Spiritual Practice


Katy Steele & Sophie Mather

God is deeply committed to caring for the poor and the powerless. Because the needs of hurting people are so closely woven into God’s heart, God expects the same commitment from us.

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
James 1:27 (NIV)

Jesus so closely identified with the poor that he said, “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40b, NIV). Most of Jesus’ miracles were not random displays of power, but acts of compassion that alleviated physical suffering.

God commanded farmers among God’s people to leave some of the crops along the borders of their land and the grain that fell while they were working so that the poor could gather them for food (Leviticus 19:9–10).

God’s heart is for the broken, the needy, the desperate, the lost, and the hungry. If the desires of our hearts are to be like God’s, then we must do all we can to care for those who suffer from hunger.

—Katy Steele


ACT ON IT: Before each meal, thank God for the food that you have and remember that many people don’t have food to eat today. What can you do about it?

—Sophie Mather

Listen to “All the Poor and the Powerless” to help you reflect on this devo.

—from devozine (November/December 2014). Copyright © 2014 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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