The Upper Room Daily Devotional 18th March 2023 – God Who Saves
THE UPPER ROOM ROOM DAILY DEVOTIONAL
The Upper Room Daily Devotional 18th March 2023, Saturday Message. As you study today’s devotional, remember this; “Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 (NLT)
God Who Saves
KEY VERSE: The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. – Luke 19:10 (NIV)
The Upper Room Daily Devotional 18th March 2023 MESSAGE
In my work as a nurse, I was caring for an elderly, dying patient. He was a grumpy man who would curse those caring for him. One day we were by his bedside as his doctor came in. I had told the doctor about our patient’s unhappiness, so he offered the man some medication to improve his mood. But he angrily refused to take it.
At mealtime I went back to feed him and said to him, “Something is bothering you. Would you like to talk about it?” He replied, “No! No use!” Then I found the courage to ask, “May I pray for you?” His reply was even angrier: “No!” I continued feeding him in silence. However, in my spirit I felt that the man regretted his abrupt reply.
The next morning, I returned to work and had to medicate him right away. He was deteriorating quickly, and he cried out, “Help me.” I asked him, “How can I help you?” He replied, “Pray for me!”
I don’t remember what I prayed. It felt a bit clumsy, but I trust God worked through that prayer. I never had another opportunity to pray with the man again. Later he slipped into unconsciousness and died.
I have continued to pray for my patients and to trust God to care for them too.
Thank you, God, for your amazing love and your gift of grace for us all. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Opportunities to pray for a child of God come to us every day.
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