See God's power move.

Scripture: Isaiah 58:1-12

1 Shout it aloud, do not hold back.
    Raise your voice like a trumpet.
Declare to my people their rebellion
    and to the descendants of Jacob their sins.
2 For day after day they seek me out;
    they seem eager to know my ways,
as if they were a nation that does what is right
    and has not forsaken the commands of its God.
They ask me for just decisions
    and seem eager for God to come near them.
3 ‘Why have we fasted,’ they say,
    ‘and you have not seen it?
Why have we humbled ourselves,
    and you have not noticed?’

“Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please
    and exploit all your workers.
4 Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife,
    and in striking each other with wicked fists.
You cannot fast as you do today
    and expect your voice to be heard on high.
5 Is this the kind of fast I have chosen,
    only a day for people to humble themselves?
Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed
    and for lying in sackcloth and ashes?
Is that what you call a fast,
    a day acceptable to the Lord?

6 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
    and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
    and break every yoke?
7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry
    and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
    and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
    and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness[a] will go before you,
    and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
9 Then you will call, and the Lord will answer;
    you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.

“If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
    with the pointing finger and malicious talk,
10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
    and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
    and your night will become like the noonday.
11 The Lord will guide you always;
    he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
    and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
    like a spring whose waters never fail.
12 Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins
    and will raise up the age-old foundations;
you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls,
    Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.

Devotional

"Do not, however, define the benefit that comes from fasting solely in terms of abstinence from foods. For true fasting consists in estrangement from vices. “Loose every burden of iniquity.”61 Forgive your neighbor the distress he causes you; forgive him his debts. “Fast not for quarrels and strifes.”62 You do not eat meat, but you devour your brother. You abstain from wine, but do not restrain yourself from insulting others. You wait until evening to eat, but waste your day in law courts.Let us fast an acceptable and very pleasing fast to the Lord. True fast is the estrangement from evil, temperance of tongue, abstinence from anger, separation from desires, slander, falsehood and perjury. Privation of these is true fasting." [St. Basil, Homily on Fasting, 10].

"Fasting possesses great power. If practiced with the right intention, it makes one a friend of God." [Tertullian, On Fasting].

Day 26 - God Invites You to Come to Him for Help

...for he knows how we are formed,
he remembers that we are dust.
Psalm 103:14

When 
we 
are 
scrambling 
around 
during 
tough 
times, 
trying 
to 
figure 
 out 
what 
to 
do, 
our 
minds 
have 
a 
tendency 
to 
dream 
up 
all 
sorts 
of 
 unlikely 
scenarios. 
Money 
woes, 
for 
instance, 
might 
prompt 
us 
to 
 imagine 
an 
out-of-the-blue 
phone 
call 
from 
a 
billionaire 
like 
Bill 
Gates, 
 offering 
to 
bail 
us 
out. 
Medical 
problems 
can 
get 
us 
daydreaming 
about 
 an 
invitation 
to 
come 
consult—for 
free, 
of 
course—with 
the 
world’s 
 foremost 
specialists 
at 
a 
place 
like 
the 
Mayo 
Clinic.

Bottom 
line—what 
we 
want 
most 
in 
times 
of 
trouble 
is 
understanding 
 and 
help 
from 
someone 
with 
the 
power 
to 
deal 
effectively 
with 
our 
 situation.

God 
offers 
precisely 
what 
we 
want 
and 
need. 
He 
knows 
our 
every 
 weakness 
and 
cares 
about 
them. 
We 
can 
trust 
that 
when 
we 
seek 
him 
 for 
help 
in 
a 
situation, 
he’ll 
care 
enough 
to 
do 
something 
about 
it.

God’s Promise to Me
•I 
understand 
your 
weaknesses.
•I 
want 
you 
to 
come 
boldly 
into 
my 
presence.
•I 
will 
give 
you 
mercy 
and 
grace 
in 
your 
time 
of 
need.

My Prayer to God
Lord, 
you 
know 
my 
weaknesses 
and 
the 
temptations 
I 
face. 
You 
are 
 never 
too 
busy 
for 
me. 
Thank 
you 
for 
the 
total, 
unhindered 
access 
I 
 have 
to 
you. 

Day 25 - God Helps You Reach Your Goals

Commit to the Lord whatever you do,
and he will establish your plans.
Proverbs 16:3

Ever 
set 
goals 
for 
your 
family? 
Perhaps 
you 
sat 
down 
as 
a 
family 
and 
 decided on what you wanted to do or how you wanted to help each other 
grow. 
Setting 
goals 
together 
is 
a 
way 
of 
working 
as 
a 
team, 
as 
 well 
as 
showing 
your 
love 
for 
each 
other.

As 
a 
member 
of 
God’s 
family 
God 
wants 
to 
do 
the 
same 
thing 
with 
you: 
 sit 
down 
together 
and 
work 
through 
your 
goals. 
Because 
he 
loves 
you 
 and 
wants 
the 
best 
for 
you, 
he 
wants 
to 
hear 
your 
plans, 
hopes 
and 
 dreams.

Sometimes 
we 
make 
plans 
without 
consulting 
God 
because 
we 
simply 
 want 
our 
own 
way. 
Some 
of 
these 
plans 
may 
succeed;; 
others 
fail. 
God 
 wants 
us 
to 
submit 
our 
plans 
to 
him 
for 
his 
approval 
before 
we 
act. 
In 
 this 
way, 
we 
show 
our 
love 
for 
and 
submission 
to 
him.

God’s Promise to Me
•If 
you 
commit 
your 
plans 
to 
me, 
I 
will 
help 
you 
reach 
godly 
goals.

My Prayer to God
Heavenly 
Father, 
I’m 
glad 
you’re 
so 
interested 
in 
my 
life 
that 
I 
can 
come 
 and 
talk 
to 
you 
whenever 
I 
want. 
Thank 
you 
for 
helping 
me 
set 
good 
 goals. 

Day 24 - God Never Stops Loving You

For 
I 
am 
convinced 
that 
neither 
death 
nor 
life, 
neither 
angels 
nor
demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither
height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to
separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:38-39

Most 
of 
what 
our 
world 
calls 
“love” 
is 
conditional. 
You 
get 
to 
be 
on 
the 
 receiving 
end 
only 
if 
or 
because 
you 
are 
a 
certain 
way 
or 
if 
or 
because 
 you 
do 
certain 
things. 
Stop 
being 
or 
doing 
those 
things 
and 
watch 
how 
 quickly 
the 
“love” 
disappears. 
Except 
when 
it 
comes 
to 
God.

His 
love 
is 
unconditional, 
permanent, 
sure. 
Like 
sunlight 
it 
shines 
on 
 us 
no 
matter 
what 
we 
do 
or 
don’t 
do. 
We 
can’t 
cause 
it 
to 
burn 
more 
 brightly. 
We 
can’t 
possibly 
turn 
it 
off. 
It 
is 
the 
great 
constant 
in 
life—the 
 one 
thing 
we 
can’t 
evade.

Sin 
in 
our 
lives 
might 
prevent 
us 
from 
the 
vivid 
experience 
of 
God’s 
 love, 
but 
it 
doesn’t 
diminish 
that 
love 
any 
more 
than 
a 
few 
clouds 
can 
 diminish 
the 
sun.

Take 
time 
today 
to 
bask 
in 
the 
warmth 
of 
divine 
love.

God’s Promise to Me
•Nothing 
can 
separate 
you 
from 
my 
love.

My Prayer to God
Your 
love 
is 
permanent, 
Lord. 
Transform 
me 
as 
I 
understand 
more 
 deeply 
your 
undying 
affection 
for 
me. 
When 
I 
am 
in 
situations 
where 
I 
 cannot 
sense 
your 
love, 
give 
me 
the 
faith 
to 
trust 
that 
you 
are 
still 
there 
 and 
that 
I 
am 
always 
in 
your 
care. 

Day 23 - God Understands Your Temptations

And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.
Matthew 6:13 

You’ve 
taken 
on 
too 
many 
responsibilities 
and 
now 
you’re 
scrambling 
 to 
get 
it 
all 
done. 
People 
are 
not 
cooperating. 
Your 
stress 
level 
is 
rising 
 even 
as 
your 
mood 
is 
deteriorating. 
Success 
looks 
doubtful. 
Ever 
been 
 in 
this 
place?

To 
make 
matters 
worse, 
because 
of 
your 
busyness 
you 
haven’t 
taken 
 time 
out 
to 
make 
sure 
you’re 
approaching 
the 
situation 
with 
God’s 
 perspective. 
Just 
when 
the 
external 
pressure 
is 
greatest 
your 
inner 
 strength 
is 
waning. 
There’s 
a 
lesson 
here: 
people 
have 
a 
tendency 
to 
 lower 
their 
spiritual 
guards 
in 
stressful 
situations.

The 
good 
news 
is 
that 
when 
we 
find 
ourselves 
in 
tempting 
places—no 
 matter 
what 
the 
source—we 
have 
someone 
to 
whom 
we 
can 
turn. 
 He 
understands 
our 
weaknesses 
and 
promises 
to 
help 
us 
if 
we’ll 
cling 
 to 
him. 
God 
is 
the 
ultimate 
preventive 
measure 
against 
falling 
into 
 temptation.

God’s Promise to Me
•You 
can 
pray 
for 
my 
help 
to 
avoid 
temptation.

My Prayer to God
Lord, 
I’m 
grateful 
that 
I 
can 
turn 
to 
you 
to 
avoid 
temptation. 
Help 
me 
 trust 
your 
leading 
and 
learn 
from 
your 
roadblocks. 

Day 22 - God Has Given You All You Need

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. Ephesians 1:3

When 
life 
gets 
chaotic, 
we 
are 
prone 
to 
daydream: 
“If 
only 
I 
could 
stop 
 the 
clock 
for 
two 
weeks, 
I 
could 
catch 
up.” 
“If 
only 
I 
could 
win 
a 
million 
 bucks, 
my 
life 
would 
be 
simplified.” 
“If 
only 
I 
...”

If 
only. 
If 
only.

In 
stressful 
times, 
whether 
self-induced 
or 
externally 
imposed, 
we 
 are 
quick 
to 
look 
for 
relief 
through 
physical 
or 
material 
means. 
This 
is 
 unfortunate 
since 
what 
we 
really 
need 
most 
in 
hard 
times 
are 
immaterial 
 realities 
like 
peace, 
patience, 
joy, 
endurance, 
inner 
strength, 
faithfulness 
 and 
humility.

The good news is that all those priceless qualities are available to us now—in 
limitless 
quantities. 
The 
lesson? 
We 
are 
to 
stop 
wishing 
for 
 superficial 
things 
that 
don’t 
really 
help 
and 
start 
taking 
advantage 
of 
the 
 spiritual 
blessings 
that 
can 
and 
will 
make 
a 
real 
difference 
in 
our 
lives.

God’s Promise to Me
•I 
am 
the 
God 
who 
blesses.
•I 
have 
already 
prospered 
you 
with 
every 
spiritual 
blessing 
that 
you 
 need 
to 
live 
in 
a 
fallen 
world.

My Prayer to God
O 
God, 
I 
praise 
you! 
You 
are 
the 
God 
who 
blesses. 
How 
easy 
it 
is 
to 
 forget 
that 
you 
are 
the 
source 
of 
every 
good 
thing 
and 
that 
you 
yourself 
 are 
good. 
Your 
goodness 
to 
me 
is 
not 
because 
of 
any 
goodness 
on 
my 
 part. 
It 
is 
all 
because 
of 
Christ, 
all 
because 
of 
grace. 

Day 19 - God is Most Concerned With Your Heart

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, 
for 
I 
have 
rejected 
him. 
The 
Lord 
does 
not 
look 
at 
the 
things 
 people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
1 Samuel 16:7

When does concern over one’s appearance cross the line between healthy 
and 
unhealthy?

Is 
it 
wrong, 
for 
instance, 
to 
work 
out 
every 
day? 
What 
about 
cosmetic 
 surgery? 
Or 
spending 
time 
and 
effort 
searching 
for 
the 
“perfect” 
haircut, 
 suntan, 
makeup 
or 
wardrobe?

There 
are 
no 
simple 
answers 
to 
these 
questions, 
but 
the 
promise 
above 
 reminds 
us 
that 
God 
is 
far 
more 
interested 
in 
what’s 
going 
on 
inside 
us 
 than 
how 
we 
look 
on 
the 
outside.

The 
apostle 
Paul’s 
words 
fit 
well 
here: 
“Train 
yourself 
to 
be 
godly. 
 For 
physical 
training 
is 
of 
some 
value, 
but 
godliness 
has 
value 
for 
all 
 things, 
holding 
promise 
for 
both 
the 
present 
life 
and 
the 
life 
to 
come” 
(1 
 Timothy 
4:7–8).

God’s Promise to Me
•I 
don’t 
evaluate 
people 
by 
looking 
at 
their 
outward 
appearance.
•I 
judge 
people 
by 
their 
thoughts 
and 
intentions.

My Prayer to God
Lord, 
it’s 
true 
that 
our 
world 
thinks 
external 
image 
is 
everything. 
Forgive 
 me 
for 
the 
times 
I 
am 
overly 
concerned 
with 
my 
appearance. 
Grant 
me 
 the 
wisdom 
and 
discipline 
to 
expend 
the 
necessary 
time 
and 
energy 
to 
 care 
for 
my 
soul. 
May 
you 
be 
pleased 
more 
and 
more 
as 
you 
examine 
 my 
thoughts 
and 
intentions. 

Day 18 - God Directs Your Ways

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6

Here’s 
an 
exercise 
for 
the 
next 
time 
you 
find 
yourself 
up 
to 
your 
neck 
 in 
question 
marks. 
Whenever 
you’re 
wondering 
which 
path 
to 
go 
down, 
 and 
perhaps 
feeling 
pressured 
by 
the 
fast 
pace 
of 
life 
to 
make 
a 
quick 
 choice, 
ask 
yourself:

Am 
I 
looking 
to 
and 
leaning 
on 
God?

Do 
I 
put 
more 
stock 
in 
God’s 
counsel 
than 
in 
my 
own 
ideas 
or 
the 
 opinions 
of 
others? 
Am 
I 
open 
to 
the 
idea 
that 
God 
may 
very 
well 
ask 
 me 
to 
do 
something 
that 
everyone 
else 
thinks 
is 
crazy?

Do 
I 
honestly 
want 
what 
God 
wants—in 
every 
part 
of 
my 
life? 
Am 
I 
 willing 
to 
wait 
until 
I 
have 
a 
clear 
sense 
of 
his 
leading?

If 
you 
can 
answer 
“yes” 
to 
these 
questions, 
God 
promises 
to 
direct 
you. 
 How 
good 
is 
that?

God’s Promise to Me
•If 
you 
trust 
me 
and 
seek 
me, 
I 
will 
show 
you 
the 
way 
to 
go.

My Prayer to God
You 
want 
me 
to 
trust 
you, 
Lord, 
with 
all 
my 
heart, 
and 
I 
want 
to 
do 
that. 
 You’re 
worthy 
of 
my 
trust. 
Forgive 
me 
for 
the 
times 
I 
doubt. 
In 
times 
of 
 uncertainty 
I 
know 
I 
need 
more 
than 
mere 
human 
understanding. 
I 
need 
 you! 
I 
want 
your 
will, 
God. 
Please 
show 
me 
which 
way 
to 
go. 

Day 17 - The Holy Spirit Guarantees Future Promises

And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory. Ephesians 1:13-14

Who 
are 
the 
“you 
also” 
to 
whom 
Paul 
referred? 
This 
meant 
all 
non- Jews 
who 
had 
become 
believers. 
Christ 
came 
to 
die 
for 
everyone—not 
 just 
Jews, 
but 
Gentiles 
too. 
God 
had 
promised 
that 
through 
one 
of 
 Abraham’s 
descendants, 
“all 
peoples 
on 
earth 
will 
be 
blessed” 
(Genesis 
 12:3). 
Jesus 
fulfilled 
that 
promise 
when 
he 
opened 
the 
way 
of 
salvation 
 to 
everyone. 
When 
we 
believe 
the 
Good 
News, 
God 
saves 
us. 
In 
that 
 moment 
God 
gives 
us 
his 
Holy 
Spirit, 
who 
is 
like 
a 
security 
deposit. 
 The 
fact 
that 
we 
have 
the 
Holy 
Spirit 
means 
that 
all 
the 
rest 
of 
God’s 
 promises 
will 
come 
true.

God’s 
promises 
about 
eternity 
are 
as 
certain 
as 
our 
salvation. 
There 
 is 
no 
need 
to 
doubt 
what 
God 
says. 
While 
we 
may 
not 
understand 
 everything 
in 
our 
lives 
or 
even 
agree 
on 
how 
the 
future 
will 
play 
out, 
we 
 can 
agree 
that 
Jesus 
is 
coming 
back 
to 
take 
us 
to 
heaven 
to 
be 
with 
him 
 forever.

We 
can 
have 
confidence 
in 
God’s 
promises 
for 
the 
future. 
The 
Holy 
 Spirit 
testifies 
daily 
to 
the 
fact 
that 
all 
of 
God’s 
promises 
will 
come 
true 
 “to 
the 
praise 
of 
his 
glory.”

God’s Promise to Me
•I 
gave 
you 
my 
Spirit 
as 
a 
guarantee 
that 
I 
will 
give 
you 
everything 
 else 
I 
promised.
•You 
can 
be 
confident 
in 
all 
of 
my 
promises 
for 
the 
future.

My Prayer to God
God, 
thank 
you 
for 
giving 
me 
your 
Holy 
Spirit 
and 
for 
identifying 
me 
as 
 your 
child. 
Thank 
you 
for 
the 
glorious 
future 
you 
have 
in 
store 
for 
me. 

Day 16 - God is Love

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have
confidence 
on 
the 
day 
of 
judgment: 
In 
this 
world 
we 
are 
like 
Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
1 John 4:16-18

God 
is 
love. 
Everything 
about 
his 
character 
is 
perfectly 
loving. 
He 
 cannot 
be 
otherwise. 
We 
know 
how 
much 
God 
loves 
us 
because 
he 
sent 
 his 
Son 
to 
die 
for 
us.

Is 
there 
any 
better 
feeling 
than 
being 
loved? 
To 
know 
that 
someone 
 loves 
us 
gives 
us 
a 
sense 
of 
assurance, 
a 
sense 
of 
being 
special. 
That 
 feeling 
can 
be 
ours 
every 
day 
because 
of 
God’s 
love 
for 
us. 
God 
has 
 taken 
up 
residence 
in 
our 
lives 
through 
his 
Holy 
Spirit;; 
therefore, 
love 
 has 
taken 
up 
residence 
in 
our 
lives. 
We 
literally 
“live 
in 
love.” 
We 
are 
 surrounded 
by 
it, 
filled 
with 
it. 
Love 
envelops 
us 
every 
moment 
of 
every 
 day. 
Such 
love 
fills 
us 
and 
then 
overflows 
to 
other 
people, 
like 
water 
 from 
a 
fountain. 
The 
result 
of 
such 
love? 
We 
will 
not 
be 
afraid 
on 
the 
 day 
of 
judgment. 
God 
promises 
that 
we 
will 
be 
able 
to 
face 
him 
with 
 confidence 
because 
we 
know 
that 
our 
salvation 
is 
sure.

We 
can 
trust 
in 
this 
God 
who 
is 
love. 
We 
can 
also 
pray 
for 
others 
to 
 sense 
God’s 
love 
and 
know 
their 
salvation 
is 
certain.

God’s Promise to Me
•I 
love 
you.
•As 
I 
live 
in 
you, 
your 
love 
will 
grow 
more 
perfect.
•Because 
of 
my 
love, 
you 
need 
not 
fear 
the 
day 
of 
judgment 
but 
can 
 be 
confident 
in 
your 
salvation.

My Prayer to God
Fill 
me 
with 
your 
love, 
O 
God. 
May 
it 
overflow 
on 
others 
like 
a 
fountain 
 of 
refreshment.

Day 15 - God Empowers You to Build His Kingdom

Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses;
2 Corinthians 6:4

...in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left;
2 Corinthians 6:7

All Christians have a responsibility both to practice and to proclaim their 
faith. 
Evangelism 
is 
not 
optional. 
But 
what 
about 
when 
hard 
 times 
come? 
Don’t 
we 
get 
a 
break? 
Aren’t 
we 
exempt 
from 
the 
“Great 
 Commission”—at 
least 
until 
our 
lives 
calm 
down?

Not 
really. 
Trials 
aren’t 
an 
excuse 
for 
not 
sharing 
our 
faith;; 
on 
the 
 contrary, 
they 
are 
an 
opportunity 
to 
speak 
out 
for 
God. 
The 
apostle 
Paul 
 says 
as 
much 
in 
the 
passage 
above. 
It 
is 
during 
these 
times 
that 
God 
 gives 
us 
the 
strength 
to 
endure 
in 
order 
to 
keep 
going 
in 
our 
task 
of 
 kingdom 
building. 
In 
fact 
our 
endurance 
fuels 
our 
message.

Trials 
didn’t 
stop 
Paul 
from 
announcing 
the 
Good 
News;; 
they 
should 
not 
 deter 
us 
either.

God’s Promise to Me
•I 
have 
forgiven 
your 
sin 
and 
reconciled 
you 
to 
myself.
•I 
have 
given 
you 
Good 
News 
to 
share 
with 
others.

My Prayer to God
God, 
you 
have 
given 
the 
gospel 
to 
me 
so 
that 
I 
might 
show 
it 
and 
share 
 it. 
Help 
me 
to 
see 
beyond 
my 
problems 
today, 
to 
my 
real 
purpose— building 
your 
kingdom. 
Give 
me 
creativity 
in 
using 
my 
struggles 
to 
 speak 
for 
you.

Day 12 - Nothing is Impossible With Faith in God

He 
replied, 
“Because 
you 
have 
so 
little 
faith. 
Truly 
I 
tell 
you, 
if 
you 
have 
 faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20

In 
this 
verse 
Jesus 
wasn’t 
pointing 
to 
a 
measurement 
of 
faith, 
as 
though 
 we 
could 
check 
our 
faith 
by 
stepping 
on 
a 
scale 
and 
claiming 
that 
the 
 extra 
weight 
comes 
from 
extra 
faith. 
(Wouldn’t 
that 
would 
be 
nice?) 
 Immediately 
after 
saying 
the 
disciples 
didn’t 
have 
enough 
faith, 
Jesus 
 told 
them 
that 
even 
faith 
as 
small 
as 
a 
tiny 
mustard 
seed 
would 
be 
 enough 
to 
move 
a 
mountain. 
Obviously 
it 
was 
not 
the 
amount 
of 
faith 
 but 
the 
focus 
of 
the 
faith.

Earlier 
in 
Matthew 
17 
the 
disciples 
had 
tried 
to 
cast 
out 
a 
demon 
without 
 success. 
Perhaps 
they 
had 
tried 
to 
cast 
it 
out 
depending 
on 
what 
they 
 considered 
their 
own 
power. 
Whatever 
occurred, 
their 
faith 
must 
have 
 been 
in 
the 
wrong 
place. 
When 
they 
put 
their 
faith 
in 
the 
right 
place—in 
 the 
all-powerful 
God—then 
even 
a 
tiny 
grain 
of 
faith 
would 
be 
enough. 
 Nothing 
is 
impossible 
when 
our 
faith 
is 
in 
God.

This 
kind 
of 
faith 
moves 
mountains 
and 
makes 
all 
things 
possible. 
At 
 times 
we 
may 
feel 
that 
we 
have 
great 
faith;; 
at 
other 
times 
we 
may 
feel 
 that 
our 
faith 
is 
suffering. 
In 
the 
end, 
however, 
if 
even 
that 
suffering 
faith 
 is 
in 
God, 
then 
it 
is 
enough 
to 
do 
the 
impossible!

God’s Promise to Me
•If 
you 
have 
faith 
in 
me 
as 
small 
as 
a 
mustard 
seed, 
then 
it 
is 
enough 
 to 
move 
mountains 
and 
do 
the 
impossible.

My Prayer to God
You 
promise, 
Lord, 
that 
with 
faith 
in 
you 
nothing 
is 
impossible. 
Thank 
 you 
for 
being 
the 
God 
of 
the 
possible. 
Help 
me 
to 
remember 
that 
my 
 faith, 
even 
small 
and 
weak, 
can 
do 
great 
things 
for 
you. 

Day 11 - You Have Power

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
2 Timothy 1:7

Paul 
wrote 
the 
words 
in 
today’s 
verse 
to 
Timothy, 
a 
young 
man 
with 
a 
 big 
responsibility 
as 
pastor 
of 
the 
church 
in 
Ephesus. 
God 
has 
not 
called 
 Christians 
to 
be 
fearful, 
cowering 
doormats 
waiting 
to 
let 
the 
world 
 step 
on 
our 
faith 
and 
wipe 
its 
feet 
on 
our 
principles. 
With 
the 
God 
of 
the 
 universe 
in 
our 
hearts, 
we 
have 
a 
spirit 
of 
power, 
love 
and 
self-discipline.

People 
in 
leadership 
need 
God’s 
help. 
Wherever 
we 
lead, 
God 
promises 
 power—boldness 
to 
speak 
the 
truth. 
We 
don’t 
have 
this 
power 
in 
order 
 to 
lord 
it 
over 
others 
but 
to 
empower 
them, 
to 
give 
them 
boldness 
in 
 their 
faith. 
God 
promises 
love, 
a 
fruit 
of 
the 
Spirit. 
We 
have 
power 
to 
 speak 
the 
truth, 
but 
love 
for 
our 
listeners 
tempers 
that 
power 
so 
it 
does 
 not 
become 
prideful. 
God 
also 
promises 
self-discipline, 
or 
self-control, 
 which 
gives 
us 
a 
cool 
head 
and 
a 
sound 
perspective 
in 
the 
hazards 
of 
 leadership.

God 
has 
given 
us 
a 
great 
gift—power—instead 
of 
fear 
or 
timidity. 
How 
 will 
you 
exercise 
this 
gift?

God’s Promise to Me
•When 
I 
place 
you 
in 
a 
position 
of 
leadership, 
I 
will 
be 
with 
you.
•I 
can 
give 
you 
a 
spirit 
of 
power, 
love 
and 
self-discipline 
in 
order 
to 
 lead 
effectively.

My Prayer to God
Leadership 
is 
a 
big 
responsibility, 
Lord. 
No 
leader 
can 
please 
everyone, 
 and 
every 
leader 
eventually 
needs 
to 
take 
a 
stand 
on 
important 
issues. 
 I 
pray 
that 
I 
will 
be 
strong 
in 
faith 
and 
able 
to 
stand 
on 
my 
principles. 
 Give 
me 
power 
and 
boldness 
without 
pride. 

Day 10 - God Rewards Your Quiet Time With Him

But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
Matthew 6:6

There 
is 
a 
thriving 
breed 
of 
people 
in 
America 
known 
as 
the 
Coffee 
 Shop 
Writers. 
They 
cannot 
work 
anywhere 
else 
except 
in 
the 
bustling 
 coffee 
shop 
of 
their 
neighborhood. 
They 
settle 
in, 
get 
their 
coffee 
 and 
work 
tirelessly 
on 
their 
novel, 
article 
or 
screenplay. 
They 
seem 
 to 
believe 
that 
their 
work 
needs 
an 
audience—both 
before 
and 
after 
 publication.

Even 
though 
this 
is 
a 
specialized 
group, 
in 
reality 
you 
can 
find 
people 
 with 
a 
similar 
perspective 
in 
all 
walks 
of 
life: 
lifting 
weights, 
taking 
 pictures, 
cooking, 
running, 
working 
or 
even 
eating. 
People 
are 
beginning 
 to 
find 
it 
difficult 
to 
do 
anything 
without 
an 
audience.

The 
last 
thing 
God 
wants 
our 
spiritual 
life 
to 
become 
is 
a 
show 
we 
 put 
on 
for 
others. 
Prayer 
should 
be 
a 
time 
of 
personal 
reflection 
and 
 divine 
conversation. 
It 
needs 
to 
be 
between 
us 
and 
God. 
That’s 
it. 
Even 
 when 
you’re 
not 
on 
your 
cell 
phone, 
your 
webcam 
is 
off 
and 
you’re 
not 
 engaging 
in 
social 
media, 
you 
still 
have 
an 
audience 
of 
One—and 
he 
 knows 
your 
heart.

God’s Promise to Me
•I 
will 
always 
be 
personal, 
and 
I 
will 
always 
be 
with 
you.
•Others 
look 
on 
the 
outside, 
I 
will 
always 
look 
at 
the 
heart.

My Prayer to God
Lord, 
thank 
you 
for 
always 
listening 
to 
me. 
Help 
me 
to 
remember 
that 
 even 
though 
I 
follow 
you 
in 
deed 
and 
in 
word, 
our 
relationship 
is 
a 
 personal 
one. 

Day 9 - You Are God's Temple

Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?
2 Corinthians 6:14

What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are 
the 
temple 
of 
the 
living 
God. 
As 
God 
has 
said: 
“I 
will 
live 
with 
them and 
walk 
among 
them, 
and 
I 
will 
be 
their 
God, 
and 
they 
will 
be 
my 
 people.”
2 Corinthians 6:16

If 
you’ve 
ever 
seen 
two 
yoked 
animals, 
you 
know 
that 
a 
matched 
pair 
of 
 animals 
is 
necessary. 
Otherwise, 
they 
won’t 
move 
as 
a 
team. 
That’s 
why 
 you 
would 
never 
yoke 
a 
horse 
with 
an 
ox.

These 
verses 
from 
Corinthians 
offer 
excellent 
advice 
for 
all 
kinds 
of 
 relationships. 
To 
be 
yoked 
with 
someone 
means 
you 
are 
working 
with 
 them 
as 
a 
team.

Sometimes 
believers 
read 
these 
verses 
and 
they 
are 
tempted 
to 
think 
 they 
need 
to 
build 
a 
high 
wall 
around 
themselves, 
close 
the 
drawbridge 
 and 
never 
come 
out 
lest 
they 
be 
infected 
by 
the 
evil 
world. 
That’s 
not 
 what 
the 
rest 
of 
the 
Bible 
tells 
us, 
however, 
nor 
was 
that 
Jesus’ 
example 
 to 
us.

We 
need 
to 
pray 
that 
we 
can 
be 
around 
unbelievers—at 
school, 
at 
work, 
 in 
the 
neighborhood—and 
yet 
not 
be 
influenced 
by 
them. 
We 
need 
to 
 discern 
how 
to 
have 
friendships 
with 
unbelievers 
and 
yet 
know 
where 
to 
 draw 
the 
line. 
We 
need 
to 
interact 
with 
them, 
but 
not 
be 
yoked 
to 
them. 
 We 
need 
to 
pray 
that 
we 
will 
shine 
for 
Christ 
and 
influence 
unbelievers— not 
the 
other 
way 
around.

God’s Promise to Me
•You 
are 
my 
temple.
•I 
am 
your 
God 
and 
I 
walk 
beside 
you.

My Prayer to God
Heavenly 
Father, 
because 
we 
are 
your 
temples, 
you 
command 
that 
 we 
not 
make 
lasting 
commitments 
with 
unbelievers. 
Thank 
you 
for 
the 
 promise 
that 
you 
will 
walk 
among 
us 
and 
be 
our 
God.

Day 8 - God Provides a Solution for Harried Saints

Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you;
therefore he will rise up to show you compassion.
For the Lord is a God of justice.
Blessed are all who wait for him!

Isaiah 
30:18

George 
Santayana 
once 
observed, 
“Those 
who 
cannot 
remember 
 the 
past 
are 
condemned 
to 
repeat 
it.” 
This 
is 
precisely 
the 
reason 
the 
 church 
(i.e. 
the 
modern 
day 
people 
of 
God) 
is 
wise 
to 
ponder 
carefully 
 the 
experience 
of 
the 
Jews 
in 
the 
Old 
Testament.

By 
the 
time 
Isaiah 
arrived 
on 
the 
scene 
in 
739 
BC, 
Judah 
was 
in 
big-time 
 trouble. 
Like 
the 
ten 
tribes 
of 
Israel 
to 
the 
north, 
the 
two 
southern 
tribes 
 had 
forgotten 
God 
and 
were 
beginning 
to 
experience 
life 
apart 
from 
his 
 blessing. 
Isaiah 
urged 
them 
to 
turn 
around 
... 
or 
else.

The 
details 
vary, 
but 
the 
principles 
and 
promise 
are 
still 
valid 
today. 
To 
 experience 
all 
that 
God 
wants 
for 
us, 
we 
must 
turn 
to 
him—and 
wait 
for 
 him 
in 
faith. 
If 
we 
ignore 
him, 
we 
do 
so 
at 
our 
own 
peril.

God’s Promise to Me
•Return 
to 
me, 
wait 
for 
me 
and 
I 
will 
deliver 
you.
•You 
will 
find 
strength 
when 
you 
trust 
me.

My Prayer to God
Lord, 
you 
are 
sovereign 
and 
holy. 
Forgive 
me 
for 
acting 
as 
though 
I 
am 
 in 
charge 
of 
my 
own 
life 
and 
for 
doing 
unholy 
things. 
I 
will 
turn 
to 
you 
 and 
wait 
for 
you.

DAY 5 - God’s Word Points the Way to Success

Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
Joshua 1:8

It’s 
the 
same 
every 
weekend. 
Tens 
of 
thousands 
of 
people 
pack 
 convention 
centers 
and 
hotel 
ballrooms 
across 
the 
country 
to 
hear 
self- help 
gurus 
and 
financial 
experts 
speak 
on 
how 
to 
be 
successful. 
Most 
of 
 these 
events 
are 
slick 
and 
entertaining, 
with 
attendees 
caught 
up 
in 
the 
 possibility 
of 
“realizing 
their 
potential” 
or 
“seeing 
their 
dreams 
become 
 a 
reality.” 
And 
many 
of 
the 
people 
come 
away 
feeling 
motivated 
and 
 helped. 
But 
how 
much 
of 
the 
advice 
they 
hear 
really 
squares 
with 
what 
 God 
has 
said 
about 
how 
to 
succeed?

According 
to 
today’s 
verse, 
true 
success 
isn’t 
about 
making 
money, 
 positive 
thinking 
or 
getting 
people 
to 
do 
what 
you 
want. 
God 
defines 
 success 
as 
knowing 
and 
doing 
his 
Word. 
We 
achieve 
lasting 
glory 
when 
 our 
sole 
goal 
is 
to 
honor 
the 
Lord.

God’s Promise to Me
•If 
you 
study, 
meditate 
on 
and 
obey 
my 
Word, 
you 
will 
have 
success.

My Prayer to God
You 
have 
given 
me 
your 
Word, 
Lord. 
Thank 
you 
for 
revealing 
yourself 
 and 
for 
showing 
me 
the 
right 
and 
best 
way 
to 
live. 
True 
success 
 requires 
me 
to 
be 
immersed 
in 
and 
submitted 
to 
your 
truth. 
Give 
me 
the 
 discipline 
to 
study, 
the 
desire 
to 
meditate 
on 
and 
the 
courage 
to 
obey 
 the 
Scriptures. 

DAY 4 - God Helps His People

Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress.
Psalm 107:19

Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind.
Psalm 107:21

A 
few 
questions 
for 
those 
with 
a 
tendency 
to 
worry 
(pause 
briefly 
and 
 ponder 
each 
one):
•What 
situations 
in 
life 
are 
you 
most 
worried 
about 
right 
now? 
Why?
•Of 
the 
various 
situations 
currently 
prompting 
anxiety 
in 
your 
life, 
 which 
can 
you 
personally 
change?
•Over 
what 
issues 
do 
you 
have 
absolutely 
no 
control?
•What 
are 
the 
inward 
and 
outward 
signs 
that 
something 
has 
got 
you 
 really 
concerned 
and 
nervous?
•List 
all 
the 
benefits 
of 
worrying. 
What 
are 
some 
of 
the 
drawbacks?
•Is 
worrying 
a 
“sin”? 
Why 
or 
why 
not?
•How 
do 
you 
think 
God 
feels 
when 
his 
children 
are 
panicky 
and 
 anxious?

•Why 
do 
some 
people 
seem 
almost 
immune 
to 
worry?
•When 
is 
the 
last 
time 
you 
truly 
felt 
at 
peace?

Instead 
of 
worrying, 
you 
can 
cry 
out 
to 
God 
for 
help. 
In 
times 
of 
trouble, 
 trust 
in God’s 
unfailing 
love.

God’s Promise to Me
•When 
you 
cry 
out 
to 
me, 
I 
will 
help 
you.

My Prayer to God
God, 
I’m 
crying 
out 
to 
you 
for 
help. 
Help 
me 
trust 
that 
you 
will 
come 
to 
 my 
rescue. 

DAY 3 - God Promises Good Plans for Your Life

For 
I 
know 
the 
plans 
I 
have 
for 
you,” 
declares 
the 
Lord, 
“plans 
to 
prosper 
 you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will 
call 
on 
me 
and 
come 
and 
pray 
to 
me, 
and 
I 
will 
listen 
to 
you. Jeremiah 29:11-12

These 
powerful 
words 
are 
part 
of 
a 
letter 
from 
the 
prophet 
Jeremiah 
 to 
the 
Jews 
who 
had 
been 
exiled 
to 
Babylon. 
Their 
beloved 
city, 
 Jerusalem, 
had 
been 
destroyed, 
and 
the 
people 
had 
been 
carted 
away 
 from 
the 
land. 
Things 
could 
not 
have 
been 
much 
worse. 
Yet 
this 
was 
 what 
God 
had 
promised 
if 
the 
people 
continued 
their 
disobedience.

Reading 
1 
and 
2 
Kings 
will 
quickly 
reveal 
the 
depth 
of 
the 
people’s 
 faithlessness. 
So 
great 
is 
God’s 
love, 
however, 
that 
he 
promised 
to 
bring 
 his 
people 
home 
again 
(see 
Jeremiah 
29:10). 
Then 
follows 
the 
amazing 
 promise 
that 
God 
has 
plans 
for 
them—good 
plans—that 
give 
them 
a 
 future 
and 
a 
hope. 
When 
they 
pray, 
he 
will 
listen.

As 
God’s 
people 
today, 
we 
also 
can 
claim 
this 
promise. 
God 
does 
have 
 plans 
for 
us, 
plans 
to 
prosper 
and 
not 
to 
harm, 
plans 
that 
will 
give 
us 
a 
 future 
and 
a 
hope.

God’s 
plans 
are 
good. 
Thank 
the 
Lord 
for 
the 
promise 
of 
good 
plans 
full 
 of 
hope.

God’s Promise to Me
•I 
have 
plans 
for 
your 
life.
•When 
you 
pray, 
I 
will 
listen.

My Prayer to God
Thank 
you 
for 
your 
plans, 
Lord. 
You 
promise 
that 
when 
I 
pray, 
you 
will 
 listen. 
Help 
me 
persevere 
in 
seeking 
you. 
In 
seeking 
you, 
I 
know 
that 
I 
 will 
find 
you.

DAY 2 - God Uses Problems to Shape You

Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; Romans 5:3

Tell 
the 
truth. 
When 
you 
run 
into 
problems, 
what 
is 
your 
first 
and 
most 
 common 
response: 
complaining? 
crying? 
yelling? 
denial? 
pouting? 
 rejoicing?

Unless you’re highly unusual (or slightly dishonest) you probably didn’t answer 
“rejoicing.” 
Let’s 
face 
it—it 
isn’t 
normal 
to 
be 
joyful 
in 
the 
face 
of 
 trials. 
But 
you 
can 
develop 
this 
trait. 
According 
to 
the 
promise 
above, 
 trials 
are 
good 
for 
you. 
How 
so? 
In 
the 
same 
way 
that 
an 
excruciating 
 exercise 
regimen 
is 
good 
for 
you. 
You 
sweat 
and 
strain 
through 
painful 
 and 
unpleasant 
workouts. 
But 
over 
time, 
if 
you 
keep 
at 
it, 
you 
see 
big 
 changes. 
You’re 
stronger 
and 
healthier.

Viewing 
your 
troubles 
as 
a 
kind 
of 
“spiritual 
exercise 
program” 
enables 
 you 
to 
rejoice 
(see 
1 
Peter 
1:6–7). 
It 
enables 
you 
to 
see 
your 
suffering 
 as 
something 
good 
in 
your 
life. 
God 
is 
using 
trials 
in 
your 
life 
to 
stretch 
 you 
and 
strengthen 
your 
faith. 
Without 
these 
pressures, 
you’d 
be 
just 
 another 
flabby, 
out-of-shape 
Chris 
tian.

God’s Promise to Me
•I 
allow 
you 
to 
go 
through 
trials 
so 
that 
you 
might 
grow.

My Prayer to God
God, 
you 
want 
me 
to 
trust 
you 
in 
the 
hard 
times. 
Rejoicing 
isn’t 
 natural 
for 
me, 
so 
make 
it 
my 
supernatural 
response 
to 
difficulties 
and 
 pressures 
in 
my 
life. 
Teach 
me 
to 
endure, 
Lord, 
so 
that 
my 
faith 
will 
 grow 
and 
get 
stronger.