Look below for this week's daily prayer devotionals written by leaders here at TACC. These devotionals are designed to help guide you as you read and pray through the scriptures. You can find our current reading schedule on our Shock & Awe page. You can also pick up printed copies at the back table of the worship center or in the church office. Scroll to the bottom of the page for downloads to of each month's devotional guides.
September 17 - 23
Monday, 9/17, Ephesians 3: Paul is reminding the church at Ephesus that the gospel is for the Gentiles as well as the Jews. They are all heirs together of one body & share in the promises of Jesus Christ. In Hebrews 10:25, the importance of regular meeting together is emphasized & in 3:10, Paul tells us that it is in the church, week after week where we learn faithfulness. It is in the church where discipleship is carried out and where accountability is modeled. It is in the church of Jesus Christ where we find doctrinal roots that establish us in our faith. Let us put a high priority on being part of TACC as often as possible.
Tuesday, 9/18, Ephesians 4: In Chapter 4, Paul teaches that believers belong to a united body that needs each other just like parts of our human body belong to our body. We need to put off our old self and deceitful desires to be made new in the attitudes of our minds. We are created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness (vs. 24). Because of Christ, the whole body can grow and build itself up in love as each part does its work. We have each been given gifts but it is up to us to use our gifts to share the good news of the Gospel.
Wednesday, 9/19, Ephesians 5: Paul instructs us how to live as Christians. We need to be careful and wise, making the most of every
opportunity to understand what the Lord's will is for our life. Be imitators of God and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us. Many of us are caught in the trap of being too busy. Our goal is not to find more time, but to use time more wisely.
Thursday, 9/20, Ephesians 6: Paul closes the book of Ephesians by instructing us how to treat our children, parents, masters and slaves so it may go well and we may enjoy long life. Paul assures us that as believers we can stand against the devil if we put on the full armor of God and pray in the Spirit on all occasions. As Paul closes asking prayer for himself, we should also seek the prayers of other believers to help us be better examples for Christ.
Friday, 9/21, Philippians 1: Paul is writing to the church at Philippi while he is in prison. He thanks God for those believers and offers prayers for them with joy, that their love might continue to abound. Paul's imprisonment has caused the people to trust the Lord and be bold and courageous in speaking of God without fear. He was confident that either release from prison or death would advance the cause of Christ. “For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain” (vs 21). Pray that you might be bold in speaking about Christ, and know with joy that you will someday be in heaven with Him.
Saturday, 9/22, Philippians 2: This chapter speaks to the joy we can experience in serving. His example is Jesus Christ who left the glory of heaven for a humble manger and later death on the cross. Paul encourages us to do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better then yourself. Paul further reminds us to do everything without complaining or arguing and let God work in us to do His will, so we can act according to His good purpose. When we commit ourselves to humble service, we find a deeper joy that can be discovered no where else.
Sunday, 9/23, Philippians 3: Again Paul says to rejoice in the Lord and put no confidence in the flesh. Even though Paul could have boasted about his past, he put his trust in Christ and knowing Him as his utmost treasure. So help us to “press on” toward the goal of knowing Christ more fully as our faith and knowledge grows in Him more deeply. If we want to discover joy, we will find it in sharing the incomparable blessing found in Jesus Christ alone. Someday we will see Him face to face in our heavenly home.