemy, and you will embrace the blessing and victory He has in store for you!

A Prayer for Today
Father, thank You for walking with me in every season of life. Today, I cast all of my cares on You. I cast all of my difficulties, all of my questions, and all of my concerns. Thank You for working all things out for my good in Jesus’ name. Amen.PAGE BREAK

Tuesday, September 1, 2020
“…May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love…” (Ephesians 3:17)

There is tremendous power in love! In the same way that a tree will grow taller and stronger when its roots grow deep, you will be stronger and rise higher when you are rooted and established in love. How do you establish yourself in love? It starts by making a choice. When you choose to say yes to love, you are saying yes to everything God is because God is love! Then every day, choose to love through your actions by modeling your life according to 1 Corinthians 13. That means choosing to be patient and kind. It means not seeking your own way, not being jealous or boastful. When you choose love, you are showing the world that God is first place in your life. The more you choose to walk in love, the deeper and stronger your roots will grow. Remember, love is the greatest thing. It is all that will last in eternity. Choose to establish yourself in love and let it be firm within you. Let His love build security in you and empower you to live the life of blessing He has in store for you.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, establish me in Your love. Show me how to love others the way You love me. Thank You for setting me free and empowering me to live the overcoming life You have prepared for me in Jesus’ name! Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Monday, August 31, 2020

“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.” (Mark 10:51)

Bartimaeus was in the dark, a blind man who had to beg—until the day Jesus came by on his way to be crucified in Jerusalem (Mark 10:32-34). Shouting above the crowd, Bartimaeus calls to the Savior, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” People tell him to be quiet, but he shouts all the louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Graciously Jesus responds: “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus had just asked James and John the same question (Mark 10:36). They had said they wanted places of honor in heaven with Jesus. And he had replied, “You don’t know what you are asking.” But Bartimaeus only pleads, “Rabbi, I want to see.” And Jesus does not disappoint.
Bartimaeus knew what he needed; Jesus’ followers were the ones in the dark. They wouldn’t see the light of Jesus until later.

This incident has raised a question ever since: Who is truly blind, anyway? And after Jesus restores Bartimaeus’s sight and sends him away, the man sees what he must do next. Bartimaeus is a model disciple. No longer blind, he follows Jesus. Christ’s question echoes through history: “What do you want me to do for you?” As we worship together today, can we say, “Rabbi, we want to follow your way”?

A Prayer for Today
Son of David, like Barti­maeus we cry, “Have mercy on us!” Give us eyes to see your way and ears to hear your Word so that we can live as your disciples. In your holy name, Amen.PAGE BREAK

Sunday, August 30, 2020
“Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” (Mark 4:41; Matthew 8:23-27)

The new teacher, Jesus, has been surprising crowds of peo­ple with his healing of the sick and his amazing preaching. After a long, tiring day, he gets into a boat with his fishermen-turned-followers to cross the Sea of Galilee, a 13-mile-long (21 km) lake. Being human, Jesus is weary from a day of preach­ing, teaching, and healing. They set sail, and Jesus falls asleep on a cushion in the stern.
Sleeping on a modern ship in a storm isn’t comfortable; it must have been rough on that small fishing boat. The boat was probably about 30 feet long and eight feet wide; it rode low in the water so the fishermen could haul in their nets.

A “furious squall came up,” and the boat began to swamp. Everyone needed to help with bailing water to keep them afloat! The disciples also woke Jesus and said, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” Sometimes we wonder if Jesus cares about us in our peril and distress, but we can trust that he does. Though it may seem everything is going wrong in our work for him, he will show us we have no need to fear. Jesus calms the wind and the waves, showing that he is not only an amazing preacher and healer but also the Lord over creation. His disciples are astonished and rightly terrified. Who has power over nature but the Creator himself? Is this human teacher, Jesus, also the Lord of heaven and earth? Yes—and today we know him as our great God and Savior!

A Prayer for Today
Lord of all, even the wind and waves obey you! May we serve you and bring glory to your name! Amen.PAGE BREAK

Saturday, August 29, 2020

“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith…” (1 John 5:4)

Fear always presents itself as much bigger than it really is. It’s always the worst-case scenario. It always tries to get you worried, anxious, uptight and panicked. Fear’s goal is to separate you from God by trying to get you to doubt His Word. But when the spirit of fear comes, recognize that it has no power unless you give it power. Don’t give it power by speaking what fear speaks. Don’t give it power by meditating on it. Instead, let the power of the Word of God rise up within you. Declare what God says; declare that God has given you all authority in heaven and earth. Declare that no weapon formed against you shall prosper. Remember that no matter how big fear presents itself, it’s no match for the power of Almighty God. When you yield yourself to Him, you tap into His power. Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world. God is bigger than your problems and bigger than fear. Let faith rise up in your heart because faith is the victory that overcomes the world.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for Your perfect love which drives out all fear. I choose to meditate on Your Word which feeds my faith and empowers me to overcome. I bless You and praise You today for Your goodness and grace in my life in Jesus’ name. Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Friday, August 28, 2020

“I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love.” (Hosea 11:4)

God sent his only Son Jesus into the world to redeem us and to give life. Yes, He came to save the lost. Bible says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).  As you come to His fold, He is ready to bless you with joy, peace, riches and wisdom.  Yes, He is the One who has all power and authority to redeem you from eternal damnation and from the pains and lacks in the earth.  As you surrender to Him, believing Him, you will see His life flow into your life. Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John10:10).
Do you want this peace and joy from God? Are you praying for someone addicted to a bad habit? Beloved, just believe Jesus.  Look at the cross where He crushed the devil’s head and earned everything that you would ever need.  He never condemns anyone.  He loves you abundantly.  He will lead you with His cords of human kindness, with ties of love (Hosea 11:4).  Come to the throne of your heavenly Father.  Submit all your needs to Him. You will see miracles happening. Your hope will not be cut off.

A Prayer for Today
Dear Father, I thank You for sending Jesus as a love gift to the humanity.  Thank You for keeping everything in Him so that I may live a wholesome life as I receive Him in my heart.  Even now, trusting in the power of the name of Jesus, I surrender to you all the pitfalls of my life.  Make everything straight.  Fill me with joy and peace.  In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.PAGE BREAK

Thursday, August 27, 2020

“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them…” (2 Kings 6:16)

Everyone has times when they feel overwhelmed or “outnumbered” by the things that are coming against them. You may have heard the saying, “When it rains, it pours.” For example, just about the time the air conditioner needs repair in your house, the transmission goes out in your car. It seems like one thing happens after another. It may feel as if all the forces of darkness are coming against you. When it feels as though you’re far behind, outnumbered, outsized and outclassed, instead of being discouraged, have a new perspective. The Scripture promises that with God on your side, you have all the resources you need to have complete victory. You are never outnumbered because the Greater One lives in you! It’s like when you’re expecting someone for dinner; you don’t wait until they show up before you decide to start cooking. Most likely you start early in the day. You make sure the house is clean, you go to the grocery store, and maybe buy some flowers for the table. You make preparations because you’re expecting someone. Well, that’s the attitude we need to have while we’re waiting for God’s promises to come to pass. As you put actions behind your prayers, your faith comes alive and opens the door for God to move mightily on your behalf.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for Your faithfulness to me. Thank You for Your peace even in the midst of the storms of life. I know that You are with me, and I can stand strong because You will lead me into victory all the days of my life in Jesus’ name. Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe. (Psalm 61:3)

There is not a single moment where you can escape from the watchful eyes of the good God.  Yes, the Lord is watching over you to deliver you from all kinds of evil, seen or unseen.  Seek the Lord, claiming His promises, to protect you from contagious illnesses, traumatizing accidents, or any unexpected attacks.  Your belief on His assured protection will enable you to live life with confidence and not paralyzed by fear, because the Bible says, “For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe” (Psalm 61:3).

When you do things right and have faith in the lord He will lift you up. He will prepare a table before you in the presence of your enemies (Psalm 23:5). We read in the Bible, “Because he loves me, says the LORD, I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.  He will call on me, and I will answer him. I will be with him in trouble. I will deliver him and honor him” (Psalm 91:14, 15). Beloved, be saturated with the assurance of God’s protection. As children of God, believing His finished works on the cross, trust that, you are secure in His arms.  Let your peace be anchored in such promises of God, which are towers of refuge at all times.

A Prayer for Today

Dear Father, I declare that You are my refuge and a strong tower against my foe.  I thank You that I can trust You to protect me from every harm. No evil will befall me and no sickness will come near my dwelling.  Thank You for the promises of protection.  Thank You for the army of angels, which are always available at my command.  I commit everything under Your precious blood.  In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.PAGE BREAK

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces. (Isaiah 25:8)

Jesus is the Lord who has taken victory on the cross. Bible says, “Death has been swallowed up in victory”(1 Corinthians 15:54). Because of that, you will be filled with singing and everlasting joy will crown your head. Yes, gladness and joy will overtake you, and sorrow and sighing will flee away (Isaiah 35:10). For every hard work you do, for every agony you go through, God will bless you now. He is watching you. So wipe away your tears. “Restrain your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears, for your work will be rewarded,” declares the LORD (Jeremiah 31:16)

You can also cast all your burdens on to Jesus.  “The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from your faces” (Isaiah 25:8).  All your sorrow will turn into joy (John 16:20). You too shall receive double blessing and great honour in all the places where you were put to shame.  God bless you.

A Prayer for Today
Dear Lord, I bring all my lack and sickness to You. Let my sorrow-filled days end.  Let my house and heart be filled with joy.  I know that You have heard every desire of my heart.  Let this long-wait end in delight.  I receive by faith the blessings from Your hands.  Amen.PAGE BREAK

Monday, August 24, 2020

“So I have come down to rescue them…and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land…” (Exodus 3:8)

Notice in today’s verse that God did not say He would bring His people into a small land; a little place, tight or crowded. No, receive this into your spirit: Just as God brought the children of Israel into a good and spacious land, so He will do the same for you! He wants to take you to the land of “more than enough,” a land of plenty of room flowing with increase, good breaks and opportunity. He wants you to live in a land where you not only have enough for yourself, but you’re so blessed that you can be a blessing to other people. If you’re not in a good and spacious place today, the challenge is: don’t settle where you are. This is not your permanent address! It’s only temporary. Keep standing, keep believing, keep pressing forward and walk into the good and spacious land God has in store for you!

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for Your goodness and faithfulness in my life. I trust that You are leading me into a new land, a spacious land filled with blessing and opportunity. I choose to stand and keep my eyes on You as You lead me forward in Your purposes in Jesus’ name. Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Sunday, August 23, 2020

“Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,” says the Lord Almighty.” (Zechariah 4:6)

In the original Hebrew, the word “spirit” in today’s verse literally means “breath.” This Scripture is saying that the breakthroughs that are coming in our lives are not going to happen just by our talent, our connections or who we know. It’s going to happen because God breathes in our direction. God will shift the winds that blow healing, promotion and restoration our way. How are you going to get well? The medical report may say it’s impossible, but when God breathes on you, health, wholeness and restoration are headed toward you. How are you going to accomplish your dreams? You may not know the right people or have enough money or feel as though you have the talent. No, God is breathing and sending ideas, resources and the right connections your direction. If you will stay faithful and keep honoring and obeying God, suddenly, things will change. Suddenly, you will come into abundance. Suddenly, your child will turn around. Suddenly, you will get well. Suddenly, the breath of God will shift things in every area of your life!

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for breathing in my direction. Thank You for restoring life, peace, health and wholeness to my body and mind. I bless You today and receive the supernatural shifts You have prepared for me in Jesus’ name. Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Saturday, August 22, 2020

“…God…calls those things which do not exist as though they did.” (Romans 4:17)

Very often, we see potential in other people that they haven’t see in themselves. When you speak vision into them, when you tell them what they can become, you can help set the direction for their life. Your words have the power to push people into their divine destiny. I believe that the reason some people are not living at their full potential is because no one has ever spoken faith into them. No one has taken the time to say, “Hey, you’re great at this. You have a gift here. You’re going to do something amazing!” I believe that one of our assignments in life is to call out the seeds of greatness in other people. Look around at who God has placed in your life. They’re not there by accident. Take time to study them. See what they’re good at. What are their gifts? What do they excel at? Don’t just think about it, speak vision into them. Tell them what they can become. Let your encouragement ignite the greatness on the inside. Help them rise up in confidence so they can be all God has called them to be!

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for the people You’ve placed in my life. I choose to be faithful, to speak life and call forth the greatness in them. Thank You for bringing me to new levels as I help others rise higher, too, in Jesus’ name. Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Friday, August 21, 2020

“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.” (2 Corinthians 10:4)

Scripture tells us that there is a battle going on in our minds. Our thoughts dictate our actions. That’s why the enemy will do everything he can to get you thinking in the wrong direction. Sometimes it’s not our own thoughts that are holding us back; sometimes it’s that we’ve believed the negative things that other people have spoken over us. Those words are like seeds. If you dwell on them long enough, they’ll take root and become a reality. In life, there will always be people telling you what cannot be done, speaking negative things. Too often we latch on to those negative words and develop what the Scripture calls a “stronghold.” It’s a wrong thinking pattern that keeps us imprisoned in defeat and keeps us from God’s best. The way you break those negative strongholds is by rejecting the lie and embracing the truth of God’s Word. In other words, you have to choose to delete that negative file in your mind. Today, why don’t you take inventory of your thought life? Ask yourself, “Where did these thoughts come from? Do they line up with what God says about me?” Break the negative strongholds and embrace God’s truth so you can be all that God has called you to be!

A Prayer for Today
“Father, today I choose to reject negative thoughts. I choose to reject lies from the past. I break every stronghold through the power of Your Word and embrace Your truth which sets me free in Jesus’ name. Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Thursday, August 20, 2020

“I am the Lord your God, who directs you in the way you should go.” (Isaiah 48:17)

Lord Jesus Christ when He lived on this planet earth, He surrendered Himself totally to the Father’s will. Even at the end of His ministry, we read in the Scriptures, the amount of pain He underwent on the way to Calvary carrying the cross and the sufferings on the cross. Yes, all through His life He obeyed the voice of the Father and completed His ministry fulfilling it. We read in the Scripture saying, “Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work” (John 14:10). He walked along the path shown by the Father. In the same way, we should surrender ourselves completely into His hands to fulfil His will.

God will give you words of wisdom to bring peace to all. He has promised you, “I am the Lord your God, who guides you in the way you should walk” (Isaiah 48:17).  He will give you words of wisdom to speak healing to people. Yes, He will show you the path you should walk. Receive his blessing, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you” (Psalm 32:8). He will go before you and make the crooked places straight (Isaiah 45: 2).

A Prayer for Today
Dear Father in Heaven, thank You for reconciling me with You through Jesus Christ.  Thank You for the love and forgiveness You have showed me.  Help me to show the same love and forgiveness to others also.  Lead me through this life in Your righteous path so that I would enjoy victory from You. Teach me Thy ways O lord.  In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.PAGE BREAK

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

“For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.” (1Timothy 6:10,11)

God always want that we should always live a happy life on this earth for which he provides us with all our needs & amenities. But still we run behind the luxury & the lust of this world. But the word of God says that the greed of money is the root of all evil. Those who go behind it they always fall in trouble. We should understand that our God is a provider. He fulfill all our needs as a father & as children of God, we should rely on him & we should not invite the desire of lust in us & we should run away from it which makes our living God unhappy. Our desires should be following God’s word which say’s you should be righteous, faithful, meak & patience in all what you do & God will take care of your all needs.

A Prayer for Today
Loving God we ask from you the fruits of the spirit so that we can be stick to the right path & don’t allow the greed & the worldly lust into us. You are our loving God & you will guide us in every moment of our life. We ask strength & wisdom from you to bear the fruits of holy spirit, help us for it. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.PAGE BREAK

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

“For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.” (2 Corinthians 1:20)

Have you thought about the fact that God has already said “yes” to His promises in your life? You don’t have to beg God to be good to you. You don’t have to plead with Him to help you. God wants to help you. He wants to pour out His abundant blessing on your life. The Scripture says His promises are “yes and amen.” “Amen” means “so be it.” In other words, it’s a done deal. All you have to do is make sure you are living up to your end of the bargain. God’s love is unconditional, but we have to obey His commands in order to see His promises come to pass. For example, Malachi 3:10 says that we have to bring our tithe to Him in order to see the windows of heaven open. It says in Deuteronomy 5 that we are to honor our parents in order to live a long life. The good news is that when we surrender our hearts to Him, He empowers us to fulfill every one of His commands. He equips us for every good work because He wants to see us live a blessed life. That’s why His promises are “yes and amen”!

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for Your goodness and faithfulness in my life. I believe that You have a good plan to pour out Your blessing and favor on me. Give me strength to obey Your commands and honor You all the days of my life in Jesus’ name. Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Monday, August 17, 2020

“The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.” (Proverbs 28:1)

We are called to live bold, confident and overcoming lives. You don’t have to live under a burden of fear. You don’t have to live with anxiety. Because of Jesus, fear, worry and uncertainty are beneath you. When you rise up in faith, knowing that God is with you and for you, all doubt and fear have to leave your life. Notice that today’s Scripture says that the righteous are as bold as a lion. Righteousness is God’s way of doing things. When you do things according to what He says in His Word, when you are submitted to His plan for your life, He promises success. It may not always be the way you had in mind, but ultimately, His plan is to prosper you, not to harm you, to give you a hope and a future! Today, if you’ve been feeling anxious or fearful, begin to declare God’s truth over your life that will set you free! Declare that you are righteous in Christ Jesus! Declare that you are more than a conqueror! Declare that you are as bold as a lion because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world!

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for setting me free from a spirit of fear. Thank You for filling me with strength and boldness. I set aside thoughts of worry and dread and thank You for Your peace as I keep my mind fixed on You in Jesus’ name. Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Sunday, August 16, 2020

“Rejoice with those who rejoice…” (Romans 12:15)

When a friend or family member succeeds, gets promoted or experiences an unexpected good break in life, how do you respond? Some people wonder, “What about me?” Others criticize or say, “It won’t last long.” But really, the way you respond to another person’s success will determine the level of your own success. Whether you respond in a negative or positive way, you are sowing seeds for your future. That’s why the Scripture tells us simply to “rejoice with those who rejoice.” God wants you to be successful. His commands are for your good. He doesn’t want jealousy or strife to enter your life and rob you of His blessing. Today, make it a point to find someone who is celebrating and celebrate with them. Congratulate them on their success no matter how small it seems in the natural. Rejoice with those who rejoice, sow seeds of blessing, and open the door for victory in your own life in return!

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for Your hand of blessing not only on my life but on the lives of the people around me. I choose to rejoice in You, and I choose to rejoice over Your victory everywhere I go in Jesus’ name! Amen!”PAGE BREAK

Saturday, August 15, 2020
“When they walk through the Valley of Weeping, it will become a place of refreshing springs. The autumn rains will clothe it with blessings…” (Psalm 84:6)

Do you feel like you are walking through a tough place in your life today? The psalmist wrote of “passing through the Valley of Weeping,” but not of “settling in the Valley of Weeping,” or “getting stuck in the Valley,” or “building a house in the Valley.” The Valley is temporary; you’re walking through it, and God is walking with you. He wants to strengthen and empower you to keep moving forward. He is leading you to a place of blessing and refreshing!

Be encouraged today that God always causes us to triumph! The Bible says that weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning! It also says that the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn shining brighter until the full day. No matter how dark your circumstance may seem, you are on a path that is shining brighter and brighter. Know today that there is a place of victory on the other side of your challenge. Keep believing and keep expecting. As you continue to meditate on the goodness of God and declare His favour in your life, you will be strengthened and refreshed in your inner man. You will rise higher and higher, and you will live the life of victory the Lord has in store for you!

A Prayer for Today
“Father in heaven, thank You for leading me to my place of blessing. I trust that You are faithful and believe that You have a good plan for my life. Help me to always hear Your voice so I can follow You all the days of my life.”PAGE BREAK

Friday, August 14, 2020

“If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands…you will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country…” (Deuteronomy 28:1-3)

Do you want to experience more of God’s blessing in your life? Living in obedience and integrity is the key that unlocks the door to His abundance. When you put God first place in your life, you’ll be blessed in the city and in the country—you’ll be blessed wherever you go! Deuteronomy 28 goes on to say that you will be so blessed that you will lend and not borrow. Can you see yourself in that position? Can you see yourself living in that kind of abundance? God doesn’t want you to be living with a barely-get-by attitude. We don’t serve a barely-get-by God; our God is more than enough! He wants you to have more than enough to meet your needs and be a blessing to the people around you. Today, make room in your life for the blessing of God. Choose to live in obedience to His Word and be blessed wherever you go!

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for Your hand of blessing on my life. I choose today to put You first in everything I do. Help me to walk in integrity and follow Your commands so that I can honour You always. In Jesus’ Name. AmenPAGE BREAK

Thursday, August 13, 2020

I am the Lord, your Holy One. Isaiah 43:15
In the Bible, we read about Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah, a righteous man who walked uprightly before God. God’s presence was always with him and helped him defeat his enemies every time they attacked his kingdom. God gave him victory after victory in his lifetime.  Yes, to see victory everyday in your life, surrender yourself to God and lead a righteous living.  He would accept your submission and enable you to live a holy life. Our God “Jehovah Mekkadesh”, is the Lord who sanctifies you! Bible says, “But as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:15-16). 

He is the One who chased after you with unconditional love, washed you with His blood and transferred you for His kingdom. This God will surely help you to lead a righteous life.  The One who said, “I am the Lord, your Holy One” (Isaiah 43:15) will cleanse you with His word every day and prepare you as a beautiful bride! Yes, it is God, who makes us holy.

A Prayer for Today
O Lord who sanctifies me, forgive me from all of my iniquities, wash me with Your blood and give me a new life. From today onwards, help me to walk uprightly and receive Your abundant blessings.  Help me to receive the cleansing waters from Your word every day.  Let me reflect the nature of ‘new creation.’ Help me to walk like You on this earth, magnifying Your name.  In Jesus’ precious name I pray, Amen.PAGE BREAK

Wednesday, August 12, 2020
“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” (John 14:18)

Few things are there that make us to stumble in this world and amongst that it is the loneliness, which is so bitter. Though we seek for the support and help from other people to accomplish our dreams, finally we realize that no one is there in this world to understand us. Yes, it is because man is self-centred. But our Lord assures “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you” (John 14:18). Instead of expecting people around to support you and stand by your side, ask the Lord to be your companion. He will do more than what you expect and guide you toward the eternal life, which no man can do.
whatever be your problem, share it to Him and He will readily come to fulfil your needs. Bible says that He is a father to the fatherless, a defender of widows…. He sets the lonely in families…( Psalm 68:5,6). God is with you. You are not an orphan. He will fill your heart with His goodness and your mouth shall speak it out. Yes, words of joy, hope and plans of God would come out of your mouth and all you need is the Holy Spirit to experience such blessings. God will neither leave you nor forsake you (Heb.13:5). Do not be worried!

A Prayer for Today
Gracious and loving heavenly Father, Thank You for reminding me today that You are with me at all times.   Lord, my friends, siblings and even my parents may fail me but You O Lord will never let me down. Thank You for Your love and mercies. Help me to understand your ways and walk in it. Lord, guard me from evil and fill me with Thy Holy Spirit that I may utter words of joy and hope. I ask all this in the matchless name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ Amen.PAGE BREAK

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will…” (Romans 12:2)

In the original Bible language, the word “transform” is “metamorpho.” It’s where we get our word “metamorphose.” When a caterpillar changes from a little worm-like larva into a beautiful butterfly, it is called metamorphosis. The caterpillar starts out as possibly one of the most unattractive insects. It’s very plain, nothing special about it. But God destined the caterpillar to go through a transformation. It goes from being one of the most ordinary creatures to one of the most beautiful, colorful and graceful. Instead of having to crawl on the ground, it can now fly to wherever it wants to go.

Paul is saying that if you’ll get your thoughts going in the right direction and not dwell on negative, condemning, “not able to” thoughts, and program your mind with what God says about you, then a transformation will take place. The only way to release your butterfly is to get your thinking in line with God’s Word. If you will keep renewing your mind and agreeing with what God says about you, it’s just a matter of time before that transformed person comes out. When your thoughts are better, your life will be better.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for the work You are doing in my life. I surrender every part of my being to You. Thank You for transforming me as I keep my heart and mind stayed on You in Jesus’ name. Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Monday, August 10, 2020

“The Lord will judge and determine and solve and settle the cause and the cases of His people…” (Hebrews 10:30)
Are you dealing with an “unsolved case” from your past that needs resolution? You might have been through some bad breaks. People may have said things about you and done things to you that hurt and offended. Are you waiting for your day of justice or repayment? God promises in His Word that He is our vindicator. He is our defender. He will settle your case and repay everything the enemy has stolen.

But in order to allow Christ to settle your debts, you have to release your concerns to Him and forgive those who have wronged you. It’s very freeing to say, “They can’t pay me back. I’m on God’s payroll, and He never misses a payment.” God will settle your cases. You have to allow Jesus to take on the debt they owe you in the same way that He took on your debt for sin. That’s true forgiveness—freeing others so that you can be free. As you walk and live in forgiveness, you show that you trust in God to repay you, and He will honor your faith in Him!

A Prayer for Today
“God, I believe in complete restoration in every area of my life! That starts with letting go of the past and forgiving those who have wronged me. I forgive them, Father, and I praise You for taking on my debt. In Jesus’ name – Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Sunday, August 9, 2020

“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it…” (Psalm 118:24)

Did you make up your mind to be happy this morning? It’s important to be on the offensive when it comes to your happiness. If you don’t set the tone early in the day, the enemy will start reminding you of all your problems and everything that’s wrong in your life. Before long, you’ll be negative and discouraged. Notice that the Scripture doesn’t say, “I might be glad today if everything goes well, if I don’t get stuck in traffic, if my boss doesn’t yell at me, or if it doesn’t rain on my new hairdo.” No, the psalmist says, “I will rejoice and be glad.” No matter what kind of difficulties I face today—no matter who tries to make me upset—I choose to be happy.

Happiness is a decision you make, not an emotion you feel. Never forget that although you might not be able to choose your circumstances, you can always choose how you respond to them. If you’ll make the decision to stay full of joy, if you’ll choose to be happy in spite of your circumstances, the enemy can’t keep you down and defeated. God will give you supernatural strength to overcome every obstacle you face, and you’ll live that life of overcoming victory He has in store for you.

A Prayer for Today
“God, I am making the decision today to be a grateful person! You have richly blessed me and I am going to count those blessings everyday. When I make a daily list of 10, it will be in honor of You, in Jesus’ name. Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Saturday, August 8, 2020

“So that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead…” (Philippians 3:11)

Can you imagine what it must have been like to be sailing on the Mayflower into an unknown and uncharted world? How did Neil Armstrong feel as he became the first person to ever step onto the surface of the moon? Those were risky and certainly life-changing times in history, but life-changing doesn’t just belong in the past. God still wants you to step out into something great for His glory and for your blessing and fulfillment.

It all begins in your thinking. Don’t be contained in your mind. Let me tell you what I know about you. Some of you will write books that will touch millions of people. Some of you will develop medicines that will impact our world. Some of you will have a ministry that will shake nations. Some of you will develop software that will revolutionize businesses. If you will break free from your limited mindset and enlarge your vision, you will see God take you places that you’ve never even dreamed of.

A Prayer for Today
“God, I know that You want great things from me. Help me to have the daring faith that You can do anything if I will trust You, in Jesus’ name. Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Friday, August 7, 2020

May the Lord give you wisdom and understanding,… (1Chronicles 22:12)

In the Bible, we read about David who was an ordinary shepherd boy but when the right time came, the Lord decided to lift him up and make him great. Do you know the reason for this? He loved the Lord with all his heart and strength. Because of his immense love for God, he succeeded in all the missions assigned to him by king Saul. God gave him the wisdom and strength to achieve these victories. He was God’s favourite. This is what we read of him. “After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do” (Acts13:22). Bible affirms, “For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding” (Proverbs 2:6). Truly, the Lord gives His treasure of wisdom to the righteous people in an abundant measure.

Even today, God is ready to give wisdom and knowledge in an abundant measure to all those who seek Him sincerely and trust Him faithfully. “May the Lord give you wisdom and understanding” (1Chronicles 22:12) in every issue you are dealing with.  Beloved, He is the source of wisdom and understanding and He is willing to grant you in an abundant manner.  In your family, work, studies, research and in everything that you do, God will grant you wisdom and exalt you to greater heights.  Without His wisdom, you cannot have complete victory.  Just ask. You will receive!

A Prayer for Today

Loving Lord, give me Your precious wisdom and understanding in an abundant measure. Who else can grant me the best than my Creator?! Let my mind comprehend Your amazing wisdom and apply it in every area of my life.  No book in the world can make me wiser than Your Word.  I choose to imbibe all wisdom from Your word and lead a victorious life.  May Your name be glorified.  In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.PAGE BREAK

Thursday, August 6, 2020

“If you believe, you will see the glory of God” (John 11:40)
Jesus was so fond of the siblings Mary, Martha and Lazarus. When Jesus had gone away from their city, Lazarus fell sick and was at his deathbed. But Jesus returned to Judea staying where He was for two more days. Finally, when Jesus had reached Judea He found that Lazarus had already died and buried in the tomb for four days. He comforted Mary and Martha, wept with them and then performed the supernatural miracle or resurrecting Lazarus from the dead. Before Jesus could perform the miracle, He told Martha “If you believe, you will see the glory of God” (John 11:40). Believing in Jesus is an important aspect in the walk of our lives.

Today, Jesus is in our midst to perform a supernatural miracle in our lives. You may be oppressed due to failures, debts or any kind of struggle but Jesus reckons you to believe in Him that you may see the glory of God. It is through our faith in the sacrifice and work of the Lord Jesus Christ we have received Salvation. God works in ways that man cannot perceive. Bible says in John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever ‘believes’ in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” He loves us and He does not want us to perish, instead have eternal life and that eternal life we receive through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Our Lord will roll away the stone and resurrect us. Let us share this love of God with one another by leading them toward the truth of Jesus. Have a blessed day!  

A Prayer for Today
Loving Heavenly Father, we thank you for this wonderful day. Thank you for giving us Your son, Jesus Christ. We believe in Him, in His death and resurrection. Lord, help us to see Your glory be manifested in our lives. You alone can roll away the stone of hindrances from our life. We give you all the glory, honour and praise. In Jesus’ name we pray, AmenPAGE BREAK

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

“A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed…” (Proverbs 11:25)

Do you need refreshing today? So many people go around overwhelmed, tired, worn down, and barely get by. But that’s not God’s best. He wants us to prosper. He wants us to be refreshed. Here’s the key: be generous and refresh others. Is there someone at the office that you can be a blessing to? Can you lighten someone’s load? Maybe a family member is going through a hard time. Can you help them out? Can you cook them a meal? Refreshing someone can be as simple as a smile or an encouraging word. Don’t wait until you feel like doing it; that day may never come! Do it because the Scripture tells us to. Do it because it blesses the Lord.

It’s easy to get so busy and think, “I don’t have time to help others. I have my own problems.” Helping others can be the key to seeing your situation turn around. The people you see who need encouragement, who need a ride, who need a hand, who need help accomplishing a dream—they are opportunities for you to go to a higher level. Step out and refresh others; live a life of generosity. As you do, you will be refreshed in return and experience His blessing in every area of your life!

A Prayer for Today
“Father, I choose to put my trust in You. I press forward in faith so I can overcome fear. I believe You have my best interest at heart and know that You are leading me in the paths of righteousness all the days of my life in Jesus’ name. Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

“You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him…” (Acts 10:38)

When Jesus walked the earth, He was on a mission. Not only did He come to die on the cross and save us from our sins, He had a mission to set people free from every kind of brokenness and oppression. He was anointed, or empowered by God, to fulfill His mission. Notice it doesn’t say that He went around doing good and healing some people. No, it says that He went around doing good and healing “all.” That was His mission, and He is still fulfilling that mission in the earth today.

The Bible says that you have become an ambassador of Jesus. That means you are His representative. As His representative, you have access to the same power and authority that He has. You are empowered, or anointed, to fulfill His mission in the earth. You are anointed to do good and heal those who are oppressed by the enemy. Is there someone in your life who needs a touch from God today? You are His hands and feet. You are anointed to do good and pray for the sick. As you reach out to others and allow God to use you, you will see His power flow through you, and you will live the life of victory God has in store for you!

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for choosing me. Thank You for doing good in my life and setting me free! Show me how I can be an instrument of Your goodness and healing to those around me today in Jesus’ name. Amen.PAGE BREAK

Monday, August 3, 2020
“Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe…” (Proverbs 29:25)

Fear is one of the enemy’s favorite tools to keep us from moving forward. The moment you make a decision to step out in faith, the enemy will immediately bring fear to stop you. He’ll put thoughts in your mind such as, “What if I fail? What will others think? Maybe I don’t have what it takes.” He’ll do his best to use fear to try to convince you to shrink back and just stay right where you are. The Scripture tells us that fear is a spirit. It affects your emotions. But when you choose to put your trust in the Lord, no matter how you are feeling, you are combating fear. Today, don’t allow fear to trap you and hold you back. Instead, take a step of faith knowing that God is on your side. He is for you and with you, leading and guiding you in the path of victory all the days of your life.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, I choose to put my trust in You. I press forward in faith so I can overcome fear. I believe You have my best interest at heart and know that You are leading me in the paths of righteousness all the days of my life in Jesus’ name. Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Sunday, August 2, 2020

“…Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go…” (Joshua 1:9)

God says not to tremble or be dismayed by anything because He is with you wherever you may go. That is such an encouragement, and it’s absolutely true! You should be walking around in life without even the slightest amount of fear because that is not the nature God gave you. You should refuse to be defeated by the things around you, even if they seem insurmountable. Perhaps one definition of courage might be staying strong and moving forward even when most would give up and even surrender their ground to fear. Be strong and courageous for God today, and do not allow yourself to be defeated by fear or the unknown!

A Prayer for Today
“God, I want to live and serve You boldly without being crippled by fear. Make me strong and courageous in Your power to do what You want me to do.”PAGE BREAK

Saturday, August 1, 2020
“So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold…” (1 Peter 1:6-7)

Life is full of things that try to push us down. We all face disappointments and setbacks. Maybe you got bad news concerning your health, or perhaps a relationship didn’t work out. Maybe you lost your job. It was a setback. When we face setbacks, it’s easy to get discouraged or lose our enthusiasm. Too often we are tempted to just settle where we are. But if we’re going to see God’s best, we have to have a bounce-back mentality. That means when you get knocked down, you don’t stay down. You get back up again. It means when disappointments come, you shake them off knowing that what the enemy meant for your harm God is going to turn around and use for your good.

This is a new day. Things are changing in your favor. You need to get ready because there’s a bounce-back coming. You’re going to bounce back from sickness, bounce back from depression, bounce back from bad breaks, bounce back from loss. Keep standing, keep believing, and choose to be a bounce-back person because you are coming out better off than you were before! You are rising higher, and you will fulfill the destiny God has in store for you!

A Prayer for Today
“Father in heaven, thank You for Your grace, mercy, and favor. I ask for rain in the time of rain, I ask for increase in Your favor and blessing so I can be a blessing to those around me today and always. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Friday, July 31, 2020

May the Lord give you wisdom and understanding,… (1Chronicles 22:12)

In the Bible, we read about David who was an ordinary shepherd boy but when the right time came, the Lord decided to lift him up and make him great. Do you know the reason for this? He loved the Lord with all his heart and strength. Because of his immense love for God, he succeeded in all the missions assigned to him by king Saul. God gave him the wisdom and strength to achieve these victories. He was God’s favourite. This is what we read of him. “After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do” (Acts13:22). Bible affirms, “For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding” (Proverbs 2:6). Truly, the Lord gives His treasure of wisdom to the righteous people in an abundant measure.

Even today, God is ready to give wisdom and knowledge in an abundant measure to all those who seek Him sincerely and trust Him faithfully. “May the Lord give you wisdom and understanding” (1Chronicles 22:12) in every issue you are dealing with.  Beloved, He is the source of wisdom and understanding and He is willing to grant you in an abundant manner.  In your family, work, studies, research and in everything that you do, God will grant you wisdom and exalt you to greater heights.  Without His wisdom, you cannot have complete victory.  Just ask. You will receive!
A Prayer for Today
Loving Lord, give me Your precious wisdom and understanding in an abundant measure. Who else can grant me the best than my Creator?! Let my mind comprehend Your amazing wisdom and apply it in every area of my life.  No book in the world can make me wiser than Your Word.  I choose to imbibe all wisdom from Your word and lead a victorious life.  May Your name be glorified.  In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.PAGE BREAK

Thursday, July 30, 2020
Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. Mark 16:15

Gospel is a universal language that crosses the barriers of time bringing impact to the lives of everyone. The good news that gospel brings to us today speaks about God the Father sending His only begotten Son Jesus to die on the cross as atonement for our sins.  Yes! Salvation is entirely of grace.

Preach the great gospel that which has reconciled men with God, blotted out the curse of the law, closed the gates of hell and opened the heaven’s door wide, subdued the power of sin, comforted the broken-hearted. 

God will provide an open door for you and no man can come against you. The loving command that Lord Jesus gives us, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”(Matthew 28:19)is for you .  To go forth into the world and to preach the gospel, you need to be well equipped with God’s Spirit and He is ready to pour out upon you. Receive it and be strong as quoted in the verse, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth”(Acts1:8). Wait at God’s feet and receive the Holy Spirit as the disciples of Jesus did (Acts 1:5). Jesus is the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6). Let His life flow into you so that you become a source of blessing to others giving life to them through the gospel.

A Prayer for Today
Loving Father, I thank You for saving me.  How precious is Your salvation.  The cords of Your amazing love has drawn me closer to You.  The death and resurrection of Jesus has filled my every cell with Your life! Today onwards, I choose to preach this gospel of love to every person. Lord, use me as a tool to carry this great gospel to the dying world.  Make me a blessing to millions.  May the power of the gospel rain down on people with great signs and wonders! In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.PAGE BREAK

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me. (Revelation 22:12)

The Bible foretells us that the Lord God will come with might, and His arm would establish His rule. His reward is with Him and His recompense would accompany Him (Isaiah 40:10). Hence, let us await His coming running our race looking to Christ Jesus. Word of God says, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith” (Heb.12:1, 2).
How would be the place that God is preparing for you and me – Heaven? No finite mind can ever imagine. Bible affirms, ” What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” — the things God has prepared for those who love him”(1 Corinthians 2:9).  So, run your assigned race on this earth with great joy throwing away sinful distractions.  Rewards and crowns are waiting for you!

Beloved, Jesus said, “I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me” (Revelation 22:12).  Only those who run their race according to the assignment of God will receive the incorruptible crown.  Yes, He will reward you with crown of rejoicing, crown of glory, crown of life.  How many crowns are you going to accumulate for yourself?  What a joy it would be when you receive your reward for all the trials that you underwent with perseverance and patience. No labor of yours will ever go waste.  Just keep running your race in the path fixed by Jesus and receive your crown, having success! 

A Prayer for Today
Loving Father, I choose to run the race that You have assigned for me with humility.  I believe that at the end, a glorious reward is waiting for me.  Bless me with Your strength to move forward steadily till I win. Bless the works of my hands, so that people around me would know that there is a living God, who rewards the faithful.  In Jesus name I pray, Amen.PAGE BREAK

Tuesday, July 28, 2020
“Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people; praise his holy name. For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime…”(Psalm 30:4-5)

Let this truth sink down into your spirit today: God’s favor is not for a season; it’s for a lifetime. How do we obtain God’s favor? Proverbs 3 tells us that when we honor His Word, when we obey His commands and walk in mercy and truth, that’s how we find favor in God’s sight. When we do our part, God will do His part. Today, if you are believing God for something, maybe a turnaround in a relationship, career or your health, stand firm that God’s Word is true. When you put Him first place in your life, when you follow His commands, He promises to pour out His favor on you. When those thoughts try to tell you, “It’s not going to happen. It’s too good to be true,” turn it around and say, “Father, I want to thank You for Your favor on my life, on my children, on my career, on my future. I am Your child, and I know it’s not temporary. It’s not seasonal. It doesn’t come and go. Thank You, God, for a lifetime of favor!”

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for Your goodness and faithfulness in my life. I choose to honor You in all I do. I choose to acknowledge Your ways. Thank You for pouring at Your favor and blessing on me as I boldly follow Your commands in Jesus’ name. Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Monday, July 27, 2020

“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows…” (Galatians 6:7)

Have you ever looked at a large old tree and wondered how long it has been there? The thing to remember when you see a tree like this is that at one time, it was merely a little seed. Just like a mighty oak tree, if you want to grow tall and strong in your faith, you must plant the good seeds of faith so that you may reap a great harvest!

All through the Scripture, we find the principle of sowing and reaping. Farmers may get discouraged sometimes, but they know that if they want good results, they must keep planting and watering the good seeds. This is true of you as well. Notice, we reap what we sow. If you want to reap happiness, you have to sow some “happiness” seeds by making other people happy. If you want to reap financial blessings, you must sow financial seeds in the lives of others. If you want to reap friendships, you should sow a seed and be a friend. Keep planting the seeds of faith, and you’ll see growth and a good harvest.

Today, look for ways to show kindness and goodness to the people around you, even when they aren’t kind to you. Don’t repay evil for evil. Take the high road. Bless those who wrongfully use you. Seek to do good, show kindness, and you will see it come back as a blessing in your own life in return!

A Prayer for Today
“Father in heaven, thank You for the relationships in my life. Help me find creative ways to connect with the people I love. Help me to walk and live in a spirit of unity as You commanded in Jesus’ name. Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Sunday, July 26, 2020
“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had…” (Romans 15:5)

Do you find that you are surrounded by people all the time, yet you still feel disconnected from them? In your family, is everyone going in different directions, always busy, always doing their own thing? I’ve found that we really have to make a conscious effort to walk and live in unity with the people in our lives and not allow distractions to pull us apart. Walking in a spirit of unity goes beyond just getting along, it’s about going the extra mile to support and lift one another up. If you want to get the most out of life, you’ve got to draw a line in the sand and say, “I’m going to slow down and connect with the people I love. I’m not going to take my relationships for granted.” Start today by calling a friend or family member whom you haven’t talked to in a while. Reach out to them and let them know they are important. Make time to have dinner as a family and support each other’s activities. When you walk and live in unity, you bless the Lord and open the door for Him to pour out His abundance in your own life in return!

A Prayer for Today
“Father in heaven, thank You for the relationships in my life. Help me find creative ways to connect with the people I love. Help me to walk and live in a spirit of unity as You commanded in Jesus’ name. Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Saturday, July 25, 2020
“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart…” (Galatians 6:9)

I’d love to tell you that if you stay in faith, if you believe, God will always answer your prayer within twenty-four hours, or at least within the first week. But we know that’s not reality. God promises He will be true to His Word, but He never puts a timeframe on it. In fact, He tells us that we need patience to see the promises come to pass. Sure, it would be a lot easier if God told us when we were going to get well, when we would meet the right person, or when our child would straighten up. But the truth is, that wouldn’t take any faith. It takes faith to say, “God, I don’t know when You are going to do it, but I trust You enough to believe that You will do it, that the answer is already in my future.” Today and every day let this be your prayer: “God, give me the grace to accept Your timing.” That means you’re asking for God’s strength, His supernatural empowerment to stand strong while you are waiting. Choose to keep believing, choose to praise Him, and choose to accept His timing, whether it’s twenty minutes or twenty years, knowing that what God promised He will bring to pass.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for Your hand of favour, blessing and mercy on my life. You are good and faithful. Because of that I trust You. I trust Your love, and I trust Your timing in Jesus’ name. Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Friday, July 24, 2020

“A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones…” (Proverbs 14:30,)

The best thing you can do for health is to set your heart at peace with God. Peace is such a powerful position. It is a position of life and strength. Peace literally means “to set at one again.” In other words, we have peace when our minds and hearts are “at one” with the Word of God. It’s so easy to let the pressures and distractions of life pull our thoughts away from the heavenly Father. It doesn’t take long before we are so focused on earthly things that we feel overwhelmed and all stressed out. We weren’t meant to live filled with anxieties, we were meant to live in peace. Today, keep your heart at peace by staying focused on God the Father. Sow life to your body by staying in agreement with Him. Let His peace guard your heart so that you can be equipped to live the abundant life He has promised to you!

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for Your Word which is life to my soul. I praise You because You are the Prince of Peace. I choose to set my heart and mind on You today. Thank You for guiding my every step in Jesus’ name! AmenPAGE BREAK

Thursday, July 23, 2020

I will show them wonders. Micah 7:15

Friends are you burdened in your heart agonized due to various troubles that surround you?  In 1Chronicles 4:10, we read about Jabez a man of God who looked at God and said, “Oh, that You may bless me indeed and enlarge my territory and Your hand be with me and save me from evil.” Bible says that God granted His request. Yes, He immediately harkened to his cry and blessed him much. The same God will hear your prayer and save you out of all your troubles (Psalm 34:6). Truly the Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him (Lamentations 3:25).

God knows the desire of your heart also. The Bible says, “For you shall expand to the right and to the left, and your descendants will inherit the nations, and make the desolate cities inhabited” (Isaiah 54:3). According to this verse, God is ready to bless you and make you “expand to the right and the left.” Certainly, He will make you see wonders according to His promise “I will show them wonders” (Micah 7:15). Trust Him at all times and never forget to thank Him always. He will bless you now and lift you to great heights.

A Prayer for Today
Loving Lord, what can I give You for Your true love? I thank You for remembering me and leading me all these days. As You blessed Jabez, bless me also in every aspects of my life. I trust in You Lord! Let me see wonders in my life. You do marvellous deeds in the lives of those who seek you diligently. I thank You for hearing my prayer and blessing me. In Jesus’ mighty name I pray, Amen.PAGE BREAK

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

“You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.” (Deuteronomy 28:6)

Blessings are waiting for you wherever you go.  For sure, this promise would increase your hope and joy. May you stay blessed in your going and coming whether it is your home, school, college, work spot, a sporting activity or even a little chat with your friend at a cafe! Here is a wonderful testimony of a person who went in and came out of an operation theatre as a blessed person!

He loves you with an everlasting love.  Out of His amazing love, He blesses you.  The One who has promised, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Heb.13:5) is always with you wherever you go.  He will meet all your lacks by His unending grace and bless you in everything.  Even now, you have visited this website and you will leave as a blessed person!  The blessings will follow you wherever you go. Psalm 23:6 says, “Goodness and mercy shall follow you.”  How true it is! Blessings are chasing you even in the darkest hour of your life.  Just believe this.  You will see your life overflowing and dripping with His goodness. 

A Prayer for Today
Loving Lord, thank You for speaking to me through Your word. I commit myself to read Your Word every day which contains loads of loving promises. Thank You for all Your promises which would never fail.  Even today, I believe that I am blessed because of Your grace.  I believe that Your goodness would overthrow all the lacks in my life.  Let Your Word do a mighty work in my life so that the gentiles would know that You live even today!  I ask this in Jesus’ precious name, Amen.PAGE BREAK

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

“See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek that which is good for one another and for all people…” (1 Thessalonians 5:15)

In Galatians 5, the Scripture talks about the nine fruits of the Spirit or the spiritual qualities that manifest in our lives when we allow Him to work in us. The more we invite God to move in our hearts and follow His Word, the more those characteristics will manifest in us.

Kindness and goodness are two of those fruits of the Spirit. The Scripture tells us that His kindness leads people to repentance. In other words, kindness advances the kingdom of God. The more kindness and goodness we show other people, the more we are acting like God. The Bible also tells us that what we sow, we shall reap. When we seek to do good to others, we will reap goodness in our own lives in return.

Today, look for ways to show kindness and goodness to the people around you, even when they aren’t kind to you. Don’t repay evil for evil. Take the high road. Bless those who wrongfully use you. Seek to do good, show kindness, and you will see it come back as a blessing in your own life in return!

A Prayer for Today
“Heavenly Father, thank You for displaying Your character through me. I choose to show kindness and goodness so that I can honour You with my thoughts, words and actions all the days of my life in Jesus’ name. Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Monday, July 20, 2020

“And if the Spirit of Him Who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, [then] He Who raised up Christ Jesus from the dead will also restore to life your mortal (short-lived, perishable) bodies through His Spirit Who dwells in you…” (Romans 8:11)

When you accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, the Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit makes His home inside you. That’s the same Spirit and the same power that raised Jesus from the dead. That resurrection power can bring back health, strength and life to your physical body, and it can bring back life to your hopes and dreams. In fact, it can bring life to any area that may seem dormant on the inside of you!

The next time you feel overwhelmed by sickness, challenges or despair, remember, the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells in you! You may have been burdened by an addiction, fear, worry or sickness, but there’s nothing that can stand against the power of God! Rise up and declare by faith, “He whom the Son sets free is free indeed. I am restored and healed because the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells in me!”

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for loving me perfectly. I want to know You more, and I want to know Your love. I receive it by faith today and ask that You show me Your ways and fill me with Your peace as I keep my heart and mind stayed on You in Jesus’ name. Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Sunday, July 19, 2020
“I will open rivers in desolate heights, and fountains in the midst of the valleys; I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water…”(Isaiah 41:18)

There’s a lady who is a single mom. Her family has gone through a lot of struggles. For years she was barely making it, but every Sunday she and her two sons would be at Lakewood. She stayed faithful during her “wilderness” season because she knew she was headed to her Promised Land.

This lady’s son, from the time he was a little boy, always said that he was going to get a scholarship to go to college. He could have thought, “We’re poor. I’m at a disadvantage.” But this single mother taught her sons that God is a God of abundance, that He can make a way when we don’t see a way. Her son graduated number two in his high school. He received not one scholarship, but nine scholarships totaling over 1.3 million dollars. His undergraduate, his master’s and his doctorate degrees are all paid for at Georgetown University.

Friend, remember, God is no respecter of persons. Whatever you are believing for, whatever provision you need in the wilderness, know that He is faithful. He will provide streams in the desert and provision for you in every area of your life!

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for providing streams in the desert. Thank You for refreshing me in the wilderness. Thank You for providing all my needs according to Your riches in glory as I stand in faith and stay faithful to You in Jesus’ name. Amen”PAGE BREAK

Saturday, July 18, 2020

“That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong…” (2 Corinthians 12:10)

We all face difficult situations. Somebody isn’t treating you right, or your business is not growing, or maybe you’re single and still haven’t met anyone. It’s easy to get frustrated and anxious. You don’t understand why it’s taking so long or why things haven’t changed.

But here’s a key: just because it’s an uncomfortable place doesn’t mean it’s not where you’re supposed to be. God uses difficulties to do a work in us. We grow in the tough times. That’s where your character is developed, where you learn to trust God and persevere, and where your spiritual muscles are made strong. God will not allow a difficulty unless He has a divine purpose for it. If you’re going to reach your highest potential, you have to make up your mind, “I’m not going to live frustrated because I am uncomfortable. I’m not going to be upset because things are not happening on my timetable. I’m not going to fight against everything that I don’t like.” Instead, believe that God is doing a work in you. Believe that He has the best for you. And see yourself moving forward in the victory He has prepared for you.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, today I give You my questions, frustrations, concerns and doubts. Have Your way in me. I trust that You are at work in every difficult situation in my life in Jesus’ name. AmenPAGE BREAK

Friday, July 17, 2020
I will walk among you and be your God. Leviticus 26:12

God Almighty loves to dwell amidst us and to be our God. When we accept His loving call, we become the temple of the living God. God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be My people” (2 Cor.6:16). Let us obey Him and turn to be His people. We must walk in all the ways that He has commanded us, so that it may go well with us” (Jeremiah 7:23).  According to the verse, “I will walk among you and be your God” (Leviticus 26:12), the Lord came into their family and answered their prayers. God’s power descended into the legs.  The doctor, healed completely went back to his profession. He even began to preach about the love of Jesus. What a miracle!

If two of you agree and pray in your home, the Lord Jesus will come into your home, be a father and God to you.  He will bless you. No devil can stay there. All witchcrafts will go to ashes.  When Jesus is the centre of your family, every root of evil would flee.  Resolve today to seek Him with all your heart, mind and soul.  You will see breakthroughs!

A Prayer for Today
Oh Lord, You are the source of wisdom.  You are the giver of good gifts.  Today, I receive You into my heart.  I invite You to be the head of my family.  I believe that when You enter our lives, we will not have place to hold Your blessings.  It will be overflowing. I receive all that You earned on the cross for me.  Thank You for this breakthrough in my life. In Jesus name I pray Amen.PAGE BREAK

Thursday, July 16, 2020

I am alive forever and ever! Revelation 1:18

Are people turning a deaf ear, blind eye to your need?  Remember, there is a God who lives forever, to embrace you, to bless you and to crown you with His blessings. He listens to you cry.

One of the wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal, is actually a tomb. In this manner, all over the world, many tombs of great men exist as memorials. But, does the Lord Jesus Christ who changed the course of history of the world into “Before Christ” and “After Christ,” has a memorial built for Him? No. The reason being, even though nailed to the cross and gave up His life, He rose up on the third day and is living in our midst, even today. Many may ask us, “Then show us the Christ!” If someone put forth a question to you, “How will electricity look like?” You cannot give the answer but you will give a reply in a different way, “the electric supply makes the bulbs burn, enables the radio to work and makes the train run on its tracks.”

Like this, even to this day, in the name of Jesus, the sick are healed, the broken hearted receive comfort and those who traverse on wrong ways are transformed into good people. The great fact is that Jesus is alive even today and is doing great works.  The Lord who said, “I am alive forever and ever” (Revelation 1:18) is truly standing by your side to bless you too! Dead people cannot do miracles.  Only a living person can do something for your need.  Just ask Jesus. Say along with Job of the Bible, “I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth” (Job 19:25).  He is lovingly ready to bless you and crown you above all your adversities. 

A Prayer for Today
Dear Father in heaven, I believe that You are eternal, omnipresent and omniscient.  You rose from the dead and living even now.  I love You for being a permanent resident in my heart. You can raise the dead and quicken every dying situation.  Let Your life fill every part of my needs.  Help me to blossom and be fruitful.  Crown me with Your goodness.  In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.PAGE BREAK

Wednesday, July 15, 2020
“They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper…” (Psalm 1:3)

Large trees represent power, majesty and stability. Have you ever noticed the difference between a tree planted by the water and a tree far away from water? The tree next to the water is much more healthy and vibrant. Its fruit and blossoms are more beautiful.

In the Scripture, the Word of God is compared to water. When you are “planted” in the Word of God, your spirit is fed, and you grow strong just like the tree planted by the water. Trees planted by the water will yield fruit at the right season and will not lose strength. Today’s verse tells us that those who love and obey the Lord will prosper in whatever they do.

Do you want to prosper in your relationships? Seek God’s Word regarding relationships. Do you want to prosper in your health? Seek God’s Word about healing. Do you want to prosper in your finances? Seek God’s Word regarding finances. As you seek God and His Word and follow His commands, you will grow strong and prosper in everything you do!

A Prayer for Today
“God, thank you for your Word which is truth and refreshing water to my soul. Thank you for teaching me to seek you in all that I do. I trust you today and choose to commit my every decision to you so that I can grow strong like the tree planted by the water. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Tuesday, July 14, 2020
“Depart from here and turn eastward and hide yourself by the brook Cherith, which is east of the Jordan…” (1 Kings 17:3)

In the Scripture, the prophet Elijah was living in a certain city. God said to him, “Leave this place and go down to the brook Cherith for I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.” When he got to the brook, every morning just like clockwork, the ravens brought him food. He had his provision; a prepared blessing. Here’s the key: Elijah didn’t have to try to find the ravens. He just had to get to where God wanted him to be and the ravens found him.

In the same way, there is a place where God has commanded you to be blessed. Everything you need to fulfil your destiny has already been laid up for you—provision, favour, abundance. The real question today is, will you do what’s required to get to your place of blessing? Elijah could have said, “God, I don’t want to leave. I like it here. My friends are here.” But if he had stayed, he would have missed where he was commanded to be blessed.

Are you willing to do what God is asking you to do today? Listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirit inside, follow His leading, and enter into the place of blessing!

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for leading me to a place of blessing. Thank You for sustaining me and empowering me to fulfil Your call on my life. I choose to follow Your leading so that I can be in the place You’ve called me to in Jesus’ name. Amen.PAGE BREAK

Monday, July 13, 2020
“He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand…” (Psalm 40:2)

All of us can look back at things that should have defeated us. Maybe a divorce or a breakup should have taken you down, but look—you’re still standing! That’s the goodness of God. That addiction, all that partying should have killed you, but because of a praying loved one, you’re still standing and becoming freer. Or, maybe you lost a loved one and didn’t think you could go on. You thought you’d seen your best days, but God breathed new life into you. He lifted you out of the pit, put a new song in your heart, and here you are today, still standing.

When you go through difficult things, it’s an opportunity to see the goodness of God shine in the darkness. You see Him lift you up, restore you, promote you and heal you. When you have this history with God, you don’t get discouraged by every difficulty. You don’t fall apart because of a disappointment. You don’t get upset because people are talking about you. You know that God brought you through the darkness in the past, and He is going to bring you through in the future! Rejoice today because you are still standing and headed to the place of total victory!

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for lifting me out of my difficulty and for helping me stand on solid ground. I trust Your goodness. I know that You are faithful. Help me stay focused on Your victory in Jesus’ name. AmenPAGE BREAK

Sunday, July 12, 2020
“But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.” (Matthew 5:44)

If you’re going to pursue greatness, if you’re going to be a great businessperson, a great teacher, a great parent or a great leader, you have to understand that not everyone is going to cheer you on. I’d love to tell you that your family, friends and co-workers will celebrate you, but that’s not necessarily the case. Some people simply can’t handle your success. As you grow and increase, as God pours out His favour on you, someone will get jealous and start finding fault. Don’t be surprised if a relative tries to belittle or discredit you. You can’t focus on making everyone around you happy or you’ll start changing and lose sight of what God has placed in your heart.

Remember, your destiny is too great to be distracted by people who are never going to affirm you. Don’t take it personally. It’s not about you. It’s their problem. Shake it off, run your race, and be great anyway.

Having greatness in the midst of criticism begins with forgiveness. Don’t hold a grudge. Bless those who curse you; pray for those who spitefully use you. As you keep doing what is right, God will honor you. He’ll promote you, and you’ll be great in the midst of criticism!

A Prayer for Today
“Father, I come to You today with an open and humble heart. I choose to forgive those who have criticized me. I choose to bless those who have hurt me. I choose to be great because You have equipped and empowered me to be great in the midst of criticism in Jesus’ name! Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Saturday, July 11, 2020
“Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather and deliver us from among the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in your praise…” (1 Chronicles 16:35)

Whenever life gets difficult and it seems like the intensity has been turned up, that means you are closer to your victory. When those lies are bombarding your mind, when you’re tempted to get discouraged or feel like throwing in the towel, that’s not the time to back down. That’s the time to dig your heels in and put on a new attitude because you are closer to your victory.

Maybe you’ve had a lot of things come against you. It seems like the more you pray the worse it gets. You’re doing the right thing, but the wrong thing is happening. The easy thing is to say, “Forget it. I don’t have to put up with this.” “This marriage is never going to work.” “I’ll never be able to raise this child.” Or, “I don’t like this job.” No, instead of getting discouraged, instead of going around sour and bitter, you need to say, “I’ve come too far to stop now. I’ve been through too much to back down. I realize the reason the intensity has been turned up is because I’m about to embrace the victory God has in store for me!” Keep standing, keep praying, keep hoping, and stay in faith when the intensity gets turned up!

A Prayer for Today
“Father, You’ve seen everything I’ve been through. You know what I’ve had to endure. I trust that You are working behind the scenes and leading me into victory. I keep my faith and trust in You and expect to see Your mighty hand in Jesus’ name! Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Friday, July 10, 2020

Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed. (John 20:29)

God is awesome in His doing towards His children (Psalm 66:5). Yes! He made the dead rise up. He caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind, turned the sea into dry land, divided the waters and made His people cross the sea. With five loaves of bread and two fishes, Jesus fed five thousand people. He healed in a second, the man who was sick for 38 years. The woman with the issue of blood for 12 years received miraculous healing when she touched the hem of His garment. Yes! Do not forget that God who did all these miracles, remembers you also (Psalm 40:17).

Jesus says, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:29). So, do not lose heart. Be assured that it is easy for Him to redeem you from all your troubles and sufferings. Never forget to trust and thank Him for all His mercies. Friends, the life that seeks the Lord prospers. The power of God can destroy all divisive forces and barriers. Seek God and your life shall be joyful and prosperous (Isaiah 35:1).

A Prayer for Today
Loving Heavenly Father, I pour out all my needs and problems in Your presence. Today, You perfect all things that concern me and make me prosperous. I believe in Your power and I thank You for doing so. In Jesus’ precious name I pray, Amen.PAGE BREAK

Thursday, July 09, 2020

“Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” – (Matthew 11: 28)

The Bible says, God created the heavens and the earth, the seas and all that is in them in six days and rested on the seventh day of creation (Genesis 2:2; Exodus 31:17). ‘Rest’ is an experience that God had after His creation. And He wants us to give that wonderful experience in our lives too. Yes, we serve the Almighty God who sustains everything by the mighty power of his command (Hebrews 1:3). He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name (Psalm 147:4). He gives power to every star and makes sure that they travel in their own path. At the same time, He also grants them rest. How wonderful it is!

You may have often become discouraged and bogged down in life’s cares. But God wants you to lay all your life’s burdens upon Him, for He cares about you so much. He desires to grant you rest. He will fill you with His peace and give you rest. In Matthew 11:28, He said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest”. Yes, if you come to Jesus, He will give you rest. Are you tired and weary, come to our Loving Lord and lay all your burdens at His feet and you will surely find true rest in Him.

A Prayer for Today
Loving Heavenly Father, You have promised that all things work together for the good of those who love You, for those who have been called according to Your purpose. And You have also promised that You will allow no trial to be so great that I cannot bear it and that You will provide a means of escape (1 Corinthians 10:13). God, I lay all my burdens at Your feet. God, I know that You care about me so much and You will make me rest in You. In Your Name I pray, Amen.PAGE BREAK

Wednesday, July 08, 2020

“Is anything too hard for the Lord?…” (Genesis 18:14)

One beautiful, sunny day we were in the backyard enjoying the blue sky when all of a sudden, out of nowhere, it began to rain even though there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. The sun was out and very bright, but for about three minutes, there was a downpour. We thought, “Where in the world is this rain coming from?”

It was like God was saying, “I can make it rain whenever I want to. I can use a little cloud, a big cloud or no cloud. I’m God. I’m the All-Powerful, Creator of the universe. When I say rain, I don’t need a cloud. When I say healing, I don’t have to use medicine. When I say promotion, I don’t need the approval of your boss. When I say abundance, I don’t need a bank. I’m not limited by the natural. I’m a supernatural God.”

Whatever you are facing today, no matter what things look like in the natural, know that God has the answer. Trust Him because He can make a way where there seems to be no way. He can make something out of nothing, and He doesn’t need a cloud to make it rain!

A Prayer for Today
“Father, I praise You today because You are worthy. I trust that You are working behind the scenes on my behalf. I believe that You can make a way out of no way, and I look for Your rain of blessing in every area of my life in Jesus’ name. Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Tuesday, July 07, 2020

“…but Jesus refused to answer.” (Luke 23:9)

In the Scripture, people often came against Jesus and criticized Him. Many times it says, “Jesus answered them not a word.” He simply didn’t respond to His critics. He didn’t try to convince them to change their minds. He didn’t get upset because somebody was talking about Him. No, He just ignored it. When people come against you and they’re jealous, trying to make you look bad, trying to discourage you, remember, you’re in good company! Jesus was probably criticized more than anyone else. I love the fact that He didn’t try to explain Himself. He didn’t try to make everyone understand Him. He just stayed focused on what He was called to do. He simply ran His race.

Friend, Jesus set the example for you and me. We don’t have to try to win the approval of others. We have to understand that not everyone is going to understand us or be for us. Our focus should be on following God’s leading and let Him order our steps. The next time someone criticizes you, remember the example of Jesus. Overlook it, don’t get offended, and keep moving forward in the destiny God has for you!

Today, if you feel stuck, locked out or defeated, remember, Jesus is the One who holds the keys to your freedom. All you have to do is call on His name and He will answer. He promises to hear you and deliver you. Receive His salvation, receive hope, and receive the freedom and victory He came to give.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, today I release every person who has criticized me or tried to discourage me. I choose to forgive them; I choose to turn away from that distraction. I choose to focus on You and the blessings You have in store for me in Jesus’ name. Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Monday, July 06, 2020
“He raised us up together with Him…that He might clearly demonstrate through the ages to come the immeasurable (limitless, surpassing) riches of His free grace (His unmerited favour)…” (Ephesians 2:6-7)

Sometimes we think so small. We limit our possibilities and potential. When God sees you, He sees all your potential. God knows what you’re capable of. His grace and favour in your life enable you to become what He sees. But first, you have to open your heart and take the limits off your life.

How do we limit God? We limit God in our thinking. Thoughts of doubt, unbelief and unforgiveness in your heart will close the door to His favour. In Mark 6, it says that Jesus could do no great works in a particular town because of the unbelief of the people. It works the same way today. On the other hand, when you choose thoughts of faith and expectancy, you are opening the door for God to work in your life. You are taking the limits off. You are giving Him the opportunity to multiply what you have in your hand. Choose to take the limits off by choosing His thoughts of victory. Choose thoughts of increase and blessing. As you do, you’ll rise higher and higher and live the abundant life He has prepared for you!

A Prayer for Today
“Father, I choose faith! I choose Your unlimited grace and favour. I choose to believe that You have good things in store for me. You use me for Your glory in Jesus’ name. Amen”PAGE BREAK

Sunday, July 05, 2020

“I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.” (Revelation 1:18)

Have you ever been locked out of your car or house? It can be very frustrating, not to mention inconvenient. Not having your keys can keep you stuck and unproductive. It steals your time and can steal your peace and joy if you let it.

On a spiritual level, we need keys to access what God has for us—eternal life, peace, freedom and blessing. But we don’t have to stand on the outside of blessing, living in frustration. Jesus holds the keys, and He has opened the way for us to walk from death to life. We don’t have to live in defeat, mediocrity, sickness, sin or any kind of bondage any longer. He has given us the keys to abundant life!

Today, if you feel stuck, locked out or defeated, remember, Jesus is the One who holds the keys to your freedom. All you have to do is call on His name and He will answer. He promises to hear you and deliver you. Receive His salvation, receive hope, and receive the freedom and victory He came to give.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, today I come boldly to You. Thank You for giving me life through Your Son, Jesus. I surrender every area of my heart to You and ask that You make me whole and complete. Set me free and teach me to walk in Your ways in Jesus’ name. Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Saturday, July 04, 2020

“…let them say continually, ‘Let the Lord be magnified, who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.’” (Psalm 35:27)

In Scripture, the Israelites had been in slavery for many years. That was the land of “Barely Enough.” They were just enduring, surviving, barely making it through. One day God brought them out of slavery and took them into the desert, the land of “Just Enough.” Their needs were supplied, but nothing extra. It says their clothes didn’t wear out for forty years. They were probably grateful, but who really wants to wear the same clothes for forty years?

God eventually took them into the Promised Land, the land of “More Than Enough.” The food and supplies were plenteous. The bundles of grapes were so large that two grown men had to carry them. It’s called “the land flowing with milk and honey.” “Flowing” means it didn’t stop. It never ran out. It continued to have abundance. That’s where God is taking you.

You may be in the land of “Barely Enough” right now. You don’t know how you’re going to make it. Don’t worry. God hasn’t forgotten about you. He’s leading you to a new land. Just keep following His leading and move forward into the abundance He has in store for you!

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for delighting to see me prosper. Thank You for the blessings You have given me and those You have in store for me. Help me to develop a vision for Your abundant life so that I can be a blessing everywhere I go in Jesus’ name. Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Friday, July 03, 2020

Your loving kindness is better than life.  (Psalm 63:3)

Take a moment to think of God’s goodness. His steadfast love for you is better than life and let your lips praise Him. Just praise Him for His mercy, grace, longsuffering, and forgiveness. Lift up a banner of praise.

Psalm 63, written at a challenging time in David’s life was when he was fleeing the revolt of his son Absalom. In the midst of the despair he had experienced, David still flooded with God’s presence and his conscious mind says, “God is good”.  Yes! He was lifting up praises to God. This Psalm was his personal declaration of confidence that God who had delivered him countless times in the past, would deliver him yet again.  Loving kindness, is a mixture of God’s mercy, love, favour and special blessings all wrapped up together for the sake of those who trust in him.  How is this loving kindness better than life? From the moment you become the child of God, you have made an everlasting covenant with God through the Lord Jesus. It is this loving kindness of the Lord, which rebukes your enemies to stumble and fall.  His protection and provision on this earth for you and a promised eternity are more than enough to appreciate His loving kindness.

Friends, do not be afraid. This loving kindness of God has surrounded you even now. If the attacks in your life are unbearable, remember that His loving kindness is an abundant supply that would bring all good things into your life so that your joy would be to the full measure.  Press on.  Hold on to your hope. Know that you are safe in the stable hands of Jesus who loves you so much.

A Prayer for Today
Dear Father, I thank You for saving me from eternal damnation.  As the child of a majestic God, I believe that in surplus I am blessed with Your loving kindness.  I live, breathe and move in Your presence.  I can feel your protection from the snare of the enemies. Thank You for supplying me with every good thing that flows from the cross.  I believe that even now You are at work in my life to embellish me with another level of glory.  Help me to stay focused on You.  In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.PAGE BREAK

Thursday, July 02, 2020

Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. (John 16:24)

My precious friend, I pray for God’s abundant blessings to be upon you this month. May the joy that the Lord has for you, fill you and make you overflow with the abundance of all His blessings according to John 16:24 where Jesus says, “Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.”  God wants us to have joy that is complete and perfect.

Beloved, God wants to give you everything for your enjoyment (1 Timothy 6:17).  He does not withhold anything good from His children.  Be filled with greater joy flowing from the Father’s throne.  Let September be a month of immense joy for you!

A Prayer for Today
Dear Father, as You gave Your only Son Jesus for my sake, I believe that my joy is important for you. You will not keep me in this same stagnant position anymore.  I dust off my present lacks and embrace all that Your Word promises me.  I trust in Your goodness and faithfulness.  Enlarge my vision.  Open the eyes of my heart.  Fill me with flowing joy.  In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.PAGE BREAK

Wednesday, July 01, 2020

“And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins…” (Ephesians 2:1)

Jesus came to give us life! Think about that for a minute. You used to be dead in your sins and trespasses. You had no hope. You lived in fear. But once you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, you weren’t dead in your sin anymore. You now have hope for the future. You are alive in Christ! God wants you to live life to the fullest today. It doesn’t matter how you may feel or what you are facing, start thanking God for giving you life. Even if He didn’t do another thing for us, giving us eternal life is more than enough reason to praise and thank Him every day. Thank Him for eyes to see and ears to hear. Thank Him for the air that you breathe. Thank Him for loving you and making you alive today!

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for making me alive in Christ today. Thank You that I am new. Show me how to live every day to the fullest so that I can enjoy life the way You intended in Jesus’ name. Amen.”PAGE BREAK

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

“Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little.”

Did you know that forgiveness opens the door for love to operate in your life? In this Scripture passage, Jesus was at a Pharisee’s house when “a certain immoral woman” came in and poured a jar of expensive perfume on Jesus’ feet and began to wash them with her tears and her hair. The religious leaders were shocked that Jesus would allow this “sinner” to touch Him. But she knew she was forgiven. When she received Christ’s forgiveness, love was the automatic response. She was forgiven of much, and she loved and longed to please Him.

Do you want more love in your life? Do you want to feel more of God’s love and have stronger relationships with the people around you? Open your heart to forgiveness. Receive Christ’s forgiveness and extend it to others. When you are forgiven much, you will love much. As Christ’s love flows through you, your faith will be strengthened, your hope will be renewed, and you will be empowered to live the abundant life He has in store for you!

A Prayer for Today
“Father, Thank You for loving me. Thank You for Your forgiveness which opens the door for Your love to flow through me. Show me Your love and help me to be a light and example of love everywhere I go in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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