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  • Verse of the Day - Psalm 79:9

    <p>Help us, O God our Savior, for the glory of your name; deliver us and forgive our sins for your name's sake.</p><p>&mdash;<a href="http://bible.faithlife.com/bible/niv/Psalm79.9" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Psalm 79:9</a></p><h4>Thoughts on Today's Verse...</h4><p>We don't deserve the grace we need! We have no right to presume God's forgiveness! We have no reason to expect divine deliverance! But in Jesus, God has shown us his incredible love and generosity. We can confidently call out for his mercy and receive his grace, forgiveness, and deliverance &#8212; not because we deserve it, but because of who he is and for the sake of his glorious name.</p><h4>My Prayer...</h4><p>Holy and awesome God, I need your grace and forgiveness. I need your deliverance from the tempter's snare. Without your power and mercy, I will surely fail. May the grace you extend to me bring you praise. May the forgiveness you lavish on me bring others to honor you. May your deliverance of me from the tempter's snare bring glory to your name. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.</p>The Thoughts and Prayer on Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to <a href="mailto:phil@verseoftheday.com" rel="nofollow">phil@verseoftheday.com</a>.<hr>&copy; 1998-2019, Heartlight, Inc. Verseoftheday.com is part of the <a href="https://www.heartlight.org?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=devos&utm_content=votd&utm_term=en">Heartlight</a> Network. All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. &copy; 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. | <a href="https://www.heartlight.org/support/privacy.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=devos&utm_content=votd&utm_term=en">Privacy Policy</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/hl-devos-votd/~4/T3m16q4bfjU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Verse of the Day - Matthew 13:22

    <p>[Jesus said] "The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful."</p><p>&mdash;<a href="http://bible.faithlife.com/bible/niv/Matthew13.22" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Matthew 13:22</a></p><h4>Thoughts on Today's Verse...</h4><p>All sorts of things can distract us from Kingdom matters. The wear and tear of everyday life can make it hard to keep our spiritual focus. But in an affluent society, our desire for riches, our pursuit of material things, and our selfishness with wealth can entangle us in worry. Worry can stifle our faith. Eventually the fruitfulness of the Gospel is choked out and we lose our spiritual vitality. Our greatest riches are found in Jesus. If he is our priceless treasure and the Kingdom is our highest priority, then we can handle the other things that come our way.</p><h4>My Prayer...</h4><p>Gracious Father, please help me to faithfully use the blessings you have lavishly poured out upon me. Please don't let me be deceived or owned by the things I possess, nor do I want to covet what I do not have. Give me an undivided heart about the matters of your Kingdom. Please bring to life in me the fruitfulness of a heart full of your grace. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.</p>The Thoughts and Prayer on Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to <a href="mailto:phil@verseoftheday.com" rel="nofollow">phil@verseoftheday.com</a>.<hr>&copy; 1998-2019, Heartlight, Inc. Verseoftheday.com is part of the <a href="https://www.heartlight.org?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=devos&utm_content=votd&utm_term=en">Heartlight</a> Network. All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. &copy; 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. | <a href="https://www.heartlight.org/support/privacy.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=devos&utm_content=votd&utm_term=en">Privacy Policy</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/hl-devos-votd/~4/NdE9V1jw6wo" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Verse of the Day - Lamentations 5:21

    <p>Restore us to yourself, O LORD, that we may return; renew our days as of old.</p><p>&mdash;<a href="http://bible.faithlife.com/bible/niv/Lamentations5.21" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lamentations 5:21</a></p><h4>Thoughts on Today's Verse...</h4><p>When these words were first spoken, they focused on God's restoration of Israel back to its place, its prominence, its life, and its Temple. Yet from our vantage point, this prayer can be ours as well. Restoration can mean Christ's return which brings us home to God. On that day, every barrier standing between God and us will fall. Our mortality will be swallowed up in victory. We will see God face to face and get to walk with him in the cool of the day as his perfect children. May that day come soon!</p><h4>My Prayer...</h4><p>Holy and awesome God, I know a huge gulf stands between your perfection and my limitations. Yet, dear Father, I believe you have spanned that gulf with your grace. While I wait for that perfection to dawn in all its fullness, please empower me for my battles with the Evil One and deliver me from all spiritual harm and attack. Until the day I see you face to face, please accept my all-too-limited and human praise for all you have done to save me. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.</p>The Thoughts and Prayer on Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to <a href="mailto:phil@verseoftheday.com" rel="nofollow">phil@verseoftheday.com</a>.<hr>&copy; 1998-2019, Heartlight, Inc. Verseoftheday.com is part of the <a href="https://www.heartlight.org?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=devos&utm_content=votd&utm_term=en">Heartlight</a> Network. All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. &copy; 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. | <a href="https://www.heartlight.org/support/privacy.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=devos&utm_content=votd&utm_term=en">Privacy Policy</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/hl-devos-votd/~4/5sFKHebbcgU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Verse of the Day - Acts 17:27

    <p>[The apostle Paul said] "God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us."</p><p>&mdash;<a href="http://bible.faithlife.com/bible/niv/Acts17.27" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Acts 17:27</a></p><h4>Thoughts on Today's Verse...</h4><p>Our seeking God longs to be sought! God placed his fingerprints all over the universe and then gave us places to find life and meaning. He had a purpose in this plan: he wanted us to seek the One behind it all. He is never far away from us, but he longs to be sought and found. When we seek after God, we are not only blessing him, we're also living out our life's key task.</p><h4>My Prayer...</h4><p>Heavenly Father, I long to know you more completely — as the old hymn says to Jesus: "Beyond the sacred page, I seek thee Lord. My spirit pants for thee O living Word." Loving Father, I ask that your presence would be recognizable in my daily life. I truly want to get to know you, even as I am known by you. In the name of the Savior I pray. Amen.</p>The Thoughts and Prayer on Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to <a href="mailto:phil@verseoftheday.com" rel="nofollow">phil@verseoftheday.com</a>.<hr>&copy; 1998-2019, Heartlight, Inc. Verseoftheday.com is part of the <a href="https://www.heartlight.org?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=devos&utm_content=votd&utm_term=en">Heartlight</a> Network. All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. &copy; 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. | <a href="https://www.heartlight.org/support/privacy.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=devos&utm_content=votd&utm_term=en">Privacy Policy</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/hl-devos-votd/~4/FISwYu4s-3E" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Verse of the Day - Ephesians 4:29

    <p>Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.</p><p>&mdash;<a href="http://bible.faithlife.com/bible/niv/Ephesians4.29" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ephesians 4:29</a></p><h4>Thoughts on Today's Verse...</h4><p>The goal in Christian communication is not just clarity. Neither is the goal just to be understood. The goal is not even just to be truthful. The goal is to be appropriate, encouraging, and uplifting to others based on the needs of that other person.</p><h4>My Prayer...</h4><p>Tender Shepherd, give me a heart that is pure so that my words may be pure. Give me a heart that is kind so that my words may be kind. Give me a heart that is full of joy and encouragement so that I may share these with those you bring to my path and with whom I share conversation. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.</p>The Thoughts and Prayer on Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to <a href="mailto:phil@verseoftheday.com" rel="nofollow">phil@verseoftheday.com</a>.<hr>&copy; 1998-2019, Heartlight, Inc. Verseoftheday.com is part of the <a href="https://www.heartlight.org?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=devos&utm_content=votd&utm_term=en">Heartlight</a> Network. All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. &copy; 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. | <a href="https://www.heartlight.org/support/privacy.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=devos&utm_content=votd&utm_term=en">Privacy Policy</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/hl-devos-votd/~4/iRFzgalIooE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Verse of the Day - Amos 5:4-5

    <p>This is what the LORD says to the house of Israel: "Seek me and live; do not seek Bethel, do not go to Gilgal, do not journey to Beersheba."</p><p>&mdash;<a href="http://bible.faithlife.com/bible/niv/Amos5.4-5" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amos 5:4-5</a></p><h4>Thoughts on Today's Verse...</h4><p>Do you "go to church"? I hope not! Now don't get me wrong; I'm not advocating you skip worship and fellowship this Sunday! We're told not to forsake gathering together as believers (Hebrews 10:25). But when we assemble as a body of believers, we're gathering together for encouragement and meeting with God. We're not GOING to church; we ARE the church! (The New Testament never used the word church to refer to a building!) God warned his people in Old Testament times that simply going to the places of worship was worthless. Instead, they needed to seek him! I believe that is exactly what God would have us do. And as we seek him together, we get to share fellowship, comfort, and encouragement with each other.</p><h4>My Prayer...</h4><p>Holy and loving Father, as I face the struggles of this week, it is comforting to know that I am never away from your love. At the same time, I love those special moments when I meet with other Christians and your presence is powerful and real. I know you are always with us when we gather together, but sometimes my heart or my circumstance or the situations going on in our church family derail my awareness of your presence. This week, dear Father, I pray for our worship assembly to be vibrant and powerful. I pray for your presence to be palpably near. I pray that you will be honored by what my brothers and sisters and I do to encourage each other and praise you. Please use this day to draw us near to you. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.</p>The Thoughts and Prayer on Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to <a href="mailto:phil@verseoftheday.com" rel="nofollow">phil@verseoftheday.com</a>.<hr>&copy; 1998-2019, Heartlight, Inc. Verseoftheday.com is part of the <a href="https://www.heartlight.org?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=devos&utm_content=votd&utm_term=en">Heartlight</a> Network. All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. &copy; 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. | <a href="https://www.heartlight.org/support/privacy.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=devos&utm_content=votd&utm_term=en">Privacy Policy</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/hl-devos-votd/~4/jvUyP6jrKWo" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Verse of the Day - 1 Chronicles 16:11

    <p>Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.</p><p>&mdash;<a href="http://bible.faithlife.com/bible/niv/1Chronicles16.11" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">1 Chronicles 16:11</a></p><h4>Thoughts on Today's Verse...</h4><p>After restoring the presence of God to his people through the Ark of the Covenant, David and Asaph gave them these verses as a song to perpetually remind them of the importance of seeking God because ... our strength is found in him ... our grace is from his loving presence ... and our hope is in seeing him face to face and knowing him even as we are known by him. We must look to the Lord and not seek our own way or follow our own path.</p><h4>My Prayer...</h4><p>O Lord, I know you created me uniquely as you fashioned me in my mother's womb. Yet I know I can never have the freedom or creativity in my life that you long for me to discover, unless I first seek you and your strength. Please bless me with the assurance of your nearness as I seek you with all of my heart and use my abilities in creative ways to bring you glory. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.</p>The Thoughts and Prayer on Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to <a href="mailto:phil@verseoftheday.com" rel="nofollow">phil@verseoftheday.com</a>.<hr>&copy; 1998-2019, Heartlight, Inc. Verseoftheday.com is part of the <a href="https://www.heartlight.org?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=devos&utm_content=votd&utm_term=en">Heartlight</a> Network. All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. &copy; 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. | <a href="https://www.heartlight.org/support/privacy.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=devos&utm_content=votd&utm_term=en">Privacy Policy</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/hl-devos-votd/~4/sC9xDlAptgs" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>