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.
D.J. Maska said, “Being intentional about a devotional time and developing a family culture around that habit is important. Family devotions can initiate stronger relationships with children and open opportunities to pray with and for them. While it might require that we spend less time doing our “own things”, scheduling family devotions can yield eternal dividends in a family’s spiritual growth and legacy.”
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 36
1 The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes.
2 For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hateful.
3 The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he hath left off to be wise, and to do good.
4 He deviseth mischief upon his bed; he setteth himself in a way that is not good; he abhorreth not evil.
5 Thy mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds.
6 Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O Lord, thou preservest man and beast.
7 How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.
8 They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.
9 For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.
10 O continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know thee; and thy righteousness to the upright in heart.
11 Let not the foot of pride come against me, and let not the hand of the wicked remove me.
12 There are the workers of iniquity fallen: they are cast down, and shall not be able to rise.
Matthew Henry wrote in his commentary, “Men may shut up their compassion, yet with God we shall find mercy. This is a great comfort to all believers, plainly to be seen, and not to be taken away. God does all wisely and well; but what he does we know not now, but we will know in time hereafter. God’s loving-kindness is precious to the saints. They put themselves under his protection, and then are safe and easy. Gracious souls, though still desiring more of God, never desire more than God. The gifts of Providence satisfy them and they are content with such things as they have. The benefit of holy ordinances is sweet to a sanctified soul and strengthening to the spiritual and Divine life. But full satisfaction is reserved for the future state. Only in Heaven shall our joys be constant.”
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: Communications Advisor: Joshua Raffel
Leaders of federal agencies: Federal Labor Relations Authority Chairwoman Carol Pope
State governors: Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper
City mayors: Kansas City, MO, Mayor Sly James
U.S. Senators: Missouri Senator Roy Blunt
U.S. Representatives: Arizona Representative David Schweikert
Police Chiefs: Tucson, AZ, Police Chief Chris Magnus
Sheriffs: Nassau County, NY, Sheriff Michael J. Sposato
Military Leaders: General John E. Hyten, Commander of U.S. Strategic Command
All law enforcement officials
Leaders of nations around the world: Chad’s President Idriss Déby and Prime Minister – Albert Padacké
PRAYER FOR CHURCH LEADERSHIP
Leaders of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod: Vice-Chairman Ed Everts
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
please heal her of the tumors in her abdominal cavity.
please prepare him for a government job and clear his mind
please bless and provide for him, the orphans, his family, and church members; turn all the people in India from idol worship toward You; help them to spread The Gospel efficiently
please heal her pastor and heal her of panic attacks and fear; give her peace of mind, joy, gratitude, faith, and hope; restore and transform her to what You want her to be
please provide money for the artificial leg that he needs
please grant him favor and wisdom, heal his wife of HIV/AIDS, and help him and his family to glorify You
heal her of all of the pain she is going through; save her mother and her neighbour
heal her younger brother and his family of sorrow; be with her widow mother and heal her of sorrow; bless their jobs and their ministry
heal her of cancer in her bones and skull
bless them with a warm, safe, and secure house to live in in a new town
PEOPLE WHO HAVE ACCEPTED JESUS CHRIST
PEOPLE WHO HAVE RECOMMITTED THEIR LIVES TO JESUS CHRIST
DEVOTIONAL READING: “What Drives You? (Part 4)” from “The Purpose Driven Life,” by Rick Warren
Many people are driven by materialism. Their desire to acquire becomes the whole goal of their lives. This drive to always want more is based on the misconceptions that having more will make me more happy, more important, and more secure, but all three ideas are untrue. Possessions only provide temporary happiness. Because things do not change, we eventually become bored with them and then want newer, bigger, better versions.
It’s also a myth that if I get more, I will be more important. Self-worth and net worth are not the same. Your value is not determined by your valuables, and God says the most valuable things in life are not things!
The most common myth about money is that having more will make me more secure. It won’t. Wealth can be lost instantly through a variety of uncontrollable factors. Real security can only be found in that which can never be taken from you — your relationship with God.
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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!