Whyte House Family Devotions: A Prayer for the Nation and the World #6 (05/27/17)



Join us in prayer for our families, the church, America, and the world. Help us pray for the revival of the family, the revival of the church, and the awakening of the nation.

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

Michael Houdmann said, “Daily devotions are a spiritual discipline which help us get to know God, which ensure that we stay connected to Him, which teach us truth, which provide a place for worship, and which function as a daily shelter in the midst of the storms of life.”

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.

DEVOTIONAL PASSAGE: PSALM 6

1 O Lord, rebuke me not in thine anger, neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.

2 Have mercy upon me, O Lord; for I am weak: O Lord, heal me; for my bones are vexed.

3 My soul is also sore vexed: but thou, O Lord, how long?

4 Return, O Lord, deliver my soul: oh save me for thy mercies’ sake.

5 For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks?

6 I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears.

7 Mine eye is consumed because of grief; it waxeth old because of all mine enemies.

8 Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity; for the Lord hath heard the voice of my weeping.

9 The Lord hath heard my supplication; the Lord will receive my prayer.

10 Let all mine enemies be ashamed and sore vexed: let them return and be ashamed suddenly.

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This is one of David’s seven confessional psalms. Here, he asks God to lighten His hand of chastisement. David, who lived on the other side of the cross, asks God not to chasten him in anger or hot displeasure. Today, we know that all of God’s chastening is done out of love because He wants to be able to bless us if we are obedient. David begged God for mercy. But we are assured of God’s mercy because of how He sent His Son to take our just punishment upon Himself on the cross. Because we have already experienced mercy, we ought to obey God out of love and gratitude.

PRAYER FOR GOVERNMENT LEADERS

President Donald Trump
Vice President Mike Pence
Presidential aides: Senior Policy Advisor Stephen Miller
Leaders of federal agencies: Health & Human Services Secretary Tom Price
State governors: Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper
City mayors: Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton
U.S. Senators and Representatives: Arizona Senator Jeff Flake
All law enforcement officials
Leaders of nations around the world.

PRAYER FOR CHURCH LEADERSHIP

Leaders of Southern Baptist Convention: North American Mission Board President Kevin Ezell

PRAYER FOR CURRENT EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD
Christian families and churches in Egypt affected by ISIS attack on bus
Families affected by suicide attack in Jakarta, Indonesia
Families affected by bombing in Manchester, England
Resolution of food shortage, hunger, and violence in Venezuela
Healing of the Chibok schoolgirls and their families
Syrian civilians suffering from lack of food, medical care, and housing
The peace of Jerusalem
Persecuted Christians around the world

PRAYER REQUESTS

Vicki
Please end the drought in Israel

Nomthandazo
Deliver him from all devilish spirits

Bisesango
Please take away all evil spirits and poverty and heal him of hypertension

Adriana
Please provide her and her two children with a home and to find a good person in their town who can help them
Bless her with a better job with more opportunities in her business

Joy
Grant her the desires of her heart regarding her professional career that You want her to have and bless her with the assistant professor position at her University

Brittanie
Give her a stronger relationship with You
for a better relationship with her Mom and Dad
for a better job and to have faith for all these things to happen

Larbi
open his eyes so he may see wondrous things from Your Word and hear clearly Your Voice
grant him a godly wife; grant him grace and favor to fish out the lost souls for You

James
Please bless and prosper his Gospel ministry in Kenya

Bushebi
Bibles for new Christians, needs for orphans, widows and children in foster homes to be met, provision of health care, ministry finances, bikes and better transportation for pastors, for a Bible School Class structure

Stanley
Heal him permanently of kidney infection
Empower him with the spirit of faith to serve You with his whole heart
Bless his family financially and otherwise
Help him to graduate with a 1st class degree from his university

Marie
Please heal Marie, Kylie and Dean of all infection; give them victory through You

Dencil
Restore his father’s health completely and give him a long and peaceful life, guide him in finding the right doctors

PEOPLE WHO HAVE ACCEPTED JESUS CHRIST
Chinwe
Justice
Clifford
Damelus
Allen
Yonas
Priyanka

PEOPLE WHO HAVE RECOMMITTED THEIR LIVES TO JESUS CHRIST
Orinimim
Victoria
Rose
Mary
Annicha
Pascal
Lineo

DEVOTIONAL READING: “Perpetual Spiritual Infancy,” by A.W. Tozer

For some reason, religious activity and godliness do not always go together. To discover this, it is only necessary to observe the current religious scene. There is no lack of soul-winning effort surely, but many of the soul-winners give one the impression that they are little more than salesmen for a brand of Christianity that simply does not lead to saintliness.

If this should strike you as being uncharitable, make this little test: kneel down and read reverently the Sermon on the Mount. Let it get hold of your heart. Catch the spiritual “feeling” of it. Try to conceive what kind of person he or she would be who would embody its teachings. Then compare your conception with the product of the modern religious mill. You will find a wide world of difference both in conduct and in spirit. If the Sermon on the Mount is a fair description of the sort of person a Christian ought to be, then what are we to conclude about the multitudes who have “accepted” Christ but nevertheless exhibit not one moral or spiritual trait such as those described by our Lord?

Now, experience has prepared us for the rebuttal we will surely hear from tender-minded friends: “Who are we to judge? We must leave these professed Christians with the Lord and look to our own doorstep. And furthermore, we should be glad for any little bit of good that is being done and not spoil it by faultfinding.”

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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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