Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Genesis 44:1-34; Psalm 22:1-31; Matthew 25:31-46

Brethren, pray for us. 1 Thessalonians 5:25
Pray for us. 2 Thessalonians 3:1
Pray for us. Hebrews 13:18

Perhaps the most urgent words found in Scripture are the ones encouraging and admonishing us to pray. Scripture doesn’t view prayer as a last resort, but puts prayer at the front of all issues. “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17). It is the most powerful ministry one can undertake for the body of Christ. It purifies our own hearts, making us totally dependent on God. Are you looking to serve God and those around you? Pray! “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5:16). Amen. —Deborah Manera

The greatest tragedy of life is not unanswered prayer, but unoffered prayer. —F. B. Meyer

February 6

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 44; Psalm 22:1-31; Matt. 25:31-46

Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her. John 8:7

One day, prior to an open-air meeting in which John Wesley was scheduled to preach, a troublemaker secretly determined to pelt him with stones. When the text at the head of this page was announced, the astonished would-be-disrupter dared not throw a rock. God’s Word is powerful (Hebrews 4:12-13) and reveals men’s hearts. The only safe course is to believe the Lord Jesus who says “Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other” (Isaiah 45:22). —K. R. Keyser

As strangers then to God we lived, filled with enmity and fear;
Our souls from death He has reprieved, love revealed and brought
us near. —G. W. Fraser