From Handbook to Scripture, Day 209
READING: MATTHEW 6
The four Gospels are not biographies but thematic portraits of Jesus Christ that are addressed to particular audiences and stress distinct aspects of the life of Christ. These unique portraits combine together to create a composite picture in which the total is greater than the sum of the parts.
In Matthew 6, Jesus tells His listeners that when they give, pray, and fast, they should do these things to please God rather than impress people. In His model prayer and in His teaching on anxiety, Jesus stresses the need to focus first on the Father and to look to Him for every good thing.
Prayer: Lord, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. May I store up treasures in heaven by seeking first Your kingdom and righteousness.
Meditation passage: verses 9–13, 20–21, 24, 33–34
From Transforming Prayers, vol. 1
Nothing Catches God by Surprise
God of our fathers, I give thanks that You have revealed Your great and surprising story of redemption to us in Your extraordinary Word. Through the Scriptures, I see that there is always a purpose in what You do, and that nothing catches You by surprise. You are fully sovereign over human history, and I am grateful that You have embedded Your people in a larger Story. It is this Story that gives me perspective and hope amidst the uncertainties and obstacles of this earthly sojourn. Your creative plans behind the scenes turn the apparently hopeless situations we face into manifestly hopeful outcomes. Your deliverance and Your timing are surprising, but I want to learn to trust in Your wisdom and not in my own. May I hope in Your providential care and not in my own limited plans and efforts.
From Handbook to Renewal
My Relationship to God––God’s Salvation and Forgiveness
My soul silently waits for God alone; my salvation comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my stronghold; I will never be shaken. (Psalm 62:1–2)
Blessed be the Lord; day by day He bears our burdens, the God of our salvation. Our God is the God of salvation, and to God the Lord belongs escape from death. (Psalm 68:19–20)
My mouth will tell of Your righteousness and of Your salvation all day long, though I know not its measure. I will come in the strength of the Lord God; I will proclaim Your righteousness, Yours alone. Since my youth, O God, You have taught me, and to this day I declare Your wondrous deeds. (Psalm 71:15–17)
Surely Your salvation is near to those who fear You. (Psalm 85:9)
God will not always strive with us, nor will He harbor His anger forever; He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him. (Psalm 103:9–13)
From Memory Verse Guide
Level 2 > Loving Others Compassionately > Husband and Wife
You husbands in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with someone weaker, since she is a woman; and show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered. (1 Peter 3:7)