Pray Simply
January 21, 2021 | Devotionals

“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him” (Matthew 6:7–8, esv). Imagine if your daughter came to you and said, “Dad? […]

The One You Really Need
January 21, 2021 | Devotionals

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength (Isaiah 40:28–29, esv). It’s hard enough […]

The Enemy of Your Peace
January 19, 2021 | Devotionals

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God (Philippians 4:6, esv). When Paul coaches us, “Do not be anxious about anything,” it’s easy to react with indignation. “Really, Paul?! Have you looked at my life lately? Don’t be anxious about […]

Nothing Works Better
January 14, 2021 | Devotionals

Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves (Philippians 2:3, nasb). Are you having a tough day today? Been a little down in the dumps lately? There’s a way to fix that—but not by “working on it.” The way to increase your joy […]

God’s Ear for Compassion
January 12, 2021 | Devotionals

,Whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor will himself call out and not be answered (Proverbs 21:13, esv). God is not hard of hearing. In fact, when we don’t know what to pray—when we’re in such distress that we can’t even construct a sentence to describe it—the Holy Spirit “intercedes for us […]

Speak Up!
January 7, 2021 | Devotionals

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits (Proverbs 18:21, esv). How many adults still feel the sting of angry words they heard as children? And how many of us have said words we later regret? The tongue has the power to destroy. “Death […]

The Key to Remembering
January 5, 2021 | Devotionals

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign […]

When the World Disappoints You
December 31, 2020 | Devotionals

Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this. (Isaiah 9:7) It’s tempting […]

The Lord Has Been Gracious
December 31, 2020 | Christmas, Devotionals

He asked for a writing tablet and wrote, “His name is John.” And they all wondered. And immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, blessing God (Luke 1:63–64, esv). Maybe nine months without being able to talk would be just the cure we need for whatever keeps us from praising […]

What Jesus is Doing Right Now
December 29, 2020 | Devotionals

The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office, but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them. (Hebrews 7:23–25, […]