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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, July 19, 2019
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
Imagine never worrying about anything! It seems like an impossibility; we all have worries on the job, in our homes, at school. But Paul’s advice is to turn our worries into prayers. Do you want to worry less? Then pray more! Whenever you start to worry, stop and pray. (NLT)
Philippians 4:4-7 – Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
Quoted verse: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. – Philippians 4:6 (NIV)
“Story” – Preston Burke (Texas, USA) titled his story “CALMED BY PRAYER;” here is a portion of Preston’s story:
“At barely 16 I was the youngest lineman on the varsity football team, but my performance in summer practices had landed me the position of the starting right guard, replacing a graduate . . . Under the weight of everyone’s expectations, I felt overwhelming anxiety.
“When game day finally came, I couldn’t even eat because I was so nervous. Right after I finished putting on my pads, I listened to my music and then began to pray – asking God to help me to perform my best and not to get injured. I then begged God to give me peace during this time of worry. At that point, I heard a voice in my mind saying, ‘I’m here to help.’
“During that amazing moment, an overwhelming peace came upon me, and I was in awe that God was with me and would help. From that moment on, every time that I pray about an issue in my life I feel an indescribable and overwhelming peace. I am amazed that Almighty God, the Creator of everything, wants to hear our requests and needs.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Through prayer, I can find peace and understanding.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for listening to our prayers every time we have a request or need. Help us to remember to always trust in you to help. Amen.
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