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.
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
Christopher Love said, “Pray in your family daily, that yours may be in the number of the families who call upon God.”
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 64:7-10
7 But God shall shoot at them with an arrow; suddenly shall they be wounded.
8 So they shall make their own tongue to fall upon themselves: all that see them shall flee away.
9 And all men shall fear, and shall declare the work of God; for they shall wisely consider of his doing.
10 The righteous shall be glad in the Lord, and shall trust in him; and all the upright in heart shall glory.
Matthew Henry wrote in his commentary regarding this passage, “When God brings upon men the mischiefs they have desired on others, it is weight enough to sink a man to the lowest hell. Those who love cursing, it shall come upon them. Those who behold this shall understand and observe God’s hand in all; unless we do so, we are not likely to profit by the dispensations of Providence. The righteous shall be glad in the Lord; not glad of the misery and ruin of their fellow-creatures, but glad that God is glorified, and his word fulfilled, and the cause of injured innocence pleaded effectually.”
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 Communications for Research Raj Shah
Leaders of federal agencies: Federal Housing Finance Board Director Edward DeMarco
State governors: Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards
City mayors: San Bernardino, CA, Mayor Carey Davis
U.S. Senators: Colorado Senator Cory Gardner
U.S. Representatives: Colorado Representative Jared Polis
Police Chiefs: Riverside, CA, Police Chief Sergio G. Diaz
Sheriffs: DuPage County, IL, Sheriff John Zaruba
Military Leaders: General James M. Holmes, Commander of Air Combat Command
All law enforcement officials
Leaders of nations around the world: Latvia’s President Raimonds Vē-jo-nis and Prime Minister Māris Ku-čin-skis
PRAYER FOR CHURCH LEADERSHIP
Leaders of the United Church of Christ: Board Members Cameron Barr, Caroline Belsom, and Emma Brewer-Wallin
PRAYER FOR CURRENT EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD
– For salvation, protection, comfort, and provision for those affected by the earthquake in western Mexico; for the comfort of the families of the over 50 people who have died
– For the comfort of the families of the 10 people who drowned at a beach in Pakistan
– For salvation, protection, comfort, and provision for those being affected by Hurricane Irma; for the comfort of the families of the over 20 people who have died
– For the salvation, protection, and safety of all those affected by Hurricane Harvey; for the comfort of the families of the 50 people who have died
– 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 correspondents Trace Gallagher, Lauren Green, and Jennifer Griffin
heal and restore his marriage; help his wife to find love, forgiveness, and reconciliation with him; mold him into the man You want him to be
for restoration and healing in his home between his wife and parents; that satan’s plans will be shattered
provide her with a better job with better hours with insurance and benefits; help her to find and attend a church home
heal her from IBS
help her to have more faith in You; help to build better relationships in school and for her future; help her to be more patient and help her to have a humble and meek heart
that doors would open up for him with a second job with more hours; that he would not be stressed and impatient
deliver him from being angry and aggravated; save him from sibling jealousy and restore his relationship with his brother.
please have Nick C. to come to know You as his Saviour, please improve his hopeless situation and touch his heart
please save her friend, Goyo Knapp, and heal him of seizures and all other pains in his body
please have her boyfriend to come to know You as Saviour and have Your will to be done regarding their relationship
PEOPLE WHO HAVE ACCEPTED JESUS CHRIST
PEOPLE WHO HAVE RECOMMITTED THEIR LIVES TO JESUS CHRIST
DEVOTIONAL READING: “Seeing Life from God’s View (Part 3)” from “The Purpose Driven Life,” by Rick Warren
You will be tested by major changes, delayed promises, impossible problems, unanswered prayers, undeserved criticism, and even senseless tragedies. In my own life I have noticed that God tests my faith through problems, tests my hope by how I handle possessions, and tests my love through people.
A very important test is how you act when you can’t feel God’s presence in your life. Sometimes God intentionally draws back, and we don’t sense his closeness. A king named Hezekiah experienced this test. The Bible says, “God withdrew from Hezekiah in order to test him and to see what was really in his heart.” Hezekiah had enjoyed a close fellowship with God, but at a crucial point in his life God left him alone to test his character, to reveal a weakness, and to prepare him for more responsibility.
When you understand that life is a test, you realize that nothing is insignificant in your life. Even the smallest incident has significance for your character development. Every day is an important day, and every second is a growth opportunity to deepen your character, to demonstrate love, or to depend on God. Some tests seem overwhelming, while others you don’t even notice. But all of them have eternal implications.
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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!