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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, March 19, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
“Has the Lord redeemed you? Then speak out!” God has done so much for us, and we have so much for which to thank him.
Lost, hungry, thirsty, and exhausted, these wanderers typify the Israelites in exile. But they also typify anyone who has not found the satisfaction that comes from knowing God. Anyone who recognizes his or her own feelings of being lost can receive the offer of Jesus to satisfy these needs. Jesus is the way, the bread from heaven, the living water, and the giver of rest. Have you received his life-giving offer? (NLT)
Psalm 107:1-9 – Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. Has the Lord redeemed you? Then speak out! Tell others he has saved you from your enemies. For he has gathered the exiles from many lands, from east and west, from north and south.
Some wandered in the desert, lost and homeless. Hungry and thirsty, they nearly died. “Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble, and he rescued them from their distress. He led them straight to safety, to a city where they could live. Let them praise the Lord for his great love and for all his wonderful deeds to them. For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.
O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever. – Psalm 107:1 (NRSV)
Michael R. McGough (Pennsylvania) titled his story “PLEASE AND THANK YOU;” here is Michael’s story:
“When I was a child, my mother and father taught me the importance of the words please and thank you. Over the past 60 plus years, I’ve learned again and again just how powerful these words can be both in conversation and in prayer.
“Reflecting recently on my daily prayers, I found myself using the word please frequently – very frequently in fact. I used the words thank you, too, but not as often. I realized that my petitions and requests were far more numerous than my expressions of gratefulness and appreciation for the blessings God has already provided. Wanting to change that, I decided to begin silently saying ‘thank you!’ throughout the day – every time I sense God’s presence or every time I experience one of God’s blessings.
“As a result of a more purposeful focus on my expressions of gratitude, the power of those simple words my parents taught me decades ago has been renewed. My silent acknowledgments of God’s boundless blessings throughout the day are a vivid and pleasant reminder of God’s care and constant presence. As we say please and thank you to God, we are continually reminded of God’s amazing grace, peace, and steadfast love that endure forever!”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Gratitude is an important part of prayer.
Prayer: O God, help us cultivate a spirit of thankfulness that we may forever remain grateful for your gifts – even life itself. Amen.
Prayer Focus: GRATITUDE FOR TODAY’S BLESSINGS
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