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.
J. Gilchrist Lawson said, “If family worship ever was a duty, it is more of a duty now. We are living in a fast and strenuous age. Never before in the world’s history have there been so many things to draw men away from prayer and the study of God’s Word. If we are to win the great battle now being waged, we must train our boys and girls to love God.”
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 49:6-14
6 They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches;
7 None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him:
8 (For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever:)
9 That he should still live for ever, and not see corruption.
10 For he seeth that wise men die, likewise the fool and the brutish person perish, and leave their wealth to others.
11 Their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue for ever, and their dwelling places to all generations; they call their lands after their own names.
12 Nevertheless man being in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts that perish.
13 This their way is their folly: yet their posterity approve their sayings. Selah.
14 Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their beauty shall consume in the grave from their dwelling.
Matthew Henry wrote in his commentary, “Here is a description of the spirit and way of worldly people. A man may have wealth, and may have his heart enlarged in love, thankfulness, and obedience, and may do good with it. Therefore it is not men’s having riches that proves them to be worldly, but their setting their hearts upon them as the best things. Worldly men have only some floating thoughts of the things of God, while their fixed thoughts, their inward thoughts, are about the world; that lies nearest the heart. But with all their wealth they cannot save the life of the dearest friend they have. This looks further, to the eternal redemption to be wrought out by the Messiah. The redemption of the soul shall cost very dear; but, being once wrought, it shall never need to be repeated. And he, the Redeemer, shall rise again before he sees corruption, and then shall live for evermore”
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 Trade and Manufacturing Policy: Peter Navarro
Leaders of federal agencies: Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Chairperson Victoria A. Lipnic
State governors: Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin
City mayors: Toledo, OH, Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson
U.S. Senators: South Carolina Senator Tim Scott
U.S. Representatives: California Representative Kevin McCarthy
Police Chiefs: Pittsburgh, PA, Police Chief Scott Schubert
Sheriffs: New Haven County, CT, State Marshal Brian Mezick
Military Leaders: Admiral Charles D. Michel, Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard
All law enforcement officials
Leaders of nations around the world: Georgia’s President Giorgi Marg-vel-ash-vili and Prime Minister Giorgi Kvi-rik-ash-vili
PRAYER FOR CHURCH LEADERSHIP
Leaders of the African Methodist Episcopal Church: Treasurer Richard Allen Lewis, Director of Global Witness George Flowers, and Director of Church Growth James Wade
PRAYER FOR CURRENT EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD
– For the church family in Nigeria where 11 people were killed in a gun attack
– For peace to prevail in Venezuela where 2 people were killed in an attempted uprising
– For the families of 2 Boy Scouts who were killed in an outing in East Texas
– For the recovery of the 30 people injured during A tornado in Oklahoma
– For the families of three Marines missing in the waters off the coast of Australia following a plane crash
– 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 correspondent Jeff Pegues, national correspondent Chip Reid, and correspondent Susan Spencer
provide her with a job and help her to get her life back on track; bring unity back to her family; bless her kids with good health and give them safety
provide him with divine intervention and help him to get married; give him a house of his own and ministerial breakthrough
be with her and her family
help her, as a single mom, to raise her 3 children; provide financially for their bills and other household needs; take care of her husband who is in jail
have religious freedom to prevail in Poland; help Edmund, his wife, their daughter, and their sons, to serve You; give wisdom for learning in school to Daniel; provide work for Edmund and Dorothy; bless Ann with a husband
help him to get an education
heal her son who is very ill
Caliph and Edith
bless their evangelistic meetings, revivals, leadership training, and discipleship ministry
have her parents to become real Christians
heal his roommate’s friend, Jennifer, of heart problems; help Jennifer’s boyfriend to be caring
PEOPLE WHO HAVE ACCEPTED JESUS CHRIST
PEOPLE WHO HAVE RECOMMITTED THEIR LIVES TO JESUS CHRIST
DEVOTIONAL READING: “Encountering God,” by A.W. Tozer
The man that will have God’s best becomes at once the object of the personal attention of the Holy Spirit. Such a man will not be required to wait for the rest of the church to come alive. He will not be penalized for the failures of his fellow Christians, nor be asked to forego the blessing till his sleepy brethren catch up. God deals with the individual heart as exclusively as if only one existed.
If this should seem to be an unduly individualistic approach to revival, let it be remembered that religion is personal before it can be social. Every prophet, every reformer, every revivalist had to meet God alone before he could help the multitudes. The great leaders who went on to turn thousands to Christ had to begin with God and their own soul. The plain Christian of today must experience personal revival before he can hope to bring renewed spiritual life to his church.
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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!