Whyte House Family Devotions: A Prayer for the Family, the Church, the Nation and the World #48 (07/08/17)



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

George Parsons said, “There ought to be a containing and a restraining that comes with family altar. The benefits are huge in doing this. We are reminding the family that God is there and that God is in charge. We are reminding the family that we must go by God’s Word and follow God’s rules.”

GENERAL PRAYER

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.

Amen.

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DEVOTIONAL PASSAGE: PSALM 35:17-28

17 Lord, how long wilt thou look on? rescue my soul from their destructions, my darling from the lions.

18 I will give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise thee among much people.

19 Let not them that are mine enemies wrongfully rejoice over me: neither let them wink with the eye that hate me without a cause.

20 For they speak not peace: but they devise deceitful matters against them that are quiet in the land.

21 Yea, they opened their mouth wide against me, and said, Aha, aha, our eye hath seen it.

22 This thou hast seen, O Lord: keep not silence: O Lord, be not far from me.

23 Stir up thyself, and awake to my judgment, even unto my cause, my God and my Lord.

24 Judge me, O Lord my God, according to thy righteousness; and let them not rejoice over me.

25 Let them not say in their hearts, Ah, so would we have it: let them not say, We have swallowed him up.

26 Let them be ashamed and brought to confusion together that rejoice at mine hurt: let them be clothed with shame and dishonour that magnify themselves against me.

27 Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the Lord be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.

28 And my tongue shall speak of thy righteousness and of thy praise all the day long.

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Matthew Henry wrote in his commentary, “Though the people of God are peaceful, it has been common for their enemies to devise deceitful matters against them. David prays, ‘My soul is in danger, Lord, rescue it; it belongs to thee the Father of spirits, therefore claim thine own; it is thine, save it! Lord, be not far from me, as if I were a stranger.’ He who exalted the once suffering Redeemer, will appear for all his people: the roaring lion shall not destroy their souls, any more than he could destroy the soul of Christ. They trust their souls in his hands, they are one with him by faith, are precious in his sight, and shall be rescued from destruction, that they may give thanks in heaven.”

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: Deputy Director of Communications for Research Raj Shah
Leaders of federal agencies: American Battle Monuments Commission Chairman Merrill A. McPeak
State governors: California Governor Jerry Brown
City mayors: Long Beach, CA, Mayor Robert Garcia
U.S. Senators: Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill
U.S. Representatives: Arizona Representative Andy Biggs
Police Chiefs: Albuquerque, NM, Police Chief Gorden Eden
Sheriffs: Sacramento County, CA, Sheriff Scott Jones
Military Leaders: General Raymond A. Thomas III, Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command
All law enforcement officials
Leaders of nations around the world: Central African Republic President Faustin-Archange Touadéra and Prime Minister Simplice Sarandji

PRAYER FOR CHURCH LEADERSHIP

Leaders of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod: Chairman Michael Kumm

PRAYER FOR CURRENT EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD
– For the hundreds of people affected by flooding in Japan and for the comfort of the families of the two people who were killed
– For the comfort and recovery of the scores of people injured in an earthquake in the Philippines; for the families of the two people who have been killed
– For protection, provision, housing, and clothing for the thousands of migrants who are fleeing the Middle East and North Africa
– For the eradication of the cholera outbreak in Yemen, and the comfort of the families of the 1,500 people who have now died
– For the peace of Jerusalem
– Persecuted Christians around the world

PRAYER REQUESTS

Bill
bless him with a pastoral opportunity

Patrick
save him and his family, deliver them from violence and confusion, heal them from psychological sickness; help him to get married; be with his mother and father

Mohammad
grant health and happiness to him and his family

Marie
provide her and her family with a new house that meets their needs; have them to find favor with the people and have the paperwork to go smoothly

Esther
bless all the lives of herself, her son, her husband, and her mother; bless them with the funds they need

Mary
help her and her sister to pass her examination

Dalrene
heal her sister who is under depression treatment and save her

Marilyn
give her a Godly husband

Ighemuno
help her to come to know You as Saviour

Aja
please take them out of the homeless shelter they are in and give them a good house they can afford and enough money; please give her a job so she can take care of her children; help her to receive her income tax refund

PEOPLE WHO HAVE ACCEPTED JESUS CHRIST
Saul
Zachary
Tom
Robert
Mobisa
Junior
Ogega

PEOPLE WHO HAVE RECOMMITTED THEIR LIVES TO JESUS CHRIST
Celestino
Otito
Brenda
Ezekiel
Otieno
Jullie
Donatus

DEVOTIONAL READING: “Living as Light in the World,” by A.W. Tozer

Whether or not the Christian should separate himself from the world is not open to debate. The question has been settled for him by the Sacred Scriptures, an authority from which there can be no appeal. The New Testament is very plain: “They are not of the world,” said our Lord, “even as I am not of the world.” James wrote, “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” John said, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”

Such teaching as this would appear to be plain enough, and there should be no doubt about what is intended. But we must never underestimate the ability of the human mind to get itself lost on a paved highway in broad daylight. Some well-intentioned souls have managed to get themselves confused about their relation to the world and have sought to escape it by hiding from it. They read into the biblical command to separate from the world the idea of complete withdrawal from all human activities and seek peace of heart by cutting themselves off, as far as possible, from the great stream of human life and thought. And that is not good.

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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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