From Handbook to Prayer
There is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for Your sake and the gospel’s, who will not receive a hundred times as much in this present age—houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and fields, along with persecutions—and in the age to come, eternal life. (Matthew 19:29; Mark 10:29–30)
If anyone comes to You and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be Your disciple. And whoever does not carry his cross and follow You cannot be Your disciple. (Luke 14:26–27)
Pause to reflect upon these biblical affirmations.
You have loved me with an everlasting love;
You have drawn me with lovingkindness.
You led Your people with cords of human kindness,
With bands of love;
You lifted the yoke from their neck
And bent down to feed them.
Pause to offer your own expressions of thanksgiving.
You are the Lord, the God of our fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. This is Your name forever, the name by which You are to be remembered from generation to generation. (Exodus 3:15)
I will sing to the Lord, for He is highly exalted.
The Lord is my strength and my song;
He has become my salvation.
He is my God, and I will praise Him,
My father’s God, and I will exalt Him.