Sunday, August 14
2 Chronicles 21:12-13 Jehoram received a letter from Elijah the prophet, which said: “This is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says: ‘You have not walked in the ways of your father Jehoshaphat or of Asa king of Judah. But you have walked in the ways of the kings of Israel, and you have led Judah and the people of Jerusalem to prostitute themselves just as the house of Ahab did. You have murdered your own brothers, members of your father’s house, men who were better than you.
Prayer: Lord God, give us strength to resist the persuasion of the sensational.
Thought for the day: When leaders become discontented with righteous living, ruin is sure to follow.
Monday, August 15
2 Chronicles 15:8 When Asa heard these words and the prophecy of Azariah son of Obed the prophet, he took courage. He removed the detestable idols from the whole land of Judah and Benjamin and from the towns he had captured in the hills of Ephraim. He repaired the altar of the Lord that was in front of his portico of the Lord’s temple.
Prayer: Lord, may we be numbered among those who hear the words of your faithful prophets and obey.
Thought for the day: Any day we can honor God by spiritual housekeeping is a good day.
Tuesday, August 16
2 Chronicles 20: 21 After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as he went out at the head of the army, saying: “Give thanks to the Lord, for his love endures forever.”
Prayer: Lord, we seek leaders who would lift your praises to the heavens.
Thought for the day: Answers to our prayers are waiting to be discovered in our praise.
Wednesday, August 17
Proverbs 25:5 In the path of the wicked lie thorns and snares, but he who guards his soul stays far from them.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, humbly we ask that we would learn and follow your pathway to God.
Thought for the day: The wrong step trips the snare.
Thursday, August 18
Deuteronomy 30:15,16 See I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your god, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.
Prayer: O God, O Jesus, teach us the way to life and prosperity by loving you.
Thought for the day: Some monumental decisions simply are right-or-wrong decisions.
Friday, August 19
I Corinthians 15:32, 33 If I fought the wild beasts in Ephesus for merely human reasons, what have I gained? If the dead are not raised, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.” Do not be misled. “Bad company corrupts good character.”
Prayer: Lord, may our chosen companions faithfully give us spiritual comfort and inspired guidance.
Thought for the day: Some friends like some fish should be returned to the waters whence they came.
Saturday, August 20
Romans 12:1,2 Therefore I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what god’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, we would be transformed in knowing and following you.
Thought for the day: The heat of the kiln transforms common clay into precious pottery.