Be Concerned About Orphans .
Monday, January 11th .
I won't leave you like orphans. I will come back to you (John 14:18 CEV).
In Christ Jesus, we have an indwelling comforter. He didn't leave us as orphans. In other words, He didn't leave us without a Father, or guide; He didn't leave us helpless: "And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever" (John 14:16).
The Greek rendering for the phrase "another comforter" is "allon parakleton," which means another one of the same kind that's called to go together with, and walk alongside. More after the cut...
When a child loses his father or mother, and especially both parents, that child is like a wanderer in the desert, without a guide and a helper. He's as one lost in the sea of life without somebody to ask pertinent questions, and provide answers about life and the future. He's left comfortless. This is why it's so important to pray for children, especially the bereaved ones, and be willing always to help them.
Remember, every child is your child. You don't have to be an orphan before you're touched with the feeling of their infirmity. Become concerned enough to lend a helping hand.
It's my prayer that the Lord will empower you and enable you to help needy children this year, more than ever before. Yes, you'll do it! Even if it's only one person you're able to help, do it, for it's worth it. The day you'll stand before the Master. He'll reward you for this noble work. Remember His words: "And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward" (Matthew 10:42).
Dear Father, I rejoice in you for the opportunity to intercede and help children, especially the orphans. I pray that your comfort, grace, and wisdom mantle their hearts, and that they live out your dreams of a prosperous, victorious, glorious and excellent future that you've planned for them, in Jesus' Name. Amen.
Further Study: || Psalm 127:3-5 Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. 4 As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. 5 Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate. ||
|| Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. ||
|| Psalm 82:3-4 Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. 4 Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked. ||
Daily Scripture Reading
1-Year Bible Reading Plan: Matthew 8:28-9:1-17,
2-Year Bible Reading Plan: Acts 8:14-25,