The First 15

Monday January 25, 2021

by David Alexander

Opening Prayer

In the busyness of our everyday lives, we often fail to prepare our hearts and minds for reading God’s word and experience God in this time. Take a moment to allow this prayer to lead you into your time with God today. 

As I enter into this time of prayer and reflection, I pause to be still; to breathe slowly; to re-center my scattered senses upon the presence of God. 

Holy and loving God, in this new season I invite you to shape my soul with your words and inspire my life with your works. Teach me to walk in the way of peace and grace. AMEN.

Scripture Reading

Philippians 3:10a

“I want to know Christ…”


We begin our week by looking at less than half of verse 10 in the third chapter of Philippians. In the verses that follow, Paul describes this simple and direct statement as the central focus and aim of his life. His pursuit was more than knowledge as we might understand it. 

The “knowing” that is described here is a deep and intimate relationship. It is the relationship we hope develops between a husband and a wife. It’s the relationship that a parent aspires to have with their child as they mature into adulthood. 

It is profound confidence that we are safe, we are loved, and we are valued. 

With this understanding, how well do you know Christ? 

In what way are you hungering to know Christ in your life right now? 

Spend a few moments reflecting on these questions. Take some time today to share your hunger with him. 

Closing Prayer

Father, help me to live this day to the full, being true to You, in every way.

Jesus, help me to give myself away to others, being kind to everyone I meet.

Spirit, help me to love the lost, proclaiming Christ in all I do and say.


*Our opening and closing prayers are adapted from Lectio365, a mobile application developed by the 24-7 Prayer Network. To find out more about this resource, visit this link.

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