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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, March 23, 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:
[When we turn our worries into prayers, He will hear us.]
Imagine never worrying about anything! It seems like an impossibility; we all have worries on the job, in our homes, at school. But Paul’s advice is to turn our worries into prayers. Do you want to worry less? Then pray more! Whenever you start to worry, stop and pray. (NLT)
Philippians 4:4-9 – Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
And now, dear brothers and sisters, let me say one more thing as I close this letter. Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned from me and heard from me and saw me doing, and the God of peace will be with you.
Quoted verse: Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God. . . . At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. –Acts16:25-26 (NIV)
“Story” – Nwakuche Emeka’s (Lagos, Nigeria) story is titled “GOD HEARD ME;” here is a portion of Nwakuche’s story:
“Twenty years ago, I had my first real encounter with God. I was 10 years old and in my final year of elementary school. When I took the middle school entrance examination, I didn’t know the answers to most of the questions. Afterward I felt sad and discouraged, but my mother encouraged me and said it would be okay. She told me to pray, ‘God, you are my father and mother. Help me in my examination.’ I took the prayer seriously, saying it for many days until the results of the exams were published.
“My mother went to the school admissions office to check my exam results. She came home and said to me, ‘You made it! God heard you!’ My joy knew no bounds. . . .
“After this childhood experience, I imagined God as a big creature who hears all prayers. That picture has stayed with me over the years; and whenever I shut my eyes to pray, a confidence builds up that God hears me.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God hears me when I call.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to know that you hear us when we call. Amen.
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