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.
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.
Jonathan Edwards said, “The Christian family is a little church and commonwealth by itself, and the head of the family has more advantage in his little community to promote religion than ministers have in the congregation.”
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 48:8-14
8 As we have heard, so have we seen in the city of the Lord of hosts, in the city of our God: God will establish it for ever. Selah.
9 We have thought of thy lovingkindness, O God, in the midst of thy temple.
10 According to thy name, O God, so is thy praise unto the ends of the earth: thy right hand is full of righteousness.
11 Let mount Zion rejoice, let the daughters of Judah be glad, because of thy judgments.
12 Walk about Zion, and go round about her: tell the towers thereof.
13 Mark ye well her bulwarks, consider her palaces; that ye may tell it to the generation following.
14 For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.
Matthew Henry wrote in his commentary, “We have here the improvement which the people of God are to make of his glorious and gracious appearances for them. Let our faith in the word of God be hereby confirmed. Let our hope of the stability of the church be encouraged. Let our minds be filled with good thoughts of God. All the streams of mercy that flow down to us, must be traced to the fountain of His loving-kindness. Let us give to God the glory of the great things he has done for us. Let all the members of the church take comfort from what the Lord does for his church. He will so guide us, as to set us above the reach of death, so that it shall not do us any real hurt. He will lead us to a life in which there shall be no more death.”
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: Staff Secretary Rob Porter
Leaders of federal agencies: Selective Service System Director Donald M. Benton
State governors: North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum
City mayors: Cincinnati, OH, Mayor John Cranley
U.S. Senators: Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
U.S. Representatives: California Representative David Valadao
Police Chiefs: Lexington, KY, Police Chief Mark Barnard
Sheriffs: Prince George’s County, MD, Sheriff Melvin C. High
Military Leaders: General Tod D. Wolters, Commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Africa
All law enforcement officials
Leaders of nations around the world: Gabon’s President Ali Ondimba and Prime Minister Emmanuel Issoze-Ngon-det
PRAYER FOR CHURCH LEADERSHIP
Leaders of the African Methodist Episcopal Church: Bishop David Daniels Jr., Bishop E. Anne Henning-Byfield, and Bishop Wilfred Jacobus Messiah
PRAYER FOR CURRENT EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD
– For the families of three Marines missing in the waters off the coast of Australia following a plane crash
– For provision for the people affected by the fire at a Dubai residential skyscraper
– For the families of the two individuals killed in a natural gas explosion at a Christian school in Indianapolis
– For the family of the two people killed in an emergency plane landing on a beach in Portugal
– 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
CBS News Chief Washington correspondent and anchor John Dickerson, chief White House correspondent Major Garrett, and correspondent Julianna Goldman
give her healing in her mind and body, deliver her from depression
meet her urgent financial needs
bless her personally, professionally, and in every relationship; take the heart of stone from her heart and grant her a new heart; give her Your wisdom
give him a closer walk with You
have 100% of her Social Security benefits to be released and all finances (including VA) to be released as soon as possible; provide her with her own place to live
provide Jordan, Eleanor, Kyle, Kylen, and Kayden with a financial breakthrough to meet all of their obligations including rent, food, and utilities
deliver Elena from all problems and be with her 11 children
provide for their charity ministry and church planting ministry
give her a financial breakthrough
deliver her from alcohol; heal her body and mind, restore her soul; provide her a place to live of her own, bless her finances, and give her direction; have her children to be saved, and have their relationship to be restored; open doors for her ministry
PEOPLE WHO HAVE ACCEPTED JESUS CHRIST
PEOPLE WHO HAVE RECOMMITTED THEIR LIVES TO JESUS CHRIST
DEVOTIONAL READING: “What Drives You? (Part 10)” from “The Purpose Driven Life,” by Rick Warren
From the Bible we can surmise that God will ask us two crucial questions at the end of our life.
First, “What did you do with my Son, Jesus Christ?” God won’t ask about your religious background or doctrinal views. The only thing that will matter is, did you accept what Jesus did for you and did you learn to love and trust him? Jesus said, “l am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Second, “What did you do with what I gave you?” What did you do with your life — all the gifts, talents, opportunities, energy, relationships, and resources God gave you? Did you spend them on yourself, or did you use them for the purposes God made you for?”
Preparing yourself for these questions is important. The first question will determine where you spend eternity. The second question will determine what you do in eternity.
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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!