Use this devo as you are able, in whole or in part. Don’t feel compelled to read it all. Simply read and meditate upon whatever catches your attention. The goal is enjoying time with God through His Word and in prayer. Questions about the devotional elements?
Call to Prayer
“The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.” (Nahum 1:7)
Prayer of Confession
Jesus, man of sorrows—suffering is a deep problem for which many can find no rationale. My only appeal is to the cross, where you didn’t explain suffering but entered it and took it on yourself. As I see my gain through your loss, help me grab hold of the power of redemptive suffering so I might then share in your sufferings and those of this broken world. Amen. (Prayer based on the Heidelberg Catechism, Question 37)
*Prayer borrowed from Philip Reinders’ Seeking God’s Face: Praying with the Bible through the Year
This reading plan will help you to develop the habit of being in God’s Word each morning and evening. Come to this time with expectation. Expect God to reveal himself to you. Expect that he delights in you being there, even when you’ve wandered away. Growing a spiritual habit is a slow, patient process. So be kind to yourself as you grow!
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Pray Psalm 21 | Read 2 Timothy 4
- Praying the Psalms: Read slowly. Take note of words and phrases. Bring them before the Lord in prayer and personalize the passage as you pray.
- NT Context: “In his letters to two young associates—Timothy in Ephesus and Titus in Crete—we see Paul encouraging and guiding the development of just such leadership. What he had learned so thoroughly himself, he was now passing on, and showing them, in turn, how to develop a similar leadership in local congregations. This is essential reading because ill-directed and badly formed spiritual leadership causes much damage in souls. Paul in both his life and his letters shows us how to do it right.” Meditate on the passage, noting a few words or a phrase that stood out. Take them to God in prayer.
Pray Psalm 22 | Read Job 20
- OT Context: Job is “the one book in all of Scripture most obviously concerned with suffering…Job reveals, in a way unlike any other book in all of Scripture, a unique kind of ordeal that God sometimes allows to befall his children, a dimension of suffering both intense and inexplicable, which has nothing to do with sin and (strange as it might sound) nothing to do with growing us spiritually.” Though we do grow through such suffering, the purpose of suffering according to Job’s story is not our growth, but rather our knowing and loving of God himself, on His terms (like I said, offensive and strange, but true). Reflect on the passage. Who was the original audience, and what was their situation? How is that relevant to you today?
Our sermon Devo takes a break during for summer, does some beach reading, a few home projects, and will be back in the Fall! Looking for something to read in its place this summer? Try Paul David Tripp’s New Morning Mercies!
Evening Prayer of Examen
- Where did you move with or feel close to Jesus today?
- Where did you resist or feel far from Jesus today?
- Where is Jesus leading you tomorrow? Ask for joy as you follow him.
“The God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” (1 Peter 5:10)