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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, July 10, 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:
The Gospel writers note that before every important even in Jesus’ life, he took time to go off by himself and pray. This time Jesus was preparing to choose his inner circle, the 12 apostles. Make sure that all your important decisions are grounded in prayer. (NLT)
Luke 6:12-19 – One day soon afterward Jesus went to a mountain to pray, and he prayed to God all night. At daybreak he called together all of his disciples and chose twelve of them to be apostles. Here are their names: Simon (he also called him Peter), Andrew (Peter’s brother), James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James (son of Alphaeus), Simon (the Zealot), Judas (son of James), Judas Iscariot (who later betrayed him).
When they came down the slopes of the mountain, the disciples stood with Jesus on a large, level area, surrounded by many of his followers and by the crowds. There were people from all over Judea and from Jerusalem and from as far north as the seacoasts of Tyre and Sidon. They had come to hear him and to be healed, and Jesus cast out many evil spirits. Everyone was trying to touch him, because healing power went out from him, and they were all cured.
During those days [Jesus] went out to the mountain to pray; and he spent the night in prayer to God. –Luke 6:12 (NRSV)
Patricia Marks (Georgia) titled her story “FAITH AND PRAISE;” here is a portion of Patricia’s story:
“The red light at the intersection seemed to take forever. . . . I had a long list of errands.
“Then it hit me. When else during the day will I have some quiet time to listen for what God is telling me? When else will I have time to remember in prayer those who are close to my heart? As I prayed, I calmed down, the light changed, and I drove away. My green light had come in more ways than one.
“Too often we are distracted by our to-do lists. Focusing on the here and now is often easier than looking to the hereafter. Even Jesus took some quiet time, and his ‘list’ was longer than mine. After spending his day healing and feeding the multitudes, he taught his disciples. In the midst of all that, he did the one thing necessary; he took time to walk away from the crowds and to pray. Thinking of Jesus sitting quietly on a mountaintop helps me control my impatience and reminds me to take advantage of unexpected quiet moments to pray.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Prayer prepares me for the road ahead.
Prayer: Dear God, help us remember that all our time belongs to you. Amen.
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