Protection

I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one.

~ John 17:15 [NLT]

When we become believers God doesn’t whisk us up to Heaven in order to spare us the trials and tribulations that come with being human. God has a different plan which uses his followers of agents that help to bring Heaven down to Earth. God knows there is an evil one that wants to stop you from completing your mission and asks that we are protected from him. As you go about your day ask God for protection from the evil one. 

Afternoon Prayer

GLORIFY GOD 
Romans 4:20; Romans 12:1; Philippians 2:9-10

In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You Today

I pray that you will glorify God by the way you live your life. May you offer your body as a living sacrifice to the Lord, holy and pleasing to Him. May your actions and words, intentions and deeds be consecrated to the Lord. May your life follow the example of Jesus Christ, whom God exalted to the highest place. I pray that all that you do will bring honor and glory to His name.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

In His Name

He will not crush the weakest reed or put out a flickering candle. Finally he will cause justice to be victorious. 21 And his name will be the hope of all the world.”

~ Matthew 12:20-21 [NLT]

God is a safe place for us to put our hope. This year there have been many troubles that have shaken our ability to live with peace and have attempted to rob our hope. Take time to pray that your friends and family would be reminded that hope is still alive and it has a name! May our loved ones be led to find hope in Jesus alone. 

Kindness

Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart.

~ Proverbs 3:3 [NLT]

Kindness is what it looks like to to be a Christ follower.  You should stand out in your workplace and community as a kind person.  Kindness should color your every interaction, from checking out at the grocery store to how you address your spouse.  Let kindness define your actions today.

Today With God

Bring him hither to Me.

~  Matt 17:17

Visions are given to prepare for tasks. At the foot of the Transfiguration Mount a father was waiting with his distressed boy to have him healed. While we are sitting in rapture at the Lord’s Supper somebody is outside with a great need. We do not know how often we fail to help those in need or trouble because we have not enough faith. Jesus is the strong Son of God, and there is nothing He cannot do.

We ought to make the most we can of our life and do all the good we can. It is wrong for any of us, with our splendid abilities, to stay in “contented insignificance.” The Master wants us to be great and to do great things. But there are mistaken opinions about what it is to be great. Jesus’ disciples thought if they held high positions in the world they would be great. Jesus told them that childlikeness was the highest greatness. We are greatest when we are not aware of being great at all. Simplicity, trust, the absence of ambition, contentment – these are marks of greatness.

Afternoon Prayer

COME CLOSER TO GOD 
Psalms 42: 1-5; Joshua 1:5; Hebrews 13:5

In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You Today

I pray that whenever you feel lonely, you will learn to call on God first. May you hold on to His promise that He will never leave you nor forsake you. I pray that God will fill you as you cry out to Him everyday. I pray that God will lift up your downcast soul and allow you to praise Him. I pray that you will have a desire to read His Word and pray to Him everyday, so you may overcome loneliness by coming closer to God.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Afternoon Devotional

The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. . . .

~ James 5:16

In the book Huckleberry Finn, the main character—Huck, as he was called—needed fishhooks. Someone had told him that God always answers prayers, so for three days Huck Finn prayed for fishhooks. But he received none. So he concluded: “There ain’t nothing in it.”

James tells us that the prayers of a righteous person are powerful and effective. Jesus said that if we ask anything in his name, he will do it. In Isaiah 65:24 we’re told that God answers before we even call on him. And yet there seem to be so many unanswered prayers. We pray for healing, but healing doesn’t happen. We ask for open doors, but one door after another slams shut. We plead with God to help us overcome an addiction, but there’s no change.

Does God answer prayer? Of course he does.

But prayer is not meant to give us anything we might want. God promises to give what we ask for when we ask in line with his will for our lives and for his world (1 John 5:14-15).
We pray in order to connect with God and to share how thankful we are for who he is and all he has done for us. Praying is our communication line with the Lord. He hears all our prayers and answers them according to our needs and according to his will.

Prayer

Thank you, Lord, for hearing us and for answering our prayers. Help us to understand that you know exactly what we need, and that you answer our prayers accordingly. Amen.

Holy People

Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.

~ Colossians 3:12 [NLT]

We need God’s help to be people defined as those who show mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Today, ask God to equip you through the power of your Holy Spirit to reject my sinful nature that wants to be harsh, unkind, proud, brash, right, and impatient. With God’s help pause before speaking so your words reflect a heart of love for others and not a heart of criticism. Remember that when you  feel justified in your unkindness you are called to a higher standard and are accountable to God first.