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 #111
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.
Richard Cecil said, “Let family worship be short, savory, simple, plain, tender, heavenly.”
PRAY THE LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father which art in Heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name,
Thy Kingdom come,
Thy Will be done in earth, as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:
For Thine is the Kingdom,
and the power, and the glory, for ever.
DEVOTIONAL PASSAGE: PSALM 64:1-6
1 Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer: preserve my life from fear of the enemy.
2 Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity:
3 Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words:
4 That they may shoot in secret at the perfect: suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not.
5 They encourage themselves in an evil matter: they commune of laying snares privily; they say, Who shall see them?
6 They search out iniquities; they accomplish a diligent search: both the inward thought of every one of them, and the heart, is deep.
Matthew Henry wrote in his commentary regarding this passage, “The psalmist earnestly begs of God to preserve him from disquieting fear. The tongue is a little member, but it boasts great things. The upright man is the mark at which the wicked aim, they cannot speak peaceably either of him or to him. There is no guard against a false tongue. It is bad to do wrong, but worse to encourage ourselves and one another in it. It is a sign that the heart is hardened to the greatest degree, when it is thus fully set to do evil. A practical disbelief of God’s knowledge of all things, is at the bottom of every wickedness. The benefit of a good cause and a good conscience, appears most when nothing can help a man against his enemies, save God alone, who is always a present help.”
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: Director of Communications for Implementation Jessica Ditto
Leaders of federal agencies: Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt
State governors: Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin
City mayors: Boise, ID, Mayor David Bieter
U.S. Senators: Colorado Senator Michael Bennet
U.S. Representatives: Colorado Representative Diane DeGette
Police Chiefs: Corpus Christi, TX, Police Chief Mike Markle
Sheriffs: Wake County, NC, Sheriff Donnie Harrison
Military Leaders: General Stephen W. Wilson, Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force
All law enforcement officials
Leaders of nations around the world: Laos’ President Bounn-hang Vora-chith and Prime Minister Thong-loun Si-sou-lith
PRAYER FOR CHURCH LEADERSHIP
Leaders of the United Church of Christ: Chair Frank Bolden, Vice-chair Alice Hunt, and Board Member Maritza Gonzalez
PRAYER FOR CURRENT EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD
– For salvation, protection, comfort, and provision for those affected by the earthquake in western Mexico; for the comfort of the families of the 32 people who have died
– For salvation, protection, comfort, and provision for those being affected by Hurricane Irma; for the comfort of the families of the 20 people who have died
– For Christians in China who are facing increased persecution from the government which has tightened regulations on religious expression
– For an end to the violence in Myanmar; and for salvation, protection, comfort, and provision for the 120,000 people who have been displaced by that violence
– For the salvation, protection, and safety of all those affected by Hurricane Harvey; for the comfort of the families of the 50 people who have died
– 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 correspondents Peter Doocy, Mike Emanuel, and Lea Gabrielle
please have Nick C. to come to know You as his Saviour, please improve his hopeless situation and touch his heart
please save her friend, Goyo Knapp, and heal him of seizures and all other pains in his body
please have her boyfriend to come to know You as Saviour and have Your will to be done regarding their relationship
please provide them a church building and bless their crusades and prayer meetings, please save may souls, bless his family and ministry; provide him and his family with a stable place to live and enough many to pay for it, bring someone to him to advise him in the ministry work
Heal and save her family and resolve all their issues
For her daughter to be healed of mental retardation and speech delay; for her to get a fulltime paying job and a debt free home; for salvation for all of her family members; that You will give her a Godly man to marry
For his kidney function to be 100%
That You will provide her with the financial aid she needs to finish nursing school
Bless him and his family; provide them with good health and the money they need
for your protection and favor to be on her life; for the money to pay all of her medical fees
For him and his family to pass the traveling interview and to obtain their US visas
Help her to find a Bible preaching church home, to keep the passion and desire to follow You
for You to bless his family, marriage, business, and health; give them financial success and peace regarding tithing; help his mother to stay healthy
please heal his daughter from her brain disease and strengthen him and his family throughout this situation
PEOPLE WHO HAVE ACCEPTED JESUS CHRIST
PEOPLE WHO HAVE RECOMMITTED THEIR LIVES TO JESUS CHRIST
DEVOTIONAL READING: “Good Work is First in Christ,” by Charles Spurgeon
Hosea 14:8 says, “From me is thy fruit found.”
Our fruit is found from our God. The fruit of the branch is directly traceable to the root. Sever the connection, the branch dies, and no fruit is produced. By virtue of our union with Christ we bring forth fruit. Every bunch of grapes has been first in the root, it has passed through the stem, and flowed through the sap vessels, and fashioned itself externally into fruit, but it was first in the stem; so also every good work was first in Christ, and then is brought forth in us. O Christian, prize this precious union to Christ; for it must be the source of all the fruitfulness which thou canst hope to know. If thou wert not joined to Jesus Christ, thou wouldst be a barren bough indeed.
Our fruit comes from God as to wise husbandry. The gardener’s sharp-edged knife promotes the fruitfulness of the tree, by thinning the clusters, and by cutting off superfluous shoots. So is it, Christian, with that pruning which the Lord gives to thee. “My Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away; and every branch that beareth fruit he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.” Since our God is the author of our spiritual graces, let us give to him all the glory of our salvation.
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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!