arrow to previous dayarrow to next day
Monday, March 8, 2021
Welcome back, Visitor.

Daily Devotion for March 8, 2021


<i>The Israelites Gathering Manna</i>, by Ercole de Roberti, ca. 1490.
The Israelites Gathering Manna by Ercole de’ Roberti ca. 1490. (Full-size)

Prayers

Scripture

306 people in our community are currently praying with you.

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.

Something to get our engines running for the week ahead! I love Donnie McLurken’s Jamaican tunes and simple, powerful lyrics. I’ve got my mind made up!




Puritan Prayer to be Free of Carnal Sin

O  ever watchful Shepherd, lead, guide, and tend me this day; without Your restraining rod I err and stray. Hedge up my path lest I wander into unwholesome pleasure, and drink its poisonous streams; direct my feet that I be not entangled in Satan's secret snares, nor fall into his hidden traps.

Defend me from assailing foes, from evil circumstances, from myself. My adversaries are part and parcel of my own nature; they cling to me as my very skin; I cannot escape their contact. In my rising up and sitting down they cause me pain; they entice with constant baits; my enemy is within the citadel. Come with almighty power and cast him out, pierce him to death, and abolish in me every particle of carnal life this day.

Amen.

Prayer to Receive God’s True Word

Sacred Heart, German Catholic

Holy Lord, who has given me the facility to hear and understand, let me receive your Word with an open mind and clear eye. Whenever I read your Scripture, let your Holy Spirit guide me to the truth, setting aside my preconception and self-justification.

I pray to hear what you intend for me to hear. Lead me to remember that, where we disagree, You are right and I am wrong. And help me always to an attitude of humility in my study, keeping in mind always to use your Word as a guide that will lead me on the path to salvation, never as a tool to justify my faulty and selfish thought; for I am justified by faith.

Amen.

Meditation

“Wherever you want to go, whatever you want to accomplish, your starting point is forever where you are at this moment.”


Dedication

Oh Heavenly Father, in whom I live and move and have my being, I humbly pray you so to guide and govern me by your Holy Spirit, that in all the joys, occupations, and cares of this day I may never forget you, but remember that I am ever walking in your sight. In Christ’s name, I pray,

Amen.


Think of the day ahead in terms of God with you, and visualize health, strength, guidance, purity, calm confidence, and victory as the gifts of His presence.



Women in Church, Susan Dacre ca. 1884
Women in Church, Susan Dacre ca. 1890

Proverbs 21:3 (NKJV)

To do righteousness and justice
Is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.


Blue Latin Cross

Exodus 16:1-8 (ESV)

Bread from Heaven [1]
T

hey set out from Elim, and all the congregation of the people of Israel came to the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had departed from the land of Egypt. And the whole congregation of the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness, and the people of Israel said to them, “Would that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the meat pots and ate bread to the full, for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I am about to rain bread from heaven for you, and the people shall go out and gather a day's portion every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in my law or not. On the sixth day, when they prepare what they bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather daily.”

So Moses and Aaron said to all the people of Israel, “At evening you shall know that it was the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, and in the morning you shall see the glory of the Lord, because he has heard your grumbling against the Lord. For what are we, that you grumble against us?”

And Moses said, “When the Lord gives you in the evening meat to eat and in the morning bread to the full, because the Lord has heard your grumbling that you grumble against him — what are we? Your grumbling is not against us but against the Lord.”

Exodus Map - Hammond   Exodus Map 2


Notes on the Scripture

At this point, we actually have a better idea of where the Israelites were than in the previous chapters. In Numbers 33:10-11, Moses recounts that they camped by the Red Sea after they left Elim. They were following a coastal road, used by the Egyptians to bring mined minerals from the southern Sinai to Egypt (see map). Plus, we know that exactly one month has passed, as they have begun keeping the Jewish calendar.

While there is much to say about the passage, the most important feature is the preliminary imposition of the fourth commandment. Any sensible person recognizes that, ultimately, God provides our food. We may pride ourselves on our agriculture and industry, but as Christ said: “Consider the birds of the air. . . .” Here, God removes the work of man altogether, for the Hebrews cannot farm and the livestock is emaciated. They are in a terrible desert where they cannot even gather; God feeds them directly. They cannot make the mistake of pride in an illusory self-sufficiency, as atheists do, or think that it is an accident that food falls from the sky, in the middle of a desert.

remember the Sabbath

God is ready, in His training of the Hebrews, to move them to a new level of trust: He commands them not to gather food for more than one day, except on the sixth day; and on the seventh day, not to gather at all. This is utterly artificial, a law of God that runs contrary to nature. It is something a person would do only if he trusted God absolutely. God is training them to follow His Word, rather than their experience in the world. Like any training experience, He starts with a direct reward system.

It is odd for us to live in a time when we can see this training in reverse. God wants us to work six days and rest on the seventh, keeping it as a day of holy celebration. If you have seen the great movie Chariots of Fire, you will remember the Scotsman, Eric Liddell, who won the 400-meter run in the 1924 Olympics, but refused to compete in his best event, the 100-meter dash, because it was held on Sunday. (And he certainly sacrificed a gold medal: His British record in the 100-yard dash was not broken for 35 years.)

The point being: Can we even imagine this happening today? Tim Tebow, the great Christian figurehead of professional sports, played football on Sunday. This is not to judge Mr. Tebow in any way, but it is hard not to think that our overall trust in God is unraveling, as being ’open for business” on Sunday has become nearly universal; the only exception among national chains is Chick-fil-A.

We do not live under the strict letter of Mosaic Law; Christ Himself abridged the Sabbath laws by healing. Surely there is room for interpretation in the fourth commandment. But we must ask ourselves: Are our Sunday activities good-faith attempts to keep the spirit of the Sabbath, or a rationalization for compromising God’s will to feed our own appetites?



endless knot

Daily Inspiration

“Lawsuits”

Current Memory Verse     Remember the Bible

Print Today’s Devotion





Today in Daily Prayer


Memory Verse

Matthew 5:40: If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also.



About Daily Prayer



Follow us on Facebook
Join the Daily Prayer Group.


If you are new to Daily Prayer, welcome. This page provides a non-denominational, Bible-based devotion every day, including prayers, Scripture, Bible study, music, and art, designed to be usable for worship and the deepening of faith by any person who confesses Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

We hope you will take a look around at some of the features. Registration is not necessary, although if you do register, you will be greeted by name and be able to record your scores on our Daily Bible Quiz, Match-a-Verse, and Memorize Favorite Bible Verses features.

We do not email anything, except replies to emails from readers. Registration asks for an email address as a means of verifying that people are real, but this is kept completely private and never used.

“The mind of God is greater than all the minds of men, so let all men leave the gospel just as God has delivered it unto us.” ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon





Add Comment

Note: Only registered members who are logged in will be able to see or post Comments. Apologies: we have had to do this to prevent spam.

Comments (4)

Gravatar
Regular
Keith(West Yorkshire, UK)says...

There was a time when you couldn't buy petrol on a Sunday, if you were planning a big journey, you'd fill up the day before.

Gravatar
Regular
Cheryl(Moody, Alabama, US)says...

Hobby Lobby is the only other large store chain I know of that closes on Sunday, though many of our local, family owned stores, and even restaurants, close.

Gravatar
New
Donsays...

Good things to think about. I believe Hobby Lobby is also closed on Sundays.

When we go out to dinner after church, I think of that time as an extension of worship. And certainly for pastors and church staff and many volunteers, that Sabbath rest is not necessarily realized at church due to their duties, so lunch with them is a way that they can enjoy the day. I know that going out to lunch causes other folks to have to work, but they would probably be working anyway - and I like to be able to leave a big tip!

Gravatar
New
Linda(Powell, Tennessee, US)says...

Thank you Mason for the wonderful music this morning. I am sure I will be singing this all day long.

Daily Quiz

Top score(s) on the Daily Quiz for Mar 07, 2021 were:
Norman Daniels (12)
Donna Williams (12)
Kathryn Halfman (11)
Margaret Entwistle (11)
randall martin (11)

Top score(s) on Match-a-Verse:
Kathryn Halfman (9 out of 9)
Pam Carpenter (9 out of 9)
Elaine Gibson (9 out of 9)
Norman Daniels (9 out of 9)
randall martin (9 out of 9)

Our Community Around the World: Visitors July 1, 2009 - January 1, 2020


US  50,318,719
PH  4,118,455
CA  3,331,021
UK  2,039,444
AU  372,260
MY  95,339
ZA  70,555
NZ  65,931
SG  62,313
NG  60,473
IN  59,221
AE  46,880
SA  42,278
TT  40,999
KE  39,561
BB  35,010
JM  31,484
FJ  29,356
KY  26,000
CN  24,375
DE  20,516
HK  19,772
KR  16,339
GH  14,404
DM  14,025
IT  13,763
FR  13,313
TZ  11,068
BM  11,045
BS  10,664
MW  9,524
ID  9,141
LC  7,836
ZW  7,422
GU  7,319
PK  7,699
CZ  7,448
CO  7,411
UG  7,223
HN  6,991
VC  6,314
QA  6,208
MX  5,089
KW  4,226
BR  4,124
NL  3,956
TH  3,888
BZ  3,647
BW  3,456
OM  3,451
BG  3,450
BO  3,120
EG  4,782
CH  6,919
NA  2,422
ES  2,419
AW  2,335
PR  12,563
LK  3,282
IE  2,964
IL  2,551
GY  2,539
ET  2,312
TW  2,310
CM  2,242
BE  2,038
DK  6,333
LB  1,682
ZM  1,503