Daily Devotion for December 18, 2009
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.
Prayer for the Morning
Oh Lord, most heavenly Father, Almighty and everlasting God, who has safely brought me to the beginning of this day; I give you thanks for my creation, preservation, and all the blessings of my life. Grant that this day I fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of danger; but that all my doings, being governed by your will, may be righteous in your sight. Through Christ our Lord, I pray.
Thanks for the Life of Christ
Almighty God, I thank you for the life and teachings of your only Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is amazing to me that he lived and walked among us, one of us, a mortal man who bled and felt pain, who felt anger and love, who would become tired and hungry. Your love in showing us that you would share the burdens of mortality is great. Although the terrible beating and torture, and long painful death, that He suffered at the hands of the powerful was a terrible thing, his ultimate victory in overcoming that death was the greatest victory in the history of mankind. I praise you for Christ's resurrection and victory, and for His promise to all people, that he will intercede for us at our death, and bring us to eternal life. Today I remember and celebrate His resurrection, giving all glory to Father, Son and Holy Spirit for this miracle and the redemption of our own lives. Through Christ I pray,
Community of Prayer
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be among the community of all who pray in the name of Christ this morning, and remain among us always.
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.
He Was Despised
1 Who has believed our message
2 He will grow up before him like a tender shoot,
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
there is no beauty that we should desire him.
3 He was despised and rejected by men,
Like one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely he took up our infirmities
yet we considered him stricken by God,
smitten by him, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
the punishment that brought us peace was upon him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
6 All we, like sheep, have gone astray.
and the LORD has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
Comment on the Scripture
In this beautiful passage the prophet Isaiah foretells the passion of Christ. The verb tenses are very peculiar, intermingling the present, future, and past tense, although the events are to occur centuries after the passage was written. This agrees with the notion that Christ's life, death, and resurrection were known to God from the beginning, that 'He is, was, and ever more will be.'
Musical fans will recognize two of the most famous parts of Handel's Messiah: The alto air He Was Despised and the chorus All We Like Sheep. I have included a video of He Was Despised; it makes a very nice musical background for meditation or prayer.