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 #115
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
Matthew Henry said, “We are to look upon daily worship, both alone and with our families, to be the most needful of our daily occupations, the most delightful of our daily comforts.”
PRAY THE LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father which art in Heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name,
Thy Kingdom come,
Thy Will be done in earth, as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:
For Thine is the Kingdom,
and the power, and the glory, for ever.
DEVOTIONAL PASSAGE: PSALM 66:1-7
1 Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands:
2 Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious.
3 Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee.
4 All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name. Selah.
5 Come and see the works of God: he is terrible in his doing toward the children of men.
6 He turned the sea into dry land: they went through the flood on foot: there did we rejoice in him.
7 He ruleth by his power for ever; his eyes behold the nations: let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah.
Matthew Henry wrote in his commentary regarding this passage, “The holy church throughout all the world lifts up her voice, to laud that Name which is above every name, to make the praise of Jesus glorious, both by word and deed; that others may be led to glorify him also. But nothing can bring men to do this aright, unless his effectual grace create their hearts anew unto holiness; and in the redemption by the death of Christ, and the glorious deliverances it effects, are more wondrous works than Israel’s deliverance from Egyptian bondage.”
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: Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders
Leaders of federal agencies: National Aeronautics and Space Administration Administrator Robert M. Lightfoot Jr.
State governors: Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker
City mayors: Modesto, CA, Mayor Ted Brandvold
U.S. Senators: Delaware Senator Tom Carper
U.S. Representatives: Colorado Representative Doug Lamborn
Police Chiefs: Modesto, CA, Police Chief Galen Carroll
Sheriffs: Oklahoma County, OK, Sheriff P.D. Taylor
Military Leaders: General John W. Raymond, Commander of Air Force Space Command
All law enforcement officials
Leaders of nations around the world: Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
PRAYER FOR CHURCH LEADERSHIP
Leaders of the United Church of Christ: Board Members Robert Frieberg, Darrell Goodwin, and Kevin Graham
PRAYER FOR CURRENT EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD
– For salvation, protection, comfort, and provision for those being affected by Hurricane Irma; for the comfort of the families of the 51 people who have died
– For the comfort and healing of the family and community involved in a shooting in Plano, TX, that left 8 people dead
– For salvation, protection, comfort, and provision for those affected by the earthquake in western Mexico; for the comfort of the families of the 90 people who have been confirmed dead
– For the salvation, protection, safety, and recovery of all those affected by Hurricane Harvey
– 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 Griff Jenkins, Phil Keating, and Amy Kellogg
for God to bless their church’s weekly gatherings; for them to have the funds they need to operate
Pastor L. V
for You to bless their Gospel work and service to others
for her grandson to find a good job so that he can take care of his wife and baby and for his salvation
for her to receive the support she needs; for their prison chaplain
for her neighbor Ricky to stop harassing her; for her to be able to pay for her housing
give her hope after the death of her husband and her son; help her to wait on You and trust in You, provide for her needs
heal her of a drug addiction; bless and provide for her daughter who is pregnant with her sixth child, give her protection and guidance
for blessings and protection to be upon their church and ministry; lead her and her husband as they strive to minister
give her strength amid her mother’s terminal illness
deliver the Christians who are being persecuted by ISIS in Iraq and Syria
PEOPLE WHO HAVE ACCEPTED JESUS CHRIST
PEOPLE WHO HAVE RECOMMITTED THEIR LIVES TO JESUS CHRIST
DEVOTIONAL READING: “Seeing Life from God’s View (Part 4)” from “The Purpose Driven Life,” by Rick Warren
God wants you to pass the tests of life, so he never allows the tests you face to be greater than the grace he gives you to handle them. The Bible says, “God keeps his promise, and he will not allow you to be tested beyond your power to remain firm; at the time you are put to the test, he will give you the strength to endure it, and so provide you with a way out.”
Every time you pass a test, God notices and makes plans to reward you in eternity. James says, “Blessed are those who endure when they are tested. When they pass the test, they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”
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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!