Daily Readings

Daily Readings

Our Daily Bread

The Reading “Therefore, you should pray like this…Give us today our daily bread. (Matthew 6:11) Reflection The phrase, “our daily bread,” had historical meaning to the Jewish disciples of Jesus. When the people of Israel were wandering in the wilderness for 40 years, God fed them day-by-day with manna that fell from heaven. The people were to take only what they needed for the day. If the people attempted to gather more than they needed, they quickly learned that the…

Knowing God’s Will

Matthew 6:9-10 The Reading “Therefore, you should pray like this: Our Father in Heaven, your name be honored as holy. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:9-10) Reflection Why do we have to ask that God’s will be done? It is obvious that God is powerful enough to do whatever he wants, so why must we ask him to act in his own interest? The problem is not with God; the…

Seeking the Kingdom of God


The Reading “Therefore, you should pray like this: Our Father in Heaven, your name be honored as holy. Your kingdom come.” (Matthew 6:9-10) Reflection What is the kingdom of God? I am sorry to say this, but the kingdom seems to have passed everyone’s notice these days. We are too busy building our own domains. Even local churches feel like their own little kingdoms. We tend to say that we are members of thus and such a church, rather than…

Centering Ourselves in God

The Lord’s Prayer Matthew 6:9 The Reading “Therefore, you should pray like this: Our Father in heaven, your name be honored as holy. (Matthew 6:9) Reflection After learning to pray to God as our Father, as we learned yesterday, we must learn what it means to center ourselves in God. The phrase, “Hallowed be thy name,” is obscure in modern English, meaning that we do not use the word “hallowed” in everyday speech, nor do we understand what it means…

God is our Father

The Lord’s Prayer Matthew 6:9 The Reading “Therefore, you should pray like this: Our Father in heaven, your name be honored as holy. (Matthew 6:9) Reflection There are two versions of the Lord’s Prayer in the Bible; the shorter form is in Luke 11; the longer one, which we typically use in worship, is in Matthew 6 and is part of Jesus’ great Sermon on the Mount. Let’s move forward through the prayer step-by-step, and we will find all the…

Jesus Will Teach Us to Pray

The Lord’s Prayer Luke 11:1-2 The Reading One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say: “‘Father, hallowed be your name…” (Luke 11:1-2) Reflection The first step in learning something new is to admit that you know nothing about it. The second step is to ask someone to teach you. The…

Jesus Declares that Zacchaeus is Saved – Luke 19:9

“Today salvation has come to this house,” Jesus told him, “because he too is a son of Abraham. (Luke 19:9) Pastor John’s Notes: Of the countless number of stories of Jesus’ life and ministry, Luke included this story purposefully. The people of Jesus’ day considered tax collectors to be traitors not only to God’s people but also to God Himself. Zacchaeus’ core allegiance was to the pagan emperor in Rome. If Jesus came to save Zacchaeus, then anyone can be…

Zacchaeus Was Transformed – Luke 19:8

But Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Look, I’ll give half of my possessions to the poor, Lord. And if I have extorted anything from anyone, I’ll pay back four times as much.” (Luke 19:8) Pastor John’s Notes: We have no way of knowing what Jesus said, but it had an effect on Zacchaeus. He immediately repented of his sin and promised to make restitution. Zaccheus became a new man. Jesus has this effect on everyone he meets…

People Complained – Luke 19:7

All who saw it began to complain, “He’s gone to stay with a sinful man.” (Luke 19:7) Pastor John’s Notes: When Jesus went to the home of Zacchaeus, a tax collector for the Roman government, people complained. Tax collectors were considered traitors to their people. Jesus was upsetting the social order by associating with such a man. But Jesus understood his mission was to seek and save the lost. Zacchaeus was lost, so Jesus intended to save him. Simple. In…

Zacchaeus Welcomed Jesus Joyfully – Luke 19:5-6

When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down because today it is necessary for me to stay at your house.” So he quickly came down and welcomed him joyfully. (Luke 19:5-6) Pastor John’s Notes: As Christians, we often think that most people are antagonistic toward religion. Not so! In fact, human beings are “wired” for God. Wherever Jesus went, people were restored to God. Zacchaeus climbed the tree because he…