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Growing in Service

May 18
Ephesians 2:10
- "For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."

Prayer: God, there are days when I get caught up in the shuffle of life and forget that You made me for a specific purpose. Help me to lean into You today. When I think that You crafted and molded me in Your hands with something specific in mind, it changes the way I look at my day. Today I want to live my life in a manner pleasing to You. Thank You for Your loving touch in every aspect of my life.

God is Present (April 19-25)

APRIL 19
Psalm 118:6
- "The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?"

Prayer: Jesus, even though life is pressing down on me and my future seems uncertain, I don't need to worry because You are with me. You will take care of me even if others mean me harm. Help me to rest in Your presence and Your plan with calm assurance. I trust that You will work everything out for good according to Your will.


APRIL 20
Psalm 46:1-2
 - "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear,"

Prayer: God, there is trouble all around. I know I don't need to be overwhelmed by it. I know I don't need to be fearful of it. I know that You are here, and I know that You desire to help me. So, this is me coming to You as my refuge and strength. I don't have it within me to overcome what will come my way, but You are with me - and that is more than enough!


APRIL 21
Deuteronomy 31:8
 - "It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed."

Prayer: Father, I admit that I forget the promise that You will not leave or forsake me, and it is why I'm so often fearful. Lord, fill me with faith to trust this promise. Show Yourself to me in ways that remind me that You are with me. Fill me with Your peace, so I know that I am not alone. I praise You for not giving up on me.


APRIL 22
Philippians 4:6-7
 - "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

Prayer: Father, I pray that the stress I am managing today will lead me straight to Your feet. With every angst, I ask that You remind me of Your love, and with every ache, remind me of Your presence. You are my Hope and my companion today. I love You. Amen.


APRIL 23
Romans 8:38-39
 - "For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Prayer: Thank you, Father, that You are not distant or far off. I know no matter what I face or encounter in this life that You are near. You are my ever-present source of comfort and peace.


APRIL 24
Psalm 139:7-8
- "Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there."

Prayer: There is no place I can go from Your Presence, God. If I'm on a spiritual mountain top, You are there! If I have sinned and want to hide, You see me. Whatever situation I'm in, I'm in it with You. What other expression of gratitude can I possibly give, except to bow before You this morning with a heart overflowing with thanks and praise for Your faithfulness to me.


APRIL 25
Revelation 3:20
- "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me."

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I praise and thank You for seeking after me so that I could know You. Thank You for knocking on the door of my life, allowing me the opportunity to experience Your presence. I love the time I get to spend each day with You and that You are always with me! You have changed my life in so many beautiful ways. I can never thank You enough! Today remind me that You are knocking on the door of every person's life and help me to be an encouragement to anyone You bring me by sharing the truth that I have come to know. I pray that they, too, will experience Your presence that will change their life and their eternity. In Jesus' Name, Amen.


God is Faithful (April 26 - May 2)

April 26
John 10:27-28a - "My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.  I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish."

Prayer: Father God, You are the faithful shepherd. Thank you for forgiving me of all my sins and giving me the promise of eternal life through Your son Jesus. You are the Good Shepherd who cared so much about me that You pursued me with Your faithful love and grace. Today my heart is full of gratitude that even when I haven't been faithful, You have always been faithful to me.


April 27
1 Corinthians 1:9
 - "God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord."

Prayer: Father, I praise You! Faithful is who You are! Even when I choose to walk away from You, You are faithful to chase me down, forgive me, save me and restore me into Your family. I often look away from You, searching for what pleases me, yet still, You are faithful to me. Every time I come back to You, You are faithfully waiting with open arms to forgive me. Thank You Lord, that my life is not determined by my failures but by Your great faithfulness to carry me all the way to heaven.


April 28
Deuteronomy 7:9
 - "Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments."

Prayer: Thank goodness that You are not like me, God! I know there are too many times to count that I have failed, that I have not been faithful - whether to You or others. Thank You for being the faithful God, the One that I can count on to keep promises and covenants. As I live my life today, remind me of the ways that You have been faithful to me in the past, and bring to my mind the ways that You are proving faithful to me right now. Help me become more like You today!


April 29
1 Corinthians 10:13
 - "No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it."

Prayer: Father, I praise You for Your power in my life. I know in my strength, I cannot withstand the temptations this world puts before me. However, with Your power, I can. I can resist sinful temptations. I can resist selfish desires. I can stand firm against whatever the day may throw at me because I am resting in Your power! Thank You for being faithful to me!


April 30
James 4:8
 - "Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded."

Prayer: God, You don't require perfection from me; You require participation -- an emptying of self and a confession of sin. Your faithfulness to me is the beginning and foundation of my life -- as You lean in, Your presence changes who I am. Thank You for being faithful, even when I'm not. I love You. Amen.


May 1
John 10:10
 - "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."

Prayer: God, You are my source of life! I pray that I would trust Your plan for my life of overflowing joy and peace today. That no matter what the enemy tries to throw my way or distract me with, I would look to You and remind myself of Your faithfulness.


May 2
Proverbs 3:5-6
 - "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight."

Prayer: God, forgive me when I lower You to human standards. I’ve been hurt countless times by those I trusted. It’s left me cynical and jaded. And because of that, I transfer those human experiences to You, even though I know You are faithful. Help me forgive those who have disappointed me, and remind me of this verse when I waiver and doubt Your faithfulness. I know You have a perfect plan for me… and that You go before me. I have nothing to fear. This morning I offer You all of my heart, all my trust, as I follow You.


God is Relational (May 3-9)

May 3
Romans 8:15 - 
"The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father."

Prayer: Our Heavenly Abba Father, I am so thankful today to be called Your child. Thank You for adopting me and for being such a great Father. Thank You for the relationship we have and the freedom that it brings me. I'm not a slave; I'm a child of God living in freedom, not fear! There is no one like You, and no other relationship I have compares to what we have. I cry out in praise to You, my Abba Father, grateful to be Your child!


May 4
James 2:23
 - "And the scripture was fulfilled that says, "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness," and he was called God's Friend."

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I will confess that at times it's hard to imagine being Your Friend, but today I celebrate that You are a relational God. That friendship with You is available to those who trust in You and, in faith, obey the Father who loves us. Even though I sometimes doubt, I pray that today You will fill me with the same faith that Abraham had. A faith that allows us to venture into the unknown and scary with nothing but trust and faith in You. For You are worthy of my trust.


May 5
Philippians 3:8,10
 - "...I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him... I want to know Christ..."

Prayer: Jesus, nothing is better than knowing You. Forgive me when I live below the intimacy I can have with You. Give me a sense of urgency and passion to pursue You more. Show me the things I need to let go of that are hindering my walk with You. Reveal Yourself more fully to me when I pray and read Your Word. Jesus, I want to make knowing You my life-long pursuit, but I realize that is impossible apart from You. So, give me Your grace and strength for this journey. When all is said and done, may my life be found in You.


May 6
John 15:13-15
 - "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for every-thing that I learned from my Father I have made known to you."

Prayer: What an amazing thing, that I am a friend of God! That is a thought that I can't even fully comprehend, but it is still true! To think that I didn't even achieve this or earn this, that You desire this relationship with me so much that You sacrificed Yourself for us to have it! God, I don't deserve this, but it is who I am. So, I want to commit today to live my life focused on Your business, not my own. Whatever You have for me today - I know it is for my good and Your glory!


May 7
1 Peter 5:6-7 - "Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you."

Prayer: Father, You see me, and You care for me. You do not dismiss the worries and the stresses of my life, but You invite me to draw near to You. Thank You for this invitation. In Your love for me, You desire that I lay all of this at Your feet. So today, I surrender my fears, worries, stress, and doubt to You. Thank You for caring for my soul.


May 8
John 1:12
 - "Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God--"

Prayer: God, You reached down into my life and saved me from myself. As a result, I get to walk with You and live freely as Your beloved child. Thank You for pursuing my heart above all else. I trust You today as my Father, I rely on You today as my friend, and I love You today as my Savior and Redeemer. Amen.


May 9
John 14:23 - "Jesus answered him, 'If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.'"

Prayer: Jesus, Thank You for Your love in my life. Thank You for Your ever-present relationship in every season of life. Help my words and action continue to reflect Your word. Help all that I think, say, and do bring honor and glory to Your name.


Growing in Prayer (May 10-16)

May 10
Jeremiah 29:11-13
 – “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

Prayer: Father, I thank You for being close to me. I praise You for listening to me and for hearing me when I call out to You. Father, in this season of my life, I need Your presence more than ever. I need Your voice to bring me comfort. I need Your words to give me wisdom. I need Your truth to give me direction. I need You for hope. I simply need You. Thank you for being so good to me.


May 11
Jeremiah 33:3
 – "Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know."

Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank you for the privilege of calling to You in prayer. It changes my life each day, knowing that I CAN call upon You and that You ARE listening. Your answers to my prayers and Your word not only give me insight into who You are but guide me to experience Your presence in my life. Help me to experience these great and unsearchable things about You that I never knew today. In Jesus Name, I call to You, Amen.


May 12
John 10:27
 - "My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me."

Prayer: Heavenly Father, You truly are the Good Shepherd. As I enter into this time of prayer with You, I’m reminded just how much I need to listen to Your voice. I’m grateful for Your Word, which instructs me on how to live and at the same time reminds me of Your grace when I get it all wrong. Give me the courage today to be obedient to You and follow Your call on my life.


May 13
2 Timothy 3:16-17
 - "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."

Prayer: Father, I cannot thank You enough for Your Word that is all-sufficient for everything I need. Your Word is my salvation and food for my soul. When I am tempted to sin, Your Word is my weapon in spiritual warfare. Your God-breathed scriptures teach me, correct me, and equip me to carry out Your work. Lord, where would I be without Your Word? May I hide Your Word in my heart and never take it for granted.


May 14
John 16:12-13
 - “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come."

Prayer: Out of all the gifts You have given us, God, the constant presence and indwelling of your Spirit is perhaps the most incredible! That You are always with us, guiding us into truth and wisdom, is such a humbling thought. I know there are so many times that I choose to “go it alone” with my own thoughts and priorities. Thank You for the reminder today that I always have You to guide me and lead me into what is true, what You have spoken!


May 15
1 Thessalonians 5:17
 - "Pray continually."

Prayer: Father, I thank You for this invitation to speak to You anytime and all the time. Thank You for the invitation, to be honest and real with You in my prayers. Thank You for being available to hear my cries even when there is anger. Thank You for being willing to listen to my pain and struggle even when there is blame and resentment. You are a good Father who cares about me and longs for me to turn to You. I praise You, God, for the personal and intimate space to talk to You. Thank you, Father.


May 16
Mark 1:35
 - "Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed."

Prayer: God, You invited Your Son to pray— early in the morning— so that we can know the power and connection of prayer too. It’s in these moments that my heart is changed, my direction is aligned, and my posture is ready for obedience. Talking with You equips me for whatever is ahead because I know You’re with me— just like Jesus knew You were with Him too. Thank You for loving me even when I’m silent. I love You. Amen.

Growing in Service (May 17-23)

May 17
Mark 10:42-45
 - "Jesus called them together and said, '...whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.'"

Prayer: Jesus following You is so much more than just the words we say. Following You is an invitation to serve those around us. Thank You for the way You modeled a life of service, for the way You know and care about my needs no matter how big or small.