OneWalk: Today’s Bible Verse, Reading and Prayer

February 18, 2018

Today’s verse

Psalm 68:5-6 NLT
[5] Father to the fatherless, defender of widows- this is God, whose dwelling is holy. [6] God places the lonely in families; he sets the prisoners free and gives them joy. But he makes the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.

Today’s reading
Luke 9
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+9&version=NLT

Luke 9:20 NLT
[20] Then he asked them, "But who do you say I am?" Peter replied, "You are the Messiah sent from God!"

Luke 9:48 NLT
[48] Then he said to them, "Anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me also welcomes my Father who sent me. Whoever is the least among you is the greatest."

Today’s worship song

Fear is a Liar
Zach Williams – Chain Breaker
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/fear-is-a-liar/1282111719?i=1282112393

Today’s prayer
Dear Lord God, Abba Father, in Jesus name through the Holy Spirt I humbly come to you with a grateful heart. For Your mercy and grace have blessed me beyond measure. As today’s verse states, You are a… ‘Father to the fatherless, defender of widows. You place the lonely in families; he sets the prisoners free and gives them joy.’ O that You would bless those lost, hurting and lonely. Heal those overwhelmed by the world under the sun, worried about tomorrow, buried in their anxieties of those things they cannot control. Separated from You through fear by the liar. Help them change the one thing they can control. What they hold on to. Breaking those chains that bind them, and the lies of the liar with the truth of Jesus. Take their hand, lift them up and hold them close. This I ask in Jesus name. Amen

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OneWalk: Today’s Bible Verse, Reading and Prayer

February 17, 2018

Today’s verse

Philippians 3:12-13 New Living Translation (NLT)

Pressing toward the Goal

12 I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. 13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it,[a] but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead,

Today’s reading
Luke 8
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+8&version=NLT

Today’s worship song
Control (Somehow You Want Me)
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/control-somehow-you-want-me/1130475730?i=1130476177

Today’s prayer
Dear Lord God, Abba Father, in Jesus name through the Holy Spirit within me I humbly come to You to share my thoughts and make my prayer request. I know You already know my thoughts and what I think, but I need You, I need to feel You, I need to feed the Holy Spirit through Jesus to be close to You. For then I believe You will hear my prayers, and my prayers and Your will, become one and Your presence in me is visible. O that Your would bless me and mine, that You would expand our territory for Your will and purpose, that Your hand would be upon us, that You would keep us from evil and from causing pain. I lift up all those hurting, suffering, feeling lonely and lost. Anxious about tomorrow, out of the presence of today’s moments. Have mercy on them and lay Your peace and grace upon them. This I ask in Jesus name. Amen

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OneWalk: Today’s Bible Verse, Reading and Prayer

February 16, 2018

Today’s verse

John 3:19-21 NLT
[19] And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. [20] All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. [21] But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants."

Today’s reading

Luke 7
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+7&version=NLT

Today’s prayer
Dear Lord God in Jesus name I come to You. Hear my thoughts and prayers. Guide me, use me, let me be a light to anyone in need. Liken my heart to Jesus. Open my eyes and ears to anyone hurting and in need. Direct my reaction. We have so many hurting and in pain, feeling alone, rejected and angry. Touch them. Light their way out of the darkness. Help ready me with open arms and ear, with the right words. Most of all let them see You in me. This I ask in Jesus name. Amen

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OneWalk: Today’s Bible Verse, Reading and Prayer

February 15, 2018

Today’s verse

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16

Today’s reading
Luke 6
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+6&version=NLT

The Beatitudes

Luke 6:20-23 NLT
[20] Then Jesus turned to his disciples and said,

"God blesses you who are poor, for the Kingdom of God is yours. [21]
God blesses you who are hungry now, for you will be satisfied.
God blesses you who weep now, for in due time you will laugh. [22]

What blessings await you when people hate you and exclude you and mock you and curse you as evil because you follow the Son of Man. [23] When that happens, be happy! Yes, leap for joy! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, their ancestors treated the ancient prophets that same way.

JESUS ANSWERS LIFE’S ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS

LUKE 6:17-23—ESSENTIAL QUESTION: IS THIS ALL THERE IS?

In this short burst—a shotgun blast, really—of eternal truths, Jesus hits the reset button on our conventional expectations for success in life. In these rhythmic verses, he highlights qualities and characteristics that have little currency in our current world, but are priceless in the “Kingdom of God” (or “Kingdom of Heaven” in Matthew’s version of the Sermon on the Mount). Here on earth, people who have strength of spirit often horde the treasure—but people who are poor in spirit gain the eternal treasure of the kingdom of heaven. The same is true for mourners and the gentle and the desperate-for-justice and the merciful and the pure and the peacemakers and the persecuted. Be happy about it, says Jesus, because there is a real place (his “hometown”) where all of these denigrated characteristics are treated like the priceless treasures they are. No, the standards we’ve been taught to respect—the values that human beings most often reward—are often not the values that God rewards. This isn’t all there is, and we can live in that reality right now.

Today’s prayer
Gracious God, I need the encouragement of Lent right now. It is so easy for my life to become full of everything except you. My concentration can be scattered, my attentiveness to your Spirit dampened. So, I am grateful for a Christian tradition that interrupts my status quo and calls me back to you. Thank you.

I do not want this season to be a time of going through the motions, let alone a time for legalism that draws my heart away from you. May the things I do and the things I refrain from doing be channels of attention and grace. May they help me to focus on you, opening my heart to all that you would do in me.

Above all, may I draw near to you in these days. To be sure, I should do this all the time. I know that. But something about setting aside a special season helps me to remember you and to approach you. How grateful I am for the invitation to come before you and for your promise of mercy and grace!

All praise be to you, O God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

written by Mark D. Roberts for Life for Leaders Daily Devotion, Open Your Hearts to God in This Seaon of Lent
https://mailchi.mp/depree.org/open-your-heart-to-god-in-the-season-of-lent?e=1bc587c115

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OneWalk: Ash Wednesday, Bible Verse, Reading and Prayer

February 14, 2018

Today’s verse

17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’

“Cursed is the ground because of you;
through painful toil you will eat food from it
all the days of your life.
18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
and you will eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your brow
you will eat your food
until you return to the ground,
since from it you were taken;
for dust you are
and to dust you will return.”

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+3%3A17-19&version=NLT

Today’s reading

Luke 5
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+5&version=NLT

Today’s worship song

Remind Me Who I Am
Jason Gray
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/remind-me-who-i-am/721234600?i=721234754

Today’s Prayer

Gracious God, Genesis 3 is not good news. It proclaims the bad news of how sin has warped our lives. It reveals that we will experience the impact of sin in our work, as well as in our ultimate mortality. Though we’d rather not deal with this bad news, Lord, we need to hear it because it’s true.

And because it prepares us for the good news that is coming. When we recognize how lost we are, we yearn to be found. When we feel the pain of our mortality, we long for immortality. When our work is painful, we are reminded that we need your grace to touch all of life.

As we begin this season of Lent, may our hearts be open to you. Prepare us, Lord, for a fresh experience of your grace. May your life be alive within us! Amen.

Today’s Prayer written by Mark D. Roberts from Life for Leaders Daily Devotion, Living Ash Wednesday at Work
https://mailchi.mp/depree.org/living-ash-wednesday-at-work?e=1bc587c115

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OneWalk: Today’s Bible Verse, Reading and Prayer

February 13, 2018

Today’s verse

1 John 4:12 NLT
No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.

Today’s reading

Luke 4 The temptation of Jesus
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+4&version=NLT

JESUS ANSWERS LIFE’S ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS

LUKE 4:1-13—ESSENTIAL QUESTION: WHAT IS TRUTH?

At the end of a grueling 40-day fast, Jesus must face the devil and endure a succession of temptations. Right out of the gate, the tempter offers this insinuating challenge: “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become a loaf of bread.” The evil worming its way into the devil’s sly interaction with Jesus is this: “If you are…” He is challenging the truth of Jesus’ identity—a primary and consistent weapon in his mission to “steal and kill and destroy” everything that matters to God (John 10:10). At the core of this insinuation, Satan is questioning the very foundations of truth. And Jesus responds (quoting Deuteronomy 8:3) with an answer anchored in the bedrock of truth: “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone.’ ” When human beings decide for themselves what truth is, we descend into brutality and confusion and hopelessness. When we look to God’s own words as the source of our truth, we find life and hope and redemption and courage and strength. All truths are tributaries of the massive river of Truth, who is Jesus himself—this is why he is called “the Word” (John 1:1).

Today’s prayer

Dear Lord God You are truth, Jesus is the Word and the Word is truth. He walked and was tempted under the Sun just as we are. Yet we doubt Him and seek truth. Jesus is the cure for all our anxieties, troubles, worries and temptations we face under the Sun. Only the Son can save us. So I cry out in prayer for all those to afraid, to chained up in disbelief and lost in the ways under the Sun. Hear my prayer, touch them, heal them, speak to them, hold them close. Nothing is impossible for You. Use me, use someone to open their eyes and heart, break the chains that bind them, and convict them of their chosen ways. We are all prodigals lost under the Sun, to many have just not found their way home. Call out to them Lord God! Help them find the peace that only Jesus can give. This I ask in Jesus name. Amen

OneWalk: Today’s Verse, Reading and Prayer

February 12, 2018

Today’s verse

Romans 15:1 NLT
We who are strong must be considerate of those who are sensitive about things like this. We must not just please ourselves.

Today’s reading
Luke 3
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+3&version=NLT

Today’s Prayer
Dear Lord God I pray that you fill me with the fruit of the Spirit; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Help me unselfishly serve those You put in my path. Open my eyes and heart to their needs. Hear my thoughts and prayers as I lift them up to You. Bless them, confort them, strengthen them, guide them. Let them feel Your peace and presence. These things I ask in Jesus’s name. Amen