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Tammuz is the eleventh month of the Jewish calendar. It is the month when the Israelites created the golden calf. The 17th of Tammuz begins a three-week period of fasting similar to Lent.
Thursday, July 4, 2019 | Tammuz 1, 5779
“When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, ‘Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.’” – Exodus 32:1
Lord, help me to be patient. Help me to wait Your direction instead of making my own plans that will contradict Yours.
Friday, July 5, 2019 | Tammuz 2, 5779
“Aaron answered them, ‘Take off the gold earrings that your wives, your sons and your daughters are wearing, and bring them to me.’ So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron. He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, ‘These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.’” – Exodus 32:2-4
Father, give me a clear picture of You. I want to see You for who You are, not what I imagine You to be.
Saturday, July 6, 2019 | Tammuz 3, 5779
“When Aaron saw this, he built an altar in front of the calf and announced, ‘Tomorrow there will be a festival to the Lord.’ So the next day the people rose early and sacrificed burnt offerings and presented fellowship offerings. Afterward they sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in revelry.” – Exodus 32:5-6
Jesus, help me to celebrate and worship in ways that are pleasing to You. Make my heart sincere and my spirit sensitive to Your leading as I enter each worship experience and celebrate each holy day (holiday).
Sunday, July 7, 2019 | Tammuz 4, 5779
“Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Go down, because your people, whom you brought up out of Egypt, have become corrupt. They have been quick to turn away from what I commanded them and have made themselves an idol cast in the shape of a calf. They have bowed down to it and sacrificed to it and have said, “These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.” – Exodus 32:7-8
Holy Spirit, how quick I am sometimes to turn away from Your commands. Strengthen my resolve and help me to fall more in love with you so that I won’t fall into temptation.
Monday, July 8, 2019 | Tammuz 5, 5779
“‘I have seen these people,’ the Lord said to Moses, ‘and they are a stiff-necked people. Now leave Me alone so that My anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them. Then I will make you into a great nation.’” – Exodus 32:9-10
Father, soften my heart so that I won’t resist You. I don’t want to be stiff-necked and stubborn when it comes to Your guidance. I want to be Your obedient child and Your partner in the world.
Tuesday, July 9, 2019 | Tammuz 6, 5779
“But Moses sought the favor of the Lord his God. ‘Lord,’ he said, ‘why should Your anger burn against Your people, whom You brought out of Egypt with great power and a mighty hand? Why should the Egyptians say, “It was with evil intent that he brought them out, to kill them in the mountains and to wipe them off the face of the earth”?’” – Exodus 32:11-12
Jesus, make me obedient and faithful to You. I don’t want to be cause of others speaking against You. I don’t want to give anyone the wrong idea about who You are.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019 | Tammuz 7, 5779
“Turn from Your fierce anger; relent and do not bring disaster on Your people. Remember Your servants Abraham, Isaac and Israel, to whom You swore by Your own self: ‘I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and I will give your descendants all this land I promised them, and it will be their inheritance forever.’” Then the Lord relented and did not bring on His people the disaster He had threatened.” – Exodus 32:12-14
Thank You, Father, for Your faithfulness and love. Even when I fail You and deserve Your punishment, You uphold the covenant You made with me. You stay true to Your promises.
Thursday, July 11, 2019 | Tammuz 8, 5779
“Moses turned and went down the mountain with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands. They were inscribed on both sides, front and back. The tablets were the work of God; the writing was the writing of God, engraved on the tablets.” – Exodus 32:15-16
Lord, give me reverence for Your Word. Your Scriptures are Your words, Your message to me. Give me the diligence to study it and the wisdom to understand it.
Friday, July 12, 2019 | Tammuz 9, 5779
“When Moses approached the camp and saw the calf and the dancing, his anger burned and he threw the tablets out of his hands, breaking them to pieces at the foot of the mountain.” – Exodus 32:19
Holy Spirit, like Moses broke the tablets, I have been guilty of breaking Your commands as well. Every time I sin, I shatter Your law. Discipline me and teach me to obey You for my own good.
Saturday, July 13, 2019 | Tammuz 10, 5779
“And he took the calf the people had made and burned it in the fire; then he ground it to powder, scattered it on the water and made the Israelites drink it.” – Exodus 32:20
Jesus, give me the strength to destroy and remove any hindrance in my life that keeps me from following You. I want to give You everything.
Sunday, July 14, 2019 | Tammuz 11, 5779
“He said to Aaron, ‘What did these people do to you, that you led them into such great sin?’” – Exodus 32:21
Father, You are my rock. Let me not be tempted or pressured by other people. Give me the strength to stand secure in You.
Monday, July 15, 2019 | Tammuz 12, 5779
“‘Do not be angry, my lord,’ Aaron answered. ‘You know how prone these people are to evil. They said to me, “Make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.” So I told them, “Whoever has any gold jewelry, take it off.” Then they gave me the gold, and I threw it into the fire, and out came this calf!’” – Exodus 32:22-24
Jesus, give me the strength to be honest about my failings. Give me the strength I need to look at my life and my actions and take responsibility for what I have done. Give me the strength to sincerely repent and change for Your glory and my good.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019 | Tammuz 13, 5779
“Moses saw that the people were running wild and that Aaron had let them get out of control and so become a laughingstock to their enemies.” – Exodus 32:25
Holy Spirit, make me obedient and grounded in You. Don’t let there be any hypocrisy in me that would cause others to ridicule my commitment to You.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 | Tammuz 14, 5779
“So he stood at the entrance to the camp and said, ‘Whoever is for the Lord, come to me.’ And all the Levites rallied to him. Then he said to them, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: “Each man strap a sword to his side. Go back and forth through the camp from one end to the other, each killing his brother and friend and neighbor.”’ The Levites did as Moses commanded, and that day about three thousand of the people died. Then Moses said, ‘You have been set apart to the Lord today, for you were against your own sons and brothers, and He has blessed you this day.’” – Exodus 32:26-29
Father, I don’t want to war against anyone. But You have called me to put You first in my life. I place You above all else, even my own family. I will live for You even when they don’t.
Thursday, July 18, 2019 | Tammuz 15, 5779
“So Moses went back to the Lord and said, ‘Oh, what a great sin these people have committed! They have made themselves gods of gold. But now, please forgive their sin—but if not, then blot me out of the book You have written.” – Exodus 32:31-32
Lord, give me a heart of intercession for others. Give me a heart of compassion and forgiveness as I lift the needs of others up to You.
Friday, July 19, 2019 | Tammuz 16, 5779
“The Lord replied to Moses, ‘Whoever has sinned against Me I will blot out of My book. Now go, lead the people to the place I spoke of, and My angel will go before you. However, when the time comes for Me to punish, I will punish them for their sin.” – Exodus 32:33-34
Father, You are just. Let Your angel go before me as well. Give me eyes to see Your leading and a spirit willing to accept Your correction.
Saturday, July 20, 2019 | Tammuz 17, 5779
Seventeenth of Tammuz (Fast Day)
“The Israelites gathered together, fasting and wearing sackcloth and putting dust on their heads.” – Nehemiah 9:1
Jesus, give me a godly sorrow over my sins. Show me what my sin looks like to You and give me a spirit that genuinely repents of it.
Sunday, July 21, 2019 | Tammuz 18, 5779
“In every province to which the edict and order of the king came, there was great mourning among the Jews, with fasting, weeping and wailing. Many lay in sackcloth and ashes.” – Esther 4:3
Holy Spirit, let my sorrow not to turn bitterness. Instead, let me seek You in my pain. Let me run to You in prayer and trust You as my hope in all situations.
Monday, July 22, 2019 | Tammuz 19, 5779
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” – Matthew 5:4
Jesus, how great a promise You have given me! I long for the day when You will make all things new.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 | Tammuz 20, 5779
“Is this the kind of fast I have chosen, only a day for people to humble themselves? Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed and for lying in sackcloth and ashes? Is that what you call a fast, a day acceptable to the Lord? Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?” – Isaiah 58:5-6
Father, help me to remember that my belief in You is not for my good alone. You have called me to action for the good of Your children.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019 | Tammuz 21, 5779
“Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.” – Matthew 24:30
Lord, give me opportunities to share the message of Your love with others before it’s too late.
Thursday, July 25, 2019 | Tammuz 22, 5779
“Declare a holy fast; call a sacred assembly. Summon the elders and all who live in the land to the house of the Lord your God, and cry out to the Lord.” – Joel 1:14
Holy Spirit, let me not take responsibility for my actions alone, but for my actions as part of a church, part of a community, and part of a nation. Show me how to be Your agent in all areas of my life.
Friday, July 26, 2019 | Tammuz 23, 5779
“Even now,” declares the Lord, “return to Me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” – Joel 2:12
Lord, break my heart over my sin. Break my heart over my neglect of You. Give me a spirit that longs to be close to You.
Saturday, July 27, 2019 | Tammuz 24, 5779
“The Ninevites believed God. A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth.” – Jonah 3:5
Holy Spirit, help me never to write someone off or act as if You can’t reach them. Just as You led Jonah to speak to his enemies, give me a heart that is willing to share Your message with anyone who needs to heart it.
Sunday, July 28, 2019 | Tammuz 25, 5779
Jesus, just as You fasted to seek the Father’s will and prepare for Your mission, give me a diligent spirit that seeks You day after day.
Monday, July 29, 2019 | Tammuz 26, 5779
“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.” – Matthew 6:16
Lord, let my time with You be sincere. Let me practice my spirituality to grow closer to You, not to gain the attention or respect of others.
Tuesday, July 30, 2019 | Tammuz 27, 5779
“Then John’s disciples came and asked Him, ‘How is it that we and the Pharisees fast often, but Your disciples do not fast?” Jesus answered, ‘How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while He is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast.’” – Matthew 9:14-15
My Savior, I long for the day when I will be with You. Give me the spiritual discipline to learn and grow and in You as I wait for Your return or my departure from this world.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019 | Tammuz 28, 5779
“While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said…,” – Acts 13:2
Holy Spirit, give me faith that You will speak to me when I seek You and honor You in my spiritual practices.
Thursday, August 1, 2019 | Tammuz 29, 5779
“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” – Revelation 21:4
Prepare me for that day, Lord Jesus. Rid me of my sin and give me a spirit wholly devoted to You so that I can be with You always.