Today's Scripture & Prayer

Daily Bible Reading & Praying with the Church

Scroll Down to
Read Content

Today's Scripture & Prayer

Daily Bible Reading & Praying with the Church

The congregation of Countryside is encouraged to not only read ahead in the texts we will be sharing and studying together during our services, but also to personally read the Scriptures together as a congregation. Here you will find Scripture for the day (a Psalm for each morning (always at least the first Psalm) and night, and selections from the Old Testament, New Testament and Gospels), as well as weekly and daily prayers. Together we read through the New Testament once a year, and the Old Testament every two years. The Scripture selections, and the prayers, are from common sources used by most Christians throughout the world.

The historic church found expression in the same rhythms of worship and devotion that were evident in the early church, and among the Hebrews, God's people, before that.  Our hope is that the regular reminder will be of encouragement to us all to join the people of God in reading the Scriptures and praying. Both are meant to go together with our daily prayer and communion service.

Reading for Mon, Mar 20

Psalm 97

Psalm 97

The Lord reigns,(A) let the earth be glad;(B)
let the distant shores(C) rejoice.
Clouds(D) and thick darkness(E) surround him;
righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.(F)
Fire(G) goes before(H) him
and consumes(I) his foes on every side.
His lightning(J) lights up the world;
the earth(K) sees and trembles.(L)
The mountains melt(M) like wax(N) before the Lord,
before the Lord of all the earth.(O)
The heavens proclaim his righteousness,(P)
and all peoples see his glory.(Q)

All who worship images(R) are put to shame,(S)
those who boast in idols(T)
worship him,(U) all you gods!(V)

Zion hears and rejoices
and the villages of Judah are glad(W)
because of your judgments,(X) Lord.
For you, Lord, are the Most High(Y) over all the earth;(Z)
you are exalted(AA) far above all gods.
10 Let those who love the Lord hate evil,(AB)
for he guards(AC) the lives of his faithful ones(AD)
and delivers(AE) them from the hand of the wicked.(AF)
11 Light shines[a](AG) on the righteous(AH)
and joy on the upright in heart.(AI)
12 Rejoice in the Lord,(AJ) you who are righteous,
and praise his holy name.(AK)


  1. Psalm 97:11 One Hebrew manuscript and ancient versions (see also 112:4); most Hebrew manuscripts Light is sown
New International Version (NIV)

Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Psalm 99-100

Psalm 99

The Lord reigns,(A)
let the nations tremble;(B)
he sits enthroned(C) between the cherubim,(D)
let the earth shake.
Great is the Lord(E) in Zion;(F)
he is exalted(G) over all the nations.
Let them praise(H) your great and awesome name(I)
he is holy.(J)

The King(K) is mighty, he loves justice(L)
you have established equity;(M)
in Jacob you have done
what is just and right.(N)
Exalt(O) the Lord our God
and worship at his footstool;
he is holy.

Moses(P) and Aaron(Q) were among his priests,
Samuel(R) was among those who called on his name;
they called on the Lord
and he answered(S) them.
He spoke to them from the pillar of cloud;(T)
they kept his statutes and the decrees he gave them.

Lord our God,
you answered them;
you were to Israel a forgiving God,(U)
though you punished(V) their misdeeds.[a]
Exalt the Lord our God
and worship at his holy mountain,
for the Lord our God is holy.

Psalm 100

A psalm. For giving grateful praise.

Shout for joy(W) to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord(X) with gladness;
come before him(Y) with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God.(Z)
It is he who made us,(AA) and we are his[b];
we are his people,(AB) the sheep of his pasture.(AC)

Enter his gates with thanksgiving(AD)
and his courts(AE) with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.(AF)
For the Lord is good(AG) and his love endures forever;(AH)
his faithfulness(AI) continues through all generations.


  1. Psalm 99:8 Or God, / an avenger of the wrongs done to them
  2. Psalm 100:3 Or and not we ourselves
New International Version (NIV)

Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Psalm 94-95

Psalm 94

The Lord is a God who avenges.(A)
O God who avenges, shine forth.(B)
Rise up,(C) Judge(D) of the earth;
pay back(E) to the proud what they deserve.
How long, Lord, will the wicked,
how long will the wicked be jubilant?(F)

They pour out arrogant(G) words;
all the evildoers are full of boasting.(H)
They crush your people,(I) Lord;
they oppress your inheritance.(J)
They slay the widow(K) and the foreigner;
they murder the fatherless.(L)
They say, “The Lord does not see;(M)
the God of Jacob(N) takes no notice.”

Take notice, you senseless ones(O) among the people;
you fools, when will you become wise?
Does he who fashioned the ear not hear?
Does he who formed the eye not see?(P)
10 Does he who disciplines(Q) nations not punish?
Does he who teaches(R) mankind lack knowledge?
11 The Lord knows all human plans;(S)
he knows that they are futile.(T)

12 Blessed is the one you discipline,(U) Lord,
the one you teach(V) from your law;
13 you grant them relief from days of trouble,(W)
till a pit(X) is dug for the wicked.
14 For the Lord will not reject his people;(Y)
he will never forsake his inheritance.
15 Judgment will again be founded on righteousness,(Z)
and all the upright in heart(AA) will follow it.

16 Who will rise up(AB) for me against the wicked?
Who will take a stand for me against evildoers?(AC)
17 Unless the Lord had given me help,(AD)
I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death.(AE)
18 When I said, “My foot is slipping,(AF)
your unfailing love, Lord, supported me.
19 When anxiety(AG) was great within me,
your consolation(AH) brought me joy.

20 Can a corrupt throne(AI) be allied with you—
a throne that brings on misery by its decrees?(AJ)
21 The wicked band together(AK) against the righteous
and condemn the innocent(AL) to death.(AM)
22 But the Lord has become my fortress,
and my God the rock(AN) in whom I take refuge.(AO)
23 He will repay(AP) them for their sins
and destroy(AQ) them for their wickedness;
the Lord our God will destroy them.

Psalm 95

Come,(AR) let us sing for joy(AS) to the Lord;
let us shout aloud(AT) to the Rock(AU) of our salvation.
Let us come before him(AV) with thanksgiving(AW)
and extol him with music(AX) and song.

For the Lord is the great God,(AY)
the great King(AZ) above all gods.(BA)
In his hand are the depths of the earth,(BB)
and the mountain peaks belong to him.
The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands formed the dry land.(BC)

Come, let us bow down(BD) in worship,(BE)
let us kneel(BF) before the Lord our Maker;(BG)
for he is our God
and we are the people of his pasture,(BH)
the flock under his care.

Today, if only you would hear his voice,
“Do not harden your hearts(BI) as you did at Meribah,[a](BJ)
as you did that day at Massah[b] in the wilderness,(BK)
where your ancestors tested(BL) me;
they tried me, though they had seen what I did.
10 For forty years(BM) I was angry with that generation;
I said, ‘They are a people whose hearts go astray,(BN)
and they have not known my ways.’(BO)
11 So I declared on oath(BP) in my anger,
‘They shall never enter my rest.’”(BQ)


  1. Psalm 95:8 Meribah means quarreling.
  2. Psalm 95:8 Massah means testing.

Cross references:

  1. Psalm 94:1 : S Ge 4:24; Ro 12:19
  2. Psalm 94:1 : S Dt 33:2; Ps 80:1
  3. Psalm 94:2 : S Nu 10:35
  4. Psalm 94:2 : S Ge 18:25; Heb 12:23; S Jas 5:9
  5. Psalm 94:2 : S Ps 31:23
  6. Psalm 94:3 : Ps 13:2
  7. Psalm 94:4 : Jer 43:2
  8. Psalm 94:4 : S Ps 52:1
  9. Psalm 94:5 : Ps 44:2; 74:8; Isa 3:15; Jer 8:21
  10. Psalm 94:5 : Ps 28:9
  11. Psalm 94:6 : S Dt 10:18; S Isa 1:17
  12. Psalm 94:6 : Dt 24:19
  13. Psalm 94:7 : S Job 22:14
  14. Psalm 94:7 : S Ge 24:12
  15. Psalm 94:8 : S Dt 32:6; S Ps 73:22
  16. Psalm 94:9 : Ex 4:11; Pr 20:12
  17. Psalm 94:10 : S Ps 39:11
  18. Psalm 94:10 : S Ex 35:34; Job 35:11; Isa 28:26
  19. Psalm 94:11 : Ps 139:2; Pr 15:26; S Mt 9:4
  20. Psalm 94:11 : 1Co 3:20*
  21. Psalm 94:12 : S Job 5:17; 1Co 11:32; Heb 12:5
  22. Psalm 94:12 : S Dt 8:3; S 1Sa 12:23
  23. Psalm 94:13 : S Ps 86:7
  24. Psalm 94:13 : S Ps 7:15; S 55:23
  25. Psalm 94:14 : S Dt 31:6; Ps 37:28; Ro 11:2
  26. Psalm 94:15 : Ps 97:2
  27. Psalm 94:15 : Ps 7:10; 11:2; S 36:10
  28. Psalm 94:16 : Nu 10:35; Ps 17:13; Isa 14:22
  29. Psalm 94:16 : S Ps 59:2
  30. Psalm 94:17 : Ps 124:2
  31. Psalm 94:17 : S Ps 31:17
  32. Psalm 94:18 : S Dt 32:35; S Job 12:5
  33. Psalm 94:19 : Ecc 11:10
  34. Psalm 94:19 : S Job 6:10
  35. Psalm 94:20 : Jer 22:30; 36:30
  36. Psalm 94:20 : S Ps 58:2
  37. Psalm 94:21 : S Ps 56:6
  38. Psalm 94:21 : Ps 106:38; Pr 17:15, 26; 28:21; Isa 5:20, 23; Mt 27:4
  39. Psalm 94:21 : S Ge 18:23
  40. Psalm 94:22 : S Ps 61:2
  41. Psalm 94:22 : S 2Sa 22:3; S Ps 18:2
  42. Psalm 94:23 : S Ex 32:34; S Ps 54:5
  43. Psalm 94:23 : Ps 9:5; 37:38; 145:20
  44. Psalm 95:1 : Ps 34:11; 80:2
  45. Psalm 95:1 : S Ps 5:11
  46. Psalm 95:1 : Ps 81:1; Isa 44:23; Zep 3:14
  47. Psalm 95:1 : S 2Sa 22:47
  48. Psalm 95:2 : Ps 100:2; Mic 6:6
  49. Psalm 95:2 : S Ps 42:4
  50. Psalm 95:2 : Ps 81:2; S Eph 5:19
  51. Psalm 95:3 : Ps 48:1; 86:10; 145:3; 147:5
  52. Psalm 95:3 : S Ps 47:2
  53. Psalm 95:3 : Ps 96:4; 97:9
  54. Psalm 95:4 : S Ps 63:9
  55. Psalm 95:5 : S Ge 1:9; Ps 146:6
  56. Psalm 95:6 : S 2Sa 12:16; Php 2:10
  57. Psalm 95:6 : S Ps 22:29
  58. Psalm 95:6 : 2Ch 6:13
  59. Psalm 95:6 : Ps 100:3; 149:2; Isa 17:7; 54:5; Da 6:10-11; Hos 8:14
  60. Psalm 95:7 : S Ps 74:1
  61. Psalm 95:8 : Mk 10:5; Heb 3:8
  62. Psalm 95:8 : S Ex 17:7; S Dt 33:8; Heb 3:15*; 4:7
  63. Psalm 95:8 : S Ps 78:40
  64. Psalm 95:9 : S Nu 14:22; 1Co 10:9
  65. Psalm 95:10 : S Ex 16:35; S Nu 14:34; Ac 7:36; Heb 3:17
  66. Psalm 95:10 : Ps 58:3; 119:67, 176; Pr 12:26; 16:29; Isa 53:6; Jer 31:19; 50:6; Eze 34:6
  67. Psalm 95:10 : S Dt 8:6
  68. Psalm 95:11 : S Nu 14:23
  69. Psalm 95:11 : Dt 1:35; Heb 3:7-11*; 4:3*
New International Version (NIV)

Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Jeremiah 17:19-27

Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy

19 This is what the Lord said to me: “Go and stand at the Gate of the People,[a] through which the kings of Judah go in and out; stand also at all the other gates of Jerusalem.(A) 20 Say to them, ‘Hear the word of the Lord, you kings of Judah and all people of Judah and everyone living in Jerusalem(B) who come through these gates.(C) 21 This is what the Lord says: Be careful not to carry a load on the Sabbath(D) day or bring it through the gates of Jerusalem. 22 Do not bring a load out of your houses or do any work on the Sabbath, but keep the Sabbath day holy, as I commanded your ancestors.(E) 23 Yet they did not listen or pay attention;(F) they were stiff-necked(G) and would not listen or respond to discipline.(H) 24 But if you are careful to obey me, declares the Lord, and bring no load through the gates of this city on the Sabbath, but keep the Sabbath day holy(I) by not doing any work on it, 25 then kings who sit on David’s throne(J) will come through the gates of this city with their officials. They and their officials will come riding in chariots and on horses, accompanied by the men of Judah and those living in Jerusalem, and this city will be inhabited forever.(K) 26 People will come from the towns of Judah and the villages around Jerusalem, from the territory of Benjamin and the western foothills, from the hill country and the Negev,(L) bringing burnt offerings and sacrifices, grain offerings and incense, and bringing thank offerings to the house of the Lord. 27 But if you do not obey(M) me to keep the Sabbath(N) day holy by not carrying any load as you come through the gates of Jerusalem on the Sabbath day, then I will kindle an unquenchable fire(O) in the gates of Jerusalem that will consume her fortresses.’”(P)


  1. Jeremiah 17:19 Or Army
New International Version (NIV)

Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Romans 7:13-25

13 Did that which is good, then, become death to me? By no means! Nevertheless, in order that sin might be recognized as sin, it used what is good(A) to bring about my death,(B) so that through the commandment sin might become utterly sinful.

14 We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual,(C) sold(D) as a slave to sin.(E) 15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.(F) 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good.(G) 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me.(H) 18 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.[a](I) For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.(J) 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.(K)

21 So I find this law at work:(L) Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being(M) I delight in God’s law;(N) 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war(O) against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin(P) at work within me. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?(Q) 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!(R)

So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law,(S) but in my sinful nature[b] a slave to the law of sin.(T)


  1. Romans 7:18 Or my flesh
  2. Romans 7:25 Or in the flesh
New International Version (NIV)

Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

John 6:16-27

Jesus Walks on the Water(A)

16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, 17 where they got into a boat and set off across the lake for Capernaum. By now it was dark, and Jesus had not yet joined them. 18 A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough. 19 When they had rowed about three or four miles,[a] they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water;(B) and they were frightened. 20 But he said to them, “It is I; don’t be afraid.”(C) 21 Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading.

22 The next day the crowd that had stayed on the opposite shore of the lake(D) realized that only one boat had been there, and that Jesus had not entered it with his disciples, but that they had gone away alone.(E) 23 Then some boats from Tiberias(F) landed near the place where the people had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks.(G) 24 Once the crowd realized that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and went to Capernaum in search of Jesus.

Jesus the Bread of Life

25 When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, “Rabbi,(H) when did you get here?”

26 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me,(I) not because you saw the signs(J) I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. 27 Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures(K) to eternal life,(L) which the Son of Man(M) will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal(N) of approval.”


  1. John 6:19 Or about 5 or 6 kilometers
New International Version (NIV)

Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.