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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, June 20, 2017
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which 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:
Matthew 6:5-8 – [Jesus said] “And now about prayer. When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I assure you, that is all the reward they will ever get. But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father secretly. Then your Father, who knows all secrets, will reward you.
“When you pray, don’t babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered only by repeating their words again and again. Don’t be like them, because your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!”
The Lord says, “Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.” –Isaiah 65:24 (NIV)
Randy Swanson (Utah) titled his story “STRANDED IN THE DESERT;” here is a portion of Randy’s story:
“While on a two-year trip around the world in a Volkswagen camper, I was stranded in the Sahara Desert for several days. . . . The punishing roadway caused two shock absorbers in the camper to explode simultaneously, breaking the chassis. After sitting for three days, I saw a traveler pull up behind me in a small van. On the roof of his vehicle, he had some welding equipment. Unfortunately, neither the traveler nor I knew how to weld, and he had no welding rod. I prayed and then remembered the steel coat hangers I had packed away. With torch and coat hanger in hand, I climbed under the camper and somehow managed to weld the broken chassis back in place.
“I discovered that the man with the welding outfit had started into the desert long after I had but before my crisis had occurred. This reminded me of the words of the Lord quoted above.
“We never know what the future holds or what crises or difficulties might lie in front of us. But by faith, we can know that God is always present. In fact, God’s answer is on the way even before we call.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – No matter what difficulty I face, God is in it with me.
Prayer: Dear Lord, we may not understand what is happening to us now or what we might face in the future, but help us to turn to you for the answers. Amen.
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