GPS for Monday 8.10.2020 - John 7:45-52 (NRSV)
Then the temple police went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, who asked them, “Why did you not arrest him?” The police answered, “Never has anyone spoken like this!” Then the Pharisees replied, “Surely you have not been deceived too, have you? Has any one of the authorities or of the Pharisees believed in him? But this crowd, which does not know the law—they are accursed.” Nicodemus, who had gone to Jesus before, and who was one of them, asked, “Our law does not judge people without first giving them a hearing to find out what they are doing, does it?” They replied, “Surely you are not also from Galilee, are you? Search and you will see that no prophet is to arise from Galilee.”
Prayer Tip: It seems Nicodemus is trying to help Jesus, but he doesn’t reveal a personal connection to him. Do you keep your faith at a distance at times in your life? Pray for the Spirit to break through in those moments and allow you to experience the fullness of peace.
GPS for Tuesday 8.11.2020 - John 19:38-42 (NRSV)
After these things, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, though a secret one because of his fear of the Jews, asked Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus. Pilate gave him permission; so he came and removed his body. Nicodemus, who had at first come to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, weighing about a hundred pounds. They took the body of Jesus and wrapped it with the spices in linen cloths, according to the burial custom of the Jews. Now there was a garden in the place where he was crucified, and in the garden there was a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid. And so, because it was the Jewish day of Preparation, and the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.
Prayer Tip: Have you ever wondered how Nicodemus felt burying Jesus? Sad, regretful, wishing he had pursued discipleship more steadfastly? Pray for God to answer your moments of regret with grace, allowing you to learn, grow, and move forward.
GPS for Wednesday 8.12.2020 - Proverbs 8:1-11 (NRSV)
Does not wisdom call,
and does not understanding raise her voice?
On the heights, beside the way,
at the crossroads she takes her stand;
beside the gates in front of the town,
at the entrance of the portals she cries out:
“To you, O people, I call,
and my cry is to all that live.
O simple ones, learn prudence;
acquire intelligence, you who lack it.
Hear, for I will speak noble things,
and from my lips will come what is right;
for my mouth will utter truth;
wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
All the words of my mouth are righteous;
there is nothing twisted or crooked in them.
They are all straight to one who understands
and right to those who find knowledge.
Take my instruction instead of silver,
and knowledge rather than choice gold;
for wisdom is better than jewels,
and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.
Prayer Tip: Wisdom is priceless. Pray for God’s Wisdom to guide you as you navigate the shifting landscape of our communities today.
GPS for Thursday 8.13.2020 - 1 Kings 17:8-16 (NRSV)
Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “Go now to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and live there; for I have commanded a widow there to feed you.” So he set out and went to Zarephath. When he came to the gate of the town, a widow was there gathering sticks; he called to her and said, “Bring me a little water in a vessel, so that I may drink.” As she was going to bring it, he called to her and said, “Bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.” But she said, “As the Lord your God lives, I have nothing baked, only a handful of meal in a jar, and a little oil in a jug; I am now gathering a couple of sticks, so that I may go home and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die.” Elijah said to her, “Do not be afraid; go and do as you have said; but first make me a little cake of it and bring it to me, and afterwards make something for yourself and your son. For thus says the Lord the God of Israel: The jar of meal will not be emptied and the jug of oil will not fail until the day that the Lord sends rain on the earth.” She went and did as Elijah said, so that she as well as he and her household ate for many days. The jar of meal was not emptied, neither did the jug of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord that he spoke by Elijah.
Prayer Tip: The widow had to trust God to provide even in times of uncertainty. How are you trusting God today? If you discover some uncertainty in your reflection, pray about it.
GPS for Friday 8.14.2020 - Acts 9:17-22 (NRSV)
So Ananias went and entered the house. He laid his hands on Saul and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on your way here, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and his sight was restored. Then he got up and was baptized, and after taking some food, he regained his strength. For several days he was with the disciples in Damascus, and immediately he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is the Son of God.” All who heard him were amazed and said, “Is not this the man who made havoc in Jerusalem among those who invoked this name? And has he not come here for the purpose of bringing them bound before the chief priests?” Saul became increasingly more powerful and confounded the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that Jesus was the Messiah.
Prayer Tip: Sometimes, like Saul who became Paul, our faith challenges some other beliefs we hold, calling us to think or believe differently. Pray for the humility to recognize those moments and the courage to say something new or different.
GPS for Saturday 8.15.2020 - Psalm 111 (NRSV)
Praise the Lord!
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart,
in the company of the upright, in the congregation.
Great are the works of the Lord,
studied by all who delight in them.
Full of honor and majesty is his work,
and his righteousness endures forever.
He has gained renown by his wonderful deeds;
the Lord is gracious and merciful.
He provides food for those who fear him;
he is ever mindful of his covenant.
He has shown his people the power of his works,
in giving them the heritage of the nations.
The works of his hands are faithful and just;
all his precepts are trustworthy.
They are established forever and ever,
to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.
He sent redemption to his people;
he has commanded his covenant forever.
Holy and awesome is his name.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
all those who practice it have a good understanding.
His praise endures forever.
Prayer Tip: Praise God for the eternal and abundant life we have been promised. That abundant life is for right now. Give thanks for the ways you are experiencing abundance.
GPS for Monday 8.17.2020 – Psalm 139:1-6
O Lord, you have
searched me and known me.
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from far away.
You search out my path and my lying down,
and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
O Lord, you know it completely.
You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is so high that I cannot attain it.
Prayer Tip: Just as Jesus knew the heart of the woman at the well, so God knows ours and meets us with the same compassion. Give thanks for God’s unending presence in our lives.
GPS for Tuesday 8.18.2020 – Romans 1:16
For I am not ashamed of the gospel; it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who has faith, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
Prayer Tip: Paul reminds us the gospel is for all people. Pray that the Holy Spirit will lead the Church to share the good news with all people.
GPS for Wednesday 8.19.2020 – Genesis 18:9-15
They said to him, “Where is your wife Sarah?” And he said, “There, in the tent.” Then one said, “I will surely return to you in due season, and your wife Sarah shall have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent entrance behind him. Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in age; it had ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women. So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I have grown old, and my husband is old, shall I have pleasure?” The Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, and say, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?’ Is anything too wonderful for the Lord? At the set time I will return to you, in due season, and Sarah shall have a son.” But Sarah denied, saying, “I did not laugh”; for she was afraid. He said, “Oh yes, you did laugh.”
Prayer Tip: Sarah, like the Samaritan woman, struggled to believe what God was saying. How could she bear a child? How could Jesus give water that lasted forever? What gives you pause? What do you struggle to believe? Pray those doubts and questions today.
GPS for Thursday 8.20.2020 – John 1:6-13
Prayer Tip: Often, it is the unexpected believers who share the gospel in our scripture stories. Who in your faith journey was an unexpected believer? Pray for that person today.
GPS for Friday 8.21.2020 – Proverbs 4:20-22
incline your ear to my sayings.
Do not let them escape from your sight;
keep them within your heart.
For they are life to those who find them,
and healing to all their flesh.
Prayer Tip: The Samaritan woman listened and received Jesus’s words. What is God saying to you today?
GPS for Saturday 8.22.2020 – Acts 9:26-30
Prayer Tip: Not only are we called to share the gospel with new people as the Samaritan woman, we are also called to mentor fellow disciples with less experience in their journeys. Pray for a disciple you mentor or pray that God would help you identify that person.