Live in Luke 18:1-8 until it is branded into your spirit. It reveals a vital prayer concept … that we must be persistent in our prayers.
Jesus instructs us to “Cry out day and night” to the Father for our request, and that God will not be slow to answer.
Persistence pays off.
DAILY PRAYER: Father in Heaven, we desire to pray effectively to see Your Kingdom come here on earth. Thank You for Your promise to hear us and move on our behalf. Forgive us for our lack of faith.
DAILY READING: Judges 1-4; Luke 18
So spoke Jesus to His disciples as He explained how their earthly focus should be toward their future in His Kingdom rather than on their past and its securities.
What was Mrs. Lot looking back to see? Her home, her friends, her investments, the future she thought she had in the city of Sodom? The disobedience of her longing look back ended her life.
Jesus then immediately said, “If you grasp and cling to life on your terms, you’ll lose it, but if you let that life go, you’ll get life on God’s terms.” [The Message]
DAILY PRAYER: Lord, forgive us for finding our security in anything but You. Adjust our focus today on the future we have with You in Your Kingdom.
DAILY READING: Josh. 22-4; Like 17
A popular men’s ministry was called “Promise Keepers.” Why? Probably because men make a lot of promises they don’t or can’t keep. It erodes and sometimes destroys families and relationships.
“God is not a man that He should lie.” (Num. 23:19) “Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.” (Josh. 21:45)
God wants men to keep their promises like He does. David declared, “[A worshipper] keeps an oath even when it hurts, and does not change [his] mind.” (Ps. 15:4)
DAILY PRAYER: Lord, forgive me for all the commitments I’ve made that I didn’t keep. Grace me to be a true “Promise Keeper.”
DAILY READING: Josh. 19-21; Luke 16
Rich insight into God’s love for His children is gained by reading the story of the Prodigal in Luke 15.
That the lost was found and back in Daddy’s house gave the father great joy. A personal note: when my children are all in the same house together, I am at my happiest.
Whatever we can do to facilitate seeing prodigals return to their Heavenly Father brings joy in God’s House.
DAILY PRAYER: Father in Heaven, thank You for Your consuming love that reaches out to wayward children and keeps drawing them home. Use me to direct them back to You today.
DAILY READING: Josh. 16-8; Luke 15
The Levites were given no lands as their inheritance in the Promised Land. Instead, they were assured food to eat and cities to dwell in. Also, the Lord Himself said, “I am their inheritance.”
In the hereafter, what would you rather have … grass to mow, leaky roofs to fix, oil to change? Or, how about sitting in the presence of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords?
I’m all for being a Levite!
DAILY PRAYER: Lord, You are all I need. You are all I want. My desire is to be in Your presence forever.
DAILY READING: Josh. 13-15; Luke 14
God gave Joshua and the Children of Israel victory over all the inhabitants in the Promised Land except at Ai when Achan’s disobedience deflected God’s favor.
It was God’s plan for the Israelites to destroy and displace these dominions just as it is His desire for us to destroy and displace carnal strongholds in our own lives … greed, jealousy, lust, slothfulness etc.
The young leaders were given the opportunity to put their foot on the heads of the defeated kings. That’s where our besetting foes belong … under our feet rendered powerless by the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Jesus said, “Be of good cheer. I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
DAILY PRAYER: Lord, let Your great power in my life deliver me from every besetting sin and habit. I want to live a life that pleases You.
DAILY READING: Josh. 10-12; Luke 13
Jesus owned only a robe, and probably some sandals, that we know of. Being the firstborn to Mary and Joseph, he was entitled to the birthright of His family, but Himself declared “The Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” His example to us is that of one who pursues the task rather than the treasure.
We are trapped in a society that seeks material possessions. Because God promises to meet our true needs, we don’t have to be driven by greed and materialism like those around us.
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:19
DAILY PRAYER: Father, thank You for supplying our needs. Continue to deliver us from greed and other impure motives that distract us from Your eternal purposes. You own it all.
DAILY READING: Josh. 7-9; Luke 12