#PRAYfirst Devotions – Day 14

September 29, 2016Daily Reading

Luke 22:41-42 He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, 42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”     Every significant new season in Jesus’s life started with prayer. Jesus prepares for his coming crucifixion, with His heart in anguish for not just the physical pain He would soon suffer, but for the sin of the people (all of mankind, including your sins) He would pay the price for. Prayer inspires you to overcome temptation. Notice … Read More

#PRAYFIRST Devotions – Day 13

September 28, 2016Daily Reading

Luke 11:2 This morning, thousands of students across this nation displayed incredible courage and trust in God, taking a stand of prayer at their schools.   But this stance was not in opposition to those who did not join them- it was out of love for them and a desire to see this generation come to know God, who is love (1 John 4:8), and to know His blessing and His salvation.   Psalm 24:3-6 says:   Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in his … Read More

#PRAYfirst Devotions – Day 12

September 27, 2016Daily Reading

Luke 22:39-40 “Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. On reaching the place, he said to them, pray that you will not fall into temptation.” When we pray to God not to fall into temptation, we are asking God to keep us from difficult situations that would tempt us to sin. We know that sin is what separates us from God. Now, in this life, we know that we will all face times that we will be tempted. We shouldn’t just pray … Read More

#PRAYfirst Devotions – Day 10

September 23, 2016Daily Reading

Luke 21:36 Be always on watch and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the son of man. The word encourages us to ALWAYS watch and pray. Sometimes we get in a habit of praying when things are going wrong. But this scripture is reminding us that God will direct us to a way of escaping whatever is not needed in our lives. Remember, prayer isnt just talking to God but it is listening … Read More

#PRAYfirst Devotions – Day 9

September 22, 2016Daily Reading

Luke 18:1 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.   A lifestyle of persistent prayer (1 Thessalonians 5:17) is understood throughout the early church. But Jesus had a greater purpose here. We can become easily discouraged when what or who we pray for, over and over again, doesn’t change. The persistent widow had no rights, no influence, and no way to pay for the justice she asked for from the wicked judge. Yet, God intervened on her behalf as … Read More

#PRAYfirst Devotions – Day 8

September 21, 2016Daily Reading

Luke 11:2 Why did the disciples ask Jesus to teach them how to pray? Prayer was central to the life of a devout Jew: they would pray three times a day; they had prayers they memorized and recited as they woke up and ended their days; prayer even played an important role in the liturgy of their services in the synagogue. But there was something different about the way Jesus prayed. There was something different about the fruit of Jesus’ life and the way he related to God that made … Read More

#PRAYfirst Devotion – Day 7

September 20, 2016Daily Reading

Luke 11:1 “Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, Lord, teach us to pray.” The Bible tells us a lot about prayer, including the Lord’s Prayer. Jesus, our teacher, teaches us throughout scripture how we can pray. Through His example, we learn that we can come to God as Father, and that we can talk to Him about the things that are on our hearts. When we come to Him in prayer, we can have confidence that He … Read More

#PRAYfirst Devotion – Day 6

September 19, 2016Daily Reading

Luke 10:2 “Jesus told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into her harvest field.” Many of you know that I am apart of Cornerstone’s second church plant happening September 2017. I am so excited and humbled about this opportunity. I must say though, my calling to start a church came when my prayer changed to “God send me as a worker for your kingdom”. I prayed this prayer for a year and it lead me … Read More

#PRAYfirst Devotion – Day 4

September 15, 2016Daily Reading

Luke 6:28 “But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you   Jesus is teaching his disciples to love their enemies. Maybe you don’t have people that you consider your enemies, but whether you are a student, or you work alongside co-workers, or you have a family that wrestles with a lot of conflict, you surely know what it means to not get along with others.   Jesus teaches that … Read More

#PRAYfirst Devotion – Day 3

September 14, 2016Daily Reading

Luke 6:12-13 I’ve often been told a relationship is only as good as the conversation. The quality and quantity of communication are directly related to the intimacy and trust in a relationship. This is what amazes me about Jesus.   “One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them.” Luke 6:12-13   This is not the first time we have seen Jesus head off for hours … Read More