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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, June 6, 2017
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, that as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
Daniel stood alone. Although he knew about the law against praying to anyone except the king, he continued to pray three times a day as he always had. Daniel had a disciplined prayer life. Our prayers are usually interrupted, not by threats, but simply by the pressure of our schedules. Don’t let threat or pressures cut into your prayer time. Pray regularly, no matter what, for prayer is your lifeline to God. (NLT)
Daniel 6:10 – But when Daniel learned that the law had been signed, he went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs room, with its windows open toward Jerusalem. He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God.
* The problems that we run into will develop our perseverance—which in turn will strengthen our character, deepen our trust in God, and give us greater confidence about the future. You probably find your patience tested in some way every day. Thank God for those opportunities to grow, and deal with them in his strength. (NLT)
Romans 5:1-5 – Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of highest privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they are good for us—they help us learn to endure. And endurance develops strength of character in us, and character strengthens our confident expectation of salvation. And this expectation will not disappoint us. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.
Daniel knelt down, prayed, and praised his God three times [each] day. –Daniel 6:10 (CEB)
Phebe Gamata Crismo’s (Bulacan, Philippines) story is titled “STRONGER ON MY KNEES;” here is a portion of Phebe’s story:
“Having put all five of us children and all our belongings into the cart, my father helped my mother get onto the carabao (water buffalo) and led us back to his church assignment . . . It was raining hard, and the trail was muddy, knee-deep in some places. . . . Going up the riverbank on the steep and slippery trail was difficult. Suddenly my younger brother cried out, ‘Father, look! The carabao is kneeling. It can’t pull us up anymore!’ Father looked back at us in the cart. ‘Don’t worry, son,’ he said. ‘The carabao is strongest when it kneels.’
“I watched the carabao as it struggled on the slippery trail one step at a time. It would stop, kneel, strain, get up slowly and pull, until we were over the top. The carabao’s strength came from kneeling, just as Father had said. Each time it knelt, it pulled us up farther and faster.
“That was many years ago. I often think of the carabao as I pass through difficult times in my personal life. I, too, have discovered extraordinary strength when I get down on my knees in prayer.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – We are strongest when we are on our knees in prayer.
Prayer: Dear God, help us find strength in prayer. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/