Our cornerstone—the one we rely on through all things—is Jesus. Read over Ephesians 2:19-22 and pay attention to the mention of Jesus Christ as the cornerstone. In this passage, a cornerstone is not just a foundation, but in actuality a part of a building where two walls intersect. Likewise, Jesus is both our foundation and the connecting piece between our faith and life. Where do you see Jesus connecting sections of your faith and life? Take some time today to evaluate the spaces where you have yet to invite Jesus into. Invite Him, in prayer, to step into those areas and embrace Him as your cornerstone!
We construct our foundation based on our core assumptions, desires, and dreams. How often do you consider your foundation? In Matthew 7:24-28, we read about two kinds of people with different foundations. As you read over that passage, ask yourself, “What am I building my life on?” Take a moment to write down a list that answers the question: “Without my current resources, shelter, and job, who am I?” As you browse through this list, present those items to the Lord in prayer. Ask Him to either help reinforce the healthy traits or help you re-evaluate a faith-filled solution to the unhealthy ones.
Where do you turn when your world is shaken up? How do you cope during difficult circumstances? Psalm 31:3 gives us hopeful truths to lean on during life’s disruptions. In this verse, David prays for God to be his Rock and Fortress in the future because He has always been that in the past. Take a moment to read over that verse, and personalize it in a prayer according to your circumstances. Decide today to allow God to be your foundation both now and in the future. If there is a difficult circumstance you are facing and would like for us to join with you in prayer, please feel free to email [email protected].
What’s your response when someone wrongs you? If it’s one of anger, today Jesus meets you there and extends an invitation to respond with love in those moments. If in the last week you’ve reacted in anger toward someone, go to them and ask for forgiveness. In doing that you are building on a firm foundation. Proverbs 29:11 guides us to examine our approach towards those who wrong us. As you think of some angry or bitter responses you’ve had towards others recently, create some space to calm your heart and mind. In prayer, personalize Proverbs 29:11 and allow God to help you move forward healthily.
Jesus has a way of meeting us right here and now, even when we don’t ‘have it all together.’ He sees us and keeps loving us right in the middle of the mess. Are you full of fear, worry, or anxiety? Hear the invitation today to rely less on yourself and your control. Embrace a firm foundation in Jesus where you invite Him to be fully present with you no matter what! Take a moment to read over Psalm 25:15-18 and personalize those verses in prayer for yourself or your loved ones. Sometime today or over the weekend, call up and lean into a trusted friend who will reinforce the love of God for you in the middle of the chaos.
TALK IT OVER
- What is one snack or dessert you grew up with that you wish you could eat right now?
- When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?
- What is one of the first Bible stories you ever remember hearing about?
- What do you spend a lot of time doing that doesn’t really seem to pay off?
- What are some possibly unhealthy things you currently invest too much time and energy into?
- In what ways can spiritual practices become more about religion and less about relationship with Jesus?
- What’s your typical response when somebody wrongs you?
- How can we be praying for you this week? If you have any prayer requests, feel free to email them to our prayer team at [email protected]