Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Sunday, July 26, 2020

Theme: THE ESSENCE OF WORSHIP

Text: “Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.” – John 9:31.

Comment: These words, borne out of conviction by the blind man healed by Jesus Christ, is based on the understanding of the word of God. Though he could not read, he knew the Scriptures which builds faith. The miracle wrought by Christ emboldened him to stand up for the truth no matter the opposition. For us to enjoy the mercy of God we must exercise faith in Him by praying without doubting. “Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” (Matthew 21:21, 22)  We must avoid vain repetitions and long prayers. (Matthew 6:5-8) The men who are married should not oppress their wives. (1 Peter 3:7) Above all, sin should be avoided, like a plague, because it ruins and deprives us of answers to our prayers.  The Prophet Isaiah declared: “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that the will not hear” – Isaiah 59:1, 2. 

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