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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
Jesus commands us not to worry. But how can we avoid it? Only faith can free us from the anxiety caused by greed and covetousness. It is good to work and plan responsibility; it is bad to dwell on all the ways our planning could go wrong. Worry is pointless because it can’t fill any of our needs; worry is foolish because the Creator of the universe loves us and knows what we need. He promises to meet all our real needs but not necessarily all our desires. (NLT)
Luke 12:22-31 – Then turning to his disciples, Jesus said, “So I tell you, don’t worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or clothes to wear. For life consists of far more than food and clothing. Look at the ravens. They don’t need to plant or harvest or put food in barns because God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds! Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Of course not! And if worry can’t do little things like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?
“Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won’t he more surely care for you? You have so little faith! And don’t worry about food—what to eat and drink. Don’t worry whether God will provide it for you. These things dominate the thoughts of most people, but your Father already knows your needs. He will give you all you need from day to day if you make the Kingdom of God your primary concern.”
Humble yourselves under God’s power so that he may raise you up in the last day. Throw all your anxiety onto him, because he cares about you. –1 Peter 5:6-7 (CEB)
Here is a portion of Jennifer Aaron’s (Washington) story:
“Every week I walk with a friend . . .
“During our walk, I had told my friend about a serious health challenge my husband is facing and how stressed I am with trying to work out all the details of finances and scheduling and travel involved in one possible treatment. My wonderful friend began praying for me right then and there. Her promptness in bringing these needs before God reminded me that I have been spending more time fretting than asking God for what we need.
“. . . When stressful circumstances approach, I am too prone to rush at them, barking and snarling, heedless of how inadequate my own strength is. What I should be doing is putting the One who can handle anything in between me and my problems through prayer.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – My worrying is useless, but prayer is powerful.
Prayer: Thank you, God, for the prayers of family and friends. Help me to choose daily to pray instead of worrying. Amen.
Prayer Focus: FAMILIES DEALING WITH SERIOUS ILLNESS
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