My family and I have had morning devotions, or family altar as some people call it, every day ever since my wife, Meriqua, and I were married 30 years ago. We have prayed and read the Bible together as well as other devotional books as a family, and it is the only reason why this family has stayed together, and the only reason why God has blessed our family and used our family in ministry all of these years. We read Ephesians 5 and 6 every morning as it relates to the role of each member of the family and how that we need to put on the whole armor of God to fight against the devil who is seeking to destroy our family and all Christian families, churches, and Christians. So, now after 30 years of doing this in our home, we are opening this up to others who don’t have a family to pray with, who don’t have a spouse, or who are single by choice, and to encourage all families who are still intact to go back to the family altar and have devotions together every morning. In these devotions, you may hear me deal with a temptation I’m facing in my life, you may hear me rebuke my wife about not doing what she should be doing, or you may hear me get on one of my children’s cases about something they’re doing. Don’t be shocked; this is real life.
Welcome to the Whyte House Family Devotion #104
Praise God from Whom all blessings flow
Praise Him, all creatures here below
Praise Him above, ye heavenly hosts
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost
John C. Broger said, “In addition to teaching your children throughout the day, you must set aside specific, planned times to worship the Lord and learn His Word together. Conducting family devotions requires planning and diligence if this godly practice is to develop and be maintained in your home.”
RECITE: “THE APOSTLES CREED”
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
the Maker of Heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:
Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried;
He descended into hell.
The third day He arose again from the dead;
He was seen alive by Mary Magdalene and the other women, the disciples and over 500 other brethren;
He ascended into Heaven,
and sitteth on the Right Hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy church;
the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins;
the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.
DEVOTIONAL PASSAGE: PSALM 60:6-12
6 God hath spoken in his holiness; I will rejoice, I will divide Shechem, and mete out the valley of Succoth.
7 Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine; Ephraim also is the strength of mine head; Judah is my lawgiver;
8 Moab is my washpot; over Edom will I cast out my shoe: Philistia, triumph thou because of me.
9 Who will bring me into the strong city? who will lead me into Edom?
10 Wilt not thou, O God, which hadst cast us off? and thou, O God, which didst not go out with our armies?
11 Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man.
12 Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies.
Matthew Henry wrote in his commentary regarding this passage, “If Christ be ours, all things, one way or another, shall be for our eternal good. The man who is a new creature in Christ may rejoice in all the precious promises God has spoken in his holiness. His present privileges, and the sanctifying influences of the Spirit, are sure precursors of heavenly glory. David rejoices in conquering the neighbouring nations, which had been enemies to Israel. The Israel of God are through Christ more than conquerors. Though sometimes they think that the Lord has cast them off, yet he will bring them into the strong city at last. Faith in the promise will assure us that it is our Father’s good pleasure to give us the kingdom.”
PRAYER FOR GOVERNMENT LEADERS
1 Timothy 2:1-2 says, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”
President Donald Trump
Vice President Mike Pence
First Lady Melania Trump
Second Lady Karen Pence
Presidential aides: Director of the National Economic Council Gary Cohn
Leaders of federal agencies: Office of Government Ethics Director David J. Apol
State governors: Hawaii Governor David Ige
City mayors: Gilbert, AZ, Mayor Jenn Daniels
U.S. Senators: Arizona Senator John McCain
U.S. Representatives: California Representative Dana Rohrabacher
Police Chiefs: Winston-Salem, NC, Police Chief Catrina A. Thompson
Sheriffs: Montgomery County, MD, Sheriff Mark Napier
Military Leaders: Admiral William F. Moran, Vice Chief of Naval Operations
All law enforcement officials
Leaders of nations around the world: Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta
PRAYER FOR CHURCH LEADERSHIP
Leaders of the Evangelical Free Church of America: Superintendents Bruce Martin, Gregory Fell, and Glen Schrieber
PRAYER FOR CURRENT EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD
– For the families of the over 1,200 people who have been killed in flooding in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh
– For the 100,000 people who have been displaced by flooding in Central Nigeria
– For the 110,000 people who have been misplaced by flooding in Makurdi
– For the 20,000 people who have been displaced by violence in Bangladesh
– For the salvation, protection, and safety of all those affected by Hurricane Harvey; for the comfort of the families of the 46 people who have died
– For protection and provision for South Sudanese refugees fleeing violence and political instability in their country.
– For the peace of Jerusalem: Psalm 122:6 says, Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.”
– Persecuted Christians around the world
PRAYER FOR THE MEDIA
Fox News hosts Steve Hilton, Abby Huntsman, and Lara Montgomery
please bless the first annual Pray for ZERO event at their church on October 15th; help them to fulfill Great Commission by bringing Your Word to the remaining people groups without Scripture translated into their language
please prepare him for a government job and clear his mind
please bless and provide for him, the orphans, his family, and church members; turn all people in India from idol worship toward You; please provide the orphans with clothes, food, schooling, educational material, and money for medical bills
please heal her pastor and heal her of panic attacks and fear and give her peace of mind; transform her into what You want her to be
please provide money for the artificial leg that he needs
please grant him favor and wisdom, heal his wife of HIV/AIDS, and help him and his family to glorify You
for deliverance and healing of the pains she is going through; save her mother and her neighbour
bless her younger brother and his family and heal his two children of sorrow; be with her widow mother and heal her of sorrow; have their nonprofit organization for children to be reopened and bless them with the finances they need
Heal her of terminal cancer in her bones and skull; heal the fracture in her bones
bless them with a warm, safe, and secure house to live in
for religious freedom to become a reality in Poland; help him and his family to serve You in the ministry; bless him, his wife, and Peter with jobs and give them direction in life; give Ann a husband if that is Your will
PEOPLE WHO HAVE ACCEPTED JESUS CHRIST
PEOPLE WHO HAVE RECOMMITTED THEIR LIVES TO JESUS CHRIST
DEVOTIONAL READING: “God is Our Guide,” by Charles Spurgeon
Psalm 73:24 said, “Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.”
The Psalmist felt his need of divine guidance. He had just been discovering the foolishness of his own heart, and lest he should be constantly led astray by it, he resolved that God’s counsel should henceforth guide him. A sense of our own folly is a great step towards being wise, when it leads us to rely on the wisdom of the Lord. The blind man leans on his friend’s arm and reaches home in safety, and so would we give ourselves up implicitly to divine guidance, nothing doubting; assured that though we cannot see, it is always safe to trust the all-seeing God.
“Thou shalt,” is a blessed expression of confidence. He was sure that the Lord would not decline the condescending task. There is a word for thee, O believer; rest thou in it. Be assured that thy God will be thy counsellor and friend; he shall guide thee; he will direct all thy ways. In his written Word thou hast this assurance in part fulfilled, for holy Scripture is his counsel to thee. Happy are we to have God’s Word always to guide us! What were the mariner without his compass? And what were the Christian without the Bible? This is the unerring chart, the map in which every shoal is described, and all the channels from the quicksands of destruction to the haven of salvation mapped and marked by one who knows all the way.
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If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
Until next time, May the Lord Bless You!