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Urgent Prayer Request

Urgent Prayer Request Dear Reader's, I just received an urgent message from a lady that is a very good friend of mine that lives in Porto, Portugal, for prayer of her adopted daughter's husband. The husband of her adoptive daughter had an industrial accident that severelyinjured his hand--the severity of the injury is not known. However, the urgent prayer request is for the husband and his wife--also a friend of mine--Bia Almeida--of Portugal. Prayer doesn't have a name, race, culture, country, religious denomination, friend or enemy; I just ask you to pray for the husband to Jehovah for the recovery of his hand, and for the Lord to keep him with his faith; his wife--Bia--to have strength and peace in her faith in You. In Jesus' name I ask for prayer of my friends. Amen.

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

July 22: Showing Kindness to a Stranger
2 Samuel 9:1–10:19; 1 Peter 5:1–14

When I was a teenager, I became serious about showing unsolicited kindness while working through a 30-day intensive devotional. The devotional required me to record an act of kindness each day. My efforts included things as mundane as taking out the trash before being asked and closing schoolmates’ lockers to prevent them from becoming the victims of pranks. Although the acts were simple, and mostly meaningless, the effort taught me a discipline. Kindness should be intentional, not random. But what if your kindness stems from guilt?
In 2 Samuel 9, King David shows intentional kindness to Ziba, Saul’s servant, and Mephibosheth, Jonathan’s son, by offering them Saul’s land after Saul and Jonathan have died. It’s hard to know why David does this, especially since it puts him at risk—his association with the previous regime could anger his warriors, who fought against Saul. Is David merely being a good guy? Does he …