Whyte House Family Devotions: A Prayer for the Family, the Church, the Nation and the World #186 (Short Version) 11/23/17: “The Reason for Everything (Part 11)” by Rick Warren



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 “GLORIA PATRI”

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
And to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be:
World without end. Amen.

Tiffany Fletcher said, “If you make family prayer a priority, not only will you see an increase of love and peace in your home, but you will recognize God’s spirit as a constant companion as He walks daily within the walls of your home.”

PRAYER

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EPHESIANS 5:27

27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

Dr. Thomas Constable writes in his Expository Notes on the Bible, “What was Jesus Christ’s ultimate purpose in giving Himself for the church? It was to ‘present’ her ‘to Himself in all her glory’ in the end, namely, ‘without’ any blemishes (‘spots’), effects of sin (‘wrinkles’), or anything that would diminish her glory. Positively, God will eventually present the church to His Son—as exclusively His, and spotless. This will happen at the Rapture, when all Christians will experience full sanctification, and will join our Lord forever. Christ’s labor of love on behalf of the Church is threefold: past, present, and future: (1) for love He gave Himself to redeem the Church; (2) in love He is sanctifying the Church; and (3) for the reward of His sacrifice and labor of love He will present the Church to Himself in flawless perfection, ‘one pearl of great price.'”

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DEVOTIONAL PASSAGE: PSALM 86:4-7

4 Rejoice the soul of thy servant: for unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.

5 For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.

6 Give ear, O Lord, unto my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications.

7 In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me.

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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

– Please be with, in a special way, all those who were affected by the hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, terrorist attacks, and mass shootings this year as they face Thanksgiving and a holiday season that will not be the same for them.

PRAYER FOR THE MEDIA

PRAYER REQUESTS

Lillian
for Your blessings to be upon her Christian ebook that it would make more sales

Linda and Wade
for her prodigal husband to return to You and come home

Marie in New York
for protection and favour over her situation; for doors to open for resources, support, and provision to be able to pay daily costs and obtain medical and dental care;

THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN SAVED

Heath
Juan
Joseph

THOSE WHO HAVE RECOMMITTED THEIR LIVES TO CHRIST

Obua
Samuel
Prosper

DEVOTIONAL READING: “The Reason for Everything (Part 11)” from “The Purpose Driven Life,” by Rick Warren

Real life begins by committing yourself completely to Jesus Christ. Believe God loves you and made you for his purposes. Believe you’re not an accident. Believe you were made to last forever. Believe God has chosen you to have a relationship with Jesus, who died on the cross for you. Believe that no matter what you’ve done, God wants to forgive you.

Receive Jesus into your life as your Lord and Savior. Receive his forgiveness for your sins. Receive his Spirit, who will give you the power to fulfill your life purpose. The Bible says, “Whoever accepts and trusts the Son gets in on everything, life complete and forever!”

I invite you to bow your head and quietly whisper the prayer that will change your eternity: “Jesus, I believe in you and I receive you.” Go ahead.

If you sincerely meant that prayer, congratulations! Welcome to the family of God! You are now ready to discover and start living God’s purpose for your life.

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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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