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Monday, May 21, 2018

Daily Devotion for May 21, 2018


<i>The Invitation</i>, by Sieger Koder, late 20th century.
The Invitation, by Sieger Köder, late 20th century.

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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.

Peter, Paul and Mary sing a traditional gospel song based on today’s Scripture.



Prayer for the Morning

God, let your Holy Spirit be powerful to direct my thinking today, so that it be empty of self pity, dishonesty, self-will, self-seeking and fear. Inspire my thinking, decisions and intuitions. Help me to relax and take it easy. Free me from doubt and indecision. Guide me through this day and show me my next step. God, show me what I need to do to take care of any problems. I ask all these things that I may be of maximum service to you and my fellow man. In the name of my Lord Jesus Christ, I pray.

Amen.

Prayer of Trust When We Feel Lost

Lord God, sometimes I feel like a lost child, alone in the woods or on a strange street. I cannot see the road ahead of me. I fear what lies in the shadows.

I have no idea where I am going. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself. And even though I am trying to follow your will, sometimes I can’t be sure whether I am or not. Sometimes, I think, I am fooling myself. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you and that you will direct me, even if sometimes I get it wrong.

I hope and pray that I will at least not do anything today that I am certain will displease you, and I know that if I do this, you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust you always. Though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death, I will not fear, for you are ever with me and you will never leave me to face my troubles alone.

Amen.

Meditation

[We do not face our troubles alone.]


Benediction (from the Epistle of Jude)

Now all glory to you, great God, who is able to keep us from falling away and will bring us with great joy into your glorious presence without a single fault. All glory to you who alone are God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are yours before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time!

Amen.


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God be with you 'til we meet again.


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John 4:16-30 (ESV)

Jesus and the Woman of Samaria [3]

Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; for you have had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true.”

The woman said to him, “Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father.

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You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”

The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ). When he comes, he will tell us all things.” Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am he.”

Just then his disciples came back. They marveled that he was talking with a woman, but no one said, “What do you seek?” or, “Why are you talking with her?”

So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” They went out of the town and were coming to him.


Notes on the Scripture

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ere we get the great surprise. The Hebrew Messiah comes not to save Israel, but to save humanity. This will become a contentious issue in the early church and require a lot of effort, especially from Saint Paul, to convince the Jews that the unclean, heathen Gentiles have shared fully in Christ’s gift.

The Samaritan woman is thirsty in the metaphorical, spiritual sense as well as the physical sense. She comes to the well of Jacob, symbolizing her search for the true God. But she lives in sin; it seems as if she is seeking the God of the Jews, both by her presence at Jacob’s well and by her conviction to worship in Jerusalem (where the Temple is located) rather than in the mountains, which are full of pagan idols and altars.

To give her a sign of his authority, Christ does what he did with Nathanael: He tells her things about herself that an ordinary man could not have known. Specifically, he speaks of her sinful sexual life, both past and current, for she is living in adultery with another woman’s husband.

But Christ tells her that God is not found in a building and cannot be worshipped physically. (This will mean, ultimately, an end to the constant sacrifices of food and animals required by Hebrew worship.) Under the new covenant, God, who is spirit, will be worshipped “in spirit.”

Finally, Christ openly acknowledges that he is the Messiah about whom she has heard, a rare moment in any of the Gospels.



Baptism of Christ  by Pieter de Grebber, 1625
Baptism of Christ, by Pieter de Grebber, 1625.

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“Power”

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2 Corinthians 12:9: ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.


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Topic: Devotion for Day of May 21, 2018 | Daily Prayer
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Pooja (Tamworth, UK) says...
Thank you for your greatly appreciated inspiration today and May God Bless you and Keep you in His Grace in this hour of need, Mason
Today 12:08pm
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Jeanne Moss (Pittsburgh, US) says...
One of my favorite verses.
Today 10:30am
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Ann Brock (US) says...
From Corinth, in approximately 51 A.D., Paul wrote to the church at Thessalonica, and to all believers everywhere the following: "The grace (the unmerited favor and blessings) of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) be with you all. Amen (so be it)." ( I Thessalonians 5:28 AMP) Cool
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Caryl says...
Mason,
Awesome Daily Inspiration today.
Caryl
Today 6:38am
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Verna Twyne (Philadelphia, US) says...
I am requesting that the “daily prayer” family lift my daughter, Badia, and her special friend, Shy’Quan, up in prayer. The enemy comes to stil kill and destroy but Christ comes to give life more abundantly. These 2 are college students and have dealt with suicide attempts, STD’s and teen pregnancy over this past year amongst their peers. But God...! I asking for prayer for mental health and stability and also that Christ binds their hearts up in Him. Where they are broken and ... Read More
Yesterday 12:57pm
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Hilda says...
I am with you in prayers. Our children are under attack from different directions -- vices, media, bad company. The enemy is robbing them of their joy and peace through depression and anxiety, those mental illnesses. So let us all join together and pray for our children.

We will overcome through the power of the Holy Spirit, who reigns in us. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Today 12:18pm
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Tom Kraft (Concord, US) says...
I would like to lift up Mason in prayer. He's going through a season of testing. I told him there was a host of prayer warriors at Daily Prayer who would also lift him up. Let's ask for God's favor on him today. Thanks.
Yesterday 7:56am
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Pooja (Tamworth, UK) says...
Thank you for your greatly appreciated inspiration today and May God Bless you and Keep you in His Grace in this hour of need, Mason
Today 12:09pm
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Carol-Jean Richardson says...
Let the Glory of the Holy Spirit warm our hearts and make us one. Jesus Christ reigns. Hallelujah, hallelujah. Amen
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REV.LEROY KEENEY (HAYS, US) says...
GOOD MORNING MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST, I PRAY THIS FINDS YOU ALL SMILING. WE ARE ALL ONE,UNITED IN CHRIST. A FAMILY OF GODS CHILDREN. JESUS WANTS UNITY IN HIS CHURCH. YOU KNOW THE WAY THINGS ARE LOOKING IN THESE LAST DAYS, UNITY ALMOST SEEMS IMPOSSIBLE. THE CHURCH SEEMS TO HAVE DRAWN FARTHER AND FARTHER APART SINCE THE DAY OF PENTECOST. BUT BEFORE CHRIST RETURNS HIS ENTIRE CHURCH WILL BE UNITED INTO ONE, THAT IS HIS WISH, PRAISE GOD ! WE EACH BROTHER AND SISTER MUST DO OUR BEST TO ... Read More
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