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
Jess Wolstenholm said, “Gone are the days when most families can spend an hour together each day. But these five steps allow you to take 5-10 minutes each day with your family: (1) Prepare your heart — put away distractions, gather, pray, and consider the Biblical topic you want to explore. (2) Learn from the Word — choose a Bible verse or passage to focus on. (3) Ask questions — discuss the verse together as a family. (4) Name the truth — discover the truth God wants you to take away from that passage. (5) Take action — think of ways you can put God’s truth into action that day.”
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 48:1-7
1 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness.
2 Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.
3 God is known in her palaces for a refuge.
4 For, lo, the kings were assembled, they passed by together.
5 They saw it, and so they marvelled; they were troubled, and hasted away.
6 Fear took hold upon them there, and pain, as of a woman in travail.
7 Thou breakest the ships of Tarshish with an east wind.
Matthew Henry wrote in his commentary, “Jerusalem is the city of our God: none on earth render him due honour except the citizens of the spiritual Jerusalem. Happy the kingdom, the city, the family, the heart, in which God is great, in which he is all. The clearer such discoveries are made to us of the Lord and his greatness, the more it is expected that we should abound in his praises. The earth is, by sin, covered with deformity, therefore justly might that spot of ground, which was beautified with holiness, be called the joy of the whole earth; that which the whole earth has reason to rejoice in, that God would thus in very deed dwell with man upon the earth.”
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 Assistant to the President and Director of Advance George Gigicos
Leaders of federal agencies: Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats
State governors: North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper
City mayors: Stockton, CA, Mayor Michael Tubbs
U.S. Senators: Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed
U.S. Representatives: California Representative Jimmy Panetta
Police Chiefs: St. Louis, MO, Police Chief Sam Dotson
Sheriffs: Bergen County, NJ, Sheriff Michael Saudino
Military Leaders: General Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, Commander of Pacific Air Forces
All law enforcement officials
Leaders of nations around the world: France’s President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Édouard Philippe
PRAYER FOR CHURCH LEADERSHIP
Leaders of the African Methodist Episcopal Church: Bishop Michael Leon Mitchell, Bishop Jeffrey Nathaniel Leath, and Bishop E. Earl McCloud Jr.
PRAYER FOR CURRENT EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD
– For provision for the people affected by the fire at a Dubai residential skyscraper
– For the families of the two individuals killed in a natural gas explosion at a Christian school in Indianapolis
– For the family of the two people killed in an emergency plane landing on a beach in Portugal
– For the families of the 29 people killed and the dozens injured in a bombing at a mosque Afghanistan
– 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
CBS News correspondent Bill Whitaker, correspondent Errol Barnett, and senior correspondent Rita Braver
bless his compensation fund with the money he needs
bring restoration and remove discord from her family after her son’s interracial marriage
give her strength to withstand spiritual attack and patience to wait on You; give her clarity regarding hearing from You
help him, as pastor of Life Changing Faith Christian Church, and his leaders not to compromise the gospel or their families; bless the finances of their church so that there will be money to take care of the budget and to truly help those in need; give him Your wisdom to lead Your people into Your truth
help her and her siblings to be successful in life; provide them with jobs;
bless Ruusa with a job as a nurse
heal her father who is suffering from stage 4 kidney failure, congestive heart failure, COPD, prostate cancer, and thyroid problems; bring his body total healing
heal her mother of cancer
bless her financially
bless her and her children and deliver them from financial struggles; heal her of all pain in her body; help her to forgive her husband for abandoning them and to move on with her life; help her to love her children and herself and to be spiritually healthy and be devoted to You
bring healing to her and her daughter and have their desires to be fulfilled according to Your will
PEOPLE WHO HAVE ACCEPTED JESUS CHRIST
PEOPLE WHO HAVE RECOMMITTED THEIR LIVES TO JESUS CHRIST
DEVOTIONAL READING: “Know God and Be Strong,” by A. W. Tozer
Daniel 11:32 says, “The people that do know their God shall be strong.”
Every believer understands that to know God is the highest and best form of knowledge; and this spiritual knowledge is a source of strength to the Christian. It strengthens his faith. Believers are constantly spoken of in the Scriptures as being persons who are enlightened and taught of the Lord; they are said to “have an unction from the Holy One,” and it is the Spirit’s peculiar office to lead them into all truth, and all this for the increase and the fostering of their faith.
Knowledge strengthens love, as well as faith. Knowledge opens the door, and then through that door we see our Saviour. Or, to use another similitude, knowledge paints the portrait of Jesus, and when we see that portrait then we love Him. We cannot love a Christ whom we do not know. If we know but little of the excellences of Jesus, what He has done for us, and what He is doing now, we cannot love Him much; but the more we know Him, the more we shall love Him.
Knowledge also strengthens hope. How can we hope for a thing if we do not know of its existence? Hope may be the telescope, but till we receive instruction, our ignorance stands in the front of the glass, and we can see nothing whatever. Knowledge removes the interposing object, and when we look through the bright optic glass we discern the glory to be revealed, and anticipate it with joyous confidence. How important, then, is it that we should grow not only in grace, but in the “knowledge” of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
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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!