DAY 21 (Sun, April 30)

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Read Mark 12:41-44
And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.

Prayer: This passage reminds us that God is not asking for a certain dollar amount from us (since he doesn’t actually need our money anyway). Instead, he’s calling us to be sacrificial, following after the widow’s example who gave all (even though it was a small amount). Pray and ask God to help you give sacrificially and generously in a way that acknowledges his provision and trusts him for your every need.

DAY 20 (Sat, April 29)

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Read Matthew 28:18-20
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.

Prayer: God’s call for us to make disciples is a straightforward call, but a call that can get crowded out of our life, especially within the busy lifestyles we have in this area. Reflect on the fact that following Jesus and teaching others to do the same is your #1 call in life and ask God to help you prioritize making disciples.

DAY 19 (Fri, April 28)

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Read 2 Corinthians 8:9
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.

Prayer: This passage tells us that God the Son became poor by coming to earth in the person of Jesus Christ in order that we may become spiritually rich and have eternal life with him. Pray that any sacrifice would seem small when considering all you’ve been given.

DAY 18 (Thur, April 27)

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Read Matthew 6:19-21
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Prayer: If you find yourself struggling to feel generous, consider what Matthew tells us here that “where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” In other words, our hearts will follow where we lead them. Pray and ask God to help you do the hard task of being generous even when you don’t feel like it.

DAY 17 (Wed, April 26)

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Read Luke 16:10-13
One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own? No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

Prayer: Even though God calls us to be generous with our resources, the temptation in our hearts is to serve only ourselves with the resources we’ve been given. Pray and ask God that he would overcome that temptation and help you make the decision to choose God over money.

DAY 16 (Tues, April 25)

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Read 1 Timothy 6:17-19
As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.

Prayer: We see in this passage that our foundation for being generous is God’s generosity towards us. He has blessed us in order to bless others. Pray and reflect on the ways in which God has been generous to you and ask him to show you ways in which you might be generous to others.

DAY 15 (Mon, April 24)

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Read Ephesians 2:8-10
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Prayer: Ephesians 2:8-10 tells us that God created us for good works. In other words, we were made by a generous God to be generous to others! Pray and ask that God would help you to understand and live out that reality.

DAY 14 (Sun, April 23)

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Read 1 John 3:16-18
By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.

Prayer: Jesus didn’t just say he loved us. He showed it through his actions. Jesus doesn’t just call us to say that we love people in the world. He calls us to show it. Ask God for the opportunities to show his love to the world, and for the strength and courage to take action.

DAY 13 (Sat, April 22)

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Read Psalm 147:3-4
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names.

Prayer: God is big. Really big! He created the universe that we live in, and deals in measurements that we can’t comprehend. And in the midst of that, he is deeply personal. He cares about our hurt and pain. He knows what we’re going through; he knows our struggles, and our deepest, darkest secrets. He knows everything about us, and about everything else, and he loves us still. Thank God for his power, might and love today. And pray that he would grow your heart to receive his love, worship him, and be emboldened to share it with others.

DAY 12 (Fri, April 21)

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Read Romans 5:6-8
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person – though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die – but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Prayer: It’s easy to love those who are easy to love, although even that can be a stretch on certain days. But loving those who are hard to love, those are the “why bother?” people, right? But that’s precisely what God did for us. “While we were still sinners,” is when God saved us. Not after we had already gotten ourselves cleaned up and polished, but when we weren’t even close. And that’s what he calls us to – to love the unlovable, even when it appears hopeless. Pray that God would fill you with love for the hard to love people in your life.

DAY 11 (Thur, April 20)

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Read Luke 15:20 (read all of 15:11-32 if you have the time)
And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.

Prayer: Jesus told the story of the Prodigal Son to show us an example of the way that God loves us. And no matter how far off the path we’ve strayed, when we come back he’s not only waiting with open arms, he’s running out to meet us before we even get there. God seeks us out because he loves us so much. And that’s how he calls us to love. Thank God for the beautiful grace, forgiveness, and joy that he offers, and pray that he would fill you with the same run-out-to-meet-them love.

DAY 10 (Wed, April 19)

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Read 1 John 4:7-11
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

Prayer: Christ’s death and resurrection are both the ultimate act of love and a gift of grace and mercy. But the cross and tomb are also a call to every Christian. God has given a gift and an example of love, and it is one that he intends for us to share with the world. He cares about people, and he calls us to care about people as well. Pray that God would grant you compassion and empathy, and that he would fill your heart with his love for other people.

DAY 9 (Tues, April 18)

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Read Philippians 2:3-8
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others as more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Jesus Christ, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

Prayer: God calls us to love others the way that he loved us. Jesus laid down his life to save us from the consequences of a broken world; to give us a future and a hope. But he didn’t stop there. Now, he calls us to be willing to lay down our own lives – our comforts, and our inwardly focused desires – to love others selflessly, as well. Pray that God would grow your heart for the lost and the broken, and ask him for opportunities to help them.

DAY 8 (Mon, April 17)

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Read Romans 8:35-39
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, ‘For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.’ No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present not things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Prayer: We read in this passage that God’s love is wonderfully inescapable. No matter who you are or what you’ve done, or what is happening to you, God loves you fiercely. Pray and reflect on the implications of this truth. And ask that he would show you ways you might respond to his love.

DAY 7 (Sun, April 16)

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Read Psalm 32:1-2
Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven,
whose sin is covered.
Blessed is the man against whom the LORD counts no iniquity,
and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

Prayer: Oh what joy it is to know the forgiveness of the risen Christ! Thank God for his love and mercy in your life. Spend a few minutes praying for someone in your life who needs the joy of forgiveness in their life. Ask God to show that person his love today.

DAY 6 (Sat, April 15)

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Read 2 Corinthians 5:17-19
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.

Prayer: What does it mean that Jesus has reconciled you and made you into a new creation? You have been entrusted with “the message of reconciliation.” Who in your life needs to be reconciled to God? Pray for them by name today.

DAY 5 (Fri, April 14)

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Read John 19:28-30
After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.” A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

Prayer: What did Jesus mean when he said, “It is finished”? Reflect on the crucifixion and on God’s great love for his people. Pray that he would move in our hearts and change our lives.

DAY 4 (Thur, April 13)

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Read Galatians 2:20
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Prayer: What does it mean to live your life by faith in the Son of God? Ask God to help you know his love so deeply that it changes the priorities of your life. 

DAY 3 (Wed, April 12)

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Read Matthew 27:46
And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

Prayer: Ask God to prepare your heart for Easter. Ask him to use our Easter services to draw people in and that he would move in their hearts. 

DAY 2 (Tues, April 11)

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Read Romans 5:6-8
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Prayer: Reflect on these verses. What do they say about you? What do they say about God? Pray and thank God for his great love for us and ask him to help you know it more deeply.

DAY 1 (Mon, April 10)

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Read Psalm 51:1-2
Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
and cleanse me from my sin!

Prayer: Ask God to align your heart with his by revealing areas of sin. Ask him to remind you of the forgiveness we have in Christ and that he would lead you to repentance.