Daily Archives: March 27, 2019
Lent is the 40-day period before Easter, and it is “a time for reflection, repentance, and renewal when Christians are invited to prepare themselves for the celebration of the Lord’s resurrection.” This Lent, we are doing a 40-day study from the American Bible Society to focus our time in God’s Word and prayer on His renewing power (click HERE for the reading plan). Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
|Lord God, by your Word fill me with a spirit of gratitude and thanksgiving…
Closing Appeal for Steadfastness and Unity
Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends!
2 I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. 3 Yes, and I ask you, my true companion, help these women since they have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
Be Anxious for Nothing | Rebecca Hoyt
My Bible notes – How do you stop worrying about all that concerns you? Paul says the solution is to pray about everything. Trusting God with one’s petitions brings God’s peace. The word guard actually pictures soldiers guarding a city gate from within the gate. So in entrusting one’s petitions to God, God’s peace will stand guard within the gates of your mind and heart to prevent the invasion of fear. Such peace, in the midst of trial, is so shocking that it surpasses all understanding.
It used to take me a really long time in the midst of a trial or worry to pray about it. I kept trying to do it myself first, which does not work. God can handle things so much better than I can. It took me a while but now I go to Him throughout my day. On the way to school we pray each morning to give all our worries, anxieties, and fears to God and let Him stand guard for us protecting us against them.
Dear Father, thank You for today and for answering my prayers. Thank You for reminding me and my family to You with everything, which gives us peace. Amen.
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