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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Today’s scripture reading:
Winning a race requires purpose and discipline. The essential disciplines of prayer, Bible study, and worship equip us to run with vigor and stamina. Train diligently–your spiritual progress depends upon it.
Each person’s special duties determine the discipline and denial that he or she must accept. Without a goal, discipline is nothing but self-punishment. With the goal of pleasing God, our denial seems like nothing compared to the eternal imperishable reward that will be ours. (NLT)
1 Corinthians 9:24-27 – Remember that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize. You also must run in such a way that you will win. All athletes practice strict self-control. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run straight to the goal with purpose in every step. I am not like a boxer who misses his punches. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.
We call blessed those who showed endurance. — James 5:11 (NRSV)
Gael Stuart Phaneuf (Colorado) titled her story “A LESSON FROM MY INBOX;” here is a portion of Gael’s story:
“Another prayer request arrived by email, and I was feeling overwhelmed. My women’s group emailed prayer requests regularly, and another urgent need from a parishioner wrenched my heart. How would I find time to add another intercessory prayer to my already lengthy list, while giving each the depth and fervor it deserved?
“As I was pondering, another email from a longtime friend popped into my inbox. She wanted me to know she had prayed for my strength and endurance to do the ministries the Lord had given me. She mentioned how grateful she was for the prayers I had prayed for her and the spiritual comfort I had offered her through the years. I was surprised and humbled by how much my actions meant to her.
My friend’s email served as the encouragement I needed to persevere. . . . Physical problems have somewhat curtailed what I can do to serve the Lord, but I am able to pray for others right here at home.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Whom can I encourage to persevere in prayer?
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to pray with open, honest, loving hearts for those whose cares you have entrusted to us. Amen.
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