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.
Ray Comfort said, “Establish a family altar. Build it out of unmovable rocks of resolution. Your time of family devotions should (almost) be non-negotiable. It should be priority for your whole family. Don’t be legalistic about it, but as much as you possibly can, put all other things aside before you postpone or cancel family devotions.”
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 37:7-20
7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.
9 For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.
10 For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.
11 But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
12 The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.
13 The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming.
14 The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation.
15 Their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.
16 A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.
17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the Lord upholdeth the righteous.
18 The Lord knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever.
19 They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.
20 But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the Lord shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away.
Matthew Henry wrote in his commentary, “Let us be satisfied that God will make all things to work for good for us. Let us not discompose ourselves at what we see in this world. A fretful, discontented spirit is open to many temptations. For, in all respects, the little which is allotted to the righteous is more comfortable and more profitable than the ill-gotten and abused riches of ungodly men. It comes from a hand of special love. God provides plentifully and well, not only for his working servants, but for his waiting servants. They have that which is better than wealth — peace of mind, peace with God, and then peace in God; that peace which the world cannot give, and which the world cannot have.”
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 Social Media Dan Scavino
Leaders of federal agencies: Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission Chairman William Althen
State governors: Delaware Governor John Carney
City mayors: Virginia Beach, VA, Mayor Will Sessoms
U.S. Senators: Montana Senator Steve Daines
U.S. Representatives: Arizona Representative Trent Franks
Police Chiefs: Sacramento, CA, Police Chief Brian Louie
Sheriffs: Cuyahoga County, OH, Sheriff Clifford Pinkney
Military Leaders: General Joseph L. Lengyel, Chief of the National Guard Bureau
All law enforcement officials
Leaders of nations around the world: China’s President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang
PRAYER FOR CHURCH LEADERSHIP
Leaders of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod: First Vice President Herbert Mueller Jr.
PRAYER FOR CURRENT EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD
– For the families of the 16 people killed in a military plane crash in Mississippi
– For provision and protection for the nearly 20,000 people who have been evacuated from their homes due to wildfires in Canada, California, and 5 other states.
– For the eradication of the cholera virus in Yemen where over 300,000 infections have now been recorded
– For the comfort of the families of 9 people who were killed in a tour bus crash n Peru
– For protection, provision, housing, and clothing for the thousands of migrants who are fleeing the Middle East and North Africa
– For the peace of Jerusalem
– Persecuted Christians around the world
PRAYER FOR THE MEDIA
ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos
for her family, friends, and neighborhood; spiritual, mental, and physical guidance, strength, and protection
deliver him from depression and phobias
give her the husband You want her to have
please bless her with a child and a healthy pregnancy
please guide her and give her Your wisdom while she goes through divorce and in other tough decisions; help her to go to church again and have great faith; save her children and husband and help them to stay together if it is Your will, continue to fulfill Your plan for her life
bless her to live a simple life with her three children, lead and guide her, her children and her loved ones and save all her loved ones
for his family happiness and Salvation
please deliver him from the income tax challenge he is in; help him to study The Bible
for all spiritual attacks against them to cease, please surround them with Your angels and keep them from harm; provide them with the housing situation you want them to have
Please heal her body completely, help her family to be able to buy a house and pay off their debts; bless them with a Bible-believing church and friends to support them
PEOPLE WHO HAVE ACCEPTED JESUS CHRIST
PEOPLE WHO HAVE RECOMMITTED THEIR LIVES TO JESUS CHRIST
DEVOTIONAL READING: “Everything in Jesus,” by A.W. Tozer
God’s gifts are many; His best gift is one. It is the gift of Himself. Above all gifts, God desires most to give Himself to His people. Our nature being what it is, we are the best fitted of all creatures to know and enjoy God. Augustine said, “For Thou madest us for Thyself, and our heart is restless, until it repose in Thee.”
When God told Aaron, “You will have no inheritance in their land, nor will you have any share among them; I am your share and your inheritance among the Israelites,” He in fact promised a portion infinitely above all the real estate in Palestine and all the earth thrown in. To possess God — this is the inheritance ultimate and supreme.
There is a sense in which God never gives any gift except he gives Himself with it. The love of God, what is it but God giving Himself in love? The mercy of God is but God giving Himself in mercy, and so with all other blessings and benefits so freely showered upon the children of atonement. Deep within all divine blessing is the Divine One Himself dwelling as in a sanctuary.
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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!