A Hit Today

Portals of Prayer have been hit or miss with me for a few years now.

One day, the writer reminds me why this little devotional is a perfect spiritual “pick me up.” The next day, I scratch my bald head wondering why in the world this writer is lecturing me on a theological topic.

I believe daily devotionals should offer some kind of uplifting message each day. Whether we read it in the morning or evening or at the bus stop or in the Uber, they need to play the role of reminding us of the importance of living a life of discipleship and hope. Last week, there was a “devotional writing” in the Portals about Holy Communion. Granted, it was fine, but why would anyone want to spend their devotion time reading about the theological underpinnings of The Lord’s Supper.

It made me feel … nothing.

Today, it was just the opposite. The writer reminds us that following our own path, in theory, sounds very worldly and good, but that self-reliance misses the important part of our lives: We’re sinners.

Each of us falls short of God’s glory. God calls on us to repent and be cleansed of sin. But this forgiveness opens our lives to remind us of something so much more important – we’re followers of Jesus.

“We don’t need to be wise in our own eyes; we can believe in Him and follow Him.”


Portals of Prayer can be hit and miss. Thankfully, today it is a hit.



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