Daily Devotional for Friday August 25, 2017

Scripture:

1 Timothy 2:8 (NASB) Therefore I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and dissension.

Observation:

It was a rather rough day on the job site. The plumbers were in the electrician’s way, the HAVC men were having trouble with the plumbers. At every turn, someone was fighting with someone about trying to get their own work done. Today's verse speaks of Paul wanting men, in every place to pray, lifting holy hands without wrath and dissension. The truth was that hands were being raised but not to pray, not holy hands, but hands of anger. When you run into conflict, do you ever think to pray about it? To take a moment from the craziness and simply offer up a prayer request for God's peace? By the end of the day, not much work had been done. There was too much time spent fighting with each other rather than getting the job accomplished. Sadly, that happens even in churches. Each group/ministry thinks that "theirs" is the most important in the church, and they want "top billing." If we were to stop and pray, whether on the job site, in our homes, and even in our churches, I wonder how much work we could really accomplish for the glory of God. Someone needs to start the prayer, maybe it's YOU. Worth a try the next time things get a little conflicting.  

Application:

Personal Application: Continue spending time with the Lord daily. Sow righteousness and reap the fruit of God's unfailing love.

Family Devotional: Read this chapter to your family. Ask them if anything spoke to them as you read. Talk about their answers and show them that one important aspect of this chapter is that we must continue to spend time with the Lord and keep our hearts focused on His plans and purposes. Pray for them.
 

TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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