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DAILY DEVOTIONS
 

  In more than three decades of my Christian life, I have been blest by 2 types of Daily devos' (matter not exceeding 500 words) in universal Christian literature. Not only those Devos' which have a different theme everyday but also the ones which revolve around a certain theme over a period of time, say a fortnight, have richly edified me. In fact, both styles have their own inherent advantages. If the former style caters to the varying spiritual needs of a christian from day-to-day, the latter aims 'to ground' a child of God in a certain subject in order he derives the full benefits of the deep insightful study of a certain topic, spread over a fixed span of time.

In my Daily devo page, I have consciously tried to go in for 'a blend of both the styles' whereby within a constant theme, I would be aiming to focus on different facets of it which admittedly is a closer imitation of the 'Constant theme' style than the 'Varying topics' one.

Having dwelt on the topic of Christian journey in the previous month, now in the month of Febraury, I intend to focus on a monumental piece of Jewish history….the Conquest of Canaan, with its particular relevance to modern day breed of Christian spiritual warriors.

Once again, let me wish you a happy and an edifying read…

Suresh Manoharan




February 8th

Intercession for relation



“Now then, please swear to me by the LORD that you will show kindness to my family, because I have shown kindness to you. Give me a sure sign that you will spare the lives of my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all who belong to them, and that you will save us from death." - Joshua 2:12-13
 
  Yet another striking aspect of Rahab’s character was her great concern for all her family members. Ponder awhile on the psyche of any normal prostitute. Would she enter the despicable “flesh trade” voluntarily barring a compulsive reason such as poverty at home? Doubtless, most of them would nurse a grouse on their kith and kin especially their parents for not providing for their needs. Rahab too may have had every reason to be angry about her kith and kin. Yet look at her forgiving as well as interceding spirit. Virtually, she doesn’t let the spies climb down the Jericho wall, till she takes a promise from them to protect not only her life but also that of her parents and all her other relatives.

Do we have a similar burning desire in our hearts for the salvation of our unsaved relatives? Have we fasted and prayed for their salvation? Have we through our words and selfless deeds demonstrated before them the ever-present Christ’s love in our hearts? Have we utilized every opportunity that came our way to share the Gospel with them? Otherwise, let’s take a leaf from Rahab’s book, on what it is to love our relatives selflessly with a forgiving spirit.

Prayer:

Father, we confess our lack of love for our relatives. Put in us a burning desire to crave for their spiritual safety in thy arms. In Jesus name. Amen.
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