May 1, 2022 (Sunday)
God Is Your Helper
“I will extol you, O Lord, for you have drawn me up,
and did not let my foes rejoice over me.
O Lord my God, I cried to you for help,
and you have healed me.
O Lord, you brought up my soul from Sheol,
restored me to life from among those gone down to the Pit.
Sing praises to the Lord, O you his faithful ones,
and give thanks to his holy name.”– Psalm 30:1-4
Memory Verse: “Sing praises to the Lord, O you his faithful ones, and give thanks to his holy name.” (Psalm 30:4)
You cried out for help and God has healed you. Out of darkness, you sought God’s presence and God has brought up your soul from death. You didn’t see any hope and you prayed. God answered your prayers. God has been faithful to you all your life. Praise God and give thanks to him.
O Lord, you are my help. I praise you. Amen.
May 2, 2022 (Monday)
Your Dwelling Place
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling-places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.”– John 14:1-3
Memory Verse: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling-places.” (John 14:1, 2)
When uncertainties strike you and therefore, you cannot see what’s ahead of you, do not let your heart be troubled. That is when you believe in God and believe in Jesus’ promise. God will give you a place where you can lay down your doubts, worries, and fear. It is a place where you can find true comfort and peace. It is your dwelling place.
O Lord, thank you for providing me with a beautiful dwelling place. Amen.
May 3, 2022 (Tuesday)
The Empty Space
“Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”– John 6:35
Memory Verse: “Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” (John 6:35)
There is an empty space within us which only God can fill. You cannot fill it with things you possess or things you do. The reason we feel empty in life is because this space is not filled up. When you believe in God, God will fill up this space. You will never be hungry and never be thirsty. When this empty space is filled up, you will find great satisfaction in whatever you do.
O Lord, I bring my empty cup to you. Please fill it with your presence. Amen.
May 4, 2022 (Wednesday)
Live with Joy
“Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth;
sing the glory of his name;
give to him glorious praise.
Say to God, ‘How awesome are your deeds!
Because of your great power, your enemies cringe before you.
All the earth worships you;
they sing praises to you,
sing praises to your name.”– Psalm 66:1-4
Memory Verse: “Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth.” (Psalm 66:1)
Living with joy is God’s will for you. God wants you to be happy. God wants you enjoy God. God wants to remove all those things that take joy away from you. God helps you so that your joy may be restored. When you have this joy, then your worship will become meaningful. God accepts this kind of worship with joy.
O Lord, thank you for giving me joy. I worship you with joy. Amen.
May 5, 2022 (Thursday)
An Instrument of Peace
“For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, so that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace, and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it. So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father.”– Ephesians 2:14-18
Memory Verse: “(Jesus) might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it.” (Ephesians 2:16)
Commandments and ordinances are good but when there is hostility within you, they become walls that divide you from others. Jesus came to destroy the hostility within you so that you may not live with hostility but with love, creating peace and harmony. Jesus sacrificed himself so that we may all become one. Let us be an instrument of peace.
O Lord, make me an instrument of peace. Amen.
May 6, 2022 (Friday)
The Good News of Salvation
“Of this gospel I have become a servant according to the gift of God’s grace that was given to me by the working of his power. Although I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given to me to bring to the Gentiles the news of the boundless riches of Christ, and to make everyone see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things.”– Ephesians 3:7-9
Memory Verse: “Of this gospel I have become a servant according to the gift of God’s grace that was given to me by the working of his power.” (Ephesians 3:7)
Jesus Christ gave you the good news. It is no longer your worthiness that brings salvation to you but God’s grace. It is not your power that makes the salvation possible but God’s power. In other words, your salvation is a statement about God not about you. This is God’s mystery hidden for ages. Boldly proclaim this good news. God will give you the power to bring about transformation.
O Lord, thank you for the wonderful news about salvation. Give me your power to boldly proclaim this good news. Amen.
May 7, 2022 (Saturday)
Behold the Beauty of the Lord
“One thing I asked of the Lord,
that will I seek after:
to live in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to behold the beauty of the Lord,
and to inquire in his temple.
For he will hide me in his shelter
in the day of trouble;
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;
he will set me high on a rock.
Now my head is lifted up
above my enemies all around me,
and I will offer in his tent
sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make melody to the Lord.”– Psalm 27:4-6
Memory Verse: “One thing I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple.” (Psalm 27:4)
Behold the beauty of the Lord. Seek God’s presence. That is all you need. God will take care of your enemies. God will hide you in his wings. Do not be afraid of the troubles you experience in life. They cannot destroy you. God will strengthen you and fill you with the wisdom. As you behold the beauty of the Lord, your soul will be uplifted and you will see the beauty of life.
O Lord, my eyes see your beauty. Amen.
May 8, 2022 (Sunday)
“As a mother comforts her child,
so I will comfort you;
you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.”– Isaiah 66:13
Memory Verse: “As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.” (Isaiah 66:13)
God has given you mother to show God’s love. There is a special quality in mother’s love. Mother’s love is quiet but strong. Mothers never forget their children and they are always in their minds. Mother’s prayer is powerful because it comes from loving concern. God comforts you through loving care of your mother.
O Lord, thank you for showing me your love through mother. Amen.
May 9, 2022 (Monday)
Thirst for God
“As a deer longs for flowing streams,
so my soul longs for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God,
for the living God.
When shall I come and behold
the face of God?”– Psalm 42:1-2
Memory Verse: “As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God.” (Psalm 42:1)
Having thirst for God is a blessing. That is the beginning of your spiritual journey. Without this thirst, you can never meet God. God will quench your thirst and reveal himself to you. There may be things happening in your life that make you search for God. Be thankful for that even if they may cause you pain. You will meet God who will not only heal your pain but also give you the eternal joy.
O Lord, I desire you. Please show me your goodness to me. Amen.
May 10, 2022 (Tuesday)
“Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not make room for the devil.”– Ephesians 4:26-27
Memory Verse: “Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not make room for the devil.” (Psalm 4:26-27)
Being angry is a natural response when you experience injustice and unfairness. Being angry itself is not a sin. It can be rather a healthy expression of what you may feel inside. However, anger cannot be the power through which you can bring about change. Anger is a negative energy and from the negative energy, comes negative results. Be angry but don’t let anger control you. When anger becomes uncontrolled, it becomes violence.
O Lord, I desire your mercy. Help me to overcome my anger and live my life fighting for justice with love. Amen.
May 11, 2022 (Wednesday)
“I have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in the darkness.”– John 12:46
Memory Verse: “I have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in the darkness.” (John 12:46)
When you are in darkness, everything becomes dark: your thinking, your outlook for life, your attitude, and your lifestyle. When you remain in darkness, you become down and depressed. Come to Jesus who came to the world as light. This light will brighten up your life. Coming to Jesus means to let him be in your life. Just be aware of Jesus being in your life. Slowly, you will see changes in you.
O Lord, I come to you. Let your light shine in me. Amen.
May 12, 2022 (Thursday)
Live As a Wise Person
“Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit.”– Ephesians 5:15-17
Memory Verse: “Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of the time.” (Ephesians 5:15, 16)
Live as a wise person. Living as a wise person is to be well aware of how you live. Instead of living like a drunken person, be fully awake and examine how you live. Ask yourself these questions. Are you true to yourself? Do you feel alive? Do you feel fulfilled? Are you happy? Is your life meaningful? Is your life helpful to others? Do you feel connected with God? By asking these questions, although you may not have answers right away, at least you will get to know deeper what these questions mean to you.
O Lord, help me to live my life as a wise person. Amen.
May 13, 2022 (Friday)
Jesus the Way
“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”– John 14:6
Memory Verse: “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)
Jesus is the way of the truth and the way of the life. Do not follow easier path. It is wide but the end is destruction. Follow the narrow path. It is hard but the end is the truth and the eternal life. Jesus came to us to show us the way, the way of life. Meditate on how Jesus lived and follow the way he lived his life.
O Lord, help me to always focus on how you lived. Help me to follow your way even though it may be hard. Amen.
May 14, 2022 (Saturday)
Do Not Judge
“But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. I do not even judge myself. I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me. Therefore do not pronounce judgement before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive commendation from God.”– 1 Corinthians 4:3-5
Memory Verse: “Therefore do not pronounce judgement before the time, before the Lord comes.” (1 Corinthians 4:5)
Your judgment is not complete because you do not have a complete picture about others and also about yourself. Your judgment is very much influenced by the context you are in. Instead of judging others, take each person with respect. Jesus “will bring to light the things hidden in darkness and disclose the purposes of the heart.” Be humble, be real, and be honest.
O Lord, I come to you, trusting in your mercy. Forgive my judgmental attitude. Amen.
May 15, 2022 (Sunday)
Love One Another
“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”– John 13:34-35
Memory Verse: “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35)
A distinctive characteristic of being a disciple of Jesus Christ is to have love. Jesus taught us that the secret of opening the mystery of life is to love. Jesus has unlocked the mystery of God’s love. As Jesus has loved you, love one another. There will be nothing that will separate you from one another. Living with love is how you become a disciple of Jesus Christ. You will be filled with joy of living in harmony when you love.
O Lord, fill me with your love. I need your love to love. Amen.
May 16, 2022 (Monday)
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.”– John 14:27
Memory Verse: “Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” (John 14:27)
Jesus said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” It is not something you can do if you have no peace. To enable you to do it, Jesus gave you peace. It is not peace you can find in the world. It is peace given by the one who overcame the power of death and darkness. Now there is nothing for you to worry about. You have the eternal life.
O Lord, thank you for giving me your peace. Amen.
May 17, 2022 (Tuesday)
God Is Near
“The Lord is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.
He fulfils the desire of all who fear him;
he also hears their cry, and saves them.”– Psalm 145:18-19
Memory Verse: “The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.” (Psalm 145:18)
God is everywhere but there is a time when we feel that God is near. When your soul cries out to God, God comes near to you. When God is near, his presence chases your darkness away and brings you the light of hope. You will be able to see the bright side of your life. Be near to God.
O Lord, I cry out to you. Please be near me. Amen.
May 18, 2022 (Wednesday)
“Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.”– John 15:4-5
Memory Verse: “I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)
Instead of trying to bear fruit, abide in God. It is not you who bear fruit through God but God who bears fruit through you. There is nothing for you to boast about since it is God who makes your life abundant. Don’t worry about not being able to bear fruit. Trust in God and abide in God. God will make your existence meaningful, abundant, and fruitful.
O Lord, I find total freedom in you. May your name be glorified. Amen.
May 19, 2022 (Thursday)
Joy of Freedom
“As servants of God, live as free people, yet do not use your freedom as a pretext for evil.”– 1 Peter 2:16
Memory Verse: “As servants of God, live as free people, yet do not use your freedom as a pretext for evil.” (1 Peter 2:16)
True freedom is freedom from evil. If you use your freedom as a pretext for evil, then you lose the joy of freedom. Freedom without joy is not true freedom. Use your freedom for doing good. As you live for the truth, you will experience freedom from fear. That’s what the truth does for you. Do what is good and do not fear anything. You are in God’s good hands. Stand up for the truth. You will find the joy of freedom.
O Lord, help me know your truth and find freedom in your truth. Amen.
May 20, 2022 (Friday)
“You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.”– John 15:16-17
Memory Verse: “You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name.” (John 15:16)
It is God’s will for you to live a fruitful life. A fruitful life is an abundant life. When God’s grace overflows within you, you become fruitful. God chose you and filled you with his grace so that you may become fruitful. Ask God. God will give you what you ask for. God will provide you with all you need.
O Lord, thank you for blessing me abundantly. Amen.
May 21, 2022 (Saturday)
Love the World
“If the world hates you, be aware that it hated me before it hated you. If you belonged to the world, the world would love you as its own. Because you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world—therefore the world hates you.”– John 15:18-19
Memory Verse: “If the world hates you, be aware that it hated me before it hated you.” (John 15:18)
You do not belong to the world. Your validation does not come from the world. Don’t live your life expecting the world to love you but live your life loving the world. Do not conform to the world but be transformed by God’s love.
O Lord, as you have overcome the world, give me the strength to overcome the world. Amen.
May 22, 2022 (Sunday)
The New Self
“Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have stripped off the old self with its practices and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator. In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all!”– Colossians 3:9-11
Memory Verse: “(You) have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator.” (Colossians 3:10)
Be renewed. Strip off the old self and clothe yourself with the new self. Being renewed is being awakened. You will have no need to differentiate yourself from others. You will have no need to dominate others. You won’t live a life that is full of lies. You will be one with them. You will find beautiful harmony in life.
O Lord, help me to live humbly in harmony with others. Amen.
May 23, 2022 (Monday)
“The end of all things is near; therefore be serious and discipline yourselves for the sake of your prayers. Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to one another without complaining. Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.”– 1 Peter 4:7-10
Memory Verse: “The end of all things is near; therefore be serious and discipline yourselves for the sake of your prayers.” (1 Peter 4:7)
Time flies. When you are not awake, life passes by you in the blink of an eye. Be aware of every moment you live. Live every moment prayerfully. Don’t waste your precious moments, living mindlessly. Do what is important and meaningful to you. Be prepared for the end. Love one another. That is the most important thing in preparing for the end.
O Lord, thank you for giving me a precious life. Help me to cherish it. Amen.
May 24, 2022 (Tuesday)
“For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly;
but the haughty he perceives from far away.
Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
you preserve me against the wrath of my enemies;
you stretch out your hand,
and your right hand delivers me.”– Psalm 138:6-7
Memory Verse: “For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly; but the haughty he perceives from far away.” (Psalm 138:6)
God does not like the haughty and the arrogant. God values the humility. There is nothing for human beings to be proud because without God, you are nothing but dust. You are precious only because God puts his glory in you. Humbly come before God. God will stretch out his hand to preserve you and deliver you from troubles.
O Lord, I glorify your name with the glory you put in me. I humbly praise your name. Amen.
May 25, 2022 (Wednesday)
The Spirit Guide You Into All the Truth
“‘I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.”– John 16:12-15
Memory Verse: “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.” (John 16:12)
Jesus taught you many things but you may not understand them all at once. It takes time to understand fully what Jesus taught you. Your understanding will get deeper as your life experiences become deeper. Jesus gave you the Spirit so that the Spirt may teach you and guide you into all the truth. Be in sync with the Spirit and the Spirit will open up your understanding and show you the great truth Jesus taught you.
O Spirit, guide me into all the truth. Amen.
May 26, 2022 (Thursday)
All Things Go Back To God
“The sun rises and the sun goes down,
and hurries to the place where it rises.
The wind blows to the south,
and goes round to the north;
round and round goes the wind,
and on its circuits the wind returns.
All streams run to the sea,
but the sea is not full;
to the place where the streams flow,
there they continue to flow.”– Ecclesiastes 1:5-7
Memory Verse: “The sun rises and the sun goes down, and hurries to the place where it rises.” (Ecclesiastes 1:5)
Everything comes and goes. Joy comes and goes. Sorrow comes and goes. Life you have comes and goes. Do not be sad. They all go back to God who is the origin of all these things. Live day by day with gratitude and cherish the moment you have.
O Lord, thank you for giving me this beautiful moment. Amen.
May 27, 2022 (Friday)
Turn Suffering Into Joy
“Very truly, I tell you, you will weep and mourn, but the world will rejoice; you will have pain, but your pain will turn into joy. When a woman is in labour, she has pain, because her hour has come. But when her child is born, she no longer remembers the anguish because of the joy of having brought a human being into the world. So you have pain now; but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.”– John 16:20-22
Memory Verse: “When a woman is in labour, she has pain, because her hour has come. But when her child is born, she no longer remembers the anguish because of the joy of having brought a human being into the world.” (John 16:21)
When you see suffering as the suffering of child birth, your suffering will bring joy. Suffering cannot take away joy from you. Suffering is a way that takes you to joy. When you suffer, remember that God is still working. God will use your suffering to create something new and then your tears will turn into laughter of joy.
O Lord, in suffering, I praise you. Amen.
May 28, 2022 (Saturday)
Ask In Jesus’ Name
“On that day you will ask nothing of me. Very truly, I tell you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.”– John 16:23-24
Memory Verse: “If you ask anything of the Father in my name, he will give it to you.” (John 16:23)
Ask God and God will give you. This is a powerful way of living your life. Knowing that God will give you what you ask for gives you a positive energy. It makes you move forward. No challenge will discourage you from trying new things. Jesus opened this door for you. Ask God in Jesus’ name and you will receive. You will be filled with joy.
O Lord, thank you for granting what I ask for in Jesus’ name. Amen.
May 29, 2022 (Sunday)
God’s Glory and Unity
“I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”– John 17:20-23
Memory Verse: “The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one.” (John 17:22)
You may become one when God’s glory is given to you. Unity is the fruit of God’s glory. When there is the light of the glory of God within you, it will unite you with others. Without the glory, there will be only division and isolation. Let God’s glory shine on you. You may be able to be the instrument of peace and harmony.
O Lord, shine your glory upon me. Amen.
May 30, 2022 (Monday)
Do What Is Right
“I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the world you face persecution. But take courage; I have conquered the world!”– John 17:20-23
Memory Verse: “I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the world you face persecution. But take courage; I have conquered the world!” (John 16:33)
Do not be scared of persecution you may face in the world. Doing what is right is better than doing what looks good to people. Always do what is right. God will take care of the rest. If you need courage, God will give you courage. If you need strength, God will give you the strength. When you do what is right, don’t be discouraged. God is with you.
O Lord, thank you for always being with me. Amen.
May 31, 2022 (Tuesday)
God Is Happy with You
“The Lord, your God, is in your midst,
a warrior who gives victory;
he will rejoice over you with gladness,
he will renew you in his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing.”– Zephaniah 3:17
Memory Verse: “The Lord, your God, is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory; he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you in his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17)
God is very happy with you not because you are perfect but because you are his precious child. God sees you and he is filled with joy over you. He will protect you. He will wrap you around with his mighty hand. He will comfort you and give you strength to go on. Having a right image of God will change you and your life.
O Lord, thank you for being my God. Amen.