November 2021 Week 4

Verse of the Day for Monday,

When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul. — Psalm 94:19

Thoughts on Today’s Verse

God is our comforter, sustainer, and Lord. Only his gracious presence and tender blessings can bring consolation and comfort to our restless and discouraged souls. So let’s turn to him, honestly confessing both our sins and our sorrows. Let’s ask him to take our anxiety away and restore to us the passion, the joy, and the confidence of our salvation.

My Prayer

Almighty Shepherd, in the noise and confusion of many thoughts burdened by many concerns, minister to me through your Holy Spirit. I need your comfort and peace. I ask for your presence and your grace. In Jesus’ name I ask. Amen.

Min. Jean

Verse of the Day for Tuesday,

Be joyful always, pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. — 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Thoughts on Today’s Verse

Want to know something you can do that will please God? Rejoice in his grace. Pray for others. Give thanks for your blessings. It’s simply something that he wants us to do.

My Prayer

Heavenly Father and Almighty God, I am thrilled at the very thought of being your child. Abba Father, please hear my prayer of concern for several people who are on my heart today… Loving God, thank you so much for the blessings you pour into my life each day. In Jesus’ holy name I pray. Amen.

Verse of the Day for Wednesday,

The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing. — Zephaniah 3:17

Thoughts on Today’s Verse

God is with us! That’s the great message of the story of Jesus (Matthew 1:23). That’s the message of hope Zephaniah gives the defeated people of God. God is among us. He is mighty to save. He loves us. He delights in us. He stills the storms of our hearts with his loving touch. He sings us lullabies of joy. God longs to be close to us and invites us to draw near. What will your response be?

My Prayer

Father, strengthen my resolve as I turn away from evil and seek to draw near to you. I don’t want any imitation relationship with you. I don’t want some artificial symbol of you. I want to know you. I want to experience your presence and to be used as your tool of grace in the lives of others. I need your presence to settle the disquietude of my soul. Thank you for being near. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Verse of the Day for Thursday,

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen. — 2 Peter 3:18

Thoughts on Today’s Verse

Where do you need to grow in your walk with the Lord? How about keeping the tandem targets of grace and knowledge together as your goal. So often we pursue one or the other. But something seems to come unhinged in our soul when either of those becomes more important than the other. Let’s keep grace and knowledge together because we see them together in our Savior.

My Prayer

Holy God, I want to grow to be more like Jesus. I know I cannot do that without your Spirit’s power and my heart’s desire. In addition, dear Father, I want to grow in being a gracious person. I want to know and experience Jesus’ presence in my life. Please bless me in this holy quest. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Min. Jean

Verse of the Day for Friday,

Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. — Romans 14:19

Thoughts on Today’s Verse

“Make every effort!” That’s quite a challenge. But notice where that exertion is to be focused: peace and mutual edification. Both sides of this exhortation are two way responsibilities. I must pursue and share peace if I am going to have it myself. I must edify, and be open to being edified, if mutual edification is going to happen. In other words, we live with other people in God’s family. He wants us to be responsible for making relationships work in our spiritual family. He reminds us it will require strenuous effort. But, isn’t that true in every family relationship? Love means sacrifice, effort, and concern for others. When we share our love willingly, however, we’re much more likely to see it coming back to us!

My Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, forgive me for my impatience and selfishness. Defeat the bad attitude of competitiveness that I often display in arguments and disagreements with others in your family. Energize me by your Spirit to see areas where I can be a blessing and an encouragement to others. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen

Min. Jean