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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
We often depend on our own skills and abilities when life seems easy and only turn to God when we feel unable to help ourselves. But as we realize our own powerlessness without him and our need for his constant help in our lives, we come to depend on him more and more. God is our source of power, and we receive his help by keeping in touch with him. With this attitude of dependence, problems will drive us to God rather than away from him. Learn how to rely on God daily.
Paul requested prayer for himself and his companions as they traveled to spread God’s message. Pray for pastors, teachers, missionaries, and others who are spreading the Good News. Satan will challenge anyone making a real difference for God. (NLT)
2 Corinthians 1:8-11 – I think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters, about the trouble we went through in the province of Asia. We were crushed and completely overwhelmed, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we learned not to rely on ourselves, but on God who can raise the dead. And he did deliver us from mortal danger. And we are confident that he will continue to deliver us. He will rescue us because you are helping by praying for us. As a result, many will give thanks to God because so many people’s prayers for our safety have been answered.
Paul wrote, “On [God] we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers.” — 2 Corinthians 1:10-11 (NIV)
Howard Coop (Kentucky) titled his story “A BOND OF SUPPORT;” here is a portion of Howard’s story:
“The winter of 2014 was rough. In addition to the snow and ice, my wife, Kathryn, spent three weeks in the hospital and came home showing no improvement. Then two weeks later, she died. . . .
“When we become united by the prayers of our friends, we establish a strong and powerful supporting bond that brings us encouragement and enables us to bear even the heaviest burdens.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – The prayers of friends can be a powerful healing force.
Prayer: Thank you, loving Father, for the supporting bond of prayer that comes from caring friends. In the name of Christ, our Lord, we pray. Amen.
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