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.
Robert Burns, the national poet of Scotland, expressed his memory of the family altar in a poem titled “The Cotter’s Saturday Night”, part of which reads:
Kneeling down to Heaven’s Eternal King,
The saint, the father and the husband prays:
Hope springs exulting on triumphant wing
That thus they all shall meet in future days;
There ever bask in uncreated rays,
No more to sigh or shed the bitter tear;
Together hymning their Creator’s praise,
In such society yet still more dear,
When circling time moves round in an eternal sphere.
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 37:34-40
34 Wait on the Lord, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.
35 I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree.
36 Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found.
37 Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.
38 But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off.
39 But the salvation of the righteous is of the Lord: he is their strength in the time of trouble.
40 And the Lord shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.
Matthew Henry wrote in his commentary, “Duty is ours, and we must mind it; but events are God’s, and we must refer the disposal of them to him. But God remarkably blights the projects of the prosperous wicked, especially persecutors. None are perfect in themselves, but believers are so in Christ Jesus. If all the saint’s days continue dark and cloudy, his dying day may prove comfortable, and his sun set bright; or, if it should set under a cloud, yet his future state will be everlasting peace. The salvation of the righteous will be the Lord’s doing. He will help them to do their duties, to bear their burdens. He will help them get good by them, and, in due time, will deliver them out of their troubles.”
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: Chief Digital Officer Ory S. Rinat
Leaders of federal agencies: National Mediation Board Chairman Harry R. Hoglander
State governors: Georgia Governor Nathan Deal
City mayors: Colorado Springs, CO, Mayor John W. Suthers
U.S. Senators: Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse
U.S. Representatives: Arkansas Representative Rick Crawford
Police Chiefs: Long Beach, CA, Police Chief Robert Luna
Sheriffs: Allegheny County, FL, Sheriff William P. Mullen
Military Leaders: General Vincent K. Brooks, Commander of U.S. Forces in Korea
All law enforcement officials
Leaders of nations around the world: Antigua and Barbuda’s Governor-General Sir Rodney Williams and Prime Minister Gaston Browne
PRAYER FOR CHURCH LEADERSHIP
Leaders of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod: Chief Administrative Officer Val Rhoden-Kimbrough
PRAYER FOR CURRENT EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD
– For the families of nearly 20 people killed in a Boko Haram attack in Nigeria
– For the protection of Christians in the Philippines
– For the families of the 16 people killed in a military plane crash in Mississippi
– For the eradication of the cholera virus in Yemen where over 300,000 infections have now been recorded
– 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 Legal Analyst Dan Abrams
help her to succeed in her career, help her children to succeed in academics, strengthen her prayer life and help her husband to accept You into his heart; have peace to prevail in her country among the people and government leaders
keep his marriage strong and help them to grow in You; please keep their sons healthy and bless their careers; guide them so they won’t lose focus on You
please give Jordan, Eleanor, Kyle, Kylen, and Kayden spiritual, emotional and physical healing
heal Bertha and her son of mental problems; help Takondwa and Philip not to be confused or angry; deliver Beatrice from anger; help her husband to care for the family and not experience any setbacks
for her husband to stop cheating and for them to work things out and get back together, help her to accept Your forgiveness
please be with his wife and family and work out their government jobs
help him to become a full-time evangelist for You and spread The Gospel to the unreached people in Jammu
please provide his ministry with the support it needs and education and loving care for the children
please heal him of schizophrenia, mental issues, depression, suicidal thoughts, and guilt; make him the person You want him to be; help him to be successful in school and to make the right decisions
please help all cyber bullying to stop, help her husband to be a great father and husband, lead them to a good church home
PEOPLE WHO HAVE ACCEPTED JESUS CHRIST
PEOPLE WHO HAVE RECOMMITTED THEIR LIVES TO JESUS CHRIST
DEVOTIONAL READING: “What Drives You? (Part 5)” from “The Purpose Driven Life,” by Rick Warren
Many people are driven by the need for approval. They allow the expectations of parents or spouses or children or teachers or friends to control their lives. Many adults are still trying to earn the approval of unpleasable parents. Others are driven by peer pressure, always worried by what others might think. Unfortunately, those who follow the crowd usually get lost in it.
I don’t know all the keys to success, but one key to failure is to try to please everyone. Being controlled by the opinions of others is a guaranteed way to miss God’s purposes for your life. Jesus said, “No one can serve two masters.”
There are other forces that can drive your life but all lead to the same dead end: unused potential, unnecessary stress, and an unfulfilled life.
You can learn how to live a purpose driven life — a life guided, controlled, and directed by God’s purposes. Nothing matters more than knowing God’s purposes for your life, and nothing can compensate for not knowing them-not success, wealth, fame, or pleasure. Without a purpose, life is motion without meaning, activity without direction, and events without reason. Without a purpose, life is trivial, petty, and pointless.
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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!