• Bread and Forgiveness Devotional

    Luke 11:3–4a

    Sometimes it is easy to forgive others but hard to accept the fact that God has forgiven us. But if we have turned from sin and have trusted Jesus, we have been truly forgiven. Rejoice in your pardon and forgive those who have asked for your forgiveness. Know also that the Father will supply all of your needs. So do not be afraid to ask, but know that He will often meet your needs in a way you do not expect. View Resource

  • Deliver Us from Evil Devotional

    Matthew 6:13

    Satan is called the accuser of the brethren (Rev. 12:10) because he likes to make us feel as if God has not forgiven us. But guilt is an objective reality, and if we have turned to Jesus, we have been cleansed — objectively, truly, and in reality. If you think the Lord holds your past against you, pray for deliverance from the evil one and know that you are forgiven. Pray also for Christian brothers and sisters who are having trouble embracing the Father’s mercy. View Resource

  • The Disciples’ Prayer Devotional

    Matthew 6:9–15

    Lack of forgiveness, we learn in today’s passage, may prove a lack of faith. No matter how hard it may be to forgive others, we simply cannot call ourselves followers of Christ if we do not forgive those who have offended us. Few of us find it easy to pardon those who have hurt us, but pardon them we must. Are you nursing a grudge or thoughts of revenge against another person this day? If so, you have not forgiven him. Go and forgive him today. 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

  • The Fifth Petition Devotional

    Psalm 143:1–2

    When we ask the Father to forgive us in Jesus’ name, we are asking Him to do something that He has promised to do. Therefore, we can be confident that He forgives us when we seek His face. This is all of grace, it is not something we can demand based on ourselves but only something we plead for because of the Lord’s gracious promises. Let us seek each and every day to recall and confess our sins that we might be assured anew of God’s forgiveness. 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

  • Hallowed Be Your Name Devotional

    Luke 11:2a

    The prohibition against taking the Lord’s name in vain (Deut. 5:11) includes more than direct blasphemy. Many of the passages for today’s further study show that we blaspheme when we claim to follow God and then flagrantly disobey Him. Take some time today to consider how your words match your deeds. Be encouraged if you try to practice what you preach. If there is a disconnect between your words and actions, spend time in repentance today. View Resource

  • The Lord’s Prayer Devotional

    Luke 11:1–4

    Using the Lord’s Prayer as a model involves prioritizing our petitions according to the prayer’s structure. The first thing for which Jesus prays is that God’s name would be hallowed and that His kingdom would come. That the world would recognize God as holy and seek His kingdom is to be the very first thing we seek in prayer. If our prayers are not filled with petitions for the Lord to be glorified in all the earth, we probably need to restructure our intercession. View Resource

  • The Mandate to Forgive Devotional

    Matthew 18:21–35

    Calvin also comments, “No one may presume to approach God and ask forgiveness, who is not pure and free from all resentment.” If we are withholding forgiveness from those who have truly and humbly sought our pardon, then we are claiming rights for ourselves to which we have no title. We are saved only by God’s grace, and that reality must show itself in all our actions. If we have been forgiven by the Lord in Christ, we will forgive others. View Resource

  • The Model Prayer Devotional

    Matthew 6:9–13

    What do you prioritize in prayer? Do you ask first for the hallowing of God’s name and the extension of His visible kingdom, or do you focus only on your own needs? The Lord’s Prayer shows us that we should pray for the extension of God’s kingdom above all else. Take some time today to pray that God’s name would be honored as holy and that sinners would repent and start doing His will. View Resource

  • Our Shepherding God Devotional

    Psalm 23

    Many well-intentioned people promise that coming to Jesus, the Great Shepherd of the sheep, will solve all of life’s problems. While one day this will be true, we will face the enemies of the world, the flesh, and the Devil before Christ returns to consummate His kingdom. We should not grow angry with God in times of suffering, then, for He has not promised us an easy life, though He has pledged to sustain us in our difficulties (Isa. 43:1–3). View Resource

  • The Second Petition Devotional

    Romans 14:17

    Today, God’s special kingdom of blessing is manifested primarily in the church. It is through the ministry of Word and sacrament that we learn what it means to bow the knee to Christ as Lord. Furthermore, it is through the church’s ministry that we receive the blessings of sanctification and Christian growth, for the Spirit works through other believers to conform us to the Son. Let us further the kingdom through active service in our local churches. View Resource

  • Serving God in the Here and Now Devotional

    1 Corinthians 7:17–24

    If our primary concern in life is to change our present situation, then we will have little room to serve God wherever we are. It is not inherently wrong to seek a change in circumstances, and, indeed, a change may be what we are called to seek. But we are never to do so at the expense of serving God faithfully. Let us pray daily that the Lord’s will would be done and that we would seek this will so that we would be reckoned as His good and faithful servants. View Resource

  • The Sixth Petition Devotional

    1 Corinthians 10:13

    Today’s study is based on question and answer 127 of the Heidelberg Catechism, which reminds us that the world, the flesh, and the Devil “never stop attacking us.” Until we are glorified, there is no point at which we can lay down our arms, no point at which our Enemy establishes a truce that he will honor. Therefore, we must keep in mind our absolute dependence on God for resisting temptation, and we are wise to pray for His deliverance from evil in all things. View Resource

  • Teach Us to Pray Devotional

    Luke 11:1

    Jesus emphasizes that prayer should reflect a certain private intimacy between the believer and God in Matthew 6:5–6. There is something so intimate about prayer that we should long to pray in private long before we do so in public. It is good to pray in public, but our prayers should always be genuine prayers before God Almighty. Refrain from praying in public if you are not communing with Him in private. View Resource