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Daily Devotion for July 14, 2012
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.
This beautiful Kyrie Eleison is from Beethoven's Mass in C Minor. The only lyrics are kyrie eleison, christe eleison — "Lord have mercy upon us, Christ have mercy upon us."
Prayer for the Morning
You are ushering in another day, untouched and freshly new, So here I come to ask You God if You'll renew me too?
Forgive the many errors, that I made yesterday, And let me try again dear God, to walk closer in Thy way.
But Father, I am well aware, I can't make it on my own. So take my hand and hold it tight, for I can't walk alone.
For Those in the Armed Forces
Almighty God, I commend to your gracious care and keeping all the men and women of our armed forces at home and abroad. Defend them day by day with your heavenly grace; strengthen them in their trials and temptations; give them courage to face the perils which beset them; and grant them a sense of your abiding presence wherever they may be; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Now unto him that is able to keep me from falling, and to present me faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever.
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.
The idea that everything would happen exactly as it does regardless of whether we pray or not is a specter that haunts the minds of many who sincerely profess belief in God. It makes prayer psychologically impossible, replacing it with dead ritual at best.
~ David Brainerd
Philippians 4 :4-7 (ESV)
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone.
The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Notes on the Scripture
This enormously important passage from Philippians could be called, "How to Practice Christianity in Five Easy Steps."
Step One: Rejoice in God. You have been saved. The one true God who created the universe has seen fit to give you a special place in it. The most powerful force that exists, the overarching King of all creation, is on your side. He has promised to protect you and defeat death itself for you. What is there to be unhappy about?
Step Two: Let everyone see the effect of this joy in your life. The English Standard translates this as "your reasonableness", but one could equally as well translate this, "Let your patience be seen by everyone", or your gentleness, or your temperance, consideration, forbearance, or graciousness. In other words, be a nice person and let others know that you are on their side.
Step Three: Stop worrying. Throughout the New Testament, Christ and the saints who wrote the epistles tell us that God will take our anxieties upon Himself. His shoulders are as broad as the universe; let Him do the heavy lifting.
Step Four: Pray. Pray your thanks for all that God has given you and will give you. Let God know your requests, open up your heart to Him. Pray to Him about everything, for by your prayers He will take on your worries and you will have a real relationship -- with God Himself.
Step Five: Enjoy. We know that Christians have the same kind of ordeals, joys and pains that every human being might have, but you will know a peace that those who are lost in sin cannot: The peace of God, that passes all (human) understanding.