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GOD REWARDS YOUR EFFORT

Devotional for Friday, January 21, 2022


Morning Luke 2:36-38

Noon Psalms 3

Evening Galatians 6:9


Isaías Ugarte was an old woman who many times had been advised not to fast anymore, as her health was deteriorating by the day. One morning, Isaías' joy caught the attention of Onelia Gámez who was on her way to meet Isaias. Isaias said to her: “Oh, Onelia, the things I would miss out on, if I didn’t fast”. At dawn, a voice woke me up saying: "Isaias you have vistors from God." And when I opened my eyes, I could see three angels at the foot of my bed who gave me a word from heaven. What a joy, Onelia! I don't want to stop praying and fasting for anything in this world.” Hearing this testimony of an elderly woman whose health was deteriorating, challenged me. Let us add a new effort each and every day. Every day having new possibilities, so that when the Lord comes, He finds us making that effort. In doing so, we will be blessed. God sees your efforts, and He will always reward you.


Written by Moisé Betancourt

Translated by Maria Elena Cardona

 

Morning Luke 2:36-38

36 And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity;

37 And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.

38 And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.


Noon Psalms 3

1 Lord, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me.

2 Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah.

3 But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.

4 I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah.

5 I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me.

6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about.

7 Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.

8 Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.



Evening Galatians 6:9

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

 

Prayer Guide: [Cuba-Bejucal] and [E.U. Diócesis Oeste-Los Ángeles]

Annual Bible reading: Exodus17, 18, 19

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