James 5:15-18 (CEB)

15 Prayer that comes from faith will heal the sick, for the Lord will restore them to health. And if they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16 For this reason, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous person is powerful in what it can achieve. 17 Elijah was a person just like us. When he earnestly prayed that it wouldn’t rain, no rain fell for three and a half years. 18 He prayed again, God sent rain, and the earth produced its fruit

Psalm 139:1-2 (CEB)

1 LORD, you have examined me. You know me. 2 You know when I sit down and when I stand up. Even from far away, you comprehend my plans.

DEVOTION –  Shawana A. Brown (Tennessee)

At times, I begin my daily prayers reluctantly because I feel that I am endlessly whining about my struggles and issues, which are insignificant compared to what others around the world are going through.  Yet, I still seek God in prayer,  As small as my issues may be, they are too much for me to carry alone.  Some mornings I begin my daily prayers, saying, “Here I am again.” Lord.”  Then I pray, “God, I know you have things to deal with that are bigger than my little stuff.”

The reality is that God does care about the little things that happen in our daily lives.  We area all God’s children, and God loves and cares for each of us.  I am thankful that we serve a God who does not compare one person’s struggles to another’s, but is big enough to handle then all.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Bring all your concerns to the Lord.

PRAYER:  Most gracious God, thank you for affirming us as your children and for reminding us that you care about even the smallest issues in our lives.  Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS: THOSE WHO HESITATE TO PRAY

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