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The Upper Room 26th January 2024 Devotional – Lost and Found

The Upper Room 26th January 2024 Devotional – Lost and Found
The Upper Room 26th January 2024 Devotional Message

The Upper Room 26th January 2024 Devotional, Friday Message by Valerie Clark (KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa)

TOPIC: Lost and Found

TODAY’S READING
Luke 15:11-32

This thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found. – Luke 15:32 (KJV)

As I grow older, I am more inclined to forget where I’ve put things. So I have developed the habit of asking God to help me find what I’ve lost, and God graciously responds.

In our scripture from Luke 15, we read of a lost coin, a lost sheep, and a lost son. Each was precious to the one who had suffered the loss, and great was the rejoicing when the lost was found.

Many people have lost something that they think they will never find: a reputation, innocence, faith, hope, joy, enthusiasm, vision, purpose. Many have lost their first love for God. But when Jesus told these stories, he was offering hope for restoration.

Yes, God is kind and helps us with everyday situations — like lost household items. But God is greatly concerned about people who are lost — those who have drifted away or who have never been close to begin with. God longs to bring all of us home and restore us. When we have lost our way in the struggles of life, we can come to God and pour our heart out to our loving Father. God will always welcome us, embrace us, love us, and restore us.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear God, may the love you show us through others lead us back to you. Amen.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
When I feel lost, I can turn to God, who will always welcome me home.

PRAYER FOCUS
Those who feel far from God

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