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Monday, June 18, 2018

Daily Devotion for June 18, 2018


<i>Christ Walking on the Sea</i> by Amedee Varin, ca. 1860.
Christ Walking on the Sea, by Amedee Varin, ca. 1860.

Prayers

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Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.

Amen.



Prayer to Live with Jesus

Dearest Jesus, work another miracle, a prodigy of grace. Make my soul a beautiful, living Tabernacle where You will ever dwell. Let me never leave You alone, but remind me to return hundreds of times in the day and have a word with You.

Amen.

A Prayer in Darkness of the Mind

This much, O heaven — if I should brood or rave,
Pity me not; but let the world be fed,
Yea, in my madness if I strike me dead,
Heed you the grass that grows upon my grave.

If I dare snarl between this sun and sod,
Whimper and clamour; give me grace to own,
In sun and rain and fruit in season shown, The shining silence of the mercy of God.

Thank God the stars are set beyond my power,
If I must travail in a night of wrath,
Thank God my tears will never vex a moth,
Nor any curse of mine cut down a flower.

Men say the sun was darkened: yet I had
Thought it beat brightly, even on Calvary:
And He that hung upon the Torturing Tree
Heard all the crickets singing, and was glad.

Amen.

Meditation

[Most people spend their lives trying to gain power of different sorts, yet Chesterton’s prayer thanks God that he does not have more of it. How has God blessed me by not giving me all the power I have wanted in my life?]


Dedication

All through this day, O Lord, by the power of your quickening Spirit, let me touch the lives of others for good, whether through the word I speak, the prayer I speak, or the life I live.

Amen.


(Additional prayers may be found at Prayers for All Occasions.)
God be with you 'til we meet again.


endless knot

Psalm 1:1-2 (NKJV)

Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;

But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.


Blue Latin Cross

John 6:15-21 (NLT)

Jesus Walks on Water

Perceiving then that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself.

When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing. When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were frightened.

But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” Then they were glad to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.


Notes on the Scripture

T

he first sentence is a transition from the feeding of the 5,000. The people who witnessed it became understandably excited; they were ready to proclaim Jesus the King of Israel, which would have started a political revolution, at the least against Herod and most likely against Rome. This is exactly the kind of “savior” whom the Jews were anticipating. (And, it seems, a great many Christians have not realized that they are exactly like the Jews of Roman Judea, expecting salvation to come from their government!)

But as we know, Jesus had other plans entirely. He did not plan to rule on earth. Just the opposite: he planned to live and die as a humble commoner. He would never raise a sword against the Romans or the ruling parties of Judea. Instead, he would die like a criminal for an unjust accusation.

Christ's walking on water is one of the iconic moments of his life. Every Western atheist knows about it. I imagine walking on water comes in second only to “St. Peter at the Pearly Gates” as a setup for jokes with religious characters.

It is probably a good exercise to ask yourself whether you actually believe that Christ, literally and physically, crossed the open water of Lake Tiberius (another name for the Sea of Galilee) during a fierce storm. Whatever you think about it, it is a good starting point for someone to meditate on his or her beliefs about Christ and salvation. Christ tells his disciples, “Do not be afraid.” And neither should we be afraid to believe, literally, in the miracles of Christ.



<i>Christ Walking On The Sea Of Galilee</i>, by Henry Coller, ca. 1930.
Christ Walking On The Sea Of Galilee, by Henry Coller, ca. 1930.

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Jeremiah 29:11: For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.


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Paul Harvey (Pompton plains, US) says...
I really needed Jeremiah 29:11 today. Seeing God's word for me today gives me hope.
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Gerald Dahl (Winnipeg, Canada) says...
Thanks for today’s teaching and daily inspiration.
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Gary Merriman (LevellandTx, US) says...
Dear Mason, At the risk of tempting you to pride, I must tell you how inspiring is your humility! I believe that true humility is something many don't understand or strive for (even many Christians.). The world teaches pride and satisfaction in our accomplishments, and to seek acceptance from others, rather than God's acceptance and satisfaction in His work. I have come to know my own insignificance, but pride still rears its ugly head every moment. Even lauding my humility means I have ... Read More
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Dee (Las Vegas, US) says...
I love to have this devotion. Thank you so much, I try to read it everyday. Please keep doing what you do. God Bless and Jesus name. Happy Father's Day if you are a father

Dee
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Ann Brock (US) says...
I happened upon Mason's website very early on, and I began writing inspirations for the website in 2014. I can attest that he has always been very humble regarding the many gifts that God has blessed him with. Without Mason, there would be no website for all of us to be able to grow spiritually deeper. Mason is an inspiration to all of us. May God bless him.
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Mike Schopp (Alexandria, US) says...
Dear Mason, Thank you so much for what you bring to my spiritual breakfast every morning...Dr Ken Boa...thank you thank you thank you...brilliant just brilliant...Have a great day my friend...
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Gary Merriman (LevellandTx, US) says...
Dear Mason, At the risk of tempting you to pride, I must tell you how inspiring is your humility! I believe that true humility is something many don't understand or strive for (even many Christians.). The world teaches pride and satisfaction in our accomplishments, and to seek acceptance from others, rather than God's acceptance and satisfaction in His work. I have come to know my own insignificance, but pride still rears its ugly head every moment. Even lauding my humility means I have ... Read More
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Ouida Squire (Fredericksburg, US) says...
So thankful that God gave me a Daddy.
So thankful he gave me a loving husband and father to our children.
So thankful he loved me and provided His Son's grace for me and truth through His Word.
Prayers for blessings to each man sharing in these prayers to know and feel God's love in real and meaningful ways.
Prayers unspoken by each person that God hears and understands much better than I can even imagine.
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donna (kettering, US) says...
thanyou for inspiring me daily god is good i love him he loves me god bless you
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Maggie (Washington Court House, US) says...
I should say thank you every day for this site. It's been my first place to go each morning for many years and I always learn something. Today's message has inspired me to try harder to use my one small gift much more than I have done.
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