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Would you like to read the Word daily, but don’t know how to begin? Reading our Daily Devotionals is a good way to develop the habit of studying the scriptures. Visit this page to find a scripture for every day of the year, complete with practical advice for applying the principles to your everyday life. It is possible to enjoy reading the Bible. Simply set time aside each day, and soon daily Bible reading will become a lifestyle!
“But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly” (Matthew 6:6).
We don’t have to make a public showing of our conversations with God. Though it’s not required, we can find a private place, away from those without a true understanding of prayer, and talk with him. When he answers us, the manifestations will be visible to all.
“Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my meditation. Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray” (Psalm 5:1, 2).
When we pray, verbally or nonverbally, we commune directly with God. As our Creator, he knows everything going on in our lives, both good and bad. Honestly going to him in prayer just as we are, and presenting the meditations of our hearts to him, is acceptable in his sight.
“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer” (Psalm 19:14).
True prayer is conversation with God. True prayer comes from the heart, and the beautiful thing is that we don’t have to utter a single word for him to hear us. Meditating on the Scriptures is one form of prayer that carries great weight.
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” (Philippians 4:8).
The mind is amazingly powerful, and the thoughts we choose to entertain can affect our entire outlook. To have a mind receptive to what God says to us, we must deliberately turn our thoughts to what is true, right, and uplifting. We find what we need in the Word of God.
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God” (Romans 8:14).
The ability to be led by the Holy Spirit is available to all Christians. Every day we should look for opportunities to be Spirit-led.
“Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking [reverently] and [the door] will be opened to you. For everyone who keeps on asking receives; and he who keeps on seeking finds; and to him who keeps on knocking, [the door] will be opened” (Matthew 7:7, 8, AMPC).
This is true not just on the spiritual level, but also on the physical level. As believers, we must persevere in our prayer life and continue trusting God for what we need. We can always count on God to keep his promises.
“Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only” (James 2:24).
When we believe in something strongly enough, corresponding actions will follow. These acts of faith can be powerful witnesses for Christ, and God honors them.
“Speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:19, 20, NIV).
As long as it comes from the heart, prayer can take many forms. Whether it’s praying in tongues, singing to God, or meditating on his word, having continual conversation with him and giving thanks is always acceptable.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding” (Proverbs 9:10, NKJV).
Unlike worldly book learning, true wisdom and knowledge come directly from God. These blessings are solid as a rock and unchanging, and we can depend on them. We start to acquire this wisdom through the fear of God, and respect and reverence for his word.
“But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole” (Luke 8:50).
When Jairus asked Jesus to heal his daughter, then learned that she had already died, Jesus urged Jairus to believe him for her healing and wholeness. We receive what God has made available to us by faith. Fear blocks the blessings, but our trust in him establishes a powerful, supernatural connection.
“And whithersoever he entered, into villages, or cities, or country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought him that they might touch if it were but the border of his garment: and as many as touched him were made whole” (Mark 6:56).
Jesus’ salvation brings us an all-encompassing healing, wholeness, peace, and joy. During his earthly ministry, those who needed wholeness needed only to touch his clothing, and they received it by faith. Even now, when we make contact with him in prayer, we receive what we need.
“And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed. And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the Lord your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed” (Joel 2:26, 27).
God promises us, his people, that we will never go hungry or be in want for anything. We can hold our heads high, knowing we will never be shamed or disgraced. In return, he reminds us to acknowledge him in our midst, and remember that he is responsible for the good things that happen.
“Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit” (Psalm 51:12).
No one but God can heal and restore us, and give us perfect joy. We can’t help but be joyful when we meditate on the perfect salvation we receive through him. His Spirit sustains and frees us from whatever earthly things hold us back from true communication with him.
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33).
God knows us inside and out, and he is thoroughly familiar with what we need. We don’t have to worry about whether we can fulfill these needs through our own efforts. God promises us that when we put him first, everything else will follow.
“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4, NIV).
God knows what we want most out of life, and he wants us to have those things. But things of the spirit are more important than things of the world, and when we remember our priorities and focus on him first, he will see to it that we receive what we ask.
“Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:19, 20, NKJV).
Invoking Christ’s name in our prayers immediately unites us with him, because time and distance do not exist in the spiritual realm. This promise is also true when we make intercessory prayer on someone else’s behalf.
“Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:16, 17).
Prayer that is pleasing and acceptable to God is filled with praise, joy, and thanksgiving. We can pray without ceasing in our everyday lives when we constantly seek his presence, bring everything in our hearts to him, and attentively listen to what he tells us.
“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer” (Romans 12:12, NIV).
It’s easier to be joyful in hope and patient in affliction when we have a strong prayer life, but many people don’t know how to pray. Being “faithful in prayer” doesn’t mean predictably praying every day at the same hour for a certain period of time. It means utilizing our faith in what God says to us, and maintaining a two-way communication with him.
“Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. They are a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck” (Proverbs 1:8, 9, NIV).
Believers are God’s children, and we benefit by listening to him and obeying his instructions. Obedience to the Father is beautiful at every level. This Scripture also applies to the relationship between children and their parents, and obedient children please God, as well as their parents.
“Lord, you establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished you have done for us” (Isaiah 26:12, NIV).
The only way we can have peace, whether on a global or a personal level, is through God. When he works through others to establish peace, true humility gives him, and not ourselves, credit for what he does.
“Blessed be the Lord my Rock, Who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle” (Psalm 144:1, NKJV).
God is indeed the Rock who stabilizes and strengthens us, and secures us so we won’t be swayed in times of trouble. We fight a spiritual battle right now that’s invisible, yet very real. Those who take refuge in the Rock are victorious.
“Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal” (Isaiah 26:4, NIV).
When we’re looking for something or someone to trust, God is the Rock who is dependable, trustworthy, and immovable. His word will not shift and it stands forever.
“For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7).
If we were to trust only in what we see, we would easily be frightened by what’s happening in the world today. God calls us to live a life of faith in what he says, not what the world says. This calls for a good deal of courage, but he protects his faithful followers.
“And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen!” (2 Timothy 4:18, NKJV).
God always delivers those who utterly and completely trust him. No matter what situation we find ourselves in or what evil befalls us, he strongly affirms that our safety and protection are in him.
“The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe” (Proverbs 29:25).
The world assigns value to people based on things like popularity, social status, or bank account, but God doesn’t operate like that. We don’t have to fear others based on the world’s standards. Trusting in God keeps us safe from this trap.
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you” (Matthew 5:11, 12, NIV).
When we choose to live the word of God and apply his precepts to our lives, we can expect opposition from others. We may even have to endure hurtful remarks from family, friends, or loved ones. This is a sign that the world sees us in the same light as the prophets of God, and even Jesus himself.
“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth” (3 John 1:2).
God wants success and prosperity for us, not just financially, but in every area of our lives. Most people think in financial terms only, but financial blessings aren’t possible without spiritual prosperity first.
“The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all he did to prosper in his hand” (Genesis 39:2, 3, NKJV).
God made Joseph prosperous and successful because Joseph fully obeyed him. This was true in the Old Testament, and it remains true today. True wealth and prosperity only come through right-standing with God.
“And keep the charge of the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself” (1 Kings 2:3).
To prosper is not only to achieve financial success, but also to succeed in all areas of life. If we obey God’s word and his supernatural laws, he will keep his promise to us in this area.