TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will.
—Rom. 12:1-2 (NIV)
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. You will go out in
joy and be led forth in peace; The mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper, and instead of briers the myrtle will grow. This will be for the Lord’s renown, for an everlasting sign, that will endure forever.”
—Isa. 55:8-13 (NIV)
PRAYER + REFLECTION
1. Ask God to illuminate to you any limiting beliefs, areas of confirmation bias or internal narratives that do not align with the Word of God.
2. Pray for the Holy Spirit’s transformation through the renewal of your mind.
3. Ask the Lord to grant you understanding of things above, and for increased measures of faith that His word will not return void.