Day 9
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Resolute Courage

Scripture

At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” And he said to them, “Go and tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I finish my course. Nevertheless, I must go on my way today and tomorrow and the day following, for it cannot be that a prophet should perish away from Jerusalem.’ O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! Behold, your house is forsaken. And I tell you, you will not see me until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’”—Luke 13:31-35

Devotional

Jesus knew that his time on earth was almost finished, yet he is moving resolutely toward the cross. Jesus shows his fearless commitment to God’s plan, in light of what is to come, all the while staying cool, calm and collected.

Have you ever had an experience where you knew that something extremely uncomfortable, maybe even life-threatening, was about to happen, and you navigated those moments with confidence and poise? If you have, then you are in a league of your own because we all get a little nervous or anxious when fate takes a turn for the worst. In fact, it is in our human DNA to fight or take flight when bad stuff is about to happen.

It makes perfect sense that Jesus’ steadfast-calm-under-pressure persona comes from God and not his flesh. It also makes sense that we rarely, if ever, believe that we can do the same. We are quick to miss that our Lord is giving us a supreme example of how to live and act as men. God does not wish for his man to be driven by the fear of the unknown, rather he wants our hearts and minds centered on him regardless of what is yet to come. With Jesus’ confidence and God’s divine will in mind, we should propel ourselves into a divine fearlessness that yields no other option but to live and act boldly for the Kingdom.

This week we are focusing on the discipline of scripture.

Your Call To Act (C.T.A.) today is:

  • Identify: a word or phrase this scripture that builds your godly courage.
  • Pray: with God for 3-5 minutes about the courage you need today.
  • Share: below, what you are praying for.

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250 thoughts on “Resolute Courage

  1. Dean Wendler says:

    Jesus allowed his life on Earth to be planned and directed by God the Father. Jesus mission took place according to God’s plan and timing. I need to place my life and thrust completely in God’s hands, just as Jesus did. I have no reason to be fearful.
    I am so blessed to be part of the PV REACH Men’s Group. I thank God for each of you.

    • Edgar says:

      Frank, you can decide today. Just repent for your sins. Accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. And walk in righteousness. Find a church where the pure word of God – the Bible is being preach. Join a group in that church where you can grow your FAITH.

    • Rory C says:

      True commitment to Gods plan is easier said than done for a lot of people. Because there is still that What if factor and it’s human nature to have worry. I have become better at trusting and listenting. But I pray I become stronger every day I’m face with any doubt or fear. Trust him with no doubt

  2. Bryan says:

    “How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings” – He shows His love and compassion for them, even though He is knowingly going to endure pain and suffering at their hands.

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  3. Art says:

    I need to be ” willing”, not afraid – but bold to live my faith. This is my prayer. Thank you Jesus!

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    • Nick says:

      “Go and tell that fox, behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I finish my course.” God, I pray that will you will provide me a fresh outpouring of courage and strength – like Jesus – so that I can walk in His love and be His hands and feet to all that are around me in this world!

  4. Tom Fredericks says:

    Pray that I will be as resolute and determined as Jesus was to push through difficulty into destiny. 🙏

  5. Eddie says:

    Nevertheless, I must go on my way 
    Too often in life I personally get sidetracked and leave the path God wants me to be on. I pray that God will correct me through the Holy Spirit to stay on His path and not stray to the right or the left.

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  6. Loryn says:

    We need to be committed to God’s plan, not our own.
    I ask for prayer as I head back to work tomorrow, after being on holidays, as I work in a hospital and work on the frontlines. May God keep us safe and may He be seen in all we do.
    Thanks guys

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  7. Merle says:

    Jesus was resolute to “finish his course”. May I also have confidence in the Father to complete the tasks he has for me.

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  8. Dustin says:

    “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” He goes before us….His spirit is in us…He whispers to us because He is NEAR! I think of this when I find myself in situations that bring anxiety or uncertainty and a calmness is sure to follow.

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  9. Ben says:

    I need Godly courage to not have a spirit of fear around finances, and go boldly share my faith in Jesus anywhere and everywhere!

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  10. Jay Wegiel says:

    O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, just as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not have it!
    Luke 13:34. This verse hits me, especially The “and you would not have it!” This is where I need prayer as I am often tempted to become discouraged when offering opportunity after opportunity to our men and only getting a remnant of a response. I thank God for those of you who take spiritual growth seriously.

    • Stephen says:

      Ah, my friend Jay, my responses to you are not a small remaining quantity of something…as Mr. Webster says…they are a whole thought, brought on by your daily missives…to which I look forward to, and which make me stop and think and ponder and reflect!….

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  11. Eric says:

    Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. My prayer is that when the going gets tough, I get tougher. That God makes me stronger and equips me to handle the trials and temptations this world has to offer.

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  12. TIM Ruppe says:

    It stood out to me that Jerusalem when Jesus said to them” how often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her brood under her wings”, but you were not willing.. I pray that I will be willing to live and act boldly for the kingdom!!

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  13. Rafael Dixon says:

    I need prayer for consistency and a total and complete surrender to God’s calling in my life. A complete surrender would render me fearlessness in the face of adversity. Thank you men for your prayer.

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  14. Austin says:

    “Finish the course,” I pray that I have the courage to finish the course that I have set intentions to finish

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  15. Joe says:

    God gives me the calmness and collectiveness when I am face to face with times of trials and trouble that I may draw everything I need from him and not my own strength and knowledge to complete his call on my life.

  16. Gregg says:

    He gathers us because He loves us. Yet we run instead trusting because we have little faith in trying times.

  17. Eric Jensen says:

    Lord, help my heart and mind to be centered on you and your example as I face the unknown of the coronavirus and to courageously face whatever comes in my life or those I love.

  18. Dan says:

    How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!
    Father God, give me the strength and courage to resist the sin in my life and to recognize your presence at work and to willingly accept your will, your way, not mine. I pray this in your son Jesus’s precious name. Amen.

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  19. George says:

    “How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!” – Jesus is always there for us if we are willing to accept that.

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  20. Mike Sirignano says:

    The phrase “I must go on my way” resonates with me because in this pandemic we have to keep it moving.
    Please pray that I use discernment in all my decisions while I keep it moving.

  21. Donny Lill says:

    Behold your house is forsaken…
    I feel as though my mind is empty andi have no ability or confidence. Every time my manager points something out it’s like why didn’t I think of that or why can’t I think of those things. When I lift in prayer those concerns I hear nothing so I retreat even further within. What must I do or where must I go to get back that confidence and remove the anchor from my neck which is pulling me under? Come Holy Spirit…Come.

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    • JP says:

      God is with you is preparing you. You are being lead and taught by your manager as you grow in your position. Go to your manager thank them for sharing and investing in you. I Pray you will not draw in and build walls but instead see these moments as ones where you are being prepared. Remember in life we are on a path in pursuit of Jesus and to emulate Him. We need other to help grow as we walk the path. Give thanks to God for this growth opportunity and that the seed take root. Lord bless you brother.

  22. Ross Peterson says:

    ”i must go on my way today and tomorrow”
    Praying for that kind of courage to pursue His Kingdom and lead my family

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  23. Scott says:

    “….you were not willing!”

    He is always willing with open arms….yet we prioritize SO MANY things above him without even knowing that we do it. Reset button.

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  24. Rich says:

    A beautiful picture of a motherly attribute of God here. A mother hen gathering her chicks under her wings. Lord give me the courage to protect my family and support my wife to be a great mom.

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  25. Randy says:

    ” I must go my way”

    Pray I would step into who He would have me be when His way for me contraries logical, intellect, and the core of self. That I would wield His Word, establish His Work, and actualize His Ways, wherever, whenever, with whomever, as He orchestrates my way. That shrinking back in fear would dim and drawing on His strength would dawn.

  26. Lewis Thompson says:

    With Jesus’ confidence and God’s divine will in mind, I should propel myself into a divine fearlessness that yields no other option but to live and act boldly for the Kingdom. I changed the wording in this sentence to reflect on how I should approach any fear in my life.

    • Doug says:

      All that is happening in the world shows that we are moving towards Jesus’ return. We don’t know if that will be soon, or still — according to our sense of time — a long way off. But we pray, Lord, that we your followers will have the courage to be the church as you mean for us to be, no matter what the risk. Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus!

  27. JP says:

    “How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings“ This word from God is so comforting. Just to knowing He loves me and will protect me. I also founded great encouragement from Bro. Vince – “ divine fearlessness”. Amen! Thank you Heavenly Father for Your word Your truth and Your love.

  28. Coach says:

    Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow. I’m bless to know that my Christ came to earth to save us from ourselves….his will be done!

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  29. Edward says:

    “Go and tell that fox” I need God to strengthen me in my faith so I have the courage to tell everyone about our Heavenly Father.

  30. Eric says:

    I pray, every day, I become a little more like Jesus. That the faith and courage and love He lives out I let show through me.

  31. Michael says:

    the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! In today’s times, for the ones that are chosen to lead our country, there are adversaries that oppose and condemn every decision. Lord I pray that we have one nation under God and let the stone throwing cease.

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  32. Troy Theye says:

    “BEHOLD”………………………………..Gods way of us seeing and directing our ways to that of his will. Do not loose focus on where, what and when but why Jesus gives us that sense of direction always.

    Continuing prayers for building, trusting and following Gods plan for me on my new journey in FL raising my son and finding my path.

  33. Dave Benson says:

    The word “behold” jumps out at me this morning as I think we’re all looking more intentionally at Jesus these days! Vince’s devo that I assume he wrote awhile back is quite fitting in our current season of uncertainty. Vince writes “He wants our hearts and minds centered on Him regardless of what is yet to come.” Behold, our hope is in Christ alone!

  34. Timothy says:

    “on my way”
    Jesus was doing all of these things while he was on his way to something much greater. He didn’t lose sight of what was coming, which encourages me and gives me hope nor did he ignore or discount what was right in front of him that was part of his journey towards the cross.

  35. Jordan says:

    Fearlessness
    I shall remain fearless & patient knowing that my time is coming . I will step confidently with GOD along the path of righteousness .

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  36. Chad says:

    Heavenly Father, give me the strength and courage to be the spiritual leader that my family needs. Faith over fear. Calm his storm.

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  37. Brian Grundhauser says:

    I pray for the courage to keep growing in my relationship with God in the face of very difficult times.

  38. Gerry says:

    I need the strength and courage to face a situation that I’ve dug myself into. Addiction is cruel and deadly and I need the Lords help!

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    • Dallas says:

      Sorry I posted my Bible study in your comment section but I guess God put me here for a reason…..Gerry I pray that God gives you the strength and the courage and the peace that transcends understanding in your situation !

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  39. Dave W says:

    “I must go on my way today and tomorrow and the day following.” I love how Jesus approached every day with courage, stepping toward the will of God the Father. My I have such courage, today during virus times and in the future no matter what life throws my way.

  40. Justin says:

    Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. Jesus is coming back, and even those who reject Him will acknowledge his authority. It gets me excited to see Jesus confront adversity with love, grace, and authority all in one. I have a long way to go.

  41. Michael says:

    I know one of our biggest fears in America, usually for 2 reasons. One is that we don’t want to be ridiculed or be considered an outcast. The second is we know our shortcomings and don’t want to come across as hypocrites. I need to look at Christ’s example and forgiveness and then in turn be bold but still wise when witnessing

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  42. Dan says:

    “…that fox…” Jesus calls the thing that might cause Him fear exactly what it is- a sly predator.
    My fear: “a blatant trap” (fear of man)

    “…and the third day I finish my course…” Jesus fully believes in and stakes His life on accomplishing His mission.
    My mission: to build the church body into Christlikeness and to go into all the world, making disciples, baptizing in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and teaching everything Jesus commanded.

    Please pray for me to listen and obey like Jesus. I have ideas for how to do that but don’t know if they’re from God, and am also afraid to act.

  43. Jim says:

    “I finish my course.” Jesus was focused on his mission – he was tuned in to the Father and was focused on the Father’s will. Peter could walk on water when his focus was on Jesus but started sinking as soon as his focused switched to his situation. Stay the course – abide in the Father – focus on the mission given by Him!

  44. Borg says:

    At some point we will all come to “that very hour”of testing. At that time, where is our focus? Are we willing for Jesus to come into view? Clearly, many are not capable. Call out today, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” I say, “Call out.”

  45. Todd Hansen says:

    Fearlessness is a Function of being Fused to the Father — God, the fusion reaction is the one with the most power — join us to yourself at the deepest level and use us unashamedly and powerfully for your glory!

  46. Jason Davidson says:

    And he said to them, “Go and tell that fox, …

    Jesus stands before the prophets and calls King Herod a “fox”. In that time calling someone a fax was to call them a lesser man or inferior man. My prayers today are to stand in the face of fear and be strong and wise enough to stand up to that fear and wisely move past it to properly deal with it.

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  47. Paul Tomes says:

    Go and tell that fox ..,.
    I draw strength from Jesus that he can face his foes with such boldness knowing that his Father has given Him power over all things. I pray that I can be that resolute when I’m faced with earthly problems.

  48. Duc says:

    “Cast out demons and perform cures”- Lord Jesus- thanks for showing the example of calmness and confidence in the midst of the life storm where you bring Hope and Peace to us all.

  49. Rich says:

    Happy Sunday everyone! My word is ‘fearless’. My prayer is that He provides us all peace so we are fearless in our pursuit of Him and our care for others during this COVID-19 pandemic.

  50. Bryan says:

    ‘Nevertheless’
    Courage to go, love and live both in my household and beyond. Specifically to be persistent in the moral teachings of my household and to exhibit those now with our neighborhood.

  51. Jeff says:

    Jesus ends this passage with a warning. Our house/city/country/world will be forsaken.
    Unless and until individually and collectively we cry out
    Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

  52. Wade says:

    ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I finish my course. ‘

    I am on the planet until I finish what God wants me to do. Not a minute sooner and hopefully, not a minute longer.

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  53. Davin Morris says:

    “Nevertheless, I must go on my way today and tomorrow and the day following”

    Sometimes the hardest thing to do is just keep moving forward. The uncertainty of the future can be crippling and I struggle with it. My prayer is that God would give me boldness to keep moving forward and trust in Him alone.

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  54. ching says:

    Lord, Give me the strength to go on and keep the faith.
    Always point me to your way and heard the truth teaching.
    Don’t let us compromise with the world.

  55. Alan Hendrickson says:

    It makes perfect sense that Jesus’ steadfast-calm-under-pressure persona comes from God and not his flesh. God must be at the front of all my thoughts and actions and nothing of this world.

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  56. Jeff Brown says:

    I want to be savvy aggressive how Jesus called the Pharisee foxes indirectly associating them with Herod who wasn’t there. He totally played them.

  57. Kenneth McClatchey says:

    There’s no safer place on earth than in the place God has called us to be. There is no “unknown” to God. Again Jer. 29:11 ” I know the plans I have for you . . .”
    Whether we are in a boat on a storm ravaged sea, thrown into a lion’s den or face angry mobs for the sake of the gospel – All of God’s promises are Yes and Amen.
    I thank Our Lord for the group of men I’ve been welcomed into here at PV. Read Joshua 1:9

  58. David Luevano says:

    “Blesses is he who comes in the name of the Lord”
    Lord Jesus continue to give me strength to fight the daily temptations and for me to do everything in your glory.

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  59. Dennis says:

    No weapon formed against me shall prosper.
    As we sit through this shut down here in Las Vegas during the pandemic, and to compound the issue I lost work due to it, I am trusting in God and growing spiritually.
    This is one of the toughest things I ever had to endure but God’s word is true.

  60. Tim Kelley says:

    Blessed be the name of the Lord, He is mighty, holy and worthy of praise. He is my rock, a strong and mighty tower, I will run to Him my shelter and provider.

  61. Eric says:

    “Nevertheless, I must go on my way . . . “

    Fear is everywhere these days. Fear of illness. Fear of isolation. Fear of financial hardship.

    I pray for the wisdom of knowing I am not alone and the courage to go on my way, reminding others that they too are not alone. We walk with Christ.

  62. Seth says:

    “Finish my course” God has a plan for everything. He has a “course” for me. I pray that I am fearless as I go throughout my course. I pray that God comforts me and provides me strength when going through tough times. I know that God has a plan and I am apart of it.

  63. Darin Palmer says:

    Nevertheless, I must go on my way today and tomorrow and the day following, for it cannot be that a prophet should perish away from Jerusalem.

  64. Nathanael says:

    In this passage Jesus tells the disciples he is going to keep healing and ministering regardless of the threat to his well being. Lord give me the courage today to walk in that boldness.

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  65. JR says:

    JESUS was not scared of man or threats of man or fears of man, He was emboldened by God’s Holy Spirit to persevere and complete His God-given mission. I am encouraged to not let feelings of sadness inhibit The Holy Spirit’s pushing in my life to do what He’s called me to do.

  66. Marc says:

    O Jerusalem , O Jerusalem, the city that kills profits and stones those who are sent to it.
    I have a hard time being bold for the kingdom around others. Father give me the strength and wisdom to overcome my fears.

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  67. Dave says:

    Run to the fight stay in the fight and Finish!
    I finish my course. Nevertheless, I must go on my way today and tomorrow and the day following

  68. Dave says:

    “I finish my course. Nevertheless, I must go on my way today and tomorrow and the day following”..
    Run to the fight stay in the fight and Finish! (from BU Football Team)

  69. Anthony Meschke says:

    “And you were not willing” we don’t need to do anything but accept God’s gifts and we can’t even do that. I constantly struggle with accepting God’s gifts and instead focus on this world.

  70. Gary says:

    “…I will reach my goal.” I want to continue to rely on God to learn more of scripture and help me reach that goal of better knowledge.

  71. Jesse Skytland says:

    Pray that I will get filled and let Lord give me the bread I need now, for today, and when tomorrow comes, then for the future. ‘Give us each day our daily bread’ Matthew 6:11

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  72. Rick says:

    Blessed – When I go somewhere in the name of the Lord, I am blessed. Standing on that as a promise from God, when I come into a situation with the intent of making Jesus known, I should never be nervous, afraid or intimidated because I am blessed. Since Jesus lives in me, wherever I go, I am standing on holy ground. Lord help me to remember this when my heart wants to share your goodness but the environment is hostile.

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  73. Ryan says:

    “Nevertheless, I must go on my way today and tomorrow and the day following”

    Regardless of circumstances, we are called to be obedient to God the Father. We may very well be called to do things that are not comfortable, and we need the courage to do them. I am praying for courage to step out of my comfort zone in obedience.

  74. Michael Spencer says:

    “Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord.” I pray that anything that I attempt to do will be done in Jesus’ name and in His will. My righteousness is like filthy rags.

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  75. Michael Schurman says:

    Praying for a continued ” stedfast-calm-under-pressure persona” as the days and weeks of virus threats keep building.

  76. J says:

    “Nevertheless, I must go on my way today and tomorrow and the day following…”. Jesus new what was coming in the following days… The betrayal, the torture and eventually, the death on the cross. He knew this because, well…He’s God of course. But, through it all, He displayed a peace that “surpasses all understanding” (Philippians 4:7) because “He wants our hearts and minds centered on Him regardless of what is yet to come.” (Vince Miller) What I need prayer for is help keeping my mind from wandering away from things that don’t bring honer to His name.

  77. Stan says:

    Jesus ‘ example is calm and resolve is where i want to be in my life during the unprecedented and unsettled times…

  78. Eric says:

    be sure to try each day (and day after day) to stay strong in faith to be able to talk with others and share good news with confidence

  79. scott kelly says:

    well said Rick! I am in awe of the truth that is wherever we go we are on holy ground and that Jesus goes before us.

  80. Zach says:

    “And I tell you, you will not see me until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’” The understanding that God sent Jesus in His name and Jesus came in the name of of the Father. I need prayer that I can put Christ first daily. It has been so hard with the chaos and uncertainty around me.

  81. Eric M. says:

    Perseverance and faith in you Lord no matter what – Lord please give me the strength to press on in these crazy times. For now I have a job but who knows for how long that will last! Help me walk with blind faith when I cannot see the road ahead.

  82. Anonymous says:

    I am praying that I can find fearlessness and faith through God in these troubling times of the coronavirus. I have recently been thinking in the fight or flight attitude, rather than leaning and putting all my thoughts toward God. God, I pray that you reach out to me and be here for me. Make yourself known to me and allow me to truly know you.

  83. Dennis B. says:

    Allow me Lord to fix my eyes on Jesus, the author & perfecter of my faith and hold to His promises of divine power that overcome anything this world can bring.

  84. Jon says:

    …. and you were not willing!
    I pray that I will be humble and submit to the will of Christ. That I will be willing.

  85. Bob M. says:

    “nevertheless, I must go on my way today and tomorrow and the day following,” – now more than every it is important that I keep my eyes focused on God and do what I am called to do today, tomorrow and the next day. His mission doesn’t change – love the Lord your God with all your mind, heart and soul and love our neighbors as well. During this time of panic, spreading God’s love is job one for today, tomorrow and beyond (just as it was before COVID-19)!

  86. Conrad says:

    ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord’- because of this, i am confident to ask God for courage that he can sustain me. This because God always keeps his promise. For i believe that the spirit of fear is not from God but from the enemy. All the more reason to ask God for it (courage).

  87. Seare says:

    ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I finish my course‘.

    Jesus knows his mission, timing and the divine protection upon him to accomplish that mission.

    I need prayers to better manage my time.

  88. Buck Irwin says:

    And he said to them, “Go and tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I finish my course.

    Lord, give me this kind of boldness and courage when faced with threats and persecution!

  89. Matt R. says:

    The phrase “Nevertheless, I must go on my way today and tomorrow ” stood out to me today. “Nevertheless” recognizes the danger or fear that we may be facing, however it negates that fear for God’s purpose. My prayer today is that God will remind me to say, “nevertheless” to fears that I face, and be resolute to do God’s Will in spite of those situations.

  90. Tom Cullen says:

    It’s a struggle for me to get out of myself! That’s what I need to do, in order to fulfill the great commission. I was reading a story out of the Bible app. About one of my heroes RA Tory he said his job was to collect souls for the kingdom of heaven. It was like some how in the spirit a sword was stuck in my heart.

  91. Jon Brady says:

    A kingdom man is not driven by fear of the unknown but is driven to live and act boldly for the kingdom.

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  92. Tom says:

    “For everyone knows I am safe until I come to Jerusalem…”

    Father, help me walk confidently in you knowing all is in your hands – I cannot be taken out – until the work you’ve called me to is completed.

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  93. Kevin says:

    Go and tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I finish my course.

    I am praying for patience and guidance.

  94. Yooper says:

    Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Reassuring words in these uncertain times. Knowing Jesus will return and make things right gives me courage.

  95. Ross says:

    ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I finish my course. ‘ Jesus was about the business of doing the Father’s will, and was not going to be diverted or side tracked from completing his tasks to the satisfaction of the Father. He absolutely and resolutely stayed focused, despite the distractions. Lord help me to stay focused on Jesus in the midst of my own distractions !

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  96. Jack says:

    Go and tell that fox, ‘… and the third day I finish my course.
    Praying to not let worldly things (sin) detour me from the godly things I should be doing.

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  97. Jacob Lamen says:

    That was a good read and it is poignant in today’s fear filled climate. Take confidence in that he is with you.

  98. Jonathan Robertson says:

    As men, we often fear the hard conversations, confessions, confrontations more than dangerous situations. It is easier for me to face physical hard than risk emotional scarring or spiritual disgrace. I am Jesus to give me courage to do all of His will, no matter the risks.

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  99. Bob says:

    That’s what I pray for the most when I pray for myself is courage to be bold in my faith and in my personal life, on my own I am not courageous I dont have it in me but with Jesus I can do things I can’t do on my own.
    I truly do need Jesus in my life.

  100. Stephen Donmoyer says:

    I need prayer to strengthen my resolve for persistence in my walk with the Lord. To lead my emotions to a place of acceptance in which is reflective of his love and grace in my faults daily. Thank you Lord for loving a sinner such as I.

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  101. Ted says:

    Our Jesus says He will protect me under His wings like a hen protects her brood. I know I am protected so I should have the courage to follow Him and do what He wants me to do

  102. Dale Nerison says:

    I am a precious child of God, chosen and loved by him. I need prayer to overcome my self doubt and insecurities.

  103. Ron says:

    “…tell that fox” – God give me the courage to stand against the devious, ungodly foxes who threaten, intimidate, mock any that follow you.

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  104. John Wilson says:

    “Go and tell that fox”
    Pray that I would have that boldness of Jesus to stand up to that which challenges to strike fear in my heart

  105. Brad says:

    Praying for courage to follow Christ’s example – Resolutely following the Lord’s will for my life, even when I can see difficult obstacles in my path – knowing that His path will make the Father’s name known and have an eternal impact for the Kingdom. The most practical way for me to act and have courage is to follow the Spirit’s promptings – and not chicken out in the moment!

  106. KF says:

    Behold I cast out demons and perform cures is significant to me because I am battling with my own mind and heart for potential life changing events that could change my home and generations to come. To turn that corner, that God is covering my steps.

  107. Edgar says:

    “I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings”. My son texted me this morning that he is going home today. He is working in a senior facility. He is a live-in worker in a facility but he was advised to go home because he is sick for two days now. He had soar throat and coughing once in a while but he does not have fever.

    I have fear in my mind after reading his text but after praying to God asking what to do I called him and in our conversation I was at peace. I told him to go to coronavirus testing center but because it’s Sunday the clinic is closed. As we were talking over the phone, I advised him that we have to take the necessary precautions to avoid transmission of the virus. Change his clothes before entering the house, wear mask and gloves and distancing inside the house. I was at peace after we talk and now he is with me resting.

    It has been my prayer to meet him personally being a live-in caregiver and working about 60 miles away.

    Being courageous is being bold to stand in God’s promises. His promise is “He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.”
    ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭91:4‬ ‭NLT‬‬.

    Praise the Lord for God’s faithfulness. Amen!

  108. Brad says:

    “I must go on my way.” Jesus knew what was going to happen, but did what he must, out of love. So many uncertainties in life now, may God grant me courage to do what I must.

  109. Dustin Blais says:

    Heavenly Father, please grant me the courage, strength and wisdom to allow your will in my heart, and in my actions. In Your name Lord.

  110. Ricky D Brittain says:

    I have to surrender to the will of God daily. This is part of my daily prayer. When I am living my life convicted to doing his will I am fearless. When I try to do things of my own will I am weak. I pray that I can always do gods will

  111. Steve Roarke says:

    Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it!
    I compare myself to the City of Jerusalem, it’s my desires and my wants, not Gods all the time.

    • Scott H says:

      Thanks Steve! Your analogy rang true for me. At first I thought how can I compare myself to a city. But a city is made up of people.

  112. John P Goushian says:

    I must go on my way today and tomorrow and the day following…

    In spite of all Jesus was facing, he had focus to go about His Father’s work. I would like to have that lazer focus, to be so attuned to Kingdom work that nothing will hinder me .

  113. William Brama says:

    Our lives are often defined by the moments that you experience fear and joy. During those times of fear in your life use the same approach as the times of joy for God has a plan, let go of everything and follow his plan. This is one of the hardest things thing in life to do, your faith will carry you far if you let it. Again, these times are relevant during the worlds fight of COVID-19, keep the faith and trust in Gods plan.

    God Bless you all.

    Billy

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  114. Dale Martin says:

    Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
    Lord, help me to be bold in doing good and serving others. Let it not be just out of the goodness of my heart but with a purpose to see you glorified and your kingdom advanced.

  115. Kevin says:

    “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’”
    Father, help me to act boldly for your Kingdom even when I don’t know what to do next. Grant me the Godly courage that I need!

  116. Samuel says:

    The word I keep coming up with from this scripture is commitment. It is something I have always struggled with and I pray the Lord will work thru me to give me resolve and strength to move forward in my commitment to him.

  117. Cory Bullock says:

    Late input..I found myself thinking about this very message as I drive back and forth from LSU yesterday moving my daughter out permanently for the rest of the year and thinking about the bold and unknown steps that still await us ahead and that truly it is all going to be ok because God is in control and we can not allow fear and anxiety to grip us. We as men, now more than ever need to stand strong and united together to help lead each other and our families through this! I will be praying for each and everyone of us!

  118. Steve Brown says:

    Jesus knew the Father’s plan for him, and stuck with it in confidence. This shows me that I need to seek God’s will, and stick to it with confidence.

  119. Chris Teti says:

    I had an experience just as I became a father and I thought I was going to die. I got a little mad that, that was how I was going to die but I asked God to look over my family as he took me home and I excepted it. I was at peace with it. I ended up not dying but still remember that experience.

  120. Lee Bailey-Seiler says:

    I need prayer to remember, in the midst of my daily frustrations and the noise of the world that should stay focused on my own “3rd day” destination. Thanks!

  121. Rex says:

    Jesus moved forward with the fathers agenda in the midst of uncertainty with no fear of Herod. Cast out demons performed miracles, finished the course, God help us to move forward in this day of uncertainty!

  122. Joshua Standfest says:

    the fact that god just dismissed the person and called him a fox and had courage i prey that i could have that to

  123. Stephen Rovezzi says:

    “Go and tell that fox….”
    Now that is courage to me. To be able, as a man, to look evil, or wrongness, or whatever is troublesome, directly in the eye and spit in their/its face and tell them what’s really up!!

  124. Brian says:

    Day 9:

    “Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I finish my course.”

    Praying for the conviction and strength to persevere with the correct course of action in the face of great challenge.

  125. Stephen says:

    Finish my course. It’s very easy for me to hear or receive something From God and it’s easy to say this is what I’m going to do, It’s not so easy to always stick with it.

  126. Will says:

    When being told one is planning to kill him, he responds with “You tell that fox…” That is some bold conviction. I pray that I can have that confidence in the face of danger.

  127. Walter says:

    Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. My son passed in Jan from overdose, now we have the virus threat. I’ve come to a place in my life that demands I put the Gospel message forth to folks I know. It doesn’t matter what they think of me, am I a Christian nut case or am I embarrassed by those who mock. It is the most loving thing I can possibly do for those around me. I come to them in the name of the Lord and I’m encouraged by this passage that God will bless boldness and truth.

  128. Gordon Schlegel says:

    “I cast out demons and perform cures.” The harsh reality is that cures can be very painful — so painful that we’d rather hang onto the disease. It’s hard for me to handle pain that goes right down to the core of my being. That would take tremendous courage to do, and I’m still trying to find it.

  129. Brad says:

    We are given a perfect opportunity to live fearlessly, make bold decisions to help others, and be confident in God’s plan for our future!

  130. John says:

    Behold steps out, I need prayer around daily surrender to his plan and understand I do not know how many times he has taken me or those close to me under his wing. His plan brings eternity with him! What a blessed gift!

  131. Tommy says:

    How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!

    Unfortunately this speaks to me very loudly

  132. Chris says:

    Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’” Is what stands out to me also in this verse. It means the need to stand up for the Lord.

  133. LAVON C LAMBERTY says:

    Realizing the truth of Jesus calling on His followers to be steadfast in faith and work for the Truth of the Gospel, I have to go to confession of my short comings and impatience, even my acting out of fear and not faith.

  134. A Krumrie says:

    “go tell that fox” …Jesus wasn’t above name calling…. cracks me up. He’s not afraid of “authority” figures… he knows he has all the authority. …and God’s will is going to happen, no matter what.

  135. Al says:

    Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord !

    Lord help me to minister to the lost so they may see your love , and grace

  136. John Hendon says:

    I pray that I will give up fear that Rob’s me of the freedom that I have been given through Christ

  137. Boyd says:

    I focused on the first few sentences where the Pharisees told Jesus to get away from here because Herod wants to kill you but Jesus just told them He would do God’s work for 3 days and finish his course. I need prayer for that courage, to just do as God asks even if there is danger.

  138. Rod Hoeft says:

    Please that I turn to God and His word when fearful or angry. Pray that I can go, do, and act in the name of the Lord.

  139. UJ says:

    “Nevertheless I must go on my way” I love this solid focus that refuses to be derailed by circumstances. This is my prayer that God will help me stay focused on His kingdom at all times!

  140. John says:

    Resolute to “finish the course”! I pray the Lord sustains me and I remain disciplined and courageous to realize what he has equipped me to be and do.

  141. Denny says:

    God tries to gather His children under His wing, but some are not willing to accept His protection. I pray that more people would come to know the love of God.

  142. Troy says:

    I need courage in faces these times of uncertainty without my partner and without the knowledge of what the next day will bring.

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