Lord, I Am Coming

TODAY’S VERSE
My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “LORD, I am coming.”
Psalms 27:8 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
There are a lot of voices calling out for the attention of our hearts. Depending on how deep you are thinking, you can have a new thought every two to ten seconds. That’s anywhere from ten thousand to fifty thousand thoughts a day. How many of these are cries of the heart? How many come from emotional pain? How many are the result of unsolved spiritual issues? How we ruminate over and over again, struggling to find peace and joy. And yet, if we listen, if we stop, quiet ourselves, we will hear it. We will hear the voice of God crying out to us. David heard it. He wrote, “My heart has heard you say, ‘Come and talk with me.’” How God wants your heart. He desires to fellowship with you. And yet, we resist. We have so many important things to tend to. But God is still calling, “Come and talk with me.” David’s heart heard the voice of God, and David said, “Lord, I am coming.” What does your heart say? Today, come to God. Come and talk with Him. Come and listen. Come and fellowship. God is calling you.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, I come and quiet myself before You. I need You so badly, and yet I don’t know where to start. Teach me. Show me how to know You. Help me talk to You. Lord, hear the silent cries of my heart. Hear my inner thoughts. I come to You now, in Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Emotions

TODAY’S VERSE
But each day the LORD pours his unfailing love upon me, and through each night I sing his songs, praying to God who gives me life.
Psalms 42:8 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
If nothing else, we are full of emotions. You can’t get away from them. But the goal is not to avoid emotions; instead, we need to regulate them. That is letting God, in all His power, grace, and love, return us to deep joy and peace. Psalms 42 exemplifies this. Throughout the Psalm, the author shares deep emotional angst. But each time, the Psalmist ends up turning to God. “Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad?” the author asks. But then the author writes, “I will put my hope in God!” Again, “Now I am deeply discouraged,” followed with a resounding, “but I will remember you.” Every day seemed to bring its emotional test, but the author is quick to note, “Each day the LORD pours his unfailing love upon me, and through each night I sing his songs, praying to God who gives me life.” Today, life will have its emotional challenges but don’t stop there. You have a choice. Give your heart to God. Talk to Him, share your story with Him and let His love for you, His concern, His opinion of you return you to joy.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, You know my emotions. You know my ups and downs. You know my hurts, my frailty, my insecurities. So I come to You. I come and ask You to speak to me, comfort me, share with me the truth of Your deep love and care. And then, in Your tender mercy, return me to joy. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Light and Truth

TODAY’S VERSE
Send out your light and your truth; let them guide me.
Psalms 43:3 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
What if you were in total darkness? How precious would the light be? What if everything you heard were lies and deception? How welcomed would the truth be? We need God’s guidance. We need Him to help us make it through the maze of life we find ourselves in. The great news is that God wants to guide us. He wants to give us light for our path and truth for our navigation. All we have to do is receive it. Today, come to God. Ask Him to shine His light into your darkness. Ask Him to give you His truth about all that you are worried and stressed about. He loves you. He will guide you, and He will lead you.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I pray that You will shine Your light into all the dark areas of my life. Help me see. Give me Your truth to correct my misunderstandings. Lead me in the right direction, I pray.
AMEN

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Doubt and Fear

TODAY’S VERSE
Then the chief of staff stood and shouted in Hebrew to the people on the wall, “Listen to this message from the great king of Assyria! This is what the king says: Don’t let Hezekiah deceive you. He will never be able to rescue you. Don’t let him fool you into trusting in the LORD by saying, ‘The LORD will surely rescue us. This city will never fall into the hands of the Assyrian king!’’
Isaiah 36:13-15 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Have you been confronted by doubt and fear? It happens. And it’s not always quiet. Just like the chief of staff in today’s passage, doubt and fear shout out their message of pending doom. Isn’t that usually how it goes? Our faith whispers, “trust God,” and our doubt and fear shout “Don’t be fooled!” “Don’t be deceived.” These doubts and fears challenge our faith in God’s integrity, power, or desire. However, Hezekiah knew what to do. The Bible says, after Hezekiah received the letter from the messengers and read it, he went up to the LORD’s Temple and spread it out before the LORD and prayed. Part of what he prayed was this, “It is true, LORD, that the kings of Assyria have destroyed all these nations. And they have thrown the gods of these nations into the fire and burned them. But, of course, the Assyrians could destroy them! They were not gods at all—only idols of wood and stone shaped by human hands. Now, O LORD our God, rescue us from his power; then all the kingdoms of the earth will know that you alone, O LORD, are God.” Today, be like Hezekiah and don’t give up. Don’t give in. Instead, quiet your heart, spread out your worries before God, and trust in Him.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I thank You that You are the one true God. Your word is true, Your power is almighty, and Your love toward me is boundless. Today, I give you my doubts and fears. Today I recommit myself to You. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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God’s Power

TODAY’S VERSE
For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power.
I Corinthians 4:20 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Sooner or later, there has to be power. You can talk all about the virtues of a team in sports, but it will be evident whether they can live up to the hype when they play a game. You can say how good a recipe is, but after a while, all the adulations in the world won’t make a difference; you have to taste it for yourself. Paul heard about the arrogance of some of the teachers in Corinth, but there was only one thing Paul wanted to know. Was the power of God alive in their ministry? We can tell all our friends, neighbors, and relatives about God, but they are more interested in the difference God is making in our life. Is God’s power alive in the way we pray, the way we live, and the way we serve? Is God’s power manifested in the changed lives of those we have introduced to Him? Is the fruit of the Spirit alive in our daily walk with Him because of His transforming power? Today let’s do more than talk about God. Let’s talk to Him and ask Him to exhibit His mighty power in everything we say and do for Him.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I pray that Your power will be alive in my life. I pray that You will manifest Your power in mighty ways as the Holy Spirit guides and directs all I say and do. I pray in Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Today

TODAY’S VERSE
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.
Psalms 32:8 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Sometimes we focus so much on tomorrow that we miss what God has for us today. How did it ever get to this? We are always on the go arriving at our destination yet ignoring the journey. We set goals way out in advance and fail to see what God has for us today. Fear and worry are like that. They rob us of our today, forcing us to focus on tomorrow with its perceived dilemma. Day after day, we hurry, and tomorrow never comes. It’s like hiking on a trail with a heavy bag, always looking down so you won’t trip on a root. Sadly, you get to the end of the trail and realize you never saw the beauty of the forest. God doesn’t want it this way. He wants a relationship with us. God wants us to fellowship with Him every day, living every day to its fullest. When we do, He promises that He will instruct us, teach us, and show us the way we should go. Every day is a different mission. Every day is a new exciting adventure. God is alive, and you are here. Look around. Take it all in. See all that God has for you. Today, go with God.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank You for giving me this day. I surrender to You and want to live every moment of this day for You. Teach me, guide me, show me which way to go. Lord, I give You this day and will live it to its fullest for Your glory.
Amen

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Mercy

TODAY’S VERSE
Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love.
Psalms 51:1 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
David didn’t try to impress God. He knew he had sinned. He knew he had wandered far from what God wanted him to be or do. And so he came. He came to God with a repentant heart and cried out to God. He knew that God would not refuse a broken and contrite spirit of humility, so he came to God and said the only thing he could say, “Have mercy on me.” Mercy. What a word. Mercy. God’s divine favor. God’s forbearance. God’s compassion. The acting out of God’s unfailing love. It is God’s unfailing love for David that allowed Him to have mercy. It was God’s unfailing love for David that restored him and brought him back from the brink of despair. This is the same love He has for you. Today, God’s unfailing love is focused on you. This is your moment. This is your destiny. This is your opportunity to have all the mercy you will ever need. Come with a contrite heart to God, His unfailing love is waiting.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father God, thank You that in all Your Magnificence You have ordained to have an unfailing love for me. I cannot fathom it, but today I accept it. I open my heart to receive it. Have mercy on me, dear Lord, and fill me with Your unfailing love. In Jesus’ name, I pray. AMEN

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A New Song

TODAY’S VERSE
He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the LORD.
Psalms 40:3 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Have you ever noticed how many sad songs there are? Songs of despair, betrayal or heartbreak? How many of those songs have been your anthem? How many nights have you gone to bed with discouraging lyrics going through your head? Isn’t time for a new tune? God can do that you know. He comes and gives us a new song. A song of deliverance, of hope and of joy. That’s what happened to King David. God gave him a new song, a song of praise. And because of David’s song of testimony, many put their trust in God. How the Lord wants to do the same today. He wants to use your life as a testimony of His love and grace so others will put their trust in Him. So today ask God to put a new song in your heart. A song of deliverance, hope, joy and peace. As He does, others will tune in and be amazed.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Lord, I need a new melody with new lyrics of hope, joy and peace. I ask You to fill my heart with a song of Your love. Might others hear my praise Lord and put their trust in You.
AMEN

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Forgiveness

TODAY’S VERSE
Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven!”
Matthew 18:21-22 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Forgiveness is not an option. Okay, it is. We are allowed to choose whether or not we will forgive someone. But, forgiveness is not an option if you want to live the kind of life that Christ did. If you want the peace of mind that comes from living the way God wants you to. If you truly want to live in the fullness of His Spirit, trusting Him with your life, then you will surrender to His love. You will trust His sovereignty. You will radiate from deep within your own heart all the forgiveness He has given you, and you will, in turn, forgive others. Peter knew how difficult it was. He sincerely asked, “Seven times?” But Jesus knew how important it was. He said, “Seventy times seven!” So, today, search your heart. Is there unforgiveness? If so, turn to Christ; ask for His power, and forgive.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, unforgiveness is like cancer to my soul. It is eating me alive, and I seem powerless to forgive. Please help me. Forgive me for my unforgiveness and give me the strength and the compassion to follow You and Your forgiveness on the Cross. Help me forgive today, I pray. For Jesus sake.
AMEN

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The Infinite Love Of God

TODAY’S VERSE
You love them as much as you love me.
John 17:23 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Jesus is praying to His Father. And as He prays, He says something simply astounding about you and me. He said. “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you.” He continues by saying, “May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.” As I read the phrase, “You love them as much as you love me,” I can’t help but be overwhelmed. Jesus actually said this! I admit I have a hard time grasping this unbelievable, almighty, everlasting, incredible love that God has for me. But I want to! And I pray that today God will grant you the grace to fathom what it means. Might knowing that He loves you this much fill your day with peace and joy.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, thank You for Your infinite, inconceivable love for me. Help me today to live in its awareness and rejoice in its meaning.
AMEN

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