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Daily Devotion for March 30, 2017
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.
Prayer to Be Filled with Flowing Spirit
Oh heavenly Father, make me an empty vessel for your Spirit to fill. Purge me of the world, of pride and lust and greed and foolish wanderings of mind, that I may be prepared to hear your truth.
Let me pour myself out continuously all the day long, so that you might refill me with your Spirit; for I know that the more I give away, the more I will have for myself. Oh Lord, I truly believe that you will keep me filled with all goodness as long as I am giving to others. Do not let me become blocked off from You, mighty Lord, by selfishness; keep me like a crystal brook, flowing always, less I become stagnant and fetid. Let me look to my outflow and trust to you for my inflow, today and always. In Christ's name I pray,
For the Human Family
O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human race, O Lord; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth.
That, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
O good shepherd, seek me out, and bring me home to your fold again. Deal favourably with me according to your good pleasure, until I may dwell in your house all the days of my life, and praise you forever and ever with them that are there.
Think of the day ahead in terms of God with you, and visualize health, strength, guidance, purity, calm confidence, and victory as the gifts of His presence.
Today’s “Remember the Bible” Question
In what verse does Christ tell us, in no uncertain terms, to love our enemies?
Christ’s Call to Us
“I have called you not to the secular journey where you must make everything in your life now as pleasant as possible. I have called you to the spiritual journey, to a process of enlarging your heart to desire Me above everything else.”
~ by Larry Crabb
Genesis 21:1-7 (ESV)
The Story of Abraham  - Isaac
The Lord visited Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did to Sarah as he had promised. And Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age at the time of which God had spoken to him.
Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him, whom Sarah bore him, Isaac. And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him. Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.
And Sarah said, “God has made laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh over me.” And she said, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.”
Notes on the Scripture
inally, after all of the trials they have faced, Sarah has the son God has promised to her and Abraham, even though she was barren in her youth and must now be nearing 50 years of age. Sarah has just a bit of the smart aleck in her, for she laughed when God told her she would have a child. We know she eavesdropped on Abraham's conversation with the three men. Now that she has gotten reason for laughter and joy, she replies, basically, “yes, I have laughter in my life. Everyone is laughing at me.”
But Sarah has been a bit storm-tossed in all of this. She was a woman of great beauty and hope. Beginning when she was young, her husband dragged her hundreds of miles through harsh terrain, always facing the possibility of attack, from Ur to northwest, through Syria, then south the central Canaan. When famine hit them there, they had to make another arduous journey to the somewhat hostile land of Egypt; there the Pharaoh took her from Abraham and made her his concubine. Finally, they were able to go back to Canaan, but then they watched the destruction of the cities of the Jordan Valley (especially Sodom and Gomorrah) and again went south, to live in the arid land of the Negev (where Abimelech almost took her, yet again).
Throughout this all, though, she has carried the great sadness of being childless. She has hung for years onto God's promise of a great son, who will be the patriarch of a nation “numbered as grains of sand”. Her faith has seen her through her ordeal.
And which of us knows what God may have in store for us, in the future? Great things may come to us, no matter what our age; we cannot fathom God's will, but if we live in faith, we know that we will be rewarded, no matter how hopeless some aspect of our lives may seem.