Day 36: Thankfulness

Day 36: Thankfulness

WEEK 6, DAY 36: THANKSGIVING Scripture Reference: Luke 20:9-19 & 21:1-4 The attitude of gratitude is not the quality of being thankful. It is a heart posture that opens the door into the very presence of God for us. Psalm 100:4 tells us that we enter His gates with thanksgiving. A thankful heart is the…

Day 37: Worship

Day 37: Worship

WEEK 6, DAY 37: WORSHIP Scripture Reference: Luke 21:5-9 & 33-36 I teach about worship at a kids camp most summers, kids from five to eleven.  I start with two questions. First, I hold up my guitar and ask, “Is this guitar music?”  Half of their heads cock to the side and “nos” and “yeses”…

Day 38: Praise

Day 38: Praise

WEEK 6, DAY 38: PRAISE Scripture Reference: Luke 22:54-62 I remember the first time I ever raised my hands in a worship setting. I was at a Passion Conference in Atlanta, surrounded by thousands of other college-aged individuals in a massive arena. Chris Tomlin was on the stage leading worship. Mid-song, he was so overcome…

Day 39: Joy

Day 39: Joy

WEEK 6, DAY 39: JOY Scripture Reference: Luke 23:26-56 & 24:1-12 Joy is one of those words we hear and use often in Christian circles. We know songs like, “Joy to the World.” We know that joy is listed in Galatians with the fruit of the Spirit. We have memorized Nehemiah 8:10, “The Joy of…

Day 40: Expectancy

Day 40: Expectancy

WEEK 6, DAY 40: EXPECTANCY Scripture Reference: Luke 24:13-49 The Hope for We Pray 40 Today, we have come to the end of this 40-day journey. Thank you to all who were involved in the process of organizing the past 40 days.  And a thank you to those who wrote devotionals and hosted prayer events….

Day 29: Shalom

Day 29: Shalom

WEEK 5, DAY 29: SHALOM Scripture Reference: Luke 13:10-17 The word shalom is spoken frequently throughout the nation of Israel and around the world.  This blessing of peace, health, wholeness and completeness is released every time the Jewish people meet and depart. Instead of hello and goodbye, they simply say, “Shalom.” With every new encounter, a…

Day 30: Transformation

Day 30: Transformation

WEEK 5, DAY 30: TRANSFORMATION Scripture Reference: Luke 14:25-35 As I read the words of this passage in Luke 14:25-38 I am compelled to wonder at the strong language Jesus uses as He talks to this crowd that followed Him. These are His potential disciples—people who would become His loyal subjects. And the same people…

Day 31: Wholeness

Day 31: Wholeness

WEEK 5, DAY 31: WHOLENESS Scripture Reference: Luke 15:11-31 What do you when you have lost something valuable like your wallet?  You search. The search becomes a journey of overturned couch cushions, rifled through drawers and automobile glove boxes. You go through every purse or worn pair of pants. And you look in jacket pockets…

Day 33: Self-Control

Day 33: Self-Control

WEEK 5, DAY 33: SELF-CONTROL Scripture Reference: Luke 17:1-10 “Where there is no vision; the people perish.”  (Proverbs 29:18) This is the verse most quoted at leadership conferences, secular and Christian.  It’s a great thought, probably true, but it is not what the verse says. Literally the verse says: “Where there is no revelation; the…