Early Morning Prayer

SALVATION OF YOUR HOUSEHOLD
Acts 11:14; Acts 16:31-34

In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You Today

I pray for God’s salvation to come upon your home. Since you believe in Jesus, may you claim the promise from His Word that says, “you will be saved, you and your household.” I pray that everyone in your home may receive the fullness of life in Christ. May you be filled with joy as you usher Christ into your home, and see the power of the Holy Spirit fill each member of your household. Praise God for the salvation of your household!

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Early Morning Prayer

FORGIVING HEART
Luke 6:37; 11:4; 1 Peter 4:8

In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You Today

I thank God for you and your humility to forgive others. As you have forgiven those who have offended you, I pray that you will experience the forgiveness of God in the same measure. May you continue to fill your heart with love and forgiveness, never judging nor accusing. Remember that God forgives you, as you forgive those who have sinned against you. I pray that you will grow in humility, wisdom, and grace as you pardon offenses, which will always come. May you love others deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Pure Religion

Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.

James 1:27 [NLT]

The orphans and widows during this time in history would have represented societies’ most helpless members. Now we may think of refugees, foster kids, or those trapped in poverty. According to James “pure religion” is more than getting a service right or following a certain set of rituals but about showing up and helping those in need as well as keeping yourself untainted by the world and it’s systems. We must not forget in our quest for justice that we are pursuing justice in the name of Jesus. It is not the systems of the world that will save us. God can use them to bring justice forth but we must be leery of relying on a person, group, campaign, or any other human construct as our salvation. While God uses humans, He alone is able to judge with perfection.

Early Morning Devotional

How They Shine!

by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

Years ago, while preaching the Word at a Bible conference, I noticed a young lady in one of the front pews who wasn’t listening to a word I was saying. 

I could understand, however, for evidently she had just become engaged to be married. Her eyes were focused on the ring on the third finger of her left hand, and her heart and mind, evidently, on the young man who had placed it there. 

With a pleased look on her face, and cocking her head from one side to the other, she gazed at that diamond from every angle. No matter how she looked at it, it shone — entirely apart from the quality of the stone. It shone because it spoke to her of him and of his love for her, and was the symbol of her betrothal to him. 

For some time after I had concluded my message, my mind went back to that scene. The ring that had so occupied this young lady’s attention, made me think of the Bible, the very Book we had been studying that night. Examine that blessed Book ever so carefully; look at it from any angle and it shines! It made me think too of the grand Subject of that Book, the Lord Jesus Christ, to whom we believers have been “espoused… as a chaste virgin” (II Cor. 11:2). Unlike any earthly friend, He shines no matter how one looks at Him. Examine His words, His deeds, His personal attributes, from any angle and ever so carefully, and no matter how you look at Him He shines!

Early Morning Devotional

A Famous Young Man

by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

Has it ever occurred to you how Timothy became so famous a young man?

H. L. Hastings tells of a group of British archeologists who, years ago, came upon a huge marble slab, evidently very ancient, high atop a mountain where no one would be apt to find it or remove it.

Experts were called upon to decipher the hieroglyphics which covered the marble monument. They found them to be a declaration by an ancient ruler of his great exploits, and an explanation that he had used this means of recording his deeds so as to secure to himself everlasting fame.

The trouble was that no one could find any historical account of a king who bore this name or who had accomplished the glorious exploits recorded on the marble slab! Thus the archeologists had found, engraved in marble, a glowing self-tribute to whom? It might as well have been to nobody!

By striking contrast, young Timothy has been well known by Christian people all over the world for nearly two thousand years! During all this time, without interruption, he has been read about, written about, preached about and used as an example of consistent Christian conduct. Yet, have you ever read one great deed done by Timothy? Have you ever read of one great sermon from his lips, one brilliant book or letter from his pen, one great exploit of any kind? No, you hardly know more than that he was a young preacher, a friend of Paul, and that he had been taught the Scriptures in early life by his grandmother, Lois, and his mother, Eunice (II Tim. 1:5), so that Paul could now write to him:

“…FROM A CHILD THOU HAST KNOWN THE HOLY SCRIPTURES, WHICH ARE ABLE TO MAKE THEE WISE UNTO SALVATION, THROUGH FAITH WHICH IS IN CHRIST JESUS” (II Tim. 3:15).