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Verse 5

 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2 NIV https://colossians.bible/colossians-4-2

Verse 4

 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15 NIV https://colossians.bible/colossians-3-15

Verse 3

 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. Colossians 2:7 NIV https://colossians.bible/colossians-2-7

Day 14 verse 1

 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, Colossians 1:3 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/col.1.3.NIV

JESUS ONLY: Part 2 (Day 14)

Review/Catch-up Day Thankful Reflection on Your Week Five times in Colossians, Paul mentions being thankful: “We always pray for you, and we give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Col. 1:3) “May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father.” (Col. 1:12)  “Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” (Col. 2:7) “And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.” (Col. 3:15) “Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.” (Col. 4:2) Note how a spirit of thankfulness is always part of the relationship we share and a primary part of our interaction with Abba/Father.   Reflect over this past week and think of at least 5 things you are thankful for. Write them down. Say them out loud. Share them with friends.   Express y

Day 13 verse

 And 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 https://colossians.bible/colossians-3-17

JESUS ONLY: Part 2 (Day 13)

Whatever I Do Paul concludes this section on “ The New Life in Christ ” (NRSV) by making a sweeping, all-encompassing statement... “And  whatever  you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”  - Colossians 3:17 (NRSV) James Bryan Smith, a theology professor at Friends University and director of its Christian Spiritual Formation Institute is one of my favorite writers on spiritual formation. I really like his concept that Christ followers are “apprentices” that are continually in the process of learning from “the Master”.  highly recommend his  Good and Beautiful  series of books to you. Smith has also written a wonderful devotional tome called  Hidden in Christ  which are his reflections on specific words found in Colossians 3.  Read and consider this excerpt from his chapter on the word  “whatever.”        'Notice that word:  whatever . Everything that we do - every word and every action – is to be done in Jesu

Verse 3

 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33 NIV https://matthew.bible/matthew-6-33

Verse 2 continue

 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”  “Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”  When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions. Mark 12:28‭, ‬32‭-‬34 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/mrk.12.28-34.NIV

Verse 2

 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’  The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:29‭-‬31 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/mrk.12.29-31.NIV

Day 12 verse 1

 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Colossians 3:14 NIV https://colossians.bible/colossians-3-14

JESUS ONLY: Part 2 (Day 12)

    How Will You Vote? Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.   - Col. 3:14 (NRSV) I have a confession. I did not vote in the last presidential election (2016). I just could not bring myself to cast a vote for either candidate because I believed each had serious flaws that would impact either’s ability to lead our country well. In my opinion, both parties failed to provide legitimate platforms and candidates.   Eventually, it occurred to me that maybe I was expecting too much from our political system. I was looking for values and attributes that it simply could not deliver.   The primary role of government is the allocation of power . Ideally, it is to distribute power fairly and justly. It is to maintain law and order. It is to look out for the common good.   The primary role of God’s kingdom is the allocation of love . It is to express mercy and compassion. It is in constant pursuit of reconciling relationships. It is to sacrifice

Day 11 verse

 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all. Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love,

JESUS ONLY: Part 2 (Day 11)

  New Clothing A few years ago, my adult daughter, Katie, enthusiastically introduced us to Marie Kondo, an organizing guru.   Marie taught a simple formula for decluttering a clothes closet (which I sorely need). I am to look at each garment and ask myself the question, “ Does it bring me joy? ” If the answer is “ yes, ” it stays. If the answer is “ no ” (or there is even a hint of hesitation), it must go.   In Colossians 3:12, Paul talks about replacing “clothing,” to:  "Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and beloved, clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.” (NRSV). After I read this it struck me that I need to ask myself, “Do the clothes in my spiritual clothes closet bring joy to others ?” In the closet of my old self are hanging well-worn garments of indifference, harshness, arrogance, pride, and restlessness. Paul is urging me to declutter that closet and replace those old garments with these: Compassion – How aware am I of those aro

Day 10 verse

 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Colossians 3:10 NIV https://colossians.bible/colossians-3-10

JESUS ONLY: Part 2 (Day 10)

We All Give God the Blues It feels to me like our society is fracturing and dividing more than ever. The gaps are widening between a variety of our citizens. Every human sub-group seems to be staking out its own turf. The “I’m right and you’re wrong” mentality is pervasive. It must have been similar in ancient Colossae and it was impacting the young church. Apparently, the believers were taking sides, too.  Paul pleads with them.... “Since you have stripped off the old self with its practices and have clothed yourselves with the new self which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator. In that renewal there is no longer Greek or Jew (race); circumcised and uncircumcised (religion), barbarian, Scythian (culture) slave and free (caste); but Christ is all and in all.”  - Colossians 3:10( NRSV) (Words in parentheses added by Randy.) Paul is describing what happens when we take on new life in Christ. Those human distinctions of race, ideology, wealth, gender, and m

Day 9 verse

 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.  You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.  Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love,

JESUS ONLY: Part 2 (Day 9)

  God’s Wrath “On account of these the wrath of God is coming on those who are disobedient.” -Colossians 3:6 (NRSV) This verse frightens me! How am I supposed to reconcile it with all those other verses that extol God’s everlasting love and compassion?   Allow me to share a personal story that might give a small glimpse into the interplay of God’s wrath with His love for us. Our dog, Cali, is the best dog we have ever owned. Chosen from a large litter of 11 pups, she is a mixed breed mutt. From day one until now (8 years later) she has become a beloved member of the family. Cute and affectionate, it is hard to imagine life without her.   However, Cali has one flaw. She likes to go AWOL. Even though we provide a safe home, plenty of water, a plush dog bed, adequate food, and a large lot to romp in, her voracious appetite to find something else to eat makes her go rogue. She has been found along a busy road nearly a mile away. She incenses our neighbors as she empties herself on their la

Day 8 verse

 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.  You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.  Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love,

JESUS ONLY: Part 2 (Day 8)

Week 7 - Changing Your Loyalties This Week’s Devotional Written by Randy Ness This Week’s Scripture Focus is Colossians 3:5-17 "You are like a jar of river water all shaken up. What you need is to sit still long enough that the sediment can settle and the water can become clear." - Ruth Haley Barton

Day 7 verse

 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Colossians 3:1‭-‬4 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/col.3.1-4.NIV

JESUS ONLY: Part 2 (Day 7)

  Today is a “catch-up day” in our devotional week. We encourage you to soak in this week’s scripture however you wish. You may have skipped a day, in which case you could go back to read what you missed. Or, consider reading the entire third chapter of Colossians - this may help to reinforce the passage as a whole and allow God to speak a fresh thought to your heart and mind.

Verse 2

 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19‭-‬20 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/mat.28.19-20.NIV

Day 6 verse 1

 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Colossians 3:1‭-‬4 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/col.3.1-4.NIV

JESUS ONLY: Part 2 (Day 6)

  Week 6, Day 6 - Friday Let’s begin today with our scripture in the NLT version:  "3 Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. 2 Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. 3 For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory." Paul is telling the Colossians about the new way Christ intended them to live. He points us all to Christ’s resurrection and His place in heaven at the right hand of God, along with the promise that we will be hidden with Him in this new way of life. But, Jesus never intended for us to wait until He returns to change the way we live. He intended for us to live now on earth as we will live one day with Him when He returns. Then the world will see Him in all His glory. We can see how he intended us to

Day 5 verse

 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Colossians 3:1‭-‬4 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/col.3.1-4.NIV

JESUS ONLY: Part 2 (Day 5)

  As I continue to look at our four verses for this week, I’m drawn to verse 3: " For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God."  My old life, which focused on my own sinful desires when I lived for the world, was crucified when I gave my heart to Jesus. Now, in Jesus, I have available the power not to sin. I’m forgiven and loved by Him and I’m a new creation in Him.  I think of that change much like a butterfly’s metamorphosis. The caterpillar crawls on the ground a fully developed creature. It eats and lives, and for a time all is well. But at a certain point, it builds a cocoon around itself. Inside it goes through some amazing changes. At just the right time the cocoon begins to split and the caterpillar, becoming a butterfly, must struggle to crawl out. If someone tries to help it by opening the cocoon for it, it will die. The struggle is what pushes the fluid from its swollen body into the wings which will eventually unfurl, dry, and lift the butterfly t

Verse 2

 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2 NIV https://hebrews.bible/hebrews-12-2

Day 4 verse 1

 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Colossians 3:1‭-‬4 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/col.3.1-4.NIV

JESUS ONLY: Part 2 (Day 4)

  Week 6, Day 4 - Wednesday Several years ago, I was traveling in the UK with a group of people. As we were crossing the Irish Sea on a large enclosed ferry from Ireland to Wales, the weather took a nasty turn. The ship began to roll side to side from the large waves. There were footprints on the walls from people walking on them when the wall became the floor in a large roll, and many suffered from seasickness.   As I tried to find a way to settle my own stomach, I noticed the oldest member of our group sitting calmly at a counter in the front of the ferry. I sat down beside Dick, an 83-year-old Navy veteran from World War II, and asked how to fight the seasickness the waves were causing. He just looked forward and said, “You focus on the horizon. It doesn’t move.”  I tried to follow his directions but to me, the horizon was going up and down just like everything else. He encouraged me to focus all my attention just on the horizon. Before long, I realized I wasn’t so aware of the movi

Verse 3

 “Therefore I tell you, 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?  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?  Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life ? Matthew 6:25‭-‬27 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/mat.6.25-27.NIV

Verse 2

  “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:19‭-‬21 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/mat.6.19-21.NIV

Day 3 verse 1

 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Colossians 3:1‭-‬4 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/col.3.1-4.NIV

JESUS ONLY: Part 2 (Day 3)

  Week 6, Day 3 - Tuesday Paul begins his instructions to us in Colossians 3:1-2 by telling us to set our hearts on things above where Christ is seated… and to set our minds on things above, not on earthly things. The fact that those instructions are given specifically using the words, "hearts and minds," sent me on a search of the possible spiritual significance.  In scripture, the heart is most often used to indicate desire, emotions, hopes, passion. Mind is used to indicate reason, thoughts, intellect. Both are used often and needed for Biblical faith. At salvation, the mind leads to belief in the truth of the saving power of Jesus, but the completion is that the heart trusts in that truth to act in submission and surrender. It takes both to build a deep intimate relationship with Christ. We can grow closer by learning to know more of who Christ is and what He is doing and then aligning our trust, hopes, and passion with His because we love Him.  Paul was telling the Colos

JESUS ONLY verse

 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Colossians 3:1‭-‬4 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/col.3.1-4.NIV

JESUS ONLY: Part 2 (Day 2)

  Week 6, Day 2 - Monday As you begin Jesus Only: Part Two, you have arrived at the halfway point of Paul’s letter to the Colossians. Well done! In Chapter 3, Paul opens a new section on how to live a Holy life as you follow Christ. He wants to help His readers see that the power of Jesus’ resurrection fulfilled the Law so He can transform your life in ways the Law never could.  Read Colossians 3:1-4 and notice Paul says you have been raised with Christ. The implication is that, just as Christ died and was raised to His place in heaven, you also died to your old self and were raised with Him as a new creation when you believed. What a precious gift to be raised with Him, His Holiness, and His righteousness paying the penalty for our sin.  For many years I struggled to understand this truth. In my head I knew it was true, but somehow, I felt like I had to manufacture the new life. I set up my own expectations of the standards I thought I should live up to as a Christ follower and I fail

JESUS ONLY: Verse 1

 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Colossians 3:1‭-‬4 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/col.3.1-4.NIV

JESUS ONLY: Part 2 (Day 1)

    Week 6 - More Than a Feeling This Week’s Devotional Written by Sue Schreiner This Week’s Scripture Focus is Colossians 3:1-4 Day 1 - Sunday - Rest Day Enjoy Your Sabbath Rest   “Nothing can calm our souls more or better prepare us for life’s challenges than time spent alone with God.” - Billy Graham

THE HEART of PRAYER verse

Let this be written for a future generation, that a people not yet created may praise the Lord : Psalms 102:18 NIV https://psalm.bible/psalm-102-18

THE HEART of PRAYER (Day 14) last day

Prayer and Journaling By Samantha Rodriguez “Let this be written for a future generation, that a people not yet created may praise the Lord” —Psalms 102:18 (NIV) In my 18 years of life, journaling has played a huge role in my faith. What started as a 10-year-old’s diary turned into a tangible documentation of my personal journey with Christ!  My prayer as a middle schooler began as, “God, help me to get over my insecurities so I can fulfill Your plan for my life.” Years later, it has grown and now sounds like this: “I want my faith in You to grow so strong that I won’t be afraid about what other people think. I want to be extravagantly devoted to You!”  As my prayers for God’s help in keeping my heart pure were answered, my awareness of the spiritual battle surrounding us intensified. Yet even in the midst of this, I prayed “This battle is about more than just high school and friend groups; it is a spiritual war that ultimately comes down to living for God or living for the

THE HEART of PRAYER verse

“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. Matthew 6:16 NIV https://matthew.bible/matthew-6-16

THE HEART of PRAYER (Day 13)

Prayer and Fasting By Danny Saavedra  "When you fast . . .”— Matthew 6:16 (NIV) Have you ever been  hangry ? For those unfamiliar with this term, hangry, which is now officially in the dictionary, is defined as a person becoming “bad-tempered or irritable as a result of hunger.” I’m sure you know exactly what I’m talking about. When we’re babies, we cry when we’re hungry, when we’re kids we throw tantrums and become difficult, even as adults, hunger often causes us to lose our ever-loving minds. We become cranky, irrational, and easily annoyed. There’s even a great series of Snickers commercials about how “You’re not you when you’re hungry.” Sadly, I think we can all admit that most of the time we spend a lot more time and energy concerning ourselves with satiating our physical hunger while often starving our spiritual hunger. We plan our lives and days around the meals we’re going to eat and the restaurants we’re going to hit up; we even talk about different food while e

THE HEART of PRAYER verse

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16 NIV https://james.bible/james-5-16

THE HEART of PRAYER (Day 12)

Prayers of Confession By Pastor Jeff Seward “Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” —James 5:16 (NKJV) There are ways we can humbly seek the Lord so our prayers can be effective. A popular prayer acronym to remember is  ACTS  which stands for  adoration , c onfession, thanksgiving,  and  supplication . Today, we’re going to focus on confession. In today’s passage, James clearly says for our prayer life to be effective, confessing our sin is very important. The Bible also records examples of David, Solomon, Daniel, and Nehemiah who offer humble prayers of confession for themselves as well as their people. Moses was instructed by God in the wilderness to build a worship center called the tabernacle. In the outer courtyard, there was a brass altar. To confess and atone for their sins, the people would bring either a lamb, goat, or bullock and lay their hands on the head

THE HEART of PRAYER verse Day 11

“I loathe my very life; therefore I will give free rein to my complaint and speak out in the bitterness of my soul. Job 10:1 NIV https://job.bible/job-10-1

THE HEART of PRAYER (Day 10)

Praying with Others By Danny Saavedra “When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.” —Acts 1:13–14 (NIV) For years as a member of the Miami Dolphins, I watched Dan Marino, one of the greatest passers in NFL history, lead my team to the playoffs, only to be eliminated. Why? Because as good as he was, Marino couldn’t do it on his own. You see, team sports are just that . . . a sport that requires a team to win. LeBron James’ career further demonstrates this. After spending years single-handedly carrying an otherwise mediocre team to the playoffs and being unable to win a championship, he joined the Miami Heat and went on to win two rings. Even Michael Jordan had a strong s

THE HEART of PRAYER (Day 11)

Raw Prayers By Samantha Rodriguez “I loathe my very life; therefore I will give free rein to my complaint and speak out in the bitterness of my soul.” —Job 10:1 (NIV) We have all been there with Job. Whether it be devastating health news, a disappointing meeting with your boss, or an unforeseen phone call, suffering has played a role in each of our lives. No matter the intensity, trouble always brings waves of emotions and confusion. In these moments, though, our hearts cry out to God in desperation. If we really search the Bible, we will find that many of our faith role-models  have cried out to God with gut-wrenching honesty. Job’s prayers include many complaints and accusations against God’s kindness and faithfulness. Habakkuk straight up questions God’s just nature asking him “How long, Lord, must I . . . cry out to you about violence and you do not save?” (Habakkuk 1:2).  Asaph raises his concerns in the midst of a trial saying “Has God forgotten to      be gracious?” (

THE HEART of PRAYER verse

 When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers. Acts 1:13‭-‬14 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/act.1.13-14.NIV

THE HEART of PRAYER verse

About noon the following day as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray. Acts 10:9 NIV https://acts.bible/acts-10-9

THE HEART of PRAYER (Day 9)

Public Prayers By Lisa Supp “ The next day, as they went on their journey and drew near the city, Peter went up on the housetop to pray, about the sixth hour .”—Acts 10:9 (NKJV) Yesterday we looked at sanctimonious public prayer, which happens when our public prayers are more about highlighting our own holiness rather than pointing to the holiness of God. It is something Jesus warned us not to practice. Being sanctimonious, or spotlighting our spirituality, can take us down an ugly path to pride, a place God would not have us go. On the other end of the spectrum is “secret prayer,” those words we lift up from the depths of our heart in private, like Peter did in today’s verse. This is something Jesus encouraged. For example, take a look at Matthew 6:6 (NKJV): “ But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. ” Jesus is the perfect role model

THE HEART of PRAYER verse

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.  But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. Matthew 6:5‭-‬6 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/mat.6.5-6.NIV

THE HEART of PRAYER (Day 8)

Praying in Secret By Samantha Rodriguez “‘And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.’” —Matthew 6:5-6 (NIV) No one likes a show off, but let’s face it, we have all tried to appear better than we really are. Whether it be in your job, with certain friends, or at school reunions, the human condition easily resorts to half-truths and exaggerations because we desire to look better than other people. We must regularly practice deep introspective analysis and real soul-searching in order to combat such hypocrisy. If we are not careful, though, this sin can creep into our spiritual lives as well and make us self-righteous. Jesus, who can clearly see the minds and he

THE HEART of PRAYER verse

And 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 https://ephesians.bible/ephesians-6-18

THE HEART of PRAYER (Day 7)

Prayer as a Lifestyle By Samantha Rodriguez “And 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) With lifestyle influencers on nearly every social media platform, the word “lifestyle” carries much more weight in today’s society. From travel blogs to health and fitness channels to fashion pages, these “lifestyles” seem to encompass one’s passion and purpose. In view of this, let’s revisit the title of today’s devotional:  Prayer as a   Lifestyle .  Although today’s scripture tends to be overlooked, it contains a vital message relating to the spiritual warfare Paul writes about beforehand. After urging his audience to equip themselves with the armor of God, he implores them to pray consistently. Some believe that prayer itself is another piece of the armor! As Priscilla Shirer wrote in her Bible study:  The Armor of God , “Prayer is the mechanism t

Day 6 verse

When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. “Sovereign Lord,” they said, “you made the heavens and the earth and the sea, and everything in them. Acts 4:24 NIV https://acts.bible/acts-4-24

THE HEART of PRAYER (Day 6)

The ACTS of Prayer By Pastor Jeff Seward “So when they heard that, they raised their voice to God with one accord and said: ‘Lord, You are God, who made heaven and earth and the sea, and all that is in them.’” —Acts 4:24 (NKJV) If we haven’t personally experienced the power of prayer in our lives, we have definitely heard accounts of others who have. It’s so amazing when we encounter the God of the universe through answered prayer. God has provided this simple form of communication for us to access Him. And yet, prayer remains a challenge for so many believers. As a pastor, I often encounter people who tell me they don't know how to pray. When we fail to pray, we miss out on God’s bigger picture for us. Author Leonard Ravenhill says, “Preaching affects time; prayer affects eternity.” So how do we pray? Jesus gave us guidelines in Matthew 6:5-13. And while space does not allow us to look at all the elements here, we can learn some simple points that will help us pray. Th

THE HEART of PRAYER verse

And 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 https://ephesians.bible/ephesians-6-18

THE HEART of PRAYER verse

 When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. “Sovereign Lord,” they said, “you made the heavens and the earth and the sea, and everything in them. Acts 4:24 NIV https://acts.bible/acts-4-24

THE HEART of PRAYER verse

On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.  But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’  For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Matthew 9:12‭-‬13 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/mat.9.12-13.NIV As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.  While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” Matthew 9:9‭-‬11 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/mat.9.9-11.NIV

THE HEART of PRAYER (Day 5)

The Lord’s Prayer By Danny Saavedra “This, then, is how you should 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. 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, for yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’” —Matthew 6:9–13 (NIV) Have you ever had trouble writing an e-mail or letter? What about putting together your resume? I know I have! And in those moments, I have found myself searching for help in the form of a template. And once I find the best template, I then make that template my own by replacing the templated content with my own information. Templates are super helpful because they give us a model and method for how to construct our own version of something.  In Matthew 5–7, Jesus is essentially giving us a template for kingdom living on earth. He is giving us a