The Journey with Ron Moore
Devotion Text

Romans 5:8

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Today’s passage clearly explains the good news. Here are three important truths that we need to know and apply.

God loves us.

That’s an amazing truth, isn’t it? The eternal God has deep affection and affinity for us. He wants us to be his children. He longs to know us and have a relationship with us. He desires to bless us and show us his great love. But there is a problem.

Man is a sinner.

We are not sinners because we sin; we sin because we are sinners. We are sinners by nature. And our sin separates us from God. There is a great chasm between us and God that cannot be crossed by our good works. All of us have sinned and fall short of God’s holy standard. Trying to get to God on our own would be like trying to jump across the Grand Canyon. You might jump farther than me or I might jump farther than you, but the rescue workers are not going to be measuring the distance when they pick up our bodies off the rocks. Our confirmation classes, CCD classes, baptisms, first communions, church attendance, or generous giving cannot propel us to God. Since we couldn’t get to God; God came to us.

Christ died for us.

God loved us so much that he did something about our predicament. He sent his Son to do for us what we could not do for ourselves. Jesus came to pay the penalty for our sin on the cross. Jesus was fully-God and fully man. Being God, he was sinless so he didn’t have to die for his sins. He went to the cross as a sinless sacrifice. Being man, he died in our place. He died as our substitute.

Being a Christian is simply this: I come to the point where I realize that I am a sinner and cannot have a relationship with God on my own. I know that God loves me so much that he sent his Son to die for me. And I trust in Jesus as the One who died on my behalf. I trust in Jesus as the only way to have a relationship with God, experience his new life now, and live with him forever. Would you like to have a relationship with the heavenly Father who loves you with that kind of love? Then use the following prayer as your guide to trust in Jesus.

Talking to God

Dear heavenly Father, I admit that I am a sinner and cannot earn my way to you. I thank you for loving me so much that you sent Jesus to die on the cross for my sin. I thank you for raising him back to life. Today I trust in Jesus alone as the One who paid the penalty for my sin on the cross. I trust in Jesus as the only way to have a relationship with you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

If you have prayed to trust in Christ, please let us send some resources to you. Email us at prayer@ronmoore.org and we’ll help you get started on your journey.   

 


 

This Week on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Fresh Faith

Devotion Text

Acts 9:3-4

Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven shone around him. And falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?”

In a moment! Just like that! A light from heaven and Saul fell to the ground.

Saul was intent on destroying the church, “breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord.” He made house calls on Christians, dragging men and women off to prison. He approvingly supervised the stoning of Stephen. And he was on his way to Damascus to dispense more damage when God stopped him in his tracks. You know the rest of the story. Saul trusted in Christ, God changed his name to Paul, and the last of the apostles took the message of Jesus throughout the world. And…he wrote thirteen of the twenty-seven books in the New Testament.

We call a change like Paul’s a “Damascus Road conversion.” A person is blatantly opposed to everything Christian. They have nothing to do with Jesus and breathe hatred to all who follow Christ. Then suddenly God gets their attention. Transformation takes place.

Who do you know that is blatantly opposed to Christianity? Think of three people that need a “Damascus Road” experience? Write their name down on a piece of paper or in your smartphone notes. Put them on your prayer list. I know what you’re saying, “That person will never come to Christ!” That’s the same thing they said about Paul.

Talking to God

Father, help me obey the command of Jesus to love my enemies and pray for them. I ask that you transform the life of (name the person) just like you transformed Paul. Give (name the person) a Damascus Road experience. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

God Speaks

Devotion Text

Matthew 7:21-23

Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

On the final day, there will be some solemn surprises. Jesus said on that day people would call him, “Lord, Lord,” but they are not fit for the kingdom of heaven. Can you think of anything more tragic?

Some will proclaim their great work for God. But works will never secure our place in heaven. Eternal life is a free gift of grace through faith in Jesus alone.

Do you know for sure that you will not be turned away from heaven? Words cannot describe the heartrending emotion of thinking you were in only to hear the words, “I never knew you.” Please don’t let that happen to you. Use the following prayer as a personal guide to tell Jesus your desire to hear, “Welcome home good and faithful servant.”

Talking to God

Lord Jesus, I know that there is absolutely nothing I can do to earn a place in heaven. My best works on my best day fall short of your perfect standard. I am broken and cannot fix myself. I am a sinner and cannot earn forgiveness. I am lost and cannot save myself. I need you. Right now I trust in you as the only way to hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” I trust in you as the only way to have eternal life. I trust in you as the only way to have meaning and purpose during my years on earth. I know that I am saved only by your free gift of grace. I trust in you as the One who paid the penalty for my sin and places me in a personal relationship with the living God. In your name. Amen.

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

The Bible’s Context

Submission to God in prayer is more than surrender.  To lie face down in the dust is only a start.  It is a yielding of not only your fate but also your will, your expectations, your fervent requests. And, it is one thing more.

Ron Moore deals with that kind of prayer and that one thing in today’s broadcast. During our time together you’ll discover a model for surviving a shaken world.

Devotion Text

Matthew 7:13-14

Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.

Two Entrances

There are two entrances to the spiritual journey. One entrance is high, wide, and packed. You can bring all your beliefs and philosophies, along with your possessions and pride. Just follow the crowd. The other entrance is small. Only the Gatekeeper permits access. To enter you must set aside your pride and stoop down.

Two Paths

The wide gate leads to the wide road. It is filled with luring attractions. But what looks inviting from the outside is empty on the inside. Even in the large crowd, you feel so alone. The small entrance leads to a narrow road. This road is built with grace and forgiveness. When you stumble, others help you up and keep you heading in the right direction.

Two Destinations

While the wide gate makes for an easy entrance and the path is appealing, the end is tragic. The empty promises lead to an empty life and eternity. The end is destruction, hell—eternal separation from God. The small entrance and the narrow road provide a different ending. The Gatekeeper has paved the way to heaven—eternal fellowship with God. This is the only road that leads to life.

Two entrances, two paths, two destinations. Which will you choose?

If you would like to choose the path of life, make this prayer your own.

Heavenly Father, I have tried the wide gate and the broad road. This path has left me empty, without meaning and purpose; broken, bruised and alone. I know that I am on the wrong road. Today, with your strength, I want to start a new journey. I trust in the Gatekeeper, Jesus Christ, as the only One who can grant access. By his death, he purchased my admission. I accept the invitation. I humbly bow and enter the road that leads to life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

If you have prayed that prayer, please let us know. Email us at prayer@ronmoore.org. We would love to send you some free resources to help you on your new journey.

 


 

This Week on The Journey Broadcast:

 

The Greatest Text Message

Devotion Text

Matthew 7:9-11

Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! 

Godly parents love their children. They always want the best for them. They would never hurt or deceive them. A rock given to a hungry child instead of bread? Unthinkable! A snake given to a child expecting a fish? Absurd!

The heavenly Father loves his children and always gives them good gifts. He offers eternity to us free of charge. He loves us so much that he sent his Son to die for our sins on the cross. Since he did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all, “how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32).

Prayer is talking to God and asking for what we need. He loves to hear the requests of his children. He will never trick us, deceive us, or give us something harmful. He will give you what is good…when you ask.

Talking to God

Father, I am asking that you provide me with your good gifts. Thank you for the promise that when I ask, you will give me exactly what I need to do what you are calling me to do. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Do all things really work out for good?

Devotion Text

Matthew 6:16-18

And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Fasting is not a topic of many sermons or writings today. It is often misused and misunderstood. Today let me offer a definition of fasting, describe what it is not, and then describe what it is.

A Definition

Fasting means to do without human desires and needs in order to focus on prayer. Fasting is normally done when we have a particular request or are dealing with a particular circumstance.

Wrong Methods and Motives

Fasting is not to impress others with our “spirituality.” In fact, it is to be done in secret. Don’t tweet or post on Facebook that you are fasting. It is not used as a way to gain favor with God. Remember his love for us is already unconditional. Fasting is not to be done in a mechanical manner. Prayer and meditation are not formulaic. Fasting is not to be done with the expectation of immediate answers or results. And, of course, fasting is not to be done in a situation where it would be detrimental to your health.

Right Methods and Motives

Fasting is always to be done with prayer and meditation (Luke 2:37; Acts 13:2).  Doing without physical needs for a time produces humility (Ps. 35:13; 69:10). Sometimes fasting is done in conjunction with repentance (1 Kings 21:27; Neh. 1:4, 9:1). Sometimes it is done to prepare for ministry (Acts 13:2-3; 14:23). And sometimes it is done to prepare us during a period where we have a special request (Ezra 8:21-23; Esther 4).

Fasting is an opportunity to focus on God. It is not a methodical process to get what we want but an act of prayer and worship to better discern what we need.

Father, take me into times of doing without, in order to receive what I need. Help me to understand the process and importance of fasting. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Searching for Light

Devotion Text

Matthew 6:9

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.

Hallowed is an old English word used in the King James Version of the Bible and has been kept in most versions since. It means, “to treat as holy, revere, respect, and give high honor to.” It specifies that we should hold the name of God high.

In Scripture, a name is more than just what a person is called. It represents the essence of the person—their characteristics and attributes. So, we pray that God’s person—who he is and what he does—is revered and honored. This reverence, of course, must be demonstrated by the actions of our lives.

This part of the Lord’s Prayer is simply asking God to help us honor him through our day. We are praying that our words glorify God by building others up and speaking the truth in love. We are asking that our thoughts treat God as holy. We are asking that our actions show how much we love the One who sent his Son to die on the cross for our sins. In essence, we are asking God to help us follow the example of Jesus. John wrote, “Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him” (John 5:23b).

Father, help me honor you with my thoughts today. My mind is prone to wander. Keep it focused on you. Help me honor you with my emotions. Keep me from regrettable reactions. Help me honor you with my words. Remind me that reckless words pierce like a sword. Help me honor you with my actions. Remind me that others will see my love for you by what I do. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Living Peaceably

Devotion Text
Matthew 6:5-6

And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

As a pastor, I am often asked to pray. I must admit that my heart is not always in the right spot. Sometimes my emotions are such that I don’t want to pray out loud. Sometimes I have prayed only because I feel that I am expected to. Sometimes, I admit, I have been more conscious about impressing people than communicating with God.

In Jesus’ day, there were those who used prayer as a platform. These people loved to pray in places where they could be heard and seen. Others “babbled” on and on. Jesus called these individuals “hypocrites,” a word that means, “play actor.” Words coming from their mouths originated in empty hearts.

Prayer is a genuine expression of my heart. Prayer is simply talking to God. Prayer is never meant to bring attention to me. Sometimes I need to escape to my room for a private conversation. Sometimes I am called on to lead others in prayer. But whenever and wherever I pray, it’s not about me; it’s about God. God is impressed by the sincere cries of my heart. I may be able to fool people; I can never fool God.

Talking to God

Father, please help me fully understand that prayer is simply talking to you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Living Purely

Devotion Text
 

Matthew 5:17-18

Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.

The Old Testament was clear that a new day was coming, but when it would come and what it would look like were not detailed. So, when Jesus arrived there was a mixture of excitement and concern. The religious Jews wondered if Jesus had come to tear down their way of worship.

In today’s passage, Jesus made it known that he did not come to dismantle the Old Testament. In fact, he came to complete it. He came to add the finishing work.

  • The OT called for an annual sacrifice. Jesus sacrificed himself once for all.
  • The OT called for a perfect sacrifice. Jesus was sinless.
  • The OT contains nineteen direct prophecies about the coming Messiah. Jesus fulfilled them all.
  • The OT told of a suffering servant. Jesus came to die on a cross.
  • Jesus transitioned the physical kingdom to a spiritual one.

Jesus did not ignore or tear down the law. He completed it by his work on the cross. That same work will complete your life. Have you trusted in Jesus? If not, follow me in this prayer.

Talking to God

Lord Jesus, right now I trust in you to complete my life. I am empty, fill me. I am afraid, embrace me. I am a sinner, cleanse me. I am heading in the wrong direction, turn me around. I trust that you died for my sins on the cross. Make me your child. In your name, I pray. Amen.

 

If you have prayed that prayer, please let us know by emailing prayer@ronmoore.org. We want to thank God with you and send you some free resources to help you get started on your new journey.

 


 

This Week on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Proverbs

Devotion Text
 

As we pray through the Bible, let’s take some time to pray through the greatest sermon ever preached, often called, The Sermon on the Mount. This sermon, recorded in Matthew 5-7, begins with the Beatitudes (Latin for “perfect happiness”). Each beatitude begins with the word “blessed.” This word reminds us that we are privileged recipients of God’s divine favor.

Matthew 5:3

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

The word “poor” means “to beg” or “to be a beggar.” It describes those who cannot sustain themselves and are totally dependent on others for support. To be poor in spirit is to be a spiritual beggar. That describes my spiritual state. No part of my person is untouched by sin. My thinking, attitudes, actions, desires, and words are tainted by sin’s power. There is no way for me to break the curse. In theology, this is called the Doctrine of Total Depravity. I am helpless and hopeless…until Jesus comes.

Those who realize their desperate state turn to the only One who can help. The poor in spirit are desperate…for Jesus…for his forgiveness…for his gift of salvation. The poor in spirit are eager for God’s enabling power. And God never disappoints. Those who admit their helplessness and turn to Jesus receive the greatest gift! They inherit the kingdom of heaven.

If you have not trusted in Jesus, please make the following prayer your own:

Father, I admit that I am a spiritual beggar. There is nothing I can do to make me good enough for you. There is nothing I can do to work my way to you. I am helpless and hopeless. Today I trust in Jesus. Please forgive me for the things I have done. Please correct me from the path I am on. I turn to Jesus for his forgiveness and salvation. I trust in Jesus alone. In his name I pray. Amen.

 

If you’d like for us to help you get started on your journey, email us at prayer@ronmoore.org.

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Under Attack: The Enemy – Part 1

Devotion Text
 

Okay—real talk. Do you ever find yourself simply going through the spiritual motions? Devotions—check. Prayer—check. Going to church—check. All the spiritual boxes checked but not a lot of spiritual output in your life? Read today’s passage.

Zechariah 7:8-10

And the word of the Lord came to Zechariah, saying, “Thus says the Lord of hosts, Render true judgments, show kindness and mercy to one another, do not oppress the widow, the fatherless, the sojourner, or the poor, and let none of you devise evil against another in your heart.”

God told Zechariah to demonstrate true worship. Instead of going through the motions, God said, show true justice to others. Demonstrate mercy and love to one another. Take care of the needy widow. Take in the orphan. Accept the foreigner. Provide for the poor. Stop premeditated, hurtful action against each other.

Without meaningful actions, worship can quickly become a meaningless act. A powerful prayer becomes pointless by mindless repetition. A solid Christian creed can lose its impact with numbing recitation. A song, that moved us to tears when we first heard it, can wear a rut through our hearts so that we are bored of the words. We can’t just go through the motions. True worship is proven by actions.

Talking Points

  • Talk to God about the danger of falling into the trap of just going through the motions. Ask him to help you have a fresh relationship with him.
  • Make sure your children have opportunities to express and experience their faith in real life. Celebrate worship that is proven by actions.

Father, point out to me any area of my worship and service to you where I am simply going through the motions. Show me any area that I am doing for myself and not for you. When you show me where I need to change, help me to respond. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Under Attack: The Sacrifice – Part 2

Devotion Text
 

Jonah 1:17 – 2:2

And the Lord appointed a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish, saying, “I called out to the Lord, out of my distress, and he answered me; out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and you heard my voice.”

Jonah found that the finish line for running from God was in the belly of a great fish! Jonah finally stopped running and started crying out to God. Amazing how our circumstance changes our attitude. Amazing, isn’t it, how people, who are running from God, get “religion” when they find themselves in a difficult situation. I have met with men who wanted nothing to do with God until they lost their job, or their marriage blew up, or their child rebelled. Then they got serious about God until they found another job, or their wife came back, or the situation with their teenager settled down.

How about you? Are you a “circumstantial Christian?” When things are going well you pretty much leave Jesus out of the picture. But when things go south, when you get swallowed by the big fish, you’re all about wanting Jesus to bail you out. Jonah had been ignoring God, flat-out turning his back on God, but now, “from the belly of the fish” Jonah prayed.

Following Jesus should not be dependent on our circumstances. We are to trust him just as much in our success as in our failure. Why is it we get really serious about prayer in our “distress?” Why do we keep so busy running and only stop to pray “from the belly of the fish”?

Talking Points

  • Ask God to show where you exhibit signs of being a “circumstantial Christian.”
  • Ask God to help you teach (show and tell) your children what a consistent follower of Jesus looks like.

Father, I don’t want to be a circumstantial Christian. I don’t want to get “religion” when things are challenging. I want to serve you full-out every day in good times and bad times. Help me move from circumstantial to consistent. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


 

This Week on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Engaging in the Battle

Devotion Text
 

Dark stretches in our journey are not meant to be confusing or permanent. God uses these times to develop and deepen our faith. He calls us to follow hard after him, even with our questions, and trust him to open and close the appropriate doors. He desires that we rely on him for wisdom and discernment, for strength and peace. There will be times when the path seems dark, but these are the times God uses to ask us a question, “Can you trust Me?” Can you?

The prophet Isaiah says it like this:

Isaiah 50:10

Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the voice of his servant? Let him who walks in darkness and has no light trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God.

God never leaves us, even in the darkness. It’s there we hear his voice most clearly. In the darkness we learn to rely on him. If you are walking in darkness let the following prayer be yours or send the prayer to someone who is going through a challenging time.

Talking to God

Father, this challenge, this stretch of darkness is lonely and discouraging. I long for closure, for a new day, for light at the end of my tunnel. Allow me to feel your presence. Help me gain your strength. Remind me that you are still at work. Help me trust and rely on you. I thank you that somehow you will use this stretch of darkness to do great things in my life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

1st John Introduction

Devotion Text
 

Isaiah 26:3-4

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.

Fear shows up at the most inconvenient times. Like the winds of a tornado, it swirls through our hearts destroying the places where calm lived. Fear usually comes with a partner—a call from the doctor with a report of dreaded results, an appointment with our supervisor who may be delivering bad news, the upheaval of the stock market playing havoc with what we thought would be our retirement, a child out late who was supposed to have been home an hour ago.

But our passage today reminds us that fear can be dulled, even driven away, when we keep our mind on the Lord rather than our circumstances. This focus results in “perfect peace,” a deep settled calmness. Why? Because the mind stayed on God trusts him. Life still happens but in the midst of our storms, he is the immovable anchor. And we can trust in him forever. He is the “everlasting rock.”

I don’t know what you are going through today but God does. If you are reading this with a fearful heart, he is inviting you to trust him even as the winds of fear howl around you. He is inviting you to a place of rest and peace. The following prayer is for you. Use it as a guide, make it your own, and trust in the everlasting rock.

Talking to God

Dear Father, I am fearful. (Name the circumstance) is causing anxiety to fill my heart. I am scared of what may happen or what may not happen. Please help me let go of the fear and turn it over to you. Please fill my heart with the perfect peace that you promise. Help me to keep my mind stayed on you. You are the everlasting rock. I cling to you as the anchor for my fearful soul. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Real Marriage – Nourished

Devotion Text
 

Isaiah 1:18

“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.”

Left to ourselves we can’t have a relationship with God. Our baptism, confirmation, generous giving, and regular church attendance are not enough to make us right with God. We are in a helpless and hopeless situation. Because of our sin, we deserve to die—spiritually, physically, and eternally.

But God did for us what we could not do for ourselves. He demonstrated his great love by sending Jesus to pay the penalty for our sins. Jesus—fully God and fully Man—died to pay the penalty for us. Being a Christian is simply this: I believe that Jesus died for me. I believe that the death of Jesus paid the penalty for my sin. I trust in Jesus alone to place me into an eternal relationship with the living God.

Our sins stain our hearts. Now, through Jesus, we can be clean. God wants to settle the matter with you. God loves you and desires to know you intimately and deeply. Today I urge you to speak with your children (or grandchildren) about Jesus. Use the following prayer as a guide putting it into age-appropriate words.

Talking to God

Dear heavenly Father, I know that I am a sinner and cannot earn my way to you. My best efforts on my best day fall short. I trust in Jesus alone as the only way I can have a relationship with you. I trust in Jesus as the One who paid the penalty of my sin by his death on the cross. Thank you for hearing my prayer, forgiving my sins, and placing me in your family. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

If anyone in your family has trusted in Christ, please contact us at prayer@ronmoore.org so we can help them get started on their journey with Jesus.

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Real Leadership – Part 1

Devotion Text
 

Psalm 118:26-29

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! We bless you from the house of the Lord. The Lord is God, and he has made his light to shine upon us. Bind the festal sacrifice with cords, up to the horns of the altar! You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God; I will extol you. Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!

The light of the Lord! It reveals the path ahead and illuminates our hearts. It highlights when we are cruising on the right path and when we have taken a dangerous detour. We pray that God’s light always shines on us. That’s also a great prayer to pray for our children and grandchildren.

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for making your light shine on (children/grandchildren).

Shine your light on their hearts…let them see their sin and turn to you.

Shine your light on their path…let them see the right road to travel.

Shine your light on their temptations…let them see the way to escape.

Shine your light on their weaknesses…show them their desperate need for you.

Shine your light on their failures…reveal the hard lessons.

Shine your light on their successes…let them see that you purpose each one.

Shine your light on their education…let them find your calling.

Shine your light on their friendships…let them find iron-sharpeners.

Shine your light on their relationships…let them see the rewards of purity.

Shine your light on their marriages…let them love and honor their spouses.

Shine your light on their vocations…let them see how to minister at work.

Shine your light on their disappointments…let them see your encouragement.

Shine your light on their loneliness…let them see your presence.

Shine your light on their doubts…reveal that you can be trusted.

Shine your light on their sin…let them see the way back home.

Shine your light on their fears…let them find your strength and comfort.

Shine your light on their lives…let them always follow hard after you.

In Jesus’ name.

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Living Sacrifices

Devotion Text
 

Psalm 118:15-25

Glad songs of salvation are in the tents of the righteous: “The right hand of the Lord does valiantly, the right hand of the Lord exalts, the right hand of the Lord does valiantly!” I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the Lord. The Lord has disciplined me severely, but he has not given me over to death. Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the Lord. This is the gate of the Lord; the righteous shall enter through it. I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation. The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Save us, we pray, O Lord! O Lord, we pray, give us success!

Today’s psalm reminds us that it is the Lord who does “valiantly!” He is the One who has opened the “gates of righteousness.” Although he was rejected and put to death, now he has become the “cornerstone” that holds our relationship with God together.

The psalmist ends this portion with a prayer for something we all want—success. But sometimes God’s view of victory looks a bit different than ours. Here’s a prayer to pray for your children and grandchildren. Let’s pray that God will grant them his success!

Father,

I pray that you would grant your success to (say their names).

 

Give them success in the lessons of losing.

Give them success in the humility of winning.

Give them success in serving others.

Give them success in befriending the lonely.

Give them success in caring for the unfortunate.

 

Give them success in choosing friends.

Give them success in using their time wisely.

Give them success in reading your Word daily.

Give them success in prayer.

 

Give them success in the pain of failure.

Give them success in the accolades of achievement.

Give them success in obeying your Word.

Give them success in repentance.  

 

Give them success at following hard after you.

Give them success at using the gifts you’ve given them.

Give them success in standing for you

…even if it means standing alone.

 

In Jesus’ name.

Amen.

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

God’s Sovereignty – Part 2

Devotion Text
 

Psalm 118:8-14

It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes. All nations surrounded me; in the name of the Lord I cut them off! They surrounded me, surrounded me on every side; in the name of the Lord I cut them off! They surrounded me like bees; they went out like a fire among thorns; in the name of the Lord I cut them off! I was pushed hard, so that I was falling, but the Lord helped me. The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.

The musical Annie has a song called “It’s a Hard Knock Life.” The orphans sing about an “empty belly, rotten smelly, full of sorrow, no tomorrow” hard knock life. While few of us can identify with the plight of orphans, everyone can relate to the hard knocks that come in some form or fashion. As parents, it’s hard for us to watch our children take those hard knocks.

Based on today’s verses, here’s a prayer to pray for our children and grandchildren through the inevitable hard knocks of life.

Heavenly Father,

Life will come with its hard knocks. Our children will be pushed back and pushed around by situations beyond their control. They will know what it means to stumble. Many times they will be about to fall. And most of the time I won’t be there to catch them. But you will always be right by their side.

Father, be their strength against the influencing crowd. Be their help against life’s inevitable challenges. Defend them against their strongest temptations in their weakest moments. Let them know that they are never alone. May this confession always be on their lips: “He has become my salvation.”

In Jesus’ name.

Amen.

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

God’s Sovereignty – Part 1

Devotion Text
 

Psalm 115:14-18

May the Lord give you increase, you and your children! May you be blessed by the Lord, who made heaven and earth! The heavens are the Lord’s heavens, but the earth he has given to the children of man. The dead do not praise the Lord, nor do any who go down into silence. But we will bless the Lord from this time forth and forevermore. Praise the Lord!

Prosperity gospel is a heretical teaching promising health and wealth to those who follow God and talk to him with the right “formula.” Some flavors of this errant theology guarantee that God will take whatever you give to him and return the amount fourfold or even tenfold. While prosperity gospel is scripturally out of bounds, praying for God’s blessing is right in line with God’s Word. In today’s passage, the psalmist prays that God will cause his people to flourish. Let’s get practical and personal with this prayer.

Father, I pray that you will cause my marriage to flourish. Allow (name your spouse) and me to honor you with our commitment to each other.

Father, please cause my family to flourish (name your children/grandchildren). Restore and heal broken relationships and estrangement. Develop my children and grandchildren into men and women who will love and serve you.

Father, please bless those who are sick (name those struggling with illness). I pray that you will restore their health. Help their love for you to flourish in this challenging time.

Father, please bless my job and/or business (name your place of employment or the business you own). Help me be a person of integrity in the workplace. Allow my reputation as a follower of Jesus to flourish.

Father, you are the Maker of heaven and earth. Please keep me close to you and cause my commitment to you to flourish until I see you face to face.

In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


 

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More Than Conquerors

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