Creating your own prayer room encourages you to set aside scheduled time in a quiet space to hear God’s voice through God’s Word.
What is a Christian Prayer Room?
In today’s very busy world, a designated prayer space simply makes sense. Some days it is hard enough to focus on one thing at a time in our normal environment.
We can easily be distracted by our “to do” lists, phones, work, chores, and many other necessities of today’s world. But Jesus calls us to look past this world and to set our gaze upon Him in Scripture.
Colossians 3:2 calls us to “set our minds on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.” A prayer room is designated solely to pray and spend focused time with the Lord. Designating a prayer room or space is beneficial to a healthy Christian’s prayer life.
Where to Begin
A great place to begin is to determine why you want a prayer room in your own home. Will it be to simply appear spiritual? That shallow reason is why I created a prayer corner years ago. Needless to say, it did not get much use.
But a lot of life has happened. I have been bruised, hurt, and broken by this world. I bet you have, too. We need a serious place to spend extended time with the Lord. My prayer space is the specific place where I spend intentional time with my heavenly Father.
So the first thing you need to decide is why you want a prayer room. I can tell you first hand, God has done some serious work in my life and through my life because of time spent in dedicated prayer.
Finding a Small Room
I currently have a prayer corner in my study. I get distracted easily so choosing a small room or space is a great way to shut out distractions.
If your children have left home, that spare room could be the perfect place for years of prayer. Do you have a walk-in closet that only stores junk? Think creatively and purposefully!
I find that small prayer rooms or spaces are the best. That private space becomes a sacred space to deepen your personal relationship with Jesus without distraction. As you cover yourself, your whole family, and your loved ones with prayer, it will truly become the heart of your home.
Jesus said: “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (Matthew 6:5-6).
What Goes in a Prayer Room?
Once your specific area is selected, there are a few key items that need to be included in your prayer room.
First and foremost, you need a Bible. Since there are times when we literally pray God’s Word back to Him, a Bible is essential. There are many excellent Bibles available.
Now that your Bible and ways to record your prayers have been chosen, it’s time to focus on personalizing your quiet place of prayer. Whether your prayer space is an entire room or simply a special spot, there are beautiful ways to personalize it.
If you are more artistic, think of painting wall art or filling the space with worship music. Your prayer space does not have to be elaborate, just to reflect you. God simply longs for us to spend time with Him in prayer.
This will vary greatly depending on the size of your prayer room. Again, let it fit your personal style. You may have room for a comfortable couch or recliner with cozy throws. A writing table and chair may even fit.
For a smaller space, perhaps a large floor cushion or a comfortable chair with a lap desk fits perfectly. You could even find a padded kneeling bench. It is up to you, your budget, and the amount of available space.
If your eyesight requires plenty of light, outfit your space accordingly. Hanging lights, table lamps, floor lamps, and ambient light all work well according to how much light you need.
Some people say that they need bright light in order to stay awake. Colossians 4:2 tells us: “Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.“
Personally, I love natural light or a soft lamp with a candle burning brightly close by. The key is creating a calm place to pray to remove the speed and anxiety of the world.
God created an endless palette of colors to choose from, so choose what you love! Color is an excellent way to transform an empty room into your personalized space.
I love muted cottage colors, so there are a lot of blues, creams, and beige colors in my prayer space. Soft and inviting. If you love bright colors, go crazy! Simply put, make it a space where you long to spend serious time.
Spending Time in Your Prayer Room
The ultimate goal of your prayer room is for the purpose of prayer. This is where you intentionally and diligently meet with the Lord to tackle life on every level. And there are a few other necessities for this space, as well.
If you are new to prayer it can be daunting. Been there done that as a new Christian in my early 20s.
I wrote two helpful resources about prayer that I hope you will find beneficial along your prayer journey:
Prayer truly ushers us into God’s presence. We may begin our prayer time with anxiety and angst, but His inner peace will fill you up as His love and grace replace all else.
Reading and meditating on Scripture on a daily basis is food for the soul. Knowing God in His Word informs every aspect of a Christian’s life. Losing track of time during quiet reflection of His Word is always time well spent.
Reading God’s Word reminds us of His promises, His love, and all He has called us to do in His name. Knowing Scripture strengthens your prayer walk as you come to know the biblical stories of salvation and spreading the Good News. God’s Word is His love letter to us.
As we hear the melodies and sing those words to God, He reminds us of His goodness, faithfulness, and holiness. If you are not wired as a music person, spend time worshiping God by praying His psalms of praise back to Him.
Spending intentional time with the Lord is the whole purpose of a prayer room or prayer space. Over time, you will be amazed as you track your prayers and see how God chooses to answer them.
I pray that your prayer room, however large or small, is a space where Jesus becomes the central focus of your life. Your prayer requests never fall on deaf ears. God is for you!
That meaning of light is significant in the context of biblical history and theology. Scripture is clear that the power of God’s light expels darkness and all powers of evil. No darkness is equal to His great light.
What are the biblical and spiritual characteristics of light?
In the simplest terms, light results in removing darkness. Spiritually, light represents the contrast between God and evil forces, believers and unbelievers.
In the biblical context, every phase of light, from natural light in the natural world to the spiritual glory of the celestial, is found in Scripture. God “alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see” (1 Timothy 6:16).
Creation of Light
After God created the heavens and the earth, His Spirit hovered over the darkness (Genesis 1:1-2). Afterward, the first thing that God did was to illuminate the heavens and the earth.
“And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day (Genesis 1:3-5).
It is important to note that this first illumination of the heavens and earth did not come from the sun. Natural light comes later in Genesis 1:14-18, which we explore below. We are not told where this original light came from, other than God.
Plants were created on Day 3, but the sun does not show up until the 4th day of creation. How can plants exist and flourish without sunlight? Yet we have “light” on Day 1.
Perhaps one of the reasons God waited until Day 4 to create the sun was to demonstrate that He alone creates light. He alone is light and life. The sun is just one of many instruments in His hands.
We worship the Creator, not what He created. In the Old Testament, God warned the Israelites not to worship the sun like the pagans (Deuteronomy 4:19). As God’s children, we do not worship the sun but God who made the sun.
Characteristics of Light
According to the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, light is “the symbol and synonym of all that is luminous and radiant in the mental, moral and spiritual life of men and angels.” That is a fancy way of stating that light matters in every realm of life.
Light is represented in many ways, and thus its characteristics to illuminate dark places vary greatly.
Natural light can be observed through the sun, moon, stars, and solar systems.
Artificial light can be represented by ancient oil lamps, candles, fire, and modern electricity.
Miraculous light is seen through Moses’ burning bush (Exodus 3) and the pillar of fire by day that protected the Israelites after they left Egypt (Exodus 13:17-22), among others.
Light and life go together in the bible as the product of salvation (we will discuss that more below). For the most part, light is an attribute of holiness that shines forth the glory of God.
The sun first appears in Genesis with these well-known familiar words:
“And God said, ‘Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.’ And it was so. And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth,to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good” (Genesis 1:14-18).
All of nature’s bright lights (sun, moon, and stars) appear here in Genesis and elsewhere in Scripture:
“Yours is the day, yours also the night; you have established the heavenly lights and the sun” (Psalm 74:16).
“To Him who made the great lights, for His steadfast love endures forever” (Psalm 136:7).
“…before the sun and the light and the moon and the stars are darkened and the clouds return after the rain” (Ecclesiastes 12:2).
“And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever” (Revelation 22:5).
How does natural light affect us?
The characteristics of natural light in our daily walk are beauty, radiance, and life-giving. For instance:
“Light is sweet, and it is pleasant for the eyes to see the sun” (Ecclesiastes 11:7).
“If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world.But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him” (John 11:9-10).
Life, joy, activity, and every blessing are dependent upon light. If you live in parts of the world where gloomy, dark weather descends during the winter, you truly understand the life-giving, joy-inducing effects of the sun.
Light is Good
The Hebrew word that portrays light is evocative. God’s initial creative process begins in Genesis where our eternal God spoke (Genesis 1:2) and light appeared without hesitation.
Before the beginning of time, light was the initial step of God’s creative spirit. Spiritually, physically, and mentally, all men stumble in the absence of light.
Without light, darkness and chaos run rampant over all the earth. The term for darkness is used for the wicked (Proverb 2:13), as judgment (Exodus 10:21), and death (Psalm 88:12).
Darkness evokes all that is anti-God. Moral man loses the right path when a plague of darkness shrouds him from God’s healing light. Light is good because:
God is the Father of light who dispels darkness: “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).
God is light: “This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5).
The Light of Christ
The Apostle John wrote down in the New Testament these very words of Jesus:
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12)
“As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world” (John 9:5).
Light is the revelation of God’s love in Jesus Christ. Christ’s love and light penetrate every life darkened by sin. That’s all of us.
“This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:5-7).
Jesus is the incarnate Word of God, who has come as the light for all people (John 1:4-14). The light of Christ residing in us through the power of the Holy Spirit enables us to shine His true light into the darkest circumstances.
God is Light
Since light represents goodness in opposition to the evil associated with darkness, it is a natural step for the biblical authors to understand God, the ultimate good, as light.
Our spiritual light and life can only come from God: “For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light do we see light” (Psalm 36:9).
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1)
“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone” (Isaiah 9:2).
“For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6).
Psalm 27:1 does not mince words: “Yahweh (Adonai) is my light and my salvation.” God’s presence is our source of light despite any darkness around us.
Light of Salvation
Why is Christ referred to as the light of the world? He answers that question directly: “I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness” (John 12:46).
As a young adult, I experienced life without the light of Christ. I will never forget the hopelessness and darkness of life without His love and light. (See my story here.)
When I received God’s gift of faith and believed that Christ died for me, it was an incomparable JOY!
His Light Penetrates Darkness
God’s perfect love and light can penetrate and redeem even the darkest heart. Christ’s life and light shine forth the good news of eternal life for all who believe in Him.
Everyone who responds by faith to God’s light is ushered into a life in which darkness is dispelled. Specifically, salvation brings light to those in darkness:
“The people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned” (Matthew 4:16).
“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:4-5).
“You will succeed in whatever you choose to do, and light will shine on the road ahead of you” (Job 22:28).
We are Sons and Daughters of Light
When we believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is our Savior, we are grafted into His eternal family by faith:
“While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light” (John 12:36).
“For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true)” (Ephesians 5:8-9).
“For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or the darkness” (1 Thessalonians 5:5).
Living as Children of Light
So, how are His children supposed to live with His light in us? How does living as a child of God look different from the rest of the world?
Paul intentionally contrasts the old life in darkness with new life in the light in Christ Jesus:
“So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God…You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:17-18, 23-24).
What does that life look like?
Simply put, a believer’s words, thoughts, and actions are characterized by light:
“But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God” (John 3:21).
“For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light” (Ephesians 5:8).
“Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14).
“He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:12-14).
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9).
Many bible verses in God’s Word refer to good deeds and good works as telltale marks of the children of God. People see the goodness of the Lord through the spiritual life of men and women.
We stand out, not blend in
As a child of the light, our old life stands in stark contrast with the new. As we rely on His strength each day, His light exposes and expels darkness.
Satan can disguise himself as an “angel of light”. Do not be fooled. Satan does not have the light of God. The devil’s goal is our complete and utter destruction.
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm” (Ephesians 6:12-13).
However, God has given us His armor as the ultimate defense against Satan’s attacks: “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11).
Pieces of God’s Armor
I wrote an entire eight-week Bible study on the armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-20) because the thought of an invisible enemy attacking me 24/7 used to be flat-out scary. Here is what God has given us:
Belt of truth
Breastplate of righteousness
Shoes of the Gospel of peace
Shield of faith (to extinguish the enemy’s fiery darts)
God’s armor is not meant to hang useless in our spiritual closets. The enemy is powerful, so we wear God’s armor because we are God’s soldiers. His divine light and protection cover us from head to toe.
God is light, who dispels the darkness of this world. Jesus came as the light of the world, breaking through the darkness of sin by His work on the cross.
The first word of God is about light. The love of God is a shining light into a dark world. And as children of the light, we have the privilege of carrying His divine torch.
Jesus believed money was significant. Other than the kingdom of God, He talked about it more often than almost any other topic. Knowing what Jesus has to say about money can help shape how you view and spend money.
When your financial situation is out of control, you need powerful prayers and Bible verses to experience a financial breakthrough.
I have experienced horrible debt and financial crises. I fully understand the heavy emotional, mental, and spiritual burden of carrying several thousands of dollars of debt for years. But there is hope, so it’s a good thing you are here.
After years of hard work and a steep learning curve, I am completely debt-free and financially stable. These prayers and Bible verses helped me say goodbye to financial debt for good. Let’s go.
Understanding what Scripture says about your financial life is key. We will focus on one Bible verse at a time paired with confession, powerful prayers and action items so that you can pray with confidence.
I was horrible at managing my money which caused many difficult times. Perhaps that is your situation, as well.
God needed to shift my priorities and give me a strong faith to make it through. Since struggling increases the muscles of our faith, God wants you to learn something new to become stronger in that area.
1. Ask, Seek & Knock
Bible Verse: “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7, ESV).
The first and most important thing to know is that God’s promises never fail. He plainly says to ask Him, seek Him, and knock on the door of our God of abundance.
Confession: Dear Heavenly Father, you are the Lord Almighty who can open the floodgates of heaven. I confess that my finances are a mess. I have not been diligent to ask You and seek Your wisdom regarding my financial difficulties. Forgive me, dear Lord, and send help the Holy Spirit in my time of need.
Prayer for Blessing: Dear God, I am so weary of dealing with financial struggles. I am asking, seeking, and knocking on the windows of heaven for Your divine intervention. Guide me to a solid budgeting plan and give me Your strength to carefully follow it through my financial challenges. Show me, gracious Lord, where waste can be cut. and where my thinking needs to be adjusted to understand how to make wise financial decisions. In Jesus’ mighty name, Amen.
Action Item: Seek a proven method or professional advisor for managing your finances. At the suggestion of a godly friend, I decided to order Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover Workbook. I can tell you from first-hand experience, this works. As long as you stick to it, with God’s help you will start to experience financial freedom.
2. God Supplies Your Every Need
Bible Verse: “And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19, ESV).
There’s a huge difference between saying a prayer and praying. Going through the motions of following a budget will not stand the test of time if wise decisions regarding budgeting do not become a daily habit. God blesses the work of your hands when your good work regarding financial affairs is surrendered to His will.
Confession: Heavenly Father, I confess that some days I do not have the energy to even think about my financial troubles. In this hard battle with my financial burdens, my heart is sometimes not in the right place to surrender control. Forgive me, Lord.
Prayer: O Lord, You promise in Your Word that You will supply all of my needs according to Your riches in glory. I am in desperate need of Your intervention regarding my financial situation. Only You can bring about a financial miracle to provide for my daily needs. I trust You to guide me through this financial crisis. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Action Item: If you don’t pray each day, set aside 2 minutes each day to pray to your faithful Father. That two minutes may seem like an eternity. After your prayer habit forms, two minutes goes by like lightening. Simply start by thanking Him for supplying for your every need. Keeping a journal is a bonus.
Most Powerful Prayers for Financial Breakthrough
Financial security comes when you trust God to be your ultimate financial advisor. Over time, He develops a heavenly mindset when it comes to handling your financial resources.
3. Lead Me Not Into Temptation
Bible Verse: “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil” (Matthew 6:13, ESV).
This is one of the most powerful prayers you can say when it comes to your financial needs. Temptation and money go hand in hand. The devil’s lie that worldly wealth is the most important goal in life is the root of all kinds of evil.
Confession: O God, I confess that I have been tempted by a love of money. Influenced by the world and social media, I have misunderstood the purpose of your financial blessings. I have believed the lie that I never have enough money when the truth is that I am a wasteful spender. I am drowning in a mountain of debt. Forgive me, Almighty God. I need a wake-up call.
Prayer: Dear Father, I pray that You teach me that abundant prosperity begins with a right relationship with You. Thank you for covering my sin with the blood of Jesus. Strengthen my heart and mind against the devil’s schemes and provide Your divine power to overcome every temptation. Only Your power and wisdom can bring the financial breakthrough that I desperately need. I trust You to show me the way in the name of Jesus, Amen.
Action Item: Anytime that you feel tempted to stray outside of your budget, stop and say a prayer for God to intervene. Cut up your credit cards if you cannot pay them off completely every month. Keep praying until the temptation flees and thank God for another victory!
4. God Gives Graciously
Bible Verse: “You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may confirm His covenant that He swore to your fathers, as it is this day” (Deuteronomy 8:18, ESV).
Scripture says that the blessing of the Lord makes a man rich and adds no sorrow to it. Many different definitions can be applied to the word “rich,” including spiritual, health, and financial status. However, all of it comes from only one power source: the Lord.
Confession: Lord God, some days I feel overwhelmed by financial hardship. When another bill arrives and my bank balance shows zero, I confess that it is hard to remain hopeful. Forgive me for my lack of faith. Father, replace my lack of faith with complete trust in Your good measure of blessing.
Prayer: Holy Father, in a world where the rich rule, teach me Your definition of wealth. I need a financial miracle to get out of this hole of debt. That miracle power only comes from You. Give me the daily bread and proper skills I need to manage money well. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Action Item: One of the biggest blessings during my journey toward financial responsibility was keeping a gratitude journal. Each time God brings you a victory – no matter how big or small – along your journey, log it in your journal. On those tough days, it’s encouraging to re-read them.
Bible Verses for Prayer for Financial Help
Financial stability means more than releasing control of your bank account to Jesus Christ. When I exhausted myself with one failed plan after another, giving God my finances was a huge relief.
5. No One Can Serve Two Masters
Bible Verse: “No one 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” (Matthew 6:24, ESV).
God is clear in this verse that you have to decide who you will serve. Money is a self-centered, cold master. God sacrificed His one and only Son to give you the hope of eternal life. There’s no competition for who to love and serve first.
Confession: Father, I confess that I have often elevated a love of money over my love for You. Forgive me, Lord. Thank you for covering me Your divine grace and love even then.
Prayer: Lord of Hosts, there is none above You! You desire that all of Your children, including me, prosper spiritually above materially. Lack and poverty are weapons of the devil, but You supply my every need. Even when I struggle through this season, please remind me of Your perfect provision every single day. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Action Item: Get a blank notebook. Take time to search through Scripture to find and write down every instance where God promises to provide for you. You will be amazed by how He completely cares for you.
6. God’s Tests
Bible Verse: Then the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I am about to rain bread from heaven for you, and the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in my law or not” (Exodus 16:4, ESV).
When I finally released my vice-like grip over my finances, God transferred that huge weight off of my shoulders and onto His. I no longer felt alone in the process. When you experience that moment, you will never forget it.
Yet God still tested me along the way to reveal what I had learned – not to cause me to fail, but to see where I still needed His strength to improve.
Confession: Father, I confess my impatience. Some days, I just want You to instantaneously zero my credit card balances and increase my bank balance. Yet in your wisdom, You know that I still have so much to learn about fiscal responsibility. Forgive me, Lord, when I get impatient with Your tests. Give me the eyes to see that Your timing is perfect.
Prayer: Gracious Father, as You rained bread from heaven over Your children in the wilderness, rain financial blessing and wisdom over me in my current desert season. Open my mind to learn from Your tests. Open my hands to receive abundant financial blessings from You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Action Item: It is normal to feel overwhelmed during financial struggles or while digging out of debt. Set small budget goals each week as encouragement boosters. Write them down! A good goal is to eat at home for every meal during one whole week. When you meet each goal, it will spur you on to achieve another.
Good Bible Verses About Money
When it comes to money, the posture of your heart matters. Simply put, what your heart desires is what you chase. So it is critical to discern what you believe to be your greatest treasure.
7. Your Heart Follows Your Treasure
Bible verse: “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Luke 12:32-34, ESV).
This is probably the best Bible verse of all about money because of its clarity. If you, like I once did, treasure possessions more than the Lord, this verse clearly reveals that as a bad choice.
The treasures of this world, including money, do not last. Jesus Christ is the only treasure that matters. Entrusting our money decisions to Him brings sure victory.
Confession: Dear Lord, I confess that I treasure the things of this world. I have elevated possessions above Your wisdom so my finances are in shambles. You delight in blessing me, yet I have squandered and mismanaged those blessings. Lord, forgive me. Teach me to treasure You above all.
Prayer: Jesus, deliver me from divided loyalty. I pray that You turn my heart to embrace You as my true treasure. Fill my cup to overflowing. I need Your good gifts in full measure today. You alone are my treasure and portion. I trust You completely.
Action Item: In your home, you likely have more clothes and possessions than you need. Spend half an hour one evening going through your closet to gather clothes you have not worn in a long time or will never wear again. Donate that bag(s) of clothes to your local shelter. Your abundance will be someone else’s blessing. Then thank God for that abundance and His generosity.
8. Guard Against Greed
Bible Verse: Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own” (Luke 12:15, NLT).
This verse does not mince words. The saying that “the one who dies with the most toys wins” is not God’s measure of success. Being good stewards of the monetary blessings God provides truly honors the Giver.
Confession: Lord, I confess that I know far more brand labels than I know the words of the Lord Jesus. I confess that I fear not fitting in more than I fear the Lord. Forgive me, Lord. Draw my heart back to You.
Prayer: Father, I long to measure my life in spiritual faithfulness rather than monetary foolishness. Anytime that greed rears its ugly head, choke it out! Continue teaching me Your wisdom to end my financial struggles and become a good steward of Your good gifts. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Action Item: If you have an overabundance of possessions, think of one large ticket item that you no longer use or own more than one. Then give that item with no strings attached to someone you know who truly needs it. It could be furniture, lawn equipment, a bicycle, or even an extra set of dishes.
What to Read in the Bible When Struggling Financially
Praying for a financial breakthrough requires diligence. God’s financial blessings contain corresponding responsibilities. For example, God instructs us to bring our first fruits, tithes, and offerings into His storehouse. God does not bless disobedience.
9. Open the Floodgates
Bible Verse: “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it” (Malachi 3:10, NIV).
When it was hard to pay my electrical bill, tithing to my local church was not a priority. But obedience matters. So if I received one hundred dollars, the church received ten. It was hard, but God blessed my faithfulness. Write it in your budget as the top item. After all, every dollar comes from Him anyway.
Confession: Father, I confess that I have not been obedient in tithing. Forgive me, Lord, and change my heart.
Prayer: Lord, this struggle with money is a burden in my life. You promise that I can cast my burdens on You. I am giving this burden to You. Free me from the bondage of debt so that I am no longer a slave to my lenders. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Action Item: When you receive a paycheck or any money whatsoever, automatically put aside ten percent to give back to the Lord. When you obey the Lord, He will bless you abundantly.
10. Lender Not Borrower
Bible Verse: “The Lord will open the heavens, the storehouse of His bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none” (Deuteronomy 28:12, ESV).
Putting your faith into action is crucial when getting out of debt. It takes prayer, a budget, and unwavering commitment. God will be with you every step of the way.
Confession: Father, I confess that I have been a borrower. I have been unfaithful to pay those debts in full. Forgive me, Father.
Prayer: God, you have called me to be a lender and not a borrower. And Your Word says that I have no outstanding debt but the continual debt of love (Romans 13:8, NIV). Lord, I want to honor You by becoming debt-free. Teach me the way, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Action Item: Credit card debt is the most senseless debt. I know that from personal experience. Commit today to charge nothing unless you have the cash to pay the balance in full on its due date. No exceptions.
Good Bible Verses About Money
Worry goes hand-in-hand with financial problems. Here are some verses that will help you release your worry into His capable hands.
11. Do Not Worry
Bible Verse: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” (Matthew 6:25-27, NIV).
Worry adds to the burden you already feel. God wants to release burdens from you, not pile them on. Surrender completely to Him.
Confession: Father, I confess that worry consumes my day. I worry about how to feed my family and how to make ends meet. Forgive me, Lord, for not trusting You completely.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I pray that You open up opportunities for me to increase my income to pay off debt. Grant me discernment regarding ways to reduce my expenses. I need Your wisdom on how to be responsible with my money. Only You can do this and I trust You completely. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Action Item: Releasing worry and control to the Lord is hard – especially if you are a Type A driven personality. Before you to go sleep at night, grab your journal and write out everything that you are worrying about. Pray for God to take those worries from you, close your journal, and go to sleep.
12. God Will Provide
Bible Verse: “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:31-33, NIV).
If you are between jobs right now, let’s specifically go before the Lord about that right now. No confession, just straight-up prayer.
Prayer: Lord, right now I need employment. I desire to work so that I can provide for my family. Only You can open doors that cannot be shut (Revelation 3:8, NIV), so I’m asking you to open a door for a job with the right company. Allow the gifts that You have given to me to open doors of opportunity to bring glory to your name. And when opportunities come, give me discernment so that I can know which one to pursue. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Action Item: There are many online services that list employment opportunities. Create an account on Linked In, list your qualifications, and indicate that you are open for employment. That platform is an excellent resource to make helpful connections in your area of expertise.
How Do I Give God My Finances?
When I was in debt over a decade ago, I held an excellent job. However, I was a terrible manager of those financial blessings. I was not paying proper attention to my spending. I often confused a want with a need. Giving your finances to God looks like:
Write out a budget and never waver from it (no matter how tempting),
Give God the first fruits (tithes) of His good gifts.
The enemy will throw roadblocks in your path every day. That one thing that you have had your eye on finally goes on sale. You get the gist. Keeping your unflinching gaze on God makes all the difference.
Why is God Letting Me Struggle Financially?
I was not a faithful servant of God’s blessings and had never really learned how to make solid financial decisions. The work of my hands was not bringing financial increase or peace. I struggled because I was financially irresponsible, living paycheck to paycheck.
Responsible money management looks like living below your financial means in order to offer God a whole tithe. It also looks like sharing God’s provisions with those in need.
They key to financial responsibility is learned through the lens of the Word of God. Success does not mean a huge cash windfall or instant financial prosperity, though God could certainly bring those about in His divine power.
Seek the Lord. Seek expert guidance from financial experts to manage your money. Write out a budget and stick to it. Remember, financial freedom also means freedom from worry and anxiety. May God give you good health and a long life free of financial struggles.
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” ― Albert Einstein
“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.” ― Bill Keane
A Spiritual Prayer for Tuesday
A good Tuesday morning begins with prayer. When you hand over your worries for the day, the peace of God provides a clear mind and the right perspective.
Dear Lord, You have given me the perfect gift of a new day. Give me word of Your unfailing love. Regardless of what happens to my outer self, let my inner self focus on You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Lord Jesus Christ, You have given me Your good gift of eternal life. This morning is a gift. Give me the mindset not to waste this day. Increase my own understanding of Your love. Help me reflect that love to everyone. Let others see You in the words of my mouth. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Dear Heavenly Father, as the sun rises today may Your face shine upon me. Let me seek Your way today so that Your light shines through my good work. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Dear God, I admit that my prayer life has been spotty at best. Remind me today that Your righteous right hand guides me. Show me the best way forward today to operate in and spread Your unshakable joy. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Christ Jesus, You rule over this whole earth. I entrust my day to Your capable hands. You can do so much more with it than me! I pray that You make it a lovely Tuesday. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ― H. Jackson Brown, Jr. (P.S. I Love You)
Setting Your Mind for a Lovely Day
This world is full of hurt, strife, and anxiety. Setting your mind on God’s love for you is one of the best good morning blessings. These Bible verses can help accomplish that:
“For God so loved the world, that He gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16, ESV).
“But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8, ESV).
“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness” (Jeremiah 31:3, NIV).
“For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With His love, He will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with singing” (Zephaniah 3:17, NLT).
“But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved” (Ephesians 2:4-5, NIV).
Good Morning Tuesday Blessings
Every single day you wake up under the direct blessings of God. Rather than listing them for you, take some time pondering these things and giving thanks to God for them.
You woke up today with breath in your lungs and the gift of eyesight. Thank you, Lord.
You received an education that allows you the blessing to be able to read. Thank you, Lord.
God has given you the faith to believe that He is God who sacrificed His Son to give you the hope of eternity with Him. Thank you, Lord.
God has provided you with shelter, food, and your basic needs to get through today. Thank you, Lord.
God has given you a brain, knowledge, and opportunities to read His life-giving Word. Thank you, Lord.
When you focus on gratitude, there is little room left for complaining. Gratitude shifts your focus upward, past any momentary affliction. Here are some Bible verses to include in your daily prayer of gratitude for the entire day.
“But be sure to fear the Lord and serve Him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things He has done for you” (1 Samuel 12:24, NIV).
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful” (Colossians 3:15, NIV).
“Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, NLT).
“Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things He does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things” (Psalm 103:2-5, NLT).
Besides the many popular prayers that you can offer for provision and favor, giving thanks to God is a truly beautiful way to start your day.
Daily morning prayer initiates a thoughtful Tuesday focused on God. It truly prepares your heart to face anything that Tuesday can throw at you!
O Lord, you are the God of hope! I pray that You inspire me to appreciate the small things today. Whether it’s an excellent cup of coffee or noticing a lovely flower, remind me to give You thanks and praise. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
O God, I am so thankful for your Holy Scriptures. Regardless of anything that I face today or the rest of my life, Your Word provides guidance, wisdom, and encouragement. Thank you, Lord God. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Jesus, I am so thankful that Your perfect love drives out fear. I am complete in You. I am perfectly loved by You. Let me live in those assurances today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Father, thank you for this new day. I don’t know everything that awaits me, but You do. Your watchful care gives me ultimate peace. Thank you, Lord! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Heavenly Father, I am so thankful for every blessing that You pour into my life. Thank you for protecting me through this day and loving me more than I can possibly imagine. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Beautiful Tuesday Morning in God’s Word
One of the greatest blessings that God has given us is His Word. Faithful Bible study reveals God’s strength, wisdom, and unwavering faithfulness. Any beautiful day begins in Scripture, so here we go.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope” (Romans 15:13, ESV).
“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor 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” (Romans 8:38-39, ESV).
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6, NIV).
Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God” (Luke 18:27, NIV).
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6, NIV).
Possibilities and blessings abound on Tuesdays! Starting with the name of the Father on your lips, Bible study under your belt, and His Word hidden in your heart provide the foundation for an incredible day.
My family gathered for Mom’s 81st birthday just a few weeks ago. We celebrated her life with fun decorations, enjoyed lots of cake, and prayed for a successful surgery.
Mom bravely went under the hands of the surgeons in the operating room today. She is now in the recovery process.
The time during her healing process will tell us if the cancer removal was successful. She will need to come to grips with a scar on her face – a hard thing for anyone.
I spent a lot of time in prayer for Mom over the past several weeks. In fact, if you have never kept a prayer journal, that certainly helps see how God moves.
Always Pray in Jesus’ Name
As Christians, we understand that the power of prayer must precede everything. And that healing prayer is vitally important for the life of a loved one – especially a mom.
Jesus is our power source: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me” (Matthew 28:18, ESV). So with confidence and peace of mind, we pray in His name.
Prayer enables us to ask Almighty God in Jesus’ holy name to take control of the situation. So we start by asking the Great Physician to positively influence the hands of the medical people for a successful operation and speedy recovery.
God is our heavenly father who cares for us all the time, but most especially in our time of need. At the same time, He has given us free will to determine what we want for ourselves.
God is a gentleman and does not intrude into our affairs if we do not want him to. In fact, Scripture says, “You have not because you ask not” (James 4:2-3, ESV). So we trust His loving arms every step of the way.
Powerful Prayers Before Surgery
So what are the best ways that we pray for someone as beloved and important as a mom? And on such a sobering occasion as a surgical procedure?
Inviting our Lord Jesus Christ and Divine Healer is the most crucial step. Here are prayers that I have found helpful during this journey with my Mom to use as a starting point for your own prayers.
Gracious Father, we commit into Your hands the surgeon’s hand and medical professionals. Send Your guardian angels to guide them and preserve Mom with Your healing touch. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Dear God, I ask that You come into this operation room and take control of the medical team for Mom’s surgery today. Restore Mom to full health through complete healing. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
O Lord, please give Mom (and her family) a peace that passes human understanding. You are the God of hope, so with grateful hearts, we ask You to guide the surgical team through the power of the Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Father God, surgery can be a difficult time with all of the worry that we let creep in. You are Lord of lords full of loving kindness, so ease our worry. Let the peace of God rule over any anxiety to bring perfect harmony today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Prayer Scripture for Someone Going Into Surgery
Heavenly Father, your promises are as true today as they were in Bible times. You promised, “I am the Lord that heals you” (Exodus 15:26, ESV). I trust that promise while Mom is on the operating table today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Jesus, when you touched Peter’s mother-in-law, her fever immediately disappeared (Luke 4:38-40, ESV). Extend your healing hand over Mom today and completely restore her health. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Dear Lord, You promise in Scripture that when we commit our work and plans into Your hands, You will establish them (Proverbs 16:3, ESV). I commit the work of the doctors and nurses into Your hands for successful surgery and Mom’s healing. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Dear God, give my mom Your peace that surpasses all human understanding. Remove every fear, trouble, and anxiety from her, and fill her with confidence that she is safe in Your hands. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
A Good Prayer for Someone Having Surgery
Lord God, bring to the surgeon’s hands all of the skills needed for a successful outcome. Prepare them with sharp minds and grant Mom a full recovery surrounded by loving family and your good things. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Dear Heavenly Father, give Mom peace from an anxious heart. Provide her physical body with the best care in that surgery room to give her long life and normal life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Dear Jesus, only you can bring the healing power of God. Give the doctors and nurses the skill and ability to make the right decisions to bring Mom safety through surgery. enrich her daily life by granting her complete healing. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Dear Father, my prayer today is for Mom. As she faces surgery tomorrow, I trust you to guide the hands of the doctor. Calm all anxious thoughts and bring healing in the mighty name of Jesus.
Short Prayer for Successful Surgery and Recovery
Dearest God, we put all our trust in you. Bless the doctor’s hands and the outcome of surgery. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
O God, I pray that the surgery room is filled with the heavenly host. Let them surround Mom, the doctors, and the medical staff to bring healing through a successful surgery. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Loving Heavenly Father, let the doctors and nurses be extensions of your healing hand. We trust you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Dearest Jesus, I entrust Mom’s body, soul, and spirit in your perfect hands during surgery. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Father, I know that you cherish her more than I do, and pray that you will bring her through better than ever. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Lord God, full health is what I desire for Mom so I boldly pray that be her portion in Jesus’ name.
Prayer for Safe Operation
Father, as Mom’s surgery draws near, an anxious heart can make peace elusive. Calm her from the inside out as only you can do. Give her comfort in knowing that you are working for her good and your glory. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Dear Lord, give us comforting words of hope and healing to share with Mom as she goes in for her operation. Let those holy words wash over her to bring peace and hope. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Jesus, you can heal all sickness and disease, even those we may classify as incurable. I believe in miracles and pray that you strengthen and heal Mom through today’s operation. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Lord and Friend, I ask that you renew Mom’s health today through a successful operation in such a remarkable way that no one can take glory for it but You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Father, you have brought Mom to this point so that you can bring healing to her body. Guide the hands of the surgeon and medical staff to ensure a successful operation. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Prayer for After Surgery
Father God, thank you for bringing Mom through a successful surgery today. I praise you for working through the doctors to accomplish everything needed to heal Mom. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Dear Jesus, I pray that you complete the healing work that you started today in Mom’s surgery. Keep her stable and strengthen her hour by hour as you continue to make her well. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Dear God, as Mom now moves from surgery to health, bless her with a strong body, mind, and spirit. Let her see Your hand in her healing and rely on You for all the days of her life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Dear Father, I am so thankful that you have brought Mom safely through surgery! I pray that you continue to heal her body so that she can serve you fully with joy. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Pray Without Ceasing
He wants us to live a life of constant prayer. In fact, Scripture specifically tells us, “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17, ESV). Those moments when you are waiting in the doctor’s office provide great opportunities to talk with God.
Engaging in ongoing communication with Him as our closest friend. Such honest and open hearts enable us to build a strong relationship with Him. Over time, we learn to rely on Him for all our needs.
Silent prayers are just as effective as spoken prayers. God’s power resides in both, so if you are uncomfortable praying out loud or find yourself in a situation where you need to be silent, prayer is still possible.
The Bible is as true today as the days in which it was written. God is the healer of our souls and bodies, offering His resurrection life to bring healing, both physically and eternally.
God wants us to pray when things are going well and when they are going the other way. He wants us to pray about everything and never rely upon our efforts or abilities.
Why Is Prayer Important?
Almighty God is the giver of life. As the Great Physician, only He can bring healing into anyone’s life.
Prayer intentionally brings the power of God into any situation. Although Jesus is always present, He will not barge into your life. He gently knocks and waits for you to open the door.
Intentional prayer also brings an acute awareness of His presence in your life. As you pray for certain people or situations, you will be able to discern how God is moving. That is a strong way to strengthen your faith!
God promises: “Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you” (Jeremiah 29:12, ESV). God is as close as our next breath and hears every word – both spoken and unspoken.
Some medical cases are not physical even though they may appear to be so. Some ailments can only be answered by prayers. Jesus said, “This kind will not go except by prayer and fasting” (Matthew 17:21, footnote).
Do Not Be Ignorant of Satan’s Devices
Scripture clearly warns us: “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8, ESV).
That passage continues by letting us know what to do: “Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world” (1 Peter 5:9, ESV).
I wrote an entire 8-week Bible study on the armor of God called “Your Strong Suit” based on Ephesians 6:10-18. Understanding the defensive armor that God has provided emboldens us to fight the good fight with prayer leading the charge.
God has also given us the most powerful offensive weapon: “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:17, ESV).
In order to use that all-powerful, spiritual offensive weapon, we need to know God’s Word. Studying the Bible is key. Here are several Bible studies that can get you started.
Regularly reading through Scripture is also a powerful tool in your spiritual arsenal against attacks of the enemy. Set yourself the task of reading through the Bible by picking one of these free Bible reading plans.
Knowing God’s Word is key to an effective prayer life. As you read through Scripture, pick out some key Bible verses to memorize.
Committing your life and the life of your loved ones into God’s hands is the most effective way to live a God-honoring life full of contentment and peace, despite any hard time that comes.
He is for you and not against you! He will bring about His perfect plan in your life that will be far better than you could have planned.
The goodness of the Lord and His higher power in your life are the greatest blessings that you will ever receive. He faithfully holds you in the palm of his mighty hand.
Since most of us do not read the Word of God in its original languages (Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic), I counted the number of words in English based on the ESV version, including chapter titles but not footnotes.
Consequently, if you have challenged yourself to study the Bible by reading the shorter book to the longest book in order (and in English), then start with 2 John.
Is Third John the Shortest Book in the New Testament?
In the original Greek language, the third Epistle of John wins the short book category. However, in the English language, the winner is second John. Actually, 2 John is a short letter rather than a book, which also contains the fewest verses.
The Apostle John, who wrote the Gospel of John (as well as the prophetic Book of Revelation on the Island of Patmos), also wrote the general letters of 1, 2, and 3 John.
Though these letters contain fewer words, their powerful message was to encourage believers in the wake of the rising controversy. Some believers had left their Christian congregations amidst rising trouble and false teachers.
The Top Five Shortest Books in the Bible
These five shorter books in the Bible contain the same number of chapters: only one. In order from the shortest first, they are:
The Book of Psalms wins the prize for the longest book with 45,262 words and 2,461 verses contained in 150 chapters (again, in English). In fact, it has double the total number of verses to the second runner-up, the Book of Jeremiah (1,364 verses).
In comparison to another poetry book, the Song of Solomon contains 2,750 words in 117 verses over 8 chapters.
The length of the books of the Bible varies greatly. However, its sacred texts reveal the meaning of life.
What is the First Book in the Bible?
The Book of Genesis is the first book of the Bible, as well as the first of the Old Testament books. It is the fourth longest book in Scripture with 38,302 words and 1,533 verses contained in 50 chapters.
Genesis is a great place to start studying the historical books of the Old Testament. It lays the historical foundation for the entire Bible. It is the epic adventure of the people of Israel that points to a promised land through encounters with specific individuals.
From the first to the last book, Genesis to Revelation, we encounter major prophets, minor prophets of God, Israel’s history, and our future into eternity with Jesus.
What is the First Book of the New Testament?
The Book of Matthew is the first book in the Bible. It is also the first Gospel contained in the New Testament. It outlines the genealogy and life of Jesus.
Matthew also shares the Good News of Salvation for new believers. Through this Gospel, we witness the saving ministry of Jesus for the first time in the New Testament.
There are four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The first three are called the “Synoptic Gospels”, while John’s Gospel is unique.
Which is the Longest Gospel?
The Book of Luke comes in first as the longest Gospel with 26,461 words, with the Gospel of Mark as the shortest Gospel with 15,479 words.
Incidentally, Luke’s Gospel is the longest book in the entire New Testament, with the Book of Acts coming in second at 24,845 words.
The Gospels hold the greatest love story of all time: Jesus Christ. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, those red letter words of Jesus in the Gospels still work to cultivate a strong faith in Christians today.
Where to Start Reading the Bible
As you work your way through Scripture in Bible study, you will eventually cover the whole thing. However, I suggest starting with the Book of John.
John’s Gospel is the beautiful story of Jesus’ life. Since John wrote this Gospel decades after the other three, this Gospel contains stories not found anywhere else in the entire book.
Then follow John with the Book of Romans. Romans teaches essential Christian doctrine and beliefs. Then follow Romans with the Book of Proverbs, which reveals how to live a good, God-honoring life.
Scholars generally recognize three languages as original biblical languages: Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek.
The Old Testament is written primarily in Hebrew. It is commonly known as Biblical Hebrew because it differs from Modern Hebrew.
The language of the New Testament is Koine, a form of Greek that was widely understood in the Mediterranean regions around 2,000 years ago.
However, neither Hebrew nor Greek was Jesus’ native tongue. He spoke in a third language which was used in the writing of some books of the Hebrew Bible: Aramaic.
Helpful Bible Study Tools
I became a Christian in my early twenties, about three decades ago. I literally opened a Bible for the first time and had no clue that there were Old and New Testaments.
Bible study is now my passion. I am constantly journaling. Not just for head knowledge, but so that I know how to apply God’s truths to everyday life. Hard things like forgiving when I don’t feel like it. Can you relate?
I did not know who Jesus is, much less what He has done for all who believe that He is Lord and Savior. Here are some useful resources that I put together:
We live in a world where people want to embrace their own truth and live their lives accordingly. Some choices do not line up with the Word of God. However, knowing the unwavering truth of Scripture changes everything.
When you realize how much mercy and grace Jesus extends to you on a daily basis, it affects how you treat strangers. It encourages you to be kind even when you are frustrated.
But most of all, it holds the truth that changes our eternity. Jesus Christ came to live the perfect life we couldn’t, took our sins on Him to the cross, and died on our behalf to save us from God’s wrath.
Because of Jesus, we have the hope to live eternally where there are no more tears and no more pain.
The Bible is not simply a book. It is God’s personal love letter to each of us. His perfect invitation to join Him in eternity through faith. And He will keep inviting you every single day.
Whether you read Scripture in book order, chronological order, from shortest to longest, or one collection of books at a time, just start reading.God will change your life through it.
There is almost nothing better than spending precious quiet moments with coffee in the morning before the chaos of the day begins.
My morning routine is simple: make a fresh cup of coffee and settle into my prayer chair with God’s Word. Many of my favorite coffee mugs have a morning Bible verse printed on them. It is a peaceful, serene, God-focused start to my day.
That morning pause for coffee lovers and pondering God’s love is a perfect way to get ready for a long day ahead. It also provides time to reflect on those things we are grateful for. So does the Bible talk about coffee at all?
Coffee as we know it today likely did not exist during biblical times. At least, there is no official record or documentation about this intoxicating strong drink. However, there is an interesting argument (albeit satirical) that may reference coffee in the Bible from the Old Testament book of Isaiah.
A few interesting verses in Isaiah 51 and 52 reference, “Awake, awake! Stand up, O Jerusalem, You who have drunk at the hand of the Lord, the cup…of trembling, and drained it out” (Isaiah 51:17). So perhaps it is simply not God’s will that His people be tired and groggy!
However, partaking in the enjoyment of coffee invites you to pause and allow the renewal of your mind. Take a deep breath. Gaze at something other than a computer screen. Enjoy a chat with a friend. There is nothing like a good cup of joe during times of trouble or solving practical problems as a warming source of comfort.
10 Bible Verses for Coffee Lovers
I have gathered some of my favorite bible verses that could be applied to coffee (along with the interesting origin and historical facts) that can sit front and center with your morning coffee to make a merry heart about God’s provision.
1. “Give strong drink to the one who is perishing, and wine to those in bitter distress;let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more.” (Proverbs 31:6-7, ESV)
2. “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)
3. “You cause grass to grow for the livestock and plants for people to use. You allow them to produce food from the earth—wine to make them glad, olive oil to soothe their skin, and bread to give them strength.” (Psalm 104:14-15, NLT)
4. “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” (Matthew 6:31-33, NLT)
5. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23, NKJV)
7. “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:31, NIV)
8. “Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.” (Psalm 5:3, NLT)
9. ”Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do.” (Ecclesiastes 9:7, NIV)
10. Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4, NIV)
Does the Bible Talk About Coffee?
The Bible does not specifically talk about coffee, but nowadays we certainly love talking about the glory of God and the means of grace while enjoying coffee, don’t we? I love that such a simple thing as coffee can cause us to dig into the treasures of Scripture to discover a different verse and embrace new challenges of all kinds.
One of the most engaging ways to start a small group Bible study is by gathering at a local coffee shop. Meeting in such a non-threatening environment removes the stumbling block of church formality for people who are just starting to seek Jesus Christ.
Scripture tells us that you and I are temples of the Holy Spirit. One of our spiritual act of worship is to embrace the will of God every single day. I don’t know about you, but embracing that calling requires alertness and both eyes opened. That may be a tad dramatic, but coffee is my fuel of choice.
Is Coffee Forbidden in the Bible?
The question of whether or not Jesus drank coffee in the New Testament has yet to be fully answered. Historical records show coffee appearing centuries after Jesus. Consequently, the Bible does not forbid coffee.
In fact, there are numerous Bible verses that certainly could be applied to coffee drinkers. Personally, I believe coffee is one of the beautiful mercies of God for all of us non-early riser folks. The best version of me appears after I have my morning coffee. Talk about new life (in alertness, at least)! Can I get an amen?
We experience the love of the Father in so many ways, both large and small. Warming my hands and tummy with delicious coffee brings about much fruit in ministry.
The most effective way that I can focus on an intricately detailed biblical commentary is to do so with hot coffee steaming nearby. There is just something about a caffeinated living sacrifice that makes this Jesus girl tick.
The Origin of Coffee
The first recorded wild coffee plants, likely from Kefa, Ethiopia, were taken to southern Arabia for cultivation in the 15th century. There are many legends about the discovery of coffee, but the most popular is that of Kaldi, an Arab goatherder.
In about 850 AD, Kaldi noticed his goats frolicking and full of energy after eating the red fruit of the coffee shrub. He supposedly sampled the berries of the evergreen bush on which his goats were feeding. After experiencing a sense of exhilaration, he proclaimed his discovery to the world.
Second only to oil, coffee is the most valuable legally traded commodity in the world. We love it, we rely on it, and we drink it in massive quantities. It is estimated that 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed each day worldwide.
The History of Coffee Through the Ages
Whatever the actual origin of coffee, its stimulating effect undoubtedly made it popular throughout history. Interestingly, Islamic authorities pronounced the drink intoxicating and therefore prohibited by the Quran. Many Muslims were attracted to the beverage as a substitute for alcohol, also prohibited by the Quran.
Despite the threat of severe penalties, coffee drinking spread rapidly among Arabs and their neighbors and even gave rise to a new social and cultural entity, the coffeehouse. Caffeine addiction was here to stay.
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, industrial roasting and grinding machines came into use, vacuum-sealed containers were invented for ground roasts, and decaffeination methods for green coffee beans were developed. Coffee in all its forms has found its way into homes across the globe.
Before coffee became our favorite morning beverage, it appeared in a variety of different preparations. In its unprocessed form, coffee is a cherry-like fruit, which becomes red when ripe; the coffee bean is found at the center of the red coffee fruit.
The ripened fruits of the coffee plant are known as coffee cherries, and each cherry generally contains two coffee seeds (“beans”) positioned flat against one another. About 5 percent of the cherries contain only one seed; called pea berries, those single seeds are smaller and denser and produce, in the opinion of some, a sweeter, more flavorful coffee.
The cherries are removed from the coffee bean pods by drying the seeds. Three techniques are used for processing coffee: (1) the dry, or “natural,” process, (2) the wet (and washed) process, and (3) a hybrid process. The coffee resulting from those processes is called green coffee, which is then ready for roasting.
Can Coffee Serve as An Outreach Opportunity?
If God is prompting you to engage in more outreach, suggest a coffee meet-up or Bible study at your local coffee shop. Away from the formality of a church and the familiarity of home, a coffee shop is relaxing enough yet just outside of your comfort zone to prompt meaningful discussions.
Such wonderful community-minded gatherings increase our own understanding of God in a non-church setting. It serves an important lesson as a reminder of God working in any setting and through any person.
Taking that outreach a step further, a local coffee shop with a food option also helps your community’s prosperity – especially if it is a family-owned small business. Building a rapport with your local community through a shared love of coffee can open the door for God’s presence to shine bright.
Each coffee drinker has their own way of justifying drinking their favorite brew. Just remember, like every other good thing in life, coffee is best when followed by this simple biblical guideline:
“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything.” (1 Corinthians 6:12, NIV)
So, perhaps, three cups of coffee a day would be more beneficial than three entire pots of coffee. However, we are not here to pass judgment.
So start your day in a beautiful way. Grab your favorite coffee, a fresh journal, and the Word of God during your quiet morning time. I’ll be here in my Texas cottage doing the very same thing. Just pass the cream and sugar, please.
Good morning! Every morning needs prayers and blessings from God’s Word and that certainly includes Friday.
Even though some of us view Friday as the best day of the week, for others it can be challenging for various reasons.
Whether you are a fan of Friday or not, it is still a day that the Lord has made, so we can rejoice and be glad in it! (Psalm 118:24) So pour some coffee or tea into an inspirational mug and let’s dive into Friday.
I searched Scripture to glean many good things from the Word of God to bless your Friday morning. You can use these as anchors for your day or pass them along to someone who may need the good gift of a beautiful day.
Here are some good morning Friday blessings sorted by categories so that you can easily find the ones that offer the perfect gift for you today.
If the prayer or blessing are Scripture quotations, the biblical reference will be in parenthesis at the end. If it is a direct quote from another author, it will have quotation marks around it.
Unless otherwise indicated, all Bible quotes are from the English Standard Version with a link to Bible Gateway if you would like to see a different version.
Friday Prayer Blessings About the Love of God
The Bible says that God is love, which makes the Word of God the perfect source to know what love means and how we can love people. Knowing that you are loved beyond imagination is a beautiful way to wrap up your week!
“The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17)
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
“The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.” ―C.S. Lewis
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13, NIV)
“This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.” (1 John 4:9)
Good Friday Quotes About the Work Week
God’s words tell us that working honestly, but with faith in mind, can lead to the great things he has planned for us. Allow these verses to encourage and motivate you to do the best you can do every day of the week.
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” (Colossians 3:23-24)
“Success is not how high you have climbed, but how you make a positive difference to the world.” ―Roy T. Bennett
“Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” (Proverbs 16:3)
“Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!” (Psalm 90:17)
“When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully. When there is darkness, dare to be the first to shine a light.” ―Steve Maraboli
Friday Encouragement for Friends
Friends are truly one of God’s great blessings in our lives. Friends walk with us through the tough times and rejoice with us through the good times. As you start out this Friday, spend time thanking God for those friends in your life.
“Oil and perfume make the heart glad, and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel.” (Proverbs 27:9)
“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.” ―Elbert Hubbard
“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.” (Proverbs 17:17)
“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:12-13)
“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.” ―Joan Powers
“My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God; on behalf of a man he pleads with God as one pleads for a friend.” (Job 16:20-21, NIV)
Friday Quotes for a Blessing-Filled Day
Whether or not we acknowledge them or even recognize them, God’s blessings fill our days. Like a parent who delights in blessing their children, God loves to pour blessings over our lives.
“Start each day with a positive thought and a grateful heart.” ―Roy T. Bennett
“You are the only you God made… God made you and broke the mold.” ―Max Lucado
“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.” ―Elie Wiesel
“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.” ―Herman Melville
“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” ―Confucius
“If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it. If He had a wallet, your photo would be in it. He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise every morning… Face it, friend. He is crazy about you!” ―Max Lucado
Friday Morning Motivation for a Great Day
Pause and allow these Bible verses to encourage you to trust in God and be grateful for the blessing of life. Be inspired by the Word of God!
“For nothing will be impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37)
We know it is a blessing-filled day because it is a day you created, O Lord!
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7, NKJV)
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23)
“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” (Romans 12:12)
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1:17)
Prayers and Wisdom for Friday Night
The work week is over, so I am pausing social media to gather with my family members and loved ones to celebrate what the Lord did this week. Such times make life rich.
“For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.” (Isaiah 41:13)
“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” ―Kurt Vonnegut
“Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.” (3 John 1:2)
“It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High, proclaiming your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night.” (Psalm 92:1-2)
The best thing you did today, Lord, is simply show up and let your light shine on me and through me. Thank you, Lord!
Good News Friday Despite Hard Times
When we are feeling weak or timid, these scriptures remind us that God is present with us. Despite our fears and insecurities, God is near to us, providing us with strength in our time of need.
“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)
“And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” (2 Corinthians 9:8)
“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” ―Maya Angelou
“The Lord is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.” (Exodus 15:2)
“The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” (Psalm 18:2)
Good Deeds for a Blessed Friday
Jesus showed the ultimate selflessness in laying down His life to set us free. Imitating His selfless love by serving others instead of simply serving ourselves brings blessings upon blessings.
“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” (Galatians 5:13)
“May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.” (Ruth 2:12)
God is merciful and gracious and is abounding in goodness and truth. May all of those characteristics of God be clear to me this Friday so I may focus on God and all His goodness.
“I don’t want to live in the kind of world where we don’t look out for each other. Not just the people that are close to us, but anybody who needs a helping hand.” ―Charles de Lint
“Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” (Romans 12:13)
Inspirational Bible Verses About the Peace of God
God can bring peace amid struggles, worries, and fear. In fact, He promises that His peace “passes all understanding”. Use these verses to step back from the pressure of life and come into the presence of God to hear His promises of hope and comfort over your circumstances.
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have trouble. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.” (2 Thessalonians 3:16)
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” (Isaiah 26:3)
“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26)
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” (John 14:27)
Joy-Filled Friday Bible Verses
At the end of a long week, you may feel short on joy. Yet Joy is one of the most prominent themes of the Bible. Happiness is circumstantial, but the joy of the Lord has already been given to us. Allow these verses to remind you of God’s joy!
May our praises be as big as our blessings this Friday.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:2-4)
“Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” (John 16:24)
Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10)
“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” (3 John 1:4)
Friday Praises for the Lord
Beginning our Friday by praising the Lord sets our minds on Him and His goodness. Praising God gives us the eyes to see Him and His bountiful blessings throughout each day.
On this Friday, “I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty, and on Your wondrous works. Men shall speak of the might of Your awesome acts, and I will declare Your greatness. They shall utter the memory of Your great goodness, and shall sing of Your righteousness.” (Psalm 145:5-7)
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)
“But I, with shouts of grateful praise, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’ ” (Jonah 2:9)
“Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits.” (Psalm 103:1-2)
Friday Thanksgiving to the Lord
It’s so easy to become overwhelmed with all the tasks and activities to do that we forget to stop and reflect on why we should be celebrating Friday and heading into the weekend. Read these verses aloud!
“I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.” (Psalm 7:17)
“Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods.” (Psalm 95:2-3)
“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” (Colossians 2:6-7)
“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.” (Psalm 100:4)
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.” (Psalm 136:1)
“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” (Colossians 4:2)
“Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.” (Psalm 107:8-9)
Whether today is a Friday or Tuesday, the power of God never diminishes. He gave us the life of Jesus at the proper time so we have the hope of eternal life.
I pray that the Word of God sings over your life in a loud voice. I pray that God’s love makes your face shine today. And perhaps write it down to remember on those hard days.
God created the entire world, but he knows you individually. The best way to start any day is to seek the will of God before your feet hit the floor.
Your heavenly Father loves you more than you can possibly imagine. God’s blessings and the Word of the Lord of Hosts are rich food to feast on any day of the week.
“Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!” Psalm 31:24
“My Son, if your heart is wise, then my heart will be glad indeed.”Proverbs 23:15
“This is my comfort in my affliction that your promise gives me life.”Psalm 119:50
Jesus Quotes for Instagram Bio
“Then Jesus declared, I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.” John 10:11
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
“Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven–for she loved much.” Luke 7:47
“For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” Matthew 6:14
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21
“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.” Matthew 6:34
“Ask, and it will given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7
“Take heart, my son, your sins are forgiven.” Matthew 9:2
Best Instagram Bio For Christians
If God is for me, who can be against me?
The Lord is with me wherever I go.
All things are possible with God.
Victory and peace in life come through knowing Jesus as Savior.
My enemies face defeat because my face is plastered on Jesus.
Faith in Jesus Christ is winning at life.
Jesus is my refuge, so I am safe and at peace.
When I call on Jesus, he always hears and helps me.
I can overcome anything through Christ who loves me.
Amazing Instagram Bio For Christians
The Word of God is my source of truth.
Trusting God and slaying enemies through His power.
God is my strength so I will never be broken.
Trusting Jesus because he keeps every single promise.
Peace is a Person, not a place.
God is in me and He put me in this world, so let’s talk about Him.
God’s love never fails. He is faithful in all things.
Best Tips For Making Instagram Bio Stand Out
Crafting an Instagram profile that stands out encourages your audience to keep reading. Never copy another person’s bio! God made you original and has given you something unique to say. Be original and be you.
This world is full of fake news. As Christians, we have the truth that sets people free. Social media is not about gaining more followers. It is about sharing what God has done in your life and letting people know who you are in Him.
Keep It Simple
Most social media scrollers have the attention span of a gnat. If your bio is long and wordy, a reader will scroll right past it. Keep it short and sweet with just a few words and a snippet from God’s Word. For instance: “Jesus loves me. He loves you, too”.
Go with your strengths. If you’re a singer, take selfies of you and your friends singing about Jesus. If you are a biblical scholar, offer some interesting and funny Hebrew insights. Just have fun with your bio to draw people into faith conversations.
This is super important. As a Christian, I want to follow and be followed by people who are truthful, faithful, and share the same Christian values. Lies eventually come to light and tarnish your witness about Jesus. If you’re struggling with your faith, say so! Invite others to make the journey of faith together to encourage and build each other up.
Use hashtags in your posts, not your profile or bio. Hashtags simply clutter your profile and make it confusing to discover what you have to offer.
If you are going to post vulgar content or lewd pictures, don’t claim on your profile to be a Christian. Your Instagram bio needs to reflect who you are as believer saved by grace through the love of God.
Since teenagers may find your profile, do not curse or post explicit pictures. Teens spend much time online, so talk about living a Christian life, list powerful Bible verses, and always point to the good things of Jesus and how to serve others.
Above all, your Instagram can be a powerful tool in pointing people to Jesus and strengthening your faith walk. Have fun, but ensure that you are contributing Christian values to those who follow you.
If you have struggled with addiction of any kind, you fully understand that it feels like a never-ending battle. Whether drug addiction, alcohol addiction, substance abuse, sexual immorality, or other addictive behaviors, the Word of God is the first step on the right path.
Throughout my whole adult life, my struggle has been food. I have struggled with yo-yo dieting and obesity for decades. Food has always been my way of escape when faced with difficult times, celebrating the good times, and any time in between.
But I have not faithfully fought that addiction by relying wholeheartedly on the grace of God found in God’s Word. I allowed my own glutinous desires to take precedence over the work of the Holy Spirit. Perhaps you can relate to that struggle in your own addiction battle.
Enough is enough. I went on a journey through Scripture to discover the most helpful Bible verses for encouragement and great power when temptation hits hard. I pray that these verses will help you, as well.
1. For the Weary
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28-29
Any type of addiction falls heavy on your heart, mind, and soul. You need to share the burden. Most days you wish you could simply push a magic button and it would disappear forever. A support group is a wonderful place to share those burdens. Journaling is also an effective tool for offloading.
However, the Good News of the power of Christ gets to the heart of your mental health. Knowing that Christ Jesus initiates the healing process by shouldering your burden gets to the heart of the battle.
2. Seeking Peace
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” John 14:27
Struggling with addiction is a constant source of unrest. Whether alcohol abuse, drug abuse, lust of the flesh, or food, the power of addiction affects all areas of life.
However, this beautiful verse reminds you that even in the midst of sinful behaviors and poor choices, the peace of God has not bypassed you. No power on earth is stronger than God’s love and God’s grace over you.
3. Prayer for Healing
“And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 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 5:15-16
This beautiful verse encourages us to share your struggles with each other for prayer and encouragement. When you call on dear friends and family members, their prayers help us through tough times. They can alleviate the heavy loads of accountability that encourage a fresh start and recovery journey.
Temptation lurks around every corner, as well as from old friends who may also struggle with addictions. This verse wisely instructs you to surround yourself with the good character and godly lives of the right people. Only those family members and friends who truly care for you will actively help you recover from addiction.
5. Healing Process
“Behold, I will bring to it health and healing, and I will heal them and reveal to them abundance of prosperity and security.” Jeremiah 33:6
The healing process following addiction treatment can be a long haul of ups and downs. You have to deal with cravings, relapse, boredom, loneliness, and difficulty finding purpose. However, by faith, God can bring about complete and lasting healing. This verse promises, “I will.” And He will.
6. Abundant Hope
“And you will feel secure, because there is hope; you will look around and take your rest in security.” Job 11:18
If you have struggled with addiction for years, you may feel that recovery from addiction is hopeless. Processing stress, shame, anger, and sadness are difficult emotions to wrangle.
Your addiction may have caused financial or relationship problems, as well. However, this verse reminds you that the hope of God is a promise that He keeps. Holding on to the hope of God will bring about healing and a rebuilt life.
“Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” Romans 5:3-5
Any time we face tough times, trials, and sufferings, God allows us to grow stronger and braver. Just like muscles in a gym, resistance builds physical strength.
This verse provides truth and hope that fighting through addiction builds spiritual strength. Feelings of emptiness, shame, and loneliness will be replaced by a sober mind fixed on eternal glory with God.
8. Walk with God
“Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:19-21
Addictions are truly works of the flesh. God does not tempt us to become addicts, that is wholly the devil’s scheme to draw us away from God. The list is long, but none is stronger than the higher power of God Almighty.
Worldly passions surround you every day, yet the Spirit of God lives inside of you. He never leaves nor abandons you to addiction, but calls us to walk in His light.
9. Be Filled With the Spirit
“And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit.” Ephesians 5:18
There is no room for misinterpretation here: abusing alcohol leads to sin. Indeed, any overindulgence follows similar consequences of addiction. But being filled with the Spirit brings life, peace, freedom, and hope. Such a life includes prayer, confession of sins, gratitude, and living in such a way that honors the Lord God.
10. Cast Away Anxiety
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:6-8
Feeling anxious goes hand-in-hand with working toward addiction recovery. However, anxiety does not help, which is why the Lord tells us to hand our anxieties over to Him. In His hands, they are cast away for good, not just for a little while.
God desires for us to have the crown of life not a crown of thorns. He is trustworthy. Even though the devil prowls like a lion, our Lion of Judah devours your anxiety.
11. Just Say No
“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age.” Titus 2:11-12
The addiction recovery process is more involved than just saying no, but that’s where recovery must start. Saying no to ungodliness and passions of the flesh marks the beginning of living a life that honors God and His calling on your life. Saying no inspires you toward self-control and building a closer relationship with God.
12. Facing Trials
“Count it all joy, my brothers and sisters, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.” James 1:2-3
Joy is the last thing that comes to mind when faced with addiction. However, James does call the addiction a joy, but rather that through the struggles God forges strength and persistence. Those valuable qualities are necessary to stay the course and remain clean. Steadfastness is key to overcoming any addiction through Christ alone.
13. Conquering Temptation
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:15-16
Jesus Christ experienced temptations while He was here on Earth yet did not fall into sin. This means that Jesus understands firsthand weakness and disappointment. He can sympathize and emphasize with such pain. He even paid the price for our sins with His life.
Addiction may have once had you, but this verse reassures you that Jesus’ mercy and compassion has the final say.
Feeling weak and overwhelmed is common as you focus on overcoming addiction. It is normal to feel self-directed anger and shame for the damage your addiction has caused in your life and the relationship with family and friends you hold dear.
But this verse confirms that all things are possible in Christ – even defeating addiction. God faithfully provides His strength to stay focused and on the path to your new life.
15. Faithful Guide
“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” Matthew 6:13
The last thing that Satan wants is your recovery. He will lob every fiery dart at you in order to bring you down. But God will never tempt you, much less lead you there. The enemy’s temptations may be strong, but God has unlimited power to defeat that enemy.
So when you are tempted to fall back into old patterns or places where your addiction thrived, pray this prayer for God to deflect the enemy’s evil plan.
16. Helping Others
“Brothers and sisters, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.” Galatians 6:1
You may have family or friends who also abuse addictive substances. If so, you could serve as part of their support network. By listening to their struggles without judging, you could provide an excellent example by living a healthy, God-centered lifestyle.
By abstaining from drugs, alcohol, or other addictive behaviors, you can demonstrate that victory is possible through Christ. Your example can help prevent them from succumbing to their sinful temptations and point them to the One who can bring ultimate victory.
17. God Listens
“Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:12-13
God is as close as your next breath and hears your prayers without fail. God listens to you and knows the content of your heart. Your heart is likely heavily burdened with the shame and trauma caused by addiction. Some days may feel like it is simply too much to handle.
But God promises that He will listen to your prayer and always be available when you call on Him. He never abandons nor forsakes you.
18. God Enables Recovery
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.” Mark 10:27
Overcoming addiction, especially one you have struggled with for years may feel impossible. But God reminds you in this verse that absolutely everything is possible with Him.
The recovery road may be rough, but God’s love and grace will bring you healing. Seeking His help is the first step toward healing. Do not hesitate to call on Him. He is ready and able to sever the tentacles of addiction.
19. Renewing Your Mind
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2
The struggle with addiction always begins in your mind. Battles are won or lost in your mind long before they play out in real-time. The thoughts and content that occupy your mind make all the difference. This verse points out that renewing your mind is key to overcoming addiction.
Such a transformation can only be accomplished in Christ—spending time in His Word and prayer. Such discipline produces perseverance that is necessary for victory over any substance use disorder. Spending daily time in prayer and studying God’s Word provides the unbeatable combination to defeat addiction once and for all.
20. Facing Temptation
“Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.” James 1:13-14
Satan will use every opportunity to put the stumbling block of temptation in your path. Whether through a tempting environment in your area of addiction or careless words spoken by unsupportive friends, you have a choice whether or not to give in to that desire.
God will never tempt you. God tests you toward success, as in a classroom. The enemy alone tempts you toward failure for destruction. Keeping your eyes on God and turning over the temptation battle to Him will keep you on the right path toward recovery. God is faithful and wants you to live a life free of addiction. Trust Him.
21. Defining Desires
“For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world.” 1 John 2:16
The desire to sin and fall into addiction never originates from God. This verse reminds you that this world and the temptations paraded before your eyes are the culprits. The God of all grace designed you to live in different ways—ways that honor Him and build your life on His promises.
A life free from addiction can be leveraged in serving Him for Kingdom purposes. The best treatment plan is calling on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and trusting in His holy treatment program of love, mercy, and grace.
22. Not All Things Are Helpful
“You say, ‘I am allowed to do anything’—but not everything is good for you. And even though ‘I am allowed to do anything,’ I must not become a slave to anything.” 1 Corinthians 6:12
This verse hits a key point: you are allowed to do anything. But addiction stops short of asking a crucial question: “Is it helpful?” Or even further: “Am I becoming a slave to this thing?” The Apostle Paul answers those questions flat out: not everything is good for you.
And even though you are allowed to do anything, there will be consequences for harmful decisions. God allows consequences to fall based on your choices in order to change behavioral patterns toward better choices. In spite of everything, remember that God consistently and faithfully forgives you because He loves you.
23. Resist the Devil
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7
The devil is going to mess with you, but God promises that when you resist the devil, he will flee. He has no choice. That does not mean he will not keep trying and tempting, but every time you resist in the name of Jesus, the devil will flee.
So when addiction temptations start running through your mind, speak the Word of God aloud. Open your Bible or this list of Bible verses and start speaking them out loud. There is POWER in the name of Jesus and the devil holds no power against it. Memorizing some or all of these verses will enable you to fight effectively against every single temptation the moment that it raises its ugly head.
24. Call on the Lord
“Then call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory.” Psalm 50:15
As you walk the road toward addiction recovery, there will never be a time when God is too busy to help you. Whether at two in the afternoon or two in the morning, He will come to your rescue.
And He deserves all the glory for rescuing because you know all too well that you cannot rescue yourself. You have tried more times than you can count to save yourself from addictive behavior, but your sinful nature has been a relentless stumbling block.
Yet when you call on the Lord, there is no stumbling block that God cannot blast out of the way to rescue you every single time.
25. Freedom in Christ
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36
What a perfect verse to wrap up our list of Bible verses to overcome addiction. When Jesus sets you free from your addiction, it’s freedom from the inside out. He transforms your mind, which changes your future behavior to live a God-honoring life.
A mind set free by Christ experiences new life that can only come from Him. Keep fighting the good fight against addiction with His Word and the power of His Name.
Take heart! You have started your journey toward overcoming addiction, which is very brave indeed. On those days that you feel discouraged or defeated, keep these verses close by. Keep the Word of God on your lips and His name in your prayers. And when He sets you free, you will be free indeed.