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WEDNESDAY 13 JANUARY

WEDNESDAY 13 JANUARY

Today’s devotion is from Eleanor.
Morning all. James 5:16 “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
Power of Prayer:- A missionary on furlough told this true story while visiting his home church in Michigan. ’While serving at a small field hospital in Africa, every two weeks I travelled by bicycle through the jungle to a nearby city for supplies. This was a journey of two days and required camping overnight at the halfway point. On one of these journeys, I arrived in the city where I planned to collect money from a bank, purchase medicine and supplies, and then begin my two-day journey back to the field hospital. Upon arrival in the city, I observed two men fighting, one of whom had been seriously injured. I treated him for his injuries and at the same time talked to him about the Lord. I then travelled two days, camping overnight, and arrived home without incident. Two weeks later I repeated my journey. Upon arriving in the city, I was approached by the young man I had treated. He told me that he had known I carried money and medicines. He said, 'Some friends and I followed you into the jungle, knowing you would camp overnight. We planned to kill you and take your money and drugs. But just as we were about to move into your camp, we saw that you were surrounded by 26 armed guards. At this I laughed and said that I was certainly all alone in that jungle campsite. The young man pressed the point, however, and said, 'No sir, I was not the only person to see the guards. My five friends also saw them, and we all counted them. It was because of those guards that we were afraid and left you alone.''
At this point in his story, one of the men in the congregation jumped to his feet and interrupted the missionary and asked if he could tell him the exact day, and time, this happened. The missionary told the congregation the date, and the man who interrupted told him this story: ‘On the night of your incident in Africa, it was morning here and I was preparing to go play golf. I was about to putt when I felt the urge to pray for you. In fact, the urging of the Lord was so strong, I called men in this church to meet with me here in the sanctuary to pray for you.” “Would all of those men who met with me on that day stand up?'
The men who had met together to pray that day stood up. The missionary wasn't concerned with who they were, he was too busy counting how many men he saw. There were 26.
Prayer is the most powerful tool we have, so pray for your families and friends. Pray for those who ask you and those that don’t. Pray for those you love and for those you don’t because just as God loves you, He loves them too. Make prayer the most important part of your day – you never know who might be guarded by them.

Remember God loves you no matter what,

Eleanor x

PRAYER: Almighty God, I lift up in prayer the people who mean the most to me. I don’t know all the needs and concerns God, but I ask that your hand be laid on the people closest to me. I ask for healing where there is hurt. I ask for reconciliation where there is brokenness. I ask for friendship where there is loneliness. Above all, I ask for salvation where there is none.

Amen.

CHORUS:
Whisper a prayer in the morning
Whisper a prayer at noon,
Whisper a prayer in the evening
To keep your heart in tune.

God answers prayer in the morning
God answers prayer at noon,
God answers prayer in the evening
So keep your heart in tune.

Jesus may come in the morning
Jesus may come at noon,
Jesus may come in the evening
So keep your heart in tune.
So keep your heart in tune.




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