In the Gospel of Mark it is written, “In the morning, while it was still very dark, Jesus got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed.” (Mark 1:35) What is your “deserted place” where you escape the crowds and/or communicate with God?
The psalmist writes, ” The Lord lifts up the lowly, but casts the wicked to the ground.” (Psalm 147:6). What can you do to join God in bringing healing and peace to the nations?
In the book of Isaiah it is written, “…those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength…” (Isaiah 40:31). When was a time God gave you strength to carry on?
The Apostle Paul writes that “Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.” (1 Corinthians 8:1). How have you shared or experienced love that builds up?
In verse four of Psalm 111, the writer expresses that God is gracious and full of compassion. When did you recently experience God’s grace and mercy?
A psalmist writes, “For God alone I wait in silence; truly, my hope is in God.” (Psalm 62:5) When have you had to “wait in silence,” remembering that power and steadfast love belong to God?
In the story of Jonah (yes, and the whale), God gave Jonah and the city of Nineveh a second chance. Read Jonah 3:1-5,10. Who needs a second chance from you today?
Psalm 139 begins, “Lord, you have searched me out; O Lord, you have known me.” How is it a comfort to know God has “searched and known” you?
At a time when visions are rare and unexpected, the Lord comes to Samuel and calls him to speak the divine word. Though just a boy, Samuel responds to God obediently, as Eli the priest has taught him to respond. Read 1 Samuel 3:1-20, God’s call can sometimes be missed. When have you heard a call to act against injustice?
In John’s gospel, Jesus’ ministry begins with the call of disciples, who then bring others to Jesus. Philip’s friend Nathanael moves from skepticism to faith when he accepts the invitation to “come and see.” Read John 1:43-51, Who told you, “come and see” regarding your faith life? And who needs to hear those words from you?