Week Forty One — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — The Prayers of the Righteous — Ezekiel 14: 19, 20


Ezekiel 14:19,20 Or if I send a plague into that land and pour out my wrath upon it through bloodshed, killing its men and their animals, as surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, even if Noah, Daniel and Job were in it, they could save neither son nor daughter. They would save only themselves by their righteousness.

Prayer: Lord God, we pray for the salvation of our generation.

Thought for the day: You may be the only Bible some persons read today.


Genesis 18:32 The he [Abraham] said, “May the lord not be angry, but let me speak just once more. What if only ten can be found there?” He [God] answered, “For the sake of ten, I will not destroy it.”

Prayer: Lord God, we pray for the salvation of our community.

Thought for the day: You may be the last, best person to pray for your community.


Exodus 32:12,13 Why should the Egyptians say, “it was with evil intent that he [God] brought them out of, to kill them in the mountains and to wipe them off the face of the earth?” Turn your fierce anger; relent and do not bring disaster on your people. Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac and Israel, to whom you swore by our own self: ‘I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and I will give your descendants all this land I promised them, and it will be their inheritance forever.”

Prayer: Lord God, may we find the shelter in your promises to your saints.

Thought for the day:  Not until a will is executed can an heir become a benefactor.


2 Chronicles 7:14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

Prayer: Lord God, we humble ourselves before you so that you may hear our prayer for our generation.

Thought for the day: Proceed with caution when you invite someone to pray for you.


Daniel 9:18-19 Give ear O God, and hear; open your eyes and see the desolation of the city that bears your name. We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy. O Lord, listen! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, hear and act! For your sake, O my God, do not delay because your city and your people bear your Name.

Prayer: Lord God, in prayer like Daniel we plead for your mercy because you are merciful.

Thought for the day: We cannot pray aright, if we do not know the nature of the person to whom we pray.


James 5:16-,7 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of ta righteous man is powerful and effective. Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years.

Prayer: Lord God, in this season of confusion and depravity may you hear the cries of your saints for mercy and favor.

Thought for the day: Many are the grandchildren who were saved thanks to the prayers of a grandmother who would not stop praying.


Luke 23:33,34 When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified him, along with the criminals – one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, for all the prayers you have offered for our salvation we give our thanks.

Thought for the day: Hebrews 7:25 reminds us that Jesus intercedes for us even now.

Adult Bible Study – Ezekiel 14: 12-20

The righteous are a F-O-R-C-E for good in their generation.

Faith – The righteous live by faith.

Oblivion – The righteous often live in a generation in spiritual and moral oblivion.

Righteous – The righteous practice what they believe. They are faithfully obedient.

Care – The righteous care for the welfare of their generation.

Entreaty – The righteous become mediators for the salvation of their generation.


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Week Forty — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — A Prophesy for the Coming Messiah — Zechariah 14:9

Note: After the return from captivity the prophets Zechariah, Haggai, and Malachi speak to Israel as they anticipate the coming of the Messiah. The book of Zechariah contains several messianic prophesies such as the death of the Messiah and the return of the Messiah.


Zechariah 14:9 The Lord will be king over the whole earth.  On that day there will be one Lord, and his name the only name.

Prayer:  Lord God, may we be a people prepared for the coming of your kingdom on earth.

Thought for the day:  God shall answer Jesus’ prayer, “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”


Acts 1:11, 12 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky?  The same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back into the same way you have seen him go into heaven.” Then they returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day’s walk from the city.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we believe you shall come to walk among your children again.

Thought for the day: Both David and Jesus shed tears on the Mount of Olives – David shed tears when his son threatened his life, and Jesus shed tears when he foresaw the doom of Jerusalem.


Mark 13: 32, 33 “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.  Be on guard! You do not know when that time will come.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, as we wait for your return we pray for the salvation of the nations.

Thought for the day:  Prayer can be an effective spiritual monitoring app.


I Thessalonians 5: 2,3 For you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, though we cannot know life’s end, we can and do trust you.

Thought for the day: Even meteorologists can be caught in a snowstorm.


2 Peter 3:10, 11 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief.  The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.  Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be?  You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, may we so live this day that we speed your coming.

Thought for the day: Why do some speed zones have minimal speed limits?


Deuteronomy 10:17, 18 For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes.  He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the alien, giving him food and clothing.

Prayer: Lord God, you are King above all Kings.

Thought for the day:  Henotheism is the belief that there is one God above all gods.


Philippians 2: 9,10 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, for your sacrifice for all You deserve a place above all.

Thought for the day:  Nurses know how to use leverage to lift a fallen patient.

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Week Thirty-nine — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — By Grace Jeremiah is Set Free — Jeremiah 40: 3,4

Note: In chapter 38 Jeremiah is thrown into a cistern by his own countrymen, but he is later rescued.  Eventually Jerusalem does fall as Jeremiah prophesies, and he is swept up in the throng that is to go as captives to Babylon.  However, he is identified and freed by the Babylonian officials, since he faithfully prophesied that they would destroy Jerusalem.


Jeremiah 40: 3, 4 [The imperial guard says,] “And now that Lord has brought it about; he has done just as he said he world.  All this happened because you people sinned against the Lord and did not obey him.  But today I am freeing you from the chains on your wrists. Come with me to Babylon, if you like, and I will look after you; but if you do not want to, then don’t come.  Look, the whole country lies before you; go wherever you please.”

Prayer: Lord God, amid the throng you preserve your faithful children.

Thought for the day:  You can find treasure simply by looking under the cushions of your sofa.


Psalm 106:46, 47 He caused them to be pitied by all who held them captive. Save us, O Lord our God, and gather us form the nations, that we may give thinks to your hold name and glory in your praise.

Prayer: Lord God, you have always found your people.

Thought for the day:  You will never slip through the holes, if you are pocketed in God’s care.


Psalm 119: 44, 45 I will always obey your law, for ever and ever. I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.

Prayer:  Lord God, in the pathway of obedience to you there is freedom.

Thought for the day: One of two choices has the power to save a life: “No” or Naloxone.


Galatians 5:1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

Prayer:  Jesus, we give thanks that you freed us from the burden of sin.

Thought for the day: The finish line of the race of life gets farther away as the weight of sin increases.


James 1:25 But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it – he will be blessed in what he does.

Prayer:  Lord God, with the strength of will you give us may we obey your will.

Thought for the day: The songwriter said, “Trust and obey, for there is no other way to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey.”


I Peter 2:16 Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God.

Prayer:  Jesus, may our lives ever reflect the goodness you have restored in us.

Thought for the day:  In spiritual warfare there are no double-agents.


Luke 12:6 Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God.

Prayer: Lord God, we thank you that you are ever mindful of us, your children.

Thought for the day:  Jeremiah’s faith was a both-and faith – faith both in prison and out of prison.

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Week Thirty-eight — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — Jeremiah’s prophesy survives the fire — Jeremiah 36: 2-3

Note: Chapter 36 includes the dramatic story of how Jeremiah must rewrite a prophesy after the king violently destroys the word. People and officials hearing the word demonstrate their concern, but the king rejects the world to his own undoing.


Jeremiah 36:2-3 “take a scroll and write on it all the words I [God] have spoken to you concerning Israel, Judah and all the other nations from the time I began speaking to you in the reign of Josiah till now. Perhaps when the people of Judah hear about every disaster I plan to inflict on them, each of them will turn from his wicked way; then I will forgive their wickedness and their sin.”

Prayer: Lord God, may we respond to your grace and mercy with contrite hearts of love.

Thought for the day: With God opportunity may knock twice.


Isaiah 40:8 The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever.

Prayer: Lord God, your word of love and correction is unfailing.

Thought for the day: Promise keeping could eliminate the needs for great quantities of fine print.


2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we thank you for a loving word to lead, correct, inspire, and empower us.

Thought for the day: Familiarity with a vehicle’s owner’s manual can make trips smoother.


2 Peter 1:20,21 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

Prayer: Lord God, we trust the scriptures as your word of revelation for us today.

Thought for the day: Opinions like scratch-off tickets are frequently sought and frequently wrong.


I Corinthians 15: 3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, your life, your ministry, and even your sacrifice for our sins fulfilled God’s prophecies of old.

Thought for the day: Fulfilling one’s promises and well-wishes is a full-time job.


Hebrews 4:12 The word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we give thanks for your forthright and true word of scripture for our world today.

Thought for the day: The “Wrong Way” sign in the median is posted for your protection.


John 5: 39 You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scripture that testify about me.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, may we find in God’s word the testimony of your forgiving love.

Thought for the day: The songwriter said, “Open my eyes Lord, I want to see Jesus. To reach out and touch him and know that he loves me.”

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Week Thirty-Seven — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — Jeremiah consoles the exiles — Jeremiah 31: 3,4


Jeremiah 31: 3,4 The Lord appeared to us I the past saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving kindness, I will build you up again and you will be rebuilt, O Virgin Israel.  Again you will take up your tambourines and go out to dance with the joyful.

Prayer:  Lord God, your everlasting love renews life and hope in us today.

Thought for the day: Parents know how to love even when the child does not return the love.


Deuteronomy 7:7,8 The Lord did not set his affection on you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples. But it was because the Lord loved you and kept the oath he swore to your forefathers that he brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

Prayer:  Lord God, you loved us enough to give us life for one more day, and we thank you.

Thought for the day:  Perfection is not a prerequisite for true parental love.


Malachi 1:2,3 “I have loved you,” says the Lord.  “But you ask, ‘How have you loved us?’ Was not Esau Jacob’s brother? The Lord says.  “Yet I have loved Jacob but Esau I have hated, and I have turned his mountains into a wasteland and left his inheritance to the desert jackals.

Prayer:  Lord God, your love for us is our protection and our blessing.

Thought for the day:  For safety sake never get between a mama bear and her cubs.


John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Prayer:  Lord God, we give our thanks for the gift of your son.

Thought for the day: For the newborn king the little drummer boy gave what he had; he played on his drum.


Ephesians 2: 3,4  All of us lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts.  Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath.  But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich I mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, surely it is a great love that would save us by grace.

Thought for the day: The songwriter called God’s grace wonderful and matchless, since it is greater than all our sin.


Proverbs 3:11, 12 My son do not despise the Lord’s discipline and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.

Prayer: Lord God, even though you may discipline us, we would abide in your love.

Thought for the day: The child can endure the discipline, if he or she is confident of being loved.


I John 4:7, 8 Dear friends let us love one another, for love comes from God.  Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.  Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

Prayer:  Lord God, we are in awe that you would entrust to us the task of loving one another

Thought for the day: To love others we must see them for who they are.

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Week Thirty-six — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — Jeremiah writes to the exiles — Jeremiah 29:13,14

Note: In a letter to the exiles Jeremiah warns the people not to trust the false prophets who promise a quick-fix. God’s plans to proper the people (v. 11) are part of God’s promise that in God’s time God will restore the people after 70 years of captivity.


Jeremiah 29:13-14 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the lord, “ and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”

Prayer: Lord God, we give thanks that you are present for us in our hour of need.

Thought for the day: If your text message to heaven is not getting through, you may need to check your network connectivity.


2 Chronicles 7:13, 14 When I shut up the heaves so that there is no rain, or command locust to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn form their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

Prayer: Lord God, we who are your people humble ourselves before you that we might seek your face.

Thought for the day: Some conversations require dressing up, while others require dressing down.


Psalm 28: 7, 8 Hear my voice when I call, O Lord; be merciful to me and answer me. My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek.

Prayer: Almighty God, within us is a yearning that is for you alone.

Thought for the day: Sea water does not quench one’s thirst.


Psalm 119:2 Blessed are they who keep his statues and seek him with all their heart.

Prayer: Lord God, may you forgive us when we halfheartedly search for you.

Thought for the day: Few Himalayan mountaineers are content to reach only the first base camp.


John 12:20,21 Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the Feast. They can to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.”

Prayer: Lord Jesus, may we be ready to lead inquiring souls to you.

Thought for the day: Moviegoers pay to see the main feature and not the upcoming trailers.


2 Thessalonians 2: 16, 17 May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and world.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, in you we have a good hope and an eternal encouragement.

Thought for the day: Your good hope in Christ cannot be garnished by any bill collector.


I John 3:2,3 Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we would be pure that we may be like you at your appearing.

Thought for the day: The word of God is a soul sanitizer. For best effects use frequent applications.

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Week Thirty-five — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — Jeremiah prophesies a time of exile — Jeremiah 25: 10, 11


Jeremiah 24: 10, 11 I will banish from them the sounds of joy and gladness, the voices of bride and bridegroom, the sound of millstones and the light of the lamp.  This whole country will become a desolate wasteland, and these nations will serve the king of Babylon seventy years.

Prayer: Lord God, whenever we stray from your presence we find ourselves in dire straits.

Thought for the day: Every hurricane has an eye of safety.


Psalm 137: 4, 5 How can we sing the songs of the Lord while in a foreign land?  If I forget you, O Jerusalem, may my right hand forget is skill.

Prayer:  Lord God, to have dwelt in your presence is unforgettable. Take us to your presence.

Thought for the day: Why does the library always seem to close too soon?


Psalm 51:11,12 Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.  Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

Prayer: Lord God, rekindle in us the excitement we first found in discovering your mercy and grace.

Thought for the day: Why do marital counselors invite warring couples to recall the good old days?


Exodus 3: 7, 8 The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt.  I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering.  So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey – the home of the Canaanites, Hittities, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites.

Prayer:  Lord God, we trust that you have never forgotten us.

Thought for the day: Children know that a mother’s kiss can cure a boo-boo.


Psalm 30: 4, 5 Sing to the Lord, you saints of his; praise his holy name.  For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.

Prayer:  Lord God, the day when you restore your children shall a great day of rejoicing.

Thought for the day: Clean towels still warm from the dryer are a joy to behold.


Luke 4:18 “The Spirt of the Lord is one me, because he as anointed me to preach good news to the poor.  He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind.

Thought for the day:  Jesus, we give thanks for your message of deliverance for all who have been captives in body or in spirit.

Thought for the day:  On the day you have to file an insurance claim you’ll be glad you paid the premiums.


Romans 6:16, 17 Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which les to righteousness?  But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we humbly offer ourselves to serve you.

Thought for the day:  The songwriter said, “There is joy in serving Jesus, joy that fills my heart today.”

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