Whyte House Family Devotions: A Prayer for the Family, the Church, the Nation and the World #176 (Short Version) 11/13/17: “Costly Discipleship,” by A.W. Tozer



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.

SING “DOXOLOGY”

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
Amen

Gary Rosberg said, “Prayer is the life-breath and heartbeat of a truly Christian home. It’s also one of the best ways to help your family thrive. When you pray together, each member of the family learns what it means to be intimate with God. When you see answers to prayer, you experience His love and His presence in your daily lives.”

PRAYER

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EPHESIANS 5:22

22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

Dr. Thomas Constable writes in his Expository Notes on the Bible, “Submission involves four responsibilities: First, it begins with an attitude of entrusting oneself to God. The focus of life must be on Jesus Christ. The ability to submit comes from Him. He is similar to the cables that enable a suspension bridge to carry out its purpose. Second, submission requires respectful behavior. This rules out nagging. Nagging is similar to having a duck nibble you to death. Third, submission means developing a godly character. Fourth, submission involves doing what is right. Submission should not extend to participating in conduct that is contrary to Scripture. Every Christian’s primary responsibility is to do God’s will.”

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DEVOTIONAL PASSAGE: PSALM 81:13-16

13 Oh that my people had hearkened unto me, and Israel had walked in my ways!

14 I should soon have subdued their enemies, and turned my hand against their adversaries.

15 The haters of the Lord should have submitted themselves unto him: but their time should have endured for ever.

16 He should have fed them also with the finest of the wheat: and with honey out of the rock should I have satisfied thee.

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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 and his administration
Each member of the White House staff
Leaders of federal agencies
All members of Congress
All governors, mayors, police chiefs, and sheriffs
All military leaders
The leaders of all nations around the world
The peace of Jerusalem

PRAYER FOR CHURCH LEADERSHIP
– For all pastors, church leaders, denominational leaders, Bible teachers, missionaries, and ministry workers.

PRAYER FOR CURRENT EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD

– For the comfort of the families who have lost loved ones in the earthquake in Iran and Iraq; for the recovery of all those who have been wounded
– For the comfort of the families and church family of the 26 people killed in the mass shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, TX

PRAYER FOR THE MEDIA

PRAYER REQUESTS

Tiffany
please help her and her husband to face challenges at work, help them to keep their jobs; protect her mother and son from all harm and illness, mold her son to be a better individual, successful, and humble

Eric
please heal his daughter from a snake bite and bless him with the money to pay the hospital bills; save the doctors at their hospital

Hugo
Bless him, his parents, brothers, sisters, and all his relatives, provide them with good health and enough money

Marie
for protection and for favour to be over her situation; for doors to open for resources, support, and provision; for Tim to find a place to live; for problems with their house to be fixed

Frederick
For him and his family to pass the traveling interview and to obtain their US Visas next month

THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN SAVED

Amanuel
Jogie
Alfio

THOSE WHO HAVE RECOMMITTED THEIR LIVES TO CHRIST

Nancy
Harole
Nina

DEVOTIONAL READING: “Costly Discipleship,” by A.W. Tozer

In our eagerness to make converts I am afraid we have lately been guilty of using the technique of modern salesmanship, which is of course to present only the desirable qualities in a product and ignore the rest. We go to men and offer them a cozy home on the sunny side of the hill. If they will but accept Christ He will give them peace of mind, solve their problems, prosper their business, protect their families, and keep them happy all day long. They believe us and come, and the first cold wind sends them shivering to some counselor to find out what has gone wrong; and that is the last we hear of many of them.

The teachings of Christ reveal Him to be a realist in the finest meaning of that word. Nowhere in the Gospels do we find anything visionary or overoptimistic. He told His hearers the whole truth and let them make up their minds. He might grieve over the retreating form of an inquirer who could not face up to the truth, but He never ran after him to try to win him with rosy promises. He would have men follow Him, knowing the cost, or He would let them go their ways.

All this is but to say that Christ is honest. We can trust Him. He knows that He will never be popular among the sons of Adam and He knows that His followers need not expect to be. The wind that blows in His face will be felt by all who travel with Him, and we are not intellectually honest when we try to hide that fact from them.

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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!

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