The Gift

Wednesday, May 15, 2024
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John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. (NRSV)

Every day, I pray for my family who live in the United States, as well as those in Scotland and around the world. I ask God to bless and protect them, to guide and support them, to love and cherish them. It's a ritual that I go through each morning, and whether or not I'll see or hear from them that day, they're in my prayers, on my mind, and in my heart. No matter what they're going through or how they are feeling, I am comforted, knowing that God will be with them and that they will not be alone.

But the most important part of my daily prayer is that they would know that they are not alone and that God is with them. I ask God to give them opportunities to draw closer to Him, and especially to accept Jesus as their Lord and Saviour if they have not already done so. I want them to know the love of God and the price that He decided to pay so that all of them could be favoured and forgiven, renewed and brought into God's kingdom. I pray this, not just because I want them to personally know that they are not alone, but because it's what God wants for them, too. This is why He sent His Son to earth long ago to reach out to humanity and gather us safely from the chaos, confusion, and commotion that we all experience in our lives. God didn't create any of us to be fearful or lonely; He made us to be thankful and loved.

You can also ask these prayers for your families, loved ones, and friends. Jesus gave everything so that we can gain everlasting life with God. Our lives on earth may be finite and the years may go by too quickly, but God cherishes us so much that He wants our lives and love to continue beyond our time on this planet. God doesn't want any one of us to perish at all, but to gain everlasting life.

Point to ponder: Do I know what God wants me to do?

Prayer: Lord God, thank You for creating us to be loved and not to be alone. Help us to reach out to You today and receive the blessings of Your acceptance and eternal love. Enable us to overcome our doubts and fears so that we may cherish the gift of Christ and receive His peace in our hearts, minds, bodies, and souls. In His name, we pray. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    An honorable prayer, John.

    Thank you for your encouragement.

    Amen and amen! Your prayer is mine for my family also. Some know the Lord Jesus personally, but for others He isn’t all that real. Praying.

    Good Morning, John,
    I fashion that I know what God wants me to do, but then I go right ahead and do what I want to do!
    Thank you once again for writing.

    The first words of the affirmation of the denomination I now belong to, since coming to Canada from Glasgow, are “We are not alone”. Thanks for highlighting this belief!
    Bless you as always for your “Points to Ponder”!
    (BC, CA)

    Many thanks John for another of your very mindful and encouraging devotionals. Yes, we never have to feel alone when we seek the Lord and follow His scripture. We have the reassurance that He is ever there to respond to us.
    Blessings for your special writings.

    Dear Martin,
    How very inspiring and true your writing is. Many times I get bogged down in my prayer time wondering what the will of God is for me. But to lift my request for salvation for my loved ones is always in his will.
    Thanks for sharing,

    Good morning, John!
    Thank you for your message today. I, too, pray for my family and friends. Each time I pray to God for them, I truly believe in my heart that they receive God’s blessings and His grace when I pray for them.
    Have a blessed day!

    Thank you, John. This is an especially good one and I appreciate it very much! I, too, pray every day for all my family members, asking for them to hear Christ’s Spirit calling to them, and for His help in their daily living, but your words are beautiful, and I will use them.
    Grace and peace to you.

    It’s always good and comforting to hear those prayers – the very things I too pray for my friends and neighbours. Many of my family members have accepted Christ as their Lord and Saviour, but they need my motherly and grandmotherly prayers every day, to strengthen them in their faith. It’s a DAILY need for everyone!! Thank you, John, as always for your reminders and the example you set. God bless.

    Good morning, John,
    I like the gift you give your family with your prayer each morning and the gift you give yourself by knowing they will be comforted by God. Thank you for sharing about the gift that God has given all who reach out and know Jesus. I especially like the request to overcome our doubts and fears which seem to creep back into our lives so easily. May you have a blessed day.

    Thank you, John.

    Hi John,
    I love this message! I used to forward all your messages to my son, who passed on to glory in 2018. I continue to now send them on to my grandson who is a youth paster. He enjoys your messages. I feel truly blessed to have such a wonderful grandson who carries on the work of our Lord and Saviour.
    May God continue to bless you,

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