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.
Nancy Campbell said, “To read the Word of God daily to your children is not just a good idea. It is imperative for the saving of our nation. It is crucial for the preservation of future generations — our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.”
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 50:16-23
16 But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth?
17 Seeing thou hatest instruction, and casteth my words behind thee.
18 When thou sawest a thief, then thou consentedst with him, and hast been partaker with adulterers.
19 Thou givest thy mouth to evil, and thy tongue frameth deceit.
20 Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother’s son.
21 These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes.
22 Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver.
23 Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.
Matthew Henry wrote in his commentary, “Hypocrisy is wickedness which God will judge. And it is too common for those who declare the Lord’s statutes to others to live in disobedience to them themselves. This delusion arises from the abuse of God’s long-suffering, and a wilful mistake of his character and the intention of his gospel. The sins of sinners will be fully proved on them in the judgment of the great day. The day is coming when God will set their sins in order — sins of childhood and youth, of riper age and old age — to their everlasting shame and terror. Let those hitherto forgetful of God, given up to wickedness, or in any way negligent of salvation, consider their urgent danger. ”
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: Deputy Counsel to the President Makan Delrahim
Leaders of federal agencies: Library of Congress Director Carla Hayden
State governors: South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster
City mayors: Henderson, NV, Mayor Debra March
U.S. Senators: Tennessee Senator Bob Corker
U.S. Representatives: California Representative Judy Chu
Police Chiefs: Henderson, NV, Police Chief Todd Peters
Sheriffs: Gwinnett County, GA, Sheriff R.L. Conway
Military Leaders: General Joseph L. Votel, Commander of U.S. Central Command
All law enforcement officials
Leaders of nations around the world: Grenada’s Governor-General Dame Cécile La Grenade and Prime Minister Keith Mitchell
PRAYER FOR CHURCH LEADERSHIP
Leaders of the Church of the Nazarene: Education Commissioner & Global Clergy Development Director Dan Copp, General Treasurer Keith Cox, Global Mission Director Verne Ward
PRAYER FOR CURRENT EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD
– For the families of the 34 people killed in a bus crash in China and for the recovery of the 13 wounded
– For the 50 migrants who were drowned by migrant smugglers in the Sea of Aden; For protection and provision for all migrants who are seeking better living situations in new lands
– For protection and provision for New Orleans residents affected by flooding
– For the 6 French soldiers injured in a vehicle run-over
– 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
CNN anchors Alisyn Camerota, Anderson Cooper, Carol Costello
Umesh in Odisha State, India
please bless his ministry, Orissa Missionary Movement and encourage the gospel workers there
help him to please You by working in the field You want him to work in
please have no weapon formed against her to prosper and for every tongue that rises against her to be convicted
please bless the Christian motion picture he wants to make, have it to witness to many people
please save his girlfriend, her father, and her siblings; give her strength to forgive them
please bless her family, especially her husband, with good health, happiness, and peace of mind; bless her mother and son with healthy lives
please deliver him from all personal problems and have him to receive the money due him
please help him to get away from God-hating people and make them cease from demonic activity; please save their souls
please bless the children she helps sponsor
please heal her of severe bone pain, strengthen her immune system, and cleanse her entire body; please strengthen Dean’s immune system and cleanse him of any impurities; lead them in dealing with medical expenses
help them to continue winning souls and following Your instruction; bless them with Bibles in their language, sound equipment, and microphones; bless them with a church building
PEOPLE WHO HAVE ACCEPTED JESUS CHRIST
PEOPLE WHO HAVE RECOMMITTED THEIR LIVES TO JESUS CHRIST
DEVOTIONAL READING: “Joy or Burden?” by A.W. Tozer
I think we make two mistakes in our attitude toward our Christian leaders, one in not being sufficiently grateful to them and the other in following them too slavishly.
The first is a sin of omission, and because it is something that is not there it is not so likely to be noticed as a sin that is plainly present. For instance, it is a sin to be ungrateful to a man who has befriended us, but it is not as bad or as obvious a sin as stealing his pocketbook.
To be grateful to God’s servants is to be grateful to God. The benefits we receive from them result from God’s working through them, but as free agents they could have refused to cooperate. That they cheerfully yielded their members to the Spirit for our good puts us under continual obligation to them. Because they are so many, and because the vast majority of them have long fallen asleep we cannot make a like return to them in person; the only way we can discharge our obligation is to be thankful. Gratitude is an offering precious in the sight of God, and it is one that the poorest of us can make and be not poorer but richer for having made it.
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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!