Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "Sweet Hour Of Prayer"1 (Lyrics)
One evening before bedtime, I was watching a Christian program on television when the feed for it was cut off. After trying to fix it, things got worse, and I got only one channel to watch. I was sure that I had messed up the television by trying various things, and that I would need a technician to get my television back in order. I thought, How typical it is for a sinner to mess things up! I decided to figure out the problem in the morning and retired for the night. The next day, it took me awhile to discover that the batteries in the remote control were dead.
I walked to a nearby corner store with the remote control, and the store clerk installed new batteries in it. I was not completely sure that that was all that was needed, thinking how much I had messed up the system. To my amazement, the television came on like a charm, and things were back to normal. Moreover, I was able to watch my Christian programs again.
Dead spiritual batteries are a disaster at any age. I could have really messed up my life without God controlling my steps. From childhood, someone told me about Jesus and how He can walk us across the rocky paths as if with a remote control with good batteries. The earlier that we are guided to follow Jesus, the better we can get through life's rocky trials and temptations. When we are in a pit of mire, our only help is in the name of Jesus. It has been a saving name for me all my life. Each morning, I call upon His name to fill my batteries for the new day with its trials to come, and to give thanks for His help in the past when I messed up the system.
It is altogether a lovely walk with Jesus through whatever circumstances each day brings. Being a shut-in does not mean being a shut-out. It is amazing to live in Jesus daily. Even though I am visually impaired, I can read the Bible. It takes me longer to stop at each word, and, all of a sudden, each one seems to have a new meaning. I am glad that I found a way to fix the dead batteries that shut me off from the Word of God.
Acts 3:19-20a – Repent therefore, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord. (NRSV)
What would it take to recharge and refresh your spiritual batteries?
Prayer: Lord, thank You for abiding with Your children through life. Because of Jesus, we are made righteous for life here and for all eternity. Thank You for showering us with Your abiding love. "Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered" (Psalm 32:1 NRSV). We pray with newfound gladness in the name of Jesus! Amen!