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2021.01.19 Daily Devotional

2021.01.19 Daily Devotional

2021.01.19 Daily Devotional

The Upper Room[1] devotional reflection for Tuesday, January 19, 2021 comes to us from Pratoom Pongjai of Phrae, Thailand

John 14:5-14    5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”  6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.  7 If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”  8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”  9 Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?  10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.  11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves.  12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.  13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it

“In His Name”

I was born into a Christian family, but I married a non-believer.  After 25 years of marriage, my husband was hospitalized.  The doctor said that the infection in his blood would continue to cause him muscular aches and pains and headaches as his body became thinner and weaker.

I decided to encourage my husband to believe in God by telling him that I trust God in every circumstance, whether through times of health or of illness.  The doctor did not yet know the cause of this illness, but I knew that my Lord was aware and ready to help.  At that time, I gave my husband scriptures to read so that he would join me in praying for God to be with us.

Over the course of two weeks, we petitioned God in the name of Jesus Christ.  As a result, my husband decided to accept Jesus Christ and devote all his life to him.  Our two Christian children and I rejoiced that he had joined us in Christ, and together we trusted in God while he received treatment in the hospital and eventually was healed.

 — Pratoom Pongjai

Prayer Focus:  Family Members who do not Believe in God

Prayer:  God of mercy, teach us to believe and trust in you.  Help us to be examples of faith in all that we do.  In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Thought for the Day:   Every day I will pray for those who do not know Christ.

Friends –

I confess that facing my recent health challenges has sometimes scared me a lot.  In those moments, God has reminded me that my situation could have been much worse, that God has sent me gifted medical providers, and that no matter what, God is always embracing me and rocking me in God’s loving care.

–Pastor bea