• The Armor of God Devotional

    Ephesians 6:10-20

    John Calvin comments on this passage, reminding us that we should not let the “injurious treatment” of others provoke us to revenge, for those who bother us are merely darts from Satan’s hand. “While we are employed in destroying those darts, we lay ourselves open to be wounded on all sides.” Instead, “we must go straight to the enemy, who attacks and wounds us from his concealment — who slays before he appears.” View Resource

  • Asking, Seeking, Knocking Devotional

    Matthew 7:7–11

    We persevere in prayer knowing that our Father in His goodness will never withhold from us what we really need. We also need to recall, Matthew Henry says, that “we often ask that of God which would do us harm if we had it; he knows this, and therefore does not give it to us.” When the Lord does not give us what we want, let us remember that it is probably because what we want would be harmful to us. Even God’s “no” to us is evidence of His great love for us. View Resource

  • Asking Wrongly Devotional

    James 4:1–3

    When we do not ask the Lord to meet our needs, or if we ask Him to do so with the wrong motives, we will miss out on the wisdom and all the other blessings that God freely offers to His children. Why do you lack God’s wisdom today? Is it because you do not believe that He can give it to you? Or is it because you ask in order that you might further your own agenda? Search your heart and ask for God to purify your motives so that you might pray in a manner pleasing to Him. View Resource

  • Believing God Devotional

    John 14:13–14

    There is no such thing as unanswered prayer for the Christian. God’s answer may be “no,” and we may not like that, but that does not mean the Lord has not answered our prayer. What we do know is that when God does say “no,” it is because the prayer we have offered is not a prayer that matches with His eternal will. But we also know that when the Lord answers “no,” it is ultimately because an answer of “yes” would not be good for us or His glory. View Resource

  • Be Watchful Devotional

    1 Peter 5:8–9

    Calvin and other commentators agree that Ephesians 6:10–20, and the armor of God described therein, provides a guide for how we might stand firm and resist Satan’s devices. Persevering faith, prayer, and the Word of God can help us to stand against the wiles of the Devil. Fellowship with other believers can likewise aid us when we are in need. Put on the whole armor of God, pray against the devices of the evil one, and take time to fellowship with other believers. View Resource

  • Bowing the Knee Devotional

    Ephesians 3:14-15

    God was rarely referred to as “Father” under the old covenant, so we should be glad to live in the new covenant era when the fatherhood of God is made plain to everyone in Christ. Still, when we approach our Father, we should never forget that He is the very Lord of the universe. Let us therefore always come before Him humbly, for if we approach an earthly sovereign this way, how much more should this be our manner of coming near to God? View Resource

  • Christ in Our Hearts Devotional

    Ephesians 3:16-17a

    Christ does not wait for us to be perfect before He takes up residence within us, and for that we can rejoice. Yet it is possible to grieve His Spirit by our sin (Eph. 4:30), and so we must ever seek to mortify our sin that we might be a fit dwelling place for Him. For this we need the strength that only God can give us, and with Paul we should seek the Lord’s face daily, that we might be ever conscious of our need for His grace and empowerment. View Resource

  • The Confidence We Have Devotional

    1 John 5:14–15

    God’s will is always accomplished, and we must remember that our prayers are meaningfully used by God to bring about His purposes. God has decided to use us to accomplish His ordained ends, and this privilege should move us to seek His will so we might pray properly and effectually. Spend some time in prayer today, asking God to help you understand and pray His will at all times. View Resource

  • Consistent, Persevering Prayer Devotional

    Ephesians 6:18

    In addition to being specific in prayer, God also wants us to be persistent in intercession (Eph. 6:18). This is a good reminder for us today, as we are likely to give up praying when we feel as if we have not received an answer in a timely manner. But we must persevere in asking for God’s help, even if it seems He is delaying His response, for the Lord may just be waiting to see persistent prayer before He acts. View Resource

  • Delivered from Assyria’s Hand Devotional

    Isaiah 37

    Hezekiah’s willingness to pray in today’s passage indicates that while the promises of God are sure, we should not be afraid to pray even after we have received them. As we seek the Lord’s face, He brings His purposes to pass, as He has ordained that our prayers are a means by which He fulfills His Word to us. That is why, for example, we pray for the Lord Jesus to return (Rev. 22:20). His return is sure, but the Lord will bring it about as His people pray to Him. View Resource

  • Epaphras and Luke Devotional

    Colossians 4:12-15

    We should never despise the work of our pastors and elders in prayer, for it is this task to which they are called (Acts 6:1–7), and it is necessary for the building up of our churches. Ordained elders in the church should be focused on prayer, praying both at home for their sheep and attending any special prayer meetings that are called. Those who are not ordained elders should take time to thank their leaders for praying on their behalf. View Resource

  • Fasting in Secret Devotional

    Matthew 6:17-18

    Fasting is extremely beneficial to our spiritual growth and our prayer lives. Going without food helps reminds us how much we depend on God for our sustenance and, indeed, for all things. This helps us seek Him fervently, for we know that the only hope we have to see our loved ones saved and our lives changed is through His working. Consider taking some time to fast and pray this week so that you may know what it means to rely wholly on the Lord. View Resource

  • Final Words to Colossae Devotional

    Colossians 4:16-18

    If the apostle Paul could implore those who knew him to pray for him in his condition of suffering, then we should be ready as well to ask others for prayer when we are in need. We should likewise remember the sufferings of Christians whom we know, both near and far, and pray for the Lord to make His presence felt in them. Let us pray regularly for the needs that we know of and ask others to intercede on our behalf as well. View Resource

  • The Fourth Petition Devotional

    James 1:16–17

    Paul tells us that the failure to thank God for His blessings is one of the two basic sins of which all fallen people are guilty (Rom. 1:21). This means, among other things, that we tend toward ingratitude and need to be aware of its presence in our lives. May we seek to avoid this transgression by recalling God’s goodness and asking the Lord to supply our needs so that we never forget that He is the source of all of the good things in our lives. View Resource

  • Glory to the Name of the Lord Devotional

    Psalm 115:1

    Prayer changes us. We cannot hope to love and serve God properly merely by reading His Word and fellowshiping with others, although these exercises do benefit us and our relationship to the Lord. In addition to such things, we must pray God’s Word back to Him and follow His instructions for prayer. By doing this, our hearts and minds come to reflect the Lord’s concerns and those things that He prizes, thereby enabling us to hallow Him as well. View Resource