October 18 God’s Sweet Spot

Photo by Laura Jostes

Photo by Laura Jostes

Jeremiah 31:27-32:44;  1 Timothy 3:1-16;  Psalm 88:1-18;  Proverbs 25:20-22

“Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah:  I am the Lord, the God of all mankind.  Is anything too hard for me?

You are saying about this city, ‘By the sword, famine and plague it will be handed over to the king of Babylon': but this is what the Lord, the God of Israel says:  I will surely gather them from all the lands where I banish them in my furious anger and great wrath;  I will bring them back to this place and let them live in safety.  They will be my people, and I will be their God.  I will give them singleness of heart and action, so that they will always fear me for their own good and the good of their children after them.  I will make an everlasting covenant with them:  I will never stop doing good to them, and I will inspire them to fear me, so that they will never turn away from me.  I will rejoice in doing them good and will assuredly plant them in this land with all my heart and soul.”

Jeremiah 32:36-41

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“but God shows His love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

Romans 5:6

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Amazing love,

He has planted in our

hearts

and nurtures us with all

his heart and soul.

He rejoices

in doing good for us.

He promises to make us

stand firm in our faith.

Thank you for this

indescribable gift

which we have in

Christ Jesus

our Lord!

Amen.

October 17 Why Pray?

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Photo by Laura Jostes

Jeremiah 30:1-31:26;  1 Timothy 2:1-15;  Psalm 87:1-7;  Proverbs 25:18-19

“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercessions and thanksgiving be made for everyone–

for kings and all those in authority, that we may live

peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

This is good, and please God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.  For the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men–the testimony given in its proper time.”

1 Timothy 2:1-6

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Why pray?

It keeps Satan at bay,

the name of Jesus on our lips

curls his toes,

scats this enemy of God away.

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Why pray?

It ushers in the peace of God

into our hearts and minds

and overflows,

over throws

all dark demise.

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Why pray?

Many have yet to hear

the Good News as

time grows shorter with

each passing day.

They need to know

that there is One

who loves them;

seeks to draw them near

and save them from

 despair.

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Why pray?

Because He bids us as

He himself prays for the souls

of those under His care.

He prays for us.

Lord God,  thank for the faithful prayers of the saints who have gone before us–who prayed for peace so that Your Word might be spread;  prayed that evil would be stayed;  that your truth of Salvation would be heard and believed.  Press upon our hearts the incredible urgency to continue the prayers of the saints.  And we beseech you, to hear the prayers of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who intercedes for us.  In His name we pray, Amen.

October 17 Teach Me, O Lord

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Photo by Laura Jostes

Jeremiah 30:1-31:26;  1 Timothy 2:1-15;  Psalm 87:1-7;  Proverbs 25:18-19

“Teach me your way, O Lord,

and I will walk in your truth;

give me an undivided heart,

that I may fear your name.

I will praise you, O Lord my God,

with all my heart;

I will glorify your name forever.

For great is your love toward me;

you have delivered me from the

depths of the grave.”

Psalm 86:11-13

Lord God,  thank you for your grace and mercy that rescued me from a most unholy path.  Through water and the Word you destined me for another path–one of faith in a Most Holy God–a path paved by the blood of Your Son Jesus Christ.  Continue to teach me, guide me, direct me in all your ways, O Lord, today and every day until you return.  In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.

October 15 To The Missioned, Pray

Image by Brandon Johnson

Image by Brandon Johnson


Jeremiah 26:1-27:22; 2 Thessalonians 3:1-18; Psalm 85:1-13; Proverbs 25:16

Finally, brothers, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you. And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men, for not everyone has faith. But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one. We have confidence in the Lord that you are doing and will continue to do the things we command. May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance…never tire of doing what is right.” 2 Thessalonians 3:1-5,13

Pray. Pray. Pray.
Missionaries around the world covet prayers from their brothers and sisters in Christ.
That’s you. That’s me.
Let’s pray.

O most Holy God and Lord, be with your messengers of Good News, wherever they may be found. Protect them from the Evil One and from evil men who would seek to do them harm. Confound any plots to ‘silence’ them. May the Good News of Salvation be received, nurtured and matured in those who hear that Jesus loves them and gave up his life for them. Let us not grow weary in our prayer-offering on behalf of unsaved souls, both near and far. In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.

October 14 Them’s Living Words

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Photo by Laura Jostes

Jeremiah 23:21-25:38;  2 Thessalonians 2:1-17;  Psalm 84:1-12; Proverbs 25:15

“…because from the beginning God chose you to be saved

through the sanctifying work of the Spirit

and through belief in the truth.

He called you to this through our gospel,

that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachings

we passed on to you,

whether by word of mouth or by letter.

May our Lord Jesus Christ himself

and God our Father,

who loved us and by his grace

gave us eternal encouragement and good hope,

encourage your hearts and strengthen you

in every good deed and word.”

2 Thessalonians 2:13-17

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for choosing me to be your child through faith.  Left to  my own devices–my sinful, human nature–I would not have “naturally” turned to you.  That’s where the Holy Spirit stepped up, nudged my heart, gave me the fighting (Living Words) “I believe in Jesus Christ who suffered and died for me–Who takes away my sins–Who is coming again to judge the living and the dead!”  Thank and praise Your Holy Name!  Thank you for your Living Word!  In Jesus’ name, I pray.  Amen

“My soul yearns,even faints,

for the courts of the Lord;

my heart and my flesh cry out

for the living God.”

Psalm 84:2

October 13 Fruitful Words

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Photo by Laura Jostes

Jeremiah 22:1-23:20;  2 Thessalonians 1:1-12;  Psalm 83:1-18;  Proverbs 25:11-14

“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold

in a setting of silver.

Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold

is a wise reprover to a listening ear.”

Proverbs 25:11-12

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“To make an apt answer is a joy to a man,

and a word in season, how good it is!”

Proverbs 15:23

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“The ear that listens to life-giving reproof

will dwell among the wise.”

Proverbs 15:31

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A helpful speaker is first a good listener.

A wise speaker is first a discerning listener.

Lord, grant that I might be slow to speak, eager to listen, and quick to seek your wisdom.  May I listen with ears attuned to mercy and speak with care-full words.  For Jesus’ sake, who listens well and speaks the truth in love, always, Amen.

October 11 Stand By Them–And Us

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Photo by Laura Jostes

Jeremiah 16:16-18:23;  1 Thessalonians 4:1-5:3;  Psalm 81:1-16;  Proverbs 25:6-7

‘Stand by me,’ was the prophets cry.

Surrounded by self-centered,

stiff-necked people

who carried on the trappings

of religious devotion,

but whose hearts were

cold as stone,

God’s spokesman, Jeremiah,

labored heavily under

verbal assault,

rejection

and ridicule,

yet remained faithful.

God in His mercy,

gave him strength and perseverance

to day-after-day speak on

His behalf,

to speak His words of judgement,

and calls to repentance

and promises to

forgive,

restore,

and heal

if His people would

renounce their sinful ways

and look to Him.

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Jeremiah calls out to God:

“Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed;

save me, and I shall be saved,

for you are my praise.

Behold, they say to me,

“Where is the word of the Lord?

Let it come!”

I have not run away from being your shepherd,

nor have I desired the day of sickness.

You know what came out of my lips;

it was before your face.

Be not a terror to me;

you are my refuge in the day of distress.

Let those be put to shame

who persecute me,

but let me not be put to shame;

let them be dismayed,

but let me not be dismayed.”

Jeremiah 17:14-18

Lord God, just as you stood by the prophet Jeremiah during the difficult days of speaking your truth to a wayward people, please be with all ministers of your Word, who declare your word of Law and Gospel, repentance and forgiveness, darkness and light.  Sustain missionaries both near and far; give them the strength needed to bear up under very difficult circumstances.  And be with us, today, Lord.  Help us remain faithful bearers of your Truth which we receive by faith, even though many around us spurn us and turn their backs against us.  Grant that we remember our Savior’s rejection, and His dogged determination to get the work of Salvation done for us.  If we must suffer, let us remember that Jesus, “counted it all joy”-even his death on the Cross.  Thank you, O Lord for your strength and love that fills us and helps us to stand.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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