2 Timothy 1:3-10  (NIV)

I thank God, whom I serve, as my forefathers did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. 4 Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy. 5 I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also. 6 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.  7 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 8 So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God, 9 who has saved us and called us to a holy life–not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, 10 but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.

Hebrews 10:24 (NRSV)

Let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds.

DEVOTION – Susan J. Rankin (Michigan)

My family believes in God but will not attend church with me.  At times, I become discouraged, and my attendance becomes irregular.

One Sunday instead of going to church alone, I decided to stay home with my family.  I was feeling sorry for myself and cried out to God about my loneliness and my longing for family worship.  Not long after I prayed, I heard a knock at the door.   My brother stood on our porch with his five-year-old daughter, Emma.  He asked if she could go to church with me.  Emma had gotten up that morning, dressed and told him that she wanted to go to church.  My brother doesn’t attend church; but he did not want to discourage Emma, so he drove the ten miles to my home to send her to church with me.

That day, I did not sit alone in church.  As I held Emma’s hand, I realized that God had spoken to me through this child.  Emma helped me not to feel so alone.  God showed love to both of us that day.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: How has God Answered my prayers?

PRAYER:  Almighty God, thank you for your love and care.  Help us to see that sometimes our prayers are answered in unexpected ways.  Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS: Answered Prayer