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  • February 6th – Monday

    Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. – Luke 6:38


    On this date in 1778, the United States and France signed the Treaty of Alliance, a turning point in the American Revolutionary War. The treaty made Frace the first country to formally acknowledge the United States as an independent country in addition to pledging its military support in the ongoing conflict. With the support of French allies, the United States was able to overthrow British rule. The treaty remained in place until the early 1800s, at which time the United States took an isolationist approach, maintaining no foreign alliances until the Second World War. Today, the United States maintains many military alliances around the world with the goal of maintaining peace and prosperity. Ask that God would give diplomats in the State Department wisdom as they seek to strengthen relationships to accomplish these international efforts.


    As the Lord leads, pray with us…


    • For discernment for Secretary of State Antony Blinken and the U.S. ambassadors he oversees as they pursue diplomatic agreements.
    • For the president and his foreign advisors to seek the Lord’s guidance as they negotiate agreements and partnerships.

TODAY’S NATIONAL LEADER FOR PRAYER

  • John Duarte, Representative for California

    John Duarte, Representative for California


    • Born – September 1966 in Modesto, California
    • Education – Undisclosed
    • Military Service – None
    • Profession – Orchard farmer, business owner
    • Political Experience – None
    • In office since – 2023
    • Family – Married to Alexandra, 4 children
    • Religious Affiliation – Episcopalian

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

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  • The Heart of the Matter

    Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.   Luke 6:38 

    God is concerned about your character over your comfort. He will provide for your needs and desires as you focus on aligning with His will, His kingdom, and His calling. In Luke 6, Jesus teaches about character qualities that please the Father, such as compassionate action toward those in need. Jesus told the Pharisees that it was more important to do good than obey religious rules.  “I ask you, is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to destroy it?” He questioned, checking their motives (Luke 6:9).  

    In the “be attitudes,” the Lord turns the worldly way of looking at things upside down. He values humility over boasting, hungering for things of God over earthly pleasures, and caring about pleasing the Father more than pleasing others (Luke 6:20-23). 

    Jesus emphasizes unconditional love, giving, and acts of kindness. “But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil” (Luke 6:35). God’s people are to give and forgive without criticism or judgment. He promises to reward those who exhibit these character qualities, in this life and in the one to come.  

    As you pray for the United States, ask that the Lord would lead His people by His wisdom and understanding to treat others according to God’s love. Pray that followers of Christ grow in character, shining their light with compassionate acts so unbelievers of this nation will turn to the Savior.  

    Today’s Verse: Luke 6:38 

    give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” 

    All Scripture quotations and audio are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

    Recommended for further reading: 1 Samuel 16:1-13

    16 The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul, since I have rejected him from being king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go. I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.” 2 And Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears it, he will kill me.” And the Lord said, “Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’ 3 And invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do. And you shall anoint for me him whom I declare to you.” 4 Samuel did what the Lord commanded and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling and said, “Do you come peaceably?” 5 And he said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord. Consecrate yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice.” And he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice. 

    6 When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is before him.” 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 8 Then Jesse called Abinadab and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” 9 Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” 10 And Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen these.” 11 Then Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, but behold, he is keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and get him, for we will not sit down till he comes here.” 12 And he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy and had beautiful eyes and was handsome. And the Lord said, “Arise, anoint him, for this is he.” 13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. And the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon David from that day forward. And Samuel rose up and went to Ramah. 

    All Scripture quotations and audio are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


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