Monday, January 30, 2012

Was Psalm 69:9 Jesus’ Life Verse?

Today’s Scripture: Romans 15:4
For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” 

Words of Devotion

There’s a good chance you won’t find the term “life verse” in a theological dictionary. For anyone who hasn’t heard the phrase before, “life verse” has become a semi-popular term used by Christians to describe the fact that a certain part of the Bible can be a long-term, recurring source of encouragement… perhaps, throughout one’s entire life.
Some Christians say that the act of singling out a life verse can lower a person’s view of the rest of Scripture. In other words, a life verse can be a bad thing. That seems a little picky though. Really, how bad can it be for a Christian to recognize the good effect that a certain Bible verse has on his attitude toward God, life, and whatever problems he’s facing? Besides, doesn’t it sound a little pompous to say, “My life verse is the BIBLE?”

To be honest, I’ve never given much thought about the merits or demerits of life verses. More than once I’ve had to stop and ask myself why I am even writing a devotional about them. But here’s what sparked my interest in the subject. Recently, I saw a phrase in Romans 15 that made me curious if Jesus, perhaps, had a life verse during His time on earth.

Paul quotes an Old Testament phrase in Romans 15:3-4 that Jesus (apparently) had the habit of thinking on as He walked the earth. If this is so, I’m not sure how Paul would have known this. We can speculate that perhaps other people who were close to Jesus during His earthly life may have observed Him quoting it on a fairly regular basis. Maybe Paul overheard something about it during the days he spent visiting the other apostles. Or, possibly, it was revealed to Paul directly during his three-year period of discipleship before he ever met any of the early church leaders in Jerusalem (Gal. 1:15-24).

Whatever helped Paul to learn about the mental habits of Jesus, what is clear is that the Lord Jesus Christ characteristically overcame temptation for any and all self-indulgence. “Christ did not please Himself,” is the near context of the Old Testament quote that Paul cites next. The way that the rest of the verse strikes me is that Paul seems to imply that Jesus overcame temptation while meditating on a phrase from Psalm 69:9, which says: “The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me.” This passage from Psalm 69 would have been a clear reminder to Jesus that the scorn He received on earth was actually the scorn that people bear in their hearts for God. Such a verse would align His expectations about this life and reinforce Him in His earthly mission.

Now, notice what Paul tells the Romans immediately after his quotation from Psalm 69. See especially verse 4…  
“Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. For Christ did not please Himself, but as it is written, "The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me. (vs. 4) "For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”

“For whatever was written…” is a phrase that conveys reasoning. Paul is making an argument for something here. Teasing out his argument a little, I believe Paul is saying: “Look at Christ’s example of how He dwelt on Psalm 69:9. Scripture gives encouragement and instructs our thinking. It was this biblical perspective that propelled Jesus with endurance to fulfill the Father’s will and not live for Himself. That’s what you and I are to do.”

Remember, Paul was writing to Jewish and Gentile Christians around 56 AD who were all meeting in segregated house groups throughout Rome. They weren’t exactly the picture of Christian charity and unity. They were looking out for their own preferences —“pleasing themselves” to borrow the language of Romans 15:3. A few chapters back, in Romans 12:1-2 Paul pointed out that they were to be transformed by renewing their minds. Now, in chapter 15, Paul seems to show how that’s exactly what Jesus did.

Whether or not Jesus had a “life verse,” He did let Scripture “dwell richly” in Him (Col. 3:16). And that’s what Christians are to do as well. Isn’t it interesting that Paul doesn’t just command it? He gives not only reasons but an example—the example of Christ Himself.

Looking at Christ’s example here, how can we doubt or downplay the role of meditating on God’s Word moment by moment as we go through life? In His humanity, Jesus let the truth of God’s Word constantly shape His perspective. This filled Him with encouragement and hope. Let’s do the same today.

Why not find your own “Life Verse”…  Find a verse that you can lean on in the good times and the bad times. One that speaks to you personally.

For those who might be wondering if I have a “Life Verse”, yes I do… Jeremiah 29: 11-14a. And my wife as one, Mark 10:27 along with my two children. 

Friday, January 27, 2012

Our Great Mission

Our Great Mission 
Today’s Passage: Matthew 28:18-20

Jesus came and told His disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 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.”

Words of Devotions

If you’re a believer, you are part of the awesome body of Christ, which is called to bring His light to the world both individually and corporately. Though many see the church as a social organization, that’s not what the Bible says it is. Sometimes we forget that our purpose isn’t simply to have fellowship, sing, preach, and worship. Jesus entrusted us with good news of the true life He offers to everyone. This calling isn’t just for foreign “missionaries”—it’s for every believer. Your mission field includes your family, friends, coworkers, and perhaps even a people group God puts on your heart, often right in your community.

Before returning to heaven, Jesus gave His disciples the Great Commission, in which He promised to be with believers to the end of the age. That pledge still stands. He doesn’t send us out to do His work on our own. Vowing never to leave us, He gave the assurance that all tasks He assigns will be achieved through us by His Holy Spirit.

What an honor to be included in the Lord’s redemptive plan for the world! He invites you to have a vital part in His kingdom work of transforming what is broken and giving new life. Everything you do in obedience is an opportunity for His Spirit to work powerfully through you!

He is still speaking His message of assurance to us: You’ll have Me as your companion, your captain, your victory.
 You’ll have Me as your resource, your energy, your anointing. Everything you need, you’ll find in Me. 

How does recognizing the greatness of your calling change the way you see your daily life?

Thursday, January 26, 2012

God Be in My Head

God Be in My Head 

Today’s Scripture: Psalm 37:5-7

“Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He will do it. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light and your judgment as the noonday. Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him; do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.” 

Words of Devotion

Eager to seek God, Christians in Salisbury, England, more than 800 years ago developed a prayer and worship resource called the “Sarum Primer.” (The name “Sarum” came from the Latin name for Salisbury.) Their simple expressions of faith and commitment still speak to us today.

One of the powerful prayers from this primer was a cry for God to be present in every part of life. It reads,

“God be in my head, and in my understanding; God be in mine eyes, and in my looking; God be in my mouth, and in my speaking; God be in my heart, and in my thinking; God be at mine end, and at my departing.”

This is a reminder that we need to surrender our lives to God every day, and we need His help in everything we do.

What challenges do you face today? What problems will you encounter? What conflicts will arise?

The simple words of this prayer are an important reminder to commit your life to God! Not just some things, but everything—your schedule, your time, your resources, your meetings, your projects, and your relationships. As you seek Him in everything, trust in Him. Be confident that He is with you in every situation you face.

Right now, commit this day and everything you do and say to God. Surrender every thought to Him. Dedicate your time, talent, and treasure to Him.

Ask for God’s wisdom. Believe Him to provide all that you need. Then be conscious of His presence with you every moment.

Prayer: Father, be in my life today. Be in my decisions, my feelings and thoughts, my words and deeds. Use me for Your Kingdom. I want to serve You with everything I do. In Jesus’ name  Amen

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


Today’s Passage: Hebrews 8:12

For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.

Words of Devotions

Young Mark was preparing to say his prayers before going to bed. His mother had been in his room going over his homework with him. As he knelt to pray he said, "Go away, Mom. I want to talk to God." "But can't I listen?" she asked. "Well," he said, "I don't mind telling God about the wrong things I did today because I know He will forgive me and forget what I did. But you'll go on yelling at me forever."

How gracious is our God! His Word declares, "And I will forgive their wrongdoings, and I will never again remember their sins." One of the final characteristics of the New Covenant is that the blood of Jesus not only cleanses us completely but that He will remove them from His memory.

That's probably hard for many of us to accept. We often harbor in our hearts and minds the wrongs that people do against us. Often we seem to roll them around and seek opportunities to get revenge - or at least get even. Not our God.

We know that His grace is sufficient to save us. But believing that He will never allow our sins to enter His memory should bring us a permanent peace.

Prayer: Help us, our Father, to take You at Your Word, and know that as we confess our sins, You not only forgive them but forget them - forever. In Jesus' Name Amen

Monday, January 23, 2012

Life Lessons Learned from Ants

Today’s Passage: Proverbs 6:6-8
Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise! (vs. 6)

Words of Devotional

God is a masterful Creator. He has integrated many of His principles into the fabric of nature so that we can see His handiwork and learn of Him (Ps. 19:1-6). If you desire to acquire wisdom, do not neglect to look outdoors for His lessons.

Now, of course, the outdoors sometimes comes inside. If you’ve ever battled ants in your kitchen or pantry, wisdom probably isn’t the first trait you would attribute to them—you probably would choose a description more like determination. But to the lazy person, God points out these tiny creatures as an example of wise living. Simply consider how many characteristics of the ant people would be smart to adopt: preparation, cooperation, perseverance, diligence, unity, and the list goes on. So interacting with righteous men isn’t the only way to acquire wisdom. God also wants us to observe the lowly ant that He created to work in community.

There’s much to learn from the created world. By directing attention to the birds, Jesus challenges His followers to consider the folly of anxiety (Matt. 6:26). Birds do not reap or gather grain but rather assume their food will be supplied as it always has been. The lesson in this observation of nature is that the Lord who provides for birds can be trusted to meet His people’s needs as well.

Our quest for wisdom is to be rooted in Scripture and covered in prayer. But don’t overlook the many lessons unfolding right outside the front door. Ask God for “eyes to see” (Mark 8:18). Then take every chance to grow in understanding so your capacity to live by His principles will be strengthened.

Friday, January 20, 2012



Scripture for Today: 1 Corinthians 13
And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Words of Devotional

Captain James Cook was one of the most famous British navigators. He sailed around the world many times. On each of his journeys he would take seeds of flowers that came from lovely English gardens.

Whenever his ship reached a port, he would disembark with his crew. While the crew enjoyed the city, he would take some of the seeds he brought with him and planted them in a garden near the port. Everywhere he went, he left a reminder of his visit by planting seeds that brought beauty to the lives of the people who lived in that city.

There is nothing more important for Christians to do than to share God's love and beauty. Wherever He leads us in our journey through life, He will give us many opportunities to "plant" seeds of His love, salvation and hope.

Paul reminds us that we Christians must be clothed in God's love. His love adds His beauty to our actions and makes whatever we do attractive to others. No matter what other gifts God may give us, we can all share His love in every word and deed.

Now go and ‘Plant’ seeds … as you follow after God, leaving behind His love, salvation and hope.

Prayer: Lord, help us to always be mindful of the great love You have for us and as we do, be willing to go to any extreme to give that Love to others. In Jesus' Name, Amen

Thursday, January 19, 2012

God’s Words, Sweeter than Honey

God’s Words, Sweeter than Honey

Today’s Passage: Psalm 119:103
How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

Words of Devotional
Psalm 119 is of course the longest chapter found in Scripture and is known for its teaching on God’s law. This Psalm is not simply about what to do and not do, but about how God’s law leads us into a deeper devotion with Him than the things of this world ever could. In Psalm 119:103 the Words of God are said to be sweeter than honey. 

Honey was and is used today as a natural sweetener. God’s Words or laws bring a sweetness to the life we live. Our tongues crave a sweet dessert or treat as our lives should crave the sweetness of God’s Word if we are followers of Jesus (1 Peter 2:1-3). This desire does not come from good works or going to church, but from the one and only giver of sweet things, God (Psalm 119:18).
While we can learn much from God’s Word as we listen to a pastor preach or musicians sing, we shouldn’t rely on just these as our honey. We need to learn to enjoy God’s Word by ourselves also. As we look at our lives we can see many things that bring sweetness. Unfortunately, many of us rely on the things of the world to bring satisfaction to our lives. C.S. Lewis said, “We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”

Ask God to open your eyes to behold His wondrous law (Psalm 119:18).

Wednesday, January 18, 2012



Scripture for Today: Romans 6:13
“And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.”

Words of Devotionals

Vince Lombardi, the legendary football coach of the Green Bay Packers, knew what it took to be victorious. Once when asked the formulae he replied, "Dedication, hard work and sacrifice."When his team met for practice, he would remind them that "You're here to play football. And I'm here to see you play as well as your God-given talents and abilities will allow you to play. And that means total dedication!"

But dedication was not enough. Lombardi was known as a coach who was relentless in making his teams produce. He knew that dedication by itself would not be enough. It would take long hours of practice and preparation, perseverance and pain, suffering and sacrifice. It took every talent and every, ability that every player possessed to become winners and champions.

Paul wrote, "Do not let any part of your body become a tool of wickedness to be used for sinning. Instead, give yourselves completely to God since you have been given new life."God gave us a new life to use for His glory.
We must make every sacrifice to succeed for Him.

Prayer: Help us, Father, to commit our minds and hearts to You and then develop every skill and talent You have given us to work for Your Kingdom.
In Jesus' Name, Amen._

Tuesday, January 17, 2012



Scripture for Today: Mark 10:27
“But Jesus looked at them and said, 'With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.”

Words of Devotion

"Time for bed, Johnny," said grandmother. "Let's read the story of creation." As she read through the verses, she would pause and emphasize how carefully God worked and made something different each day. She wanted her grandson to love and understand the power, majesty and wonder of God. "What do you think of this story?" she asked. "Oh, I love it," came the reply. "You never know what God's going to do!"

How true.

Jesus once said, "It is very hard to get into the Kingdom of God." He was then asked, "Then who in the world can be saved?" He replied, "Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God… Everything is possible with God." 

Jesus took this important opportunity to teach the message of salvation. Although salvation by one's efforts is impossible, by God's grace we can be saved if we place our faith in Christ. It is God's love that provides the grace for our salvation. "You never know what God's going to do."

Prayer: We thank and praise You, Father, for what You did to make our salvation possible through Your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. In Jesus' Name Amen

Monday, January 16, 2012

Today's Devotional

Today’s Scripture: 1 Peter 3:15

“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear”

Words of Devotion

A nervous witness sat before the judge and jury. Everyone could see his fear. He could not hide it. The attorney turned to him and asked, "Tell me, did you see the accident?" "Yes sir, I did," he answered. "How far away were you?" asked the lawyer. "Twenty-two feet and two inches," he replied. "How can you be so specific?" came the next question. "I knew some lawyer would ask me," he said, "so I measured it."

The motto of the Coast Guard it "Semper Paratus" - which means "Always Prepared."

Writing in his first letter, the Apostle Peter said, "If someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it." Some Christians believe that faith is such a personal matter that it should never be discussed publicly. However, when the opportunity arises we must always be prepared to speak for our Lord. We need not be offensive or obnoxious, but gentle, sincere and able to share our message of salvation and hope.

Prayer: Help us, Lord, to realize that, ready or not, we are Your witnesses in the world. May we prepare today to speak Your truth tomorrow. In Jesus' Name Amen

Friday, January 13, 2012

Seeing God

Seeing God

Today’s Passage: Psalm 24:1-10

"Who may ascend the hill of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place?" (v. 3)

Words of Ministry

We spend one more day meditating on the words: "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God." The concluding words of this Beatitude are often misunderstood. Many believe them to have reference to the saints' eternal reward in heaven.

A person once expressed this thought: "I hope to see my Pilot face to face when I have crossed the bar." The thought contained in this phrase, however, is not so much related to seeing God in heaven, but to seeing God now.

Seeing God means seeing God in everything… Let me put it another way: not to see God is to fail to find the meaning of life and to see no purpose in anything. Such a condition, one must admit, produces an emotional overload on the personality that leads inevitably to despair.

Some who fall prey to this mood can end up committing suicide. As one person commented: "Those who can't see the why have little energy to cope with the, ‘what’." Seeing God is being acquainted with Him, sensing His acceptance, comprehending what it means to be forgiven and made anew.

Someone puts it beautifully when they say: "To the pure in heart, seeing God is viewing a stained glass window from the inside rather than the outside”. The pure in heart are aware of a reality which most people miss.

They are sure of God." Seeing God must be connected with purity of heart, for we must see and sense God first in our own inner being before we can see Him and sense Him elsewhere. See Him within and you will not fail to see Him without.

Prayer: "Gracious and loving Father, I recognize that an unclean heart can cause more ill health and more unhappiness than anything else. Help me take the prescription You have given me with a thankful heart. Amen. "

Thursday, January 12, 2012

A Stop along the Way

A Stop along the Way

Today’s Passage: Numbers 20:5 

Why have you made us come up from Egypt, to bring us in to this wretched place?” 

Words of Ministry

The children of Israel felt like they’d had enough. God had told them He would bring them to the Promised Land, a place of abundance. But instead of getting any closer to that land,  they had been wandering around the wilderness. 

To their natural eyes, there was no abundance—only endless desert. They were tired and discouraged.
When they arrived at Kadesh, they became overwhelmed by the reality of their situation. To them, this was a “terrible place” (NLT). They complained bitterly about their lives and the problems they faced. Instead of experiencing abundance, they felt they lacked even the necessities of life.

Little did they know that this “terrible place” was merely a stop along the way. The Promised Land still awaited them. All of God’s promises were still true. How quickly they forgot the way God had guided, delivered, and provided for them.

As a result, they grumbled and complained, demonstrating their lack of faith. They hadn’t learned to trust in God or believe He would keep His promises.

In your life, you may feel frustrated by situations you face. You may feel weary or overwhelmed. It may seem that you’ll never reach your goal. You may feel like complaining or giving up.

In these moments, think about the example of the children of Israel. No matter how things may appear, you can be sure God hasn’t forgotten you. He has created you for a special purpose and unique destiny. Remember that you’re simply at a stopping place in your journey.
God has His eye on you! His promises still are true. You can trust Him.

Prayer: Father, thank You that You have a plan for my life. Thank You that I can trust in You. Thank You that You are guiding me on my journey through life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

It’s Not Me, It’s You

It’s Not Me, It’s You

Today’s Passage: Proverbs 22:24-25

Make no friendship with a man given to anger, nor go with a wrathful man, lest you learn his ways and entangle yourself in a snare. 

Words of Devotion from the Scripture

Most of us are well aware that “bad company corrupts good morals” (I Corinthians 15:33) and we become who we are consistently with. 

When we come across verses such as these in Scripture, people’s faces flash through our mind’s eye. A name pops into our head, or we recall and replay a situation where we were wronged. However, the person’s face that rarely comes to mind is our own! 

Are you that man or woman “given to anger”? When you’ve had a bad day at the office, is it your spouse or kids who share in the day’s suffering because you lash out at them?

Don’t be fooled, being “given to anger” is undoubtedly a snare, but so too is constantly seeing others as the ones who need the fixing or the change. Don’t be a hypocrite, and judge yourself by the same standard with which you judge others.

Be sure to examine your life as much as you do others.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Ambassadors for Christ

Ambassadors for Christ

Today’s Passage: 2 Corinthians 5:20

Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

Words Devotion from the Scripture

As His ambassadors, God has entrusted to us His message of reconciliation and God is making His appeal through us. An ambassador does not represent his own interests, but the interests of the ruler he represents. The big question, then, is what are the primary interests of our King? What are His desires, values, and priorities?

Jesus was incredibly clear about His mission: proclaim the Good News to the poor, to proclaim liberty to the captives, recovery of sight to the blind, and freedom to those who are oppressed (Luke 4:18-19). 

As we read through the gospels He may restate it somewhat, but He returns to this over and over again. We can repeatedly see Jesus living this out as He seeks the lost and serves the least.

Eliminating pain, poverty, and suffering are noble goals, BUT the elimination of these things alone will we not bring people true contentment. If modern western culture has taught us anything it is that we can have access to everything we want, attempt to minimize pain and suffering, and still live empty lives. By addressing the obvious external needs we win the opportunity to address the most important spiritual needs of people’s lives.

 This is Jesus 101. Jesus always addressed both the obvious external needs and the deeper internal needs. If we don’t address the deepest need of the human soul which is to know God, we’ve just given people in our community, our culture, and this world a repackaged version of empty consumerism.

Are you reflecting Christ?

Monday, January 9, 2012



Today’s Passage: 1Timothy 4:12

Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

Words of Devotion from the Scripture

The military is known for orderliness. Rarely does one see a uniform that is wrinkled or grounds that are unkempt. But there once was an exception. 

When General George Marshall took command of the Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia before World War II, he found the post in a condition that was unacceptable to him. Having power beyond imagination and control over every individual assigned there, his options were unlimited. He could speak the word and everyone would fall in line and make the installation glow in the dark. But he did not do that.

Instead of issuing orders to get the post up to his standards, he got out his lawnmower, rake, shovel and paintbrushes and began to make his quarters the example. And it worked. Soon the officers next door did the same. Then their neighbors and on and on it went until it reached the last home on the grounds. Fort Benning became the example for the Army.

Often the best way to encourage someone to do the right thing is to become an example for them to follow. Paul gave that advice to Timothy: "Be an example to all believers." Paul gives that advice to us!

Prayer: Help us, Father, to live as You lived, to walk as You walked and to talk as You talked so that we will always be Your examples in this world. In Jesus' Name Amen

Friday, January 6, 2012



With all the problems the World is facing, it can be unsettling to the mind. Today, I will share with you ten predictions that are true!

1. The Bible will still have all the answers.
2. Prayer will still be the most powerful thing on Earth..
3. The Holy Spirit will still move.
4. God will still honor the praises of His people.
5. There will still be God-anointed preaching.
6. There will still be singing of praise to God.
7. God will still pour out blessings upon His people.
8. There will still be room at the Cross.
9. Jesus will still love you.

10. Jesus will still save the lost when they come to Him.

Isn't it great To Remember Who Is Really In Control, and that; "the Word of the Lord endures forever." 
(1 Peter 1:25)

I hope you found this to be encouraging! Sometimes we need the reminder of just "WHO" is really in control.....

*(I received this as an email)

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Praying in the Holy Spirit

Praying in the Holy Spirit

Today’s Passage: Jude 1:20 

“But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit.” 

Words of Devotion

Jesus’ disciples must have been surprised. When they had asked Him, “Increase our faith,” they might have expected a complicated teaching or a formula. Instead, He simply replied, “If you had faith like a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you” (Luke 17:5-6).

Jesus’ response showed that faith is not a “thing” to be increased. It’s a belief, an attitude, an action that needs to be exercised.

The Bible says much about faith. For example, we know that without faith it’s impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). But we still may feel like the disciples, wondering how to increase the level of our faith.

Here Jude provides a helpful answer: We are to pray in the Holy Spirit. In fact, praying in the Spirit is essential if we want to be built up on our “most holy faith, But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit”. (Jude 1:20)

How easy it is to take the Holy Spirit for granted. But if we believe the Bible, we’ll realize that praying in the Spirit is critically important! It can open windows of blessing, give us life-changing insights, and strengthen our spiritual lives.

Do you want to increase your faith? The Bible points us to a way, and now it’s up to you: Pray in the Spirit.

Don’t take the Holy Spirit for granted. Determine to pray in the Spirit as often as you can. Tap into His resources so you can be built up and increase your faith.

PRAYER: Father, I want to increase my faith. Help me to pray in the Spirit. I seek spiritual strength, wisdom, and power that can only come from You. Thank You! In Jesus’ name Amen.