“Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance.” (Psalm 32:7 KJV) As a child, I remember playing Hide ‘n Seek. I am the oldest of eight and we played this game at least once a day. No iPads, computers or cell phones were in our house, so we learned to play these old-fashioned games. Being the oldest I found places to hide where my little brothers and sisters couldn’t find me. They soon caught on to where my favorite hiding place was and I had to find another…
Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church, (Acts 12:5, Holy Bible, New King James).
- My ophthalmologist directed my attention to his left ear a few seconds before he shined a blinding light into my face. I wanted to close my eyes, but he insisted that my focus remain steadfast even though I couldn’t see. The directional angle allowed him to examine specific portions of my eye. While Peter was unjustly imprisoned, the local church could have been blinded by the impossibility of circumstances. After offering a single prayer for a hopeless situation, they could have closed their eyes and moved to the next prayer need. Instead, the church focused its attention on Peter. God heard their continual prayer and dispatched an angel to release Peter from the jail. Focused prayer became a miracle.
Prayer: Lord, help me to focus on the individual needs of those around me. Let my prayers united with others touch You for a miracle. Amen.
- Devotion by Violet Carr Moore
“How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works? (Hebrews 9:14).
Have you ever experienced the delivering power of God in a certain area of your life only to be troubled at a later point in time with some type of blockage? Something deep down that you can’t seem to get at? Then Satan begins his relentless tirade of accusations trying to convince you that you are too full of hang-ups to be fit for God’s service. This is the moment when we must remember the power of the Blood! That it reaches to the highest mountain, and it flows to the lowest valley! In other words-to those hard to reach, dark places that only Jesus can touch and restore. And He will!! Don’t be discouraged, God has a time for everything!
Prayer: Lord, when those accusations come -help me to lift up my head and shout, “The blood of Christ is my answer to every challenge and it will never lose its power!!”
Devotion by Anne Richardson