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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, April 7, 2017
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Today’s scripture reading:
Our joys, prayers, and thankfulness should not fluctuate with our circumstances or feelings. Obeying these three commands—be joyful, keep on praying, and be thankful—often goes against our natural inclinations. When we make a conscious decision to do what God says, however, we will begin to see people in a new perspective. When we do God’s will, we will find it easier to be joyful and thankful. (NLT)
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 – Always be joyful. Keep on praying. No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
Paul wrote, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” –Philippians 4:4 (NIV)
Peggy Orr Mason (Tennessee) titled her story “PRAY A HAPPY PRAYER;” here is a portion of Peggy’s story:
“As my daughter neared the end of her long and difficult battle with cancer, her husband and her father and I were often at her bedside. I’m sure our prayers reflected the sadness we felt, anticipating the separation we knew was coming. But one day our daughter said, ‘Mom, pray a happy prayer.’ I immediately understood. She wanted to hear a prayer that was not about her illness, but a prayer thanking God for our family’s love, the happy years we’d had together, and our faith that we would be united in our heavenly home.
“With her request, my prayer life was forever changed. From that day forward, I have tried to pray joyful prayers. God loves us, and Jesus died for our sins and has prepared a glorious home in heaven for us – ample reason to rejoice.
Of course, some sadness is inevitable. . . . But I will always be thankful to my beloved daughter for asking me to pray a happy prayer. Words like rejoice, glad, and joy abound in the Bible. And I can’t help but believe that God is pleased with prayers of praise and thanksgiving.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Today I will pray a “happy prayer.”
Prayer: Dear God, we praise you for your mercy and grace. Help us to understand that you are the source of true happiness in our lives. Amen.
Prayer Focus: GRIEVING PARENTS
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