Daily Devotions: January 14-19, 2019

Monday, January 14, 2019

Read 1 Samuel 23:7-29

When David seeks guidance from God by means of the mysterious ephod about what Saul will do next, he is rewarded. Today, God uses something different, something not seemingly so mysterious or strange. He gives us His guidance and peace through the Holy Word!

Pray: Lord, Your Word is a lamp for my feet and light for my path. Amen.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Read Psalm 73:21-2

How often we wander away from God as we journey. We become distracted by anger or envy, by our individual success or failures, or the daily stressors of life. Yet, reread verses 23-27 again. Who is there with us, throughout our daily travels in this life? God is with us

Pray: Lord, take my hand and lead me along life’s ways. Amen.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Read Isaiah 15:1-9

The prophet not only thunders against sin, his “heart cries out” over the sinner as well. This vivid portrait of the distress of Israel’s enemy, Moab, shows how deeply Isaiah shares God’s compassionate grief for those who suffer, even if their suffering is a result of their own sinful behavior.

Pray: Lord, I’m concerned for someone for whom I care deeply. Hear my prayer for …

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Read Mark 7:14-3

The way that Jesus heals this man requires that Jesus touch the deaf and mute man’s head and face, perhaps even cradling the man’s face in his hands. One wonders how long it had been since this person had been treated so gently.

Pray: God, help me today to show the same kind of compassion to someone as Jesus did to the deaf and mute man. Amen.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Read Romans 5:1-11

Our consumer-driven society tempts us to speak glibly about sacrifice and self-denial: “I’d give my right arm for tickets to that game,” or “That ice crème is to die for.” Do we take in the amazing reality of such wondrous love – that Jesus not only offered to die for us, but He actually did? Read with awe again verse eight.

Pray: Jesus, thank You for Your wondrous sacrifice for me. Amen.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Read 1 John 1:1-10

Note how John begins this first letter in a similar fashion as his gospel. John leaves no room for anyone to dispute the reality of Jesus. Here is a man who has heard, seen and touched Jesus. He is the One sent from the Father. He is the One who gives eternal life. He is our forgiveness.

Pray: Lord, ready my heart to hear Your Word of forgiveness this weekend in worship. Amen.

Natasha Bartinelli
Daily Devotions: January 7-12, 2019

Monday, January 7, 2019

Read 1 Samuel 21:1-10

The priest gave David the “bread of the Presence” to feed his hungry men. The bread was a sign of hospitality, presented as a meal to a God who did not eat. That changed when Jesus came into the world. Think of some of the times when Jesus shared meals with His disciples and others.

Pray: Lord, help me to show hospitality when I have the chance to help another. Amen.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Read Psalm 72:1-19

This psalm is sometimes entitled, “The Reign of the Messiah.” From our perspective we can see how Jesus fulfilled this vision. He did help the needy, healed the afflicted, and defeated death through His resurrection from the dead.

Pray: Lord, thank You for blessing me. Help me to be a blessing to others, especially those suffering hard times or ill health. Amen.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Read Isaiah 12:1-6

This exultant passage is traditionally used in Jewish prayer as part of the Havdalah, a ceremony the marks the end of the Sabbath, because it looks ahead to the final redemption God promises to Israel and the nation. We, too, find this prayer meaningful for we are the new Israel, all those who have been redeemed by the Christ.

Pray: God, you are my salvation; strengthen my faith and trust in You. Amen.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Read Mark 7:1-13

Sometimes we mistakenly think that if we know facts about God and do good deeds, we’re on the right track spiritually. Such a belief only leads a person away from God. Our salvation is not do – but done! It was done by Jesus Christ through His suffering, death and resurrection.

Pray: God, let me never believe my standing before You is because of the things I do. Help me to look to Jesus for eternal life. Amen.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Read Romans 4:13-25

Abraham believed God even when things looked impossible; because of Abraham’s faith, God declared the man righteous. Faith is to walk a path without a map and believe that Almighty God knows the way and walks with us.

Pray: Forgive me, Lord, when I trust more in myself than trusting in You. Amen.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Read 2 Peter 3:1-18

As children, most of us felt as though Christmas day would never come. We looked forward to it eagerly for weeks – weeks that seemed like years. Peter reminds us that another big day is coming – the biggest – but we don’t know the date. But that day is worth waiting for – “a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.”

Pray: Help me, Lord, to grow in the grace and knowledge of my Lord and Savior. Amen.

Erin Stipp