• An Answered Prayer Devotional

    Psalm 116:1–9

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage that the distress of the psalmist “was removed from him, because he felt that God was indeed propitious towards him.” Knowing that the Lord has good things for His people and is eager to hear us is an encouragement for us to call out to Him, and His deliverance gives us further reason to love and worship Him. Regular prayer helps us remember that God is kind to us, and it helps us to develop an even deeper love for Him. View Resource

  • True Repentance and Prayer Devotional

    2 Corinthians 7:10

    It is not entirely inappropriate to fear being punished for sin. After all, the Bible warns us of such punishment. Yet that cannot be the sole thing that drives our repentance. We must come to the point that we are sorry for our sin primarily because we have offended our holy Lord. Our sin is heinous not because it will lead to damnation if we never turn to Christ; it is heinous because it is a violation of God’s holy character. May we ever keep the Lord as our focus in our repentance. View Resource

  • Remembering Who We Are Devotional

    Luke 17:7–10

    When we enter the presence of the Lord, we must remember that we are sinners and have merited only the righteous wrath of our Creator. Thus, we should come before Him in a spirit of repentance, with sorrow for sin and longing for His mercy. We never come to a point in our lives on this side of glory when we do not need repentance, and thanks be to God, all those in Christ can be confident that He forgives us when we turn from our sin. View Resource

  • To Whom are we Speaking? Devotional

    Revelation 6:10

    The fact that God is not merely our friend is actually a great benefit for us. Mere friends cannot rescue us from sin. Good pals cannot provide the all-sufficient help we need to make it through our trials and tribulations. Only the sovereign Lord of all can give us such things. Let us take care to approach our Maker with the reverence and praise that He deserves, and may we always exalt Him as our loving and sovereign Master and King. View Resource

  • God’s Word, Affliction, and Glory Devotional

    Psalm 119:73–80

    Fear of the divine without knowledge of divine truth is superstition, for superstitious people have some kind of “fear” or “anxiety” regarding divine forces. Knowledge of divine truth without fear of the divine is dead orthodoxy, knowledge about God without knowledge of God. If in our affliction we do not return to God’s Word, we are in danger of the former. But if we do not seek His face as we return to God’s Word, we are in danger of the latter. View Resource

  • The Role of Prayer in God’s Providence Devotional

    James 5:16b-18

    In his Institutes, John Calvin notes that prayer is more for our benefit than it is for God’s (3.20.3). While we can hold to the truth that there are some things that God will not do unless we ask Him (James 4:2b), we also know that even the prayers in which we ask of things from Him are ordained in His eternal plan. As we pray according to Scripture, we benefit, for we are conformed to the image of Christ and grow in our faith that He keeps all His promises. View Resource

  • A Call for God to Remember Devotional

    Psalm 106:1-5

    In his sermon “Fine Pleading,” C.H. Spurgeon says, “Everything a sinner gets must come by favor. It cannot come anyway else, for if you get what you deserve, you will get no love, no mercy, no grace.” In and of ourselves, we deserve only condemna-tion. Blessing comes to us only because we are in Christ. As we remember that great truth, the Spirit will establish in us humility and we will find ourselves growing in thankfulness for the Lord and His work. View Resource

  • The God Who Hears His People Devotional

    Proverbs 15:29

    God answers the prayer of salvation, when sinners who are not yet part of His family trust in Christ. He does not answer this prayer based on the merits of those who pray it; rather, He answers it because He regenerates those who call on Him before they call on Him. He initiates the prayer and then responds to it. He answers the prayer based on His own righteousness, for that is the only way human beings, who are wicked by nature since the fall of Adam, can be saved. View Resource

  • Saving the Lord’s Anointed Devotional

    Psalm 20

    Jesus Christ exemplifies what it means to trust wholly and completely in God. our Savior did not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from our Creator (Matt. 4:1–4). He never failed to serve His father, and He entrusted Himself wholly to the hands of God, even when it meant enduring the cross for the sake of His people. If we want to know what wholeheartedly trusting the Lord looks like, we need only to look at Jesus. May we follow suit and trust Him with our all. View Resource

  • Paul’s Appeal for Prayer Devotional

    Romans 15:30-32

    It is easy to strive in prayer for ourselves, for we feel our sufferings and we have an experiential understanding of the urgency of our needs. We find it much harder to strive in prayer for others because we do not have this experiential connection. We are not in their shoes. That is why we should work hard to empathize with others in their needs, for as we get a stronger sense of what is necessary for them, we are better able to pray for others with all perseverance. View Resource

  • Paul’s Prayer for Harmony Devotional

    Romans 15:5-6

    Paul’s prayer for unity in the church based upon the truth of God’s Word and for the glory of Christ should be on our lips as well. How often do you pray for the peace and purity of the church around the world? How often do you pray for the peace and purity of your local body? Perhaps if we were all to pray more often for unity grounded in gospel essentials, we would see the Lord move to make this prayer a reality. View Resource

  • The Spirit’s Intercession Devotional

    Romans 8:26-27

    John Calvin comments, “Except we are supported by God’s hands, we are soon overwhelmed by innumerable evils…though we are in every respect weak, and various infirmities threaten our fall, there is yet sufficient protection in God’s Spirit to preserve us from falling, and to keep us from being overwhelmed by any mass of evils.” The Creator of the universe prays for us Himself. That should leave us with no doubt that His perfect will for us will always be done. View Resource

  • Paul’s Intent to Visit Rome Devotional

    Romans 1:8–12

    One commentator notes how Paul does not view God’s sovereignty as something that he should take as permission not to pray or act. He knew that the Lord had thus far prevented him from coming to Rome, but he did not know if that was to be a permanent situation, so he kept on asking God to give him a path forward to the capital city. Praying according to God’s will does not mean that we stop praying if we do not get what we ask for right away. View Resource

  • The Prayer of Habakkuk Devotional

    Habakkuk 3:1–16

    When we are having difficulty trusting the Lord, it can be helpful for us to recount all the ways in which He has been faithful in the past. First, we should remember how God kept His promises to Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Jacob, Ruth, David, Paul, and all of the other saints of ages past. Then, we should remember how the Lord has shown Himself faithful in our own lives. Recalling the blessings of the past can help give us hope for the blessings of the future. View Resource

  • The Power of Prayer Devotional

    Isaiah 38

    God’s granting fifteen more years of life to Hezekiah does not mean He changes His mind like we do. Instead, such accounts show us that the Lord has a real relationship with His people in time and responds to our prayers and actions. Hezekiah did not know how God would answer His prayer for healing, but the Lord did. Similarly, God knows how He will answer our prayers even before we offer them, but that must not keep us from interceding for ourselves and others. View Resource