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James 5:13-20
Psalm 141:1-3, 8
Mark 10:13-16

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"this is the day"

"The fervent petition of a holy man is powerful indeed." —James 5:16

"This is the day the Lord has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it" (Ps 118:24). It's beyond our power to imagine what the Lord can do with this day (see Eph 3:20). He can make this day as eventful as a thousand years (2 Pt 3:8).

Today we can pray in faith and heal the sick (Jas 5:15). Like Elijah, today we can dramatically change our economy and government by the power of prophecy and prayer (see Jas 5:17-18). Today we can bring back sinners strayed from the truth. This will save them and us "from death and cancel a multitude of sins" (Jas 5:20).

Today "is the day of salvation!" (2 Cor 6:2) Today we can leap forward in our relationship with the Lord and our service to Him. We can go to sleep tonight and say we've never loved the Lord more than we do today. We can repent of every sin, obey every command, and grow more in this one day than we have grown in months. Today can be a day we'll never forget simply because we have decided to love the Lord today and every day with all our hearts, all our souls, all our strength, and all our minds (Lk 10:27).

Prayer:  Father, one day in Your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere (Ps 84:11).

Promise:  "I assure you that whoever does not accept the reign of God like a little child shall not take part in it." —Mk 10:15

Praise:  Carol has taught hundreds of children the joys of the Faith in her years of teaching religious education.

Reference:  (To know your salvation in Jesus, read the Bible daily. For encouragement, order any or all of these audio or video tapes: Ignorance of Scriptures is Ignorance of Christ, AV 82-1, V-82, How to Pray the Bible on audio AV 82-3 or on video V-82, How to Read the Bible on audio AV 46-3 or on video V-46, Principles of Bible Interpretation, audio AV 79-1, video V-79, Biblical Counseling, AV 13A-1, AV 13A-3, AV 13B-1 or on video starting with V-13A.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, August 8, 2013

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