God desires to communicate with you face-to-face. It's been His plan from the beginning. We invite you to learn to enter into God's Presence by following the guided readings below, including scripture, a thought, and daily prayer.

Psalm 16:11 (ESV)

You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Thought

Remember today that God’s presence is designed to make your life complete by providing joy and direction. The writer of this Psalm, David, encourages us to remember that God doesn’t desire to hide anything from us. He desires that we live on purpose with joy and find pleasure in Him!

Personal Prayer

Dear God, I desire to live a life filled with joy and walk in the direction and purpose you have called me to live in. I ask today that you make known your plans to me and give me the courage and obedience to walk in those ways. Be glorified in my life and allow the joy that comes from You to be a witness of your goodness to others.

1 Chronicles 15:28 (NIV)

So all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the Lord with shouts, with the sounding of ram’s horns and trumpets, and of cymbals, and the playing of lyres and harps.

Thought

At this point in Israel’s history, the ark represents the presence of God. Unfortunately, during Saul’s reign as king, the ark was captured by the Philistines. When David becomes king he realizes he cannot lead effectively without the presence of God, so he leads the people to repossess the ark. As you read the story you can feel the excitement build as they get closer and closer. After securing the ark of the covenant, their passion is almost uncontainable. With exuberant shouts, wild dancing and loud music the people make their feelings about God known.

Personal Prayer

Loving father, I am excited about our growing relationship. Help me respond to your presence the way Israel did in this story. I pray that I will bring enthusiasm to every worship service, to every small group meeting, and to every opportunity I have to serve. I pray for a contagious zeal that will bring you glory and honor.

Exodus 33:14-16 (NIV)

The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?”

Thought

Moses sought continued assurance and direction from God as he led the Israelites through the wilderness. He knew that God’s Presence would be the only thing that would set the Israelites apart from all other peoples. When we truly allow God to abide in us, to lead us, to speak through us, people around us recognize something different. Something uniquely distinctive. Something we can’t emanate on our own. God’s Presence.

Personal Prayer

God, I am humbled that you choose to go with me, to be with me, to dwell in me. May that be what sets me apart. I pray that the people I come in contact with today will undoubtedly sense your Presence.

Psalm 23:6 (NLT)

Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.

Thought

Psalm 23 is one of the most beautiful passages in all the Bible. In it, David sees God as a shepherd who is guiding his every step. When confronted by evil, God becomes the perfect host and prepares a delicious meal to comfort and encourage the psalmist. In the end, David realizes that God loves him so much that he is literally chasing after him with His goodness and faithfulness. Sometimes we feel like God is far away, but God wants you to know that he is in hot pursuit. God’s goal is not just to deliver you from problems, but to develop an intimate relationship that lasts forever.

Personal Prayer

Dear Jehovah Rohi (“the Lord is our Shepherd”), I praise your name. It is great to know that you are guiding my life. Help sensitize my spiritual ears to know what to do in every situation. Lead me through difficulties with wisdom and grace. Finally, reveal the truths of this verse to me in a way that will impact my relationship with you.

Genesis 1:1-2 (NIV)

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

Thought

What an astounding idea that God’s Presence and Spirit is in you and with you today just like the day God created the universe. Be encouraged knowing that the creative force of God’s presence is ordering your steps in this very moment, just like the beginning of time. Recognize that; be grateful and find joy.

Personal Prayer

Dear God, I recognize and rejoice that Your Presence and Spirit is in me, guiding me, and available to me every step of my day today. Help me walk in thanksgiving and awareness that your Presence is with me today guiding my steps and ordering my day. Amen!

Isaiah 57:15 (ESV)

For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.”

Thought

God is transcendent—He is “high and lifted up,” holy, inhabiting eternity. Yet God is also immanent—He is close. He is with “him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit.” There are two descriptions of those with whom God dwells: contrite and lowly in spirit. The definition of contrite is “feeling or expressing sorrow or regret.” And to be lowly in spirit is defined as: “humble in manner or spirit; free from self-assertive pride.” When we humble ourselves and realize our need for forgiveness of our sins, when we realize our utter dependence on God, then God can dwell with us.

Personal Prayer

Lord, you are holy and set apart. You are unlike anything else in creation, for you are above it all, the creator. Yet You love me, Your creation. Forgive me for the ways in which I have sinned against You. Break my pride and give me a humble spirit that You may dwell with me. Open my eyes to my own need for Your divine presence in my daily life.

Zephaniah 3:17 (ESV)

The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.

Thought

Today’s scripture is power packed with dynamic promises from God. This Old Testament prophet was reminding God’s people that if they would repent (change their minds) and follow God’s ways that God’s very presence would be with them, save them, rejoice over them and give them peace. What a delightful image of God singing over us because He is pleased with us. This is also the promise of God for those who accept Jesus, His Son, as Savior! Smile today thinking about the fact that because of Jesus, our God is singing over us!

Personal Prayer

Dear God, I recognize that You are mighty to save and rejoice over us with gladness. I rest in Your love and smile at the idea of you singing over me. Help me walk in Your ways knowing that Your presence is with me and is inside of me every step of the way.

Genesis 28:16 (NIV)

When Jacob awoke from his sleep he thought, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.”

Thought

We live much of our lives like Jacob, running from our trials and challenges. Running wastes our energy and dishonors God. God invaded Jacob’s sleep and revealed to him that He is present and with Jacob in his most trying circumstances. We often go through life, like Jacob, unaware of God’s presence. God wants to invade our lives with his presence, passion, and power. Jesus says to the church of Sardis in the book of Revelation, “Wake up!” He goes on to say there is a lot of work yet to be done. Are you ready to wake up from your slumber with an awareness that God is near?

Personal Prayer

God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, help me to wake up. I pray that you will make me aware of your presence through your Word, in my dreams, during difficult circumstances, and while I pray.

Psalm 73:28 (ESV)

But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all your works.

Thought

Refuge: A condition of being safe or sheltered from pursuit, danger, or trouble. What a deeply assuring promise that God’s presence is a place of safety and comfort. I love that the writer begins by saying…”It is good to be near God!” This is so true for us as followers of Christ. Remember, it is “GOOD” for you to be in God’s Presence.

Personal Prayer

Dear God, in every situation and every moment I run to you. You are my first defense and the first place of safety I run to. I recognize that Your presence is the best place for me to live. Help me to step into Your presence and refuse to ever step out again. Amen!

Psalm 84:10 (NIV)

For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness.

Thought

Psalm 84 celebrates the temple of God in Jerusalem. It was the direct connection with God’s presence at that time—where heaven touched earth. Because God has now made himself known to us in Christ, and because the Spirit of God dwells in us, today we can be in God’s “courts” no matter where we are. Yet, Psalm 84 implies a shared experience of God in the context of corporate worship. So, for us, the church is a community in which we delight in the Lord with others. It encourages us to celebrate the presence of God as we gather with God’s people.

Personal Prayer

Lord, indeed, there is nothing better than being in Your presence. I long for times when I am alone with You, when my heart is aware of Your Spirit. Yet it is also wonderful to gather with Your people - to sing, to pray, and to be encouraged through human fellowship in which You are present. Thank you, Lord, for allowing me to dwell with You.

Revelation 21:3 (ESV)

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God."

Thought

God’s ultimate goal for His people is to dwell with them. The final hope of history is that “the dwelling place of God is with man.” God will dwell with His people and God Himself will be with us as our God. This is the purpose that drives God’s entire mission of salvation. But this objective isn’t only for the end of the story, it’s also woven all throughout history. From the beginning, God tasked Adam to bear His image over all of creation, to reflect His presence to the entire world.

Personal Prayer

Father, I can’t wait for the day when I will dwell fully in Your presence forevermore. It’s hard to imagine life without death, sickness, sadness, heartache. But those are all results of living in a fallen world, and You are making all things new. You have called me to participate in building Your kingdom - not just Your future kingdom, but Your current kingdom, and to live now with the presence of Your Spirit in me. Lord, You want to speak with me every day. Help me to listen to Your voice.

Psalm 34:18 (NIV)

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Thought

The Lord is compassionate and full of mercy. In verse 15 of Psalm 34 we are told that God “hears the cries of the righteous.” God knows our every fear and every worry; He knows every trouble that His children go through. When you feel crushed and hopeless, He promises that He will rescue you and give you hope and a future!

Personal Prayer

God thank you that you are close to me right now. You know my greatest dreams and my deepest fears. Thank you that I can feel your presence in every season of my life. You are good and you are faithful. Amen.

Psalm 27:4 (NIV)

One thing I ask from the Lord; this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.

Thought

The phrase “One thing” speaks of David’s priority in life. His overriding desire is to dwell in the presence of God. In order to accomplish this goal, David does two things. First, he prays. He asks God for permission to move into His house. He doesn’t want to visit God’s presence; he wants to dwell there. Then, he further prioritizes God’s presence by saying “this only do I seek.” In other words, David has no “plan B.” He is convinced that living in God’s presence is the most beautiful prize that can be found in this world and that nothing can compare.

Personal Prayer

Dear God, today I want to make you my #1 priority in life. I ask that you cause the things of this world to diminish in value and to lose their luster. As I seek you, lead me into your presence. Once there, reveal to me your great love and beauty.

Psalm 23:6 (ESV)

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Thought

Sounds perfect right? What an idea that the goodness and mercy of God might follow me around all the days of my life. David’s love for God is pouring through this promise and in typical David fashion he points us to His favorite place - God’s House. Did you know that because of Christ you don’t have to go to a specific place to experience God’s Presence, but it is actually found inside of you. You are now the house of God and the more you acknowledge and step into this promise the more God’s goodness and mercy will be evident in your life.

Personal Prayer

Dear God, I long to be keenly aware that Your presence is right here, right now! Give me a love and a longing to spend time with you in a real and powerful way. Help me to develop a love for your Presence and your people. Guide my steps today! I invite Your presence, goodness and mercy to follow me throughout my day.

Ephesians 2:22 (ESV)

In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.

Thought

According to Paul, the author of Ephesians, the church is where God dwells now. In the Old Testament His presence dwelt first in the Ark of the Covenant and then in the Temple of Israel. Then God came in bodily form as Jesus. After Jesus’ crucifixion and ascension back to Heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father, the Holy Spirit was sent to dwell in all believers (the church). Since we are the church and God is using us to represent His divine presence to a lost and sinful world, how then should we live so as to reflect Him? How should this affect how we do ministry and view each other as parts of that body?

Personal Prayer

God, help me to encounter Your presence daily. Change me. Mold me. Make me more like Jesus, truly reflecting Your holiness and Your love to everyone around me. Help me to view others as made in Your image, and other believers as part of my own body, being built together in a dwelling place for You, worthy of all the love, kindness, and patience You have shown to me.

Psalm 16:11 (NKJV)

You will show me the path of life; in your presence is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Thought

What an exciting Psalm! It begins with the Psalmist looking for safety and security in the presence of God. It concludes with the writer discovering more than he imagined. Crisis often drives us to God, but God wants to be involved in every aspect of your life. First, as you seek God, He will reveal to you the path of life. That includes God’s moral directives and a personal mission designed just for you. Next, consistently walking in God’s presence produces a joy that transcends the negativity of this world. Finally, the psalmist realizes that every good thing on this planet comes from God. And he believes that God’s right hand of power and honor will ultimately provide him pleasures forevermore.

Personal Prayer

Dear Mighty God, today I pray that you will show me the path of life. Direct my steps as I walk along this adventuresome journey. Give me a vision for the future. However, give me patience to focus on the task at hand. Help me to realize that as I am faithful today you will bring me into the future you have designed for me. Finally, help me to experience the joy that Jesus has reserved for his children, joy unspeakable and full of glory!

Psalm 100:4 (ESV)

Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!

Thought

Wake up, “sleepin’ beauty,” and do this first! We will find so much fulfillment when we remember to practice this uplifting action. The gates and the courts referred to in today’s scripture simply mean God’s presence, so maybe we say it this way: “Today, I’m going to invite God’s presence to be evident in my life by being thankful and worshipping Him before I do anything else.”

Personal Prayer

Dear God, thank you for Your presence and for your goodness in my life. I recognize that you desire thanksgiving and worship from me to enter into Your Presence, and that’s what I give to you today. I bless Your name and desire to walk with you in every way. Amen!

Exodus 33:21-23 (ESV)

And the Lord said, “Behold, there is a place by me where you shall stand on the rock, and while my glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with my hand until I have passed by. Then I will take away my hand, and you shall see my back, but my face shall not be seen.”

Thought

God is so holy that when Moses asked to see God’s glory, God had to hide Moses in the cleft of a rock and hide him from His face as He passed by. Moses was only allowed to see the back of God. Moses was someone with whom God spoke as a friend, and even he could not see the face of God and live. Yet in Revelation 22:4, we are told, “They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads.” Through Christ’s redeeming work on the cross, we will be made pure and sinless. Only then, in the light of eternity, will we be able to see God in all His glory, and we will worship Him forever.

Personal Prayer

Holy Father, as I long for the day in which I will see Your face, I pray that you will fill me with Your Holy Spirit. Remind me of the love You have shown me through Jesus. Thank You for making a way, for giving me access to Your presence. May Your presence go with me today. Fill my thoughts, guide my words, let Your love shine through me to everyone I see today.

Exodus 33:14 (ESV)

The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

Thought

We look for rest and peace in many places. We look for practical ways to decompress and find solitude. While those can be good and healthy, this promise of God tells us, just as it did Moses, that God will be with you wherever you go. And His presence is all we need to find true fulfillment and peace.

Personal Prayer

Father, I pray that you will reveal yourself to me in a new way today. That your presence will be with me, and I pray that I will find rest in my soul as I seek you.

Psalm 100:4 (NKJV)

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving and into his courts with praise; be thankful to him and bless his name.

Thought

If you want to know about the presence of God, study the Psalms. Chapter 100 gives you a combination to opening the lock to God’s presence. It begins with thanksgiving. We can thank God for His goodness, love, power, leading, and faithfulness. Then it says we should praise God. This includes joyful singing, exuberant shouts, and reverent worship. Next the verse once again reminds us to be thankful. This is probably because we so often take for granted the blessings of God. Finally, we are told to bless God’s name. One way we can do this is by dedicating everything we do to God.

Personal Prayer

Dear Jehovah, I thank you that your love endures forever. I appreciate the fact that you made me, and you have included me in your family. Thank you for your guidance, protection, and provision in my life. Today, I will loudly declare your glory and greatness. I will also carry around an awareness of you today in everything I do. I will bless your name in my car, at my work, and in my home. In Jesus’ beautiful name, Amen.

Genesis 1:27 (ESV)

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

Thought

Just as we carry the DNA of our father, we each carry the image of God, having been created in His image. Like a good father, God wanted only the best for us when He prepared a place for His first children and placed them in the Garden of Eden to enjoy His daily presence. Though sin entered the world and Eden was closed off, God has been working all through history to restore everything sin has broken, including His daily presence with His children.

Personal Prayer

Lord, what a good father You are. The only true and perfect father, You want to be with me. You know that Your presence is what I need for life and joy. Make your presence known to me today, that I may rest in it - knowing that next to You, I am loved and safe and secure. Amen.

Deuteronomy 4:37 (NIV)

Because he loved your ancestors and chose their descendants after them, he brought you out of Egypt by his Presence and his great strength.

Thought

When Moses turned the water into blood it was by the presence of God. When darkness enveloped the land of Egypt it was by the presence of God. When hail pounded the Egyptians, yet simultaneously the Israelites were unharmed, God’s presence was responsible. And when Moses parted the Red Sea so the people of God could walk across on dry ground it was because God loved the Israelites and went before them. If you feel weak, incapable, or insufficient, understand that this same God has taken up residence inside every true Christian, and His power is available to you today.

Personal Prayer

Dear Jehovah Elohim (Mighty Creator), today I request a power infusion. Fill me with your spirit in a way that lightens my burdens and revives my soul. I believe you are the one who created the universe and that the same power you used to create the universe is available to me right now!

Jeremiah 29:13 (ESV)

You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.

Thought

If you lose something precious to you, whether that be money, a wedding ring, or a family keepsake, most of the time you will drop everything and search for that one thing. Your entire focus and only goal is to find that one item. Because that thing is of great value to you. It is the same in our relationship with God. There are times when we need to drop everything around us, look past every distraction and say “God, there is nothing more valuable than you. There is nothing I desire more than drawing closer to you and being in your presence.”

Personal Prayer

Father, today I drop every worry. I drop every goal that does not bring me closer to you. I want to know you with all of my heart. I ask that you will reveal yourself to me. I want to know more about your character and your plan for me today. Amen.

Exodus 33:14 (ESV)

And he said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

Thought

Remember the powerful story of Moses leading God’s people out of the wilderness? Today’s scripture promise comes from a desperate prayer that Moses prayed and God responds by saying, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest!” Did you know that our Great God still makes that promise to you? God asked Moses to lead courageously and He is asking you to lead courageously. Just remember… He is with you!

Personal Prayer

Dear God, I want to live a life of faith and courage following you into every situation you ask of me. Give me peace knowing that in every assignment you call me to You are with me and will give me peace! Thank you for your awesome promises! I receive them and walk in them today. Amen!

Ecclesiastes 5:2 (NIV)

Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few.

Thought

God is our heavenly Father. He is the ultimate loving Father that sent His son to this earth to give life and life eternal for all who believe. At the same time, He is the creator of the heavens, the earth and all mankind. He is infinite, holy, and just. Nothing can compare to Him. While we know that we can come boldly before the throne of God because of Jesus, we must also know that we are coming into the presence of The Almighty. We should come with fear and reverence because He alone is holy.

Personal Prayer

Father, You are holy. You are just. You are good. And You are love. Today I want my words to be few.

Psalm 23:1 (NIV)

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.

Thought

If the Lord is our shepherd, we truly have nothing to fear. Psalm 23 is a balm for the weary, worried soul. Our Shepherd is not one to neglect His flock. He is the “Good Shepherd.” He is the owner who delights in His flock. For Him there is no greater reward, no deeper satisfaction, than that of seeing His sheep contented, well-fed, safe and flourishing under His care. We know that the Father, the Son, and the Spirit are one God, and Jesus said, "I am the Good Shepherd -- the Good Shepherd gives his life for the sheep.” If The Lord is our shepherd, we have nothing to fear, not the darkest night, not even the valley of the shadow of death, for our shepherd is awake and alert, always close by.

Personal Prayer

Lord, You are the closest companion. Not only my friend, but my protector, my provider. You will give me rest and abundance as You restore my soul. No matter what trouble may befall me, Lord, remind me of Your goodness.

Psalm 31:20 (NKJV)

You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the plots of man; You shall keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.

Thought

Wow! God’s presence is your secret place. It is where you can retreat when the world around you is going crazy. The word “pavilion” speaks to what is happening while you are in God’s presence. A pavilion is a shelter or a tent. Under a tent you listen to concerts, share food, have family reunions, and you are protected from the heat of the sun. In this environment you will be energized and encouraged. The exciting thing is that God’s pavilion (presence) is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All you have to do is open your Bible, call a friend, close your eyes, or whisper a prayer.

Personal Prayer

Dear God, I thank you for who you are. You are my heavenly Father, my Savior, and my Provider. You have an abundance of good things stored up for me under your pavilion. Today, I choose to live in your presence and experience your goodness.

Exodus 33:9,11 (NIV)

As Moses went into the tent, the pillar of cloud would come down and stay at the entrance, while the Lord spoke with Moses… The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend.

Thought

Talking with someone face to face is the most complete form of conversation. Face-to-face conversation takes time; it is intentional and personal. The dictionary defines “face-to-face” as “within each other’s presence.” We cannot yet physically see God’s face, but His creation, His Word and the Holy Spirit work in harmony to allow us to be in His Presence. Our mighty God, Creator of the Universe, invites us, like Moses, to talk with him “as one speaks to a friend”. What a privilege! Are you taking full advantage of this intimate access to converse with God?

Personal Prayer

God, thank you for being so very accessible to me, your child. Thank you for allowing me to talk to you freely as I would with a friend - anytime, anywhere, about anything. Help me to remember to talk with you, and most importantly to listen to you.

Numbers 12:7-8 (NLT)

But not with my servant Moses. Of all my house, he is the one I trust. I speak to him face to face, clearly, and not in riddles! He sees the LORD as he is.

Thought

The Bible recognizes that Moses was the companion of God. This word for “companion” is different from the word for “friend” used in regard to Abraham in 2 Chron. 20:7. Abraham was the friend of God, but Moses was not just a friend of God but also a companion of God. Moses and God were partners in a great enterprise; they were involved in the “same career.” The Lord spoke to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his companion (Ex. 33:11), and Moses was faithful in all His house, and he beheld the form of Jehovah. Because Moses was intimate with God, he touched God’s heart, for he knew what was in His heart, and he had God’s presence to a full extent.

Personal Prayer

Lord God, I want to be a companion to you like Moses was. Make me Your companion, Lord, one who knows Your heart, has Your presence, and touches Your heart. Amen.

Genesis 17:8 (ESV)

And I will give to you and to your offspring after you the land of your sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession, and I will be their God.

Thought

When God makes His covenant with Abraham, He designates Abraham and his line to be those through whom God will establish the new location for the divine presence and its universal expansion. The land that God will give Abraham will be an “everlasting possession.” Through the covenant, God boldly declares that barren Abraham will father a great nation, and, through Abraham, all the families of the earth will finally receive their blessing: Jesus— God with us —who will secure the way to enter God’s manifest presence for all eternity.

Personal Prayer

Thank you, Father, for establishing your covenant with Abraham, and making him the father of a great nation, that through his family line You would send your son, Jesus, who would take my sin upon himself and make a way for me to come personally into your presence. Make your presence manifest to me today. Amen.

Genesis 9:11 (ESV)

I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.

Thought

In Eden, with the first bite of the forbidden fruit, the cultural mandate was twisted. Instead of spreading God’s presence to the world, humanity could only spread sin and destruction. In Genesis 6–9, where scripture first employs the formal term for "covenant,” we see God’s response to the escalating sin problem. Instead of wiping all men from the face of the earth, He covenants with the only righteous man left in a sinful generation. In His covenant with Noah, the Lord restates His commitment to establishing a genealogical line and geographical location so that He may be present with His people eternally.

Personal Prayer

Thank you, Father, that even in your justice You keep your promises. You’ve promised that if I seek You, I will find You, that your presence will never leave me nor forsake me. I hold on to those promises today. Reveal your presence to me in a new and tangible way today. Amen.

Genesis 17:7 (ESV)

And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your offspring after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you.

Thought

It is through the work of God the Father in the covenant that we can announce with confidence, even in light of human sinfulness, that “all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord” (Num 14:21). The Lord’s commitment to be present with His people is overwhelming—strong enough to conquer sin and death. Nothing can thwart God’s plan to be with His people in a relationship that surpasses the intimacy of Eden. His love exemplifies that of a perfectly loving father.

Personal Prayer

Father, thank you for Your steadfast love for me. Thank you that no matter how far I stray from You, You are faithful, keeping your covenant with me. Help me to live today, secure in the truth that I am a child of a loving father, created to be part of the holy family You call your own. Amen.

Exodus 19:5 (ESV)

Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine.

Thought

The exodus narrative reveals that God is faithful not only to create a people, but to redeem them as well. God calls the Israelites out of Egypt, He protects them from the plagues of judgement, He institutes the Passover, and He offers the provision of manna from heaven and water from the rock in order to sustain a people for His presence. What the book of Exodus wants us to see is that nothing and no one, not even the great sovereign Pharaoh of Egypt, can stop the universal expansion of the Lord’s relational presence. He alone is God, and only His purpose will stand. Israel must keep God’s covenant by submitting to its requirements. By doing so, Israel would be manifestly different from other nations and thus reflect God’s wisdom and greatness to surrounding peoples.

Personal Prayer

Holy Father, your purpose alone will prevail against the plans of fallen man, no matter how powerful they may seem on earth. Help me to find comfort in the fact that no matter how chaotic and unclear life may seem at times, I can place my hope and trust in You and your plans, for You will not be defeated in your plan to establish a people holy and set apart for Yourself.

2 Samuel 7:14-15 (ESV)

I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son. When he commits iniquity, I will discipline him with the rod of men, with the stripes of the sons of men, but my steadfast love will not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away from before you.

Thought

David and his offspring enjoy a bond with God that is best likened to a father-son relationship. God will discipline David (and Israel) as necessary, but His “steadfast love will not depart” like it did from Saul. God establishes a covenant with David that not only builds upon all the previous covenants He made with Noah, Abraham, and Moses, but also begins to pull all the common threads together to create the beautiful new fabric of what will be the New Covenant.

Personal Prayer

What a good father You are, God. Though I am sinful and fallen, repeatedly failing to live the life of holiness required to be in your presence, You did not leave me there, shut outside of your house. You fulfilled your promise to David: that You would make a way for us to live in your presence forever, through your son, Jesus. Thank You for your steadfast love towards me.

Isaiah 66:22-23 (ESV)

For as the new heavens and the new earth that I make shall remain before me, says the Lord, so shall your offspring and your name remain. From new moon to new moon, and from Sabbath to Sabbath, all flesh shall come to worship before me, declares the Lord.

Thought

As each of God’s covenants spotlights, God always intended to draw near to His creation, and this will finally come to pass through the promise of the New Covenant. This is why Isaiah paints a future picture of the new heaven and new earth as an eternal dominion, created for an eternal dynasty who will forever reside in the presence of their covenant Lord. The promise of the dynasty is no longer limited to the nation of Israel, but is chosen from “all flesh.” This means that believers from all nations are now invited into God’s covenant promises, and they will stand in the presence of God.

Personal Prayer

Father, thank You for sending your son, for establishing a new covenant through which I would have the opportunity to draw close to You, to experience life in Your presence both now and eternally. You’re worthy of my praise! Let the words that come from my mouth today be a sweet sound of worship before You.

Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV)

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Thought

In chapter five of his letter to the church in Galatia, Paul is exhorting the Galatians to live in the freedom that can only be afforded by walking “by the Spirit.” He then contrasts the desires of the flesh against the desires of the Spirit. Living by our own power, in our flesh, will only lead to sin, death, and destruction. Instead we ought to live by the power of the Holy Spirit. Only then will we live free from the law.

Personal Prayer

Holy Spirit, I want to walk in step with You. Guide my thoughts, my words, and my actions. Let Your presence overflow from me today and help me to treat those I meet with Your love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

John 14:16 (NIV)

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever.

Thought

This marvelous gift was promised by Jesus to those who love him and keep his commandments. There is much mystery surrounding the Holy Spirit. Maybe because the King James Bible calls him the Holy Ghost. So, let’s remove the mystery. The Holy Spirit is God, the third person of the Trinity. Yes, he is a person. The Holy Spirit has feelings, he can be grieved. The Holy spirit has a mind and a will. This scripture refers to him as another advocate. In other words, like Jesus, he has been sent here to help you. The Holy Spirit is the presence of God sent to each believer to empower them for Christian living. Of course, there is much more to say, but let’s make a decision today to ask for the fulness of God’s Spirit in our lives.

Personal Prayer

Dear God the Father, acquaint me with your Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit of God, reveal yourself to me. Help me to understand the dynamic of walking every day in your presence. I pray that you will fill me, empower me, and transform me into the person you want me to be. I pray that the transformation will be so real that everyone around me will recognize I have been with God.

1 Corinthians 3:16 (ESV)

Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you?

Thought

Ouch! Today’s scripture serves as a serious warning to some Christians in a coastal town named Corinth who refused to grow up spiritually and focus on the right things. The writer, Paul, reminds these Christians that we should be fiercely focused on Jesus as the foundation for our life. He warns us to remember that everywhere we go and every word we say is important because God’s presence lives inside of us. Let’s walk carefully throughout our day remembering that God is with us!

Personal Prayer

Dear God, forgive me for the moments in my day that I lose sight of the fact that Your Presence is always in me and with me. Help me to focus on Jesus as the foundation of everything in life and help me to remember that you have now designed my body to be the place where Your Spirit lives. I desire to please you in that way today, God. Thank you for your powerful presence. Amen!

Psalm 139:7 (NIV)

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?

Thought

On the surface this verse appears to communicate that David is trying to leave the presence of God. However, the context reveals he is doing exactly the opposite. In verse 6 David admits to being awed by God’s omnipresence. Then, for the next 6 verses he puts an exclamation point on that overwhelming thought. This leads him to a beautiful revelation. God fashioned David in a wonderful way and has been pursuing him his entire life. Rather than being afraid of the enormity of God, he is comforted by the fact that God’s thoughts toward him are precious, infinite, and kind.

Personal Prayer

Dear God, it is hard to understand the idea of omnipresence. But David teaches us that you are everywhere. You are in the deepest cave, on the highest mountain, and on the furthest point of this planet from me. Yet simultaneously you are available to me in this very moment. Through prayer I can instantaneously connect with you. With a thought I can be fully engaged by you. And in your Word I can see you face to face. Amen!

Romans 8:2 (ESV)

For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.

Thought

The Apostle Paul, who wrote most of the New Testament, used the word “walk” 32 times in his letters when referring to the Christian life! He believed the image of “walking” was a great illustration for how we should live out our life in the Spirit. If we look at the Old Testament we read that “Enoch walked with God” (Gen 5:24)… “Noah walked with God” (Gen 6:9)… and God told Abraham, “Walk blameless before Me” (Gen 17:1). According to the Bible, life as a Christian is “cooperating” with the Holy Spirit in a daily walk; yes, the Holy Spirit will produce spiritual fruit in our lives and refine us to look more like Jesus, but we are also admonished to bear fruit. As we walk in the Spirit, God fills us with His Spirit in such a way that our lives better reflect Him.

Personal Prayer

Holy Spirit, it’s only by Your power that I can live out a life pleasing to You. Be my guide, my helper, as I participate in walking with you daily. Draw me close, take away my desire for sin and replace it with a desire for more of Your presence.

John 15:11 (ESV)

These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

Thought

If we look at how many times the words “joy,” “joyful” and “rejoicing” appear on the pages of our Bibles, we can start to understand just how important this second, sweet fruit of the Spirit really is. Again and again, God uses His Word to encourage us to rejoice. He wants us to live a life full of joy and promise. The Gospel even begins with the promise of joy. On the night Jesus was born, angels appeared to the shepherds in the field and proclaimed, “good tidings of great joy that will be for all the people.” The fruit of the Spirit, which comes from the Holy Spirit dwelling inside us once we are believers, should produce joy. To have the Holy Spirit within us is to be “filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy” (1 Peter 1:8).

Personal Prayer

Holy Spirit, fill me with Your joy. Not a short-lived, easily-taken, earthly joy, but a deep, lasting joy that only comes from Your presence. You’ve given me this gift and it’s mine to have if only I will hold onto Your promises for me. You paid the price not only for my eternal salvation, but for my eternal joy. Surround me with Your presence everywhere I go today. Amen.

Psalm 51:11 (NIV)

Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.

Thought

After David’s great sin, he is afraid of only one thing - being exiled from the presence of God. Psalm 51 is a great example of a spirit of contrition. David humbly pleads for forgiveness. The depth of his sorrow is on full display as he takes responsibility for sinning against God. He recognizes that God taught him in the secret place, and he alone is to blame. He promises to learn from his mistake and teach others not to follow this path. He doesn’t care about his position, his power, or his possessions. He just asks, “Do not cast me from your presence.”

Personal Prayer

Dear God, thank you for sending your son, Jesus Christ, to atone for my sins. I ask that you forgive me for every thought, word, and action that does not align with your Word. I am sorry for falling short of your standard. Cleanse me of all my unrighteousness and keep me from sin and temptation by the power of your spirit.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV)

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your bodies.

Thought

What does Paul mean when he says our bodies are a temple of the Holy Spirit? In the Old Testament the temple was where people worshipped God. They would travel from miles away just to get a chance to come to the temple. In the New Testament God has taken away all barriers from approaching him. You don’t have to go to a building. There is no curtain keeping you out of his presence. Even your sin is wiped away when you accept Christ as your savior. However, this passage warns us that sin can still grieve the Spirit of God and temporarily short-circuit your connection with Him. Paul deals with that by explaining that the blood Jesus shed to forgive you of sin also purchased your life. Therefore, we have an obligation to honor God in everything we do.

Personal Prayer

Dear God, I thank you for the blood of Jesus Christ. I appreciate the fact that you loved me so much that you gave up your son to purchase my soul. Help me to understand that the Holy Spirit lives inside of me, and that all the power of God is available to resist temptation, to walk in the Spirit, and to live a victorious Christian life.

Psalm 37:7

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.

Thought

Waiting is hard. Waiting patiently is even harder. It seems easier to become busy, get to work and MAKE IT HAPPEN! While action is often a good thing, sometimes we find ourselves only going in circles like someone lost in the woods, when God simply wants us to be still. Trust Him. And WAIT. Then, in His timing, He will show us which way to go.

Personal Prayer

God, teach me to wait. Teach me be patient and trust. Help me not to become distracted by evil or anything else around me. I know that when I rest in You, all things are under Your control. Please guide and direct me—my thoughts and my actions—according to Your will. Amen.

James 1:2 (ESV)

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds...

Thought

God uses trials to build our faith. Trials aren’t fun or comfortable, and we often go to great lengths to avoid them, but James doesn’t say God will take trials and troubles out of our lives. Instead, he says to count it as joy when we experience them, because it’s through trials that God tests our faith to produce steadfastness in us, that we “may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” Like a chisel in the hands of a skilled artist, God uses trials to chip away at the outer marble—our unrighteousness—until, when He is done, He will have sculpted us into someone who looks like Jesus.

Personal Prayer

Holy Spirit, today I don’t pray to avoid trials. Instead, I pray that You would be with me through them. I pray that You would give me the strength to be tested so that by testing, You can produce steadfastness in me. Help me to choose joy in the face of adversity. Chisel away everything in me that doesn’t look like Jesus.

Ephesians 1:13 (NIV)

And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,...

Thought

A fruit starts from a seed, and that seed contains everything for the plant to begin and produce more fruit. In order for a tree to yield fruit it goes through a cycle where it must be planted in good soil, it must be nurtured, it must have a light source; it must be watered until it reaches maturity. The fruit is initially a seed, then a seedling, then a sprout- until it’s a fruit. Just like in nature, our spiritual growth takes time. Just like seeds, we must be planted in good soil, nurtured, and watered. We must begin the lifelong work of submitting all of our life under God’s authority. We grow in knowledge of God through His Word, and grow our love of God through knowing Him and obeying Him. We come into spiritual community and grow under the learning of other believers.

Personal Prayer

Lord, I pray that the Holy Spirit that was planted in me at salvation will grow in my life. Help me to nurture that growth until the fruits of the Spirit are obvious and evident in every season. Amen.

John 14:26 (ESV)

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.

Thought

The Holy Spirit was sent to enable us to live the Christian life. He empowers us to live a life that bears fruit—the fruit of the Spirit. When we read our Bibles, it’s the Holy Spirit who opens our eyes to deeper truths in God’s Word. He helped the disciples to remember the words that Jesus taught them in person, which we now have written in our Bibles. As we read those very words, the same Holy Spirit helps us to understand them and to apply them to our lives.

Personal Prayer

Holy Spirit, as I read Your Word today, open my eyes and understanding to the truth that You have spoken. Give me a deeper understanding of You and draw me into a closer relationship with You. May Your power go with me throughout my day. Amen.

Acts 1:8 (ESV)

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

Thought

The Holy Spirit fell upon the disciples in the upper room. Until that point the disciples were hiding in fear after the death of Jesus. They weren’t sure what to do or what would happen. But after the Spirit of God filled them in that room, they were empowered to be witnesses of the Gospel. The Holy Spirit gave them the courage they needed as well as the words to say. They placed their trust in the power of the Spirit and it changed the way they lived their lives. We have the same opportunity and the same promise. When we accept Christ as Lord of our lives, the Holy Spirit resides inside of us and empowers us to do good work for God’s kingdom.

Personal Prayer

Holy Spirit, I know You live inside me, and that all the power Jesus exercised while on earth is made available to me through You. I pray that You would give me boldness and courage in sharing the Good News of the Gospel. I pray that my life would bear witness to Your goodness and Your kindness, that those I know would sense Your presence in me. Amen.

Romans 8:14 (NIV)

For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.

Thought

The “Spirit of God” in this passage of scripture is the Holy Spirit. Like Jesus, the Holy Spirit is a person, with a personality, a will, and emotions. He is not an impersonal force. That means He can speak to us, and we can speak with Him. From the moment of salvation, the Holy Spirit dwells within all believers (Rom. 8:11). Although we still live in this world, in the flesh, once the Holy Spirit lives within us, we no longer have to follow the ways of this world. If we listen, the Holy Spirit will guide our steps. He will help us find the purpose for which God created us. Unless we are following the leading of the Holy Spirit, we will not be able to find true peace, true joy, or true fulfillment in life.

Personal Prayer

Holy Spirit, today I’m asking You to guide my every step. Align my thoughts and dreams with the plans that You have for me. I want to experience peace and joy, purpose and fulfillment, and I know that won’t happen unless I listen to Your voice. Speak to me today and I will listen. Amen.

Romans 8:16 (NIV)

The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.

Thought

As children of God, we have access to unlimited joy and peace, both in this life and in eternity. But living in a still fallen and sinful world, limited by our own flesh and humanity, there are times when we don’t FEEL redeemed. Sometimes the voice of God and the promise of His presence feels far away, and we might doubt our salvation. We might doubt because of our own sinfulness, or maybe because of circumstances happening around us. During those times, it is the Holy Spirit living inside us that speaks to us and lovingly reminds us of who we are. We are children of the King of the universe, the Creator of everything. God’s very Spirit living inside of us is all the evidence we need to know we are His.

Personal Prayer

Holy Spirit, on days where you feel distant, remind me of how near you are. When I sin, remind me of the price that was paid for my freedom from sin and help me to walk according to Your ways- not my own. When the world all around me feels like it’s falling apart, remind me that You are in control and that my ultimate home is with You, in Your presence for eternity. Amen.

Galatians 5:25 (NKJV)

If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

Thought

“Walk in the Spirit.” This phrase means to live each moment in dependency on the Holy Spirit, sensitive to His voice, and obedient to Him. As we go through each day, we should be aware of the presence of the Holy Spirit with us. We should be totally submitted to Him. That means we must be sensitive to the initial promptings of the Holy Spirit. When He speaks to our hearts, we should immediately obey. For example, we may be convicted to turn away quickly from things that tempt us to sin. The Spirit can give us the right words to encourage a hurting person, or lead us to do something unusually kind for a stranger. He may even guide us to take a different route. Sometimes it will be clear why the Holy Spirit directed us one way and not another; other times, we may never know why. However, the wise person will obey the Spirit’s voice at once. The Holy Spirit knows all things, including the future, and His guidance is always for our benefit.

Personal Prayer

Holy Spirit, let me be quick to obey Your voice today. Speak clearly. Be present in my life and my decisions and help me to be an encouragement and a blessing to others. Amen.

Romans 8:5 (NKJV)

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.

Thought

We are in a spiritual battle. The good news is that the Holy Spirit is available to help us wage war against sin. The key to victory is in setting our minds on the things of the Spirit, not the things of the flesh. In other words, we don’t think about how to gratify our sinful desires. Instead, we choose to focus on things which glorify and honor God. The Spirit of the Lord will equip us to live godly lives if our minds are set on Him. Remember that the devil can’t force believers to sin. He can tempt us—and will certainly try to do so. But we can resist Satan’s lies through the power of the Holy Spirit. What we think about determines, to a great extent, how we live.

Personal Prayer

Holy Spirit, give me the strength to resist temptations to sin. Remind me of Your Word. Keep my thoughts focused on You and Your will for my life. You’ve already defeated Satan. He might be a roaring lion, but he can only harm us if we stray too close. Guard my heart and my mind, fill my thoughts with ways to live my life that are pleasing to You.

Romans 8:26 (ESV)

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.

Thought

When we are weak—sometimes so emotionally exhausted that we can’t even pray, the Holy Spirit is praying on our behalf. Think about it, the Holy Spirit, a member of the Trinity, one mind with God the Father and Jesus, is praying on Your behalf. He knows what you need better than you do yourself, and He knows the heart of Father more intimately. Who could pray for your needs better than the Holy Spirit?

Personal Prayer

Holy Spirit, intercede on my behalf today. When I don’t know what to pray, take my deepest needs before the Father. I trust You. I trust Your leading and Your guiding, that You know what is best for me. Reveal Your presence and soothe my soul. Amen.

Ephesians 5:18-29 (ESV)

And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Thought

Have you ever noticed the connection between thanksgiving and the Holy Spirit? Thanksgiving is trinitarian. Thanksgiving flows to God the Father, through God the Son, from the Holy Spirit. Paul gives us an interesting analogy, comparing the filling of the Holy Spirit in a believer’s life, with a person who has come under the influence of alcohol. The analogy goes something like this—what the influence of alcohol does to the body negatively, the influence of the Spirit does for the believer positively. Drunkenness has side effects—slurred speech, slowed reaction time, confusion; and in the same way, being filled with the Spirit has side effects—singing, praising, transformation and thanksgiving!

Personal Prayer

Holy Spirit, help me to be thankful today. No matter what state of life I find myself in, You have blessed me. Let that thanksgiving overflow to joy. Let that joy spread to others I’m around today that they will sense Your presence. Thank you, Lord, for all Your blessings and Your grace.

James 4:8a (ESV)

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.

Thought

Living in the power of the Holy Spirit starts when you get before God. This first step is all about intentionality. It’s about you living as if God’s presence is so important for you that you get up early to spend time with God. Mark 1:35 tells us Jesus himself got up early in the morning to pray and spend time with the Father. If we want to live in the power of the Spirit, we have to start in God’s presence on a regular basis, and that takes intentionality. Don’t be surprised if God’s power seems to be lacking in your life if you never make it a priority to get before God. Carve time out of your day to speak to Him, stop everything, completely unplug, get still, get quiet, and get before God.

Personal Prayer

God, today I draw near to you. Let all the distractions of life around me fall away so I can get just a moment in Your presence. Speak to me. Fill me with Your Spirit. Guide my steps and direct my thoughts towards You. I don’t want anything else but Your presence, Lord.

Exodus 29:42 (NIV)

For the generations to come this burnt offering is to be made regularly at the entrance to the tent of meeting, before the Lord. There I will meet you and speak to you.

Thought

God wants nothing more than to spend time with you. This verse shows us the lengths that God was willing to go to accomplish this passion. Since sin separates us from God’s presence, the sin offering had to be presented before entering the tent of meeting. Unfortunately, it had to be presented on a continual basis. Hebrews tells us that Jesus’ offering of his body is a one-time sacrifice. When the blood of Jesus is applied to your life no further sacrifice is needed. Now, as a child of God, you have instant access to God’s throne room and you can meet with him and speak with him anytime.

Personal Prayer

Dear Compassionate Lord, I am in awe of the sacrifice you made for me. Today, I realize that my victory comes from the blood of the lamb, Jesus Christ. I accept his blood, and I apply it to the door frames of my life (see Exodus chapter 12—The Passover). I would like to arrange a meeting with you today where we can talk about life and the plans you have for me today.

Revelation 3:20 (ESV)

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.

Thought

This truth and visual image of God knocking on our door should stir something in our hearts about God’s love and intentions for us. God’s presence is so close that He is standing at the door of every heart, asking to come in and be in relationship with us. If ANYONE hears His voice and opens the door - He will come in and give life, hope and salvation.

Personal Prayer

God, I thank you that you care for me, that your presence is near me, and that you are standing at the door of my heart asking to come in. I want to be in relationship with you. I want you to come into my everyday life and be my Lord and Savior. Amen.

Matthew 28:20 (NLT)

Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Thought

The word “always” here means “all the days” - both present and future - all day, every day. There is little more reassuring than to know you are not alone. Before he ascends into heaven, Jesus is assuring his followers that until he physically returns to earth again, He IS with them. Not that he will be… rather He IS. His Presence isn’t bound by time or space. He exists whether we sense him or not. His existence goes back before the scope of our imagination and forward farther than we can fathom. He IS the beginning. He IS the end. He IS always. His eternal name is “I AM” (Exodus 3:14-15). You can be sure - He’s not going anywhere. He is with you ALWAYS!

Personal Prayer

Jesus, thank you for your promise to be with me at all times. Make me aware of your presence when I tend to forget. When I get scared. When I get haughty. When I get hurt. When I succeed. I need You. Thank you for never changing, Jesus. Amen.

Psalm 43:3 (NLT)

Send out your light and your truth; let them guide me. Let them lead me to your holy mountain, to the place where you live.

Thought

God has given humanity a map that faithfully guides us on the path to God’s presence. The Bible is that map, and it will light your way. Jesus implies in Matthew 4 that the Word of God is more important than daily food. Unless we are fasting or ill, most of us eat every single day. Therefore the challenge is to find time each day in God’s Word. Unfortunately our world is filled with a myriad of distractions competing for our time. We must make God’s Word a priority. If we do, we will grow up in our faith and make our heavenly Father proud.

Personal Prayer

Dear Lord, thank you for the gift of your Word. Help me to use this daily reminder to engage your Bible at a new level. As I read both testaments, I pray you will shed light on the path that will lead me to your presence. I also ask that you give me insight and revelation which will solidify my walk with you and help me to grow into maturity as a believer.

Revelation 1:17-18 (NLT)

When I saw him, I fell at his feet as if I were dead. But he laid his right hand on me and said, “Don’t be afraid! I am the First and the Last. I am the living one. I died, but look—I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave.”

Thought

One day as John was alone worshiping God, he was chosen to receive a special revelation from Jesus - a peek into heaven, with instructions to write down & share everything he saw. As he turned toward the thundering voice who called him, John gazed upon Jesus in a more glorious form than he had ever seen before - golden sash, snow white hair, flaming eyes, face shining like the sun. Blown away with awe, John fell to the ground, motionless. With a gentle touch, Jesus lovingly responded, “don’t be afraid,” assuring John that he is indeed the same Jesus who lived side-by-side with John. What a beautiful dichotomy - in Jesus’ mighty presence we can simultaneously experience a reverent fear and an intimate comfort.

Personal Prayer

Jesus, there is none like you! May I never cease to revere your holiness and worship you in your glory, respecting your authority. Thank you for allowing me not only into your presence, but into your heart. I am humbled to be so loved, so cared for - by the glorious King who created me. Sometimes I can’t wrap my brain around that, Jesus, but I am eternally thankful!