Thursday, May 2nd, 2019
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Justice For All

“This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another.’” –Zechariah 7:9Have you considered the fact that a nation committed to justice for all is a nation that God can bless? God is passionate about justice because it is in accordance with His nature to be just in all His dealings. When nations base their laws and institutions on principles of justice for all, the God of justice is pleased.Of course, this means that the contrary is true as well. When injustice creeps in, it brings with it the displeasure of God. God... Read more >>

Praying Over Immigration

Today is Day 2 of the 40-day national call to prayer: Day 2: Immigration “The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.” –Psalm 9:9 If there was ever a nation that understood what it means to be a refuge for the oppressed, it ought to be the United States. As a nation, by and large, comprised of immigrants and their descendants, many of whom were fleeing persecution or oppression in their own nations, we have been a land of refuge. The United States truly has been a stronghold in times of trouble for many.... Read more >>

40 Days of Prayer

Day 1: Wisdom “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” –Proverbs 1:7 A wise nation takes into account the Word of God as it makes laws. Even a cursory reading of the history of the founding of the United States demonstrates that our founding fathers seriously endeavored to base our nation's laws on their strong Judeo-Christian beliefs. Secularists today often counter that many of those men were, in fact, Deists, and not strong Christians. Their own beliefs aside, our Founders, almost to a man, insisted that laws were based on divine... Read more >>

The Hope of Easter

Easter (Resurrection Sunday) is fast approaching and I'm comforted by the reminder that our Savior remains as present in our world today as He was when He walked the earth more than 2,000 years ago.  This is a wonderful time of year to reflect on the unfailing reality of "God with us" and to rediscover our adoration for the Lord. Psalm 89 says, "I will sing of the Lord's great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations."  In our home, one of our favorite traditions at Easter, after attending services, has been for... Read more >>

Prayer Versus Sleep

In Gethsemane, Jesus “returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. ‘Could you men not keep watch with me for one hour?’ he asked Peter. ‘Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak’” (Matthew 26:40-41). In A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life, William Law says: Prayer is the nearest approach to God, and the highest enjoyment of Him, that we are capable of in this life… On the other hand, sleep is the poorest, dullest refreshment of the body… so far from being intended as... Read more >>

Prayer in Times of Trouble

We sometimes feel a bit ashamed to find that most of our prayers occur during severe hardships. Yet Martin Luther seemed to view the situation differently: Except under troubles, trials, vexations, prayer cannot rightly be made. God says: “Call on me in the time of trouble”; without trouble it is only a bald prattling, and not from the heart; it is a common saying: “Need teaches to pray.” That’s a strong statement! God certainly wants us to pray at all times, not just in moments of crisis (1 Thessalonians 5:17). But Luther makes his point—when times are good, our natural... Read more >>

Experiencing God

In Experiencing God, Henry T. Blackaby and Claude V. King write: Your personal prayer life may primarily be one-way communication­­—you talking to God. Prayer is more than that. Prayer includes listening as well. In fact, what God says in prayer is far more important than what you say… Prayer is a relationship, not just a religious activity. Prayer is designed more to adjust you to God than to adjust God to you. God doesn’t need your prayers, but he wants you to pray. You need to pray because of what God wants to do in and through your life during... Read more >>

The Christian's Lifeline

At one point in his ministry, Jim Cymbala, author of Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire, sensed that God had a message for him: If you and your wife will lead my people to pray and call upon my name, you will never lack for something fresh to preach. I will supply all… that’s needed, both for the church and for your family, and you will never have a building large enough to contain the crowds I will send in response. As the people’s prayers were answered, the Cymbalas saw a wider application to the truths they were learning: Prayer is the... Read more >>

Update from Shirley Dobson

Warm greetings from National Day of Prayer headquarters!  It seems hard to believe that 2016 is already well underway.  Yet, here we are, and the final plans for our May 5th NDP events are now being made.  What a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the significance of this historic observance and the tremendous impact it can have on our great country.  In the words of Pastor J. Sidlow Baxter, “Men may spurn our appeals, reject our message, oppose our arguments, despise our persons, but they are helpless against our prayers.”  During the months ahead, both individually and corporately, we will... Read more >>

Fellowship with God

In Fellowship, his devotional study of John’s epistles, John G. Mitchell examines the fellowship with God that is ours through Jesus: The great yearning of the heart of God is that we should have fellowship with Him. The purpose of redemption is not just to free us from sin nor simply get us to heaven, but rather fit us for eternal, unbroken, wonderful, personal, intimate fellowship with the living God Himself… Some people are waiting for fellowship, with its joy and peace, until they get to heaven. My friend, God wants us to have it now… It is not that... Read more >>