Jesus replied, "Let us go somewhere else -- to the nearby villages -- so I can preach there also. That is why I have come." Mark 1:38
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
The salvation story of Jesus Christ reaches around the world. So that the readers of our Daily Devotion may see the power of the Savior on a global scale, we have asked the volunteers of our International Ministry Centers to write our Friday devotions. We pray that the Spirit may touch your day through their words.
In Christ, I remain, His servant and yours,
Kenneth R. Klaus
Speaker of The Lutheran Hour
Many times when we are sick, as Christians, we appeal to Jesus Christ to heal us.
That is a good thing, but there are times when we think that answering prayers about this temporal world is the Savior's first and foremost obligation.
It is easy to forget that Jesus really came into the world to forgive our sins and offer eternal life. Indeed, through His suffering, death and resurrection He does offer us a better life and salvation.
It was -- and is -- His main purpose to share His blood-bought message of love and peace and through the power of the Holy Spirit using willing hearts, hands and voices, to bring that message to all people on earth.
In Nicaragua we have heard reports on how some churches seem to speak only of the last days. We have also been told about people who believe they can predict when the Savior is going to return in judgment. Since we believe that only the Father in heaven knows when the last moment will be, we don't take those reports seriously.
On the other hand, we believe we should be prepared for that unknown hour. And part of that preparation is to share the Savior whenever we can with everyone we meet. To that end, we pray:
THE PRAYER: Dear Jesus, we pray for forgiveness of all our sins. Help us to look to You as our guide and Savior in these difficult times humanity is facing. Lastly, help us be ready for the unknown time and hour of Your return. Help us be ready by helping us share the story of salvation with others. In Your Name we pray. Amen.
Biography of Author: Today's international devotion was written by Citia Karina, a volunteer with Lutheran Hour Ministries-Nicaragua. As an elementary school teacher, she is active in teaching children and young people the Bible. In Nicaragua, LHM works with Project JOEL, radio ministry outreach, Equipping the Saints and Bible Correspondence Courses.
To learn more about our International Ministries, click here or visit www.lhmint.org.
In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries