Each week, we offer daily Scripture readings and thoughts in our Grow • Pray • Study (GPS) Guide.
Come back on Mondays for the weekly GPS, and spend time in study and prayer daily!
You matter to God.
Paul’s UMC GPS:
GROW † PRAY † STUDY
for the week
June 3 - 8, 2019
Destination: To gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a deeply committed follower of God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. To be able to recognize your experiences of God and to discover God in new and different ways.
Memory verse(s): I encourage you to read this Scripture every day and by the end of the week have it memorized or to the point of where you can paraphrase the verse(s). Try writing it down on post-it notes and place them in areas where you will see it daily, for example the bathroom mirror or the dashboard of your car.
Where your treasure is, there your heart will be too.
Luke 12:33-34 CEB
When all we have left to do is cry out in the midst of the pain, give us hope.
When our tears feel like the only way to quench our thirst, remind us of your providing presence. When loneliness seems overwhelming, Make your presence known. This world seems so full of death and destruction, but you are a God of life and restoration. Mold us into an unwavering people of grace, passion and love that cannot ever be ignored. In the name of God our Creator, Jesus our Redeemer and the Holy Spirit our Advisor amen.
Monday, June 3, 2019 read Luke 12:29-34. Jesus names different worries people experience and suggests that worrying interferes with abundant living in relationship with God. What are some of the worries or anxieties that you experience that Jesus mentions? How do these worries interfere or enhance your relationship with God? How do you imagine that your life would be different if you no longer worried about these issues?
Tuesday, June 4, 2019 read Psalm 57:1-3. The word“refuge” in Webster’s Dictionary means, “that which shelters or protects from danger, distress or calamity, a stronghold which protects by its strength or a sanctuary which secures safety by its sacredness, any place inaccessible to an enemy.” Today, somewhere in the US and the world people are cleaning up after tornadoes and floods. Somewhere today, people are trying to figure out their next steps without safe shelter, clean water, electricity. Pray for the people who are affected by natural disasters. Pray for them to remember that they can “take refuge in the shadow of your wings until disaster passes by.”
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 read Psalm 46. In the ancient world, mountains help the dry land in place and held up the sky. Consequently, shaking and crumbling mountains was the worst possible event. But the Psalmist assures us that even if the worst were to happen, God can still be trusted. Somewhere in the world today, someone is facing a natural disaster and needs to hear this message. Pray that God sends a deliverer to all who need to hear it.
Thursday, June 6, 2019 read 2 Corinthians 4:7-9. Paul reminds us that although we can be “harassed” by all kinds of trouble (for example, wildfires, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes) we are not abandoned. As an ERT (Emergency Response Team) member, I witnessed people who have been harassed by tornadoes and floods. Part of what we brought to the survivors of natural disasters was the reminder that God had not forgotten them. Pray for the people serving as ERT members. They are bringing more than chainsaws...they are bringing the hope of God.
Friday, June 7, 2019 read Psalm 91:. In the Psalms God is often pictured as having messengers who can act on God’s behalf. UMCOR ERT members are part of God’s messengers. People who go out in a time of need to act on behalf of God. ERT’s remind survivors that God has not forgotten them. Continue to pray for ERT’s who bring skills and messages of God’s love and hope.
Saturday, June 8, 2019 read 2 Corinthians 5:1. Even in the midst of horrible loss, we are reminded that God always provides. Pray for the survivors to receive help to rebuild not only structures but their body, mind and spirit.
Resources: Bible by God, UMCOR Resources