He is our loving Father, who cares, comforts, understands

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, August 22, 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:

[He is a loving Father, who cares, comforts, understands.]

Christ is showing us the heart of God the Father. God is not selfish, begrudging, or stingy, and we don’t have to beg or grovel as we come with our requests. He is a loving Father, who understands, cares, and comforts. If humans can be kind, imagine how kind God, the Creator of kindness, can be. (NLT)

Matthew 7:7-11 – [Jesus said] “Keep on asking, and you will be given what you ask for. Keep on looking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds.   And the door is opened to everyone who knocks. 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.”

Quoted verse: God will fully satisfy every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:19 (NRSV)

“Story” – John Cramer (Oklahoma, USA) titled his story “GOD’S CARE;” here is a portion of John’s story:

“I grew up the son of a sharecropper in the late 1930s. Each evening we would sit down at the table, and Dad would read scripture to us five children and talk a little bit about what it meant. Then Mom would lead us in singing an old hymn before Dad said a prayer of thanks and blessed the food. On many evenings . . . we would get up and leave the table because Mom had no food to prepare our evening meal. At those times, Dad would always say, ‘Don’t worry; God will see to it that we do not starve.’ The next morning we would get up to find on our back porch several baskets and sacks of food. None of us knew where they came from, but we did come to trust that the words in the scripture above were true.

“I was only four when all this started happening, but I still remember those times of need and what God did for us. I am a witness that when we trusted and prayed, asking for help, God took care of us. Philippians 4:6 [see * below] encourages us not to worry about anything, but to pray about everything.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God’s power is strongest when I am at my weakest. (See [** below] 2 Cor. 12:9-10.)

Prayer: Father God, thank you for being such a loving, caring God. Watch over all the people in the world who are hungry today. Amen.

Prayer Focus: THOSE WITHOUT ENOUGH TO EAT

* 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 4:6 – Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

** Although God did not remove Paul’s affliction, he promised to demonstrate his power in Paul. The fact that God’s power is displayed in our weaknesses should give us courage and hope. As we recognize our limitations, we will depend more on God for our effectiveness rather than on our own energy, effort, or talent. Our limitations not only help develop Christian character but also deepen our worship, because in admitting them, we affirm God’s strength. (NLT)

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 – Each time he [the Lord] said, “My gracious favor is all you need. My power works best in your weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may work through me. Since I know it is all for Christ’s good, I am quite content with my weaknesses and with insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/

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