August 26, 2017
God, we pray that the gospel advance by any means necessary.
I want you to know, brothers,
that what has happened to me
has really served to advance the gospel…
Father, give me eyes to see the world through the lens of the gospel—not through the lens of my circumstances.
Deliver me from letting circumstances control my life. Give me a deep longing to know You and to make You known—a longing that goes beyond my circumstances.
Help me see how You use every circumstance in my life, good and bad.
Give me the grace to see how circumstances teach me about my heart and about You.
Give me the grace to see how circumstances give me a chance to put the gospel on display.
Today I pause to pray for those I know who are struggling in difficult circumstances. Overwhelm them with a sense of You presence. Give them the opportunity to see Your hand at work in their circumstances. Give them opportunity to testify of Your goodness and grace in the middle of their difficulty.
Your word says that You resist the proud but give grace to the humble. I humble myself before You.
August 25, 2017
God, like Paul, we want to speak of Christ among those who have never heard
“…thus I make it my ambition to preach the gospel,
not where Christ has already been named…”
(see Romans 15:20)
We say we want the gospel to be proclaimed to our neighbors and the Nations.
Father, this verse moves me to stop and consider if I really do.
How many of our neighbors have never heard a clear gospel presentation?
How many places in the world and never heard the name of “Jesus?”
I confess that it is easier for me to hang out with other believers. Give me the spiritual vision to see empty hearts in my daily world. Give me the courage to open my mouth and have a gospel conversation.
I confess that I seldom take the time to reflect on what is required to share Christ with those who have never heard.
Today I pray for the missionaries who are serving the nations—especially for those who are serving in places where the gospel is hindered by government and religious restrictions. Open doors for the gospel message!
Focus my heart Lord. Give me courage to speak the name of Jesus to my neighbors — and give me a deeper longing for Your gospel to proclaimed to those who have never heard.
August 24, 2017
God, use us to make you known…for their joy and your glory.
May God be gracious to us and bless us
and make His face to shine upon us,
that Your way may be known on earth,
Your saving power among all nations.
(see Ps. 67)
You have been gracious to us. You have blessed us. You have made Your face shine upon us… and we walk in the light of Your presence.
But You did not bless us so that we could use all of Your blessings on ourselves. You blessed us to make us a blessing.
We are a testimony of Your grace and goodness. May we live in such a way that a watching world sees You working in our lives; and, may we open our mouths to declare the Source of our blessings.
You deserve praise from all Your creation. You deserve praise from my heart, my family, our neighbors and from the nations. Recognizing and responding to Your presence moves me to praise You and fills me with joy.
Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you!
Let the nations be glad and sing for joy…
(see Ps. 67)
August 23, 2017
God, You have sent us on mission in the same way You sent Jesus.
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you.
As the Father has sent Me, even so I am sending you.”
Sent. Your word tells me to live like I have been sent.
You brought me near in salvation. I was far off in my sinfulness—turned away from Your holiness. In Christ, You turned me around and brought me near.
Now, You say I am sent. Not sent away from You—but sent on mission by You.
I am keenly aware of how my mission is different from His.
You sent Christ to redeem sinners. You send me to proclaim forgiveness to fellow sinners.
You were in Christ reconciling the world to Yourself. You sent Him to do that.
You live in me to tell others how they can be reconciled through Him. You send me to do that.
August 22, 2017
God, we pray that our lives would be a light in the world helping others to see you.
“… let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Light of the world, we cry out to You.
At times it feels like the things of this world have eclipsed Your glory. Certainly, many things are used by the evil one in an attempt to stand between us. But You are eternally light—and in You there is no darkness at all. And nothing diminishes Your glory.
We cry out to You.
We cannot generate light on our own. We can only reflect the light that You shine upon us. You are the source.
In creation You spoke and said, “Let there be light.”
In regeneration You spoke into my darkened heart and once again said, “Let there be light!” (2 Cor. 4:6)
Now You say we are the light of the world.
Use us Lord. Shine through us. Work through us.
May a watching, needy, darkened world see Your light reflected by the way we love and the way we live.
August 21, 2017
God, give us boldness to proclaim the gospel.
“…that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly
to proclaim the mystery of the gospel…
…that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.”
Father, the gospel is Your power for salvation for everyone who believes.
It really is a mystery to think about how the Holy Spirit takes Your Word and applies it to the human heart. This message of the cross is used by You to transform the eternal destiny of a soul. Why would I ever not share it? How can I be quiet as though it is not real?
Forgive me for taking it lightly. Forgive me for losing the sense of awe. Forgive me for losing the sense of urgency.
My stewardship of this message is real. When I think of how You have entrusted this message to me—I know how I ought to speak. You have given me the privilege of knowing You and the honor of being Your representative in a broken world.
So give me boldness Father. Help me open my mouth and speak up for what I know to be true.
Give me the love and confidence to speak clearly. Help me make the most of every opportunity.
August 20, 2017
God, Your plan is for us to make disciples of neighbors and nations.
“All authority is given to Me…
…Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations…
And remember, I am with you always…”
(see Matt. 28:18-20)
As I begin this Lord’s Day, I stop to wait before You in prayer.
Reflecting on Your last recorded words, here on earth, I am reminded of Your power and Your presence (All authority…I am with you always).
You really are the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. I worship You.
You really are here with me. Your Spirit indwells me and You will never leave me. I worship You.
These words also remind me of Your plan: “make disciples of all nations…”
Your church—Your people—knowing You and making You known.
Open the eyes of my heart to see my neighbors.
Open the eyes of my heart to see the nations (who live nearby—and far away).
Oh Father, deliver me from being so consumed in the petty daily things that I miss Your plan for eternal things.
Use me in the lives of others. Use me to make disciples.