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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, January 11, 2017
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Today’s scripture reading:
Thank Him for all He has done in prayer.
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.
True peace is not found in positive thinking, in absence of conflict, or in good feelings. It comes from knowing that God is in control. Let God’s peace guard your heart against anxiety.
It’s not enough to hear or read the Word of God or even to know it well. We must also put it into practice. How easy it is to listen to a sermon and forget what the preacher said. How easy it is to read the Bible and not think about how to live differently. How easy it is to debate what a passage means and not live out that meaning. Exposure to God’s Word is not enough. It must lead to obedience. (NLT)
Philippians 4:4-9 – 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.
And now, dear brothers and sisters, let me say one more thing as I close this letter. Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned from me and heard from me and saw me doing, and the God of peace will be with you.
In every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. –Philippians 4:6 (NIV)
Teresa Coda (Massachusetts) titled her story “EXPRESSIONS OF PRAYER;” here is a portion of Teresa’s story:
“I work as a hospital chaplain, providing spiritual and emotional care to patients and their families. . . . I often feel that my prayers are shallow when I don’t know what these patients hold dear, what their dreams and fears are, and where they have invested their love.
“When I shared this struggle with my supervisor, he responded by saying, ‘You feel that these prayers are inadequate because words are inadequate.’ He is right. Even when I am able to carefully craft and personalize my prayers for a patient, words cannot adequately express the pain of parents who have lost a child, the joy of a new transplant recipient, or the shock of a cancer patient given three months to live. ‘Go and use words to pray with those families,’ my supervisor continued. ‘But remember that your presence, your body language, and your ability to empathize are also a part of prayer.’
“Maybe this is what Paul meant when he advised the Philippians to pray ‘in every situation.’ A rejoicing spirit, a gentle demeanor, and a calm presence are powerful expressions of prayer.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – My prayers are meaningful even when words fail.
Prayer: O God, may our prayers extend beyond our words into our loving presence in the world. Amen.
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