In Matthew 6:11, Jesus teaches us to ask God to

“Give us this day our daily bread.”

That is another way of asking God to give us everything we need to make it through today, and the day to come. What do you need from God to “give you this day”? On January 5 we began 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting to start our year off right. By giving God our full attention, we position ourselves to hear what he has to say to us.

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Follow along for daily devotionals throughout the 21 Days.

Week 3

Missional Journey (you and the world)

It’s so easy to say, I’ll give or I’ll go once I have ______. It’s tempting to want to wait for perfect conditions, to step out only once we’ve reached a certain goal, but that perfect day rarely comes and we miss great opportunities. The world, with all its problems, can be daunting, but however small, do something today. You can make a difference.

Day 7: Remember the Often Forgotten

“He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.”

Isaiah 61:1 (NIV)

In what areas of your life do you need to trust more in the incredible power God has given you in the Holy Spirit?

Day 6: Reserve Judgment

“Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven.”
Luke 6:37 (ESV)

When have you made an assumption and realized you were wrong about someone or a situation?

Day 5: Anonymous

“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.”
Matthew 6:1 (ESV)

What is something you could do anonymously for someone?

Day 4: Not Looking Away

“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?”
1 John 3:17 (ESV)

How can you become more aware of people’s needs around you?

Day 3: Step Out

“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!'”

Isaiah 6:8 (NIV)

In what ways is God pulling you out of your comfort zone?

Day 2: Because We Know What It’s Like

“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.”
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NIV)

How have you used the troubles you’ve experienced to help others?

Day 1: We’re All God’s Creation

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
Galatians 3:28 (ESV)

How open are you to learning from other cultures and people different from you?

Week 2

Relational Journey (you and others)

God never asks us to do anything alone. He is with us every step of the way, and brings the right people alongside us—if we take the time to notice them during the busy hours of our day. When we spend time together, listen, and are open and honest about what’s going on in our daily lives, God grows us closer together as a family.

Day 7: In Training

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

Proverbs 22:6 (ESV)

What lifelong habits are you helping form for your child?

Day 6: Helping Each Other Heal

“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”
James 5:16 (ESV)

How open about your life are you being with God right now?

Day 5: Show Your Support

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works.”
Hebrews 10:24 (ESV)

How are you supporting what matters most to those closest to you?

Day 4: In Harmony

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”
Colossians 3:16 (ESV)

How has music helped you connect with God?

Day 3: Value the Gifts of Others

“For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them.”

Romans 12:4-6 (ESV)

Who in your life could you help support to grow in their talents and skills?

Day 2: A Habit of Forgiveness

“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.”
Colossians 3:12-13 (ESV)

How has God shown you that forgiving someone adds to your life rather than detracts from it?

Day 1: Gather Around the Table

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”
Acts 2:42 (NIV)

How does God use time around the table in your family?

Week 1

Personal Journey (you and God)

When we put our trust in God each day, we open ourselves up to his gifts of renewed strength, provision, and grace. When we’re not so distracted by worries, we can focus on the present and grow into who God knows we can be.

Day 7: Finding Freedom

“For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.”

Romans 6:14 (ESV)

In what area of your life do you need to forgive yourself?

Day 6: Time to Process

“Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.”
Jeremiah 33:3 (ESV)

What do you need time to process right now?

Day 5: Run Your Own Race

“…and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Hebrews 12:1-2 (ESV)

In what ways are you paying more attention to the race of others instead of your own?

Day 4: Don’t Wait for the Right Words

“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.”

Romans 8:26 (NIV)

What are you afraid to pray for because you worry you don’t know how to ask?

Day 3: Time to Learn

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (ESV)

What new routine do you need to create this year?

Day 2: Recognize Your Gifts

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”

James 1:17 (ESV)

What unique gifts do you feel God is cultivating in you right now?

Day 1: Time to Recharge

“For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish.” 
Jeremiah 31:25 (ESV)
Where do you go or what do you do to recharge?

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