Daily Scripture

From A Journal of Sacred Readings

Scripture:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.
Do not be wise in your own eyes,
But fear the Lord and depart from evil. (Proverbs 3:5–7)

Read: Slowly read the Scripture passage several times.

Reflect: Reflect and ruminate on the words and phrases in the text. Which words, phrases, or images speak most to you?

Respond: Offer the internalized passage back to God in the form of a personalized prayer of adoration, confession, renewal, petition, intercession, affirmation, or thanksgiving.

Rest: What word or image encapsulates the spirit of the passage for you? Take a few minutes to present yourself before God in silence and yieldedness. When your mind wanders, center yourself by returning to the spirit of the passage.

Daily Prayer

From A Simple Book of Prayers

Praying for the Harvest
(Thanksgiving)

O Lord, I am deeply grateful for Your wonderful acts, for Your abundant promises, and for the gift of my relationship with You through the merits of Christ.

I will give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name,
And make known to others what He has done. (1 Chronicles 16:8)

I know that the Lord has set apart the godly for Himself;
The Lord hears when I call to Him. (Psalm 4:3)

Take a moment to express your gratitude for the many blessings that you have received from the Lord.

The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore, I will pray that the Lord of the harvest will send out workers into His harvest. (Matthew 9:37–38; Luke 10:2)

Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are white for harvest. Even now the reaper draws his wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. (John 4:35–36)

Lord, I praise You that You reign over all things and thank You that Christ is preparing us for union with Him. I thank You that You give grace and glory, and I ask that I would be privileged to participate in Your harvest.

Daily Encouragement

Adapted from Handbook to Leadership

Personal Development: Humility

Philippians 2:1–11

The main goal for Christians is to reflect the life of Christ in their own lives. And the character trait that best enables us to do that is humility. After exhorting the Philippians to lay aside their personal interests and focus on the needs of others, Paul tells us how to follow the example of Christ (vv. 5–11). From this beautiful passage we learn three things about our Lord that model for us the essence of true humility.

First, Jesus didn’t selfishly cling to the outer expression of His divinity. Instead, He took the form of a servant. A humble Christian doesn’t flaunt his or her position or power.

Second, Jesus demonstrated humility through obedience to God the Father. A humble Christian doesn’t impose his or her will on God, but submits to God’s commands.

Third, Jesus waited for His Father to lift Him up. A Christian leader doesn’t grab for power or position. He or she patiently waits for God to increase his or her influence.

As the perfect model for godly leadership, Jesus set the perfect example of humility. Ask God to help you follow Jesus’ example as you seek to demonstrate the kind of humility that will cause others to see Jesus in you.

Weekly Verse

From Memory Verse Guide
Level 2 > Loving God Completely

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets. (Matthew 22:37–40)