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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, March 14, 2019
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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 children in Jesus’ example asked their father for bread and fish—good and necessary items. If the children had asked for a poisonous snake, would the wise father have granted the request? Sometimes God knows we are praying for “snakes” and does not give us what we ask for, even though we persist in our prayers. As we learn to know God better as a loving Father, we learn to ask for what is good for us, then He grants it. (NLT)
Matthew 7:9-12 – [Jesus said] “You parents—if your children ask, for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! If you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.
“Do for others what you would like them to do for you. This is a summary of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.”
Quoted verse: As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him. –Psalm 103:13 (NIV)
“Story” – Linawati Santoso’s (East Java, Indonesia) story is titled “A FATHER’S LOVE;” here is a portion of Linawati’s story:
“. . . My father’s struggles on our behalf made me love him all the more. His sacrifices for our family and the love that he showed us kept me constantly amazed. Even so, I know that there is a Father in heaven who loves me more than my earthly father. After all, God showed his love for us all through Jesus, his son, who suffered and died for the sins of the whole world! By God’s love through Jesus we are saved for abundant living and eternal life. As much as I love my father, God’s love goes far beyond that. God’s love for us cannot be measured – just experienced.
“I thank God for the love of my earthly father. But my gratitude is even deeper for God’s never-ending love for me.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God loves me more than I can know.
Prayer: Beloved Father, we thank you for earthly fathers who have shown us your love. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/