Great Plains Daily Devotional for 9/6/2019

Today please be in prayer for

Jeff Metzler
Barnard UMC
Hunter: Grace Chapel UMC
Salina District
Paula Scripter
Industry UMC
Salina District
Randy Whitley
Huscher UMC
Jamestown: First UMC
Salina District
Jim Rice
Ionia UMC
Jewell Trinity UMC
Mankato Harmony UMC
Salina District

Today's Lectionary Text

Romans 8:31-39 

What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written,

“For your sake we are being killed all day long;
    we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Today's Devotional

What does it mean that God is for us? I am sure that God under all conditions is not for our economy, for many a saint has had to walk through the dark valley of poverty. God is not always for our career. God cannot in all circumstances be for our health, though I know He is our great Healer, and the good Physician.
 
What, then, does it mean that God is for us? God is always for our Salvation. If a solid economy, a good career, or unbroken health really profit our salvation. He will perhaps allow these things to come our way. God knows us better than we know ourselves.
 
God directs us to a knowledge that nothing is of more value than our salvation. The cost to us, the price we pay for it can never be as high as the price He has already paid through His love for us.
-Francis Tiffany
Lyndon (Kansas) UMC Devotion, 1967

Prayer for Reflection

O God, give us the strength, wisdom and courage to do the job we have to do each day. The strength, wisdom, and courage to know right from wrong. And through our humble prayers to thee grow spiritually each day. Amen.
 
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