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Jeremiah 9:24

October 25

But let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth…

Consistent prayer brings us into proximity with God. It develops intimacy and allows us to hear His voice when others might not.

Jesus is our true Shepherd, and we are His sheep. He calls us by name and leads us in His paths. We recognize His voice because we have spent time in His presence. His whisper has calmed our fears in the deep of night. His warning cry has kept our feet from the edge of the cliff.

People often say that they want to know the will of God, but they fail to ask Him. Or, they ask once and give up quickly. Jesus longs for us to pursue Him in prayer. More than the occasional try, He desires an ongoing and sustained effort.

Jesus is our Bridegroom, and we are the bride of Christ. This illustration calls to mind the rich love of a long marriage – the quiet conversations, hard questions, inside jokes, easy laughter, and vulnerable tears. He knows the lines of her face, and she recognizes his voice. Jesus yearns for that love relationship with us.

Unceasing prayer keeps us in His presence. As we learn the cadence of His voice, intimacy grows between us. May we glory in knowing and understanding Him.

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May you draw near to God in prayer, for the prayers of the righteous are powerful and effective. In the mighty name of Jesus…amen.

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Jeremiah 48:1-49:22

New Testament 

2 Timothy 4:1-22

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 95:1-96:13

Proverbs 26:9-12

 

 

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1 John 5:14

October 24

Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.

Prayer is a privilege. Prayer is powerful. It rearranges our attitude and pulls us into alignment with the will of God.

For too many, prayer feels like an awkward encounter with a stranger. But prayer can flow as easily as a comfortable conversation with an old friend. As natural as breathing in and breathing out, it runs like a current throughout our days and nights.

Communicating with our Father should become such a habit that we do not even realize that we are praying – a part of our very identity. This inhaling and exhaling of petitions is an open invitation to Jesus to breathe His life into every situation.

When you have an important presentation at work...Pray. When you need wisdom to parent an unruly child...Pray. As you talk with a friend devastated by a divorce...Pray. As you contemplate a financial investment...Pray.

Nothing is too small to request God’s assistance. If He has counted the hairs on your head, He is in the details that seem insignificant to others. Nothing is too big to request God’s assistance. He specializes in impossibilities.

Partner with God in prayer today. Listen for His still, small voice and watch for His answers in response to the constant outcry of your heart.

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May prayer become as natural as breathing to you. As you cry out, may you find that all things are possible in the name of Jesus!

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Jeremiah 44:24-47:7

New Testament 

2 Timothy 2:22-3:17

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 94:1-23

Proverbs 26:6-8

 

 

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Colossians 4:2

October 23

Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving…

Paul encouraged us to pray without ceasing. Do it all the time without letting up! Prayer aligns our attitude with God.

Prayer may be the most overlooked and underutilized gift that God ever gave us. What power we possess when we pray! How was the New Testament church built? Prayer. What healed the sick? Prayer. What brought revival fires in the past? Prayer.

Prayer is more than a nursery rhyme that our children recite at bedtime, a monotonous chant, or a religious ritual to check off of our to-do lists. Prayer is a privilege.

In the Old Testament, the Israelites did not have immediate access to God. They could approach Him through the priest, in a particular place on a particular day in a particular way. Only then could they make their requests known.

When Jesus died on Calvary, God tore the veil in the Temple from top to bottom. He ripped apart the barrier between us. Jesus, our High Priest, became our once-and-for-all sacrifice, and He now sits at God’s right hand to intercede for us.

We need only whisper His name to be ushered into the throne room where we can meet face-to-face. Call on Him at any time – all the time – with an attitude of expectancy. Cultivate a continuous attitude of prayer.

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May you boldly approach the throne of God to make your requests known to Him. He will supply all of your needs according to His riches in glory!

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Jeremiah 42:1-44:23

New Testament 

2 Timothy 2:1-21

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 92:1-93:5

Proverbs 26:3-5

 

 

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Psalm 34:1

October 22

I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

Praising God changes the atmosphere. Psalm 22 declares that God is enthroned in – inhabits – the praises of Israel.

When we are going through a difficult situation, our persistent praise is a personal invitation to the throne room of God. It welcomes Him to show up and demonstrate His power in our circumstances.

Consider Job who lost so much in one day – his ten children, business, and health. Kneeling beside freshly-dug graves, Job said, “The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away” (Job 1:21). Job’s praise did not cancel the facts. In spite of them, he followed those words with: “Blessed be the name of the Lord.” Job was not in denial; he made a declaration.

God had been good to him in the past, and he could trust Him in the present. He had blessed him in the best of times, and He would not abandon him in the worst. God was too wise to be mistaken and too loving to be unkind. And even while walking through the darkest valley of his life…blessed be the name of the Lord.

God is consistent and constant. Praise Him…even in the middle of the storm. Your praise demonstrates your trust and invites Him to your side. Bless the Lord at all times.

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May the praises of the Lord continually be in your mouth. May He bring you safely through as you praise Him in every storm. Blessed be the name of the Lord.

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Jeremiah 39:1-41:18

New Testament 

2 Timothy 1:1-18

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 90:1-91

Proverbs 26:1-2

 

 

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Psalm 118:24

October 21

This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

Gratitude determines our attitude. The more thankful we are, the better our attitude – and our outcome – will be.

Rejoicing is a habit that we choose. It has nothing to do with the details of our circumstances but everything to do with a heart fixed on Him. And practice makes perfect!

When the alarm rings, thank God for new mercies every morning. This is the day that the Lord has made – choose to meet it with gladness.

Make work a sacrifice of praise to God. No complaining about overpacked schedules or unpleasant coworkers! Thank God for the means to provide for our families and for healthy bodies to accomplish all that is required.

As we drift off to sleep, thank God for our homes, for protection over loved ones, for the food that He gave us to eat today.

And always, thank God for the joy of our salvation! His Blood has washed us white as snow, forgiven us, and set us free. Even on rough days, thank Him for His sufficient grace that covers all imperfections. For protection and provision, bless His holy name.

Make gratitude your point on purpose! As we think on all He has done, gratitude swells in our hearts to overflow into our attitudes which change the atmosphere and our outcomes. Rejoice and be glad!

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May your gratitude elevate your attitude and change the atmosphere for His glory. Rejoice and be glad in this day that God has given you!

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Jeremiah 37:1-38:28

New Testament 

1 Timothy 6:1-21

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 89:38-52

Proverbs 25:28

 

 

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1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

October 20

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Our attitude determines the difference we make. Our focus on God’s goodness factors into our ability to have kingdom impact.

People with the right attitude often do impossible things. Conversely, people with the wrong attitude do little; they tie their own hands.

In every circumstance, our attitude decides whether to name it a blessing or a burden. In every challenge, we choose whether to believe God for more or to become frustrated by the situation. Our attitude determines whether we will praise Him or whether we will dissolve into complaints and accusations.

Complaining cancels out the power of praise. God instructs everything that has breath to praise Him. Praise Him for His mighty acts! Praise Him for His excellent greatness! When we elevate our perspective, our attitude comes into alignment.

Our attitude is determined by three things: the gratitude that is in our hearts, how we praise God, and the time that we spend in prayer. We are not helpless victims of our emotions. We have the option to choose our actions and reactions. We get to decide.

Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In everything, give thanks. This is the will of God in Christ Jesus for all of us. These actions determine our attitude and the difference we make.

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May God give you beauty for ashes, joy for mourning, and praise for discouragement. In everything, give thanks to God to make a difference in this world!

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Jeremiah 35:1-36:32

New Testament 

1 Timothy 5:1-25

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 89:14-37

Proverbs 25:25-27

 

 

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1 Corinthians 2:2

October 19

For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

No matter how insignificant we may feel, when we determine to proclaim Jesus, we make a difference.

Edward Kimball was a Sunday School teacher in Detroit in the 1850’s. When a young visitor told Kimball that he had no interest in knowing Jesus, he could not let it go. Kimball went to his workplace, purchased a shoe shine, and began to witness to him. Before he left, D.L. Moody received Jesus as his Savior.

Moody became a powerful evangelist who reached more than one hundred million people with the Gospel. Frederick Meyer’s congregation heard about the American revival and invited Moody to London. He preached three sermons, every one entitled, “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus.” Revival swept through the church, and Meyer’s ministry was transformed.

J. Wilbur Chapman came to Christ in Meyer’s church and eventually moved to Chicago where he led Billy Sunday to salvation. Sunday became a great preacher, and Mordecai Ham was saved at one of his meetings.

Ham went on to become one of the first tent revivalists. One night in North Carolina, under Ham’s large circus tent where people stood shoulder to shoulder, a young man came to check out the spectacle. That night in 1936, Billy Graham came to know Jesus.

Because one seemingly insignificant Sunday School teacher was serious about winning the lost, generations of people around the globe were impacted by Christ. What you do for Jesus matters. Go and tell! Win the lost!

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May you commit to be salt and light, to proclaim Jesus at every turn. And may you stand amazed at the difference He makes through you!

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Jeremiah 33:1-34:22

New Testament 

1 Timothy 4:1-16

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 89:1-13

Proverbs 25:23-24

 

 

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Acts 17:28

October 18

For in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’

Everything that God created, He connected to a source. As long as the created stays connected, it lives and thrives.

In the heavens, God placed the sun and stars. If a star falls from the sky, it dies; it has disconnected from its source. On the earth, God placed trees and plants. If we pull fresh flowers from the ground, they begin to wither and die apart from their life source.

When God made humans, He created us out of Himself. Made in His image, He breathed life into us. In Him, we live and move and have our being – we are His children! We have unlimited potential because our Source is limitless.

Sin created a soul-deep problem; it separated us from our Source. Every one of us has sinned and is dead in trespasses. Like a fish out of water, we flail and gasp for breath. We are not where we belong – outside of His provision and power.

Without connection to our Source, we are dead men and women walking! Salvation through Christ reconnects us to our Source. We find life, wholeness, and abundance. Apart from Him, we can do nothing. Stay plugged in to stay powered up!

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. As you commit to stay connected to your Source, may you be filled with all the fullness and power of the Holy Spirit to be His witnesses to the ends of the earth. Amen.

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Jeremiah 31:27-32:44

New Testament 

1 Timothy 3:1-16

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 88:1-18

Proverbs 25:20-22

 

 

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Matthew 5:16

October 17

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

We are God’s workmanship, and we have been created to do good works that God planned out for us in advance.

These are not good works that we perform for salvation. These are good works that we complete so others will be persuaded to receive salvation.

After the New Testament church received the Great Commission, they went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them (Mark 16:20-21). They took the Gospel into their homes, streets, and workplaces. They told friends, neighbors, strangers, and enemies what Jesus had done. And they turned the world upside down!

The Lord still works with us. When we do what He commanded us to do, He rewards us with His presence and power to accomplish His will. If we dedicate our homes to God, He will use them for His purposes. People will come in and experience the light and love of Jesus and will leave with the peace of God.

If we dedicate our businesses to God, His unlimited resources become available to us. When our mission statement is His, He will open doors of opportunity and increase. When we are about God’s business, He partners with us. Let’s get to work so others will take notice and glorify our Heavenly Father!

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May you commit to do the good works that God has in store for you! Partner with Him to fulfill His purposes and bring glory to Him.

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Jeremiah 30:1-31:26

New Testament 

1 Timothy 2:1-15

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 87:1-7

Proverbs 25:18-19

 

 

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