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
“Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted; his splendor is above the earth and the heavens.” (Ps. 148:13)
Prayer of Confession
Extravagant God, in the past you sprinkled your Spirit on particular people at specific times for special tasks or roles. Thank you for pouring out the Holy Spirit on all your people, making the Spirit’s power and presence a normal part of following Jesus. With my whole heart I ask for the fullness of the Holy Spirit in my life, to stir up and disturb, revive and renew. In Jesus’ name, amen. (Prayer based on the Heidelberg Catechism, Question 49)
*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 8 | Read Matthew 8
- 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: “Revelation contains 404 verses into which St. John, the pastor, makes reference to earlier scripture 518 times. The message is clear: This last word on scripture will not being saying anything new. Instead, the Revelation reveals Jesus Christ as the Lamb of God by bidding us to look to the past to the Old Testament promises and to the resurrection; to live in the present as the people of God; and to look toward the future when the triumph of King Jesus will be fully revealed.” Meditate on the passage, noting a few words or a phrase that stood out. Take them to God in prayer.
Pray Psalm 9 | Read Song of Solomon 2
- OT Context:The Song of Solomon is a love story filled with desire as a young couple consummates their marriage. Though some see this as an allegory for the church, the symbolism within this song speaks of sexual delight within marriage that should not be sanitized or ignored. Reflect on the passage. Who was the original audience, and what was their situation? How is that relevant to you today?
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.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matt. 5:3)