Upper Room

July 27, 2022

SIGNS OF GOD’S PRESENCE

July 26, 2022

UNEXPECTED BLESSINGS

READ Luke 11:1-10

Jesus said, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

–Mark 11:24 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God answers my prayers–sometimes in unexpected ways.

PRAYER

Loving God, thank you for blessing us much more than we deserve. Help us to recognize all the ways that you answer our prayers, especially when you answer in ways we do not hope for or expect. Amen.

Milton Looney (Alabama, USA)

July 25, 2022

THE BEST THAT WE HAVE

READ 2 Corinthians 10:12-18

Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.

-Exodus 40:34 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

It is enough to offer my best to God.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, forgive us when we compare ourselves to others. Help us keep our eyes focused on you and to use the gifts you’ve given us for your glory. Amen.

Ester MacDonald (Quebec, Canada)

July 24, 2022

COMFORT IN LOSS

READ John 11:28-37

Jesus wept.

–John 11:35 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Jesus sits with us in our grief.

PRAYER

Dear Jesus, walk with us through our pain. Help us to take comfort in both your presence and your ultimate victory over death. Amen.

Wendy Couvillon (Louisiana, USA)

July 23, 2022

WORK IN PROGRESS

READ Revelation 3:5-16

What good is it if people say they have faith but do nothing to show it? Claiming to have faith can’t save anyone, can it?

–James 2:14 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How can I choose God today?

PRAYER

Lord of love, help us when we become lukewarm. Show us the right tools and actions so that we can act out our faith and demonstrate our love for you. Amen.

Kim Koratsky (Tennessee, USA)

July 22, 2022

BUILT TO LAST

READ Ephesians 2:4-10

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

–Psalm 139:14 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

With God, I can stand the test of time.

PRAYER

Dear Father, give us confidence when we feel fragile. Remind us that we are made by you, and we are yours. We pray as Jesus taught us, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil” (Luke 11:2-4, KJV). Amen.

Kate Carroll (Kildare, Ireland)

July 21, 2022

CHANGE OF PLANS

READ Romans 8:18-30

Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.

–Proverbs 19:21 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When my plans change, I trust that God is still with me.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for watching over us even in our darkest hours. Help us to be faithful, hopeful, and open to your plans for us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Cree (Texas, USA)

July 20, 2022

A GOOD DAY TO FORGIVE

READ 1 John 2:7-14

The one who claims to be in the light while hating a brother or sister s in the darkness even now. The person loving a brother and sister stays in the light, and there is nothing in the light that causes a person to stumble.

–1 John 2:9-10 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will forgive others because God forgives me.

PRAYER

God of grace, open our hearts and minds when we pray, “Forgive us for the ways we have wronged you, just as we also forgive those who have wronged us” (Matt. 6:12). Grant us faith and courage to abide by these words. Amen.

Luz Angela Galeano M. (Vallle del Cauca, Colombia)

July 19, 2022

HOLDING FAST

READ 2 Thessalonians 2:13-16

It is the Lord your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him.

–Deuteronomy 13:4 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My faith can help others to flourish.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, help us to hold fast to your truth so we can withstand the storms of life and help others to flourish. Amen.

Doug Wingert (Arizona, USA)

July 18, 2022

KEEP LOOKING UP

READ Psalm 121:1-8

Come, my heart says, seek God’s face. Lord, I do seek your face!

–Psalm 27:8 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will keep looking up for signs of God’s presence.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you so much for your reminder to keep looing up so that we can notice all that you have created and all that you are doing. Amen.

Michelle T. Johnson (North Carolina, USA)

July 17, 2022

STANDING BACK UP

READ Proverbs 24:15-20

A just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.

–Provers 24:16 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s love, not my failure, defines me.

PRAYER

Merciful God, when we fail, give us the strength to stand up again. Amen.

Asamoah Joseph Omono (Greater Accra Region, Ghana)

July 16, 2022

GOOD PEOPLE

READ Philippians 2:1-11

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

–Psalm 107:1 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Each new day is a good gift from God.

PRAYER

God of all goodness, thank you for your grace and mercy each day of our lives. May we show our gratitude by offering acts of goodness and grace to those who pass our way. In Jesus name. Amen.

Sylvia Walker (New York, USA)

July 15, 2022

CLEAN AWAY THE DUST

READ 1 John 1:5-10

If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

–1 John 1:9 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Each day God gives me abundant mercy and grace.

PRAYER

Gracious God, remind us always of how you created and love us. Help us tidy up areas of our lives that don’t bring you glory so we can show our gratitude to you. Amen.

Glynis M. Belec (Ontario, Canada)

July 14, 2022

A REDISCOVERED GIFT

READ 1 Peter 4:8-11

Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights.

–James 1:17 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What simple joy from God will I give thanks for today?

PRAYER

Thank you, God, for each new day with all that it offers, and forgive us for failing to notice or fully appreciate it. In the name of Jesus, who gave the greatest gift. Amen.

Robert K. Abel (Maryland, USA)

July 13, 2022

JOYFULLY WAITING

READ Psalm 130:1-8

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope.

–Psalm 130:5 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I have confidence in God, even my waiting can be joyful.

PRAYER

Dear Father, please help us to wait on you joyfully, knowing that you are a faithful and loving God. Amen.

Elizabeth Livingston (Maharashtra, India)

July 12, 2022

SONGS FROM THE HEART

READ 2 Corinthians 2:14-17

Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.

-Colossians 3:16 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will sing boldly with a faithful heart as an offering to God.

PRAYER

Lord Jesus, make us instruments of your love and peace through song. Focus our minds, soften our hearts, open our eyes and ears to the truth of your word. Amen.

Robert Racine (North Carolina, USA)

July 11, 2022

A SHELTER FROM FEAR

READ Psalm 56:1-3

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.

–Psalm 56:3 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

In the midst of my fears, I will trust God.

PRAYER

Dear God, calm our fears and help us to remember that you are with us. Fill us with the peace that only you can give. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Dawn Rachel Carrington (South Carolina, USA)

July 10, 2022

TIME WITH GOD’S WORD

READ Isaiah 40:27-31

Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

–Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will take time to be nurtured by God’s word.

PRAYER

Creator God, nurture us with your life-changing word each day, and help us discern your will for us. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

Carlos Xavier Soto Serrano (Puerto Rico)

July 9, 2022

CHILDLIKE FAITH

READ 1 Corinthians 13:8-13

When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways.

–1 Corinthians 13:11 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Who is God calling me to be when I grow up?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, give us a faith that is childlike but not childish. Help us to become the persons you created us to be. Amen.

Dori H. Gorman (Tennessee, USA)

July 8, 2022

FINDING DIRECTION

READ Psalm 25:4-11

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

–Psalm 119:105

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can stay on course when I keep in step with God.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for guiding us on this journey called life, and for the assurance that you will never lead us in the wrong direction. Amen

Arlene Timber-Henry (St. Maarten)

July 7, 2022

PUTTING GOD FIRST

Read 1 Peter 5:6-11

Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants.

–Matthew 13:7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

“Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you.” (Ps. 55:22)

PRAYER

Merciful and loving God, help us to put the events of life in the proper perspective. You are first; everything else is second. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Chuck Hudspath (Illinois, USA)

July 6, 2022

MISSION OPPORTUNITIES

READ James 5:13-16

Be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

–Ephesians 6:18 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Opportunities to offer love and compassion are all around us.

PRAYER

Holy God, help us to look for opportunities each day to serve those who need to feel your love. Amen.

Cheryl A. Mart (Texas, USA)

July 5, 2022

GOD CELEBRATES US

Read Psalm 103:1-12

Like a parent feels compassion for their children — that’s how the Lord feels compassion for those who honor him.

Psalm 103:13 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God loves me no matter what.

PRAYER

Thank you, Father, for celebrating us as your children, not because we are worthy but because you love us. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray, “Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.” (Luke 11:2-4, NIV) Amen.

Jonson Siahaan (Indonesia)

July 4, 2022

WHEREVER WE GO

READ Joshua 1:1-9

The Lord is my light and my salvation–whom shall I fear: The Lord is the stronghold of my life–of whom shall I be afraid?

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will let God be my guide, this day and every day.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for being with us always. Help us always. Help us to cast our cares upon you, especially during times of change and transition. Amen.

Martha Knobel Maxham (Maryland, USA)

July 3, 2022

A COMPLETE STOP

READ Exodus 20:8-11

There remains, the, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rest from their works, just as God did from his.

–Hebrews 4:9-10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Sabbath rest is a gift from God.

PRAYER

God of rest, thank you for your healing sabbath. Help us to remember to stop in the mdst of our busyness in order to renew our perspective and strength in you. Amen.

Milan P. Winters (Florida, USA)

July 2, 2022

MUSIC IN THE MUNDANE

READ Psalm 118:19-24

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

–Psalm 118:24 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God can use the ordinary to reveal the extraordinary.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for reminding us that this is the day you have made. Help us to rejoice and be glad in it. Amen.

Kitty Espiritu-Ricafort (Manila, Philippines)

July 1, 2022

THE VINE THAT BEARS FRUIT

Read John 15:1-9

Jesus said, “I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.”

–John 15:5 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I gain perspective when I let go of my plans and look for God.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for your bountiful gifts. Help us to see your guiding hand at work in our lives so that we can know that you are the true vine and our source of life. Amen.

Kathryn Jones Malone (Texas, USA)

June 30, 2022

WORTH SHARING

READ Isaiah 41:6-10

Cast all your anxiety on [God], because he cares for you.

–1 Peter 5:7 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will tell God about my day today.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for your never-ending love.  Help us to trust that you want to hear our thoughts and concerns.  Amen.

Olivia Orr (Arkansas, USA)

June 29, 2022

HOLLOW TREES

READ Galatians 6:1-5

Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

–Galatians 6:2 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God encourages me to share my burdens with others.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to bear one another’s burdens — to give others a space to reveal their hurts and concerns, and to trust enough to reveal our burdens to others.  Amen.

Susan Wakefield Dal Porto (Illinois, USA)

June 28, 2022

REJOICE!

READ Philippians 4:4-9

Rejoice in the Lord always.  I will say it again:  Rejoice!  Let your gentleness be evident to all.  The Lord is near.

–Philippians 4:4-5 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even in difficult times, God is faithful to bring me joy.

PRAYER

O, Lord,  your peace transcends all understanding.  May our eyes be fixed on your Son, Jesus, the Prince of Peace.  Amen.

Sergio Luis Alfonso (Bulacan, Philippines)

June 27, 2022

IT’S A JOURNEY

READ Matthew 18:15-22

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens a friend.

–Proverbs 27:17 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God does not want me to struggle alone.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, give us the courage to share our burdens with others.  Give us the wisdom and love to help those who are in need.  Amen.

Teresa Todt (Illinois, USA)

June 26, 2022

STILL CREATING

READ Psalm 8:1-9

God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.

–Genesis 1:31 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I care for creation, I join in God’s creative work.

PRAYER

Dear God, we pray that your Holy Spirit will keep us aware of the creation that continues to flourish around us.  Help us remember that “it is very good.”  Amen.

Jerry Browning (Arizona, USA)

June 25, 2022

PATIENTLY TRUSTING

READ Colossians 3:12-17

The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride.

–Ecclesiastes 7:8 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will try to control less and trust God more.

PRAYER

Dear God, you know our weakness and our eagerness to get things done.  Teach us to have patience and to trust you in all areas of our lives.  Amen.

Glynis M. Belec (Ontario, Canada)

June 24, 2022

REJECTION AND ACCEPTANCE

READ Psalm 66:16-20

The Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him.  The Lord does not look at the things people look at.  People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

–1 Samuel 16:7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can offer God’s gift of acceptance to each person I meet.

PRAYER

Father of us all, help us to see people’s hearts and not just their outward appearance.  Help us to love like Jesus.  Amen.

Bill Pike (VIrginia, USA)

June 23, 2022

CHOOSING OUR PERSPECTIVE

READ Romans 8:31-39

Paul wrote, “I am convinced that neither death nor life….neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

–Romans 8:38-39 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What is one way God has been faithful in my life?

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for your unconditional love.  Help us to remember your faithfulness when we face challenges.  Amen.

Jamae (Oregon, USA)

June 22, 2022

UNCLAIMED BLESSINGS

READ 1 Chronicles 4:9-10

Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

–Luke 12:32 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can ask God for my heart’s desires.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for all the ways that you bless us.  Help us to speak the desires of our hearts to you and trust in your purpose.  Amen.

Arlene Henry (St. Maarten)

June 21, 2022

WHEN WORDS FAIL

READ Romans 8:22-27

The Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.

–Romans 8:26 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I don’t always need words to pray.

PRAYER

O God, you know our needs before we ask.  Hear us when we pray with words and without them.  Amen.

Kevin Horne (Louisiana, USA)

June 20, 2022

STRONGER THAN BEFORE

Read 2 Corinthians 4:7-16

So we do not lose heart.  Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day to day.

–2 Corinthians 4:16 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God can use my unwelcome seasons to strengthen my faith.

PRAYER

O God, make us into the people you want us to be.  When we feel broken, give us hope as we pray, “Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.  Give us each day our daily bread.  Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.  And lead us not into temptation” (Luke 11:2-4, NIV).  Amen.

Manasi Mohanty (Odisha, India)

June 19, 2022

SHOWING APPRECIATION

READ 1 John 3:16-18

Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

–1 John 3:18 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I show my appreciation to God when I take time to be in God’s presence.

PRAYER

Ever-present Father, thank you for always being here with us.  Call us daily to spend time with you.  Amen.

Chris Grove (Oklahoma, USA)

June 18, 2022

TRUSTING GOD

READ Matthew 6:25-34

Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.

–Matthew 6:34 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God is strong enough to handle my anger.

PRAYER

Dear God, we trust  you with today and our tomorrows.  Guide our paths, our decisions, and our hearts.  Amen.

Patty Sears (Indiana, USA)

June 17, 2022

LIFELINE

READ 2 Corinthians 1:3-7

Encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.

–1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Whom can I encourage, with a phone call today?

PRAYER

Compassionate God, thank you for the care you show us through the loving actions of others.  Help us share your love and encouragement in the same way.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Bronwyn Ashton Winch (Queensland, Australia)

June 16, 2022

GRACE AND FORGIVENESS

READ Ephesians 4:1-13

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

–Psalm 51:10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My new life in Christ gives me strength to face my mistakes.

PRAYER

Forgiving God, thank you for your forgiving mercy.  Help us to love others by asking for forgiveness.  And give us eyes to see your grace in the lives of those around us.  Amen.

Betsy Mitchell (New York, USA)

June 15, 2022

BEHIND THE SCENES

READ Romans 16:1-16

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

–1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God values the role I play in the body of Christ.

PRAYER

O, Lord, help us to realize that we are important parts of the body of Christ.  Show us ways we can serve others in your name.  Amen.

Wayne Greenawalt (Illinois, USA)

June 14, 2022

DO NOT BE AFRAID

READ Isaiah 43:1-7

This is what the Lord says — he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel:  “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.”

–Isaiah 43:1 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God will help me in every situation.

PRAYER

Thank you, Lord, for your love and protection.  Be with us as we follow your call.  Amen.

Saira Verma (Uttar Pradesh, India)

June 13, 2022

A PORTRAIT OF CHRIST

READ 2 Timothy 3:14-17

We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath Before ordained that we should walk in them.

–Ephesians 2:10 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What can I do to help others see Christ in me?

PRAYER

Our Father, help us to know you better through the study of scripture.  May your Holy Spirit enable us to be your example in this world so that others will see Christ through us.  Amen.

Verner Guthrie (Alabama, USA)

June 12, 2022

WAIT FOR THE LORD

READ Psalm 33:16-22

I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.

–Psalm 130:5 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

In any season, I will wait with hope on the Lord.

PRAYER

Eternal God, help us as we wait and trust in you to learn from the lessons life provides.  Amen.

Ariana Lizbeth Villalobos Yanez (Morelos, Mexico)

June 11, 2022

BEYOND MEASURE

READ 2 Kings 6:1-7

As one was felling a log, his ax head fell into the water; he cried out, “Alas, master!  It was borrowed.”

–2 Kings 6:5 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

None of my concerns is insignificant to God.

PRAYER

O Lord, help us to honor you through faithful stewardship of your gifts.  Amen.

Andrew Michael Ardoin (Louisiana, USA)

June 10, 2022

LIMITATION OR BLESSING?

READ Acts 10:9-16

Peter said, “God has shown me that I should not call anyone profane or unclean.”

–Acts 10:28 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What do I call profane that God blesses?

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to face what we falsely see as obstacles that hold us back from your service.  Amen.

Linda Coggin (British Columbia, Canada)

June 9, 2022

OVER 150 NAMES

READ James 5:13-16

Jesus said, “I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail.”

–Luke 22:32 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My spare moments offer opportunities to pray for others.

PRAYER

Thank you, God, for hearing our prayers.  We pray always in the blessed name of your dear son, Jesus.  Amen.

Gerald H. Ihle (Pennsylvania, USA)

June 8, 2022

FROM GRIEF TO HOPE

READ Psalm 23:1-6

Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me?  Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my help and my God.

–Psalm 42:11 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God meets me in my sadness.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for your word that sustains us in grief.  Thank you for meeting us in your creation as a way to comfort, renew, and refresh our hearts with hope.  Amen.

Karla Sue Lowe-Phelps (Missouri, USA)

June 7, 2022

JUST A SPARROW

READ Luke 12:1-12

Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies?  Yet not one of them is forgotten by God.

–Luke 12:6 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even when I feel unimportant, God declares that I am of great worth.

PRAYER

Sovereign God, we know you look lovingly upon all of your creation.  Thank you that all your creatures are precious in your sight.  Amen.

Ruthie Solitario (National Capital Region, Philippines)

June 6, 2022

BECOMING A DISCIPLE

READ Ephesians 2:1-10

[Jesus] saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake . . . “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”  At once they left their nets and followed him.

–Mark 1:16-18 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will trust God to lead me where God needs me.

PRAYER

Father God, help us to let go and let you lead us where you need us.  May we share with others your way of love and mercy.  Amen.

Bob Schiavone (Kentucky, USA)

June 5, 2022

OPPORTUNITY TO BLESS

READ Acts 2:37-41

Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.

–Acts 2:41 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I am happiest when I can bless others by sharing God’s good news.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for the opportunity to bless others.  Give us the courage to act on those opportunities.  Amen.

Linawati Santoso (East Java, Indonesia)

June 4, 2022

A PLACE OF REST

READ Matthew 11:28-30

Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.

–Matthew 11:28 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will give my burdens to Jesus, who always offers help.

PRAYER

Dear Jesus, help us to give all our heavy burdens to you.  Thank you for renewing us when we feel hopeless.  Amen.

Nathan Cox (Texas, USA)

June 3, 2022

GRATEFUL HEARTS

READ 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10

We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

–1 Thessalonians 1:2-3 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My gratitude can bless others and myself.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for the people who love us and show kindness to us.  Inspire us to show our gratitude to them that we may encourage them in their good works.  Amen.

Carol J. Giesey (Pennsylvania, USA

June 2, 2022

GOD UNDERSTANDS

READ John 15:9-17

God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

–John 3:16 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even through suffering, I will remember God’s love.

PRAYER

God of love, help us to understand and remain deeply aware of your love for us so we can share your hope with those who are suffering.  In your son Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Enric Ainsa i Puig (Aragon, Spain)

June 1, 2022

A PLACE TO RETREAT

READ Mark 1:29-39

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place where he prayed.

–Mark 1:35 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will pause to accept the peace God offers.

PRAYER

Father God, thank you for being with us every moment.  Help us to remember that you always offer us peace, hope, and joy.  Amen.

Mendy Creswell Huskey (Tennessee, USA)

May 31, 2022

DEALING WITH DISTRACTION

READ 1 Peter 5:6-11

The God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

–1 Peter 5:10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can trade my problems for the peace of God.

PRAYER

All-powerful God, help us to let go of our problems and distractions so we can focus on you and what’s really important in life.  Amen.

Sister Conflanza del Senor (Colon, Homduras)

May 30, 2022

ETERNAL WORDS

Read Mark 13:28-31

Jesus said, “My words will never pass away.”

–Mark 13:31 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The love I share in the name of Christ lives forever.

PRAYER

God of forever, thank you for allowing our good deeds, thoughts, and words to continue to bless others, even after our lives on earth have ended.  Amen.

David Armstrong (Mississippi, USA)

May 29, 2022

A NEW PERSPECTIVE

READ Nehemiah 8:9-12

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

–Psalm 118:24 (NRSV))

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will seek God first.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, help us always to seek you first.  Thank you for the joy we find in you.  Amen.

Leonora “Lee” Smith (North Carolina)

May 28, 2022

FIGHTING GOLIATH

READ 1 Samuel 17:24-37

David said moreover, The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine.  And Saul said unto David, Go, and the Lord be with thee.

–1 Samuel 17:37 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will not be intimidated by any situation because God is by my side.

PRAYER

Almighty God, just as you helped David, help us to rise above the challenges set before us.  Amen.

Joseph Tosin (Lagos, Nigeria)

May 27, 2022

GRIEF AND WORSHIP

READ Job 1:13-22

Job arose, tore his robe, shaved his head, and fell on the ground and worshipped.

–Job 1:20 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will find ways to worship God today, even in my struggles.

PRAYER

O Lord, help us to worship you today no matter what our days may bring.  Help us to take both the good and the bad and turn it over to you.  Amen.

Lynnette Tortorich (Wisconsin, USA)

May 26, 2022

FOCUSED

Read Psalm 37:1-6

Seek first [God’s] kingdom and his righteousness, and all these thing will be given to you as well.

–Matthew 6:33 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Amid the distractions, I will focus my attention on God.

PRAYER

Creator God, help us to remain focused on your grace, goodness, and the sights and sounds of your presence around us as we seek to serve your kingdom on earth.  Amen.

Juan Carlos Gomez (Bogota, Colombia)

May 25, 2022

HELD IN PRAYER

READ Exodus 17:10-13

Aaron and Hur held [Moses’] hands up — one on one side, one on the other — so that his hands remained steady until sunset.

–Exodus 17:12 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

It’s okay to ask for help.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for the gift of prayer and friendship.  Thank you for reminding us that we do not have to do everything alone.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Sue A. Fairchild (Pennsylvania, USA)

May 24, 2022

BLESSINGS LIST

READ Psalm 61:1-8

You, O Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, and the one who lifts up my head.

–Psalm 3:3 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

A grateful attitude helps me remember God’s blessings.

PRAYER

Our heavenly Father, may we never forget that when so much in life goes wrong, you are always here to redeem our lives and make us truly whole.  Amen.

Mark A. Carter (Oregon, USA)

May 23, 2022

EAT YOUR VEGETABLES

READ John 14:15-21

Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching.  My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.”

–John 14:23 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I show my love for God when I follow God’s commands.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to honor and love you by doing all that you have commanded us to do.  As Jesus taught us, we pray, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread.  Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matt. 6:9-13, NIV). Amen.

Lei Cao Garcia-Bote (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

May 22, 2022

REMAINING OPEN

READ Exodus 2:1-10

[Moses’] sister stood at a distance, to see what would happen to him.

–Exodus 2:4 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will follow God’s plans for me, even when I don’t know where they will lead.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for the plans you make for our lives.  Keep our eyes, our ears, and our hearts open to hear and respond to your call.  Amen.

Christopher L. Scott (Washington, USA)

May 21, 2022

A CLEAR REMINDER

READ Psalm 91:9-18

God says, “Because you are devoted to me, I’ll rescue you.  I’ll protect you because you know my name.

— Psalm 91:14 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can trust God’s promises.

PRAYER

Our Make and Protector, thank you for your promises in scripture that are manifested in your care for us.  May we always be alert to reminders of your love.  Amen.

Agueda Suarez (Dominican Republic)

May 20, 2022

A NEIGHBORLY SURPRISE

READ Matthew 22:34-40

Wanting to justify himself, [a lawyer] asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

–Luke 10:29 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Where can I be a good neighbor and sow seeds of peace?

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, help us remember that we represent you.  Let your Spirit guide us so that you can work through us in amazing ways.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Suzanne Renfro (Tennessee, USA)

May 19, 2022

GOD’S DIRECTION

READ Exodus 13:17-22

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”

–Isaiah 30:21 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Regardless of the route, I will embrace God’s journey for me.

PRAYER

O Lord, thank you for your grace-filled wisdom and guidance.  Help us to rely on your directions for our lives and to draw closer to you as we travel the path you intend for us.  In Jesus’ name, we pray.   Amen.

Brian Foster (North Carolina, USA)

May 18, 2022

RESETTING MY FOCUS

READ 1 Samuel 16:1-13

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

–Psalm 19:1 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s beauty surrounds me.  I only need to stop and notice it.

PRAYER

Forgive us, God, for failing to see beauty in people created in your image.  Help us to recognize your delight in them.  Amen.

Pat Gerbrandt (Manitoba, Canada)

May 17, 2022

CHOSEN PEOPLE

READ 1 John 3:1-3

You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

–1 Peter 2:9 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will walk confidently because of who I am in Christ.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, help us to ignore the hurtful names others may call us.  Teach us to declare your truths, believing what your word says about who we are in Christ.  Amen.

Rhae Ann Ongstad (Florida, USA)

May 16, 2022

HOLY COMFORTER

READ John 14:23-27

Jesus said, “It is expedient for you that I go away:  for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.”

–John 16:7 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

In times of fear, I will turn to the Holy Spirit for comfort.

PRAYER

Dear God, we are grateful for the Holy spirit, who helps us in the challenges we face.  Thank you for the peace only your Comforter can give.  Amen.

Mark Eshun (Central Region, Ghana)

May 15, 2022

PREPARING THE WAY

READ Matthew 3:1-12

A voice of one calling:  “In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.”

–Isaiah 40:3 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How will I prepare to share Christ with others today?

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for the faithful Christians who have spread the gospel through the years.  Guide us as we prepare the way for new believers.  Amen.

Kathy Bunse (Missouri, USA)

May 14, 2022

LIVING BY FAITH

READ Psalm 116:1-9

Return, O my soul, to your rest, for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.

–Psalm 116:7 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God is faithful no matter what challenges I face.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to love and trust you no matter what happens in our lives.  Help us to stay faithful to you, as you are faithful to us.  Amen.

Rachael Pittiglio (Michigan, USA)

May 13, 2022

BEING JESUS’ DISCIPLES

READ Luke 10:1-12

Jesus said, “Go on your way.  See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves.”

–Luke 10:3 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Following Christ is not easy, but the Spirit always accompanies us.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, give us the strength and courage to follow Christ, to share the good news, and to love our enemies.  We pray the prayer Jesus taught us, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.  Give us day by day our daily bread.  And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us.  And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil” (Luke 11:2-4, KJV).  Amen.

Matheus Claus (Jakarta, Indonesia)

May 12, 2022

I AM HERE, NOT THERE

READ Isaiah 43:16-21

Forget the former things, do not dwell on the past.

–Isaiah 43:18 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

With God I can move beyond the negative memories that limit my life.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for helping us bear our burdens and for breathing new hope into us.  Amen.

Victoria Walsh (Montana, USA)

May 11, 2022

SHARE MY JOY

READ Luke 15:8-10

Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.

–Romans 12:15 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How can I share in someone’s joy today?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, you have created us for each other.  Help us to rejoice with those who are happy just as we weep with those who are sad.  Amen.

Thomas Blanton (North Carolina)

May 10, 2022

TANGIBLE ACTS OF LOVE

READ Deuteronomy 15:7-11

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

–Exodus 33:14 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

If I ask, God will give me opportunities to show love to others.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to be your hands and feet to the world around us.  Amen.

Jami Gustafson (Buryatiya, Russia)

May 9, 2022

GOD, WHERE ARE YOU?

READ Isaiah 53:1-5

He was wounded for our transgressions; He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with His stripes we are healed.

–Isaiah 53:5 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will not let my circumstances define my relationship with God.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, hear our cry.  We pray that you will surround the oppressed, the downtrodden, and those sick in body and spirit with your comfort and your love.  Amen.

Dean Gammons (North Carolina, USA)

May 8, 2022

A STEADY PATH

READ Luke 18:15-17

Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

–Proverbs 22:6 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How can I encourage someone to seek the path that leads to God?

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for people of faith who mentor children and provide opportunities for them to know you.  Amen.

Gloria Amparo Valencia Riascos (Valle del Cauca, Colombia)

May 7, 2022

THE LAND OF “WHAT IS”

READ Job 38:1-11

I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.

–Jeremiah 29:11 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will trust God’s good plan for my life.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for the good plans you have for us.  Give us the strength to trust you.  Amen.

Samuel Wagner (California, USA)

May 6, 2022

REST FOR THE WEARY

READ Ephesians 4:17-26

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God–what is good and acceptable and perfect.

–Romans 12:2 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Time spent in God’s word gives rest to my weary soul.

PRAYER

Loving God, thank you for the riches of your word and for opportunities to rest.  May our lives glorify you.  Amen.

Sarah Hopkins (Colorado, USA)

May 5, 2022

PROMISE OF PEACE

READ 2 Corinthians 9:6-11

The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

–Philippians 4:7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God knows exactly what I need today.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, help us trust that you will provide what we need.  Banish anxiety from our hearts, and fill us with peace.  Amen.

Elizabeth Erlandson (Nebraska, USA)

May 4, 2022

STANDING STRONG

READ Daniel 1:1-15

If sinners entice you, do not consent.

–Proverbs 1:10 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will commit to God’s way, knowing that it is always better.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, teach us the truth of your word.  Empower us to live in ways that glorify you.  Amen.

Joseph Adeoye (Kwara, Nigeria)

May 3, 2022

SPIRITUAL CLUTTER

READ Jeremiah 4:14-18

O Jerusalem, wash your heart clean of wickedness so that you may be saved.  How long shall your evil schemes lodge within you?

–Jeremiah 4:14 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What do I need to clean out of my heart to make more room for God?

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for loving us enough to enter our messy hearts and clear space for eternal life.  Amen.

Megan L. Anderson (Indiana, USA)

May 2, 2022

NO DISTANCE IN PRAYER

READ Matthew 8:5-13

Jesus said, “Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.”

–Matthew 18:20 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

There is no distance in prayer.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, remind us that you can draw us together in community no matter the physical distance between us.  In your holy name we pray.  Amen.

Cletus L. Hull, III (Pennsylvania, USA)

May 1, 2022

A TINY PUDDLE

READ 2 Corinthians 3:12-18

All of us are looking with unveiled faces at the glory of the Lord as if we were looking in a mirror.  We are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to the next degree of glory.  This come from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

–2 Corinthians 3:18 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When my heart is at peace, I can reflect God’s great love.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for offering your great love to us.  Calm our souls, and use us to reflect your love.  Amen.

Hisako Adachi (Kanagawa, Japan)

April 30, 2022

EXPECTATIONS

READ Psalm 143:1-10

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you.  Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.

–Psalm 143:8 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I trust God when I lay down my expectations and follow God’s ways.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, teach us to lay down our expectations and trust you to do what is best for us.  Amen.

Heather Tekavec (British Columbia, Canada)

April 29, 2022

TODAY AND FOREVER

READ Titus 3:3-7

God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

–Hebrews 13:5 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s love for me is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for your promise always to remain close to us.  Help us to remain faithful to you.  Amen.

Mark Karpinski (North Carolina, USA)

April 28, 2022

IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES

READ Psalm  29:1-11

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

–1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I won’t let the confusion of life keep me from communion with God.

PRAYER

Almighty and merciful God, help us always to make time for you, no matter how noisy and hectic our days become.  Thank you for the peace you give us when we spend time with you.  Amen.

Henry L. Childress (Arkansas, USA)

April 27, 2022

REBUILDING GOD’S HOUSE

READ Haggai 1:3-11

[The Lord of Hosts said], “My house lies in ruins, while all of you hurry off to your own houses.”

–Haggai 1:9 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How will I participate in building God’s beloved community today?

PRAYER

Dear Father, help us to focus on you today and what you would have us do to bring renewed life to your beloved community on earth.  Amen.

Dianne Fegan (Queensland, Australia)

April 26, 2022

TRUST THE HARNESS!

READ Matthew 11:25-30

Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are struggling hard and carrying heave loads, and I will give you rest.”

–Matthew 11:28 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Jesus is the only way to true peace.

PRAYER

Dear Jesus, today we pray for the strength and the will to trust you and to surrender our lives to you.  Amen.

Tony Lotito (Virginia, USA)

April 25, 2022

WORKING TO HONOR GOD

READ Colossians 3:28-25

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.

–Colossians 3:23 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will honor God in whatever I do.

PRAYER

Dear Father, thank you for giving us work and a purpose.  Help us to do whatever you set before us with the peace and joy that only honoring you can bring.  Amen.

Jo Davis (Missouri, USA)

April 24, 2022

LONGED FOR

READ Matthew 18:10-14

In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.

–Matthew 18:14 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God will help me through any difficulty I face.

PRAYER

Loving God, thank you for caring for those who are lost and wandering.  Help us to love them as you do. Amen.

Rupert Greville (England, United Kingdom)

April 23, 2022

MY RAINBOW BIBLE

READ Psalm 119:105-112

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.

–Psalm 119:105 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Daily spiritual practices yield abundant results.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to learn from the writers who share their faith in these pages.  Reveal to us how you are active in our lives.  Amen.

Abigail Gary (Pennsylvania, USA)

April 22, 2022

PLANTING SEEDS

READ Mark 4:1-9

[Jesus] also said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow.

–Mark 4:26-27 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will sow seeds of kindness, then wait and hope for joyful growth.

PRAYER

Help us, God, to be generous in our thoughts, words, and deeds to everyone we meet today.  Then may your love bring a harvest of loving and reconciled relationships.  Amen.

John Sawyer (South Carolina, USA)

April 21, 2022

TRUST IN THE LORD

READ Jeremiah 29:11-14

“I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

–Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God cares about my future and will prepare the way.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, when we cannot understand the things that are happening, give us strength to trust and obey you.  Amen.

Lei Cao Garcia-Bote (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

April 20, 2022

CARFEFUL WITNESS

READ Colossians 4:2-6

Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may knw how to answer everyone.

–Colossians 4:6 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will continue to look for ways to share the Good News.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to witness by our words and actions.  May you make us into ambassadors for you.  Amen.

Jennifer Lanane (North Carolina, USA)

April 19, 2022

TOWARD THE LIGHT

READ Luke 8:16-18

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

–John 8:12 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The light of Jesus’ love guides me on my way.

PRAYER

Lord of light, guide us so that we may walk in the brilliance of your presence.  We pray as Jesus taught us, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread.  Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matt. 6:9-13 (NIV).  Amen.

Keith Honeyman (Western Cape, South Africa)

April 18, 2022

BE NOT DISMAYED

READ PSALM 121:1-8

Fear thou not; for I am with thee:  be not dismayed; for I am thy God:  I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

–Isaiah 41:10 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even when my world collapses, God is with me.

PRAYER

O Emmanuel, thank you for hearing our prayers and walking alongside us.  Amen.

B. Beauchamp (Texas, USA)

April 17, 2022

SIGNIFICANCE OF THE CROSS

READ Romans 5:6-11

There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.

–Romans 8:1-2 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What am I doing to grow in my faith today?

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of your Son, Jesus Christ.  Help us to share the good news of the gospel with others.  Amen.

John D. Brown (Minnesota, USA)

April 16, 2022

THE ROCK LEFT BEHIND

READ Matthew 28:1-10

He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.  Come and see the place where he lay.

–Matthew 28:6 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Because of Jesus’ victory over death, I can experience new life.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for the gift of eternal life that you give us through Jesus, who overcame death and left the rock of his tomb behind.  In the name of Jesus we pray.  Amen.

Shone Gray (Wyoming, USA)

April 15, 2022

NEVER ALONE

READ Romans 8:14-17

Paul wrote, ” I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

–Romans 8:38-39 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Nothing can separate us from God’s love.

PRAYER

Thank you, God, that we can give our burdens to you.  You have power over every fear we have.  When all we can see is darkness, we praise you for your never-failing light.  Amen.

Alyssa Fritschy (Florida, USA)

April 14, 2022

GOD’S WAYS AND OURS

READ Isaiah 55:1-9

As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

–Isaiah 55:9 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When faced with questions, I will trust in God.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to believe in your plans even when we do not understand them.  Amen.

Denny Pranolo (West Java, Indonesia)

April 13, 2022

THINKING ON TARGET

READ Isaiah 26:3-8

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.

–Isaiah 26:3 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today, I will focus my thoughts on God’s word instead of my worries.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to remember and cling to your promises.  Fill our minds with your truth so that we may experience your peace.  Amen.

Lee Ann Zanon (Oregon, USA)

April 12, 2022

WHO AM I?

READ Exodus 3:7-14

Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”  And God said, “I will be with you.”

–Exodus 3:11-12 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

With God to help me, I am more than enough.

PRAYER

Dear Father, we confess our reluctance to follow you and share our faith.  Help us to remember that you are with us.  Amen.

Cindy Tanquary Peavy (Alabama, USA)

April 11, 2022

HEARING GOD’S VOICE

READ John 10:1-6

O that today you would list to [God’s] voice!

–Psalm 95:7

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will take extra time to listen for God’s voice.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, open the ears of our hearts to hear your voice in the midst of our noisy, chaotic world.  Amen.

Barney Cargile III (California, USA)

April 10, 2022

JESUS, PRINCE OF PEACE

READ 1 Kings 1:32-40

Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!  Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!  Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

–Mark 11:9-10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will honor the Prince of Peace by loving someone who is unlike me today.

PRAYER

Dear Jesus, thank you for coming into the world to proclaim God’s love for all people and nations.  Help us to embody your love.  Amen.

Sister Confianza del Senor (Colon, Honduras)

April 9, 2022

GOD’S ANSWER

READ Philippians 4:4-6

The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

–Philippians 4:7 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Prayer is our God-given answer to fear.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, today we are afraid.  But we know that in all things you are with us.  Fill our hearts with your peace.  Thank you for the care you have given us through the gift of Jesus Christ.  In his name we pray.   Amen.

Jeffrey Krodel (Pennsylvania, USA)

April 8, 2022

RELAX

READ Mark 4:35-41

[Jesus] got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

–Mark 4:39 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even when storms rage, I will cast my cares on Christ and relax.

PRAYER

Christ Jesus, be with us in our storms.  Help us to trust in your will and your ways.  Amen.

Chiazo Obludu (Ebonyi State, Nigeria)

April 7, 2022

SOARING

READ Isaiah 40:27-31

Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

–Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Where do I find strength for my journey?

PRAYER

Thank you, Lord, for renewing our strength when we place our hope in you.  Amen.

Marsha Howard (Texas, USA)

April 6, 2022

FORGIVENESS

READ Colossians 3:12-14

Confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed.

–James 5:16 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Whom do I need to ask for forgiveness today?

PRAYER

Merciful God, thank you for forgiving us when we sincerely confess to you.  Thank you also for the forgiveness of others.  Help us all to move toward the wholeness that you offer.  Amen.

Bob Alderson (Oklahoma, USA)

April 5, 2022

TINY SEEDS

READ Luke 13:18-21

[The kingdom of God] is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in the garden; it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches.

–Luke 13:19 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God can grow something wonderful from my tiny seeds of faith.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us always to be willing to give you the little faith we have so that you can use it for good.  Amen.

Keren Dibbens-Wyatt (England, United Kingdom)

April 4, 2022

STAND FIRM

READ 1 Samuel 17:34-49

David said, “The Lord, who saved me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, will save me from the hand of this Philistine.”  So Saul said to David, “Go, and may the Lord be with you!”

–1 Samuel 17:37 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God is my strength and my stronghold.

PRAYER

Dear God, give us strength and courage when we face unexpected challenges.  Thank you for helping us move forward in faith.  Amen.

Monica A. Andermann (New York, USA)

April 3, 2022

MUSIC TO MY HEART

READ Genesis 28:10-16

The Lord your God is in your midst — a warrior bringing victory.  He will create calm with his love; he will rejoice over you with singing.

–Zephaniah 3:17 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will focus my attention on what God is doing in my life.

PRAYER

Dear God, we are thankful for your constant presence in our lives.  May we continue to honor you and seek you as we live each day in faithful obedience.  Amen.

Brian Foster (North Carolina, USA)

April 2, 2022

CONSISTENT PRAYER

READ Luke 8:43-48

“Daughter, your faith has healed you,” Jesus said.  “Go in peace.”

–Luke 8:48 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I pray, I become more aware of God’s presence and grace.

PRAYER

Thank you, gracious Lord, that you are always with us in our struggles.  Help us to place our trust in your loving care.  Amen.

Maree de Wet (KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa)

April 1, 2022

BELOVED CHILDREN

READ Psalm 8:1-9

[The Lord] determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.

–Psalm 147:4 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even though I am just a small part of the universe, God cares deeply for me.

PRAYER

All-powerful and loving God, thank you for caring for each part of your creation and for calling us your children.  Amen.

Carrie Knight Kitzmiller (Texas, USA)

March 31, 2022

GENEROSITY MATTERS

READ Mark 10:17-22

Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.

–Hebrews 13:2 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will share my blessings with someone in my community.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us today to recognize needs we can meet for others, and give us a desire to do so.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Neal Mays (Arkansas, USA)

March 30, 2022

WHAT AM I SHOWCASING?

READ Ephesians 6:10-17

Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power.

–Ephesians 6:10 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

In difficult times, I will stay focused on the strength of the Lord.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, give us your strength so that we remain grounded in you.  Live in us so that we can show your beauty and love to the world.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Deepika Emmanuel Sagar (Rajasthan, India)

March 29, 2022

20/20 VISION

READ Psalm 16:5-11

The eye is the lamp of the body.  So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light.

–Matthew 6:22 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When the way forward is unclear, God can open my eyes to hope.

PRAYER

All-knowing God, give us eyes to see you clearly and the people you have given us to love.  Empower us, Holy Spirit, that we may be faithful and encourage others.  Amen.

Carlos Vazquez (Florida, USA)

March 28, 2022

REFLECT LOVE

READ Ephesians 5:1-11

Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

–Ephesians 5:1-2 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can glorify God through my actions today.

PRAYER

God Almighty, help us reflect your love to others so that our words and deeds glorify you.  As Jesus taught us, we pray, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:   For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.  Amen” (Matt. 6:9-13, KJV).

Juita Kartini (Jakarta, Indonesia)

March 27, 2022

ROSES OR POTATOES?

Read 1 Corinthians 2:6-10

As it is written:  What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” –the things God has prepared for those who love him — these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.

–1 Corinthians 2:9-10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I step out in faith, God’s unfolding plans may surprise me.

PRAYER

Thank you, Father, for all the things you have prepared for us to be and do.  Amen.

Linda P. Hamilton (Colorado, USA)

March 26, 2022

IMMERSED IN GOD

READ Psalm 139:1-9

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts.

–Psalm 139:23 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God desires to know me completely.

PRAYER

God of wisdom, thank you for allowing us to experience you.  Help us to open our hearts to your Spirit that we may be forever changed.

Ted Witham (Western Australia, Australia)

March 25, 2022

PLANTING SEEDS OF FAITH

READ 1 Corinthians 3:5-11

I am sending [my dear brother and minister in the Lord] to you for this very purpose, to let you know how we are, and to encourage your hearts.

–Ephesians 6:22 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My efforts to share God’s word are never in vain.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to share your word with everyone around us, especially those who don’t often have the opportunity to access it.  Amen.

Laurie Hess Manzer (New York, USA)

March 24, 2022

AN ANSWER TO PRAYER

READ 2 Samuel 22:31-37

It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure.

–2 Samuel 22:33 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God blesses me with unexpected gifts.

PRAYER

Loving God, help us always to put our trust in you when we are anxious.  Thank you for giving us peace in our times of need and blessing us with moments of joy.  Amen.

Bob Baer (Kansas, USA)

March 23, 2022

THE GREAT COMMISSION

READ Matthew 28:16-20

Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

–Matthew 28:19 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can take flight in my faith journey because I know God is by my side.

PRAYER

God of creation, grant us the wisdom and strength to grow in our faith and become more like Jesus, earnest in sharing the gospel with others.  Amen.

Ana M. Buela (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

March 22, 2022

GOD’S WAYS, NOT MINE

READ Proverbs 3:5-8

“My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.

–Isaiah 55:8 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God has a good plan for me.

PRAYER

Dear heavenly Father, forgive us when we doubt your goodness to us.  Remind us of your loving ways that bring us joy in living.  Move us to live in service to others.  Amen.

Stefan Woolsey-Lyons (Arkansas, USA)

March 21, 2022

PLASTIC BREAD BAGS

READ 1 Peter 2:4-10

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!  The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

–1 John 3:1 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will see myself as God sees me — worthy, holy, and anointed.

PRAYER

Abba Father, when we feel inferior and worthless, instill in our hearts the immense value and love you place on us.  Amen.

Jim Good (Ohio, USA)

March 20, 2022

FIRST DAYS

READ Genesis 1:1-5

God said, “let there be light,” and there was light.

–Genesis 1:3 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God is with me in all my beginnings and endings.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, remind us that you go before us this day.  We want the light of your word to lead and guide us in whatever we may face.  Amen.

Deborah Manera (Ontario, Canada)

March 19, 2022

WHAT’S MY MOTIVATION?

READ Matthew 6:1-4 

Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them.  If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.

–Matthew 6:1 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Doing good deeds if rewarding, no matter who knows of my actions.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us remain motivated by compassion and love for others and not our own desire for admiration and praise.  Amen.

Pamela Briese (Iowa, USA)

March 18, 2022

BEGINNING TO HEAL

READ Psalm 119:25-32

All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.

–2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s word helps me to heal and live fully.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for giving us your word.  Help us make time to meditate on it daily.  Amen.

Christopher L. Scott (Washington, USA)

March 17, 2022

AROMA OF CHRIST

READ 2 Corinthians 2:14-17

We are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.

–2 Corinthians 2:15 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God will help me to share the good news in my own unique way.

PRAYER

God of creation, thank you for your love.  Use each of us as your vessels to fill this world with the aroma of Christ’s presence.  Amen

Hisako Adachi (Kanagawa, Japan)

March 16, 2022

WHAT NO LONGER WORKS

READ 2 Corinthians 5:16-21

Jesus said, “No one pours new wine into old wineskins.  Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined.  No, they pour new wine into new wineskins.”

–Mark 2:22 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I let go of what no longer serves me, God will guide me to fresh ways.

PRAYER

Loving God, help us to discard our old ways and remain open to new experiences and fresh perspectives that bring us closer to you.  Amen.  

April Bogert (New York, USA)

March 15, 2022

ALIVE AND ACTIVE

READ Matthew 14:22-33

The word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

–Hebrews 4:12 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I read the Bible, God meets me in the word.

PRAYER

Holy Spirit, create in our hearts a desire to read the Bible and get to know you.  Speak to us in our study that we may be inspired, challenged, and transformed.  Amen.

Bob LaForge (New Jersey, USA)

March 14, 2022

SMOOTHING OUT

READ Galatians 5:22-25

If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation:  everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!

–2 Corinthians 5:17 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Every time I wash today, I will remember God’s great love for me.

PRAYER

Loving God, help us to embrace your shaping of us so that we can show your love, patience, and long-suffering to others.  Amen.

Christine Hay (Scotland, United Kingdom)

March 13, 2022

ALWAYS IN GOD’S PRESENCE

READ Psalm 139:13-18

If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.

–Psalm 139:8 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I feel abandoned by God, I can turn to faithful friends for reassurance.

PRAYER

Thank you, Lord, for watching over us and never letting us out of your sight.  Help us to remember that you will bring us peace in our struggles.  Amen.

Gerard Eha (Florida, USA)

March 12, 2022

UNITY IN CHRIST

READ John 17:17-26

Jesus said, “I pray they will be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.  I pray that they also will be in us, so that the world will believe that you sent me.”

–John 17:21 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God desires for me to walk in unity with other Christians.

PRAYER

Father God, help us to walk in unity with our brothers and sisters in Christ.  Amen.

Therese Marszalek (Minnesota, USA)

March 11, 2022

WHAT’S INSIDE

READ 1 Samuel 16:1-3

The Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.

–1 Samuel 16:7 (KIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God cares about my heart more than my outward appearance.

PRAYER

Dear God, create in us a right spirit.  Help us to see the harmful things we harbor in our hearts and to let them go.  Amen.

Olajide Kazeem Olatunji (Oyo State, Nigeria)

March 10, 2022

NOT BOTHERING GOD

READ Luke 8:49-56

While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader.  “Your daughter is dead,” he said.  “Don’t bother the teacher anymore.”  Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.”

–Luke 8:49-50 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Through prayer and praise I can share my daily life with God.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for caring about every detail of our lives and for always being ready to help us in our times of need.  Amen.

Kathleen Elizabeth Dunlap (Colorado, USA)

March 9, 2022

ANYTIME, ANYWHERE

Read James 5:13-18

This is the confidence we have in approaching God:  that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.

–1 John 5:14 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will pray for the people I see around me.

PRAYER

O God, thank you for the people who pray for us and the positive influence they can have on our lives.  Amen.

Frankie Roland, (Colorado, USA)

March 8, 2022

METAMORPHOSIS

READ John 16:25-33

Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in me  you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world.”

–John 16:33 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The struggles I face can make me stronger and draw me closer to God.

PRAYER

Creator God, we thank you for your constant presence — a loving reminder that you work within us in our struggles to help us grow and remain strong.  Amen.

Zobeida Carrasquillo (Puerto Rico)

March 7, 2022

BOUNDLESS LOVE

READ Ephesians 2:4-10

Because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions — it is by grace you have been saved.

Ephesians 2:4-5 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can trust that God’s love for me will never end.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for your limitless love which you demonstrated through Jesus, who died for us.  Help us live in a way that others may know your love as we pray, “Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.  Give us each day our daily bread.  Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.  And lead us not into temptation” (Luke 11:2-4, NIV).  Amen.

Beverly Varnado (Georgia, USA)

March 6, 2022

MADE WHOLE

READ Jeremiah 18:1-6

Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.

–Jeremiah 17:14 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Christ chose to be broken so that we could be whole.

PRAYER

Gracious Lord, thank you that by your scars we are healed and made whole.  Empower us to serve you each and every day.  Amen.

Michael D. Kurtz (North Carolina, USA)

March 5, 2022

THE GOOD SHEPHERD

READ Psalm 23:1-6

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will for no evil, for you are with me.

–Psalm 23:4 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My situation may be challenging, but God is always good.

PRAYER

Good Shepherd, thank you for walking with us.  Because of you, we do not need to be afraid.  Because of you, we can overcome all challenges.  Amen.

Linawati Santoso (East Java, Indonesia)

March 4, 2022

KEEP SOWING

READ Ecclesiastes 11:1-6

Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.

–Proverbs 19:21 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

By faith I will sow seeds and trust God with the harvest.

PRAYER

Faithful God, when we are discouraged at the lack of visible success, remind us that you will prevail and that our job is to continue to sow the seeds.  Amen.

David Brannock (Tennessee, USA)

March 3, 2022

ANGELS OF MERCY

READ Philippians 2:1-11

Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.  Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus.

–Philippians 2:4-5 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can be God’s hands of help and healing for someone today.

PRAYER

God, our ultimate healer, thank you for calling us to serve as ministering angels of mercy to those in need.  Give us the strength to love others with your love.  Amen.

Richard Whitaker (North Carolina)

March 2, 2022

WALKING THE LABYRINTH

READ Matthew 11:25-30

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.”

–John 14:6 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When my path is confusing, I can trust that Jesus journeys with me.

PRAYER

Dear Jesus, place your yoke upon us, and help us to walk lightly with you today.  Amen.

April McIntyre (England, United Kingdom)

March 1, 2022

REAL COURAGE

READ Joshua 1:1-9*

The Lord said to Joshua, “Be strong and courageous.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Because God is for me, I will not give in to fear.

PRAYER

Forgive us, Father, when we forget that you are watching over us, even in a pandemic.  Remove our fear, and renew our trust in you.  Amen.

Ken Claar (Idaho, USA)

February 28, 2022

REACHING OUT

READ Luke 19:1-10

When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down for down; for I must stay at your house today.”

–Luke 19:5 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Offering God’s love and comfort to others is worth the risk.

PRAYER

Dear Jesus, encourage us when we hesitate to reach out to those around us who are hurting or alone.  Amen.

Donald Greeley (Illinois, USA)

February 27, 2022

MY UNIQUE ROLE

READ Luke 19:1-10

I praise you [Lord] because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

–Psalm 139:14

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I embrace who God created me to be, I can better serve God and others.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, help us to see our beauty and to avoid comparisons.  Remind us to embrace our unique role in the world so that we may bless others.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Gursimran Chhatwal (Haryana, India)

February 26, 2022

A CHILD OF GOD

READ Matthew 25:35-40

The king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”

–Matthew 25:40 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I feed the hungry, I am feeding Jesus.

PRAYER

O, God, forgive us when we dismiss the needs of other.  Thank you for the people who remind us to offer what we can to help those in need.  Amen.

Harold Lemley (Georgia, USA)

February 25, 2022

TRUE SOURCE

READ Colossians 1:9-14

I can do all things through [Christ] who strengthens me.

–Philippians 4:13 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God can use my ordinary actions of love to bring compassion to the world.

PRAYER

Loving Father, make us aware of your presence so that we may bear witness to your love in all that we do. Amen.

Janice Davin (North Carolina, USA)

February 24, 2022

EYE ON JESUS

READ Matthew 14:22-33

[The Lord] reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters.

–Psalm 18:16 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Do I focus on the storm, or the One who can calm the storm?

PRAYER

Thank you, Jesus, that you always hear our cries for help, no matter the time of day or night.  Amen.

Dianne Fegan (Queensland, Australia)

February 23, 2022

THE WAITING ROOM

READ 1 John 4:7-15

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.  Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.

–1 John 4:7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will take the time to see each person I meet as a child of God.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us try to love everyone we meet as you love us.  Amen.

Gordon Talk (Kentucky, USA)

February 22, 2022

SOARING HOPE

READ Isaiah 40:27-31

Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

–Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I trust God, my strength is renewed.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us strength when we are weak and weary.  Help us to rely on you instead of our own limited power and ability.  Amen.

Kelli K. Walker (Missouri, USA)

February 21, 2022

DIVINE PROVISION

READ Philippians 4:4-14

God will fully satisfy every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

–Philippians 4:19 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can trust that God knows my needs.

PRAYER

Eternal God, help us to obey you today, and grant us faith to see your provision.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Raphael Ufuoma Williams (South Africa)

February 20, 2022

FOLLOWING IN FAITH

READ Luke 1:46-55

Mary said, “With all my heart I glorify the Lord!  In the depths of who I am I rejoice in God my savior.”

–Luke 1:46-47 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

With God, I can walk confidently into the unknown.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for loving us.  Please help us to remember Mary’s trust and follow you in faith.  Amen.

Bethany M-L Verrett (Virginia, USA)

February 19. 2022

THE GIFT OF ONE ANOTHER

READ 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13

Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you.  Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.

-Hebrews 13:7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Who is my role model in following Christ?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, surround us with people who can help us grow closer to you.  Then help us to lead others in the way that leads to mature faith.  Amen.

Jason Koon (North Carolina, USA)

February 18, 2022

THERE IS HOPE

READ Psalm 63:1-8

Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.

–Psalm 63:7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I fail, I will look to God for help and try again.

PRAYER

God of hope, we call upon your name and your help in our times of need.  When we want to give up, help us to keep going.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Vimbai Chizarura )Mashonaland East, Zimbabwe)

February 17, 2022

I WILL FORGIVE

READ John 8:2-11

“Woman, where are they?  Has n one condemned you?” ‘No one, sir,’ she said. ‘Then neither do I condemn you,’ Jesus declared. ‘God now and leave your life of sin.”

–John 8:10-11 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will follow Christ’s teaching and forgive my enemies today.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us be faithful to you in our forgiveness.  Help us find it in our hearts to forgive those who have wronged us.  Amen.

Matthew Holden (Indiana, USA)

February 16, 2022

LONELINESS

READ Matthew 22:34-40

Jesus said, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

–Matthew 22:39 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will show God’s love by greeting people I meet.

PRAYER

Dear Jesus, help us to live your commandment to love you and to love others.   Amen.

Beverly Taylor (Arizona, USA)

February 15, 2022

A GENTLE HEART

READ Matthew 11:28-30

Let your gentleness be evident to all.  The Lord is near.

–Philippians 4:5 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I am weighed down by self-criticism, I will remember to gentle like Jesus.

PRAYER

Dear God, as we pursue goals in life, teach us to be gentle with ourselves and others.  Amen

Piyumi Kapugeekiyana (Western Province, Sri Lanka)

February 14, 2022

LOVING GOD

READ 1 John 4:16-19

We love because [God] first loved us.

–1 John 4:19 (NRSV

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will be intentional about showing my love for God today.

PRAYER

Loving God, we want to know you and be known by you.  May your love radiate from us so that others will know your love.  Amen.

Drexel C. Rankin (Kentucky, USA)

February 13, 2022

PERFECT PEACE

READ Psalm 23:1-6

Thou wilt keep hi in perfect peace, who mind is stayed on thee:  because he trusteth in the.

–Isaiah 26:3 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When troubles overwhelm me, God will ease my burden.

PRAYER

Merciful God, we surrender our lives to you.  May we live for your glory.  And when it is time to die, may we die in faith.  Amen.

Bekubda Voigtmann (Missouri, USA)

February 12, 2022

NEW SHOOTS

READ John 11:38-44

Jesus said to [Martha], “I am the resurrection and the life.  Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.  Do you believe this?”

–John 11:25-26 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I trust that God can always bring new life.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to trust in you even when we don’t see your presence.  Grant us patience, for we knw you can bring new life out of every situation.  As Jesus taught us, we pray, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come.   Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.  Amen”  (Matt. 6:9-13, KJV)

Olaiya Muyiwa Benralph (Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria)

February 11, 2022

SEND ME!

READ Isaiah 6:1-8

I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send?  And who will go for us?”  And I said, “Here am I.  Send me!”

–Isaiah 6:8 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I say yes, God can do great things through me.

PRAYER

Dear God, help each of us to be willing to say yes to you.  Give us the strength to serve you in whatever ways we can.  Amen.

Katie J. Trent (Arizona, USA)

February 10, 2022

GOD’S LIGHT IN ME

READ John 1:1-14

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

–John 1:5 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s light is always in me because I belong to God.

PRAYER

Thank you, Father, for the gift of light you have given us through your Son.  Amen.

Jerry White (Florida, USA)

February 9, 2022

SHARING BLESSINGS

READ 1 Corinthians 9:19-23

Paul wrote, “I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.”

–1 Corinthians 9:23 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

By humbling myself to serve others, I can be God’s blessing to many.

PRAYER

Dear Jesus, thank you for opportunities to serve you and to show your love to others.  Amen.

Linda Chandra (Banton, Indonesia)

February 8, 2022

LOOKING CLOSELY

READ Proverbs 2:1-8

Happy are those who find wisdom and those who gain understanding.

–Proverbs 3:13 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will take time to look for God’s beauty and truth.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us scripture.  As we read it, help us to slow down and look for the beauty and truth in every verse.  Amen.

Geo Pickell (North Dakota, USA)

February 7, 2022

REDEMPTION

READ Isaiah 55:6-9

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.

–Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My experiences equip me to show God’s comfort to others.

PRAYER

Father God, thank you for being with us as we grieve.  Teach us patience as we learn to trust you in all things.  Amen.

Brad Butler (North Carolina, USA)

February 6, 2022

EMBRACING CERTAINTY

READ Matthew 6:25-34

Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

–Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I trust that God has a good plan for my future.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, please help us to have faith in you and to let go of fear as we entrust the future to you.  Amen.

Keren Philips (Karnataka, India)

February 5, 2022

IMMEASURABLE GOD

READ Psalm 147:5 (NRSV)

Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.

–Psalm 147:5 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Though I cannot fully comprehend God, I trust God’s power and love.

PRAYER

Immeasurable God, thank you for allowing us to see a glimpse of who you are.  Help us to trust you far beyond our own understanding.  Amen.

Luke Ecklund Heberle (Ohio, USA)

February 4, 2022

A DIFFERENT PLAN

Read Proverbs 3:5-6

“I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

–Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s ways are not my ways.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us not to hold too tightly to our own expectations and hopes so that we may align our desires with yours.  Amen.

Siyhani Jones (Illinois, USA)

February 3, 2022

WHO IS MY NEIGHBOR?

READ Luke 10:25-37

Wanting to justify himself, [the lawyer] asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

Luke 10:29 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will follow Jesus’ commandment to love my neighbor.

PRAYER

Your words are written on our hearts, O God.  Embolden our resolve to show our love for you by helping our neighbors.

Luis Pasten Pasten (Antofagasta, Chili)

February 2, 2022

SINGING PRAISES

READ Psalm 100:1-5

Sing to the Lord with thanks; sing praises to our God with a lyre!

–Psalm 147:7

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will worship God with joy and thanksgiving.

PRAYER

Holy Father, help us to hear your voice during our times of worship.

Bobbie Smith Bryant (Kentucky, USA)

February 1, 2022

THROUGH THE FOG

Read 1 Samuel 3:2-11

The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel, Samuel!”  Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.

–1 Samuel 3:10-11 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How do I take time to listen for God’s voice?

PRAYER

O God, be forever the light before us and the voice that calls us.  Help us to listen and respond.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Tim Tate (Virginia, USA)

January 31, 2022

A HEART FILLED WITH JOY

READ Hebrews 12:1-3

Let us also lay aside every weight and the sine that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross.

–Hebrews 12:1-2 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will let go of the clutter in my heart so that I can better serve God.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, show us the things in our hearts that don’t spark joy, and help us release them to  you.  Help us to run our race with joy and endurance.

Shelly Marolla (Victoria, Australia)

January 30, 2022

I CAN HEAR YOU, LORD

READ Psalm 25:1-7

We are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

–Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will talk to God as I go about my daily tasks.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to her you, to do your work, and to talk to you more each day.  Amen.

Megan Vollmer (Wisconsin, USA)

January 29, 2022

GOD’S TIMING

READ Ecclesiastes 3:9-13

Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.

–Proverbs 19:21 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even when I don’t fully understand, I will trust God.

PRAYER

O Lord, help us to remember that you are forever faithful, even when we can’t see the bigger picture.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

R. G. Wood (Ohio, USA)

January 28, 2022

THE POWER OF WORDS

READ James 3:9-18

Let the words of my mouth and the mediation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

–Psalm 19:14 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will speak words of hope by sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.

PRAYER

Fine-tune our words, O God, so that others will know that we are followers of Christ.  We pray as Jesus taught us, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread.  Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” (Matt. 6:9-13, NIV).  Amen.

Julianis Baez de Pichardo (Dominican Republic)

January 27, 2022

LEARNING TO TRUST

READ Psalm 94:16-19

When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.

Psalm 94:19 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can grow in my faith by trusting God with my concerns.

PRAYER

Dear God, in our times of need, open our eyes to your love and faithfulness.  Help us to grow in our faith by surrendering our struggles to you.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Doreen Alvarez (Florida, USA)

January 26, 2022

PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

READ Acts 12:6-17

Jesus said, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

–Mark 11:24 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How has God acted in my past?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to see the ways you have guided us in the past, and grant us faith to trust our futures to you, no matter what is happening in the present.

Bill Kirklin (Indiana, USA)

January 25, 2022

A DEEP SEARCH

READ Psalm 139:1-12

Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

–Psalm 139:23-24

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s light can illumine even the darkest corners of my life.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for your steadfast love.  Search our hearts and lives and help us always to be obedient to you.  Amen.

Carol Harrison (Saskatchewan, Canada)

January 24, 2022

A PLACE FOR US

READ Ephesians 2:14-22

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!

–1 John 3:1 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I always fit in because I am part of God’s loving family.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to realize that we are your family and that is what matters most.

Josey McChesney (Missouri, USA)

January 23, 2022

GIVING FROM THE HEART

READ Matthew 18:1-5

Whoever therfore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

–Matthew 18:4 (JV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How do those around me teach me about Jesus?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for the children in our lives who teach us about your unselfish, genuine love.  Help us to become more like them.  Amen.

Larry Dowell (North Carolina, USA)

January 22, 2022

GOD’S GRACE IS SUFFICIENT

READ 2 Corinthians 12:1-10

[The Lord] said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”  Therfore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses so that christ’s power may rest on me.

–2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s grace is with us today and always.

PRAYER

God of mercy, even in our weakness we remain confident that your grace is sufficient for us and we, in turn, can be attentive to the needs of others.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Nelly Garcia Gallardo (Mexico City, Mexico)

January 21, 2022

TO LOVE AND TO LAUGH

READ John 4:4-26

Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

–John 4:10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God can transform my life.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for the good gifts you give us.  Thank you especially for the gift of salvation through your Son, Jeus Christ.  Amen.

Elizabeth Erlandson (Nebraska, USA)

January 20, 2022

TEMPEST

READ Psalm 91:9-16

Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.

Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God is with me through tempests and struggle, offering peace.

PRAYER

Lord Jesus, be with us this day, in tempests and calm.  Comfort us with the knowledge that you are always near.  Amen.  

John R. Robinson (Georgia, USA)

January 19, 2022

GENEROSITY

READ Luke 6:37-42

Your eye is the lamp of your body.  If your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light; but if it is not healthy, your body is full of darkness.  Therefore, consider whether the light in you is not darkness.

–Luke 11:34-35 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I am frustrated with others, I will focus on God’s love for them.

PRAYER

Dear Lord Jesus, help us to learn from you how to be tolerant, forgiving, and loving to all whom we meet.  Amen.

Helen Pain (England, United Kingdom)

January 18, 2022

OBEDIENCE

READ Psalm 11:1-10

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom:  a good understanding have all they that do his commandments:  his praise endureth for ever.

–Psalm 111:10 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even if it is not what I am used to, I will follow God’s ways.

PRAYER

Dear God, may we always be quick to obey you.  Help us remember that your ways are always for our good.  amen.

Bob LaForge (New Jersey, USA)

January 17, 2022

STARGAZING

READ Genesis 1:14-28

Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.

–Daniel 12:3 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Knowing that God sees the whole picture brings me comfort.

PRAYER

Creator God, thank you for having your loving hand upon us each day.  Help us focus on you so that we will make choices that bring you honor and glory.  Amen.

Lori Hulvey (Illinois, USA)

January 16, 2022

PROMPTING

READ Haggal 1:2-5, 12-13

Then Haggai, the Lord’s messenger, gave this message of the Lord to the people:  “I am with you,” declares the Lord.

–Haggai 1:13 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will look for God’s promptings in my conversations with others.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for your unconditional love.  Empower us to respond by growing in relationship with you.  Amen.

Andrew Michael Ardoin (Louisiana, USA)

January 15, 2022

MORE THAN WORDS

READ John 20:24-29

Be  like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.

–1 Peter 3:8 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Using all my senses can open me to God’s presence.

PRAYER

Precious Lord, help us to be understanding of the unique ways each person receives your good news.  In the name of Jesus.  Amen.

Mary Hunt Webb (New Mexico, USA)

January 14, 2022

THE LOOK

READ Luke 22:54-62

Peter replied, “Man, I don’t know what you’re talking about!”  Just as he was speaking, the rooster crowed.  The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter.

–Luke 22:60-61 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God is looking at me today with eyes of forgiving love.

PRAYER

Loving Savior, help us to remember that your boundless love and sacrifice cover all our sins.  May we look at others the way you do.  Amen.

Tom Smith (Utah, USA)

January 13, 2022

SPIRITUAL NUTRITION

READ Deuteronomy 6:1-9

Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

–Proverbs 22:6 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How will I offer spiritual nourishment to someone today?

PRAYER

Loving Father, thank you for the gift of those who love and care for us physically and spiritually.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Neeta Nayna Macwan (Gujarat, India)

January 12, 2022

A NEW NAME

READ Isaiah 62:1-5

The nations shall see your vindication, and all the kings your glory; and you shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will give.

–Isaiah 62:2 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My identity as God’s child is stronger than any label others can give me.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for naming us and calling us your own.  Help us to live in a way that brings you glory.  Amen.

Mike Medeiros (California, USA)

January 11, 2022

GETTING TO KNOW GOD

READ Matthew 7:7-12

Jesus said, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”

–Matthew 7:7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I face challenges, I will turn to God in prayer.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for people who guide us closer to you.  thank you for always opening the door when we knock.  Amen.

Shelley C. Wu (California, USA)

January 10, 2022

GOD’S BELOVED

READ Psalm 139″13-18

Jesus said, “How can you believe since you accept glory from one another but do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?

–John 5:44 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I am God’s beloved — that is what defines me.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to root our identity in you rather than what others say.  Amen.

Michelle Laura Heed (New York, USA)

January 9, 2022

CONTINUED GROWTH

READ Ephesians 4:25-32

Be kind, compassionate, and forgiving to each other, in the same way God forgave you in Christ.

–Ephesians 4:32 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Compassionate forgiveness is a part of my journey toward wholeness.

PRAYER

Gracious Creator, despite our sadness and pain, help us dare to live with compassion.  Heal our wounds so that we may embrace new life.  Amen.

Cameron Kempson (North Carolina, USA)

January 8, 2022

BEHIND THE SCENES

READ John 6:5-13

Andrew said, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”

–John 6:9 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even humble efforts can change lives.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, magnify our small, faithful efforts so that we may join you in blessing others today.  Amen.

Inger J. Logelin (Washington, USA)

January 7, 2022

NOT ALONE

READ 1 Kings 19:9-18

Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble.  but take heart!  I have overcome the world.”

–John 16:33 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can have courage because God is with me.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to remember your presence when we feel alone.  We pray the prayer Jesus taught us, “Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.  Give us each day our daily bread.  Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.  and lead us not into temptation” (Luke 11:2-4, NIV).  Amen.

Valerie Clark (KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa)

January 6, 2022

DAY OF THE KINGS

READ Matthew 2:1-12

On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him.

–John 16:33 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can have courage because God is with me.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to remember your presence when we feel along.  We pray the prayer Jesus taught us, “Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.  Give us each day our daily bread.  Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.  And lead us not into temptation” (Luke 11:2-4, NIV)  Amen.

Valerie Clark (KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa)

January 5, 2022

PRAISE PRAYERS

READ Psalm 33:1-9

Sing to the Lord a new song!  Sing his praise from the ends of the earth!

–Isaiah 42:10 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will balance my prayerful petitions with praise what God has done.

PRAYER

Dear Lord God, help us not to wait until we need something but to stay close to you at all times, expressing praise and trust.  Amen.  

Valerie Bryant Bennett (Tennessee, USA)

January 4, 2022

HOLDING ON TO GOD

READ Job 1:13-22

In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.

–Job 1:22 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Because God loves me, I can hold on.

PRAYER

Loving God, hold us in your embrace when we are struggling to hold on to you and to a joyful life.  Amen.

Ted Witham (Western Australia, Australia)

January 3, 2022

A HEART OF LOVE

READ Ephesians 3:14-21

I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power…to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge — that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

–Ephesians 3:17-19 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Christ’s love for me knows no bounds.

PRAYER

Dear loving Father, teach ourhearts to know the unconditial love of Christ Jesus and to let that love overflow toward others.  Amen.

Bernadette Butler (Ohio, USA)

January 2, 2022

RECOGNITION

READ John 13:31-35

Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.

–John 13:34-35 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Does my relationship with Jesus show through my actions?

PRAYER

Dear Jesus, help us to reflect you in all that we do.  May others see you in us today and every day.  Amen.

Nicolas Patterson (Florida, USA)

January 1, 2022

COUNTING THE DAYS

READ Psalm 90:1-2

Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

–Psalm 90:12 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My agenda today is to be grateful for God’s blessings.

PRAYER

Giver of life, each day is a gift from you.  Help us to acknowledge that gift as we work to do your will and praise your name.  Amen.

Frine Paola Cedano Berroa (Dominican Republic)

December 31, 2021

STILL ON THE BOAT

READ Mark 4:35-41

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.

–Isaiah 43:2 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Rather than focusing on the storm, I will focus on Jesus, who is always with me.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, sometimes our storms are so frightening that we forget you are with us.  Help us to trust you to take us safely to the other shore.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Jennifer Prince KInglsey (Alabama, USA)

December 30, 2021

OVERCOMING SADNESS

READ Psalm 30:1-12

You turned my wailing tinto dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy.

–Psalm 30:11 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Sadness will come, but God’s gift of joy will follow.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you that you are always with us–even in our deep sadness.  Thank you for the beautiful ways that you show up to bring us joy.  Amen.

Kim Harms (Iowa, USA)

December 29, 2021

CHANGE THE WORLD

READ Luke 6:37-49

Why do you call me “Lord, Lord,” and do not do what I tell you?

–Luke 6:46 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

With Christ’s help, I can change the world.

PRAYER

Dear God, as we walk with you, help us continue to change to become more like Christ so that with you we can change the world.  Amen.

Jason John (New South Wales, Australia)

December 28, 2021

RESTING IN GOD’S WILL

READ Matthew 11:28-30

Jesus said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

–Matthew 11:28 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God has a special purpose for every season in our lives.

PRAYER

Thank you, Father God, for guiding our lives.  Help us to trust in your perfect will.  Amen.

Belle Todd (Texas, USA)

December 27, 2021

SIGNS

READ John 2:1-12

The steward called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guest have become drunk.  But you have kept the good wine until now.”

–John 2:9-10 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Jesus’ miracles point us to salvation.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for the signs that point the way to you.  Help us to follow you faithfully.  Amen.

Adam Benson, (North Carolina, USA)

December 26, 2021

NEVER ALONE

READ Proverbs 23:22-25

Each of you must respect your mother and father, and you must observe my Sabbaths.  I am the Lord, your God.

–Leviticus 19:3 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God is my perfect parent.

PRAYER

Dear God, than you for parents and all their successes and failures.  Thank you for being our perfect heavenly parent.  Amen.

Flo Au (Hong Kong, China)

December 25, 2021

CHRISTMAS DAY

Read Luke 2:4-7

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

–2 Corinthians 9:7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Regardless of the circumstance, I can always do my part to serve God.

PRAYER

Loving God, you have given us our talents and our lives; help us to use them for your purposes today.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Ken Claar (Idaho, USA)

December 24, 2021

CHRISTMAS EVE

READ Luke 1:26-37

Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

–Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Amid the uncertainty in the world I can look to scripture to keep my faith strong.

PRAYER

God Almighty, thank you for giving us Jesus Christ.  Help us to keep his peace and hope alive in our hearts.  We pray as Jesus taught us, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.  Give us day by day our daily bread.  And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us.  And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil” (Luke 11:2-4, KJV). Amen.

Juita Kartini (Jakarta, Indonesia)

December 23, 2021

MAKING SPACE

READ Ephesians 4:25-32

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.

–Ephesians 4:32 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Forgiving is hard, but God’s grace makes it possible.

PRAYER

Dear God, give us the desire and power to forgive others.  Clear our lives of resentment and anger so we can forgive and make space for love.  Amen.

Bob LaForge (new Jersey, USA)

December 22, 2021

DIFFERENT KIND OF MIRACLE

READ Isaiah 41:1-10

Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

–Isaiah 41:10

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will look for God’s unexpected miracles.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for your presence in our lives and for the knowledge that we are never alone.  Thank you for the miracles you perform and for the assurance of your love and acceptance.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Grace Epperson (Michigan, USA)

December 21, 2021

ROOTED IN LOVE

READ Ephesians 3:14-21

I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power ….to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.

–Ephesians 3:17-19 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I am rooted in Christ’s love, I can feel at home anywhere.

PRAYER

Thank you, Lord, that we can step into the future confidently because we know you are with us.  Amen.

Hazel V. Thompson (England, United Kingdom)

December 20, 2021

WONDERFULLY MADE

READ Psalm 139:7-18

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

–Psalm 139:14

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I am one of God’s masterpieces.

PRAYER

Dear God, teach us to value and love ourselves.  Help us not to compare ourselves to others and instead to walk with confidence as the unique people you made us.  Amen.

Perla Yaneth (Texas, USA)

December 19, 2021

4TH SUNDAY OF ADVENT

READ Matthew 5:14-16

[God’s] word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.

–Psalm 119:105

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can be God’s light for someone whose world seems dark.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, help us to brighten someone’s day with your love through an encouraging word, an act of kindness, or simply a smile.  Amen.

Patrick Baumer (Indiana, USA)

December 18, 2021

SURRENDERING WORRY

READ 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world.”

–John 16:33 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will take time to name my pain and joy and surrender it all to God.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, give us the wisdom to see what actions we can take today to find and offer joy as we surrender future to you.  Amen.

Shelly Marolla (Victoria, Australia)

December 17, 2021

PRAYERS NEVER DIES

READ Revelation 5:1-8

When [the Lamb] had taken the scroll, the fur living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell before the Lamb, each holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.

–Revelation 5:8 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today, I will confidently trust God for all that I need.

PRAYER

Dear Father, thank you for the eternal life that you offer us through your Son, Jesus.  Help us to keep an eternal perspective as we walk through each day.  Amen.

Stephen Hopkins (Tennessee, USA)
 

December 16, 2021

THE WORK OF THE SPIRIT

READ John 14:15-26

Jesus said, “The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”

–John 14:26 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The Holy Spirit helps me bear the fruit of God’s word.

PRAYER

We are grateful, God, for the Holy Spirit, who inspires us to open our minds, our eyes, and our hearts to follow where you lead.  Amen.

Mayerling Moreno Valdiris (Miranda, Venesuela)

December 15, 2021

“TRAPPED” IN THE AIRPORT

READ Romans 12:9-16

The Lord says, Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you.”

–Jeremiah 29:7 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

In any stressful circumstance, I can loo for ways to serve God.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, when we feel trapped, show us how to be a witness to your loving presence.  Amen.

Leland P. Gamson (Indiana, USA)

December 14, 2021

GOD’S WILL

READ Romans 8:35-39

God is our refuge and strength, a help always near in times of great trouble.

–Psalm 46:1 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even in my darkest hour, God will never abandon me.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to be kinder, gentler, more connected to one another.  Surround us with your love.  Amen.

Becky Virgalla (Connecticut, USA)

December 13, 2021

FOLLOW THE LEADER

READ 1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1

Paul wrote, “Follow my example as I follow the example of Christ.”

–1 Corinthians 11:1 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How am I leading others to Christ?

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, help us to be models of faithful discipleship for all to see.  In the name of the Christ whom we follow.  Amen.

Wayne Greenawalt (Illinois, USA)

December 12, 2021

3rd SUNDAY OF ADVENT

READ Matthew 1:18-23

“Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.”

–Matthew 1:23 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When we are most in need, God is closer than ever.

PRAYER

Lord Jesus, thank you for the peace that you give us and the assurance that you are with us in our painful moments.  Comfort all who grieve during this Christmas season.  Amen.

Karen Tarine (National Capital Region, Philippines)

December 11, 2021

WELCOMING OTHERS

READ Joshua 2:8-15, 21

God does not have favorites.

–Romans 2:11 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Who is God inviting me to welcome into my community?

PRAYER

Dear God, give us open hearts, minds, and eyes to see how beautiful our differences can be.  Help us to trust your creativity.  Amen.

Kimberly Rice Smith (North Carolina, USA)

December 10, 2021

FOCUSED ON JESUS

READ Psalm 23:1-6

Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.

–Hebrews 12:1-2 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will focus my thoughts on Jesus.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us keep our yes fixed on your ways.  Guide our paths daily as we walk both with you and toward you.  Amen.

James Stewart (Illinois, USA)

December 9, 2021

LOVING FIRST

READ 1 John 4:19-21

We love because God first loved us.

–1 John 4:19 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will look for opportunities to surprise others with acts of love.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us not to wait for others to show love to us, but give us courage to love them first.  Amen.

Carola Spreacker (New Mexico, USA)

December 8, 2021

NO LONGER AFRAID

READ John 1:1-9

The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned.

–Matthew 4:16 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Christmas is the celebration of Jesus, the Light of the World.

PRAYER

God of Light, fill our hearts with the joy of Christmas so that the light of the gospel can shine anew in the world.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Olaiya Muyiwa Benralph (Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria)

December 7, 2021

TRUST IN THE LORD

READ Luke 5:17-26

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

–Psalm 118:24

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

In the face of pain and loss, I will put my trust in the Lord.

PRAYER

Dear God, we rejoice in the gift of family.  Even as we pray for miracles in the face of illness and pain, we hold on to the hope of your promise of eternal life.  Amen.

Dolly Doss (Texas, USA)

December 6, 2021

GODLY INTERRUPTIONS

READ Matthew 25:31-46

“Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?

–Matthew 25:44 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Every day I will watch for Godly interruptions.

PRAYER

Loving God, help us to be alert to each person you put in our path today.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Tom Smith (Utah, USA)

December 5, 2021

2nd SUNDAY OF ADVENT

READ John 1:10-18

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.  We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

–John 1:14 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The birth of Jesus Christ renews my hope.

PRAYER

Dear Father, thank you for the gift of Jesus and all that his birth means to us.  Shine your light into the world so that everyone can experience the hope of new and eternal life through him.  Amen.

Teresa Todt (Illinois, USA)

December 4, 2021

RECONCILING LOVE

READ Genesis 33:1-10

Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept.

–Genesis 3:4 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What relationships in my life need reconciliation?

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, teach us to love as you love.  Bless us with a spirit of reconciliation so that we can apologize and forgive freely.  Amen.

Anthony Lang (New South Wales, Australia)

December  3, 2021

FINDING GOD

READ Isaiah 40:28:31

[Paul and Silas] answered, “Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

–Acts 16:31 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When Christ calls, I will follow.

PRAYER

Dear God, guide us and open our hearts and hands to you.  Amen.

Alondra Olmos (Texas, USA)

December 2, 2021

FULLY CHARGED

READ Psalm 62:1-12

Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.

–Psalm 62:5 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What will I do to recharge my spiritual batteries this week?

PRAYER

Dear God, help us always to make time for yo so that we can keep our spirits fully alive and ready to respond to your call.  Amen.

Carol Parker (England, United Kingdom)

December 1, 2021

NO NEED TO FEAR

READ Deuteronomy 31:1-6

[The Lord] will never leave you nor forsake you.

–Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God will comfort me during any time of uncertainty.

PRAYER

Loving God, we thank you for your promise always to be with us.  In our times of anxiety, help us to reach out to you and receive your peace.  Amen.

Eric Gamber (Pennsylvania, USA)

November 30, 2021

A MASTERPIECE

READ Psalm 8:1-9

We are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

–Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Instead of judging myself and others, I will admire God’s creations.

PRAYER

Dear God, you are the Master Creator with an eye for detail.  Help us to see each individual and ourselves with your eyes.  Amen.

Denise L. Armstrong (Ohio, USA)

November 29, 2021

WORRIES INTO PRAYERS

READ Philippians 4:4-9

Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God.

–Philippians 4:6 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will worry less and pray more.

PRAYER

Lord Jesus, give us faith to release our worries and pray more.  Help us always to be thankful for what you’ve done and what you will do.

Ubong E. A. Zeal (Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria)

November 28, 2021

1ST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

READ John 8:12-20

Jesus spoke to them saying, “I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”

–John 8:12 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will let Christ’s light shine through me today.

PRAYER

O Christ, thank you for your light of life.  Help us to remain focused on you in this season and always.  Amen.

Laurel Balyeat Morrison (California, USA)

November 27, 2021

AN OPEN MIND

See, I have inscribed you in the palms of my hands.

–Isaiah 49:16

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s presence in my life means I am never truly alone.

PRAYER

Loving God, help us always to trust in you and be open to your plans for us.  Remind us of your presence and guidance when we are lonely.  Amen.

Jesse Cantu (Texas, USA)

November 26, 2021

UNEXPECTED PLACES

READ Psalm 145:17-21

The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.  He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.

–Psalm 145:18-19 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God loves and cares for me always.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to remember your goodness and faithfulness always.  May we lean on you in times of distress, knowing that you hear our cries.  Amen.

Amy Culwell (Alabama, USA)

November 25, 2021

GRATEFUL AND GENEROUS

READ 2 Corinthians 9:10-15

You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

–2 Corinthians 9:11 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will show gratitude to God by giving generously.

PRAYER

Generous God, thank you for your living-kindness and the blessings we receive each day.  Inspire us to be generous with everyone we can, in whatever ways we can.  In the name of the One who gave his life for us.  Amen.

Yesenia Rosado (Dominican Republic)

November 24, 2021

OPPORTUNITIES TO OBEY

READ Luke 9:57-62

Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.

–Luke 9:62 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What small moments can I submit to Christ today?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to see you in the ordinary moments of daily existence.  Show us ways to submit our lives to you and to learn obedience.

Jason Koon (North Carolina, USA)

November 23, 2021

THE PERSON IN FRONT OF YOU

READ John 8:1-11

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness.  Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

–2 Peter 3:9 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Jesus loves every person in my community.

PRAYER

Forgiving Christ, help us to love and pray for people who actions we cannot comprehend.  Amen.

Beverly Marshall-Goodell (Georgia, USA)

November 22, 2021

THE NARROW PATH

READ Luke 13:22-30

Jesus said, “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door.”

–Luke 13:24 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Following Christ through the narrow door allows me to live abundantly.

PRAYER

Lead us, Lord, through the narrow door onto the narrow path where we may better recognize and appreciate your gifts to us.  Amen.

Ted Witham (Western Australia, Australia)

November 21, 2021

WAITING FOR GOD

READ Psalm 27:1-14

Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!

–Psalm 27:14

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When we wait in faith, we will see the goodness of God.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for your patience with us when we wait with worry and frustration.  Help us to draw strength and courage from you as we wait on your word.  Amen.

Mary Wisner (Michigan, USA)

November 20, 2021

A SENSE OF URGENCY

READ Luke 15:8-10

Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.

–Psalm 105:4 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will search for Jesus as urgently as he seeks me.

PRAYER

Dear God, forgive us when we forget to prioritize our faith, and help us to pursue your wisdom as we journey day by day.  Amen.

Travis Teague (North Carolina, USA)

November 19, 2021

TRUSTING GOD

READ Exodus 17:1-7

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight.  In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

–Proverbs 3:5-6 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God sees my need and will always answer.

PRAYER

Help us, Lord, to trust you always.  Amen.

Carol Macwan (Gujarat, India)

November 18, 2021

STRENGTH AND PEACE

READ 2 Corinthians 12:2-20

Paul wrote, “[The Lord] said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”

–2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God loves me and is present in every situation.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, when we face trials that seem insurmountable, thank you for your love, mercy, and grace that provide us strength, hope, and unexplained peace.  Amen.

John Wesley “Wes” Sexton (South Carolina, USA)

November 17, 2021

OUR NOISY WORLD

READ 1 Kings 19-9-12

Be still, and know that I am God.

–Psalm 46:10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

In the quiet I can hear God’s voice.

PRAYER

Gracious God, help us to quiet ourselves amid the chaos around us so that we can hear your vice more clearly.  Amen.

Lori Hatcher (South Carolina, USA)

November 16, 2021

GOD CAN

READ 1 Peter 5:6-11

Cast all your anxiety on [God] because he cares for you.

–1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God will guide me in whatever God has asked me to do.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for helping us to move past our fears.  Help us to trust that you will equip us for the tasks you ask of us.  Amen.

Carol Harrison (Saskatchewan, Canada)

November 15, 2021

GREATER LOVE

READ Genesis 1:26-31

If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,” and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.

–Matthew 17:20 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God is greater than my struggles.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for your love and compassion.  Help us to remember that you are greater than all our struggles.  We pay the prayer Jesus taught us, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread.  Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matt. 6:9-13, NIV). Amen.

Reece Martin (Texas, USA)

November 14, 2021

GOD HEALED MY HEART

READ Matthew 9:18-22

The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.  The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

–Psalm 34:17-18 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God hears and answers my prayers.

PRAYER

Dear God, heal those who are broken, both physically and spiritually.  Give us all new days and new ways to find the joy in our lives.  Amen.

Penny Frost McGinnis (Ohio, USA)

November 13, 2021

UNCONDITIONAL LOVE

READ Hosea 11:1-8

When Israel was a child, I loved him…How can I give you up, Ephraim?  How can I hand you over, Israel?

–Hosea 11:1,8 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Because God faithfully loves me, I will faithfully love others.

PRAYER

Dear Father, thank you for your unconditional love that spills over into our lives and hearts.  Give us the courage to love others even when it is difficult.  Amen.

Dianne Fegan (Queensland, Australia)

November 12, 2021

NO MATTER THE DISTANCE

READ Matthew 8:5-13

The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof.  But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.

–Matthew 8:8 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

No distance can separate me from God.

PRAYER

Dear Heavenly Father, help us to have the faith to know that you hear our prayers, no matter the time or distance.  Watch over our loved ones who are suffering.  Amen.

Johnny Nelson (Texas, USA)

November 11, 2021

GOD LIFTS US

READ Esther 10:1-3

[The Lord our God] raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghilll; That he may set him with princes, even with the princes of his people.

–Psalm 113:7-8

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My pain is a process that God is helping me through.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, you see our pain and shame.  Teach us to have confidence in you to lift us up regardless of our present situation.  Amen.

Oluwasola Jegede (Lagos, Nigeria)

November 10, 2021

OFFERING WHAT WE HAVE

READ Psalm 118:21-25

The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.

-Psalm 118:22 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What I reject, God may use for good.

PRAYER

Gracious God, may your Spirit flow through those parts of us that we have given up on.  Help us to look for the blessings in others that they may not see.  Amen.

Jonathan Scott (Connecticut, USA)

November 9, 2021

FOLLOWING THE CALL

READ John 10:25-29

Jesus said, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.

–John 10:27 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can always trust the voice of my Shepherd.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to follow you, trusting in your care for us.  Amen.

Jessica E. Dutton (Maine, USA)

November 8, 2021

A CHANGE OF FOCUS

READ Acts 1:4-8

Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

–Matthew 28:19 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How is God shifting the focus of my life.

PRAYER

Interrupt us, O God, when our focus needs to shift.  Inspire us to be ready to share your good news.  In the name of Jesus.  Amen.

Lillian Saldana Campos (La Habana, Cuba)

November 7, 2021

AMBASSADORS FOR CHRIST

READ 2 Corinthians 5:16-21

We are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

–2 Corinthians 5:20 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I represent Christ when I live out his love.

PRAYER

Dear God, forgive us when we fail to represent you well, and strengthen us with your never-ending love and grace to renew our commitment to you.  Amen.

Todd Diedrich (Wisconsin, USA)

November 6, 2021

INHERITANCE

READ Psalm 145:1-13
One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts.
–Psalm 145:4 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My faithful living can make a difference for future generations.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for those who have left faithful legacies.  Help us to live faithfully for the sake of future generations.  Amen.

Candice Lucy (British Columbia, Canada)

November 5, 2021

OFFERING HELP

READ Matthew 5:38-42

Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

–Matthew 5:42 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even one generous act can inspire change in our world.

PRAYER

Loving God, grant us the courage to help others in any way we can.  May we glorify you and show your love through acts of charity.  Amen.

Becca Stiegelmar (Texas, USA)

November 4, 2021

NAVIGATION

READ PSALM 119:105-112

I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have preserved my life.

–Psalm 119:93

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s guidance is always trustworthy.

PRAYER

Help us, O God, to study scripture carefully so that we can remain on the road that leads to you.  We pray as Jesus taught us, “Our Father which are in heaven, Hallowed by they name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.  Amen” (Matt. 6:9-13, KJV) Amen.

Kazuo Ishikawa (Akita, Japan)

November 3, 2021

A CHANGE IN PATTERN

READ Psalm 103:1-5

We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

–2 Corinthians 10:5 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Praising God can renew my spirit and give me strength.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for showing us the ways you want us to live — in our thoughts, our words, and our deeds.  Amen.

Deloris Kight (Floriday, USA)

November 2, 2021

SPRING FLOWERS

READ Song of Songs 2:10-13

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.  See, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?  I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

–Isaiah 43:18-19 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I get frustrated by the weeds of life, I will look for God’s flowers.

PRAYER

Dear Lord Jesus, open up our eyes and hearts to the newness we can experience as we walk with you.  Amen.

Jerrie Green (West Virginia, USA)

November 1, 2021

A GUIDING HAND

READ Psalm 28:1-9*

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.

–Psalm 28:7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God will help me recognize my strengths.

PRAYER

Loving God, thank you for always being with us.  Grant us the faith to trust in your guidance, and help us to recognize your hand at work in our lives.  Amen.

Margaret Martin (Australian Capital Territory, Australia)

October 31, 2021

FOLLOW CHRIST

READ John 21:20-23

Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?  You must follow me.”

–John 21:22 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I am called to follow Christ.

PRAYER

Gracious God, thank you for the wisdom you shared with us through your Son.  Help us to follow him to glorify your holy name.  In his name we pray.  Amen.

Chad Radune (Ohio, USA)

October 30, 2021

CASTING NETS

READ Luke 5:1-11

Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything.  But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”

–Luke 5:5 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The Holy Spirit transforms hearts when I share Jesus’ story.

PRAYER

Guide us, Holy Spirit, that we may hear your call and be faithful in casting our nets, even when we feel inadequate.  Amen.

Rhonda Douglas (Texas, USA)

October 29, 2021

INTENTIONALLY MADE

READ Romans 12:4-8

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.  Wonderful are your works; that I know very well.

–Psalm 139:14

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will celebrate how God made me and use my skills for God’s glory.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to see ourselves as you see us, and to appreciate who you have made us to be.  Amen.

Muyiwa Benralph Olaiya (Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria)

October 28, 2021

STRENGTH IN COMMUNITY

READ Daniel 3:19-30

One can be overpowered, but two together can put up resistance.

–Ecclesiastes 4:12 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How can I help a brother or sister on the journey of faith today?

PRAYER

Dear Heavenly Father, show us how we can help others.  Grant us the humility and wisdom to know when to ask for help ourselves.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Monica A. Andermann (New York, USA)

October 27, 2021

A GENUINE FAITH

READ Psalm 139:13-24

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts.

–Psalm 139:23

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God knows my heart, thoughts, and desires.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, search our hearts.  Show us how to align our hearts and our actions so that others may know we follow you.  Amen.

Linda M. Harris (Virginia, USA)

October 26, 2021

WHEN YOU DON’T FIT IN

READ John 14:1-7

Jesus said, “In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places.  If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.”

–John 14:2-3

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Because of God’s grace, I always fit in.

PRAYER

Father God, regardless of what life deals us, thank you for your assurance and the comfort of knowing we have a place with you — both here and in the kingdom yet to come.  Amen.

D. Gerow Baker (Okalhoma, USA)

October 25, 2021

THE COLORS OF LIFE

READ Genesis 9:12-17

God said, “I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.”

— Genesis 9:13 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will remember God’s promise in the rainbow.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, be with us this day whatever our circumstances as we watch for signs of your love and mercy.  Amen.

Anne Rasmussen (England, United Kingdom)

October 24, 2021

THE LANGUAGE OF PRAYER

READ Ephesians 6:18-20

The Lord says,  “Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.”

–Jeremiah 29:12 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The language of prayer can unite us.

PRAYER

Holy Jesus, we trust that  you hear us as we pray in our many languages.  Enrich our hearts as we listen for your response.  Amen.

Michelle L. Knight (Indiana, USA)

October 23, 2021

LIFE’S HURDLES

READ Isaiah 40:28-31

Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us.

–Hebrews 12:1 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God will help me over every hurdle.

PRAYER

God of all strength and compassion, help us to seek you in times of need so that we may continue to run the race you have set before us.  Amen.

Jim Seymour (New York, USA)

October 22, 2021

DRY BONES

READ Ezekiel 37:1-14

The Lord God, proclaims to these bones:  I am about to put breath in you, and you will live again.

Ezekiel 37:5 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

As we go through times of spiritual drought, let us wait for God to breathe life into us.

PRAYER

Dear God, speak to us in the valley and make our dry bones come alive again with your breath of life.  Amen.

Piyumi Kapugeekiyana (Sri Lanka)

October 21, 2021

GOD’S GARDEN

READ Psalm 104:27-35

Jesus said, “My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.

–John 15:8 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s loving care and provision make my life more fruitful.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for the loving care you provide each and every day.  Help us to grow and bloom as your disciples wherever we are planted.  Amen.

Jane Rager (Virginia, USA)

October 20, 2021

THE TELEPHONE TREE

READ John 15:1-5

Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches.  If you remain in me and I in yo, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

–John 15:5 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

There are many ways to connect to God and to one another.

PRAYER

Gracious and loving God, thank you for providing us with creative ways to follow you and the reminder that church is not a building but a community of your faithful followers.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Doug Wingert (Arizona, USA)

October 19, 2021

NO LONGER A STRANGER

READ Ephesians 2:11-22

You are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God.

–Ephesians 2:19 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I keep my focus on God, all labels fall away.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for welcoming us as members of your household.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Teresa Naidoo (KwaZulu,-Natal, South Africa)
October 18, 2021

A CHANGE OF DIRECTION

READ Psalm 92:1-5

The Lord will guide you always.

–Isaiah 58:11 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will always find joy on the path God chooses for me.

PRAYER

Dear God, Help us to let go of preconceived ideas so that we can hear your voice of wisdom for our lives.  Amen.

Andrea Woronick (Connecticut, USA)

October 17, 2021

‘SHOW’ VS. ‘SURE’

READ Luke 18:9-14

As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.

–James 2:26 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Sure faith is based on obedience to God.

PRAYER

Help us, O God, to have a strong foundation and a sure faith.  Amen.

Cassius Rhue (South Carolina, USA)

October 16, 2021

AN UNEXPECTED ANSWER

READ 1 Kings 19:1-13

Then [Elijah] lay down under the bush and fell asleep.  All at once an angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.”

1 Kings 19:5 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God can renew my strength in unexpected ways.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for your love and provision.  Thank you for always giving us what we need, even when we don’t know what to ask for.

Tandy Balson, (Alberta, Canada)

October 15, 2021

IN ALL SEASONS

READ Psalm 92:12-15

In old age [the righteous] still produce fruit.

–Psalm 92:14 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

No matter the circumstance, God is faithful.

PRAYER

Loving and eternal God, we praise you for the people who have taught us to walk in faith with confidence and with hope.  May your love guide us in faithful living all our days.  Amen.

Karen Christy Kurtz (North Carolina, USA)

October 14, 2021

THROUGH THE WAVES

READ Luke 8:4-15

These are the ones who, when they hear the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patient endurance.

–Luke 8:15 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

As I draw nearer to God, my burdens become lighter.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to grow closer to you and to trust that you will help us carry any burden life brings us.  Amen.

Kaycee Reardon (West Virginia, USA)

October 13, 2021

EQUIPPED

READ 2 Timothy 3:1-7

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

–2 Timothy 3:16-17

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Meditating on the word of God will equip me for my life’s journey.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for the wisdom of your word.  Equip us by your mercy to handle any challenge life may present.  Amen.

Nelson Nwosu (Anambra, Nigeria)

October 12, 2021

SMALL GESTURES

READ Matthew 5:16 (NRSV)

Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

–Matthew 5:16 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My positive attitude can share the light of Christ with others.

PRAYER

Dear Jesus, thank you for loving us.  Help us to glorify you by reflecting your love through our everyday interactions with others.  Amen.

Nikki Dyess (Alabama, USA)

October 11, 2021

THE NIGHT SKY

–READ Psalm 8:1-9

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?

–Psalm 8:3-4 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I am wonderfully made in the image of God.

PRAYER

Lord of the universe, keep my attention turned upward so that I may find my place in this wondrous world you have created.

Doug Hagler (Tennessee, USA)

October 10, 2021

THE BIG, LIVING GOD

READ 1 Samuel 17:24-49

Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?

–1 Samuel 17:26 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Because my God is big, I can face anything.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for your living kindness that is new every morning.  Help us to focus on you rather than the magnitude of the problems we face.  

Linda Chandra (Banten, Indonesia)

October 9, 2021

TAKE EVERY OPPORTUNITY

READ 1 Corinthians 13:1-11

Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens:  Who created all these?  He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name.  Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.

–Isaiah 40:26 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God will guide me to where I can be most helpful.

PRAYER

Dear Father, help us to serve others through faith, hope, and love.  Always remind us that every act of service, no matter how small, is important to you.  Amen.

David D. Felty (Indiana, USA)

October 8, 2021

SEARCHING FOR GOD

READ Psalm 42:1-11

As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God.

–Psalm 42:1 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even if all that feels safe and normal gets taken away, God will never leave me.

PRAYER

Dear God, when we feel overwhelmed and lost, help us not to give up seeking your presence.  Give us clear eyes to see you at work in ways we never expected.

Heather Howell (Florida, USA)

October 7, 2021

ETERNAL LIFE

–READ John 4:9-14

The water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.

–John 4:14 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

“My soul thirsts for God, for the Living God” (Ps.42:2, NIV).

PRAYER

Giver of life eternal, thank you for offering the gift of living water to satisfy our souls.  We pray the prayer Jesus taught us, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.  Give us day by day our daily bread.  And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us.  And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil” (Luke 11:2-4, KJV).  Amen

Alberto Jeronimo Quesada (Santiago, Chile)

October 6, 2021

ORDINARY

READ Psalm 34:17-20

May the Lord answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.

–Psalm 20:1 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s peace is available in ordinary moments.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for transforming our common-place routines and experiences into conduits for your peace.  Give us eyes to see your presence all around us.  Amen.

Victoria Walsh (Montana, USA)

October 5, 2021

FOUL BALL!

READ Ephesians 2:6-10

God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

–Ephesians 2:6-7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Jesus is the greatest gift of kindness I’ll ever receive,

PRAYER

Father God, thank you for showing us your kindness through the love and sacrifice of Jesus.  In his name we pray.  Amen.

Chuck Kralik (Missouri, USA)

October 4, 2021

A WISE MAN’S LEGACY

READ Deuteronomy 11:18-23

A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children.

–Proverbs 13:22 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How do I share my faith with younger generations?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, place your truth in our hearts through the reading of your word so that we may carry your wisdom and comfort throughout life.  Amen.

Fiona M. Jones (Scotland, United Kingdom)

October 3, 2021

EVERY STEP

READ Luke 9:23-27

[Jesus] said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

–Luke 9:23 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I never walk alone with I walk with Christ.

PRAYER

Dear Lord Jesus, help us to take up our crosses daily and follow you.  Give us compassion for those in need, and give us strength when the journey is difficult.

Sherri Tuck (Virginia, USA)

October 2, 2021

BEAUTY IN THE DETAILS

READ 1 Samuel 16:4-7

God doesn’t look at things like humans do.  Humans see only what is visible to the eyes, but the Lord sees into the heart.

–1 Samuel 16:7 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can reflect God’s love by taking time to notice others.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us show kindness to everyone we meet today.  Amen.  

Steven Paul Simmons (Texas, USA)

October 1, 2021

GOD’S GUIDANCE

READ Joshua 1:1-9

Teach me, Lord, the way of your decrees, that I may follow it to the end.  Give me understanding, so that I may keep your law and obey it with all my heart.  Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight.

–Psalm 119:33-35 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will seek and follow God’s guidance.

PRAYER

O God, forgive us when we fail to prioritize time with you.  Write your word on our hearts and increase our understanding so that we will always be open to your guidance.  Amen.

Lily Castro (Madrid, Spain)

September 30, 2021

NEVER ALONE

READ Romans 1:8-12

This is the boldness we have in [the Son of God], that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.

–1 John 5:14 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God will answer my prayers — sometimes when I least expect it.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for answering our prayers in unexpected ways.  May we be the answer to someone’s prayer today.  Amen.

Nanci Lamar (Tennessee, USA)

September 29, 2021

LISTENING

READ Luke 10:38-42

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed — or indeed only one.  Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

–Luke 10:41-42 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Listening is a spiritual gift that I can offer someone today.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to be good listeners to everyone we encounter today.  Amen.

S. Thevanesan (New York, USA)

September 28, 2021

STRENGTHENED

Read 2 Timothy 4:14-18

The Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it.  And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth.

— 2 Timothy 4:17 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I am feeling drained, I remember that the Lord is nearby to give me strength.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for standing by us and giving us strength.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Vimbai Chizarura (Mashonaland East, Zimbabwe)

September 27, 2021

SERVE JESUS TODAY

READ Matthew 25:31-40

Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.

–Matthew 25:40 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Every day holds opportunities to serve God.

PRAYER

Loving Jesus, help us be present to those closest to us today so that our service may be a reminder of your love for the world.  Amen.

Teresita Matos-Post (Florida, USA)

September 26, 2021

MISS MABLE

READ Matthew 10:13-15

Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How am I living the gospel for others to see?

PRAYER

Thank you, Lord, for children.  Guide those who teach them with your love and grace.  Help us to encourage and support others who lead children in learning about Jesus.  Amen.

Jim Harris (Virginia, USA)

September 25, 2021

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

READ Philippians 4:4-9

Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

–Philippians 4:8 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will practice focusing on what pleases God.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for your patience with us.  Help us as we work to rid our minds of negative thoughts and instead focus on you.  Amen.

Marianne Jones (Ontario, Canada)

September 24, 2021

PATIENT GARDNER

READ Luke 13:6-9

Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord.  The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains.

–James 5:7 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even when I’m impatient, God is patient with me.

PRAYER

Father of us all, thank you for not losing patience with us.  Sustain us like the patient gardener.  Amen.

Bill Pike (Virginia, USA) 

September 23, 2021

DARK NIGHT WITH GOD

READ Genesis 32:22-30

I will give you the treasures of darkness and riches hidden in secret places, so that you may know that it is I, the Lord, the God of Israel, who call you by your name.

–Isaiah 45:3 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I find some of God’s most valuable gifts in places I least expect.

PRAYER

Dear God, make your presence powerfully known to us when we are despairing.  Bring us to new life through Christ.  Amen.

Valerie Bryant Bennett (Tennessee, USA)

September 22, 2021

LET US BE ONE

READ Psalm 133:1-3

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

–Psalm 133:1

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I glorify God when I live in love and unity with others.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to contribute to the unity of your church and to live in harmony with others.  Amen.

Roberto Fernandez-Acosta (Havana, Cuba)

September 21, 2021

CALLED TO HELP

READ 1 Kings 17:1-6

You will drink from the brook, and I have directed the ravens to supply you with food there.

–1 Kings 17:4 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How will I answer God’s call to provide for others today?

PRAYER

God of all the world, make us channels of your blessings.  Help us seize every opportunity to show your love to the people around us.  Help us be the ravens who provide for your servants.  Amen.

Frances Huezo (California, USA)

September 20, 2021

FACING CHANGE

READ Jeremiah 29:10-14

“I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord, “Plans for your welfare and not for harm, to giv you a future with hope.”

–Jeremiah 29:11 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Change is part of God’s good plan for my life.

PRAYER

Dear God, remind us to trust in you and remain positive in the face of change.  Keep us on the path of righteousness as we work to accomplish the goals you have set for us.  Amen.

Collin Kelly (Texas, USA)

September 19, 2021

THE VULNERABILITY OF LOVE

READ John 13:1-7

Jesus said, “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.”

–John 13:15 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Letting someone care for me is an act of love.

PRAYER

Father God, thank you for your love for us.  Help us to share your loving care with someone today.  Amen.

April McIntyre (England, United Kingdom)

September 18, 2021

MAKING A WAY

READ Isaiah 12:2-5

Sing to the Lord, for he has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world.

–Isaiah 12:5 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will praise God for making a way in my life.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for making a way for us when there seems to be no way forward.  Help us to trust in you as we wait.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Michael Kimmel (Texas, USA)

September 17, 2021

A BALANCED LIFE

READ Psalm 16:1-11

Seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these thing shall be added unto you.

–Luke 12:31 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I get distracted, I can reset by seeking God first.

PRAYER

Father God, as we go about our busy days, draw us close to you.  Help us seek your will and walk in your way.  As Jesus taught us, we pray, “Our Father which art in heave, Hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.  Amen” (Matt 6:9-13 (KJV)

Belinda Jo “B.J.” Mathias (Mississippi, USA)

September 16, 2021

BEYOND UNDERSTANDING

READ Job 38:1-7

The Lord spoke to Job, “Have you comprehended the vast expanses of the earth?  Tell me, if you know all this.”

–Job 38:16 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Only God’s understanding is perfect.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us understand our smallness and humbly learn to respect people whose understanding and beliefs are different from ours.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Marcal Ainsa I Bertran (Catalonia, Spain)

September 15, 2021

HOPE AND FUTURE

READ 1 Timothy 4:7-16

Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.

–1 Timothy 4:12 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I spend time in prayer and Bible reading, I renew my strength.

PRAYER

Loving God, as we grow in an ever-changing and sometimes unjust world, renew our strength daily.  Walk with us and help us to be a light for others.  Amen.

Melissa Yamaguchi (Hawaii, USA)

September 14, 2021

GOD’S ENDURING LOVE

READ Psalm 103:7-18

The Lord’s faithful love is from forever ago to forever from now  for those who honor him.

–Psalm 103:17

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Despite my imperfections, God will always love me.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for the assurance that you will never toss us aside.  Thank you for loving us just as we are.  Amen.

Phyllis J. Brockwell (Virginia, USA)

September 13, 2021

FINISHING STRONG

READ Luke 12:22-34

[Jesus] said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear.”

–Luke 12:22 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God provides for me through the kindness of others.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for the ways you provide for us through others.  Help us to do your work and provide for others when we can.  Amen.

Ehi-kowochio Ogwiji (FCT, Nigeria)

September 12, 2021

A GRANDMOTHER’S LEGACY

READ Deuteronomy 6:4-9

The Lord said, “Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart.  Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and whey you are away, when you lie down and when you rise.”

–Deuteronomy 6:6-7 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Because of Jesus’ love for me, I always have love to give.

PRAYER

Thank you, loving God, for parents and grandparents who create a positive, everlasting influence on their children by centering their lives on your word.  Amen.

Dona Bakker (California, USA)

September 11, 2021

RESPONDING IN LOVE

READ Matthew 5:38-42

Do not resist and evildoer.  But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also.

–Matthew 5:39 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even when I want to retaliate, I will respond with love.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for the way you love us.  Give us the strength to respond to others with love.  Amen.

Grant Roth (Missouri, USA)

September 10, 2021

GREAT LOVE

READ Romans 5:6-8

God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

–John 3:16

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How do I reciprocate God’s love for me?

PRAYER

Loving God, thank you for your infinite love that truly surpasses all understanding.  Help us to feel this love that is the same yesterday, today, and through eternity.  Amen.

Azaalia Alecon (Dominican Republic)

September 9, 2021

WHY NOT YOU?

READ Exodus 4:1-7

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

–Philippians 4:6 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God has great plans in store for me.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, no matter what we have done, or what problems we have, help us to remember that you have chosen us to participate in your wonderful plan.  Amen.

Benjamin Medellin, Jr. (Texas, USA)

September 8, 2021

THE BIRDBATH

READ James 2:1-8

My brothers and sisters, when you show favoritism you deny the faithfulness of our Lord Jesus Christ.

–James 2:1 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will try to see everyone as God does.

PRAYER

Our heavenly Father, when we interact with others, help us to remember that we are all your creation.  Help us all to love one another as you have loved us.  Amen.

Phyllis A. Edwards (North Carolina, USA)

September 7, 2021

TREASURES

READ Matthew 6:19-22

Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

–Matthew 6:21 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What eternal treasures have I stored in my heart?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for the reminder that we are just stewards of our earthly possessions, while the treasures we build in our hearts are eternal.  Amen.

Agnes Wee (Singapore)

September 6, 2021

TRUE JOY

READ Romans 5:1-5

Whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing.

–James 1:2-4 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What challenges have taught me to rely on God?

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for remaining with us through our struggles.  Help us to find true joy in you.  Amen.

Jacob Foster (California, USA)

September 5, 2021

TWO LITTLE WORDS

READ Matthew 25:14-21

His master replied, “Well done, good and faithful servant!  You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.  Come and share your master’s happiness!”

–Matthew 25:21 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I focus my mind and heart on scripture, God can transform my life.

PRAYER

O God, we know that you are the way, the truth, and the life.  Help us turn to you first, before deciding or acting on our own.  Amen.

June O. Bond (Maryland, USA)

September 4, 2021

TOGETHER IN PRAYER

READ Romans 12:9-13

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

–Romans 12:12 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Praying with others connects us all to God.

PRAYER

Thank you, Jesus, for hearing our prayers.  We pray as you taught us, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread.  Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” (Matt. 6:9-13, NIV).  Amen.

Pauline Pullan (England, United Kingdom)

September 3, 2021

WELL-MARKED PATH

READ Psalm 119:25-32

You show me the path of life.  In your presence there is fullness of joy.

–Psalm 16:11 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My path is always clearer when God is my guide.

PRAYER

Dear heavenly Father, always be our guide, for without you we are truly lost.  Amen.

Mark A. Carter (Oregon, USA)

September 2, 2021

CHILD OF GOD

READ Genesis 1:26-31

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.

–Genesis 1:31 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

All the children of the world are children of God.

PRAYER

Thank you, God, for creating all of humankind in your image.  Forgive us when we fail to love others the way you love us.  Amen.

Marnie Cotton (Tennessee, USA)

September 1, 2021

BEFORE A BREAKTHROUGH

READ Joshua 6:1-20

At the seventh time, when the priests had blown the trumpets, Joshua said to the people, “Shout!  For the Lord has given you the city.”

–Joshua 6:16 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When doubts arise, I will praise the Lord’s faithfulness.

PRAYER

Merciful god, thank you for always being faithful.  Teach us to praise you and trust in your deliverance even before we see a breakthrough in our situation.  Amen.

Madeline Twooney (North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)

August 31, 2021

NATURE’S HEALING

READ Job 12:7-10

Light is sweet, and it pleases the eyes to see the sun.

–Ecclesiastes 11:& (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I am hurting, God offers healing in unexpected ways.

PRAYER

Creator God, thank you for the wonder of your creation through which you mend our hurting hearts.  Amen.

–Pat Luffman Rowland (Tennessee, USA)

August 30, 2021

REDEMPTION

READ Psalm 31:19-24

Praise be to the Lord, for he showed me the wonders of his love.

–Psalm 31:21 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can be a reminder of God’s grace for others.

PRAYER

Dear God, lead us into your light, love, and eternal life.  Amen.

Serhiy Lohinov (Ukraine)

August 29, 2021

THE PERFECT CROSS

READ John 19:17-30

Jesus said, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.”

–Luke 9:23 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God loves me more than I could ever imagine.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for loving us, especially when we do not feel lovable.  Thank you for your forgiveness and grace.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Steven Paul Simmons (Texas, USA)

August 28, 2021

GOD-GIVEN GIFTS

READ 1 Corinthians 12:4-11

You created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb…Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

–Psalm 139:13, 16 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How can I use my gift to glorify God today?

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, help us to recognize our gifts and talents so that we may use them to serve one another and glorify your name.  Amen.

Janet Pierce (Tennessee, USA)

August 27, 2021

GOD STILL LOVES US

READ John 11:1-16

Though Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, after having heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed for two days longer in the place where he was.

–John 11:5-6 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even when my prayers seem unanswered, God still loves me.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to remember that you love us always, even when things don’t go the way we hope.  Amen.

Enid Adah Nyinomujuni (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)

August 26, 2021

ONLY TRYING TO HELP

READ Romans 8:28-39

If God is for us, who can be against us?  He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all — how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?

–Romans 8:31-32 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God is for me, not against me.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for loving and caring for us.  Forgive us when we resist your help.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Chuck Kralik (Missouri, USA)

August 25, 2021

GIVING BACK

READ 2 Corinthians 9:6-15

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

–2 Corinthians 9:7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What will I give back to God today?

PRAYER

Gracious God, thank you for all the blessings you have given us.  May our gifts reflect our gratitude for all that you have done.  Amen.

Christine Adhikari (Georgia, USA)

August 24, 2021

LIFE TOGETHER

READ Hebrews 10:19-25

Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together…but encouraging one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How does my Christian community strengthen my faith?

PRAYER

Loving God, thank you for the gift of Christian community.  Continue to reveal yourself to us as we fellowship with one another.  We pray as Jesus taught us, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread.  Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” (Matt. 6:9-13, NIV)  Amen.

Mavula Sabbath Kefas (Baden-Wurtemberg, Germany)

August 23, 2021

WATCHFUL PARENT

READ Psalm 46:1-11

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

–Psalm 46:1 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God is forever my watchful parent.

PRAYER

Creator of all, help us to keep our gaze fixed on you and to give you all glory, honor, and praise for all that you do.  Amen.

Teresa L. Seaburg (Texas, USA)

August 22, 2021

LOVING GOD

READ Matthew 22:34-40

Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.

–Philippians 4:8 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will turn my thoughts to God.

PRAYER

Dear Father, forgive us for our careless thoughts that do no honor you.  Thank you for the scriptures that redirect our thoughts.  Amen.

Nancy Brow (California, USA)

August 21, 2021

AN IMPORTANT REMINDER

READ Lamentations 3:25-33

No one is cast off by the Lord forever….he will show compassion, so great in his unfailing love.

–Lamentations 3:31-32 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even in my grief, God is near.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to remember that you will never abandon us, no matter the circumstances.  Give us strength to persevere in our faith even as we mourn.  Amen.

David Angango (Nairobi, Kenya)

August 20, 2021

BROKEN BEAUTY

READ 2 Corinthians 12:1-10

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

–Psalm 139:14 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God can heal my brokenness and give me purpose.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for your limitless love and for meeting us in our brokenness. Continue to make us into beautiful works that bring glory to you.  Amen.

Mendy Creswell Huskey (Tennessee, USA)

August 19, 2021

LIVING FAITH

READ James 5:13-16

In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

–James 2:17 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What symbol of my faith reminds me to trust in God?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for those who take the time to demonstrate their faith in a way that blesses others.  Help us to be open to opportunities to do the same.  Amen.

Mary Hunt Webb (New Mexico, USA)

August 18, 2021

THE BEST PATH

READ Psalm 25:1-6

Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths.

–Psalm 25:4

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My confidence rests in God, who leads me in the right paths.

PRAYER

O God, we praise you for your presence with us.  Help us to trust in your guidance for our lives.  In the name of Jesus.  Amen.

Jairon Otoniel Santana Suarez (Dominican Republic)

August 17, 2021

MY NEIGHBORS

READ Luke 10:25-37

Jesus asked, “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”  The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”  Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

–Luke 10:36-37

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Everyone I meet is my neighbor.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us extend our prayers to include people and situations we don’t know well so that we can learn to embrace all people as our neighbors.  Amen.

Lori Hulvey (Illinois, USA)

August 16, 2021

GRABBING ON TO GOD

READ Mark 5:21-34

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

–Psalm 23:4 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

No matter how I reach out, God is ready to support me.

PRAYER

Thank you, Holy One, for always being near , our ever-present help in times of need.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

–Philip A. Rice (Michigan, USA)

August 15, 2021

ALWAYS THERE

READ John 14:15-31

Jesus said to [Thomas], “Have you believed because you have seen me?  Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”

–John 20:29 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Prayer and Bible reading help me to feel God’s presence.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for helping us when we are uncertain.  Thank you for always being near when we pray.  Amen.

Norma Sarian (Sao Paulo, Brazil)

August 14, 2021

A SON’S WISH TO SERVE

READ Acts 20:32-35

The Lord Jesus himself said:  “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

–Acts 20:35 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How can I serve God today?

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, help us to develop hearts that want to serve others as we follow you.  Amen.

Steven Lee (Illinois, USA)

August 13, 2021

PROVIDED FOR

READ Luke 12:22-34

The Lord said, “If you follow my statutes and keep my commandments and observe them faithfully, I will give you your rains in their season, and the land shall yield its produce.”

–Leviticus 26:3-4 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Relying on God opens me to new possibilities.

PRAYER

Dear Father in heaven, thank you for your constant love.  Strengthen our faith so that we may grow closer to you.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Kelly Desclos-Estes (Virginia, USA)

August 12, 2021

SUPPORTING HAND

READ Psalm 139:1-12

If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me fast.

–Psalm 139:9-10 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s love and care for me has no borders.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for your guidance, strength, and support no matter where we go.  Amen.

Zafar Iqbal (Ontario, Canada)

August 11, 2021

IN THE SILENCE

READ 2 Timothy 1:5-10

May the God of peace…equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him.

–Hebrews 13:20-21

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Sometimes God speaks most powerfully through silence.

PRAYER

Dear God, strengthen us to be your loving presence to those who are hurting or in crisis.  If we are let to speak, speak through us.  Amen.

Sherry Graf (Colorado, USA)

August 10, 2021

MOVING MOUNTAINS

READ Matthew 17:14-20

Truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,” and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for your.

–Matthew 17:20 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can accomplish great things through faith in Jesus Christ.

PRAYER

Dear Father, no matter how small or insignificant we might feel, grant us the faith to serve others.  Amen.

John Grube (Texas, USA)

August 9, 2021

GOD’S WAY, NOT MINE

Read Romans 12:9-21

Do not repay anyone evil for evil.

–Romans 12:17 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I feel hurt, I can remember what scripture has taught me.

PRAYER

O God, help us learn to forgive when we feel hurt by others so that reconciliation may come.  Amen.

Sultana Butt (Karnataka, India)

August 8, 2021

COMPLETELY CALM

READ Matthew 8:23-27

Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat.  But Jesus was sleeping.

–Matthew 8:24 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Whatever I am going through, Jesus knows and cares about it.

PRAYER

Dear Jesus, thank you for never leaving us in our time of need.  Help us to fully trust you and your timing.  Amen.

Jen Chapman (West Virginia, USA)

August 7, 2021

LEARNING ABOUT HOPE

READ Romans 5:1-5

Suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.

–Romans 5:3-4 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

In my suffering, God can lead me to hope.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to feel your presence with us in difficult times.  Guide us as we seek to nurture and maintain hope in you.  Amen.

Ralph Thompson (Ohio, USA)

August 6, 2021

ENOUGH

READ John 6:1-14

When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over.  Let nothing be wasted.”

–John 6:12 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God can meet any need.  (See Phil. 4:19)

PRAYER

Thank you, God, that there is grace enough and love enough for each of us today and every day.  Amen.

Hilary Allen (England, United Kingdom)

August 5, 2021

IMITATORS

READ Ephesians 5:1-2

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is —h his good, pleasing and perfect will.

–Romans 12:2 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will seek to imitate the love of Christ.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for the example of Christ’s sacrificial love.  Help us to imitate his love in our attitudes and actions.

Montra C. Weaver (Texas, USA)

August 4, 2021

A BIG LITTLE PRAYER

READ Proverbs 3:1-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

–Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Small prayers can create strong connections to God.

PRAYER

Thank you, Lord, for always being with us, guiding and protecting us.  Amen.

Matthew L. Harper (Georgia, USA)

August 3, 2021

STANDING FIRM

READ Romans 1:8-17

As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord

–Joshua 24:15 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s strength and power help me to live faithfully.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for never forsaking your children, even in the most difficult situations.  Amen.

Mariya Lohinova (Ukraine)

August 2, 2021

WORTH THE WAIT

READ Galatians 6:7-10

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

–Galatians 6:9 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even when I do not see results, God is at work in my life.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to persevere in our efforts to do good.  Amen.

Jody Williams (Illinois, USA)

August 1, 2021

THE COMPLETE REGIMEN

READ James 2:14-24

Just as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is also dead.

–James 2:26 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Putting my faith into action is my daily work.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, help us to care for our bodies and our spirits so that we may live abundantly with you.  Amen.

Mark A. Carter (Oregon, USA)

July 31, 2021

A CAREGIVER’S TESTIMONY

READ 2 Corinthians 4:6-10

Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid.  The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense. 

–Isaiah 12:2 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s strength will see me through.

PRAYER

Loving God, we look to you each day for your unfailing strength, love, and grace.  In all circumstances, your presence is our blessing, your strength our salvation.  Thank you, Lord.  Amen.

Digna Lebron Silva (Puerto Rico)

July 30, 2021

CLOSE TO HOME

READ 1 Peter 4:7-11

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others.

–1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God will present opportunities for me to serve every day.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, we want to serve you now.  Show us the opportunities you have already put in front of us right where we are.  Amen.

Naomi Fata (New York, USA)

July 29, 2021

GOD’S VOICE

READ John 10:22-30

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me.

–John 10:27 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will listen for God’s voice.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, you are the shepherd of our lives.  Help us to find quiet in our lives so that we can better listen for your voice.  Amen.

Wayne Greenawalt (Illinois, USA)

July 28, 2021

DON’T LOOK BACK

READ Genesis 19:15-26

Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.

–Genesis 19:26  (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

With God I can go forward confidently.

PRAYER

Father God, help us to look forward to what you are doing in our lives and never to look back in regret.  Amen.

Melinda Eye Cooper (Tennessee, USA)

July 27, 2021

THE ROYAL LAW

READ Mark 12:28-34

If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right.

–James 2:8 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How will I love someone as myself today?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, fill our hearts with compassion so that we can love others as ourselves.  Amen.

Hitesh J. Solanki (Gujarat, India)

July 26, 2021

STEEP HILLS

READ Isaiah 40:28-31

The Lord said to Paul, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”

–2 Corinthians 12:9 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

No hill is too steep when God walks with me.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, strengthen our faith.  Help us to remember that your strength never wavers and that you are ready to help us when we call out to you.  Amen.

Dara H. Gunnell (North Carolina, USA)

July 25, 2021

MY STORY ISN’T OVER

Read 1 Kings 19:1-9

Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

–Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will seek God’s strength in my times of need.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, you know what is best for us.  Thank you for giving us strength for the day, even when we feel that we have nothing left to give.  Amen.

Tina Clark (Massachusetts, USA)

July 24, 2021

THE POWER OF SOLITUDE

READ Mark 1:35-38

Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.

–Luke 5:16 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Solitude can reenergize my faith.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to find periods of solitude and to use that time to grow nearer to you.  We pray as Jesus taught us, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.  Give us day by day our daily bread.  And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us.  And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil” (Luke 11:2-4, KJV)  Amen.

Thando Meck (Harare, Zimbabwe)

July 23, 2021

INTENTIONAL FARMERS

READ Matthew 13:1-8, 8-23

As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.

–Matthew 13:23 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How will I be intentional in the way I spread the gospel?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, Help us to be intentional in the ways we use our gifts to share our faith with others.  Amen.

Paul Cillo (Pennsylvania, USA)

July 22, 2021

SHIFTING SHADOWS

READ Psalm 27:1-5

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

–James 1:17 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even when I feel overcome by shadows, I can find slivers of God’s light.

PRAYER

God of light, when we are overwhelmed by fear and anxiety, help us to remember your love.  Amen.

Joanie Shawhan (Wisconsin, USA)

July 21, 2021

BRINGING OUT THE BEST

READ Matthew 5:13-16

You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored?  It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.

Matthew 5:13 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can use my faith to bring out the best in others.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to be like salt wherever we go.  May your presence in us influence and improve the world around us.  Amen.

Amorelle Browne (Grenada)

July 20, 2021

ALWAYS JOYFUL

READ Psalm 23:1-6

If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.

–Romans 14:8 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Living a life in service to God brings joy.

PRAYER

O Father, accept the ways we help others in service to you.  By our example, allow others to find it in their hearts to serve you as well.  Amen.

Ishwarbhal Hirabhai Dabhi (New Jersey, USA)

July 19, 2021

BEYOND THE GALAXIES

READ Ephesians 3:14-21

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?

–Psalm 8:3-4 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Despite the vastness of the universe, God’s love for me is greater still.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to understand the breadth of your love for us so that we can learn to love you and your creation better.  Amen.

Trudy Chun (Texas, USA)

July 18, 2021

GOD NEVER FORSAKES US

READ 1 Kings 8:54-61

May the Lord our God be with us as he was with our ancestors; may he never leave us nor forsake us.

–1 Kings 8:57 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

No matter what, God will never forsake me.

PRAYER

Dear God of grace, we thank you for your great love, mercy, and help in all our hardships.  May your name be blessed.  Amen.

Oleg Tservonoi (Tallinn, Estonia)

July 17, 2021

GRATITUDE

READ Isaiah 41:8-14

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

–Philippians 4:6 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Rather than focusing on my fears, I can focus on giving thanks.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for your promise to strengthen us and help us.  Open our eyes to your many blessings.  We want to have thankful hearts.  Amen.

Amy Lynn Taylor (Colorado, USA)

July 16, 2021

LOST AND FOUND

READ Luke 15:3-7

I have strayed like a lost sheep.  Seek your servant, for I have not forgotten your commands.

–Psalm 119:176 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

No matter how lost I feel, God will always find me.

PRAYER

Loving God, when we feel lost and troubled, remind us that you are always nearby, ready to guide us back home to you.  Amen.

Josie McChesney (Missouri, USA)

July 15, 2021

GIVE THE BEST

READ Hebrews 11:1-6

Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who come to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

–Hebrews 11:6 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God wants what is best for me.

PRAYER

Loving God, thank you for all the opportunities you put before us.  Give us the courage to follow where you lead.  Amen.

Linda Chandra (Banten, Indonesia)

July 14, 2021

PATIENT IN PRAYER

READ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective.

–James 5:16 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

It may take time, but God will answer my prayers.

PRAYER

Thank you, Lord, for those who faithfully and patiently pray for us.  Grant us patience to pray persistently for others.  Amen.

Ken Claar (Idaho, USA)

July 13, 2021

A SMALL THING

READ Matthew 10:29-31

Even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

–Matthew 10:30 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Ordinary moments can be the best reminders of God’s presence.

PRAYER

Father God, help us to remember just how much you love and care about us.  Help us to notice your mighty, merciful hand in the midst of daily life.  Amen.

Anna R. Johnson (Virginia, USA)

July 12, 2021

COMFORT FOR OTHERS

READ 2 Corinthians 1:3-7

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

–2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will share the comfort God has given me with others today.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to understand how the comfort you give us in trouble can console others in despair.  Amen.

Olaiya Muyiwa Benralph (Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria)

July 11, 2021

DISTRACTIONS

READ Matthew 14:13-23

When [Jesus] sent [the crowds] away, he went up onto a mountain by himself to pray.  Evening came and he was done

–Matthew 14:23 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How will I prioritize my faith today?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to care for ourselves as we also care for others.  Nurture our faith so that your love and mercy can rise within us.  Amen.

Stacey Elza (West Virginia, USA)

July 10, 2021

CRUMBLING EMPIRES

READ Matthew 6:19-24

The Lord proclaims:  Cursed are those who trust in mere humans, who depend on human strength and turn their hearts from the Lord…Happy are those who trust in the Lord, who rely on the Lord.

–Jeremiah 17:5, 7 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Trusting in God brings security that the world can never give.

PRAYER

Dear God, empower us to focus our hearts on you, not on the “crumbling empires” around us.  Amen.

Barney Cargile III (California, USA)

July 9, 2021

WHICH PATH?

READ Psalm 119:1-8

Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight.

–Psalm 119:35 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

With God’s guidance I can always find my way.

PRAYER

Dear God, give us wisdom each day to follow your way.  Amen.

Lorilee Guenter (Saskatchewan, Canada)

July 8, 2021

BEYOND RELUCTANCE

READ Colossians 2:1-7

Live your lives in {Christ}, rooted and built up to him and established in the faith.

–Colossians 2:6-7 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I feel reluctant, God is still at work in me.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to find our rootedness in you through following your Son, Jesus Christ.  Amen.

Douglas Ruffle (Tennessee, USA)

July 7, 2021

ON THE TRAIN

READ Psalm 86:8-10

How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!

–Psalm 133:1 (N(V

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My daily actions can invite others into worship.

PRAYER

God of Abraham, as we go about our daily routines, help us to remember that you can use any situation to show your love for others.  Amen.

Susan Cosper (Maryland, USA)

July 6, 2021

ANCHOR OF HOPE

READ Acts 27:13-26

Fearing that we would be dashed against the rocks, they dropped four anchors from the stern and prayed for daylight.

–Acts 27:29 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Jesus is my anchor of hope.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for your faithfulness.  Help us to trust in the anchor your hope provides as we pray, “Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.  Give us each day our daily bread.  Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.  And lead us not into temptation”  (Luke 11:2-4, NIV).  Amen.

Esa-Pekka Mattila (Finland)

July 5, 2021

BEYOND THE LABEL

READ 1 Samuel 16:1-13

The Lord said to Samuel, “The Lord does not look at the things people look at.  People look at the outward appearance, but he Lord looks at the heart.”

–1 Samuel 16:7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What have I missed by focusing on the packaging and not the contents of God’s children?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to view others as you do.  May we not be distracted by outward appearances but instead look for value on the inside.  Amen.

Alice H. Murray (Florida, USA)

July 4, 2021

LIVING PROOF

Read Psalm 42:1-11

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  This is the first and great commandment.

–Matthew 22:37-38 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Being honest with God leads to healing and wholeness.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to love you with our whole heart and to share everything we feel and experience with you.  Amen.

Brian Valdez (Pennsylvania, USA)

July 3, 2021

CHRIST IS OUR STRENGTH

READ Philippians 4:4-13

I can do all this through [the Lord] who gives me strength.

— Philippians 4:13 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Our troubles are no match for the strength of Christ.

PRAYER

Merciful God, thank you for helping us overcome our troubles and for giving us family and loved ones.  We pray in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

Ysanny Luciano Guzman (Dominican Republic)

July 2, 2021

JOY IN THE PRESENT

READ Psalm 139:13-15

Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?”  For it is not wise to ask such questions.

Ecclesiastes 7:10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” (ps. 118:24 (NRSV)

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, we trust you with all our days–past, present, and future.  May we live each day in joyful service to you.  Amen.

Monica A. Andermann (New York, USA)

July 1, 2021

A TETHER OF LOVE

READ John 10:11-15

Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd.  I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father.”

–John 10:14-15 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even when I choose my own way, God still loves me.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us each day to seek and follow the guidance we find in your word.  Amen.

John Archer (Florida, USA)

June 30, 2021

I AM.  I WILL.

READ Isaiah 41:1-14

Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

–Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even when the Bible isn’t in my hand, God’s word can be in my heart.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for your strength and your promise to be with us.  Amen.

Rebecca Ruth Whisnant (Alabama, USA)

June 29 2021

IN GOD’S PRESENCE

READ 1 Kings 19:6-18

After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake.  After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire.  And after the fire came a gentile whisper.

–1 Kings 19:11-12 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How often do I accept God’s invitation to sit and to be still?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, teach us to be still before you and to humble our hearts so that we may rest in your presence.  Amen.

Tina Claxton (Ontario, Canada)

June 28, 2021

NEVER ALONE

READ Matthew 28:16-20

Jesus said to the disciples, “Remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

–Matthew 28:20

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The Lord is with me, today and every day.

PRAYER

Thank you, Lord, for never leaving us alone.  Help us to remember that you are always with us, especially when life feels scary.  Amen.

DeVonna R. Allison (Florida, USA)

June 27, 2021

ONENESS IN CHRIST

READ Romans 12:1-8

In Christ, we though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.

–Romans 12:5 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My community is a gift from God.

PRAYER

Liberating God, set us free to trust that as we share our joys and sorrows with others, we will all be brought closer to you in community.  Amen.

Stephane Brooks (Tennessee, USA)

June 26, 2021

OUR SHEPHERD

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
–Psalm 23:1 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today, I will place my trust in God, our Shepherd.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to place our complete trust in you and find rest in your promises.  In the name of Jesus, we pray.  Amen.

Lilia Roberts (Chubut, Argentina)

June 25, 2021

NEVER ALONE

READ Joshua 1:1-9

The Lord said to Joshua, “Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

–Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can take heart because Jesus is with me on my journey.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, help us to remember that no matter how troubling life gets, you are always with us.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Jordan S. Hiquet (Pennsylvania, USA)

June 24, 2021

PURPOSE

READ Psalm 57:1-5

I cry to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me.

–Psalm 57:2 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God has a purpose for my life.

PRAYER

Father God, help us to take refuge in you and remember that our lives have purpose when we live them following your truth.  Amen.

Danielle Ripley-Burgess (Missouri, USA)

June 23, 2021

FAITH LIKE A CHILD

READ Matthew 18:1-5

Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

–Matthew 18:3 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can learn much from the faith of children around me.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, help us to be truly your children, trusting in you and your care for us today and always.  Amen.

Paul Cillo (Pennsylvania, USA)

June 22, 2021

PROVIDED FOR

READ 2 Corinthians 9:6-15

Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and will be repaid in full.

–Proverbs 19:17 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can help provide for others as God provides for me.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to be willing to share what you have given us with those who have less.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Enid Adah Nyinomujuni (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)

June 21, 2021

SENT TO ENCOURAGE

READ Luke 2:8-15

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.

–Hebrews 13:2 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will look for someone who needs my prayers.

PRAYER

O God, help us not only to receive strangers but also to respond with humility and thanksgiving when you send them to minister to us unexpectedly.  Amen.

Bill Weimer (Florida, USA)

June 20, 2021

WAVES OF TROUBLE

READ Psalm 46:1-6

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

–Psalm 46:1 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

In times of trouble, I will hold on to God.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for always being here for us.  Help us to turn quickly to you in times of trouble.  Thank you that we need not try to keep our balance on our own.  Amen.

Michelle T. Johnson (North Carolina, USA)

June 19, 2021

FINISHING WELL

READ Romans 5:1-8

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

–2 Timothy 4:7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Faithful living allows me to finish life’s race well.

PRAYER

O Lord, we pray that we may finish well and win the crown of life with you.  Amen.

Carol Purves (England, United Kingdom)

June 18, 2021

FINDING OUR WAY HOME

READ Matthew 11:25-30

Jesus said, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

–Matthew 11:29-30 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Reading the Bible daily guides me on life’s path.

PRAYER

Gracious God, thank you for your beautiful creation and for the divine guidance you have shared with us through the Bible.  Thank you for showing us the way home through your risen son, Jesus Christ.  Amen.

Doug Wingert (Arizona, USA)

June 17, 2021

SLEEPING SOUNDLY

READ Psalm 3:1-8

I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.  I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side.

–Psalm 3:5-6 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I praise and worship God, I can find strength to face any problem.

PRAYER

Loving God, even in the midst of our problems, help us to sing songs of praise to you.  We pray as Jesus taught us, “Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.  Give us each day our daily bread.  Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.  And lead us not into temptation.” (Luke 11:2-4, NIV). Amen.

Linawati Santoso (East Java, Indonesia)

June 16, 2021

LOAVES AND FISHES

READ John 6:5-13

Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?

–John 6:9 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God can multiply my small offering to meet the needs of many.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, the need is great, and we are small.  But with your help, all things are possible.  In Jesus’ name, we pray.  Amen.

Jane Reid (Oregon, USA)

June 15, 2021

FLOURISHING AGAIN

–READ Psalm 63:1-11

Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid or terrified…for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

–Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

No matter the circumstances, God’s love enables me to flourish.

PRAYER

Gracious God, may we never forget that you are always present.  Thank you for your love that guides us.  Amen.

Daniel Ladue (New York, USA)

June 14, 2021

NOT FEAR BUT LOVE

READ 2 Timothy 1:3-7

God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

–2 Timothy 1:& (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I give my fears to God, I can find peace.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, help us to place our fears at your feet as we face illness.  Help us to entrust those we love to your care.  Amen.

Nancy R. Meyer (Nebraska, USA)

June 13, 2021

CALLED TO SERVE

READ Matthew 9:37-38

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.  Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

–Galatians 6:9-10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The abundance God has given me is meant to be shared.

PRAYER

God of all, inspire us in ordinary and extraordinary ways.  Help us to heed your all to live out the good news of Jesus Christ by caring for all those in need.  Amen.

Ariel Rivera Garcia (Puerto Rico)

June 12, 2021

BEYOND WORDS

READ Romans 8:26-28

The Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.

–Romans 8:26 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

There are many ways for me to serve God.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for being able to use everything for good–even our weaknesses and trials.  May  we allow the Holy Spirit to work through us to do your work.  Amen.

Jennifer McCluskey (Virginia, USA)

June 11, 2021

ALWAYS WITH US

READ Psalm 62:1-8

The Lord your God is in your midst…He will create calm with his love; he will rejoice over you with singing.

–Zephaniah 3:17 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even in my darkest moments, I can find rest in God’s presence.

PRAYER

Dear Father, thank you for your presence with us, even in the toughest time.  Amen.

Kevin McPoyle (Pennsylvania, USA)

June 10, 2021

UNIQUE

READ 1 Samuel 16:1-13

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.  Wonderful are your works; that I know very well.

–Psalm 139:14 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I am special because God made me.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for the unique talents that you have given each of us.  Use us to bring you glory.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Sahana Mathias (Karnataka, India)

June 9, 2021

NOW AND ALWAYS

READ Matthew 4:1-11

[Jesus] answered, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone but every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”

–Matthew 4:4 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Talking with God and reading the Bible help me get through the day.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for being with us in the wilderness.  Help us to keep in touch with you and to share your love with others.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Marilyn Dorn (Virginia, USA)

June 8, 2021

THE WOODPECKER

READ Romans 15:1-13

Whatever was written in the past was written for our instruction so that we could have hope through endurance and through the encouragement of the scriptures.

–Romans 15:4 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can go deeper into God’s word by pondering each verse.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, we need you.  Help us to discern the wisdom of your word by reading it daily and savoring it.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Mark de Roo (Michigan, USA)

June 7, 2021

A GREEN RIBBON

READ Psalm 133:1-3

Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together.

–Psalm 34:3 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Who needs to hear my testimony today?

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for our spiritual brothers and sisters.  Help us not to miss opportunities to share your love with others.  Amen.

Pal Tunde (Pest, Hungary)

June 6, 2021

THE LANDSCAPE OF LIFE

READ Deuteronomy 11:8-15

Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.

–1 John 4:7 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Each person I encounter is a precious child of God.

PRAYER

God of Creation, thank you for the beauty of the earth and of your people.  Help us love one another as you have loved us.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Kim Sisk (Oklahoma, USA)

June 5, 2021

NURTURING LOVE

READ 1 Corinthians 2:9-13

“What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard and what no human mind has conceived” — [these] things God has prepared for those who love him.

–1 Corinthians 2:9 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

In our grief we can find healing by sharing God’s love.

PRAYER

Father God, show us the way.  Teach us to set aside our self-centered ways and to focus on you.  Amen.

Mike Starry (Virginia, USA)

June 4, 2021

REMINDERS OF GOD

READ Psalm 19:1-9

Give thanks to the God of heaven — God’s faithful love lasts forever!

–Psalm 136:26 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Where have I seen reminders of God today?

PRAYER

Loving Father, thank you for the many glimpses of you that we can find every day.  Help us to share your love with others.  Amen.

Meg Mangan (New South Wales, Australia)

June 3, 2021

BEYOND ALL UNDERSTANDING

READ Philippians 4:4-7

The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

–Philippians 4:7 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I am anxious, God offers me peace.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to remember that your peace is present amid our anxieties and uncertainties, waiting for us to take hold of it.  Amen

–Mikaela Horvath (California, USA)

June 2, 2021

COMPASSIONATE LISTENING

READ Hebrews 13:1-6

Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.

–Hebrew 13:3 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How can I share God’s love with someone in prison?

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to have compassion for those who are incarcerated and to share with them the hope of the gospel.   In Jesus name.   Amen.

Pierce VanDunk (Massachusetts, USA)

June 1, 2021

A BROKEN WORLD

READ Psalm 119:1-16

I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.

–Psalm 119:11 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Reading God’s word reminds me that God loves the world.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for the gift of your word.  Help us to grown in our relationship with you.  Amen.

T. L. Valluy (Lle-de-France, France)

May 31, 2021

CONNECTED BY PRAYER

READ Philippians 1:3-8

Paul wrote, “I thank my God every time I mention you in my prayers.”

–Philippians 1:3 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Prayer connects us together in the bonds of love.

PRAYER

O, God, who calls us family, be with those we love this day, and hold us together in your heart.  Amen.

Michael Johnson (Pennsylvania, USA)

May 30, 2021

THE LIGHT

READ John 8:12-19

The Lord is my light and my salvation.

–Psalm 27:1 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God is my light.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for filling our lives with your light.  Amen.

Kathleen Harder (Texas, USA)

May 29, 2021

RAVENS AND ANGELS

READ Matthew 25:31-40

The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook.

–1 Kings 17:6 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will help another person today as God has helped me.

PRAYER

Merciful God, raise our awareness of those who do not have daily bread.  Multiply our efforts to help as much as we can, whenever we can, wherever we can, as we pray, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread.  Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matt. 6:9-13, NIV). Amen.

J. Joel Sobalvarro Nieto (Francisco Morazan, Honduras)

May 28, 2021

FAITHFUL WITNESS

READ Isaiah 46:3-9

Even to your old age and gray hairs….I will sustain you.

–Isaiah 46.4 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

No matter my age, I can serve God.;

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for people whose faithful lives show us how to share your good news.  Amen.

JudyAnn Krell Morse (Iowa, USA)

May 27, 2021

TIME IS PRECIOUS

READ Psalm 18:1-19

[The Lord] brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.

–Psalm 18:19 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will set aside distractions to spend time with God.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for always being present, even when we are too busy to notice.  Help us to realize the joy of spending time in your presence.  Amen.

Jane Rager (Virginia, USA)

May 26, 2021

MERCY

READ Obadiah vv. 10-15

You should not gloat over your brother in the day of his misfortune, nor rejoice over the people of Judah in the day of their destruction, nor boast so much in the day of their trouble.

–Obadiah v 12 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I pray sincerely for an enemy, God can change my heart.

PRAYER

Dear God, enable us by your love to bless those who have disappointed us and to pray sincerely for our enemies.  Amen.

Andrew Michael Ardoin (Louisiana, USA)

May 25, 2021

GOD’S WINGS

READ Psalm 119:103-105

[God] will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge.

–Psalm 91:4 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What image of God brings me comfort?

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for your word, which speaks to each of us.  Help us as we study it to find a message of love from you.  Amen.

Jan Leighton (Maine, USA)

May 24, 2021

A HOPEFUL FUTURE

READ Jeremiah 29:1-13

“I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

–Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Through good and bad, God holds on to me.

PRAYER

Father of light, we pray for all who have lost loved ones.  Bring them peace and comfort.  Amen.

Amanda Thompson (Gauteng, South Africa)

May 23, 2021

HOMETOWN MISSION FIELD

READ Mark 16:9-20

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

–Acts 1:8 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Offering to pray with my neighbors is a simple way to demonstrate God’s love.

PRAYER

Thank you, God, for sending our helper, the Holy Spirit, so that we may serve as witnesses for Jesus wherever we are.  Amen.

Nikki Dyess (Alabama, USA)

May 22, 2021

A GOOD LIFE

READ Revelation 21:1-5

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

–Psalm 118:24 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The gifts God offers me do not end with this life.

PRAYER

Thank you, God, for our eternal life in Christ.  Help us to await heaven with joy.  Amen.

Gus Browning (Texas, USA)

May 21 2021

EQUALLY BEAUTIFUL

READ 1 Corinthians 12:14-25

God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.

–1 Corinthians 12:18 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can display God’s beauty where I am today.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for creating our beautiful world.  Help us to glorify you whenever we are.  Amen.

Jackie Johnson (Colorado, USA)

May 20, 2021

HOLY SIGNS

READ Acts 5:12-16

The apostles performed many signs and wonders among the people.

–Acts 5:12 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What signs of God’s goodness can I leave for others today?

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for the signs you have given us.  Most of all we thank you for your great love for us.  In the name of Jesus, who came to show us the way to you.  Amen.

William Elliot (Northern Ireland, United Kingdom)

May 19, 2021

TREASURED WORDS

READ Psalm 119-129-136

The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.

–Psalm 119:1-30 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today and every day I will treasure God’s word.

PRAYER

Thank you, God, for your word.  Help us to unfold it like a treasured gift so that it fills our lives and our hearts.

Cindy Tanquary Peavy (Alabama, USA)

May 18, 2021

HOPE OF RENEWAL

READ Isaiah 40:27-31

Those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

–Isaiah 40:31 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

With God’s help, I can live in joy every day.

PRAYER

Dear God, remind us of your promise of renewed life.  Help us to live each day with joy and hope in you.  Amen.

Kadine Christie (Florida, USA)

May 17, 2021

FIRM BELIEF

READ Psalm 30:1-4

To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.  O my God, in you I trust; do not let me be put to shame; do not let my enemies exult over me.

–Psalm 25:1-2 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God will help me and never leave me alone.

PRAYER

God of all comfort, help us to trust that you are with us in all situations, especially in times of trouble.  As Jesus taught us, we pray “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.  Give us day by day our daily bread.  And forgive us our sins; for we have also forgive every one that is indebted to us.  And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil” (Luke 11:2-4, KJV).  Amen.

Kausar Amen (Punjab, Pakistan)

May 16, 2021

OUR PRAYER

READ Matthew 6:7-13

Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is –his good, pleasing and perfect will.

–Romans 12:2 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The Lord’s Prayer is my call to action.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, let your prayer be on our lips and guide our actions each day.  Your will be done.  Amen.

Donald Huffman (North Carolina, USA)

May 15, 2021

MANGOES FOR EVERYONE

READ Psalm 107:4-9

[The Lord} satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.

–Psalm 107:9 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How will I share God’s merciful bounty with others?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for all that you provide for us.  Help us remember to share this bounty with one another in your holy name.  Amen.

Gretchen Nelson (Florida, USA)

May 14, 2021

IDENTITY IN CHRIST

READ Galatians 3:23-29

In Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith.

–Galatians 3:26 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How will I show my identity as a child of God today?

PRAYER

Dear God, help us always to show through our actions that we are your children.  Amen.

Luis David Arias (Bogota, Colombia)

May 13, 2021

THE FRAGRANCE OF LOVE

READ 2 Corinthians 2:14-17

Thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads in every place the fragrance that comes from knowing him.

–2 Corinthians 2:14 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Opportunities to spread God’s love are all around me.

PRAYER

O God, because we are blessed by your love, we want to share it with everyone we meet today.  Strengthen us in our work for you.  Amen.

Jill Allen Maisch (Maryland, USA)

May 12, 2021

LISTEN AND ACT

READ Isaiah 20:1-6

At that time the Lord spoke through Isaiah son of Amoz.

–Isaiah 20:2 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will listen for and obey God’s guidance.

PRAYER

Loving God, help me to listen to your still, small voice and to obey your leading.  Amen.

W. Terry Whalin (Colorado, USA)

May 11, 2021

IN THE STORM

READ Mark 4:35-41

[Jesus] woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!”  Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm.

–Mark 4:39 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even when I face troubles, God will not forsake me.

PRAYER

Loving Father, thank you for your presence during our trials.  When we face troubles, help us always to find you in the midst of the storm.  Amen.

Madeline Twooney (North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)

May 10, 2021

FOLLOWING GOD’S CALL

READ Exodus 4:10-17

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight.

–Proverbs 3:5 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s call for me can become clearer when I trust God to provide.

PRAYER

Gracious and loving God, help us to truly listen and respond to your call for our lives.  Help us always to trust you.  Amen.

Gene Lankford (Alabama, USA)

May 9, 2021

LIVING WORD

READ 2 Peter 1:12-19

All who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.

–Romans 8:14 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can help make God’s word come alive for others.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, guide us to use your living word as a testimony for others who are coming to know Christ.  Amen.

Melissa Yamaguchi (Hawaii, USA

May 8, 2021

BY GOD’S GRACE

READ Ephesians 2:1-10

It is by grace you have been saved.

–Ephesians 2:5 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God does not discard me; God redeems me.

PRAYER

Loving God, help us to remember that it is only by your grace that we receive your salvation.  We are grateful for the assurance and joy it brings.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Awlwyn Balnave (British Columbia, Canada)

May 7, 2021

TRUE WEALTH

READ 1 Peter 4:8-11

God loves a cheerful giver.

2 Corinthians 9:7 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My smallest gift can be a huge blessing.

PRAYER

Dear Father, help us always to give cheerfully, as you so faithfully give to us.  In Christ’s name we ask this.  Amen.

Victoria Walsh (Montana, USA)

May 6, 2021

FREE FROM ANXIETY

READ Psalm 121:1-8

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

–Philippians 4:6 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

In times of anxiety, I will look to God for guidance and comfort.

PRAYER

O God, bring peace to all who are suffering and courage to all who are afraid.  Amen.

Adam Pitman (North Carolina, USA)

May 5, 2021

ALWAYS READY

READ Acts 17:16-34

Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage — with great patience and careful instruction.

–2 Timothy 4:2 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can share the love of Jesus at any time.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, let our lives be to your glory.  Help us to share the joy of your word with others.  Amen.

Linda Chandra (Banten, Indonesia)

May 4, 2021

SPIRITUAL CONNECTION

READ 2 Peter 1:3-8

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can improve my spiritual health by reading God’s word and praying daily.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to quiet the distractions so that we can spend precious time with you. Amen.

Linda L. White (Illinois, USA)

May 3, 2021

THE SCARY BALLON

READ Isaiah 43:1-7

The Lord says, “Do not fear, for I am with you.”

–Isaiah 43:5 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s presence helps us live with peace and confidence.

PRAYER

Help us, heavenly Father, to release fear and reclaim faith in the face of trouble, trusting that you will see us through.  Amen.  

J. Leland Collins (Virginia)

May 2, 2021

“WHY, GOD?”

READ Judges 6:11-20

“Pardon me, my Lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us?”

–Judges 6:13 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God understands my frailty and my fears.

PRAYER

Dear Father, sustain us when we question you and have doubts about situations we do not understand.  Give us the faith and courage to follow you anyway.  Amen.

Sandra Still (North Carolina, USA)

May 1, 2021

KIND WORDS

READ Luke 6:20-31

Do to others as you would have them do to you.

–Luke 6:31 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will look for an opportunity to speak God’s peace to someone.

PRAYER

Loving God, help us to listen for your prompting, and help us to speak words of kindness and peace to those around us.  Amen.

Maire Simm (Tallinn, Estonia)

April 30, 2021

WHY ARE WE SURPRISED?

READ Mark 11:22-25

Jesus said, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

–Mark 11:24 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Faith is the cornerstone of my prayers.

PRAYER

Loving God, when we pray for guidance and help, fill us with trust as we seek your answer.  Amen.

David Knisely (Michigan, USA)

April 29, 2021

NEW UNDERSTANDING

READ John 3:14-21

Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

–John 3:18 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will seek new understanding from familiar scriptures.

PRAYER

Loving God, as I read the Bible, help me to understand your word.  Amen.

Pal Tunde (Pest Hungary)

April 28, 2021

REPRESENTING CHRIST

READ 2 Timothy 2:3-5, 22-23

We are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us.

–2 Corinthians 5:20 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How will I represent Christ today?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us remember that we represent you wherever we are and to everyone we meet.  Amen.

Leland P. Gamson (Arizona, USA)

April 27, 2021

CHOOSING GOD

READ Isaiah 48:17-19

If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your well-being like the waves of the sea.

–Isaiah 48:18 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can renew my mind when I spend time with God each day.

PRAYER

Dear God, teach us what is best for us, and direct us in the way we should go.  Amen.

Cathy Lee Taylor (Florida, USA)

April 26, 2021

CALL ON GOD

READ Psalm 126-1-6

Jesus began to weep.

–John 11:35 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Prayer can lighten my burdens and bring me peace.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for listening to our prayers in time of difficulty.  In your Son’s name we pray.  Amen.

Helder Moises Mangumo (Maputo, Mozambique)

April 25, 2021

GOD OF THE FUTURE

READ Isaiah 49:14-16

“I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

–Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Because God holds the future, I can face tomorrow.

PRAYER

Lord of our future, help us to remember that you will never leave us or forsake us.  Comfort us and strengthen our faith in your promises.  Amen.

Aruna Sagar (South Carolina, USA)

April 24, 2021

ABUNDANT BLESSINGS

READ Philippians 4:10-20

God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

–2 Corinthians 9:8(NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will notice God’s work in the smallest blessings of my life.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, help us not to lose sight of the blessings you have given us.  Remind us that the greatest gifts can come in the smallest ways.  Help us to focus on your influence in ours lives.  Amen.

Andrew Sulgit (West Virginia, USA)

April 23, 2021

RENEWED LIFE

READ Colossians 3:12-17

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God — what is good and acceptable and perfect.

–Romans 12:2 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I am willing to change, God can transform my life.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to let go of negative feelings and behaviors.  By your power transform our lives into things of beauty.  Amen

Merry Gultom (West Java, Indonesia)

April 22, 2021

THE LABYRINTH

READ Psalm 16:5-11

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.

–Proverbs 3:5 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God provides us a path to follow and trusts us to follow it.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for leading us on the path of life.  Help us to remain on it faithfully.  Amen.

Abigail Mills (Arizona, USA)

April 21, 2021

PRAY CONTINUALLY

READ Romans 8:26-28

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

–1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even when my prayers have no words, God is listening.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us remember to pray and to trust you no matter how bad life gets for us.  Amen.

Keren Philips (Karnataka, India)

April 20, 2021

OUR ALL

READ Colossians 3:23-25

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.

–Colossians 3:23 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

In whatever work God calls me to do, I will give my all.

PRAYER

Dear God, give us the strength and motivation we need to work for your kingdom.

Joey Oritz (Texas, USA)

April 19, 2021

U-TURNS ALLOWED

READ Deuteronomy 31:1-8

Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths.

–Psalm 25:4 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Following God’s guidance can turn my life around.

PRAYER

Precious Lord, than you for giving us new opportunities and fresh starts.  Help us to follow your paths instead of our own.  Amen.

Jeanie Jacobson (Nebraska, USA)

April 18, 2021

LET IT HAPPEN

READ Acts 16:6-15

May the God of peace himself cause you to be completely dedicated to him….The one who is calling you is faithful and will do this.

–1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will share my faith when God opens the door.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, when we worry about how we can share the good news with others, help us trust you to prepare the way.  Amen.

Rose McCormick Brandon (Ontario, Canada)

April 17, 2021

GRACE AND COMFORT

READ Matthew 6:25-34

Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear.  Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?

–Matthew 6:25 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will look for God’s blessings in my life.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for all that you provide us.  Help us to recognize your blessings in tough times.  Amen.

Brayan Orellana (Texas, USA)

April 16, 2021

NOBLE WORK

READ Genesis 4:7-22

Whatever you do, you should do it all for God’s glory.

–1 Corinthians 10:31 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Whatever my work, I can do it for God.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us always to remember to use our talents for your glory.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Jody Williams (Illinois, USA)

April 15, 2021

GOD’S FAITHFULNESS

READ Matthew 9:18-26

Jesus replied, “Didn’t I tell you that if you believe, you will see God’s glory?”

–John 11:40 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s faithfulness to me is unwavering.

PRAYER
O God, thank you for your steadfast faithfulness in good times and in times of adversity.  Amen.

Jairon Otoniel Santana Suarez (Dominican Republic)

April 14, 2021

LOVE AND PROTECTION

READ Psalm 4:4-8

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

–Psalm 118:24 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I wake and when I sleep, I will be mindful of God’s care.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for the opportunity to rejoice and be glad for the wonderful world you have given us and for the peace of knowing your love and protection are with us even as we sleep.  Amen.

Carol Shaw Johnston (Tennessee, USA)

April 13, 2021

ENTHUSIASTIC RESPONSE

READ Romans 12:9-13

Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.

–Romans 12:11 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When my zeal is lacking, God can use others to encourage me.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for those who enthusiastically show their devotion to you.  We pray as Jesus taught us, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matt. 6:9-13, NIV).  Amen.

Jim Bell (North Carolina, USA)

April 12, 2021

FAMILY TIME

READ Mark 3:31-35

Looking at those who sat around him, [Jesus] said, “Here are my mother and my brothers!  Whoever does the will of god is my brother and sister and mother.”

–Mark 3:34-35 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Spending time with my spiritual family renews my faith.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, remind us of our need to spend time with our spiritual family.  Help us to make spiritual fellowship a priority.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Enid Adah Nuinomujuni (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)

April 11, 2021

WITHOUT ENVY

READ 1 Samuel 18:6-16

Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

–1 Corinthian 13:4 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God can transform my heart and replace envy with love.

PRAYER

Merciful God, forgive us when we envy.  Reveal to us any envy in our hearts, and change our thoughts and hearts to love more like you.  Amen.

Lin Daniels (Massachusetts, USA)

April 10, 2021

SUNFLOWERS

READ Matthew 8:18-22

[Jesus] said, “I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

–John 8:12 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s light will guide me, come rain or shine.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for the light and guidance that you provide for us.  Help us to keep our eyes and hearts fixed on you.  Amen.

Julie Sipe (Pennsylvania, USA)

April 9, 2021

SPIRITUAL FOOD

READ Psalm 1:1-3

Do not…take your Holy Spirit from me.

–Psalm 51:11 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can find wisdom and strength in God’s word.

PRAYER

Holy Spirit, come into our hearts and nurture us with wisdom and strength.  Amen.

Zoltan Szugyi (Budapest, Hungary)

April 8, 2021

GATHER YOUR ELEPHANTS

READ 1 Peter 5:1-11

Be alert and of sober mind.  Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

–1 Peter 5:8 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will support a friend through prayer.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to share our struggles with those who surround and encourage us through prayer.  Amen.

Glenda Moore (Illinois, USA)

April 7, 2021

COMMITMENT

READ Matthew 22:34-39

Jesus said, “Surely I am with you always.”

–Matthew 28:20 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

In what small way can I show love to a neighbor today?

PRAYER

Dear God, give us the strength daily to share your story of love with another person.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Teddy Rollins (Georgia, USA))

April 6, 2021

GOD RESTORES

READ Psalm 51:13-17

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

–Psalm 51:17 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s love can restore anyone.

PRAYER

Father in heaven, thank you for your mercy and the way you restore our lives.  Amen.

Albert Dob (Bucharest Romania)

April 5, 2021

TIME WELL SPENT

READ 1 Kings 19:9-12

After the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

–1 Kings 19:12 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Everyday tasks can be time spent in God’s presence.

PRAYER

Dear God, forgive us when we crowd you out of our daily routines.  Help us to use even the mundane tasks of each day to focus on you and your wisdom.  Amen.

Judy Ransom (Florida, USA)

April 4, 2021

HE LIVES

READ 1 Peter 1:3-9

Since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man.  For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.

–1 Corinthians 15:21-22 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

For all who believe in Christ, death is not the last word.

PRAYER

Dear Father, thank you for the gift of your Son, Jesus Christ.  Help us to prepare for eternal life by serving others and bringing glory to your name.  Amen.

John D. Brown (Minnesota, USA)

April 3, 2021

IN ITS TIME

READ Ecclesiastes 3:1-14

[God] has made everything beautiful in its time.

–Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will measure my success according to God’s word.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, help us to see your timing as a gift rather than a punishment.  Strengthen us so that we can participate with you in your timing.  Amen.

Katie Overbeek (Ontario, Canada)

April 2, 2021

PROMISE OF SPRING

READ Luke 23:39:43

Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.

–Luke 23:43 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even in times of sadness, God sends messages of hope and joy.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us keep our eyes on your brightness and glory when the world seems dark.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Gary E. Crum (Virginia, USA)

April 1, 2021

FINDING GOD IN LOSS

READ JOHN 14:25-27

Jesus said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

–John 14:27 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I am broken, God will help me rebuild.

PRAYER

Redeeming God, thank you for turning our mourning into joy.  Your love is our most precious gift.  In the name of Jesus.  Amen.

Jan McDaniel (Georgia, USA)

March 31, 2021

GRACEFUL GREETINGS

READ Philippians 4:4-9

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

–Ephesians 1:2 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I disagree with someone, I will first reach out in Christian love.

PRAYER

Loving God, help us to show your love to everyone before we do anything else.  Amen.

Brennan Hurley (North Carolina, USA)

March 30, 2021

EVERYTHING I DO

READ Matthew 5:1-12

Jesus said, “Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.”

–Matthew 5:11 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even when I face ridicule and persecution, God is with me.

PRAYER

Faithful God, help us to share your word, and strengthen us so that we will not fear ridicule.  Amen.

Jacqueline London (Trinidad and Tobago)

March 29, 2021

A GREAT DAY

READ Mark 1:29-39

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.

–Mark 1:35 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Spending time with God is the most important thing today.

PRAYER

Father God, when life’s demands distract us, help us to remember the importance of spending regular time in your presence.  Amen.

Cassius Rhue (South Carolina, USA)

March 28, 2021

UNEXPECTED LOVE

READ Psalm 119:73-80

The human mind may devise man plans, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will be established.

–Proverbs 19:21 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s love often shows up in unexpected ways.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us always to be open and ready for your unexpected plans for us.  Amen.

Xavia Arndt Sheffield (Pennsylvania, USA)

March 27, 2021

PERSEVERANCE

READ Luke 10:38-42

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.

–Deuteronomy 6:5 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even when it feels inconvenient, I will worship God.

PRAYER

Lord Jesus, help us to adore you untiringly and faithfully as we pray the prayer you taught us, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.  Give us day by day our daily bread.  And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us.  And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil” (Luke 11;2-4, KJV).  Amen.

Tomas Adao Calomba (luanda, Angola)

March 26, 2021

HAPPILY EVER AFTER

–READ Psalm 119:105-112

[O Lord], you are good, and what you do is good; teach me your decrees.

–Psalm 119:68 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can always rely on God’s presence in my life.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for your presence with us.  Help us to remain faithful to you, no matter the circumstances.

DeVonna R. Allison (Florida, USA)

March 25, 2021

ACTS OF KINDNESS

READ Galatians 6:7-10

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

–Galatians 6:9 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Someone will need an act of kindness from me today.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for all you do for us.  Help us not to grow weary in passing your love and kindness on to others.  Amen.

Doug Brady (Alabama, USA)

March 24, 2021

LIKE NEVER BEFORE

READ Acts 3:1-10

Taking [the lame man] by the right hand, [Peter] helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong.  He jumped to his feet and began to walk.

–Acts 3:7-8 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will put my trust in God’s power.

PRAYER

Almighty God, in difficult situations help us to trust that you can do miracles like we have never seen or heard of before.  Amen.

Linawati Santose (East Java, Indonesia)

March 23, 2021

MOSAIC

–READ 2 Corinthians 4:7-12

We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

–Romans 8:28 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can trust God with the broken pieces of my life.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, we give you the broken pieces of ourselves.  Help us to trust that you will restore us and create something beautiful from our brokenness.  Amen.

Heather Hagstrom (Kansas, USA)

March 22, 2021

THE MASTER ARCHITECT

READ Matthew 7:24-27

In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.

–Proverbs 16:9 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God is the foundation of my life.

PRAYER

Dear God, guide our steps so that we can build your kingdom.  Amen.

Antonio Delapaz (Texas, USA)

March 21, 2021

READ THE MANUAL

READ Psalm 119:89-104

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

–Psalm 119:105

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The Bible is the most important book I will ever read.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for the Bible.  Encourage us as we read it, and guide us as we apply it to our lives.  Amen.

Carol Purves (England, United Kingdom)

March 20, 2021

LETTING GO

READ Ephesians 4:29-32

Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.

–Ephesians 4:31 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What attitudes or feelings is God inviting me to let go of?

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, help us to listen to the Holy spirit telling us to let go of harmful attitudes and behaviors so that our speech and actions may be pleasing to you.  Amen.

Sandi Ann Lumpkin (Indiana, USA)

March 19, 2021

TREASURES

READ Matthew 6:19-21

Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven.

–Matthew 6:20 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The Bible is the living word of God.

PRAYER

Eternal God, thank you for showing us that while treasures on earth fade with time, treasures in heaven will last an eternity.  Amen.

Shital Sherri Macwan (New York, USA)

March 18, 2021

WHAT’S THE PLAN

READ Exodus 13:17-22

By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night.

–Exodus 13:21 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can trust that God know my situation.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to trust in you and to have faith that the best plans are the ones you lay before us each step of our life’s journey.  Amen.

Naatan Hollman (Tallinn, Estonia)

March 17, 2021

GOD CAN RELATE

READ Matthew 4:1-11

The devil left [Jesus], and angels came and took care of him.

–Matthew 4:11 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will look for opportunities to show empathy and compassion today.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, how wonderful it is to know that you not only recognize but can relate to our human needs!  Help us to convey your empathy and compassions to others.  Amen.

Sally Hassler (Indiana, USA)

March 16, 2021

STRENGTH

READ Psalm 61:1-3

Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.

–Psalm 61:1 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God can give me strength when I need it most.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for being with us in all circumstances.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

George Hilliard (Virginia, USA)

March 15, 2021

KEEP THE FAITH

READ John 18:33-38

Blessed are they that mourn; for they shall be comforted.

–Matthew 5:4 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can endure difficulties because of my unshakable faith in God.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to endure tribulations and keep our faith firm in you.  We pray in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

Anabela Couto de Castro Valente (Luanda, Angola)

March 14, 2021

GOD DELIVERS US

READ Psalm 27:1-14

The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?  Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.

–Psalm 27:1, 3 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God is powerful enough to deliver me from danger.

PRAYER

Dear God, deliver us from danger and from those who would do us harm, for you are our refuge and our savior.  We trust in you.  Amen.

Marcelo Carcach (Maryland, USA)

March 13, 2021

ONLY A PINCH

READ Luke 13:18-21

To what should I compare the kingdom of God?  It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.

–Luke 13:20-21

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God can use my small acts of faith to have a big impact.

PRAYER

Compassionate God, help us remember that even our small acts of faith and service to you will grow under the right conditions.  Amen.

Beverly Marshall-Goodell (Georgia, USA)

March 12, 2021

A FOREVER LOVE

READ Romans 8:35-39

Who will separate us from Christ’s love?

–Romans 8:35 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s love will never let me go.

PRAYER

Eternal God, thank you for fist loving us.  Create in us loving hearts and spirits as we pray, “Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.  Give us each day our daily bread.  Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.  And lead us not into temptation” (Luke 11:2-4, NIV).  Amen.

Hugo N. Urcola (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

March 11, 2021

FROM WITHIN

READ Psalm 139:1-18

I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

–Psalm 139:14

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Praying for others is good for my soul.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, help us to remember that each of us is made in your image.  Remind us to treat others as your beloved children.  Amen.

Melody Baggech (Oklahoma, USA)

March 10, 2021

HEALING TOUCH

READ Mark 1:40-45

Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him.

–Mark 1:41 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Our loving actions can be God’s presence to others.

PRAYER

O God, thank you for surrounding us with your healing love.  Amen.

Sam Wright (Florida, USA)

March 9, 2021

TRACES OF FAITH

READ 2 Timothy 1:3-7

Blessed are those who fear the Lord, who find great delight in his commands.

–Psalm 112:1 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What traces of faith do I leave behind?

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for  listening to all the thoughts, desires, and joys of our hearts.  Amen.

Anna Kerekretine Szili (Budapest, Hungary)

March 8, 2021

WHAT NOW?

READ Isaiah 40:26-31

Those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can find renewed strength as I wait for the Lord.

PRAYER

Dear God, our Creator, nourish us as we wait for your leading.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Mary Alice Potter (North Carolina, USA)

March 7, 2021

THE ANCIENT PATHS

READ Micah 6:6-8

The Lord proclaims:  Stop at the crossroads and look around; ask for the ancient paths.  Where is the good way?  Then walk in it and find a resting place for yourselves.

–Jeremiah 6:16 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Though God’s paths are ancient, they are also timeless.

PRAYER

Holy Spirit, call us back to you when we stray from your path.  Help us to walk faithfully with you.  Amen.

David R. Schultz (Ilinois, USA)

March 6, 2021

MY HOPE

READ Psalm 25:4-15

Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you.

–Psalm 25:5 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even when I feel alone, God is my hope.

PRAYER

Dear Father, give us hope when we feel lonely.  Show us your ways, O Lord, and teach us to follow you.  Amen.

Linda Chandra (Banten, Indonesia)

March 5, 2021

CHOOSING COMMUNITY

READ Proverbs 13:16-21

Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools suffers harm.

–Proverbs 13:20 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Christian community can help me grow in my faith.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for friends who draw us closer to you.  Amen.

Austin Shumake (Texas, USA)

March 4, 2021

THE BLESSING OF TEARS

READ Revelation 21:1-4

The psalmist said, “You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle.  Are they not in your record?”

–Psalm 56:8 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God can renew my spirit through my tears.

PRAYER

Dear Jesus, because you also wept, you understand our tears.  Thank you.  Amen.

Eleanor Cowles (Oregon, USA)

March 3, 2021

SOMETHING NEW

READ John 15:9-17

Jesus said, “As the Father loved me, I too have loved you.  Remain in my love.”

–John 15:9 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Letting go of bad habits can free me to experience God’s love.

PRAYER

Living Lord, guide and challenge us during Lent.  Help us to discover anew your grace and love in this season.  Amen.

Meg Mangan (New South Wales, Australia)

March 2, 2021

CARRIED

READ Psalm 46:1-7

The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

–Deuteronomy 31:8 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Through all the ups and downs of my life, God says, “I’ve got you.”

PRAYER

Loving God, thank you for carrying and holding us.  When we have fallen, when we are broken, when we can no  longer move, you call, “Do not be afraid.”  In every situation of our lives help us to rest in you.  Amen.

Steven Scheid (Tennessee, USA)

March 1, 2021

FAITH NOT FEAR

READ Jeremiah 29:10-14*

Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

–Joshua 1:( (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will decide by faith, not by fear.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, you know the plans you have for us.  We ask you to move us toward them in faithful confidence.  Amen.

Eleanor L. Colvin (Texas, USA)

February 28, 2021

OPEN EARS

READ Proverbs 2:1-10

The Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

–Proverbs 2:6 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I pray, I will listen as much as I speak.

PRAYER

Father God, open our ears so that we can hear what you want to tell us each day.  Amen.

Katrina Douglas (Tennessee, USA)

February 27, 2021

HOPE OF NEW LIFE

READ Matthew 6:25-34

There is hope for a tree, if it is cut down, that it will sprout again, and that it shoots will not cease.

–Job 14:7 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God can make everything new in my life.

PRAYER

Unchanging God, help those hearts which are dried up by the failures and hardships of life to find the hope of new life in you.  Amen.

Alexandre de Asevedo (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

February 26, 2021

JOY AMIDST GRIEF

READ Psalm 139:7-12

The Lord says, “Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.”

–Jeremiah 33:3 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

True joy is found in the Lord.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, give us the strength to overcome whatever trials we face.  We place our lives always in your hands.  Amen.

Kristen Phipps (Texas, USA)

February 25, 2021

THE COSTLY PERFUME

READ John 12:1-8

Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wipe his feet with her hair.

–John 12:3 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What gift can I offer Jesus today?

PRAYER

Dear God, help us pour out our hearts to you and offer you our praise.  Amen.

Elizabeth Livingtston (Maharashtra, India)

February 24, 2021

A CLOSER LOOK

READ Matthew 25:31-46

Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

–Galatians 6:2 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

If I slow down, God can show me opportunities to lift others up.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, help us to see those around us who need lifting up.  In Jesus’ name, we pray.  Amen.

George Hilliard (Virginia, USA)

February 23, 2021

HEAVENLY PARENT

READ Matthew 7:7-11

[God] comforts us in all our trouble so that we can comfort other people who are in every kind of trouble. 

–2 Corinthians 1:4 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God is my Father and will never leave me.

PRAYER

Teach us, O Lord, to trust in your unfailing love.  Amen.

Michael Morelan (Alabama, USA)

February 22, 2021

NO EXCUSES

READ Luke 14:15-20

Another said, “I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to try them out; please accept my regrets.”

–Luke14:19 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Sharing our gifts by serving others creates a better world.

PRAYER

Eternal Father, forgive us for making excuses.  Continue to guide our path so that we may serve you more wholeheartedly.  In Jesus’ name, we pray.  Amen.

Kelly Desclos-Estes (Virginia, USA)

February 21, 2021

WHAT A BLESSING!

READ Psalm 19:7-11

[Jesus] went up the mountainside by himself to pray.

–Matthew 14:23 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Time spent in God’s word is always worthwhile.

PRAYER

Loving Father, thank you for the blessings that come from setting aside time to read your word and to pray each day.  Amen.

Ann Stewart (South Australia, Australia)

February 20, 2021

NOT ALONE

READ Daniel 3:13-30

May you be made strong … and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light.

–Colossians 1:11-12 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God will be with me through any difficulty.

PRAYER

Loving Father, thank you for your presence with us in our challenges.  Help us draw strength from you.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Donnell King (Tennessee, USA)

February 19, 2021

LOVE GROWS

READ Leviticus 19:9-18

When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest…Leave them for the poor and the foreigner.

–Leviticus 19:9-18

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How is God leading me to share what I have with others?

PRAYER

Gracious God, we praise you for providing what we need.  Help us to be aware and active in serving those in need with resources you have so graciously given to us.  Amen.

Mike Medeiros (California, USA)

February 18, 2021

USED CANS

READ Luke 8:26-39

Jesus said to the man, “Return home and tell how much God has done for you.”

–Luke 8:39 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Jesus loves me even when I feel unworthy.

PRAYER

Dear Jesus, thank you for your amazing and saving love.  Remind us that through you we are worthy and can shine light for your glory.  Amen.

Linda Chandra (Banten, Indonesia)

February 17, 2021

FROM STICKS TO BLOSSOMS

READ 1 Kings 19:1-5

We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.

–Psalm 33:20 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will wait expectantly for what God has in store for me.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us remember the blossoms of the past as we wait for those to come.  Amen.

Mary Hunt Webb (New Mexico, USA)

February 16, 2021

RICH INHERITANCE

READ Ephesians 1:3-12

By grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.

–Ephesians 2:8 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can model faith for others as it has been modeled for me.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, help us to remember your great love for us when we forget where we came from.  Help us to lift up those who are struggling with their faith and to call out their names to you as others have done for us.  Amen.

Steven A. Schofield (Virginia, USA)

February 15, 2021

A SIMPLE REMINDER

READ Psalm 92:1-4

I can do all this through [the Lord] who gives me strength.

–Philippians 4:13 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

In what simple ways can I remind myself of God’s presence?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to keep you at the center of our lives so that we will remember to call on you in all circumstances.  Amen.

Lorna MacIntyre (Scotland, United Kingdom)

February 14, 2021

PLANTING SEEDS

READ 1 Corinthians 3:6-9

I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.

–1 Corinthians 3:6 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How will I plant a seed of God’s love today?

PRAYER

Our Father, may we plant the seeds of love that you will bring to fruition.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Verner Guthrie (Alabama, USA)

February 13, 2021

POWER TO PROVIDE

READ Philippians 4:10-19

Paul wrote, “My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

–Philippians 4:10-19 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How can I answer the prayer of a neighbor today?

PRAYER

Gracious God, send your Holy Spirit to those who are suffering, and help us to meet every need according to your riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Kellie Heisler (New Jersey, USA)

February 12, 2021

STRONGER THAN FEAR

READ John 20:24-29

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

–Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I despair, God will help me overcome my fear.

PRAYER

Merciful God, continue to sustain us by your grace as we pray, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.  Amen.” (Matt. 6:9-13, KJV).

Vidal Cruz Rosado (Puerto Rico)

February 11, 2021

NONE FORGOTTEN

READ Luke 10:25-37

A Samaritan, who was on a journey, came to where the man was.  But when he saw him, he was moved with compassion.

–Luke 10:33 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

No one is an outcast in Jesus’ eyes.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for helping us when we feel forgotten by others.  Helping us to see our true worth.  Amen.

Victoria Walsh (Montana, USA)

February 10, 2021

BEING PRESENT

READ John 5:1-18

When Jesus saw him lying there, knowing that he had already been there a long time, he asked  him, “Do you want to get well?”  

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The present moment holds abundant holiness.

PRAYER

Creator God, help us to slow down, focus on what’s in front of us, and experience your love here and now.  Amen.

Christian Coon (Illinois, USA)

February 9, 2021

GOD IS GOOD

READ Psalm 145:1-9

The Lord is good to all, and his compassion is over all that he had made.

–Psalm 145:9

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God desires good things for my life.

PRAYER

Dear God, open our eyes to see your goodness to us.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Enid Adah Nyinomujuni (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)

February 8, 2021

POWERFUL WORDS

READ 2 Timothy 3:10-17

It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless.  The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.

–John 6:63 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s word gives direction to my life.

PRAYER

Dear God, renew our minds daily with your word through the power of your Holy Spirit so that we will live worthy lives.  Amen.

Aaron Caruso (Connecticut, USA)

February 7, 2021

LOVE OTHERS AS YOURSELF

READ Matthew 22:34-40

Jesus said, “This is the first and greatest commandment.  and the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'”

–Matthew 22:38-39 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God love me, and I can love myself too.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for the everlasting love and mercy you show us.  Give us the strength to love ourselves and others like you love us.  amen.

Sam Engle (Kentucky, USA)

February 6, 2021

PATIENCE

READ Psalm 130:1-5

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope.

–Psalm 130:5 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Patience helps my faith mature.

PRAYER

Father God, grant us patience to keep anticipating, hoping and trusting in you as we wait.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Mary Ng Shwu Ling (Singapore)

February 5, 2021

RISKY LOVE

READ Hebrews 12:1-3

Jesus said, “A new command I give you:  Love on another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”

–John 13:34 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Loving like Jesus is worth the risk.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to love like you.  encourage us to be brave and vulnerable with others.  Amen.

Kirsten Panachyda (New York, USA)

February 4, 2021

GOD’S VOICE

READ 1 Kings 19:9-14

If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth.

–Deuteronomy 28:1 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can hear God’s voice if I listen for it patiently.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to quiet the chaos in our minds so that we can take the time to hear your voice, accept it, and put into practice what you tell us.  Amen.

Dimitri Semjonov (Rakvere, Estonia)

February 3, 2021

GOD’S COMFORT

READ 2 Corinthians 1:3-11

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

–Psalm 34:18 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s compassion can speak without words.

PRAYER

Loving God, keep us aware of those around us who are hurting.  Help us comfort them as you have comforted us.

Molly Johnson (North Carolina, USA)

February 2, 2021

A POWERFUL LIGHT

READ John 12:44-46

Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.  And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.

–Genesis 1:3-4 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s light is infinitely bright.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to recognize our limitations, even as we seek to share the gospel with others.  As Jesus taught us, we pray, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread.  Forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matt. 6:9-13, NIV).  Amen.

Wayne Brent (Texas, USA)

February 1, 2021

LIONS AND BEARS

READ 1 Samuel 17:19-37

David said, “The Lord, who saved me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, will save me from the hand of this Philistine.”

–1 Samuel 17:37 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God can use my adversities to strengthen my faith.

PRAYER

Wonderful God, thank you for strengthening our faith in times of adversity.  Help us to fulfill your purposes for our lives.  Amen.

Madeline Twooney (North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)

January 31, 2021

SEEKING APPROVAL

READ John 10:22-30

Jesus said, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”

–John 10:27 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s opinion of me is what counts.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to hear your voice over the many voices that divert our attention from you.  Amen.

Doug Lim (California, USA)

January 30, 2021

A LIVING EXAMPLE

READ Ephesians 4:11-16

Speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.

–Ephesians 4:15 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can serve God through my daily activities.

PRAYER

Creator God, help us grow in our faith as we become living examples of your love.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Christine Roger (Illinois, USA)

January 29, 2021

CHOOSE JOY

READ Genesis 12:1-9

The Lord said, “Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield, your very great reward.”

–Genesis 15:1 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can choose how I feel about following God’s call for me.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to savor the joy of faithfulness and obedience.  Thank you for being our shield and our great reward.  Amen.

Sister Alegria del Senor (Colon, Honduras)

January 28, 2021

ENTERTAINING ANGELS

READ Deuteronomy 10:17-22

You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.

–Deuteronomy 10:19 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will show hospitality to a stranger.

PRAYER

Gracious God, help us always to show kindness and compassion to strangers and to be your hands and feet in the world.  Amen.

Rebecca Bolin (Texas, USA)

January 27, 2021

PROMISES IN UNCERTAINTY

READ Psalm 36:5-9

How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!  People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.

–Psalm 36:7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even in my uncertainty, God is faithful.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for your promises to us.  Help us to hold on to your faithful presence when we face uncertainty.  Amen.

Adam Weber (South Dakota, USA)

January 26, 2021

IN THE MOMENT

READ Luke 5:1-11

Jesus sat down and taught the crowds from the boat.

–Luke 5:3 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What story from scripture can I experience anew today?

PRAYER

Loving Father, thank you for the stories of Jesus’ life and teachings.  Thank you for the people who have shared those stories with us.  Amen.

Meg Mangan (New South Wales, Australia)

January 25, 2021

GOD’S SUPPORT

READ Isaiah 43:1-7

The Lord says, “…When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.”

–Isaiah 43:1-2

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Regardless of what weighs me down, I know that the Lord is with me.

PRAYER

Dear God, when we are overwhelmed, remind us of the calm, strength, and counsel that faith in you provides.  Amen.

Samuel Driggers (Georgia, USA)

January 24, 2021

OUR STRENGTH

READ Psalm 91:9-16

I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

–Psalm 91:2 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I fall, God is my strength.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for being with us each day.  Remind us to rely on your strength in our life’s journey.  Amen.

Karen McBee (Texas, USA)

January 23, 2021

GOODNESS AND MERCY

READ Romans 8:18-31

We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.

–Romans 8:28 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Trusting in God helps me to wait faithfully.

PRAYER

Beloved God, teach us to trust in you and to stand firm with faith and hope.  We pray in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Mateus Francisco (Luanda, Angola)

January 22, 2021

GOD’S WONDERFUL GIFT

READ Ecclesiastes 3:1-12

Teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart.

–Psalm 90:12 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will make the most of God’s gift of time.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us not to let responsibilities rob us of time spent with those we love.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Jeannine Brenner (Pennsylvania, USA)

January 21, 2021

AN IVITATION

READ Psalm 16:5-11

Now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

–Ephesians 2:13 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My simple invitation can change someone’s life of faith.

PRAYER

God of grace and mercy, thank you for giving us a way to you.  Amen.

Thomas Jones (Florida, USA)

January 20, 2021

OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE

READ Romans 10:1-15

How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in?  And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?

–Romans 10:14 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I don’t have to have all the answers to share God’s love with others.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, give us opportunities to tell others about your greatness and love.  Amen.

Jennifer Brigandi (Ontario, Canada)

January 19, 2021

PATIENT WITNESS

READ Luke 13:6-9

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

–Galatians 6:9 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can trust God to use my faithful witness for good.

PRAYER

We thank you, God, for the gift of salvation and the call to be witnesses in word and deed.  We pray in the power of our Savior’s name.  Amen.

Elmer A. Dickson (Florida, USA)

January 18, 2021

WORTH THE EFFORT

READ Psalm 145:13-21

The lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.

–Psalm 145:18 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can experience God’s love through prayer.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for always being with us.  Help us to remember that your love for us is constant and steadfast.  Amen.

Abigail Gary (Pennsylvania, USA)

January 17, 2021

HOPE IN SUFFERING

READ Lamentations 3:19-26

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end.

–Lamentations 3:22 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will share my story of God’s faithfulness with someone today.

PRAYER

God who heals, help us to express our gratitude to you by offering our lives to you for your purposes.  Use us for your glory.  Amen.

Bezalie Bautista Uc-Kung (Philippines)

January 16, 2021

A BANGED-UP DIME

READ Psalm 51:1-7

Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.

–Psalm 51:2 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

No matter my appearance, God knows my true worth.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to recognize our full worth and the worth of others, no matter how banged up we may be.  Amen.

Thomas J. Doubt (Arizona, USA)

January 15, 2021

THE WAY OUT

READ John 8:12-14

I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth.  These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.

–Isaiah 42:16 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s light will lead me through any challenge.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to stay focused on you and your light during the dark, scary experiences of life.  Amen.

Michelle Scarboro (Georgia, USA)

January 14, 2021

A BUTTERFLY’S LESSON

READ Jeremiah 18:1-6

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will.

–Romans 12:2 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Christ has the power to change my life.

PRAYER

Transform us, Lord!  Search us and change our whole being, giving us a new and sanctified life.  In the name of Jesus.  Amen.

Carolina Maia Faria (Minas Gerais, Brazil)

January 13, 2021

ENCOUNTERING GOD

READ Psalm 34:4-19

Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord rescues them from them all.

–Psalm 34:19 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will remember that God is with me in my troubles.

PRAYER

Lord Jesus, help us to follow your example and draw close to God, even when it seems like our world is falling apart.  Amen.

Rosario “Roz” Picardo (Ohio, USA)

January 12, 2021

A KNOCK AT THE DOOR

READ Isaiah 65:17-25

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

–Matthew 7:7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God always responds when I call.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, grant us perseverance and persistence in prayer.  Amen.

Faith Ford (England, United Kingdom)

January 11, 2021

STRETCH OUT YOUR HAND

READ Exodus 14:15-22

Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back…and turned it into dry land…and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground.

–Exodus 14:21-22 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Praising God through my struggles helps lead me through them.

PRAYER

Faithful God, give us the strength to lift our hands to you when we are weak from struggle.  Amen.

Zach Schaar (Ohio, USA)

January 10, 2021

TAKE HEART

READ Galatians 6:1-9

If we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

–Romans 8:25 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will trust God’s timing.

PRAYER

Dear God, provide us with the endurance to do your will and the patience to wait on your timing.  Amen.

Rachel Turner (Texas, USA)

January 9, 2021

THE GOD WHO CARES

READ 1 Peter 5:1-10

Cast all your anxiety on [God] because he cares for you.

1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The best thing I can do with my anxiety is to give it to God.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us when we cast our anxiety on you.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Charity M. Kiregyera (Kampala, Uganda)

January 8, 2021

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE

READ Philippians 2:1-7

Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.

–1 John 2:6 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Jesus walks with me today and every day.

PRAYER

Gracious God, thank you for those whom came before us to guide us on the path to salvation.  Thank you most of all for the example given us by Christ Jesus as we attempt to follow in his footsteps.  Amen.

Robert E. Boertien (Oregon, USA)

January 7, 2021

A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP

READ Psalm 4:1-8

I will praise the Lord,  who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me.

–Psalm 16:7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Counting my blessings can bring me peace.

PRAYER

God of peace, thank you for the gift of rest.  Help us trust you with our worries.  Amen.

Lisa Stackpole (Wisconsin, USA)

January 6, 2021

CHOOSING A PATH

READ Proverbs 16:1-9

In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.

–Proverbs 16:9 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My God-given talents are tools for serving God’s people.

PRAYER

O God, thank you for gifts and talents we can use to joyfully serve your people.  Amen.

George Peters (British Columbia, Canada)

January 5, 2021

MEETING WITH GOD

READ 1 Corinthians 2:9-16

The Lord said to Moses, “There, above the cover between the two cherubim that are over the ark of the covenant law, I will meet with you and give you all my commands for the Israelites.”

–Exodus 25:22 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can meet with God all day, every day.

PRAYER

Dear Father, thank you for your word and your Holy Spirit.  Thank you for allowing us to come to you at any time and for giving us ears and hearts to hear when you speak to us.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.  

Irene E. Chomicki (Texas, USA)

January 4, 2021

GOD’S BLESSINGS

READ Psalm 103:1-8

Bless the Lord, O my soul:  and all that is within me, bless his holy name.  Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.

–Psalm 103:1-2

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Remembering past blessings with gratitude strengthens me for today..

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for the many blessings you have sent throughout our lives and for all blessings yet to come.  We pray as Jesus taught us, “Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.  Give us each day our daily bread.  Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.  And lead us not into temptation” (Luke 11:2-4, NIV).  Amen.

Gary E. Crum (Virginia, USA)

January 3, 2021

IN EVERY CIRCUMSTANCE

READ Habakkuk 3:16-19

As for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.

–Micah 7:7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

In moments of crisis, I will remain strong and praise God.

PRAYER

Faithful God, help us to remember that we are yours when chaos descends on us.  Strengthen our resolve to praise you in all circumstances. In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Angelica Afu (Panama)

January 2, 2021

PERSEVERANCE

READ Isaiah 40:28-31

Those who hope in the Lord will  renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

–Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God can help me persevere to reach my goals.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, grant us the strength and peace that comes from faith in Jesus Christ so that we will not shrink from obligations and opportunities we face each day.  Amen.

Craig Sanford (Kansas, USA)

January 1, 2021

THE JUNK DRAWER

READ LUKE 9:1-6*

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.  Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

–Galatians 5:1 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Christ sets me free to live with abundant joy.

PRAYER

Father God, help us rid our lives of harbored hurts and needless fears that keep us from the joy of your abundant life.  Your son has set us free; help us to walk in that freedom.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Maddie Falk (Texas, USA)

December 31, 2020

ALWAYS

READ Joshua 4:1-7

Jesus said, “Remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

–Matthew 28:20 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When have I most recently sensed God’s presence?

PRAYER

Ever-present God, thank you for your promise always to be with us.  During hard times, help us to remember your faithfulness to us.  Amen.

Bob Peterson (Texas, USA)

December 30, 2020

GOD’S BEAUTIFUL CREATION

READ Psalm 134:1-3

May the Lord bless you from Zion, he who is the Maker of heaven and earth.

–Psalm 134:3 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can enjoy God’s creation any time.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for the blessing of this beautiful earth.  Prompt us to be still in the busyness of our lives and to appreciate your blessings.  Amen.

John Jen-Chiang (Hong Kong, China)

December 29, 2020

MERCY PICK

READ Ephesians 2:1-10

Brothers and sisters, you are loved by God, and we know that he has chosen you.

–1 Thessalonians 1:4 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How can I show mercy to others as God has shown mercy to me?

PRAYER

Loving Father, thank you for showing us mercy beyond measure.  Help us to extend to others the mercy we have received.  Amen.

Shirla Andes (Indiana, USA)

December 28, 2020

CHARACTER FIRST

READ 1 Samuel 16:1-13

The Lord does not look at the things people look at.  People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.

–1 Samuel 16:7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will try to see others as God sees them.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for seeing our hearts.  Help us to avoid judging others by their outward characteristics.  Amen.

Bill McConnell (Kansas, USA)

December 27, 2020

OPPORTUNITES EVERYWHERE

READ Colossians 4:2-6

Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.

–Colossian 4:5 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Prayer is a way I can show God’s love to those around me.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to be aware of the opportunities you place before us.  Please give us the courage to respond and share your love.  Amen.

Lorraine Baldus (Michigan, USA)

December 26, 2020

REFUGE IN THE STORM

READ Matthew 14:28-33

The psalmist prayed, “Let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy.  Spread your protection over them, so that those who love your name may exult in you.”

–Psalm 5:11 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will let my challenges remind me to take refuge in God’s love.

PRAYER

O God, the depth of your love is beyond our imagination.  Help us to remember that we are never alone.  Amen.

Robert Sorozan (Pennsylvania, USA)

December 25, 2020

A NEW PERSPECTIVE

READ Luke 2:1-7

The angel said to [the shepherds], “Do not be afraid; for see — I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people.

–Luke 2:10 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How am I seeking the Savior this Christmas?

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for giving us Jesus, your Son.  Amen.

Juita Kartini (Jakarta Raya, Indonesia)

December 24, 2020

THE MIRACLE OF CHRISTMAS

READ John 1:15-18

“Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.”

–Matthew 1:23 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Because of Jesus, we know how much God loves us.

PRAYER

Fill our hearts, O God, with thanksgiving and praise for the gift of your son, Jesus.  Amen.

Nancy J. Clark (Michigan, USA)

December 23, 2020

CHRISTMAS BLESSINGS

READ Isaiah 43:14-21

Do not dwell on the past.  See, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?  I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

–Isaiah 43:18-19

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I cannot recover the joys of the past, but I can have new joys with God in the present.

PRAYER

Dear God, bring the fullness of your Son’s birth to those who are alone.  Amen.

Kenneth Claar (Idaho, USA)

December 22, 2020

A MUCH-NEEDED GIFT

READ Psalm 62:1-12

Be still, and know that I am God.

–Psalm 46:10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When can I stop and spend a few minutes in God’s presence?

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for being with us throughout the day.  Help us to recognize and appreciate moments to be still in your presence.  We pray as Jesus taught us, saying, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.  Give us day by day our daily bread.  And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us.  And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil”  (Luke 11:2-4, KJV).  Amen.

Julie Sipe (Pennsylvania, USA)

December 21, 2020

WORKING TOGETHER

READ Romans 12:1-8

By the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.

–Romans 12:3 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My strengths and weaknesses are part of the body of Christ.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to acknowledge bother our strengths and weaknesses and to value the gifts others bring as we do your work together.  Amen.

Nelson Nwosu (Anambra, Nigeria)

December 20, 2020

A DAUGHTER’S GIFT

READ Deuteronomy 7:7-9

The Lord your God is the only true God … who keeps the covenant and proves loyal to everyone who loves him.

–Deuteronomy 7:9 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God delights in any gift of love.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for the love that you so freely give to us, your children.  May we always stay faithful to you in everything that we say and do.  Amen.

Andrea Woronick (Connecticut, USA)

December 19, 2020

WHY WORRY?

READ Matthew 6:25-34

Jesus said, “Do not worry about your life…Can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?”

–Matthew 6:25,27 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What reminders help me to stop worrying and trust God?

PRAYER

Giver of peace and joy, help us to cast our worries on you and to be faithful no matter what difficulties may come.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Harold Lemley (Georgia, USA)

December 18, 2020

A TRANSFORMING MOMENT

READ 1 Corinthians 15:50-58

My dear brothers and sisters, stand firm.  Let nothing move you.  Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

–1 Corinthians 15:58 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even in times of doubt, God stands with me.

PRAYER

Spirit of the living God, thank you for standing by us in our moments of doubt.  Inspire us to live as true disciples and to use our voices to share your message with others.  Amen.

Carolina Murgueytio (Pichincha, Ecudaro)

December 17, 2020

IMMANUEL

READ Isaiah 7:10-14

The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

–Isaiah 7:14 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Christmas is about God’s gift of love in Jesus.

PRAYER

Lord God, when we feel lonely, remind us of your constant presence with us — not only at Christmas but at all times.  Amen.

Steven Thompson (Iowa, USA)

December 16, 2020

WORKING WITH JESUS

READ 2 Corinthians 9:6-15

A generous person will be enriched, and one who gives water will get water.

–Proverbs 11:25 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Who has reflected Jesus’ love to me lately?

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you that even simple acts can be performed in Jesus’ name.  Help us to continuously share your love with others.  Amen.

Griffith Harlow (North Carolina, USA)

December 15, 2020

LISTENING TO GOD

READ Revelation 3:18-24

Whoever has ears to listen should pay attention!…Listen carefully!  God will evaluate you with the same standard you use to evaluate others.  Indeed, you will receive even more.

–Mark 4:23-24 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How can I listen to others the way God listens to me?

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for teaching us how to listen to you.   Help us to hear the hearts of others and show them your love and care.  Amen.

Sarah Randall (Mississippi, USA)

December 14, 2020

IMPERFECT BUT USEFUL

READ 2 Timothy 2:20-25

Those who cleanse themselves…will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.

–2 Timothy 2:21 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My efforts are always valuable to God.

PRAYER

God of the universe, thank you for using us for your kingdom’s work.  Encourage us by the power of your Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Peter Veugelaers (Wellington, New Zealand)

December 13, 2020

GOD’S HELPING HANDS

READ Psalm 146:5-10

The Lord watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless and the widow.

–Psalm 146:9 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even when I am unaware, God can use me to meet the needs of others.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us always to be aware of the needs of others and to do everything we can to meet those needs.  Amen.

Betsy Mitchell (New York, USA)

December 12, 2020

UNDESERVING

READ Luke 6:27-36

Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult.  On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.

–1 Peter 3:9 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What would it look like to bless those who curse me?

PRAYER

Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for forgiving us.   Give us strength to follow your example of showing mercy.  Amen.

Steve Smith (Texas, USA)

December 11, 2020

WORDS OF ENCOURGEMENT

READ Joshua 1:1-11

The Lord said, “Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

–Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Just as God encourages me, I can encourage others.

PRAYER

God Almighty, thank you for encouraging us when we feel afraid and inadequate.  Help us always to listen to you and to trust your guidance for our lives.  Amen.

Linawati Santoso (East Java, Indonesia)

December 10, 2020

GOD STILL AMAZES

READ Luke 2:8-14

In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.  Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shoe around them, and they were terrified.

–Luke 2:8-9 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

There’s a great joy in watching for God’s surprises!

PRAYER

O God, make us ready to share the good news of great joy with the people around us today.  We pray in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

December 9, 2020

DON’T GIVE UP

READ Romans 5:1-5

We do not lose heart.  Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.

–2 Corinthians 4:16 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God never gives up on me.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for never giving up on us.  Give us strength to continue funning the race, even when we are tired or afraid.

Adam Benson (North Carolina, USA)

December 8, 2020

CALLING OUT

READ Psalm 130:1-6

Seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near.

–Isaiah 55:6 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God hears when I call.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, help us to draw near to you and trust that you will answer when we call out for help as we pray, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread.  forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matt. 6:9-13, NIV).  Amen.

Hilary Allen (England, United Kingdom)

December 7, 2020

SOLID GROUND

READ Luke 6:46-49

Jesus said, “[Those who come to me and put my words into practice] are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock.  When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it.”

–Luke 6:48 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will build a strong foundation through prayer and worship.

PRAYER

Father God, help us to build our foundation on your word and to trust that with you we can withstand all circumstances.  Amen.

Robert Cornell (Indiana, USA)

December 6, 2020

NOT ALONE

READ Isaiah 35:1-10

The body does not consist of one member but of many.

–1 Corinthians 12:14 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

No matter where I am, I am a part of the body of Christ.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for the community we find in you.  Help us to feel connected to all our siblings in Christ, especially when we feel alone.  Amen.

DeVonna R. Allison (Florida, USA)

December 5, 2020

PRESS PAUSE

READ Mark 6:30-46

[Jesus] went up on a mountainside to pray.

–Mark 6:46 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My service is stronger when I make time to rest with God.

PRAYER

Dear Father, help us to follow the example of Jesus, who taught us that to be effective disciples we need rest.  Help us as we seek to make resting with you a regular practice in our lives.  Amen.

Kyly Bjerga (Illinois, USA)

December 4, 2020

PROMPTING

READ John 14:15-27

The Holy spirit, who the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

–John 14:26 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I serve Christ when I heed the prompting of the Holy Spirit.

PRAYER

Gracious God, help us to discern the prompting of the Holy Spirit and care for the most vulnerable among us.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Ana Sylvia Pedroza R. (Puerto Rico, (USA)

December 3, 2020

THE HEART OF THE MATTER

READ Acts 1:15-17, 20-26

Lord, you know everyone’s heart.

–Acts 1:24

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will value in myself what God values — my heart.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to value in ourselves what matters most to you.  Help us to love and serve you without reservation.  Amen.

Mabel Ninan (California, USA)

December 2, 2020

A FIRM PLACE

READ Matthew 7:21-28

The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock.

–Matthew 7:25 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s love is the sturdy frame that can hold together faith that is in disrepair.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for the sturdy framework of faith and Christian community that shapes our lives.  Amen.

Chris Mewhirter (Nebraska, USA)

December 1, 2020

THE BLUE HYACINTH

READ 1 Thessalonians 5:12-21

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

–1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can find joy in any circumstance by giving praise to God.

PRAYER

Loving God, thank you for your constant goodness.  Be with us wherever we are today, and grant us joy and a thankful heart so that our lives honor you.  Amen.

Ann Stewart (South Australia, Australia)

November 30, 2020

A GENEROUS GIFT

READ John 21:15-17

Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interest of others.  Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus.

–Philippians 2:4-5 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When don ine love, my acts of service reflect God’s mercy and grace.

PRAYER

Gracious Lord, Help us to glorify you as we serve others.  Amen.

Robert E. Boertien (Oregon, USA)

November 29, 2020

BROKEN PEOPLE

READ Matthew 1:18-23

God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

–John 3:16 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Though I am broken, God loves me and can use me to accomplish great things.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for loving us so much that you sent Jesus into the world so that we can have eternal life.  Amen.

Susan L. Stombaugh (Ohio, USA)

November 28, 2020

GOD HELPS

READ Psalm 121:1-8

My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.

–Psalm 121:2 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Help from God comes in a variety of ways.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for the people you send to help us.  Thank you for all the blessings you give us every day.  Amen.

Chhotbuhai Parmar (Gujarat, India)

November 27, 2020

POWER IN WEAKNESS

READ 2 Corinthians 12:6-10

[The Lord] said to [Paul], “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

–2 Corinthians 12:( (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God can turn my weariness into worship.

PRAYER

O Lord, when we grow weary, give us strength to continue, knowing your love and power will sustain us.  Amen.

Kathy Gaillard (Wisconsin, USA)

November 26, 2020

ALWAYS GRATEFUL

READ Luke 17:11-19

One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice, He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him.

–Luke 17:15-16 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

With a grateful heart, I can serve God and my neighbors.

PRAYER

We are grateful, O God, for all that you are and all that you do.  Give us a constant spirit of gratitude to you and one another, offering our lives and talents to you and our neighbors.  Amen.

Nelson Luiz Campos Leite (Sao Paulo, Brasil)

November 25, 2020

EVERY STEP

READ Philippians 3:12-14

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning.

–Lamentations 3:22-23 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Each day is a new chance to walk with God.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for walking with us every day.  Help us to align our steps with yours.  Amen.

Carolyn Chapman (Missouri, USA)

November 24, 2020

ALL GOD’S CHILDREN

READ Matthew 22:34-40

There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.

–Galatians 3:28 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Any time I see discrimination against one of God’s children, I will speak up.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to recognize discrimination and to go out of our way to treat one another with the love you have given us.  Amen.

Jon C. Goeringer (Maryland, USA)

November 23, 2020

GOD’S FAVOR

READ James 4:13-17

You do not even know what will happen tomorrow.  What is your life?

–James 4:14 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I do not have to earn God’s favor.

PRAYER

Dear God, grant us the strength to resist the appeals of worldly influences and learn to live for your purposes.  Help us to understand your will for our lives.  Amen.

Nancy Lewis Shelton (Missouri, USA)

November 22, 2020

NEW GROWTH

READ Colossians 3:1-11

If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:  The old has gone, the new is here!

–2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What do I need to clear away so that I can grow spiritually today?

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for encouraging us to grow.  Help us as we strive to do our best for you.  In the name of Jesus who taught us to pray, “Father, hallowed by your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread.  Forgive us our sins, for we have also forgive everyone who sins against us.  And lead us not into temptation” (Luke 11:2-4, NIV).  Amen.

Merry Gulton (West Java, Indonesia)

November 21, 2020

FORGIVENESS

READ Psalm 103:1-13

[The Lord] does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities…as far as the east is from the west, so far he removes our transgressions from us.

–Psalm 103:10, 12

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

No matter my past, God’s loving mercy is for me.

PRAYER

Loving God, thank you for your infinite patience and forgiveness.  Help us to extend the same forgiveness to others that you have extended to us.  Amen.

Tom Johnson (Nevada, USA)

November 20, 2020

A PILLAR OF FIRE

READ EXODUS 13:17-2

The Lord went ahead of them…by night in a pillar of fire to give them light.

–Exodus 13:21 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What spiritual disciplines help me to follow God’s light?

PRAYER

Faithful God, thank you for your guidance as we traverse life’s unfamiliar paths.  Amen.

Debra Pierce (Massachusetts, USA)

November 19, 2020

SOMETHING NEW

READ 1 Peter 4:12-19

Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.

— 1 Peter 4:12 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will look for evidence that God is creating something new in me.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for your kindness and guidance through the unforeseen circumstances in our lives.  Amen.

Doug Lim (California, USA)

November 18, 2020

THE CARD

READ Hebrews 10:19-25

Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.

–Hebrews 10:24 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

A kind word can make a huge difference in God’s kingdom.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, keep us in tune with the needs of our brothers and sisters, and remind us to be generous with our encouragement.  Amen.

Esther MacDonald (Quebec, Canada)

November 17, 2020

HUMILITY

READ Philippians 2:3-11

Haughty eyes and a proud heart —the unplowed field of the wicked — produce sin.

–Proverbs 21:4 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will look for opportunities to follow the example of Jesus.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, when our pride and ego rise up, help us remember to model our lives after the humble example of Christ.  Amen.  

John D. Brown (Minnesota, USA)

November 16, 2020

WHAT CAN I DO?

READ Exodus 35:20-35

We, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another.  We have gifts that differ according to the grace given us.

–Romans 12:5-6 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Each act of service I perform is a gift to God.

PRAYER

Gracious God, thank you for giving us abilities that we can use in your service.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Lucinda J. Rollings (Indiana, USA)

November 15, 2020

GLIMPSES OF GOD’S POWER

READ Genesis 2:4-9, 15

What are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?  Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor.

–Psalm 8:4-5 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

In creation, I see just a small fragment of God’s greatness.

PRAYER

Creator of all, we see your fingerprints throughout creation.  Thank you for the daily encouragement this awareness gives us.  Amen.

Caroline Greville (England, United Kingdom)

November 14, 2020

FEED THE HUNGRY

READ Matthew 14:13-21

“Bring them here to me,” [Jesus] said… [The people] all ate and were satisfied.

–Matthew 14:18, 20 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What is God calling me to do to help feed those who are hungry?

PRAYER

Thank you, Lord, for people who care for others in your name.  Help us to act when we see opportunities to serve others.  Amen.

Charles Heath (Hawaii, USA)

November 13, 2020

STRONG ROOTS

READ Ezekiel 2:8-3:3

Happy are those who….delight….in the law of the Lord, and on his law they meditate day and night.

–Psalm 1:1-2 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The Bible keeps me rooted in God, in who image I was created.

PRAYER

Gracious Father, show us how to take in your word openly, humbly, and attentively.  In the name of Jesus.  Amen.

Judith Brown (North Carolina, USA)

November 12, 2020

GOD’S ABIDING LOVE

READ Isaiah 41:8-10

Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

–Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God provides strength in weakness.

PRAYER

Creator God, thank you for guiding us in our daily journey and for continuing to sustain us. Refresh our spirits with your abiding love.  Amen.

Isaias Natanael Parra Almeida (Pichincha, Ecuador)

November 11, 2020

SHARING THE SPIRIT

READ 2 Kings 2:1-12

Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me what I may do for you before I am taken from you.”  Elisha said, “Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit.”

–2 Kings 2:9 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Prayer extends beyond boundaries.

PRAYER

Dear God, grant us the guidance of your spirit to remain faithful to family and friends.  Amen.

Patricia Marks (Georgia, USA)

November 10, 2020

GOD’S PROMISES

READ 2 Peter 3:8-18

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness.  Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

–2 Peter 3:9 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can trust in God’s promises.

PRAYER

Dear God, you have always kept your promises.  Help us to keep our promises to you, to ourselves, and to others.  Amen.

Kevin Gamble (Ohio, USA)

November 9, 2020

GOD CARRIES ALL

READ Psalm 23:1-3

[The Lord] restores my soul.

—Psalm 23:3 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The Shepherd carries all my burdens.

PRAYER

Good Shepherd, thank you for reminding us that we are not in charge.  Help us to find peace in you.  Amen.

Bell Todd (Texas, USA)

November 8, 2020

ACTS OF LOVE

READ John 13:31-35

By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.

–John 13:35 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s love can work through me all the time.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, because you loved us first, we are able to love others.  Help us to find opportunities to share your love every day.  Amen.

Michael A. Campbell (Tennessee, USA)

November 7, 2020

SERVING WITH SINCERITY

READ 1 Peter 4:1-11

If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.

–1 Peter 4:1-11

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

All I need to serve God is a sincere and loving heart.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for opportunities to serve you.  Teach us to love and serve those to whom you guide us.  Amen.

Meliana Santoso (East Java, Indonesia)

November 6, 2020

TAKEN AWAY

READ Isaiah 6:1-2

The seraph touched my mouth with [a live coal] and said: “Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.”

–Isaiah 6:7 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God can free me to move forward with joy.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for taking away our guilt.  Help us to do your work with confidence.  Amen.

Steve Wakefield (Georgia, USA)

November 5, 2020

WATERED BY THE WORD

READ Psalm 1:1-6

The are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither.

–Psalm 1:3 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What part of my spiritual life needs to watered?

PRAYER

Thank you, God, for the privilege of serving you.  Help us to refresh a spiritually dry and thirsty world.  Amen.

Madeline Peterson (Nebraska, USA)

November 4, 2020

A SPIRITFUL PLUMB

READ 1 JOHN 3:16-24

If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.

–Galatians 5:25 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can deepen my relationship with God by caring for others.

PRAYERS

Blessed God, we recognize your call to love our neighbors.  Help us to see you in those around us and to strengthen our relationship with others and with you.  Amen.

Domingos Jose Cazombo (Luanda, Angola)

November 3, 2020

DRENCHED IN GRACE

READ 2 Kings 5:1-14

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

–Psalm 51:10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Praying scripture leads me to God’s grace.

PRAYER

Healer of our souls, teach us to soak ourselves in your grace during our times of need.  Renew a steadfast spirit within us.  Amen.

Virginia Jelinek (Texas, USA)

November 2, 2020

A NEW WAY TO SERVE

READ 2 Corinthians 5:18-20

Paul said, “My only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me — the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.”

–Acts 20:24 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God can show me new ways to service.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to understand how we can help to share your good news with all people.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Tatiana Claudy (Indiana, USA)

November 1, 2020

WONDERFULLY MADE

READ Psalm 139:1-14

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

–Psalm 139:14 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I am a beautiful creation of God.

PRAYER

O Lord, thank you for making us in your wonderful image.  When the world makes us doubt it, remind us of our beauty as your children.  Amen.

Wati Mollier (Nagaland, India)

October 31, 2020

GRATITUDE

READ Psalm 30:4-12

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

–1Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God has given me much to be grateful for.

PRAYER

Dear God, open our eyes to all that we have to be grateful for.  Thank you for awakening a sense of gratitude in our hearts.  Amen.

Jess Gunning (Ballito, South Africa)

October 30, 2020

FIRST AND LAST

READ Matthew 20:20-28

Whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave; just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve.

–Matthew 20:26-28 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

In God’s eyes I am loved.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for loving all your children.  Teach us to do the same.  Amen.

Ricki Aiello (Connecticut, USA)

October 29, 2020

FRIENDS WHO ENCOURAGE

READ 1 Peter 5:6-11

The God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

–1 Peter 5:10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can offer God’s encouraging word to others during challenging times.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for your word that we can share and use to encourage each other.  Help us to use our suffering for your glory.  Amen.

Carolyn Ellis (Tennessee, USA)

October 28, 2020

HERE I AM

READ Mark 14:32-36

Many plans are in a person’s mind, but the Lord’s purpose will succeed.

–Proverbs 19:21 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s plans for me may be bigger and better than my plans for myself.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, give us courage to serve you in whatever ways and places we can on every step of our journey.  Amen.

Yanti H. Damanik (West Java, Indonesia)

October 27, 2020

NOT ALONE IN SORROW

READ Joshua 4:1-7

Jesus wept.

–John 11:35 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God weeps with us in our suffering.

PRAYER

Everlasting God, thank you for your Holy Spirit who walks with us through valleys of despair.  Empower us to walk alongside others.  Amen.

Jan Woodard (Pennsylvania, USA)

October 26, 2020

FREEDOM

READ John 8:34-38

If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

–John 8:36 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God can set me free.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for the freedom that you have given us through the life, death, and resurrection of your son, Jesus Christ.  Amen.

Nicholas Patterson (Florida, USA)

October 25, 2020

NO LIMIT

READ Psalm 46:1-7

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

–Psalm 46:1 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I bless others by embracing the gifts God has given me.

PRAYER

Gracious God, thank you for being faithful to your promises.  Encourage us to move forward each day.  Amen.

Eiko Kato (Miyagi Prefecture, Japan)

October 24, 2020

SMALL MINISTRY?

READ 1 Corinthians 15:50-58

Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

–1 Corinthians 15:58 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What ministry is God calling me to today?

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for giving us opportunities to serve you by serving others.  Amen.

Steve Wakefield (Georgia, USA)

October 23, 2020

STRENGTH

READ Psalm 27:1-5

The Lord is my light and my salvation; who shall I fear?  The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

–Psalm 27:1 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s mercies and strength are new every morning.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for your strength that helps us to keep going through pain and change.  Amen.

Margaret Bishop (Kentucky, USA)

October 22, 2020

A HELPING HAND

READ Psalm 41:1-3

Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.

–Proverbs 14:31 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can overcome my prejudice when I remember Jesus’ love.

PRAYER

Merciful God, free us from prejudices that keep us from being generous and loving.  Help us to see a reflection of Jesus in the faces of those we encounter today and to extend a helping hand to those in need.  Amen.

Eli Samuel Morales Morales (Puerto Rico)

October 21, 2020

PRAYING INSTEAD

READ Luke 18:1-7

Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

–Matthew 6:27 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Praying scripture can bring me peace.

PRAYER

Loving God, forgive us when we worry.  Help us to trust that you can handle all our fears.  Amen.

Deb Vellines (Missouri, USA)

October 20, 2020

THE CHEERING CROWD

READ Hebrews 12:1-3

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.

–Hebrews 12:1 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Whom is God calling me to encourage today?

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for cheering us on and helping us through hard times.  Amen.

Chris Hemstock (South Dakota, USA)

October 19, 2020

SHINE YOUR LIGHT

READ Mathew 5:13-16

Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

–Matthew 5:16 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Daily opportunities to shine Christ’s love abound.

PRAYER

Loving God, may our lives show others that we belong to you.  Help us to shine brightly to the world around us.  Amen.

Margaret Martin (Australian Capital Territory, Australia)

October 18, 2020

A TRUE FRIEND

READ Philippians 4:4-9

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.

–Philippians 4:6 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I am torn down, God lifts me up.

PRAYER

Thank you, God, for helping us learn from our trials.  Give us your peace and joy in the midst of them.  Amen.

Kate Reisenauer (South Dakota, USA)

October 17, 2020

WALK SLOWLY

Read Psalm 1:1-3

Be still, and know that I am God!  I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth.

–Psalm 46:10 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will take time to notice the details of God’s world.

PRAYER

Creator God, may we never be too busy to be amazed by all that is in your world and in your word.  Amen.

Bob LaForge (New Jersey, USA)

October 16, 2020

A LEAP OF FAITH

READ Hebrews 11:1-29

Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

–Hebrews 11:1 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I take a leap of faith, my joy in the Lord increases.

PRAYER

Dear God, give us the courage in difficult situations to take that leap of faith that draws us closer to you as we pray, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.  Amen” (Matt. 6:9-13, KJV)

Ho Pei Fah (Singapore)

October 15, 2020

GOD’S HANDS AND FEET

READ Luke 10:25-37

Go and do likewise.

–Luke 10:37 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

As God’s disciple, I am tasked to care for those in need.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, open our hearts and minds to see those who are suffering.  Give us the courage and tools we need to respond.  Amen.

Bill Roy (Florida, USA)

October 14, 2020

WITH OUR HEARTS

READ Matthew 13:18-23

As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit.

— Matthew 13:23 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I focus on God, I can better understand God’s message for me.

PRAYER

Dear God, give us receptive hearts to listen to the needs of others and to hear the message you are giving us through scripture.  Amen.

Karen M. Fite (Alabama, USA)

October 13, 2020

WAITING

READ Habakkuk 1:1-5

I will take my post;…I will keep watch to see what the Lord says to me and how he will respond to my complaint.

–Habakkuk 2:1 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will wait on God’s promises.

PRAYER

Everlasting God, thank you for hearing our complaints.  Grant us patience as we wait for your response.  Amen.

Hazael Alvarado Hernandez (Mexico City, Mexico)

October 12, 2020

CONFIDENCE TO WITNESS

READ Matthew 11:1-11

Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet whoever is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.”

–Matthew 11:11 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Because Jesus died for me, I can live boldly for him.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, may your love and the knowledge that our value is from Christ Jesus help us to share the gospel boldly with others.  Amen.

Darlene J. Ellis (Oregon, USA)

October 11, 2020

TOUCHSTONES

READ Luke 12:22-28

Jesus said, “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?

–Luke 12:25 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Despite my worries, I can trust God’s provision.

PRAYER

Loving God, help us to see the big picture in a world where our daily lives seem consumed with minutiae.  Guide us to prioritize what truly matters — our love for you and our neighbor.  Amen.

Andrew Billings (Alabama, USA)

October 10, 2020

GOD OF RESTORATION

READ Isaiah 61:1-7

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.

–Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God is able to restore even the most worn-out parts of me.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, we cast all our cares on you, trusting that you can handle every situation better than we can.  Amen.

Deepika Emmanuel Sagar (Rajasthan, India)

October 9, 2020

WIND AND WAVE

READ Mark 4:35-41

Who is this?  Even the wind and the waves obey him!

— Mark 4:41 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will focus on God’s power instead of the storm.

PRAYER

Lord God, teach us to seek you during the storms of life.  Give us faith to walk on the waves and to trust in your everlasting love for us.  Amen.

Joel Broberg (Minnesota, USA)

October 8, 2020

ALIVE AND ACTIVE

READ Hebrews 4:12-16

The word of God is alive and active.

–Hebrews 4:12 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The word of God creates change in my heart.

PRAYER

Thank you, Lord, that your word is alive and can create change in us so that we become more obedient to you.  Amen.

Cara Grandle (Oregon, USA)

October 7, 2020

WHERE THE BIG FISH LIVE

READ James 1:1-12

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

–James 1:12 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Following Christ can be risky, but it’s always worth it.

PRAYER

Gracious and loving God, thank you for the wisdom of children.  Give us courage to take a risk and to persevere for the sake of Christ.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Doug Wingert (Arizona, USA)

October 6, 2020

A BEAUTIFUL MESSAGE

READ Isaiah 58:7-11

A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. 

–Proverbs 11:25 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God rejoices in my acts of kindness.

PRAYER

O God, help us to abide in your love and to show compassion to others just as Jesus taught us.  Amen.

Maria M. Urdaz (Puerto Rico)

October 5, 2020

COMFORT IN LONELINESS

READ Psalm 147:1-7

[God] hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

–Hebrews 13:5 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Scripture serves as my reminder that God is always with me.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, guide us to show your love to those who are lonely.  During our own times of loneliness, remind us that you are with us.  Amen.

Jenny McBride (Alabama, USA)

October 4, 2020

TABLE FELLOWSHIP

READ Ephesians 4:3-6

[Those who accepted Peter’s message and were baptized] devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

–Acts 2:42 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

At the Lord’s Table, I unite with other Christians as family.

PRAYER

Dear Lord Jesus, as you invited us to the table and into your family, help us invite others to your table and your family.  Amen.

Kevin Thomas (Alabama, USA)

October 3, 2020

UNSEEN

READ 1 Samuel 16:1-13

The Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him.  The Lord does not look at the things people look at.   People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

–1 Samuel 16:7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

With God’s help, I can see beyond what is in plain sight.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to look for what lies hidden.  Draw us close to you, and guide us with your compassionate heart.

Linda Chandra (Banten, Indonesia
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October 2, 2020

OVERCOMING SIN

READ Romans 8:5-14

If you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.

–Romans 8:13 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

With God’s help, I can overcome my sin.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for the gifts of Jesus Christ, your Holy Spirit, and your word–all of which empower us to overcome sin.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Tyler Myers (Ohio, USA)

October 1, 2020

CHANGED

READ 2 Corinthians 5:16-21

If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:  The old has gone, the new is here!

–2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How has following Christ transformed me?

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for your steadfast love.  Help us to continually change into the likeness of Jesus.  As Jesus taught us, we pray, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread.  Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matt. 6:9-13, NIV).  Amen.

Charity M. Kiregyera (Kampala, Uganda)

September 30, 2020

SIGNS

READ Matthew 4:18-22

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.

–Proverbs 3:5 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What “signs” keep me from following Christ?

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to trust in you and rejoice in the journeys of our lives.  Help us to let go of negative thoughts so that we can follow you.  Amen.

K. Anne Smith (Tennessee, USA)

September 29, 2020

A SACRED PAUSE

READ Luke 5:12-16

Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

–Matthew 11:28 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can enter into God’s presence any time of day.

PRAYER

Father God, remind us to pause and enter into your presence many times each day.  As we offer our gratitude, may we receive the rest and peace you promise.  Amen.

Natalie D. Hall (Texas, USA)

September 28, 2020

HOPE FOR THE WORLD

READ 1 John 5:1-5

Who is it that overcomes the world?  Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

–1 John 5:5 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s words can comfort me through suffering.

PRAYER

Dear God, comfort us in our present suffering and pain.  Help us to have faith in a future with you.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Kong Peng Sun (Singapore)

September 27, 2020

NO UNIMPORTANT PART

READ 1 Corinthians 12:12-31

The parts of the body that people think are the weakest are the most necessary.

–1 Corinthians 12:22 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My role is important to the church.

PRAYER

God of all voices, help us to perform our part of the work to the best of our ability, knowing that we are serving you.  Amen.

Lu Fullilove (Texas, USA)

September 26, 2020

“BE OPENED”

READ Mark 7:31-37

[Jesus] looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, “Ephphatha!” (which means “Be Opened!”)

–Mark 7:34 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God calls me to share my story with honest and courage.

PRAYER

O God, help us to open up our lives to others who want what is best for us.  In the name of Jesus, we pray.  Amen.

Jennifer A. Hudson (Connecticut, USA)

September 25, 2020

LASTING BEAUTY

READ Isaiah 40:28-31

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

–Proverbs 31:30 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will seek to see Christ in myself.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to maintain a strong relationship with you through tough times, for our good and the good of others.  Amen.

Sherri Pickett (California, USA)

September 24, 2020

ECHOES OF GOD’S WORD

READ Acts 2:17-21

Seek first [God’s] kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

–Matthew 6:33 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s word can live in me and flow through me to others.

PRAYER

Father in heaven, thank you for your word that tells us about your limitless love.  Help us to let your love live in our hearts.  In the name of Jesus.  Amen.

Oystein Brinch (Oslo, Norway)

September 23, 2020

A LITTLE SIP

READ John 4:7-15

[The Lord] satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.

–Psalm 107:9 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Prayer connects me to others and to God.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for friends who help us to spend time in your presence and find peace in the power of your love.  Amen.

Kathy Gaillard (Wisconsin, USA)

September 22, 2020

LEARNING TO TRUST

READ Matthew 17:14-20

“I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

–Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When troubles arise, I will rust God to carry me through.

PRAYER

Faithful and loving God, help us to trust you with everything in life.  Amen.

Carrie Knight Kitzmiller (Texas, USA)

September 21, 2020

GOOD MORNING, LORD

READ EXODUS 4:10-12

This is the confidence we have in approaching God:  that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.

–1 John 5:14 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will try praying in a new way.

PRAYER

Good morning, Lord.  I have much to share with you.  Thank you for this time together.  Amen.

Al Alexander (North Carolina, USA)

September 20, 2020

A TIMELY GIFT

READ Matthew 8:23-27

The disciples went and woke him, saying “Lord, save us!  We’re going to drown!”… Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.

–Matthew 8:25-28 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s sure refuge is stronger than any storm.

PRAYER

Ever-present God, when we call out to you in distress, you hear our prayers.  Give us strength to face the hard times.  In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray.  Amen.

Carmen Gonzalez-Bello (Puerto Rico)

September 19, 2020

A NATURAL SYMPHONY

READ Genesis 1:1-25

Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.

–Psalm 96:12 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will listen attentively for God’s wonders today.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to take the time to enjoy and care for the world you created.  Amen.

Lisa Tate (New Mexico, USA)

September 18, 2020

FETCH

READ Psalm 28:6-9

Cast all your anxiety on [God], because he cares for you.

–Peter 5:7 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Whatever today brings, I will let God handle it.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to cast our cares on you, knowing that when we let you handle them, you always have the best solution.  Amen.

Brenda Brooks (Virginia, USA)

September 17, 2020

FAITHFUL SERVANT

READ 1 Samuel 3:1-10

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.

–Deuteronomy 6:5 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Every act of faithful service is sacred.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to serve you like Samuel did.  Remind us to be zealous in all our work, because every act of service is pleasing to  you.  Amen.

Wati Mollier (Nagaland, India)

September 16, 2020

CHANGES

READ 2 Corinthians 4:7-18

Even if our bodies are breaking down on the outside, the person that we are on the inside is being renewed every day.

–2 Corinthians 4:16 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How can I glorify God in this stage of my life?

PRAYER

Dear Father, thank you for abiding with us through life’s gales.  Help us to become new creations in you so that others can see the power of your love.  Amen.

Regina K. Carson (Virginia, USA)

September 15, 2020

DESIRE TO SERVE

READ Psalm 139:1-10

The Lord says, “Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.”

–Isaiah 65:24 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How will I be open to God’s invitation to serve today?

PRAYER

Almight God, thank you for knowing us so deeply that you bring together our desire to serve you and opportunities to do so.  In the name of Jesus we pray.  Amen.

Bob Peterson (Texas, USA)

September 14, 2020

AN INVITATION FROM GOD

READ John 14:12-14

Jesus said, “I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”

–John 14:13 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Persistence in prayer is never a waste.

PRAYER

Our loving Father, use us as channels of your love.  Be with us and help us to become good witnesses for you.  Amen.

Itsuko Kunori (Gunma Prefecture, Japan)

September 13, 2020

GRANDMA’S FAITH

READ DEUTERONOMY 6:1-9

Train children in the right way, and when old, they will not stray.

–Proverbs 22:8 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How can I be an example of faithful witness to others?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for giving us strength through your word.  Help us to be witnesses of faith to others every day.  Amen.

Xavia Arndt Sheffield (Pennsylvania, USA)

September 12, 2020

GOD’S COMFORT

READ Psalm 4:1-8

In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.

–Psalm 4:8 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God can comfort me in any situation.

PRAYER

God of comfort and peace, help us to trust that you have us in your arms now and forevermore.  Amen.

David Payne (Missouri, USA)

September 11, 2020

LOVE LIKE JESUS

READ John 13:1-15

Having loved his own who were in the world, [Jesus] loved them to the end.

–John 13:1 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How will I follow Jesus’ example today?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, strengthen us to love others even when we feel hurt, bitter, or disappointed.  Help us to demonstrate your grace and forgiveness.  Amen.

Lynda J. Samuel (Scotland, United Kingdom)

September 10, 2020

JOY AND GLADNESS

READ Psalm 104:10-28

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.

–Isaiah 6:3 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even in the darkest of storms, joy and gladness exist with God.

PRAYER

God of all beauty, thank you for the grace and gladness you have woven into the world.  Help us to look for your light so that our hearts can be filled with your love.  Amen.

Samuel Felderman (Iowa, USA)

September 9, 2020

IN GOD’S PRESENCE

READ Mark 3:13-19

[Jesus] went up the mountain and called to him those whom he wanted….And he appointed twelve, who he also named apostles, to be with him, and to be sent out to proclaim the message, and to have authority to cast out demons.

–Mark 3:13-15 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How can I draw closer to God today?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, draw us closer to you each day.  Help us to hear your voice in your word so that we may share your love with others.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Enid Adah Nyinomujumi (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)

September 8, 2020

THE WELL-MARKED TRAIL

READ Proverbs 4:10-18

This is God, our God forever and ever.  He will be our guide forever.

–Psalm 48:14 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

With God, I can trust that I’m on the right path.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, when we begin to get lost, help us to remember that your way is always open, waiting to lead us to you.  Amen.

Mark A. Carter (Oregon, USA)

September 7, 2020

A STEADFAST EXAMPLE

READ John 13:12-17

I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.

–John 13:15 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How will my actions demonstrate my faith today?

PRAYER

Dear heavenly Father, help us to be examples of Christ in our actions and words.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Jodi Wheeler (Arizona, USA)

September 6, 2020

PEACE IN OUR HEARTS

READ Joshua 1:1-9

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?  Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?

–Romans 8:35 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When chaos abounds, I can find peace through worshiping God.

PRAYER

Dear God, we believe that whatever happens, you are still with us.  Help us to look beyond our fear and to accept the peace that you offer us.  Amen.

Meliana Santoso (East Java, Indonesia)

September 5, 2020

GOD IS EVERYWHERE

READ Genesis 39:20-23

If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.

–Psalm 139:8 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I look, I can find signs of God’s presence all around me.

PRAYER

Ever-present God, surround us with your presence in every situation.  Amen.

Benedict Mutweko Musee (Kajiado County, Kenya)

September 4, 2020

IN SMALL WAYS

READ Matthew 25:31-40

Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.

–Matthew 25:40 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can share God’s great love in small ways.

PRAYER

Lord of all, lead us to ways to share your love with those around us.  Amen.

Kim Whitlock Sisk (Oklahoma, USA)

September 3, 2020

SEARCHING FOR PEACE

READ Psalm 91:1-13

[The Lord] will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.

–Psalm 91:11 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Don’t be anxious; present your requests to God.  (See Phil. 4:6.)

PRAYER

Creator God, sweep away all anxiety and make us new again.  Grant us peace in mind, body, and spirit.  We pray as Jesus taught us, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.  Give us day by day our daily bread.  And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive everyone that is indebted to us.  And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil” (Luke 11:2-4, KJV) Amen.

Evelyn, Jimenez Velez (Puerto Rico)

September 2, 2020

LOVING ONE ANOTHER

READ Luke 6:27-36

Jesus said, “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”

–John 15:12 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God can bless me through unlikely friendships.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to be open to new friendships and to love others as you love us.  Amen.

Gabe Herman (South Dakota, USA)

September 1, 2020

STRENGTH IN WEAKNESS

READ 2 Corinthians 12:1-10*

Paul wrote, “[The Lord] said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.'”

–2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I am weak, I can find strength in God’s power.

PRAYER

Thank you, Lord, for the presence of your Spirit and your power within us this day.  Amen.

Dee Aspin (California, USA)

August 31, 2020

GOD’S HANDIWORK

READ Romans 8:18-28

O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.

–Isaiah 64:8 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The pressures of life allow God to shape me.

PRAYER

O God, help us to see every situation as an opportunity to become more like your son, Jesus.  Amen.

J. Leland Collins, Jr. (Virginia, USA)

August 30, 2020

DELIVERANCE

READ Psalm 3:1-8

From the Lord comes deliverance.

–Psalm 3:8 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The Lord is strong enough to deliver me.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for caring for us through all our trials.  Amen.

Heidi Kupitz (Oregon, USA)

August 29, 2020

JESUS AROUND US

READ Matthew 25:31-46

Moses said, “Since there will never cease to be some in need on the earth, I therefore command you, ‘Open your hand to the poor and needy neighbor in your land.'”

–Deuteronomy 15:11 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I give generously to others, I show them God’s love.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us see the ways we can care for the needs of others.  Open our eyes to see Christ around us every day.  Amen.

Muyiwa Benralph Olaiya (Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria)

August 28, 2020

TAKING THE LEAP

READ Ecclesiastes 3:1-11

[God] has made everything beautiful in its time.  He has also set eternity in the human heart.

–Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will be ready to take a leap of faith when God says it’s time.

PRAYER

Dear God, give us the courage to try new things as you lead us into deeper paths on our journey of faith.  Amen.

Cynthia Harris (North Carolina)

August 27, 2020

FINISH THE RACE

READ Philippians 3:10-14

Paul wrote, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race.  I have kept the faith.”

-2 Timothy 4:7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

If we persevere in faith, God will carry us to the end of our life’s race.

PRAYER

Dear God, give us your strength in moments of weakness so that we can compete our life’s race.  In the name of your Son.  Amen.

David Payne (Missouri, USA)

August 26, 2020

CYCLE OF LOVE

READ Matthew 22:36-40

Jesus said, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I accept God’s love for me, I can pour out that love on others.

PRAYER

Merciful God, help us to see ourselves and others the way you do — as your children are worthy of love.  Amen.

Amorelle Brown (Grenada)

August 25, 2020

A DIFFERENT TALENT

READ 1 Corinthians 12:5, 12-27

There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.

–1 Corinthians 12:5 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How can I use my talents to serve God today?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to use the talents you have given us without looking for reward or recognition.  Amen.

Susan Thogerson Maas (Oregon, USA)

August 24, 2020

SURRENDERING ALL

READ Luke 18:18-23

Jesus said to the ruler, “You still lack one thing.  Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.  Then come, follow me.”

Luke 18:22 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What am I putting ahead of my relationship with God?

PRAYER

Dear God, shape our hearts and desires so that we can follow your will for our lives.  Amen.

Steve Wakefield (Georgia, USA
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August 23, 2020

INVITATION TO WITNESS

READ Mark 16:9-20

[Jesus] said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation.”

–Mark 16:15 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What gifts do I have to witness for Christ?

PRAYER

Lord Jesus, help us to be your witnesses to the ends of the earth.  Amen.

Emiriana Malelak-Bana (East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia)

August 22, 2020

PRODUCING BEAUTY

READ Galatians 5:16-25

The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

–Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What everyday tasks can teach me the ways of God?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to learn from al of your creation how to spread the gospel message of peace, joy and love.  Amen.

Andrea Woronick (Connecticut, USA)

August 21, 2020

UNEXPECTED LESSON

READ Matthew 6:19-13

Your will be done.

–Matthew 6:10 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

In all circumstances, I strive to be able to tell God, “Your will be done.”

PRAYER

Sovereign God, help us always to put your will above our own desires as we pray, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread.  Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matt. 6:9-13, (NIV).  Amen.

Bob Peterson (Texas, USA)

August 20. 2020

NEW LIFE

READ Isaiah 43:16-21

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

–John10:10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God can make me new every morning.

PRAYER

Living Lord, thank you for the new growth within us.  Help us to trust your presence within us as we risk doing new things for you.  Amen.

Meg Mangan (New South Wales, Australia)

August 19, 2020

INVESTING IN OTHERS

READ Matthew 5:13-16

Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

–Matthew 5:16 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can spread the good news of Christ by taking interest in the lives of others.

PRAYER

Dear Lord Jesus, help us to reach into the lives of the people we meet every day to reflect to them the light of your love.  Amen.

Cletus L. Hull III (Pennsylvania, USA)

August 18, 2020

COUNT THEM ONE BY ONE

READ Philippians 4:4-9

I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s love drives out my fears.

PRAYER

Dear God, may your love drive out our worries and give us peaceful sleep.  Amen.

Genie Stoker (Arizona, USA)

August 17, 2020

UNSHAKABLE

READ Romans 8:31-39

Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come … shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

–Romans 8:38-39 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will trust in the Lord at all times.

PRAYER

Living God, help us always to be steadfast, immovable, and abounding in your work and love at all times.  In Jesus’ name and for his sake.  Amen.

D. L. Ellis-Johnson (Texas, USA)

August 16, 2020

AN OPEN INVITATION

READ Luke 14:15-24

Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.

–Luke 14:15 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

With whom can I share Christ’s love today?

PRAYER

Lord Jesus, thank you for inviting us to your table.  We come to you just as we are, asking you to live and reign in us.  Amen.

Lynda Samuel (Scotland, United Kingdom)

August 15, 2020

DETOURS

READ James 4:13-17

Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.

–Proverbs 19:21 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will trust God in the midst of unexpected changes.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to trust you no matter where life takes us.  Give us peace in the midst of change.  Amen.

Linda Fasking (Kentucky, USA)

August 14, 2020

BREATHE, PRAY, BELIEVE

READ Psalm 40:1-10

The psalmist wrote, “[The Lord] lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.”

–Psalm 40:2 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God is as near as my latest breath.

PRAYER

Kindhearted Jesus, make us aware of your presence in every circumstance.  Amen.

Jack Albright (Kansas, USA)

August 13, 2020

STILL THE SAME INSIDE

READ Matthew 19:13-15

Humans see only what is visible to the eyes, but the Lord sees into the heart.

–1 Samuel 16:7 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will try to value others the way God values me.

PRAYER

Dear Father, help us to look beyond our differences and to seek your image within one another.  Amen.

Sandra Sullivan (West Virginia, USA)

August 12, 2020

WAITING

READ Isaiah 40:28-31

They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.

–Isaiah 40:31 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I wait on the Lord, I am not wasting time.

PRAYER

Father God, teach us to wait upon you.  Help us to know that you are always working for our good.  Amen.

Berthille Laveist-Chittick (St. Maarten)

August 11, 2020

TWO BROTHERS

READ Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

The father said to his older son, “We had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found.”

–Luke 15:32 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Whether I am reckless or self-righteous, God loves me.

PRAYER

God of mercy, when we have wandered away from your presence, call us back.  In Christ’s name we pray.  Amen.

Michael A. MacDonald (North Carolina, USA)

August 10, 2020

GOD’S HELP

READ Hebrews 4:12-16

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

–Hebrews 4:16 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s help is always available to me.

PRAYER

Thank you, God, for the availability of your help.  Remind us to rely on your power instead of our own.  Amen.

Diana L. Walters (Tennessee, USA)

August 9, 2020

OUR GIFTS AND OUR SERVICE

READ Philippians 2:1-4

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

–1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God rejoices in all our differing abilities.

PRAYER

God of grace, grant us the wisdom to acknowledge and honor the gifts of all your people who seek to serve you with a joyful heart in unique and wonderful ways.  We pray in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

Juan Guerrero (Valle del Cauca, Colombia)

August 8, 2020

PEOPLE OF PEACE

READ 2 Corinthians 5:17-21

We are … Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.

–2 Corinthians 5:20 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will show God’s love by responding peacefully.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for helping us to respond in love to everyone we encounter today.  Amen.

Sara Hague (Oregon, USA)

August 7, 2020

RESTORED

READ Job 37:14-24

God’s vocie thunders in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding.

–Job 37:5 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can see God’s power and glory through creation.

PRAYER

Dear God, teach us to see your glory and to give thanks for your faithful love and care.  Amen.

Linda Chandra (Banten, Indonesia)

August 6, 2020

AN EVER-PRESENT HELP

READ Psalm 46:1-11

God is our refuge and strength.

Psalm 46:1 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even when I feel alone, God is with me.

PRAYER

God of eternity, open our eyes to see that you are nearer than we can imagine, closer than a friend or brother.  Amen.

Al Trucano (Nebraska, USA)

August 5, 2020

THE DELIGHT OF PRAYER

READ John 17:1-8

It is God who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us, by putting his seal on us and giving us his Spirit in our hearts as a first installment.

–2 Corinthians 1:21-22 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

For whom can I pray today?

PRAYER

Thank you, loving God, for giving us the opportunity to pray for others.  We know you hear and answer each prayer.  In Christ’s name.  Amen.

Dusty Reed (Iowa, USA)

August 4, 2020

LAYING ASIDE EVERY WEIGHT

READ Hebrews 12:1-3

Let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.

–Hebrews 12:1-2 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

No burden is too heavy as long as I am with Jesus.

PRAYER

Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for giving us rest as we lay aside every weight in our lives.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Vimbai Chizarura (Harare, Zimbabwe)

August 3, 2020

KEEP SINGING!

READ Psalm 104:31-34

Teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.

Colossians 3:16 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The gift of song can draw me close to God and others.

PRAYER

O God, keep us singing so that we sense your Holy Spirit bringing us encouragement and hope.  Amen.

Ron L. Keller (Michigan, USA)

August 2, 2020

AN ACT OF COMPASSION

READ Colossians 3:12-17

In humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

–Philippians 2:3-4 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will give thanks to God for teaching me through others.

PRAYER

Compassionate God, thank you for the people who show others your blessings, mercy, and grace.  Amen.

Lisa Scallio (Maryland, USA)

August 1 2020

GOD’S PEACE

READ Psalm 120:1-7

The psalmist wrote, “I’m for peace, but when I speak, they are for war.”

–Psalm 120:7 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even in countries torn by war, I can find God’s peace.

PRAYER

God of peace, comfort those who are living in great turmoil, and rescue those who face persecution.  Grant them your peace.  In the name of Jesus, we pray.  Amen.

Aftab Yunis Hakim (Punjab, Pakistan)

July 31, 2020

LOVE IS…

READ 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

–Ephesians 4:2 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How can I show kindness and God’s love to others today?

PRAYER

Loving God, help us to show love, patience, and kindness to everyone we meet.  Amen.

Pam Hickerson (Texas, USA)

July 30, 2020

WALKING BY FAITH

READ John 20:24-31

Jesus told [Thomas], “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

–John 20:29

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How can I help others to hear the voice of God?

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to be lights to show others how to see and hear the truth of our Savior.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Mike C. Bertoglio (Georgia, USA)

July 29, 2020

TASTE AND SEE

READ Psalm 34:1-8

O taste and see that the Lord is good; happy are those who take refuge in him.

–Psalm 34:8 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I take a step of faith to follow Jesus, I will surely taste God’s goodness.

PRAYER

Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for your love and the gift of salvation.  Help us to discover your goodness as we learn to trust in you.  Amen.

Florence Fong (Singapore)

July 28, 2020

WHATEVER WE NEED

READ 2 Corinthians 4:13-18

God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

–2 Corinthians 9:8 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can rest in God’s promise to supply whatever I need to serve.

PRAYER

Dear God, calm our minds and hearts with the knowledge that you are always present with us.  Amen.

Alexander Holcomb (Tennessee, USA)

July 27, 2020

SMALLEST ACTS

READ Luke 7:36-50

As [a woman who lived a sinful life] stood behind [Jesus] at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears.  Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.

–Luke 7:38 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God teaches me how to give and receive love.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for showing us how to love others.  Help us to share your love with the world.  Amen.

Lin Daniels (Massachusetts, USA)

July 26, 2020

PRUNING

READ Hebrews 12:4-11

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful.  Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

–Hebrews 12:11 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How is God pruning me?

PRAYER

Dear God, give us the peace to accept pruning from your loving hands.  Amen.

Esther MacDonald (Quebec, Canada)

July 25, 2020

A NEW BEGINNING

READ Genesis 50:15-21

If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything ha become new!

–READ 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I know that my future is in God’s hands.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for turning our night into day — redeeming us and giving us second chances.  Amen.

Alex Jordan (Texas, USA)

July 24, 2020

GOD’S PROMISES

READ Isaiah 45:2-6

The Lord says, “I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight.”

–Isaiah 45:2 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will keep God’s promises close.

PRAYER

Thank you, God, for your constant help, guidance, and healing power.  Help us always to trust you.  Amen.

Arlene Rains-Graber (Kansas, USA)

July 23, 2020

GENUINE SUPPORT

READ 2 Corinthians 9:6-11

They all ate and were satisfied, and disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.

–Matthew 14:20 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My willingness to serve may be an answer to prayer.

PRAYER

God of all grace, remind us that we always have something that we can give to those in need.  Amen.

Seung Jae Oh (Chungnam, South Korea)

July 22, 2020

COMING NEAR TO GOD

READ 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

Come near to God and he will come near to you.

–James 4:8 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I come close to God by spending time with God.

PRAYER

O Lord, increase our desire to know you better.  Amen.

Barbara Gordon (Missouri, USA)

July 21, 2020

SHARING PRAYER

READ Ephesians 6:12-18

Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.  With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

–Ephesians 6:18 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Every day I will open my eyes and spirit to opportunities to pray for others.

PRAYER

Dear Father, thank you for the honor of praying for others.  Help us to be aware of the needs of those around us.  Amen.

Connie Downs (California, USA)

July 20, 2020

‘WHEN YOU’RE SMILING”

READ Numbers 6:22-27

The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.

–Numbers 6:25 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I smile at others — often through words and deeds — God smiles at me.

PRAYER

God of joy and blessing, thank you for your smile that we see reflected each day on the faces of all who believe in you.  Amen.

Laura Cristina Quintana de Mota (Dominican Republic)

July 19, 2020

A LESSON IN FORGIVENESS

READ James 1:19-25

Jesus said, “If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

–John 20:23 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How do I express my complete forgiveness of others?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for the gift of forgiveness.  Help us to forgive as completely as those young believers.  Amen.

Ken Claar (Idaho, USA)

July 18, 2020

A CHRISTIAN LEGACY

READ Romans 12:9-21

What does the Lord require of you?  To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with God.

–Micah 6:8 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What do I want my legacy as a follower of Christ to be?

PRAYER

Our loving Father, we pray that the world will see Christ in us more every day and come to know your grace and loving-kindness through us–all to your glory.  Amen.

Wilma Rose Vernich (Tennessee, USA)

July 17, 2020

SLEEP IN PEACE

READ Psalm 121:1-8

Trust in the Lord with all your heart.

–Proverbs 3:5 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will worry less and trust God more.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to have a heart like a little child, to trust that you will show us the way through any fearful situation.  We pray as Jesus taught us, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.  Give us day by day our daily bread.  And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us.  An lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil” (Luke 11:2-4, KJV)  Amen.

Juita Kartini (Jakarta Raya, Indonesia)

July 16, 2020

A GOOD DEED

READ 1 Peter 4:9-11

Jesus said, “I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.”

–Matthew 25:35 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can show God’s love by trusting others and offering help.

PRAYER

Gracious Father, thank you for the kindness of your children who help others stranded on the road of life.  Amen.

Catherin Pettie Hart (Georgia, USA)

July 15, 2020

JUST AS I AM

READ 2 Corinthians 12:6-11

The Lord said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

–2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even when I don’t love myself, God loves me just as I am.

PRAYER

Dear Savior, thank you for loving us as we are.  Help us to make our lives reflect the truth of your word.  Amen.

Timothy Olumide (Osun State, Nigeri

July 14, 2020

A SINGLE RED FEATHER

READ Psalm 91:1-6

Keep me as the apple of  your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings.

–Psalm 17:8 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today, I will find joy in God’s creation.

PRAYER

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for being our shield and protection through the trials we face.  Help us to see the joy in each day.  Amen.

Jeanne C. Gore (North Carolina, USA)

July 13, 2020

UNCONVENTIONAL PLACES

READ Ephesians 2:1-10

We are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

–Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Where might I interact with someone who needs to know the good news of God’s love?

PRAYER

God of all, open our eyes and hearts to the hurting world around us.  Help us to take every opportunity to share our faith with others.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Terri Foster (South Carolina, USA)

July 12, 2020

GOD ALREADY KNOWS

READ Matthew 6:25-33

Seek first [your heavenly Father’s] kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

–Matthew 6:33 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God can bless me by giving me opportunities to serve others.

PRAYER

God, our guide, thank you for caring for our needs.  Help us to seek first your kingdom and your righteousness as we receive your blessings and help others.  Amen.

Joan A. Brathwaite (Christ Church, Barbados)

July 11, 2020

COMFORT AND PEACE

READ 2 Corinthians 1:1-7

The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

–Philippians 4:7 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How will I be open to God’s message for me today?

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for providing comfort and peace to us during challenging times.  Help us to do the same for others.  Amen.

John D. Brown (Minnesota, USA)

July 10, 2020

SURPRISE GUEST

READ Hebrews 2:5-18

The one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family.  So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters.

–Hebrews 2:11 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How can I show Christ’s compassion to everyone I meet?

PRAYER

Wonderful Counselor, thank you for coming to live among us.  Help us to show warmth to everyone we meet.  Amen.

Lauren Craft (Virginia, USA)

July 9, 2020

GOD’S BROKEN VESSELS

READ Psalm 36:5-9

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

–Psalm 34:18 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will not give up on God, who has never given up on me.

PRAYER

Dear God, remind us not to give up on you when we are broken.  Amen.

Wati Mollier (Nagaland, India)

July 8, 2020

STANDING UP

READ Luke 10:25-37

In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.

–Matthew 7:12 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God loves everyone, and I will too.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to stand with others during difficult times and to treat others the way we want to be treated.  Amen.

Rebecca Auger (North Carolina, USA)

July 7, 2020

JOY

READ James 1:2-6, 12-17

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds.

–James 1:2 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What good thing has God recently put in the midst of my daily challenges?

PRAYER

Giver of joy, comfort our souls when we face hardships.  Amen.

Rachel Lulich (Indiana, USA)

July 6, 2020

ALWAYS NEAR

READ Psalm 139:7-10

When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways.

–1 Corinthians 13:11 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What good thing has God recently put in the midst of my daily challenges?

PRAYER

Giver of joy, comfort our souls when we face hardships.  Amen.

Rachel Lulich (Indiana, USA)

July 5, 2020

MEETING NEEDS

READ Philippians 4:10-20

Paul wrote, “My God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”

–Philippians 4:19 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

No need is so great that God cannot meet it.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to value the contribution of all who attend our churches.  Guide us to meet the needs of others as we seek to serve you.  As Jesus taught us, we pray, “Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.  Give us each day our daily bread.  Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.  And lead us not into temptation.” (Luke 11:2-4, NIV).  Amen.

Shirley Brosius (Pennsylvania, USA)

July 4, 2020

THE WIDOW’S OFFER

READ Mark 12:41-44

Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury.”

–Mark 12:43 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God is pleased when I give generously.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for your constant presence, patience, and love.  Help us to give generously to people in need.  Amen.

Allen Goins (Florida,  USA)

July 3, 2020

TAKING OUT THE TRASH

READ Romans 6:1-13

Do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.

–Romans 6:12 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I want to notice and repent of my sins so that I may honor God.

PRAYER

God, our maker and friend, create in us a clean spirit and a willingness to attune our hearts to live in the light of your truth.  Amen.

Perla Iveth Murillo Zapata (Colombia)

July 2, 2020

UNENDING LOVE

READ Job 42:10-13

After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before.

–Job 42:10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s love will carry me through my darkest days.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, through our darkest and brightest days we give thanks for your unending love for us.  Amen.

Larry Dowell (North Carolina, USA)

July 1, 2020

GOD’S HANDWRITING

READ Psalm 19:1-4*

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

–Psalm 19:1 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Where do I see the strokes of God’s hand today?

PRAYER

Creator God, open our eyes to see your unmistakable mark on all that you have done so that we may understand you more fully.  Amen.

Suzanne Felton (Virginia, USA)

June 30, 2020

A CRY FOR HELP

READ Psalm 91:1-16

I cried unto the Lord with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill.

–Psalm 3:4 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

No situation is so dark that God cannot find and help me.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, remind us of your promise never to leave us or forsake us.  Help us to turn to you — especially in threatening circumstances.  Amen.

Demi Oyinloye (Ogun, Nigeria)

June 29, 2020

LIVING COVER LETTER

READ 2 Corinthians 3:1-6

You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written no with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.

–2 Corinthians 3:3 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How can I be a living cover letter for Christ today?

PRAYER

Living Lord, help us to reflect you in our words and actions each day so that others may desire to fully know and serve you.  Amen.

Alice H. Murray (Florida, USA)

June 28, 2020

WOULD I DO THE SAME?

READ Mark 5:1-20

Those who had actually seen what had happened to the demon-possessed man told the others about the pigs.  Then they pleaded with Jesus to leave their region.

–Mark 5:16-17

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Every day, I will seek ways to draw near to God.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, forgive us when we choose paths that separate us from you.  Instead, help us choose paths of grace and love.  Amen.

Cassius Rhue (South Carolina, USA)

June 27, 2020

HOPE

READ Psalm 103:1-12

I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.

— Habakkuk 3:18 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today and every day, I will be joyful in God.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to choose to praise you every day, no matter our circumstances.  Amen.

Carol Elaine Harrison (Saskatchewan, Canada)

June 26, 2020

LONGING FOR ORDINARY

READ Hebrews 10:19-25

Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.

–Hebrews 10:24 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God can use my words of encouragement to make an extraordinary difference.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to seize the opportunities you give us each day to encourage, help, and love others.  Amen.

Terrie Hellard-Brown (California, USA)

June 25, 2020

OUR TALENTS

READ Matthew 25:14-30

Take…the talent from him [which had received the one talent], and give it unto him which hath ten talents.

–Matthew 25:28 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The talent God has given me is a blessing to me and to others.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, show us how to use the talents we have been given to bless others as you have blessed us.  We ask this in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Keith Hailey (Kansas, USA)

June 24, 2020

GOD’S CALL

READ Exodus 4:10-13

Moses said, “Please, my Lord, just send someone else.”

–Exodus 4:13 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even when I feel uncertain, God will equip me to serve others.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, open our hearts and minds to serve wherever you need us.  Amen.

Janice Hagood LeMaster (Alabama, USA)

June 23, 2020

RESTING IN PRAYER

READ James 5:13-18

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  and the peace of God….will guard your hearts and your minds.

–Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I am afraid, I can turn to God.

PRAYER

Dear heavenly Father, thank you for inviting us to come to you with our worries.  Help us to trust you.  Amen.

Missy Saiki (Hawaii, USA)

June 22, 2020

COMPASSION

READ Luke 7:11-16

As for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good.

–2 Thessalonians 3:13 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s radical grace calls me to give and expect nothing in return.

PRAYER

God of grace, help us to show compassion to our sisters and brothers, even when we think they don’t deserve it.  We pray in the name of the One who shows compassion to us.  Amen.

Francis Jorge Valera (Dominican Republic)

June 21, 2020

LIKE THAT TREE

READ Psalm 1:1-6

That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither — whatever they do prospers.

–Psalm 1:3 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Whose positive influence has nurtured my spiritual life?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for the influence and teaching of those who have come before us.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Beverly Varnado (Georgia, USA)

June 20, 2020

BY OUR SIDE

READ John 11:32-44

Jesus began to weep.

–John 11:35 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God is with me in my joys and in my sorrows.

PRAYER

Living God, give us the courage and love to be present with those who are grieving and to be channels of your comfort to those who are hurting.  Amen.

J. Leland Collins Jr. (Virginia, USA)

June 19, 2020

RESCUED AND SUSTAINED

READ Isaiah 46:3-4

The Lord has said, “Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you.  I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”

–Isaiah 46:4 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I feel weak, I can rely on God’s strength to sustain me.

PRAYER

Almighty God, in every problem help us to trust that your strength will sustain us.  Amen.

Linawati Santoso (East Java, Indonesia)

June 18, 2020

A LOVING EMBRACE

READ Psalm 103:13-18

These three remain:  faith, hope and love.  But the greatest of these is love.

–1 Corinthians 13:13 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What sign of love is God prompting me to show?

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for loving us as your children.  Guide us to show love to those who need it.  Amen.

David Smith (USA)

June 17, 2020

GUIDE MY PRAYERS

READ Romans 8:25-28

The Spirit helps us in our weakness.  We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.

–Romans 8:26 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I listen for the Holy Spirit, my prayers can more fully follow God’s will.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to listen for the Holy Spirit’s guidance to put our prayers on the right track.  Amen.

Marcy Farr (Texas, USA)

June 16, 2020

ONE BY ONE

READ John 1:35-50

Day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.

–Acts 2:47 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

In God’s kingdom, I am never alone.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for adding each of us to your kingdom so that we may live in fellowship with you and with all your people.  As Jesus taught us, we pray, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread.  Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one”  (Matt. 6:9-13, NIV).  Amen.

Colin D. Harbach (England, United Kingdom)

June 15, 2020

EVERYDAY OPPORTUNITIES

READ Acts 26:12-18

[Jesus] said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation.”

–Mark 16:15 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Unexpected encounters can be opportunities to show God’s love.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, help us to be open to opportunities to share your love.  May your Holy Spirit cause the seeds we sow to grow and multiply so that others may find eternal life.  Amen.

Carolyn Strickland (Florida, USA)

June 14, 2020

THE FIRST PLACE

READ Psalm 34:4-7

[The Lord] refreshes my soul.

–Psalm 23:3 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

For life’s biggest problems, I will first look to God for answers.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for being an ever-present force in our lives.  Help us to remember that we can always seek you in times of need.  Amen.

Webb Smith (Georgia, USA)

June 13, 2020

LOVED SO MUCH

READ Romans 8:31-39

There is no fear in love.  But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.  The on who fears is not made perfect in love.  We love because [God] first loved us.

–1 John 4:18-19 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God loves me and wants to be near me forever.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to rest in your love and to know that we don’t have to earn it.  Thank you for loving us as your children.  Amen.

Jenny Young (Gauteng, South Africa)

June 12, 2020

SEEING PAST THE OBSTACLES

READ Proverbs 3:5-6

We live by faith, not by sight.

–2 Corinthians 5:7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even when I cannot see God’s presence, God is working in my life.

PRAYER

Creator God, help us to remember your answers to prayers and trust that you are at work in our lives.  Amen.

Monabeth Milliron (Louisiana, USA)

June 11, 2020

COMPASSION AND MERCY

READ Hebrews 13:1-11

Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.

— Proverbs 31:9 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will choose to see others through the eyes of Christ.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to see others the way you see them, and may this perspective lead us to action.  Amen.

Lollie Hofer (Nebraska, USA)

June 10, 2020

SEE THE FACE OF GOD

READ Genesis 33:1-11

Jacob said, “If I have found favor in your eyes, accept this gift from me.  for to see your face is like seeing the face of God.”

–Genesis 33:10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I ask for forgiveness, I have a chance to see the face of God.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for showing us how to forgive and for allowing us to see your glory when we do.  Amen.

Jack Stanley (Florida, USA)

June 9, 2020

“I TRUST YOU”

READ Psalm 29:1-11

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not much more valuable than they?

–Matthew 6:26 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today and every day I will tell God, “I trust you!”

PRAYER

Dear God, forgive us when we try to do it all on our own.  Help us to turn to you for guidance, wisdom, and strength.  Amen.

Ashley Swartzentruber (Ontario, Canada)

June 8, 2020

WHATEVER WE DO

READ Colossians 3:15-17

Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

–Colossians 3:17 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will follow Christ no matter the circumstances.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us not to be intimidated by others so that we can live out our Christian faith wherever we are.  Amen.

Gordon B. Rose (Indianan, USA)

June 7, 2020

FAITH IN GOD’S WORD

READ Psalm 23:1-6

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

–Psalm 23:4 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When danger is present, the power of God’s word prevails.

PRAYER

Dear Father in heaven, teach us to stay close to you and to strengthen our faith in your presence.  Amen.

Angela Peabody (Virginia, USA)

June 6, 2020

TRUSTING GOD

READ James 1:2-12

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds.

–James 1:2 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even in my suffering I can persevere in trusting God.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, through whatever we are suffering today, help us to find joy in trusting you so that we may learn to persevere and become more like Jesus.  Amen.

Tim Pietz (Wisconsin, USA)

June 5, 2020

THE RIGHT ROAD

READ Psalm 25:4-10

The Lord has said, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go.”

–Psalm 32:8 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will never be lost when I follow God’s way.

PRAYER

Guardian of us all, forgive our wandering ways.  We lean on you to show us the path that leads to joyful obedience and to eternal life in Jesus Christ.  Amen.

 
Nelly R. Reina (Cordoba, Argentina)

June 4, 2020

LETTING GO

READ 1 Samuel 1:1-28

Hannah said, “I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him.  So now I give him to the Lord.”

–1 Samuel 1:27-28 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can entrust those I love to God.

PRAYER

Faithful God, help us to support those we love in their service to you.  Amen.

Tony Roberts (Indiana, USA)

June 3, 2020

WORDS AND ACTIONS

READ 1 Thessalonians 1:2-10

Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.

–1 Thessalonians 2:8 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How does the way I treat others encourage them to believe that God loves them?

PRAYER

Holy God, help us to treat everyone as Jesus would treat them so they will know through our words and actions that you love them.  Amen.

Lin Tranter (Ohio, USA)

June 2, 2020

HEAVY COST

READ John 3:1-21

God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

–John 3:16 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Jesus endured separation from God to separate me from my sin.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us never to forget the sacrifice that you and Jesus made for our salvation.  Amen.

Dave Trouten (New Brunswick, Canada)

June 1, 2020

“I AM STILL HERE”

READ Psalm 145:1-8

So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose.

–Isaiah 55:11 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I am a child of God.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to share the good news of Christ, knowing that even simple words of witness can make a difference in the lives of people we meet.  Amen.

Ann Vernon (Missouri, USA)

May 31, 2020

OURSELVES OR OTHERS?

READ Luke 10:29-37

You do well if you really fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

–James 2:8 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

To whom is God calling me to be a neighbor today?

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to honor you by helping someone who needs what we can give.  Amen.

Frances K. Griffin (Oklahoma, USA)

May 30, 2020

BEST FOR US

READ Hebrews 12:4-11

Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children.  For what children are not disciplined by their father?

–Hebrews 12:7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God sees beyond what I want to what is best for me.

PRAYER

Dear Father, when we cry for unnecessary or harmful things teach us to understand your discipline and embrace a love for your correction.  Amen.

Oluwasola Jegede (Lagos, Nigeria)

May 29, 2020

DISTRACTING PRIDE

READ Philippians 4:10-19

Paul wrote, “My God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”

–Philippians 4:19 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will set down my burdens so I can welcome God’s strength.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to release our pride so that we may trust in your provision rather than our own.  Amen.

A. Mattingly (Texas, USA)

May 28, 2020

GOD’S LOVE ENDURES

READ Romans 5:1-11

Suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us.

–Romans 5:3-5 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God fills me with hope and helps me endure.

PRAYER

Dear God, comfort us when we face illness and pain.  Give us a renewed sense of hope and faith in your love.  Amen.

Candyce Sturgeon  (North Carolina, USA)

May 27, 2020

A CHANGE OF HEART

READ 1 Corinthians 9:20-23

There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

–Galatians 3:28 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Every day, God strengthens me for ministry to others.

PRAYER

Dear Father, remind us that through your power we can overcome all worldly hurdles to minister to others.  Amen.

KyungMo Koo (Maryland, USA)

May 26, 2020

CONTENT WHERE I AM

READ 2 Samuel 7:18-29

Then King David went in and sat before the Lord and he said:  “Who am I, Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?”

–2 Samuel 7:18 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I’m feeling discontented, I can turn to scripture for encouragement.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for the beauty of the world we live in.  Help us to remember that heaven’s joys will far surpass earthly ones.  Amen.

Wendy L. Macdonald (British Columbia, Canada

May 25, 2020

RUNNING AWAY

READ Psalm 139:1-12

The Lord will keep you from all harm–he will watch over your life.

–Psalm 121:7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How can I help bring others back to God

May 24, 2020

I BELONG!

READ John 3:1-2

Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

–Romans 8:17 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I belong to Christ’s family of faith.

PRAYER

Lord Jesus, thank you for making us a part of your family of faith.  Help us to invite others to find in you a real sense of being a family!  Amen.

Marcos Antonio Garcia (Sao Paulo, Brazil)

May 23, 2020

FEAR CONQUERING LOVE

READ Matthew 6:25-34

Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.

–Matthew 6:34 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Because of God’s love for me, fear and worry do not have to rule my life.

PRAYER

Dear God, give us a deeper understanding of your love so that fear no longer rules our lives.  Amen.

Laura Rothhaar (Ohio, USA)

May 22, 2020

BOLD ENCOURAGEMENT

READ Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Encourage one another and build each other up.

–1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

To whom will I speak an encouraging word in Christ’s name today?

PRAYER

Dear Lord Jesus, help us to reflect your nature in our actions toward others each day.  We pray as you taught us, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.  Give us day by day our daily bread.  And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive everyone that is indebted to us.  And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil” (Luke 11:2-4, KJV). Amen.

George Childree (Alabama, USA)

May 21, 2020

EVERYONE’S GIFT MATTERS

READ 1 Corinthians 12:14-26

If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it.

–1 Corinthians 12:26 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will show my gratitude for the contributions of others to God’s work.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to see the value of other Christians and to commend them for their work.  amen.

Linda Neff (Ontario, Canada)

May 20, 2020

ON ASSIGNMENT

READ John 5:19-24

Jesus said, “I can do nothing on my own.  As I hear, I judge; and my judgment is just, because I seek to do not my own will but the will of him who sent me.”

–John 5:30 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What is my mission statement?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for entrusting us with assignments while we are here on earth.  In the name of Jesus.  Amen.

Mary E. Webb (New Mexico, USA)

May 19, 2020

THE POWER OF PRESENCE

READ Luke 10:38-42

Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.

–Luke 10:42 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will set aside time for Christ today.

PRAYER

O God, teach us to recognize your presence, and help us to stay connected with you throughout this day.  Amen.

Kevin Thomas (Alabama, USA)

May 18, 2020

THE ULTIMATE CONNECTION

READ John 15:1-10

Jesus said, “My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.”

–John 15:8 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How do I stay connected to Jesus?

PRAYER

Thank you, Jesus, for giving us your strength and support.  Help us to remain connected to you so that we may bear much good fruit.  Amen.

Renae Aberdeen (Indiana, USA)

May 17, 2020

HILLS OF LIFE

READ 2 Corinthians 4:7-18

This slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure.

–2 Corinthians 4:17 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How does my outlook change when I focus on Christ?

PRAYER

Dear Father, help us to lift our eyes to you in challenging times.  Remind us that our earthly troubles will seem small when we stand in the presence of your glory. Amen.

C. Jennings (Ontario, Canada)

May 16, 2020

WHEN LIFE HURTS

READ Matthew 5:1-12

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

–Matthew 5:4 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even in my grief, God blesses me.

PRAYER

Thank you, Jesus, for your presence and guidance through scripture and the Holy spirit.  Amen.

Torrey Curtis (Okalahoma, USA)

May 15, 2020

MOVING WITH GOD

READ Psalm 143:5-10

The psalmist wrote, “Teach me to do what pleases you, because you are my God.  Guide me by your good spirit into good land.

–Psalm 143:10 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can trust God to show me the best way to serve.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to trust that you will show us the ways and places where we can continue to find joy in serving you.  Amen.

Myrna Conrad, Florida, USA)

May 14, 2020

ALWAYS READY

READ 1 Peter 3:13-17

Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.

–1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How will I express my hope in Christ today?

PRAYER

O Lord, may the hope you give us be so evident that others will want to hear about it.  Help us to be ready for opportunities to witness to your love and salvation.  Amen.

Lori Herold (Illinois, USA)

May 13, 2020

TRUST THROUGH PRAYER

READ Mark 11:19

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

–Mark 11:24 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I express my trust in God when I pray.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to feel your presence during difficult times.  Amen.

Rajeev Ranjan Pandey (Uttar Pradesh, India)

May 12, 2020

GOD PROVIDES

READ 2 Corinthians 9:10-15

Cast all your anxiety on [God] because he cares for you.

1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God will provide for me.

PRAYER

Loving God, when we can’t see the way forward, help us to trust that you can.  Amen.

Courtney Boulware (Ohio, USA)

May 11, 2020

IRON SHARPENS IRON

READ 2 Timothy 2:14-19

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved by him, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly explaining the word of truth.

–2 Timothy 2:15 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Bible study helps me grow in my relationship with God and with others.

PRAYER

Dear Father, thank you for the Bible.  Help us to grow as we read it, and lead us to find others who will faithfully study with us.  amen.

Michael W. Martin (North Carolina, USA)

May 10, 2020

A ROOM FULLY PREPARED

READ John 14:1-4

Jesus said, “My Father’s house has many rooms;if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?”

–John 14:2 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s love for me will never die.

PRAYER

O God, thank you for human families and the love we can share.  Most of all, thank your for your son, Jesus Christ, who taught us how to love.  Amen.

Karen Young Texas, USA)

May 9, 2020

GRATEFUL EXPECTATION

READ Colossians 1:1-14

We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will…being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience.

–Colossians 1:9,11 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will choose to praise God in all situations.

PRAYER

Dear Father, strengthen us so we can wait patiently with a sense of grateful expectation.  Amen.

Lilian Nwanze Akobo (Meath, Ireland)

May 8, 2020

CHOSEN

READ 1 Peter 2:1-10

You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

–1 Peter 2:9 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God will always choose me.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for choosing us.  Help us to remember that we have an honorable calling.  Amen.

Wayne Greenawalt (Illinois, USA)

May 7, 2020

QUEST FOR THE QUEEN

READ 2 Corinthians 5:6-9

Heaven is declaring God’s glory; the sky is proclaiming his handiwork.

–Psalm 19:1 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Every day I can see God revealed in all creation.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, give us eyes to see you and faith to believe.  Amen.

Suzanne Montgomery (Indiana, USA)

May 6, 2020

A LENTEN CHALLENGE

READ Philemon vv. 4-7

Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.

–Proverbs 3:27 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can follow God’s word no matter my budget or schedule.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, we give you thanks for all you have done for us and all you allow us to do in your name.  Keep showing us the joys of serving you.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Bryan Young (Texas, USA)

May 5, 2020

PEACE AND COMFORT

–READ Philippians 4:6-9

The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

–James 5:16 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Praying solves more problems than worrying does.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, when we get into trouble, help us to look to you in faith and prayer instead of worrying.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Charity M. Kiregyera (Kampala, Uganda)

May 4, 2020

SMALL ACTS

READ Matthew 25:31-40

The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.

–Matthew 25:40 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

“It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).

PRAYER

Dear God, every day show us those who need what we can give as we pray, “Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.  Give us each day our daily bread.  Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.  And lead us not into temptation” (Luke 11:2-4, NIV). Amen.

Dean T. Skoglund (Minnesota, USA)

May 3, 2020

RESTING ON A ROCK

READ Mark 1:35-39

Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.

–Luke 5:16 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Where do I spend one-on-one time with God?

PRAYER

Thank you, Father, for meeting us in solitude and giving us strength when we turn to you.  Amen.

Diana C. Derringer (Kentucky, USA)

May 2, 2020

NEVER TOO LATE

READ Luke 15:11-32

You were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of God.

-1 Corinthians 6:11 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

It is never too late to seek God’s forgiveness.

PRAYER

Dear Father, remind us that it is never too late to turn to you.  Help us to be open to receive your love and forgiveness.  Amen.

Scott Martin (New Jersey, USA)

May 1, 2020

MORE THAN WE ASKED

READ Romans 8:12-17*

You didn’t receive a spirit of slavery to lead you back again into fear, but you received a Spirit that shows you are adopted as [God’s] children.

–Romans 8:15 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Jesus offers me abundant life.

PRAYER

Faithful God, we rejoice in your goodness.  Thank you for physical healing and for the spiritual healing only you can provide.  Amen.

Darlene Forgues (Alberta, Canada)

April 30, 2020

AGING WITH GRACE

READ Micah 6:6-8

[God] has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

–Micah 6:8 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even small acts of service that I may deem insignificant, God values.

PRAYER

Creator God, when we doubt our purpose, renew our vision.  Help us to be faithful, humble servants — doing what we can to make this world a better place.  Amen.

Virginia Jelinek (Pennsylvania, USA)

April 29, 2020

OPEN MY EYES

READ Matthew 20:29-34

Open my eyes, so that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.

Psalm 119:18 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What do I want Jesus to do for me?

PRAYER

Dear Jesus, thank you for answered prayers.  Thank you for having mercy on us and for bringing us into relationship with you.  Amen.

Jabulile Gubula (Gauteng, South Africa)

April 28, 2020

TRUST DURING HEALING

READ Psalm 118:5-9

Trust in the Lord forever, for in the Lord God you have an everlasting rock.

–Isaiah 26:4 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s presence and loving care will never disappoint me.

PRAYER

Gracious God, help us to appreciate our times of rest and healing as gifts of grace and not just burdens that we have to bear.  Renew our strength.  Amen.

John R. Robinson (Georgia, USA)

April 27, 2020

THE FINISH LINE

READ 2 Timothy 4:1-8

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

-2 Timothy 4:7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

It’s not where I finish but that I finish that counts to God.

PRAYER

Gracious God, thank you for strength to persevere when the race of our lives wearies us.  We look to you to keep us moving on.  Amen.

Sarah Lunsford (California, USA)

April 26, 2020

NEVER ALONE

READ John 14:15-31

Jesus said to his disciples, “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.”

–2 Timothy 4:7 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Whatever the future brings, God will be there to give me strength.

PRAYER

Loving God, whenever we feel alone in our struggles, help us to remember that you are always with us.  Amen.

Linawati Santoso (East Java, Indonesia)

April 25, 2020

SAFELY HOME

READ Psalm 119:105-112

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

–Psalm 119:105

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The gospel guides me on my way.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to focus on your word and your grace as we face life’s challenges.  We pray the prayer Jesus taught us, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us our daily bread.  Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matt. 6:9-13, NIV).  Amen.

Roger Brannon (Florida, USA)

April 24, 2020

TERMINAL

READ 2 Corinthians 4:11-5:4

Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.

–1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Every day I will live life to the fullest and for the glory of God.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for your promises that give us hope.  Amen.

Anita Gray (Pennsylvania, USA)

April 23, 2020

CHANGING MY PRAYER

READ 2 Kings 5:1-15

Elisha sent a messenger to say to [Naaman], “Go wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed.”

–2 Kings 5:10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can pray for God to change my heart.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to look to you for guidance and to recognize and accept your guidance when it comes. Amen.

Margie J. Harding (Maryland, USA)

April 22, 2020

NOT ABOUT US

READ Numbers 11:21-30

A young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.”  Joshua son of Nun, who had been Moses’ aide since youth, spoke up and said, “Moses, my lord, stop them!”

–Numbers 11:27-28

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God does not choose me based on my behavior.

PRAYER

Almighty God, rest your Spirit on us and grant us the wisdom to trust in the plans you have for us.  Make us willing to fulfill your purpose for our lives.  Amen.

David Garcia Escobar (Valle del Cauca, Colombia)

April 21, 2020

STRENGTH FROM SOLITUDE

READ Luke 22:39-43

[Jesus] said to [the apostles]. “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”

–Mark 6:31 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Where can I find solitude to reconnect with God today?

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for moments of solitude to connect with you.  May we seek such moments often.  Amen.

Sharon Wright Mitchell (Georgia, USA)

April 20, 2020

RESTORATION

READ Psalm 23:1-6

Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

–Psalm 51:12

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God is the joy of my salvation.

PRAYER

God of joy, remind us of our beauty in times when we feel vulnerable and fragile.  Guide us to be hands of healing to those experiencing difficulties, and give us a song of joy to sing even as we cry.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Malinda Fillingim (North Carolina, USA)

April 19, 2020

THE RISEN CHRIST

READ John 20:11-22

When the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”

–John 20:19 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How can I reflect the love of Christ today?

PRAYER

Almighty God, thank you for enfolding us with your limitless love and concern.  We praise you for sending us your son and for giving us new life.  Amen.

Oystein Brinch (Oslo, Norway)

April 18, 2020

DELIGHT

READ 1 John 3:1-3

The Lord your God…will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.

–Zephaniah 3:17 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My heavenly Father takes delight in me.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for your extravagant love for us.  Amen.

Erin Tubo (Massachusetts, USA)

April 17, 2020

FAITH

READ Genesis 15:5-15

Jesus told [Thomas], “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

–John 20:29 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will trust God with my future.

PRAYER

Faithful God, help us to trust that you will fulfill your promises.  In that trust we will walk faithfully with you.  Amen.

Kurt Elward (Virginia, USA)

April 16, 2020

TURBULENCE

READ Matthew 8:23-27

The [disciples] were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this?  Even the winds and the waves obey him!”

–Matthew 8:27 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When life gets rocky, I will call on Jesus.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to hold on to you when life gets shaky.  Remind us to call on you during the storm.  Amen.

Adrieene Rayfield (South Carolina, USA)

April 15, 2020

LIVING WITH THE SCARS

READ 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

Paul wrote, “Gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

–2 Corinthians 12:9 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will praise God, who has redeemed and restored me.

PRAYER

Jesus, our Wounded Healer, remind us that you understand our suffering and have the power to make us new.  Amen.

Muriella Alexander (Maharashtra, India)

April 14, 2020

BEYOND THE THORNS

READ Philippians 3:7-11

Through [Christ] you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.

–1 Peter 1:21 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Faith in Christ Jesus sustains me now.  Hope in him leads me to resurrection.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, increase in us faith for today and hope for tomorrow.  Amen.

Colin D. Harbach (England, United Kingdom)

April 13, 2020

NEVER LOST

READ Psalm 16:5-11

I keep my eyes always on the Lord.  With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

–Psalm 16:8 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I hold God’s hand, I can never get lost.

PRAYER

Father God, help us to keep our eyes focused on you.  Thank you for never letting us go.  Amen.

Leigh Mckenzie (Illinois, USA)

April 12, 2020

BEYOND THE THORNS

READ Philippians 3:7-11

Through [Christ] you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.

–1 Peter 1:21 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Faith in Christ Jesus sustains me now.  Hope in him leads me to resurrection.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, increase in us faith for today and hope for tomorrow.  Amen.

Colin D. Harbach (England, United Kingdom)

April 11, 2020

THE HOPE OF EASTER

READ Matthew 28:1-10

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

–2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even when I can’t see it, God is working in my life.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, we pray for those who are going through a “Saturday” — those who are in a time of confusion and waiting.  Give us hope of Easter Sunday.  Amen.

Erica Smith (Tennessee, USA)

April 10, 2020

REMEMBER ME

Read Luke 18:15-17

Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”

–Luke 18:16 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even when I am struggling, Jesus remembers me.

PRAYER

Loving God, your grace truly is sufficient for us.  When we forget, forgive us and continue to shower your love on us.  Amen.

Selina Inabinet Duncan (Tennessee, USA)

April 9, 2020

PATIENT WITH US

READ 2 Peter3:1-9

The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.

–Psalm 103:8 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God is patient with me and encourages me to be patient with others.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to be patient and to trust your care for us as we learn your purpose for us.  “Father hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.  Give us each day our daily bread.  Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.  And lead us not into temptation” (Luke 11:2-4, NIV) Amen.

Joshua Oladipupo (Lagos, Nigeria)

April 8, 2020

THE BEST EXAMPLE

READ 1 Peter 2:18-24

When they hurled their insults at [Christ], he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats.  Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.

–1 Peter 2:23 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Jesus is the ultimate example of forgiveness.

PRAYER

Dear heavenly Father, when we are tempted to seek revenge, help us to see the world through your eyes and to follow your Son’s example.  Amen.

Heidi Kling-Newman (Pennsylvania, USA)

April 7, 2020

NOT MUCH FUN?

READ Revelation 22:1-5

“What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” — the things God has prepared for those who love him–these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.

–1 Corinthians 2:9-10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Focusing on things above can change my perspective.

PRAYER

Dear Lord Jesus, fill us with your thoughts so that we can see everyone in our lives as you do.  Amen.

Dave Caswell (Arkansas, USA)

April 6, 2020

COMFORT AND HOPE

READ Psalm 34:1-8

Happy are those who take refuge in [the Lord].

–Psalm 34:8 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Whether I am fearful or joyful, God is with me.

PRAYER

Thank you, God, for your caring love every day, not only in the most terrifying moments of our lives but in joyful times as well.  Help us to trust you and to have thankful hearts.  Amen.

Volya Koruderlieva (Varna, Bulgaria)

April 5, 2020

A BEAUTIFUL BLESSING

READ John 17:20 (NIV)

Jesus prayed, “My prayer is not for [those you gave me] alone.  I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message.”

–John 17:20 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will tell someone that I am praying for them.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, help us to see others through your eyes and with your love.  Soften our hearts to the needs of others, and remind us to pray for them.  Amen.

Melinda VanRy (New York, USA)

April 4, 2020

THE CARPENTER

READ 2 Corinthians 5:16-21

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:  The old has gone, the new is here!

–2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

In Jesus’ hands, I become a masterpiece.

PRAYER

Lord Jesus, shape us into beautiful masterpieces, ready to do your work.  Open our eyes to see the beauty in those around us.  Amen.

Miles O. Turner (Illinois, USA)

April 3, 2020

ORCHIDS FOR CAROLYN

READ Psalm 105:1-6

You will seek the Lord your God, and you will find him if you search after him with all your heart and soul.

–Deuteronomy 4:29 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

If I remain alert, I can see little miracles every day.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, when we see no way through our trials, help us to have faith in you and to trust your guidance.  Amen.

Dayna Nestor (Pennsylvania, USA)

April 2, 2020

FORWARD IN HOPE

READ Isaiah 43:1-3

Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When the way closes ahead of me, God will uphold me.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for your great love.  Forgive us when we try to move ahead without you.  Help us to follow Jesus’ example as we pray, “Yet not as I will, but as you will,” (Matt.26:39 (NIV).  Amen.

Hisako Adachi (Kanagawa, Japan)

April 1, 2020

A FITTING TITLE

READ Judges 6:11-16

When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.”

–Judges 6:12 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Christ empowers me to do God’s work in the world.

PRAYER

Dear Lord Jesus, with the sure promise of your presence, we serve gladly as your ambassadors.  Amen.

Marion Speicher Brown (Florida, USA)

March 31, 2020

THE RIGHT PLACE

READ Psalm 62:5-8

Trust in [God] at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.

–Psalm 62:8

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God is my greatest source of comfort.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for always providing a place of comfort and refuge.  Help us to remember your presence in times of loneliness.  Amen.

Webb Smith (Georgia, USA)

March 30, 2020

LITTLE CLOUD OF HOPE

READ 1 Kings 18:41-44

The seventh time [Elijah’s servant] said, “Look, a little cloud no bigger than a person’s hand is rising out of the sea.”

–1 Kings 18:44 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will trust God and wait expectantly for the change that is coming.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for sending us little clouds of hope to assure us of your love and blessing.  Amen.

Madeline Twooney (North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)

March 29, 2020

BEING STRONG

READ Romans 6:1-11

If we have been united with [Christ] in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his.

–Romans 6:5 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My strength comes from the Lord.

PRAYER

Thank you, God, for your son, Jesus Christ, whose resurrection assures us that death is not the end.  Amen.

Jill Allen Maisch (Maryland, USA)

March 28, 2020

BEYOND THE WALLS

READ Galatians 6:2-10

As we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

–Galatians 6:10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How is God leading me to respond to the needs of others?

PRAYER

Thank you, God, for sustaining us through times of trial.  Make us aware of the hurts and needs of those around us, and prompt us to help.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Andy Baker (Tennessee, USA)

March 27, 2020

MY RESPONSIBILITY

READ James 1:19-27

Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.

–James 1:19-20 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What can I do today to spread a little more of God’s love?

PRAYER

God of all humanity, give us the strength to refrain from responding to violence with violence.  Help us to trust that, in time, you will bring justice to all situations.  Amen.

Cecilia Kammire (North Carolina, USA)

March 26, 2020

GOD’S WAYS

READ Isaiah 55:6-13

God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind.  Does he speak and then not act?  Does he promise and not fulfill?

–Numbers 23:19 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can rely on God’s promises.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to believe your word and to see you as our true God in every step we take.  Amen.

Oluwasola Jegede (Lagos, Nigeria)

March 25, 2020

THE CARDS NEVER STOPPED

READ Lamentations 3:25-33

Though [the Lord] brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love.

–Lamentations 3:32 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Because of God’s power to redeem, no tragedy can destroy my faith.

PRAYER

Thank you Lord, for the people who have shaped and strengthened our Christian walk.  Help us to be Christlike examples for others.  Amen.

Trudy K. Snyder (Pennsylvania, USA)

March 24, 2020

WITHOUT WORDS

READ Daniel 2:19-23

Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.  Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

–Psalm 37:3-4 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God can speak to me without words.

PRAYER

Healer of all frailties, show us your mercy as we earnestly seek a closer relationship with you.  Amen.

Bobbie Smith Bryant (Kentucky, USA)

March 23, 2020

PRIORITIES

READ Matthew 22:34-40

Strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

–Matthew 6:33 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will make time with God my top priority.

PRAYER

Lord Jesus, help us to seek you and your kingdom above all.  May we make you the center of our lives.  Amen.

Abhilasha Morris Paul (Uttar Pradesh, India)

March 22, 2020

SADNESS AND LOVE

READ John 14:1-6

Jesus said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled.  You believe in God; believe also in me.  My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?”

–John 14:1-2 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

“You, Lord, are a shield around me” (Ps.3:3).

PRAYER

Compassionate God, give us strength to endure the pain over the loss of our loved ones and to find peace in knowing that they are in their heavenly home.  Amen.

Gary Dowdy (Tennessee, USA)

March 21, 2020

FRUITFUL

READ Galatians 5:22-23 (NRSV)

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

–Galatians 5:22-23 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Which fruit of the Spirit will I practice today?

PRAYER

Loving God, thank you for your patience as we strive to practice the fruit of the Spirit.  Help us to persevere, even when we fail.  Amen.

Amy Hayes Burling (Florida, USA)

March 20, 2020

“I LOST POP!”

READ Isaiah 41:10-13

Moses told Joshua, “It is the Lord who goes before you.  He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you.  Do not fear or be dismayed.

–Deuteronomy 31:8 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can never lose God.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to remember your promise always to be with us.  Be with those who feel abandoned or lonely.  Amen.

Wright Peavy (Georgia, USA)

March 19, 2020

HALFTIME

Read Romans 12:1-8

We do not lose heart.  Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.

–2 Corinthians 4:16 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God understands my struggles.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to feel your comfort and have the courage to move on.  Amen.

Flo Au (Hong Kong, China)

March 18, 2020

OUR UNBELIEF

READ Mark 9:14-29

Jesus said, “Everything is possible for one who believes.”  Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

–Mark 9:23-24 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s goodness covers my weakness.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, we do believe in you, but sometimes we doubt.  Help us overcome our unbelief.  Amen.

Kevin L. Thomas (Alabama, USA)

March 17, 2020

BEING NEIGHBORLY

READ Romans 15:1-7

If you see your fellow Israelite’s donkey or ox fallen on the road, do not ignore it.  Help the owner get it to its feet.

–Deuteronomy 22:4 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God is ready to help me, even in small matters.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to trust you in all things, at all times, and to be open to your leading to help our neighbors.  Amen.

April Bogert (New York, USA)

March 16, 2020

DURING HARD TIMES

READ Genesis 21:8-21

God heard the boy crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “What is the matter, Hagar?  Do not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying as his lies there.”

–Genesis 21:17 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God is working for good during hard times.

PRAYER

Loving God, help us through the crises and tragedies in life.  Amen.

Peter Veugelaers (Wellington, New Zealand)

March 15, 2020

ROAD LESS TRAVELED

READ Isaiah 26:1-8

You [Lord] will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.

–Isaiah 26:3

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I give up worrying, I can more fully rely on God.

PRAYER

Dear God, when we are overwhelmed with panic, help us to seek your peace.  Amen.

Eliza Finley (South Carolina, USA)

March 14, 2020

GOD’S STRONG LOVE

READ 1 Corinthians 13:1-8

Perfect love drives out fear.

–1 John 4:18 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When my love needs to stronger, God’s love sustains me.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to rely on your love and to show that love to those around us.  Amen.

Tony R. Nester (Iowa, USA)

March 13, 2020

ALWAYS WITH US

READ Matthew 28:16-20

Jesus said, “Where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.

–Matthew 18:20 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Wherever I am, Jesus is there.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to remember that our presence surrounds us always.  We pray as Jesus taught us, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed by they name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.  Give us day by day our daily bread.  And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us.  And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil” (Luke 11:2-4), JV).  Amen.

Dorothy Garrett Johnson (Michigan, USA)

March 12, 2020

THE DOOR IS OPEN

READ Joshua 10:5-15

I know your works.  Look, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut.

–Revelation 3:8 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God, who has begun a good work in me, will bring it to completion.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for granting us faith that can move mountains.  Guide us as we take steps of faith toward the places where you call us.  Amen.

Tarupiwa Muzah (Mashonaland East. Zimbabwe)

March 11, 2020

MORE FRUIT

READ John 15:1-8

Jesus said, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.  He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.

–John 15:1-2 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can seek God’s will for how best to serve others.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us every day to produce fruit for you by recognizing when we need to prune away unfruitful branches in our lives.  Amen.

Penny Frost McGinnis (Ohio, USA)

March 10, 2020

SEEKING AND WAITING

READ 1 Kings 19:1-18

But the Lord was not in the wind.  After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake.  After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire.  And after the fire came a gentle whisper.

— 1 Kings 19:11-12 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can seek God’s voice and wisdom both in stillness and by actively looking.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, grant us boldness to seek you and patience to wait to hear your gentle whisper.  Amen.

John Robbins (Florida, USA)

March 9, 2020

STARRY SKIES

READ Psalm 8:1-9

When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?

–Psalm 8:3-4

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The glory of creation reminds me that God cares for me.

PRAYER

Creator God, thank you for all the ways you remind us of your presence.  Amen.

Marcela Nwanosike (Lincolnshire, United Kingdom)

March 8, 2020

FROM LOSS TO GAIN

READ Revelation 21:1-4

[God] will wipe away every tear from their eyes.  Death will be no more.  There will be no mourning, crying or pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.

–Revelation 21:4 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can face earthly losses with courage, knowing I have an eternal home.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for your comfort in times of sadness.  Help us to remember that you have overcome our earthly losses with your eternal provision.  Amen.

Sandra Sullivan (West Virginia, USA)

March 7, 2020

SOARING

READ Isaiah 40:28-31

Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

–Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The Spirit enables me to rise above life’s challenges.

PRAYER

Dear God, we want to soar to new heights, so we wait for the refreshing, restorative power your Spirit brings.  Amen.

Wayne Greenwalt (Illinois, USA)

March 6, 2020

BUILDING A BRIDGE

READ Hebrews 13:1-3

God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them.  And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.  We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors.

— 2 Corinthians 5:19-20 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What bridge is God calling me to build today?

PRAYER

O Lord, help us to see and reach out to other today.  Thank  you for giving us the tools to help them.  Amen.

Julie Hout Brown (Arkansas, USA)

March 5, 2020

A WONDERFUL FAMILY

READ Luke 10:38-42

Mary has chosen the better part.  It won’t be taken away from her.

–Luke 10:42 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Scripture reading and prayer can keep me close to God.

PRAYER

Gracious God, thank you for bringing us closer to you.  Help us always to seek you and find our hope in you.  In the name of Jesus.   Amen.

Emiriana Maleak-Bana (East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia)

March 4, 2020

WAITING FOR GOD

READ Genesis 41;14-16, 39-43

The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me.

–Psalm 138:8 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will trust God to act according to God’s timing.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to seek you first as we look for your direction and guidance.  Only yu can lead us to our true purpose.  Amen.

Brian Foster (North Carolina, USA)

March 3, 2020

WEARY WITH REGRET

READ Psalm 51:1-17

O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.

–Psalm 51:15 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s mercy deserves my praise.

PRAYER

Gracious God, help us to release our regrets and to open our mouths in praise to you.  Amen.

Sheryl H. Boldt (Florida, USA)

March 2, 2020

HOW TO PRAY

READ Matthew 21:12-16

Jesus said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.  Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

–Matthew 18:3-4 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will approach God with childlike faith.

PRAYER

Jesus, I am happy with you.  Amen.

Deepika Emmanuel Sagar (Rajasthan, India)

March 1, 2020

STARTING THE DAY WITH GOD

READ Psalm 5:1-12*

In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.

–Psalm 5:3 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Acknowledging God is my first offering of love each day.

PRAYER

Dear Father, remind us to seek you every day.  Amen.

Dean T. Skoglund (minnesota, USA)

February 29, 2020

ALWAYS GRATEFUL

READ 1 Thessalonians 5:12-18

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

–1 Thessalonian 5:18 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Gratitude in all things can bring me abundant joy.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for your abundant blessings.  Help us to give thanks for your grace and goodness in our lives.  Amen.

Meliana Santoso (East Java, Indonesia)

February 28, 2020

GOD IS MERCIFUL

READ Proverbs 3:1-10

Jeremiah wrote, “Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved.”

–Jeremiah 17:14 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God has been merciful to me.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us always to see your mercy that surrounds us each day.  When we are afraid, help us to lean on you and trust you to do your work in us.  Amen.

Peter T. Gardner (Iowa, USA)

February 27, 2020

WITHOUT FAIL

READ 1 John 5:14 (NIV)

This is the confidence we have in approaching God:  that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.

–1 John 5:14 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I always have God’s full attention.

PRAYER

Caring God, we know that when we reveal our thoughts and desires, you are there to listen, care for, and respond to us.  Help us always to make time for you.  Amen.

Linda Birchall (Georgia, USA)

February 26, 2020

TRASH TO TREASURE

READ Psalm 34:17-22

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

–Psalm 34:18 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God can transform my brokenness into something beautiful.

PRAYER

Dear God, through the power of your presence, transform us to new life now and forever.  Amen.

Robert K. Abel (Maryland, USA)

February 25, 2020

I STILL LOVE YOU”

Read Titus 3:1-7

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

–1 John 4:10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God loves me more than I can imagine.

PRAYER

Father God, today help us to rest in your unending love,  surrender to your loving discipline, and show kindness to all.  Amen.

Marion Turnbull (England, United Kingdom)

February 24, 2020

SERVICE AND SHOELACES

READ Luke 22:24-30

The one who is greatest among you will be your servant.  All who lift themselves up will be brought low.  But all who make themselves low will be lifted up.

–Matthew 23:11-12 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

If I want to show God’s love, I will first be a servant.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to see and respond to the needs of others and to fully appreciate the kindnesses shown to us by friends, family, or even strangers.  Amen.

John I. Carney (Tennessee, USA)

February 23, 2020

CONFIDENCE FOR THE FUTURE

READ Matthew 6:25-34

Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.

–Matthew 6:34 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God will supply all my needs. (See Phil. 4:19.).

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to trust you and not be fearful of what the future may hold, for you have promised never to leave us.  Amen.

Jeannine Brenner (Pennsylvania, USA)

February 22, 2020

LOOKING TO HEAVEN

READ 1 Corinthians 2:1-10

The sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us.

–Romans 8:18 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Thinking of heaven makes me more joyful about salvation in Christ.

PRAYER

Help us, God, to be thankful every day for Christ’s sacrifice until we find our home in heaven with you.  Amen.

Richard Kehoe (California, USA)

February 21, 2020

IN GOD’S LOVING ARMS

READ Psalm 103:1-8

You teach me the way of life.  In your presence is total celebration.  Beautiful things always in your right hand.

–Psalm 16:11 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Holding God’s love in my heart can bring peace to my day.

PRAYER

Merciful God, thank you for your infinite love that moves us deeply and shelters us during our most difficult times.  In the name of Jesus we pray.  Amen.

Haydee Meloni (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

February 20, 2020

GOD THE QUILTER

READ Nehemiah 9:10-17

The one who started a good work in you will stay with you to complete the job by the day of Christ Jesus.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God stitches my life into a heavenly creation.

PRAYER

Dear Father, thank you for not setting us aside.  Help us to trust that you will finish what you have started as we pray, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.   And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.  Amen” (Matt. 6:9-13, KJV)

Jennifer Lanane (North Carolina, USA)

February 19, 2020

THE RIGHT QUESTION

READ 1 Corinthians 3:6-11

The Lord declares, “[My word] shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”

–Isaiah 55:11 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How will I get involved in spreading the gospel?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, please guide us to participate in making disciples for you.  Show us the people you have placed in our lives with whom we can share your love.  Amen.

Stephen Johnson (California, USA)

February 18, 2020

ANSWERED PRAYER

READ 2 Corinthians 9:8-15

[The Lord’s] divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.

–2 Peter 1:3 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will be ready and alert so that I can act when God needs me.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to be sensitive to the needs of others so that we can serve as your answers to the prayers of those around us.  Amen.

Susan H. Aaron (Florida, USA)

February 17, 2020

PERSEVERANCE IN FAITH

READ Luke 2:25-35

[Simeon] was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him.

–Luke 2:25 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Who has inspired me to persevere in faith?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to await your coming with perseverance and strong faith.  Amen.

Daniel Topalski (Varna, Bulgaria)

February 16, 2020

GOD’S REASSURANCE 

READ Psalm 33:1-5

The word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.

–Psalm 33:4 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

In heaven, all my earthly sorrows will be gone.

PRAYER

Author of our dreams, may we know the comfort and joy that comes with raising you.  Amen.

Virginia Horst Loewen (Pennsylvania,USA)

February 15, 2020

“I’M RIGHT HERE”

READ Deuteronomy 31:1-8

The Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

–Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God continually says to me, “I’m right here.”

PRAYER

Eternal God, thank you for your faithfulness to us.  Strengthen our resolve never to wander away from you.  Amen.

Jeff Wansley (Georgia, USA)

February 14, 2020

CHOOSING MERCY

READ Colossians 3:12-17

What does the Lord require of you?  To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

–Micah 6:8 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I reflect God’s gracious love when I show mercy.

PRAYER

Dear God, we thank you that you are a God who gives second changes.  We pray that you will strengthen us to do the same for others.  Amen.

Melissa Ramoo (New South Wales, Australia)

February 13, 2020

PATIENCE

READ Psalm 37:3-6

We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

–Romans 8:28 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My relationship with God gives me a fulfilling life.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for everything that  you have given us.  Help us to wait patiently for what  you have in store for us.  Amen.

Rylee Goetzinger (Oklahoma, USA)

February 12, 2020

A RICH HERITAGE

READ Joshua 4:1-9

I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.

-Psalm 77:11 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The traditions of my faith give me vision for the future.

PRAYER

Our Father in heaven, thank you for sending us your Son, Jesus Christ, to connect us with you.  May our traditions and rituals continually remind us of your great love and provide hope for our lives.  Amen.

Daniel C. M. Tan (Selangor, Malaysia)

February 11, 2020

THE GOOD SHEPHERD

READ Psalm 23:1-6

[The Lord] tends his flock like a shepherd:  He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.

–Isaiah 40:11 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The Good Shepherd knows me by name.

PRAYER

Loving Shepherd, we give you thanks and praise for rescuing and protecting us.  Help us to listen for your voice and follow you.  Amen.

Clare Drew* (Gauteng, South Africa)
*This author passed away before production of this issue was complete.

February 10, 2020

DON’T YOU CARE?

READ Mark 4:35-41

The disciples woke [Jesus] and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”

–Mark 4:38 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Jesus invites me into his rest and care.

PRAYER

Dear Jesus, help us in our storms to stop and see your almighty power.  We know that you will deliver us as we trust in you.  Amen.

Randi Perez Helm (Michigan, USA)

February 9, 2020

FAITH LIKE A FIRE

READ 1 John 4:7-12

If we walk in the light, as [God] is in the light, we have fellowship with one another.

–1 John 1:7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My faith shines brighter when I am in community with God and others.

PRAYER

Dear God, help our love to burn brightly for one another.  Amen.

Tomas Bostrom (Gotland, Sweden)

February 8, 2020

PIONEERS OF FAITH

READ Psalm 78:1-7

Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations.

–Psalm 90:1 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How am I passing on a legacy of faith to those who come after me?

PRAYER

Dear God, help our lives and words to reflect our trust in your amazing power, love, and strength.  Amen.

Beverly Taylor (Arizona, USA)

February 7, 2020

LOYAL LOVE

READ Psalm 89:1-4

Speak to each other with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, sing and make music to the Lord in your hearts.

–Ephesians 5:19 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What song will help me proclaim the faithfulness of God today?

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to remember that your love is with us forever.  May songs of praise be ever on our lips and in our hearts.  Amen.

John Horany (Texas, USA)

February 6, 2020

MY SOLITARY PLACE

READ Matthew 26:36-44

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.

–Mark 1:35 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Where is my solitary place to meet God.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, please give us honest and humble hearts so that we may find joy and renewed energy to face the day ahead.  Amen.

Linda Chandra (Banten, Indonesia)

February 5, 2020

“I’VE BEEN THERE”

READ Luke 10:25-37

Praise be to … the Father of compassion . . . who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

–2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God wants me to share the comfort I have received with others.

PRAYER

Dear Father, in our hurt, give us courage to feel the hurts of others and a desire toshare your comfort with them.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Rick Nowlin (Pennsylvania, USA)

February 4, 2020

IN GOD’S TIME

READ Isaiah 49:8-10

“I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

-Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I am of infinite value because God loves me.

PRAYER

Thank you, God, for always being with us and for loving us.  Help us to encourage one another and to look for opportunities to share hope with those who suffer.  Amen.

H. Matthew Francis (Maine, USA)

February 3, 2020

HEAVENLY VIEW

READ Psalm 19:1-6

Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things.

Colossians 3:2 (IV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What distracts me from spending time with God?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, give us the wisdom to focus on your constant presence rather than our difficulties.  Amen.

Maire Simm (Tallinn, Estonia)

February 2, 2020

GATHERING TOGETHER

READ Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.

–Matthew 18:20 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

No matter how many people I’m with, God meets me in worship.

PRAYER

Lord God, no matter how many come together, may we always worship you in spirit and in truth.

Patricia Patton (Texas, USA)

February 1, 2020

ROAD TRIP

READ Exodus 13:17-22

People plan their path, but the Lord secures their steps.

–Proverbs 16:9 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Whether or not the path makes sense to me, I will follow God.

PRAYER

God of all our steps, thank you for lighting our path and for your presence in our lives.  Amen.

Brian Foster (North Carolina, USA)

January 31, 2020

FIRST RAINBOW

READ Psalm 33:6-9

God said, “Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures.”

–Genesis 9:16 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The beauty of creation reminds me of God’s love and glory.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to remember that all you have created is a gift of your love.  Amen.

Volya Koruderlieva (Varna, Bulgaria

January 30, 2020

CHIMES OF GOD’S GRACE

READ 2 Corinthians 12:6-10

[The Lord] said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.

–2 Corinthians 12:9 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even in the midst of tragedy and grief, God’s grace is sufficient for me.

PRAYER

Dear Father,help us to trust you as we experience the struggles of life and come to know that your grace is always sufficient.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Stephen T. Johnson (North Carolina, USA)

January 29, 2020

INTERPRETERS

READ Acts 8:26-39

Philip . . . heard the [Ethiopian eunuch] reading Isaiah the prophet.  “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.  “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?”

–Acts 8:30-31 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will listen to others’ perspectives to learn about God’s word.

PRAYER

Dear God, as we study the Bible to understand it better, help us to use this understanding to share with those around us who are seeking the truth in your word.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Janet Gilchrist (Iowa, USA

January 28, 2020

SHARING OUR STORIES

READ Mark 16:9-20

Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in [Jesus] because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.”

–John 4:39 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How will I share my faith in God today?

PRAYER

Loving God, open our hearts, minds, and mouths that we may tell the world about you.  We pray as Jesus taught us saying, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed by thy name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.  Give us day by day our daily bread.  And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us.  And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil” (Luke 11;2-4, KJV). Amen.

Mavula Sabbath Kefas (Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)

January 27, 2020

SUSTAINED BY GOD

READ 1 Peter 5:6-11

Cast thy burden upon the Lord and he shall sustain thee:  he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

–Psalm 55:22 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

In the midst of my suffering, God will help me to help others.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for faithfully sustaining us through all the grief and trials that we face.  Amen.

Margie Lank (New Hampshire)

January 26, 2020

NO SIGNIFICANT PRAYER

READ James 5:13-18

Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.  With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

–Ephesians 6:18 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today, in any struggle — large or small — I will pray.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to bring all our burdens to you and, with every prayer, grow closer to you.  Amen.

Eliza Smith (Tennessee, USA)

January 25, 2020

PRAISE GOD!

READ Psalm 150:1-6

I will praise you, Lord, among the nations; I will sing the praises of your name.

–2 Samuel 22:50 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Every act of love is an act of praise.

PRAYER

Holy God, you are worthy of all praise.  Help us to praise you continuously in all circumstances.  Amen.

Daniel E. Mejia Fuentes (Francisco Morazan, Honduras)

January 24, 2020

WRESTLING WITH GOD

READ Genesis 32:22-30

Consider it pure joy… whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

–James 1:2-3 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

In the midst of my struggles, God is working to make me mature and complete.

PRAYER

Dear God, remind us that through our suffering we can learn perseverance and wisdom.  Amen.

Rosie DiBianca (California, USA)

January 23, 2020

FREE UP SPACE

READ Matthew 11:28-30

[The Lord] lets me rest in grassy meadows; he leads me to restful waters.

–Psalm 23:2 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What can I give up in order to act on the opportunities that God is giving me?

PRAYER

God of rest, teach us to lay down our burdens and find rest in you so that we won’t miss the opportunities you send us.  Amen.

Timothy Sandridge (Virginia, USA)

January 22, 2020

BEFRIENDING GOD

READ Psalm 21:1-7

You bestow on him blessings forever; you make him glad with the joy of your presence.

–Psalm 21:6 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The time I spend reading the Bible is never wasted.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, give us a desire to spend time in your presence day by day.  As we read your word, give us the fullness of joy that comes from a relationship with you.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Enid Adah Nyinomujuni (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)

January 21, 2020

THE BLESSING OF FORGETTING

READ Psalm 103:8-14

Paul wrote, “Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.”

–Philippians 3:13-14 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God forgives and forgets my sins.

PRAYER

Gracious God, thank you for forgiving and forgetting our sins when we confess them to you.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Rebecca Seaton (Tennessee, USA)

January 20, 2020

INNER STRENGTH

READ Ephesians 3:16-21

Paul wrote, “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his spirit in your inner being.”

–Ephesians 3:16 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Christ is my inner strength.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to seek the power of your unfailing strength in our lives.  Lead us and guide us safely through the storms of life.  Amen.

James Townsend (Mississippi, (USA)

January 19, 2020

IN HIS NAME

READ John 14:1-14

Jesus said, “You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”

–John 14:14 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Every day I will pray for those who do not know Christ.

PRAYER

God of mercy, teach us to believe and trust in you.  Help us to be examples of faith in all that we do.  In the name of Jesus Christ.  Amen.

Pratoom Pongjai (Phrae, Thailand)

January 18, 2020

GOD IN THE SMALL THINGS

READ 1 Kings 18:41-45

The seventh time [Elijah’s] assistant said, “I see a small cloud the size of a human hand coming up from the sea.”

–1 Kings 18:44 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What small sign of God’s presence have I seen today?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for the assurance of your love and presence with us.  Help us to see you in every situation in our lives.  Amen.

Toni Savage (Alabama, USA)

January 17, 2020

ON THE THE TEAM

READ 1 Corinthians 12:8-27

You are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.

–1 Corinthians 12:27 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will encourage someone to become an active part of the body of Christ.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for making us a part of your church.  May we help to lead others to a life of faithful service.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Leland P. Gamson (Arizona, USA)

January 16, 2020

ISN’T IT GLORIOUS?

READ Revelation 21:1-7

[God] will wipe every tear from their eyes.  There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.

–Revelation 21:4 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My hope in God is for today and for eternity.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, we praise you for our eternal hope and for your presence alongside us.  Amen.

Caroline Greville (England, United Kingdom)

January 15, 2020

WATCH AND PRAY

READ Matthew 26:36-41

The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

–James 5:16 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR TODAY

Every day I have unlimited opportunities to pray and give thanks.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for the opportunity to share our petitions with you anytime, anyplace, and for anything.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Edward Mitchell, Jr. (Florida, USA)

January 14, 2020

LAVISHLY LOVED

READ Psalm 139:1-6

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God.

–John 3:1 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s love can never be taken from me.

PRAYER

God who is love, help us to remember that you love us despite our many imperfections.  Guide us to love others in that same way.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Alisha Ritchie (North Carolina, USA)

January 13, 2020

MY RIGHT PLACE

READ Romans 12:4-8

Just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.

–1 Corinthians 12:12 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today, I will seek the places where I can best use my talents to serve the Lord.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to discover the gifts we have received, and make us willing to use them for you so that our lives can flourish to your glory.  Amen.

Nils-Ake Nilsson (Sweden)

January 12, 2020

A REMARKABLE OPPORTUNITY

READ Matthew 3:1-12

In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea.

–Matthew 3:1 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Interruptions are often opportunities from God.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to share your word with people who cross our path every day.  Amen.

M. J. George (Indiana, USA)

January 11, 2020

FOUND!

READ Luke 15:1-10

Jesus said, “I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

–Luke 15:10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can rejoice with God and the angels in heaven when a lost one is found.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that we were all once lost.  Thank you for loving us enough to send your Son to save us.  In his name we pray.  Amen.

Ron Wasson (Texas, USA)

January 10, 2020

FROM FEAR TO HOPE

READ Ephesians 6:10-17

God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

–2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

With God’s word to encourage me, I can stand firm.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for your word.  Help us to rely on it with the sure knowledge that you will always give us strength.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Teresa Naidoo (KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa)

January 9, 2020

THE WATER OF LIFE

READ John 4:7-15

Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit.”

— John 3:5 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s love can always give me life.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, help us to remember that you are the living water.  Thank you for transforming our emptiness into abundant life.  Amen.

Mark A. Carter (Oregon, USA)

January 8, 2020

CHILDREN OF GOD

READ Romans 8:12-17

In Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

–Galatians 3:26-27 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My identity rests in God.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us live in unity and serve you as we reach out to others and share with them your message of hope and love.  Amen.

Lois E. Wilson (Ohio, USA)

January 7, 2020

BEYOND ALL IMAGINING

READ Philippians 4:4-7

God has prepared things for those who love him that no eye has seen, or ear has heard, or that haven’t crossed the mind of any human being.

–1 Corinthians 2:9 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My help comes from the Lord. (See Ps. 121:2)

PRAYER

God of hope, thank you for hearing our prayers.  Strengthen our faith to see your higher purpose for us.  Amen.

Jimena Cortes (Colombia)

January 6, 2020

GO AND GLOW

READ Matthew 5:13-16

Let your light shine before people, so they can see the good things you do and praise your Father who is in heaven.

–Matthew 5:16 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How can God use me to light the world?

PRAYER

Dear God, fill us with your light and love.  Guide us into opportunities today and every day where we can brighten the lives of others.  Amen.

Patrick Klingaman (Maine, USA)

January 5, 2020

GIVING WITH LOVE

READ Luke 21:1-4

Jesus said, “All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but [this poor widow] out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”

–Luke 21:4 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I want to offer God the best of what I have.

PRAYER

Dear Father, help us to give with joyful and generous hearts.  As Jesus taught us, we pray, “Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.  Give us each day our daily bread.  Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.  And lead us not into temptation” (Luke 11:2-4, NIV).  Amen.

Joanne Fleck (Oregon, USA)

January 4, 2020

IN THE NEW YEAR

READ Lamentations 3:19-26

[The Lord’s compassions] are new every morning; great is [God’s] faithfulness.

–Lamentations 3:23 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s love and faithfulness enable me to live with hope.

PRAYER

Beloved God, thank you for your love and faithfulness.  Help us always to cling to you, both during struggles and each day of our lives.  Amen.

Linawati Santoso (East Java, Indonesia)

January 3, 2020

LISTENING TO GOD

READ Matthew 13:1-9

Let anyone with ears listen!

–Matthew 13:9 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God never stops calling to me.  Am I listening?

PRAYER

Help us, O God, to learn to listen for your call so that we will never miss an opportunity to serve you.  Amen.

Adam Benson (North Carolina, USA)

January 2, 2020

THE BIGGER PICTURE

READ Ephesians 4:25-32

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.

— Ephesians 4:32 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will offer God’s love in places of pain.

PRAYER

Father God, help us to see the confusion, hurt, or anger of others and to offer love where there is insult.  Amen.

Kristen Lowe (Wisconsin, USA)

January 1, 2020

TIME FLOWS AWAY

READ Psalm 90:1-12*

Teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart.

–Psalm 90:12 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s hand has led me, is leading me, and will lead me tomorrow.

PRAYER

God of all our years, thank you for giving us blessings every day and opportunities to follow you.  Amen.

Giunio Censi (Lombardy, Italy)

December 31, 2019

BEAUTY IN THE STORM

READ 29:1-11

What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!

–Matthew 8:27 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even in the storm, I’m in the hands of God.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for being by our side during the storms of life.  Amen.

Rick Alexander (Virginia, USA)

December 30, 2019

NOT BY OUR MERITS

READ Ephesians 2:4-9

By grace you have been saved, through faith — and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast.

–Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

With God, I never have to rely on my strength alone.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for the peace we have in knowing that we can rest in your grace instead of our own merit.  Amen.

Melissa Ramoo (New South Wales, Australia)

December 29, 2019

GOD’S HELPERS

READ Psalm 30:8-12

Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will look for God’s helper in all circumstances.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to set aside our worry and instead trust you to be our refuge and strength.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Tatiana Claudy (Indiana, USA)

December 28, 2019

NO BURDEN TOO HEAVY

READ Mark 16:1-8

[The women] were saying to each other, “Who’s going to roll the stone away from the entrance for us?”

–Mark 16:3 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God is with me through frightening times.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for moving the heavy stones from our paths.  Help us to trust you through our trials.  Amen.

K. E. Mathew (Louisiana, USA)

December 27, 2019

GOD IS GOOD

READ Psalm 119:65-72

You are good, and what you do is good.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God always wants the best for me.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to see your goodness even as we go through difficult times.  As Jesus taught us we pray, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed by your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread.  Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matt. 6:9-13, NIV).  Amen.

Mary Ng Shwu Ling (Singapore)

December 26, 2019

FAMILY HISTORY

READ Matthew 1:1-17

There were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile in Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Messiah.

–Matthew 1:17 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How is God working through me?

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to see how you are working through the people around us.  Open our hearts to serve you each day.  Amen.

Hannah Meyer (California, USA)

December 25, 2019

CHRISTMAS DAY

READ Luke 2:1-14

An angel of the Lord appeared to [the shepherds], and the glory of the Lord shone around them.  

–Luke 2:9 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God wants to connect with me.

PRAYER

Thank you, God, for sending us your son, Jesus Christ, t shine his light in our lives and show s the path to salvation.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen

Wagner Oliveira dos Santos (Sao Paulo, Brazil)

December 24, 2019

TO BE A GIVER AGAIN

READ 2 Corinthians 8:1-5

Paul wrote, “[The Macedonian churches] urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people.”

–2 Corinthians 8:4 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

No matter my circumstances, God can always use me.

PRAYER

Thank you, God, for answering prayer and providing us with opportunities to give to others.  Amen.

Nina Ward (Florida, USA)

December 23, 2019

LARGE AND SMALL

READ Psalm 56:3-11

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

–Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can trust God today and always.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for caring for us in each and every situation.  Help us to accept your care with gratitutde and to put our trust in you.  Amen.

James C. Leyrer (Ohio, USA)

December 22, 2019

MY CALLING

READ Mark 10:13-16

People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them.

–Mark 10:13 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will look for Jesus in the face of every child.

PRAYER

Thank you, God, for allowing us to be witnesses of your love.  Help us to grow closer to you each day.  Amen.

Linda Knight (Ontario, Canada)

December 21, 2019

THE LONGEST JOURNEY

READ Psalm 86:1-13

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God.  Let your good spirit lead me on a level path.

–Psalm 143:10 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Because Jesus is with me, I never have to travel alone.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for being with us on our journey and for the promise of a home with you in heaven when this life is over.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Russell Tarver (Wyoming, USA)

December 20, 2019

TRUSTING IN THE LORD

READ Luke 1:46-55

Hannah said, “I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him.”

—1 Samuel 1:27 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Nothing can limit God’s power.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for the world’s greatest gift, Jesus Christ.  We praise your holy name.  Amen.

Kathy Ruth Marlowe (North Carolina, USA)

December 19, 2019

SUREFOOTED

READ Psalm 1:1-6

Strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.  “Make level paths for your feet,” so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.

–Hebrews 12:12-13 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God provides secure footing for my life.

PRAYER

Loving heavenly Father, help us to walk in your sure ways and clear path.  In the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen.

Urvashi H. Parmar (Gujarat, India)

December 18, 2019

OVERCOMING DARKNESS

READ John 1:1-14

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

–John 1:5 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Christ’s light dispels the darkness in my life.

PRAYER

God of light and love, help us to sense your nearness in these days.  Be for us a light in the darkness of our lives.  Amen.

Bob Baer (Kansas, USA)

December 17, 2019

GOD’S SURPRISES

READ Luke 1:26-38

The angel went to [Mary] and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored!  The Lord is with you.”  Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.

–Luke 1:28-29

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will look for God in unlikely places.

PRAYER

Dear God, give us eyes to see, ears to hear, and minds to recognize your presence in the midst of our hectic lives.  Amen.

Cherri Baer (Kansas, USA)

December 16, 2019

A BLANK CANVAS

READ Galatians 5:22-23

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

–Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What colors will I use to paint the canvas that God has given me today?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, give us wisdom to know that you are always here with your grace to forgive our sins.  May we know that we are always welcome in your presence.  Amen.

Kendra Lelie (Pennsylvania, USA)

December 15, 2019

HEALING

READ Psalm 118:14

The Lord is my strength and me defense; he has become my salavation.

–Psalm 118:14 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can comfort others as God has comforted me.

PRAYER

Abba Father, thank you for the gift of your Son, for your comfort in loss, and the hope of heaven.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Rhonda K. Maller (Indiana, USA)

December 14, 2019

BEARING FRUIT

READ John 15:1-8

Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches.  If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

–John 15:5 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can glorify God by being a blessing to others.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to remain in you and your love so that we can bear much fruit.  May we be a blessing to others and glorify your name.  Amen.

Meliana Santoso (East Java, Indonesia)

December 13, 2019

A WAY THROUGH

READ Matthew 6:25-34

Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.

–Matthew 6:34 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can take any problem I have to God in prayer.

PRAYER

Dear God, hellp us get through today and help us not to worry about tomorrow.  Amen.

Rick Stockwell (Connecticut, USA)

December 12, 2019

GOD WAITS

READ Psalm 63:1-8

God gives wisdom, knowledge, and joy to those who please God.

–Ecclesiastes 2:26 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God is always waiting, eager to mend us.

PRAYER

Dear God, forgive us for the times we ignore you.  Thank you for always being there to put us back together and to provide true contentment and meaning for our lives.  Amen.

Stacey Phillips (Virginia, USA)

December 11, 2019

EVERYONE INVITED

READ Matthew 22:1-10

Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.

–Matthew 22:9 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

All people are children of God, and all are invited.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to share your love through our words and deeds.  May we show all your children that they are invited to live in fellowship.  Amen.

John Sawyer (South Carolina, USA)

December 10, 2019

PRAYING FOR GUIDANCE

READ Philippians 4:4-9

Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

–Philippians 4:6 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even when I don’t believe in myself, God believes in me.

PRAYER

Thank you, Lord, for helping us through our problems and for never abandoning us.   Amen.

Adriana Carpenter del Rivero (Veracruz, Mexico)

December 9, 2019

GIVE THANKS

READ Psalm 103:1-5

Give thanks in every situation because this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

–1 Thessalonins 5:18 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will give thanks to God in every situation.

PRAYER

Help us, Lord to trust you to work good from any difficulty we face.  Amen.

Richard Kehoe (California, USA)

December 8, 2019

POWER OVER FEAR

READ 2 Timothy 1:6-14

God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

–2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s Spirit moves us forward in the face of adversity.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for giving us strength in times of doubt.  We know you are with us in all times.  Give us a spirit of power and love, and dispel our fears.  Amen.

Terrye Blevins (Michigan, USA)

December 7, 2019

HORNET’S NEST

READ Galatians 3:23-29

Though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.

–Psalm 37:24 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I have a Protector who will always rescue me.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for all the times that you have helped us through difficult situations.  Help us to trust in your promise to uphold us when we stumble.  Amen.

Ken Claar (Idaho, USA)

December 6, 2019

A LITTLE TWEAKING

READ Ephesians 1:15-23

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.

–Ephesians 1:17 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I am never finished learning about God.

PRAYER

Dear God, give us the desire to learn more about you each day.  Amen.

Connie Cousins (Pennsylvania, USA)

December 5, 2019

GRANDMOTHER’S KITCHEN

READ 1 Peter 4:8-11

Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

–John 3:18 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I help others, I show God’s love living in me.

PRAYER

Dear God, you have given us gifts to do good.  May we always use your teachings to help others.  Amen.

Mark A. Carter (Oregon, USA)

December 4, 2019

FINDING REST

READ 2 Samuel 15:13-26

I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.

–Psalm 3:5 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even in the midst of uncertainty, I can rest in God’s presence.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to trust in your mercy and grace.  When our future looks uncertain, thank you for loving us and caring for us.  Amen.

Awlwyn Balnave (British Columbia, Canada)

December 3, 2019

UNMERITED FAVOR

READ John 8:1-11

When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there…Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”

–Luke 23:33-34 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I forgive someone, I am showing that person an image of Christ.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to forgive others in the same way that you have forgiven us.  Amen.

George T. Wilkerson (North Carolina, USA)

December 2, 2019

A BEAUTIFUL BLESSING

READ Genesis 45:1-15

Do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you.

–Genesis 45:5 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will joyfully accept opportunities to bless others today.

PRAYER

God of grace, thank you for opportunities to be a blessing to others.  Amen.

Linawati Santoso (East Java, Indonesia)

December 1, 2019

ANTICIPATION

READ Psalm 130:5-8

I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning.

–Psalm 130:6 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

This Advent, I will wait in eager anticipation for the Lord.

PRAYER

Loving God, fill our lives with hope that moves us to acts of kindness.  Amen.

Kevin L. Thomas (Alabama, USA)

November 30, 2019

TRUE FREEDOM

READ Galatians 5:13-18

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.  Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

–Galatians 5:1 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

No wall on earth can keep me from freedom in Christ.

PRAYER

Dear God, as we rejoice in the freedom that you provide, help us also to comfort those who are imprisoned by the heavy burdens of life.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Raymond Johnson (Oklahoma, USA)

November 29, 2019

PRAISING GOD ALL DAY

READ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

[The Lord] is your praise; he is your God, who has done for you these great and awesome things that your own eyes have seen.

–Deuteronomy 10:21 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can praise God throughout the day, not just at devotion time.

PRAYER

Gracious God, we thank  you for families and for our ability to show love as you have shown love for us.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Mary Ellen Piland (North Carolina, USA)

November 28, 2019

UNEXPECTED OPPORTUNITIES

READ 2 Corinthians 9:6-15

God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

–2 Corinthians 9:8 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

With whom will I share something in God’s name today?

PRAYER

Thank you, Father, for your many gifts and unexpected blessings.  Help us to seek and to act on the opportunities you provide us t share with those in need.  Amen.

Byron S. Wills (Oregon, USA)

November 27, 2019

GOD’S CARE

READ Psalm 91:1-13

He will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.

–Psalm 91:11 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will look for signs of God’s love and care.

PRAYER

God our protector, thank you for watching over us.  Help us to remain close to you.  We pray as Jesus taught us, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed by thy name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.  Amen”  (Matt. 6:9-13, KJV)

Pallavi Sunit Macwan (Gujarat, India)

November 26, 2019

OUR TREASURE

READ Matthew 6:19-24

Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

–Matthew 6:21 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will store up treasures in heaven by helping those in need.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to remember to build our treasures in heaven, not in this world.  Amen.

Barry Wright (Georgia, USA)

November 25, 2019

RENEWED STRENGTH

READ 2 Corinthians 1:3-7

[God] comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

–2 Corinthians 1:4 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God renews me in unexpected ways.

PRAYER

God of everlasting love, help us to persevere in our faith journey.  Amen.

Angieluz Valle Rodriguesz (Puerto Rico)

November 24, 2019

INTERRUPTIONS

READ Hebrews 12:1-3

The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!”  Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”

–1 Samuel 3:10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I always have God’s attention.

PRAYER

Forgive us, Lord, when we let less important matters distract us from you.  Help us to focus on you and cherish our time in your presence.  Amen.

Julia Cutting (England, United Kingdom)

November 23, 2019

EVEN ME

READ 1 Timothy 1:12-17

Paul wrote, “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners — of whom I am the worst.”

— 1 Timothy 1:15 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How will I use my talents for God’s kingdom?

PRAYER

Lord Jesus, help us to use our gifts and talents to further your kingdom.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Nathan Reid (Maine, USA)

November 22, 2019

GROWING IN CHRIST

READ Psalm 92:12-15

Jesus increased in wisdom and in years, and in divine and human favor.

–Luke 2:52 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

As I seek spiritual growth, God will transform me into the likeness of Christ.

PRAYER

Nurturing God, we praise you and thank you for your grace that provides for our spiritual growth.  May we week every opportunity to continue to grow in the likeness of Jesus Christ.  Amen.

Ernest S. Lyght (New Jersey, USA)

November 21, 2019

GOD’S LOVE

READ John 15:9-17

Jesus said, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear…fruit that will last…. This is my command: Love each other.”

–John 15:16-17 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

With whom can I share God’s love today?

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to love each other and share your love with others.  Amen.

Linda Chandra (Banten, Indonesia)

November 20, 2019

THE BACK WINDOW

READ Isaiah 43:16-21

The Lord says, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.  See, I am doing a new thing!”

–Isaiah 43:18-19 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can rest in the hope that new days will bring God’s new blessings.

PRAYER

Dear Father, bring us closure from things in the past that have prevented us from moving forward.  Open our eyes to the blessings you provide, and help us always to remain focused on the future.  Amen.

Kendra Jacobs (New Mexico, USA)

November 19, 2019

CLEAR CONSCIENCE

READ James 5:13-16

Paul said, “I preached that they should repent and turn to God and demonstrate their repentance by their deeds.”

–Acts 26:20 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

A clear conscience gives me peace with God.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for your grace.  May we have the strength and faith to see things right so that we may live with a clear conscience.  Amen.

James Smith (California, USA)

November 18, 2019

SERVANT HEART

READ John 13:3-7

Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus.

–Colossians 3:17 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Jesus is my example for serving others.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to be mindful of the needs of others.  Amen.

Carol Harrison (Saskatchewan, Canada)

November 17, 2019

OUR PRIME MERIDIAN

READ Isaiah 43:5-7

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.  To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life.

–Revelation 21:6 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God is both my source and my destination.

PRAYER

Dear Jesus, align our inner spiritual compass that we may be faithful.  Amen.

Hope Douglas Harle-Mould (New York, USA)

November 16, 2019

GUIDE OUR STEPS

READ 2 Samuel 22:1-7 

In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help.  From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears.

–Psalm 18:6 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God hears my deepest cries.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to lean on you and to trust you in times of fear and grief.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Clementine M. Msengi (Texas, USA)

November 15, 2019

FAITHFUL IN SERVICE

READ Matthew 21:28-32

The father went to the other son and said the same thing.  He answered, “I will, sir,” but he did not go.

–Matthew 21:30 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How am I procrastinating in serving God?

PRAYER

Loving God, open our eyes to opportunities to serve, and give us the motivation and enerrgy to follow through.  Amen.

Cheryl A. Paden (Nebraska, USA)

November 14, 2019

GOD PROVIDES

READ Luke 9:1-6

[Jesus] said to them, “Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money — not even an extra tunic.”

— Luke 9:3 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God provides for me when I respond to God’s call.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to trust in you as we do your will.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Manus Thepjunta (Phrae, Thailand)

November 13, 2019

LETTING GO

READ Deuteronomy 33:1-12

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear.

–Psalm 46:1-2

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I give my worries to God, I can find peace.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to trust in you when we feel anxious.  Thank you for giving us peace even when we worry.  Amen.

Loe Griffith (Arizona, USA)

November 12, 2019

THE GOD BOX

READ Matthew 11:28-30

Cast all your anxiety on [God] because he cares for you.

–1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What talent can I use to show God’s love to others?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, grant us the courage to trust you with all our worries and fears.  Amen.

Luleen S. Anderson (North Carolina, USA)

November 11, 2019

CELEBRATE

READ Hebrews 13:5-8

Paul wrote, “Rejoice in the Lord always.  I will say it again: Rejoice!”

–Philippians 4:4 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Because of God’s love, I can celebrate every moment of life.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for loving us today, tomorrow, and always.  Amen.

Kevin Evelyn (Florida, USA)

November 10, 2019

TRUST

READ Psalm 36:5-7

Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.

–Luke 18:17 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Trusting God is reason enough to be joyful.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for being with us in every moment of our lives.  Help us to focus not on our fears but on you.  Amen.

Lidiya Petrova (Varna, Bulgaria)

November 9, 2019

CONSISTENT FAITH

READ Romans 8:35-39

Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

–Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God is by my side at all times.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to be more confident in our faith in you, especially as we endure struggles.  Amen.

Ivan Hernandez (Texas, USA)

November 8, 2019

LOVE AND PROVISION

READ 1 John 3:11-24

Let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

–1 John 3:18 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How can I share the aroma of Christ with others today?

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for sending people into our lives who show us your love when we need it most.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Courtney Boulware (Ohio, USA)

November 7, 2019

FORGIVENESS

READ Luke 6:32-36

Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

–Romans 8:39 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Nothing can separate me from God’s love.

PRAYER

Merciful God, thank you for your amazing love.  Help us to forgive others and show them your love.  Amen.

Stephanie Brown (Kansas, USA)

November 6, 2019

SPIRITUAL MYOPIA

READ 1 Samuel 16:1-13

The Lord does not look at the things people look at.  People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.

–1 Samuel 16:7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God cares most about what is in my heart.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, remove our blinders and help us to see people as you do, with love and compassion.  Amen.

Narda Luz Vargas Guerrero (Dominican Republic)

November 5, 2019

WORDS OF PEACE

READ Colossians 4:2-6

Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you my know how to answer everyone.

–Colossians 4:6 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I want the words I speak to be full of grace.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for teaching us that peaceful words and compassionate deeds are a powerful witness.  Help us recognize opportunities to plant seeds of peace.  Amen.

Sydney Avey (California, USA)

November 4, 2019

CREATED FOR GOD’S PURPOSE

READ 1 Corinthians 12:18-27

We are the clay, and you are our potter.  All of us are the work of your hand.

–Isaiah 64:8 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God will equip me for works of service.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for molding us into your image for your works of service.  Show each of us how we can serve your kingdom today.  As Jesus taught us we pray, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed by your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread.  Forgive us our debts. as we also have forgiven our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matt. 6:9-13 NIV).  Amen

Julie Wicker (South Carolina, USA)

November 3, 2019

SHARING

READ Matthew 14:13-21

In the midst of a very severe trial, [the Macedonian churches’] overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.

–2 Corinthians 8:2 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today, I will share with others what God has given me.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, give us this day our daily bread, and grant us the grace to share it with others.  Amen.

Bill Findlay (Scotland, United Kingdom)

November 2, 2019

HEAVY BURDENS

READ Psalm 46:1-11

The God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you.

–1 Peter 5:10 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I let go of control, I begin to see the way God can lighten my load.

PRAYER

Loving God, may we always be aware of your closeness and willingness to carry our burdens.  Amen.

Jill Maisch (Maryland, USA)

November 1, 2019

ALL SAINTS’ DAY

READ Hebrews 12:1 (NIV)

Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

–Hebrews 12:1 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Who has been an example of great faith to me?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for the faithful ones who have gone before us.  Grant us courage to follow their examples.  Amen.

Wayne Greenwalt (Illinois, USA)

October 31, 2019

STEADFAST

READ Romans 12:9-13

Seek first [your heavenly Father’s] kingdom and his righteousness, and all these thing will be given to you as well.

–Matthew 6:33 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will remain focused on what God has called me to do.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to persevere in prayer and service to you and to others.  Amen.

Walter N. Maris (Missouri, USA)

October 30, 2019

WE OF LITTLE FAITH

READ Mark 5:24-34

Paul wrote, “My message and my preaching [were] presented…with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power….so that your faith might no depend on the wisdom of people but on the power of God.”

–1 Corinthians 2:4-5 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s power is greater than anything I go through.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to reach out to you in any circumstance, knowing you will hear us.  Amen.

Dorcas Buckley (Washington, USA)

October 29, 2019

GOD LISTENS

READ Ephesians 6:18-20

The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

–James 5:16 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Every day, I pray for the Lord’s will to be done.

PRAYER

Faithful God, whenever we are lost and depressed from our trials, give us strength.  Amen.

Aaron Priest (New South Wales, Australia)

October 28, 2019

RETURN FOR DEPOSIT

READ 2 Corinthians 1:21-22

[God] put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

2 Corinthians 1:22 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s Spirit in my heart is a reminder of greater things to come.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us see that you care for us so much that you placed your Spirit in us as a guarantee that we will be with you forever.  Amen.

Zack Carden (Georgia, USA)

October 27, 2019

NO LIMITS

READ Matthew 8:14-17

Jesus said, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”

–Matthew 7:7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

There are no limitations on what God can do.

PRAYER

Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for your compassion and help.  Give us the courage to ask you for what we need and want, not just what we think is possible.  Amen.

Sharon Beaty (Alabama, USA)

October 26, 2019

PASSING IT ON

READ 2 Timothy 3:10-17

God’s righteousness reaches to the grandchildren of those who keep his covenant and remember to keep his commands.

–Psalm 103:17-18 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

For whom will I be a role model of faith today?

PRAYER

Father God, help us to continue on in the truth we have been taught.  Amen.

Glenda Moore (Illinois)

October 25, 2019

KEEP SOWING SEEDS

READ 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10

We are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

–Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My display of God’s love today can have a powerful impact–now or later on.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to offer sincere and loving kindness to the people we meet today.  Amen.

Linda Chandra (Banten, Indonesia)

October 24, 2019

ASHES

READ Genesis 33:1-10 

Jacob said to Esau, “To see your face is like seeing the face of God, now that you have received me favorably.”

— Genesis 33:10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can repair a relationship by forgiving someone as God forgives me.

PRAYER

Forgiving God, thank you for teaching us to forgive so we can be free to love you and each other.  Amen.

Jane Reid (Oregon, USA)

October 23, 2019

WEARING OUR BADGE

READ John 18:25-27

Jesus said to his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”

–Matthew 16:24 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Every day I am called to reflect my faith through my words and actions.

PRAYER

Dear Lord Jesus, restore us when we back away from declaring our faith.  Give us strength to let it shine again.  Amen.

Stephen Johnson (California, USA)

October 22, 2019

IN GOD’S HANDS

READ Psalm 31:9-16

My times are in your hands.

Psalm 31:15 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will trust God with my time.

PRAYER

God of all times and places, receive our praise and gratitude as we wee your work in our lives.  We pray as Jesus taught us, saying, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.  Amen.” (Matt. 6:9-13, KJV)

Carol S. Marti (Galicia, Spain

October 21, 2019

SIMPLE TASKS

READ Matthew 25:31-40

The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

— Matthew 25:40 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What can I do for God and others today?

PRAYER

Gracious God, lead us to all the small tasks we can do today to make the lives of others a little easier.  Amen.

Robert Sorozan (Pennsylvania, USA)

October 20, 2019

GOD IS ALWAYS WITH US

READ Psalm 25:1-7

The Lord your God goes with you;he will never leave you nor forsake you.

–Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

In good times and in bad, God shows me love through the care of others.

PRAYER

Gracious God, thank you for your love and for always taking care of us.  Bring us closer to you, and keep us with you.  Amen.

Kong Peng Sun (Singapore)

October 19, 2019

SQUEEZE OUT FORGIVENESS

READ Matthew 18:21-35

Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.  Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

–Ephesians 4:31-32 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I show Christlike compassion when I forgive others.

PRAYER

Dear Father, thank you for loving and forgiving us.  Help us to release bitterness and malice so that we may be filled with kindness and compassion.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Tammy C. Van Gils (Virginia, USA)

October 18, 2019

GOD, OUR SHEPARD

READ Psalm 55:1-8

Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you.

–Psalm 55:22 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can bring anything to God in prayer.

PRAYER

Dear God, forgive us when we forget that you are ever-present in our lives.  Help us to remember that even through difficult times, you care for us unconditionally.  Amen.

John W. Brigman (Alabama, USA)

October 17, 2019

GOD’S SALVATION

READ Ephesians 2:1-10

By grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.

–Ephesians 2:8 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God love me regardless of my achievements.

PRAYER

Gracious God, thank you that our salvation does not depend on our achievements.  Help us feel your presence in all times of our lives.  Amen.

Flo Au (Hong Kong, China)

October 26, 2019

INVISIBLE BARRIERS

READ Hebrews 12:1-3

The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure.  Who can understand it?

–Jeremiah 17:9 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God can help me discover the invisible barriers that keep me from being free in Christ.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, reveal to us the hidden areas of our lives that prevent us from finding full freedom in Christ.

Steven Thompson (Iowa, USA)

October 15, 2019

A WAY OUT

READ 1 Corinthians 10:8-13

God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.  But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

–1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today, with every temptation, I will look to God for the way out.

PRAYER

Mighty God, thank you for delivering us from temptations today.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Vimbai Chizarura (Mashonaland East, Zimbabwe)

October 14, 2019

SANCTUARY

READ Psalm 31:19-22

You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in their distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat.

–Isaiah 25:4 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How can I help make my church a true sanctuary?

PRAYER

Loving God, we pray for those who seek shelter from the storms of life.  Amen.

Roland Rink (Gauteng, South Africa)

October 13, 2019

TURNING AROUND

READ Jonah 1:1-3; 3:1-10

You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in their distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat.

–Isaiah 25:4 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How can I help make my church a true sanctuary?

PRAYER

Loving God, we pray for those who seek shelter from the storms of life.  Amen.

Roland Rink (Gauteng, South Africa)

October 12, 2019

HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT

READ Galatians 6:1-10

Each one should test their own actions.  Then they can take pride in themselves along, without comparing themselves to someone else.

–Galatians 6:4 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will offer help to those whom God has placed in my path.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, help us to pour out your love to people in need, knowing that our small acts of kindness may change the course of someone’s day. In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Joshua Berrier (North Carolina, USA)

October 11, 2019

AN UNEXPECTED HOUR

READ Luke 10:38-42

Be still, and know that I am God!

–Psalm 46:10 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I set aside a time to rest with God, I can better serve the rest of the day.

PRAYER

Creator God, help us to balance the mundane task of our day and those things of lasting importance.  Create in us clean hearts and renewed spirits.  Amen.

Marti Williams-Martin (Tennessee, USA)

October 10, 2019

PRODUCTIVE PRUNING

READ John 15:1-8

[God] cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.

–John 15:2 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s pruning helps me produce more fruit for the kingdom.

PRAYER

Father God, thank you for seasons of pruning that result in greater harvests of fruit for you.  Amen.

Linda Ross Shoaf (Mississippi, USA)

October 9, 2019

INVESTING

READ Micah 6:6-8
What does the Lord require of you?  To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
–Micah 6:8 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What will I do today to invest in my relationship with God?

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for your presence in our lives.  Give us the strength to do justice, love others, and walk humbly with you.  As Jesus taught us, we pray,  “Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.  Give us each day our daily bread.  Forgive us our sins against us.  And lead us not into temptation”  (Luke 11:2-4, NIV).  Amen.

Mike Wilt (West Virginia, USA)

October 8, 2019

WHO IS MY NEIGHBOR?

READ Luke 10:25-37

Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

–John 3:18 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I express my love for God when I show kindness to my neighbors.

PRAYER

Gracious God, open our eyes and our hearts to our neighbors in need.  May each act of kindness be an expression of our love for you.  Amen.

Geraldine Nicholas (Alberta, Canada)

October 7, 2019

HONEST WITH GOD

READ Romans 8:31-39

Nothing can separate us from God’s love in Christ Jesus our Lord:  not death or life, not angels or rulers, not present things or future things, not powers or height or depth, or any other thing that is created.

–Romans 8:38-39 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even when I am angry, God is with me.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to realize that you are God, and that we can bring our hurts to you knowing that you care for us and hear our cries for help.  Amen.

Jennifer Floyd, (Florida, USA)

October 6, 2019

BECOMING KNOWN

READ John 1:1-4

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.

–Proverbs 27:17 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

“How good…it is when God’s people live together in unity!” (Ps. 133:1)

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to share our personal stories as we form bonds of faith that are not easily broken.  Amen.

Kenneth Avon White (North Carolina, USA)

October 5, 2019

FINDING KINDNESS

READ Galatians 5:16-25

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

–Galatians 5:22-23 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today, I will look for ways to show the fruit of the Spirit to those around me.

PRAYER

Lord Jesus, fill us with the fruit of your Spirit. Help us to seek opportunities to model each one.  Amen.

Dave Caswell (Arkansas, USA)

October 4, 2019

PUSHING PAST OBSTACLES

READ Judges 7:1-8, 8:11-12

Jesus said, “If you have faith and do not doubt,… you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the seas,’ and it will be done.”

–Matthew 21:21 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even through obstacles, God gives us victory.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for helping us to preserver to reach our goals even through many trials and difficulties.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Sushma Kamlesh Macwan (Gujarat, India)

October 3, 2019

TRUE GRATITUDE

READ 1 Timothy 6:6-16

If we gave food and clothing, we will be content with that.

— 1 Timothy 6:8 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Gratitude to God helps fuel commitment.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us always to appreciate what you have given us.  Amen.

George T. Wilkerson (North Carolina, USA)

October 2, 2019

A LONG WAY FROM HOME

READ Genesis 28:10-22

The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong.

–Isaiah 58:11 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Whatever I do, God will be by my side.

PRAYER

Dear God, it is a great comfort to know that you are with us and will never leave us.  Thank you for your faithfulness to us.  Amen.

Karen Lewis (Florida, USA)

October 1, 2019

STRENGTH IN CHRIST

READ Philippians 4:10-13

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

–Psalm 73:26 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What may seem impossible for me is possible through Christ.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, give us the strength we need each day to continue in our work, always aware of your purpose for our lives.  Amen.

Gozeila Bilal (South Dakota, USA)

September 30, 2019

JOY ALWAYS

READ Romans 5:3-5

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

–1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Like a good parent, God joyfully supplies what I need.

PRAYER

Holy God, give us strength to remain joyous in all circumstances so that you may be glorified.  Amen.

Stanley Solanki (Maharashtra, India)

September 29, 2019

BLURRED VISION

READ Colossians 3:12-17

Be devoted to one another in love.  Honor one another above yourselves.

–Romans 12:10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Every day, I will see others the way God sees them.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to love your children as Jesus does–with arms wide open and hands ready to bless.  Amen.

Julie Lavendar (Georgia, USA)

September 28, 2019

ONE DAY AT A TIME

READ Hebrews 13:1-6

Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.

–Matthew 6:34 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God knows my needs and in time will provide.

PRAYER

Dear God, you help us in countless ways.  Continue to remind us that you are with us, even in the major changes of our lives.  Amen.

Ken Claar (Idaho, USA)

September 27, 2019

NAVIGATING THROUGH LIFE

READ Deuteronomy 11:18-21

Your word is a lamp before my fee and a light for my journey.

–Psalm 119:105 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

As we journey through life, God’s word is our road map.

PRAYER

Dear God, increase our desire to read your word, seek your guidance, and follow you.  Amen.

Jan Towne (Virginia, USA)

September 26, 2019

HELPING HANDS

READ Mark 10:42-45

The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

–Mark 10:45 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My hands are God’s gift to serve others.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, use our hands to serve in any way we can, and lift our hearts in gratitude for all those who are serving.  Amen.

Ruth Brentner (Illinois, USA)

September 25, 2019

HOPE THROUGH TRIALS

READ Jeremiah 29:10-14

“I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future..”

— Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God never fails me.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for being faithful and trustworthy in your promises.  Amen.

Seth Stewart (Texas, USA)

September 24, 2019

OPPORTUNITY IN WAITING

READ 2 Peter 3:8-11

I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my savior; my God will hear me.

–Micah 7:7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will draw closer to God during times of waiting.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to find ways to use our times of waiting to grow closer to you.  Amen.

Cortney Whiting (Georgia, USA)

September 23, 2019

THE OLD COIN

READ Psalm 8:3-9

You are no longer a salve but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.

–Galatians 4:7 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I am worth more to God than I can imagine.

PRAYER

Help us, Holy One, to see the worth and dignity in everyone we meet, remembering that we are all your beloved children  We pray in the name of Jesus Christ:  “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread.  Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one”  (Matt. 6:9-13, NIV).   Amen.

Philip Rice (Michigan, USA)

September 22, 2019

WHICH BOX?

–READ Galatians 3:26-29

There is no difference between the Jew and the Greek:  for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

–Romans 10:12-13 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s family includes every color of the rainbow.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for creating everyone in your own special way.  Guide us to see one another as equals and as your children.  Amen.

Breyanna Parr (Texas, USA)

September 21, 2019

EVEN ME

READ Matthew 6:25-33

God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

— John 3:16 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I don’t have to do anything to earn God’s love.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for caring for us — even when we feel we don’t deserve it.  In the name of Jesus Christ.  Amen.

David Serdyukov (Moscow, Russia)

September 20, 2019

THE GREATEST WITNESS

READ Romans 10:11-15

Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.  But do this with gentleness and respect.

–1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Compassionate listening is one way I can show God’s love.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to take any opportunity we have to share the love of Christ in any way we can.  Amen.

Jewell Johnson (Arizona, USA)

September 19, 2019

GOD’S WONDERFUL CREATION

READ Genesis 1:26-31

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.

–Genesis 1:31 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How do I show love for God’s creation?

PRAYER

Dear God, help us see every human as a unique creation of your love.  Amen.

Nathan Melia (Texas, USA)

September 18, 2019

GUIDED TO SERVE

READ 2 Corinthians 1:1-7

The God of all comfort…comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

–2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

While I comfort others, God comforts me.

PRAYER

Dear Father, thank you for shepherding us so well.  Amen.

Christine Duncan (Ontario, Canada)

September 17, 2019

ANSWERED PRAYERS

READ Matthew 7:7-11

Jesus replied to the disciples, “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”

–Matthew 21:22 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God always answers my prayers — sometimes in surprising ways.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for hearing and answering our prayers.  Help us to acknowledge those answers, even when they don’t match our expectations.  Amen.

Max Mardick (Colorado, USA)

September 16, 2019

THE GIFT OF PEACE

READ Psalm 16:5-11

I keep my eyes always on the Lord.  With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.  Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure.

–Psalm 16:8-9

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God has given us the Bible to bring peace to our souls.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for loving us and giving us peace through the reading of your word.  Help us never to grow weary in trusting you.  Amen.

Lydia Masters (Texas, USA)

September 15, 2019

WISE COUNSEL

READ James 1:2-6

Is not wisdom found among the aged?  Does not long life bring understanding?  To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are his.

–Job 12:12-13 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God offers wise counsel in every season of my life.

PRAYER

Gracious God, when we feel depressed, help us count our blessings and seek your wisdom and counsel.  Amen.

Young Chae Chung (Seoul, South Korea)

September 14, 2019

FREEDOM

READ Psalm 119:44-48

I will always obey your law, for ever and ever.  I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.

— Psalm 119:44-45 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today, I will strive to cheerfully obey God’s commands.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us today to trust you enough to obey you quickly and cheerfully in all that you ask.  Help us to remember that obeying you gives us freedom.  Amen.

Diana Allor (Michigan, USA)

September 13, 2019

FISHING FOR PEOPLE

READ Matthew 4:18-22

“Come follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”

–Matthew 4:19 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

With God’s help, I can share my faith with others.

PRAYER

God, our guide, thank you for watching over us and putting others in our lives to help us grow and mature in faith.  amen.

W. Leon McBride (Georgia, USA)

September 12, 2019

CALLED TO OBEY

READ 1 Samuel 15:1-25

Samuel replied [to Saul]:  “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord?  To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.

–1 Samuel 15:22 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today, in small things and in great, I will look for the ways God is calling me to obey.

PRAYER

Dear Father, thank you for your word and for guiding us through our days.  Help us to liste for your voice and to obey you even when we don’t understand why.  Amen.

Hannah Blavins (England, United Kingdom)

September 11, 2019

LIFE IN COMUUNITY
READ Acts 2:42-47

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

–Acts 2:42 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My community strengthens my faith.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for placing faithful Christians in our lives to support and guide us on our journeys.  Amen.

Marcy Farr (Texas, USA)

September 10, 2019

ABUNDANT PEACE

READ  Philippians 4:1-8

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

–Philippians 4:6 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

In the midst of trouble, I am surrounded by God’s peace.

PRAYER

Compassionate God, send peace to all those who worry over their health and the health of their loved ones.  Fill us with peace that banishes our fears and anxieties.  Amen.

Robert Harris (Georgia, USA)

September 9, 2019

FULL ACCESS

READ Hebrews 4:12-16

Through faith in [Christ Jesus our Lord] we may approach God with freedom and confidence.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Through prayer, I can reach God at any time and from any place.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for the reminders that you are always with us.  Amen.

Nancy K. Grace (Arkansas, USA)

September 8, 2019

CONTENTMENT

READ Zephaniah 3:14-20

[The Lord your God] will rejoice over you with signing.

–Zephaniah 3:17 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Through prayer, I can reach God at any time and from any place.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for reminders that you are always with us.  Amen.

Nancy Kay Grace (Arkansas, USA)

September 7, 2019

ORDINARY HEROES

READ Corinthians 1:26-31

God chose what the world considers low-class and low-life — what is considered to be nothing — to reduce what is considered to be something to nothing.

— 1 Corinthians 1:28 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God exalts those who act with faith.

PRAYER

God of all people, help us to look beyond earthly success.  Open our eyes to see the value of all people, just as you do.  Amen.

Bob LaForge (New Jersey, USA)

September 6, 2019

DIRTY DISHES

READ 1 John 1:5-10

If we confess our sins, [God] is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

–1 John 1:19 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Because God has forgiven me, I am free to forgive others.

PRAYER

Forgiving God, thank you for cleansing us from our sin.  Help us to show your forgiveness to others even as you help us wash the dirt from our lives and our relationships.  Amen.

Conny Hedengren (Jonkoping. Sweden)

September 5, 2019

A FORGOTTEN INSCRIPTION

READ Philippians 2:12-19

God said, “There is no one who can deliver from my hand; I work and who can hinder it.?”

–Isaiah 43:13 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

In what ways can I offer encouragements to new Christians?

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for providing for our needs and giving us Christian mentors in our lives.  Help us to grow in our relationship with you.  Amen.

Greg D. Romano (Indiana, USA)

September 4, 2019

THANKS BE TO GOD

READ Romans 7:14-25

Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!

–Romans 7:25 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Although sin abounds, God’s mercy overcomes.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to guard our hearts from evil.  Thank you for delivering us through Jesus Christ, who helps us in our daily battles.  Amen.

Marcela Nwanosike (England, United Kingdom)

September 3, 2019

NEVER ALONE

READ Luke 11:5-13

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

–Luke 11:9-10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s grace and Spirit are always with me.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for wrapping us in your love.  Help us to grow in faith so that others will see in us your abiding care.  Amen.

Lois E. Wilson (Ohio, USA)

September 2, 2019

ENTERTAINING ANGELS

READ Matthew 6:1-4

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.

–Hebrews 13:2 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will remain alert for glimpses of God in others.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for your presence with us.  Bless those who teach us about your love.  Amen.

Robin Wynne (Arkansas, USA)

September 1, 2019

COME NEAR

READ Psalm 113:1-9

Come near to God, and he will come near to you.

–James 4:8 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will make prayer a part of my routine.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to keep you in our thoughts throughout the day so that we may draw nearer to you.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Annie Gipson (Missouri, USA)

August 31, 2019

FLOURISH AGAIN

READ John 15:1-8

Jesus said, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.  He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.”

–John 15:1-2 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What habits or attitudes will I ask God to prune from my life?

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to remain in you so that we may have abundant life.  Amen.

Carol Harrison (Saskatchewan, Canada)

August 30. 2019

RUNNING A GOOD RACE

READ 2 Timothy 4:6-8

Paul wrote, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

–2 Timothy 4:7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I may feel lonely, but in Christ I’m never alone.

PRAYER

Lord God, thank you for sending Jesus to walk through life with us so that we are never truly alone.  Help us to keep our faith strong until the very end.  Amen.

Sue Carloni (Wisconsin, USA)

August 29, 2019

BEAUTIFULLY DIVERSE

READ Romans 12:3-13

You are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of  it.

1 Corinthians 12:27 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will honor each person I encounter today as someone created in God’s image.

PRAYER

God of creation, thank you for the diversity in our world.  Help us to be respectful and compassionate toward others as we celebrate your goodness and creativity.  Amen.

Tyler Wood (North Carolina, USA)

August 28, 2019

A HEART FULL OF PRAISE

READ Psalm 92:1-5

Be filled with the spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit.  Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord.

Ephesians 5:18-19

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The Lord hears what is in my heart.

PRAYER

O Lord, help us live in a way that pleases you.  May our actions as well as our words be a song of praise to you.  Amen.

Jennifer B. Jones (New York, USA)

August 27, 2019

GOD CARES

READ John 11:1-5

Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”

–John 11:40 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even when a door has closed, God is with me.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for working all things to your glory.  When life seems out of control, help us to trust you.  We pray as Jesus taught us saying, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.  Give us day by day your daily bread.  And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us.  And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil” (Luke 11:2-4, (KJV).  Amen.

Tola Babalola (Lagos, Nigeria)

August 26, 2019

A 1962 HUDSON

READ James 2:14-18

Faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.

–James 2:17 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When the Holy Spirit enters my heart, I will be moved to act in love.

PRAYER

Guide us, Lord, to your service.  May we reach toward the “lest of these” with grace-filled arms of love.  Amen.

Richard Benson (Florida, USA)

August 25, 2019

THE PELICAN

READ Matthew 6:25-34

Jesus said, “Don’t worry about your life… Look at the birds in the sky.  They don’t sow seed or harvest grain or gather crops into barns.  Yet your heavenly Father feeds them.”

–Matthew 6:25-26 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will trust God to provide for me today.

PRAYER

Source of all that we have and are, help us to trust that you will provide for us and to be courageous enough to dive in when new opportunities come along.  Amen.

Pamela Hutto (Florida, USA)

August 24, 2019

GOD IS GREAT

READ Psalm 121:1-8

Look!  The Lord does not lack the power to save, nor are his ears too dull to hear.

–Isiah 59:1 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

In all situations I will put my faith in God.

PRAYER

O God, we give you glory, praise, and honor for hearing our prayers and healing our diseases.  Amen.

Robinbhai P. Christian (Gujarat, India)

August 23, 2019

BACK TO SAFETY

READ Ezekiel 34:11-15

Thus says the Lord God:  I myself will search for my sheep, and will seek them out.

–Ezekiel 34:11 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Like a shepherd leads his sheep, God will lead me to shelter.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for your guidance and protection.  Amen.

Nancy Frantel (Virginia, USA)

August 22, 2019

GOD’S CARE

READ Matthew 7:7-11

God will fully satisfy every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

–Philippians 4:19 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s power is strongest when I am at my weakest.  (See 2 Cor. 12:9-10.)

PRAYER

Father God, thank you for being such a loving, caring God.  Watch over all the people in the world who are hungry today.  Amen.

John Cramer (Oklahoma, USA)

August 21, 2019

FOCUS

READ Genesis 1:1-5

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

–Psalm 19:1 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How do I focus my life on God?

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for the wonders of creation.  Help us to remain focused on you so that we can reflect your light and love in all that we say and do.  Amen.

Laura Andrews (Tennessee, USA)

August  20, 2019

THE POWER OF PRAYER

READ Ephesians  3:14-21

Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

–Mark 11:24 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Whom will I pray for today?

PRAYER

Giver of all good things, you have plans for each of us.  You know when our faith is vulnerable, and you respond to renew our hope.  We thank you in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Beatriz Nasso (Uruguay)

August 19, 2019

ALWAYS IN THE STANDS

READ Psalm 68:4-10

A father is fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.

–Psalm 68:5 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Like the best earthly fathers, God is always there for me.

PRAYER

Dear Father, continue to show us through others that you are always watching over and guiding us along life’s path.  Amen.

Jason Robinson (Wisconsin, USA)

August 18, 2019

CHILD OF GOD

READ Luke 5:12-16

Live in harmony with another.  Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.  Do not be conceited.

–Romans 12:16 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will reach out to a struggling child of God.

PRAYER

Open our eyes, O God, to see the needs around us and to hear the human hearts in need of your love.  Amen.

Karen Wingate (Illinois, USA)

August 17, 2019

GOD’S WONDERFUL WORLD

READ John 1:1-5

Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of the prophecy, and blessed are those who hear and who keep what is written in it.

–Revelation 1:3 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s word can be my constant companion.

PRAYER

Dear Father, lead us day by day as we explore your word.  Amen.

William Finley (Scotland, United Kingdom)

August 16, 2019

HEART OF GRATITUDE

READ Mark 10:13-16

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.

–Mark 10:14 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Beginning today I will more readily give thanks to God.

PRAYER

Thank you, God, for all that you do and have done for us.  Give us hearts of gratitude, purity, and humility.  In the name of Jesus we pray.  Amen.

Karen Woodard (North Carolina, USA)

August 15, 2019

REDEEMING LOVE

READ 1 Corinthians 1:18-31

Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.

–1 Corinthians 1:31 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God loves me and accepts me as I am.

PRAYER

Redeeming God, forgive us for wanting to to look good before others.  Remind us that it’s only in you that we are made whole.  Amen.

Jodi Harris (California, USA)

August 14, 2019

GOD’S MYSTERIOUS WAYS

READ Isaiah 40:28-31

Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.

–Jeremiah 17:7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Unexpected encounters can give me insights from God.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to see that hindrances to our plans can bring us closer to you.  Amen.

Palakunnathu A. Mathew (Kerla, India)

August 13, 2019

STILL USEFUL TO GOD

–READ Psalm 92:12-15 

[The righteous] will still bear fruit in old age.

–Psalm 92:14 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

With God’s help I can bear fruit in any stage of life.

PRAYER

Gracious God, help us not to focus on what we cannot do but instead on what we can do to be useful in your service.  Amen.

Mary Louise Stetser (New Jersey, USA)

August 12, 2019

WHAT REALLY MATTERS

READ Luke 6:47-49

Strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

–Matthew 6:33 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

During life’s storms, Jesus is my foundation.

PRAYER

Dear God, as we weather life’s storms, help us to build our lives on the firm foundation of your Son so the world can see the source of our strength.  Amen.

Dennis Denby (Illinois, USA)

August 11, 2019

A CONSTANT COMPANION

READ Psalm 73:23-28

Come near to God and [God] will come near to you.

–James 4:8 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God stays close to me, and I will stay close to God.

PRAYER

Thank you, God, for being a constant presence in our lives.  We need you in all the circumstances of our day-by-day living.  Amen.

Beth DeLong (Hawaii, USA)

August 10, 2019

EXPRESSIONS OF LOVE

READ 1 John 4:7-19

Jesus said, “I give you a new commandment, that you love love one another.  Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.”

–John 13:34 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I follow Jesus’ example when I love others.

PRAYER

God of everlasting love, thank you for loving us completely.  Teach us to