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.
Welcome to the Whyte House Family Devotion #105
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
Adrian Rogers said, “The same Jesus Who turned water into wine can transform your home, your life, your family, and your future. He is still in the miracle-working business, and His business is the business of transformation.”
PRAY “THE COMMON PRAYER”
Almighty and most merciful Father; We have sinned, and strayed from Thy ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against Thy holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; And we have done those things which we ought not to have done; And there is no peace and joy in us. But Thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare Thou us, O God, who confess our sins, our faults, and our failures. Restore those of us who confess our sins and repent; According to Thy promises declared unto us in Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father, for His sake; That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life,
To the glory of Thy holy Name.
In Jesus Christ Name we pray and for His sake. Amen.
DEVOTIONAL PASSAGE: PSALM 61:1-4
1 Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.
2 From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
3 For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.
4 I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.
Matthew Henry wrote in his commentary regarding this passage, “David begins with prayers and tears, but ends with praise. Thus the soul, being lifted up to God, returns to the enjoyment of itself. Wherever we are, we have liberty to draw near to God, and may find a way open to the throne of grace. And that which separates us from other comforts, should drive us nearer to God, the fountain of all comfort. Though the heart is overwhelmed, yet it may be lifted up to God in prayer. Nay, I will cry unto thee, for by that means it will be supported and relieved. Weeping must quicken praying, and not deaden it. God’s power and promise are a rock that is higher than we are. This rock is Christ. ”
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: National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster
Leaders of federal agencies: United States Postal Service Postmaster General Megan Brennan
State governors: Maryland Governor Larry Hogan
City mayors: New Orleans, LA, Mayor Mitch Landrieu
U.S. Senators: New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
U.S. Representatives: California Representative Ami Bera
Police Chiefs: Tulsa, OK, Police Chief Chuck Jordan
Sheriffs: Montgomery County, MD, Sheriff Darren M. Popkin
Military Leaders: Admiral John M. Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations
All law enforcement officials
Leaders of nations around the world: Djibouti’s President Ismaïl Guelleh and Prime Minister Abdoul Mohamed
PRAYER FOR CHURCH LEADERSHIP
Leaders of the Evangelical Free Church of America: Superintendents Bob Rowley, Steve Highfill, and Neal Brower
PRAYER FOR CURRENT EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD
– For the families of the over 1,200 people who have been killed in flooding in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh
– For the 100,000 people who have been displaced by flooding in Central Nigeria
– For the 110,000 people who have been misplaced by flooding in Makurdi
– For the 20,000 people who have been displaced by violence in Bangladesh
– For the salvation, protection, and safety of all those affected by Hurricane Harvey; for the comfort of the families of the 46 people who have died
– For protection and provision for South Sudanese refugees fleeing violence and political instability in their country.
– 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
Fox News hosts Brian Kilmeade, Martha MacCallum, and Meghan McCain
heal his granddaughter of heart issues; bless the doctors who are trying to save her; help his father-in-law to recover from his operation; heal his wife of lung problems
please bless his ministry with Bibles for new Christians, provide for the orphans and widows in his community; bless them with bikes and better transportation for ministry workers; please end the drought and famine
healing from pain in his reproductive organ
be with his wife and daughter while they are in New Jersey; deliver them from temptation
for her only child who is in the music industry; deliver them from gentrification in Prince George’s County; bless them with a new home
bless Yesaiah Ministries
please give her a safe trip to California, guide her to where You want her to go and to the right church; give her strength and wisdom to make the right choices
heal her from the grief of the death of her oldest son; deliver Dwain from drugs and provide him with a job and a productive life
strengthen her spiritually, emotionally, and physically, give her more faith in You and help her to feel Your Presence and love in her life; deliver her from all spiritual attacks; bring her family back together
please heal him of depression and fear; bless him and his brother; deliver his brother from negative thoughts
PEOPLE WHO HAVE ACCEPTED JESUS CHRIST
PEOPLE WHO HAVE RECOMMITTED THEIR LIVES TO JESUS CHRIST
DEVOTIONAL READING: “Pouring Out the Water of Satisfaction,” by Oswald Chambers
What has been like “water from the well of Bethlehem” to you recently — love, friendship, or maybe some spiritual blessing? Have you taken whatever it may be, even at the risk of damaging your own soul, simply to satisfy yourself? If you have, then you cannot pour it out “to the Lord.” You can never set apart for God something that you desire for yourself to achieve your own satisfaction. If you try to satisfy yourself with a blessing from God, it will corrupt you. You must sacrifice it, pouring it out to God — something that your common sense says is an absurd waste.
How can I pour out “to the Lord” natural love and spiritual blessings? There is only one way— I must make a determination in my mind to do so. There are certain things other people do that could never be received by someone who does not know God, because it is humanly impossible to repay them. As soon as I realize that something is too wonderful for me, that I am not worthy to receive it, and that it is not meant for a human being at all, I must pour it out “to the Lord.” Then these very things that have come to me will be poured out as “rivers of living water” all around me. And until I pour these things out to God, they actually endanger those I love, as well as myself, because they will be turned into lust. Yes, we can be lustful in things that are not sordid and vile. Even love must be transformed by being poured out “to the Lord.”
If you have become bitter and sour, it is because when God gave you a blessing you hoarded it. Yet if you had poured it out to Him, you would have been the sweetest person on earth. If you are always keeping blessings to yourself and never learning to pour out anything “to the Lord,” other people will never have their vision of God expanded through you.
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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!