arrow to previous dayarrow to next day
Friday, July 21, 2017

Daily Devotion for February 9, 2013


Basilica (basilika) of Ottobeuren Abbey, choir and pipes
The choir of the basilica of Ottobeuren Abbey. You will be able to hear these same pipes in today's musical selection.

Prayers

Scripture

482 people in our community are currently praying with you.

lessons and scripture

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.

A great German organist (Karl Richter) playing a great German composition (Toccata and Fugue in D minor) by another pretty decent German organist (J.S. Bach), and on an antique German organ (in the Basilica of Ottobeuren Abbey - see photo above) to boot. Großer Gott!


Prayer for the Morning

Father, as I face this new day, let me be aware of the work you have done for me as I slept. I praise you that your loving care never slumbers, but has been with me while I was least aware of it; and that you renew me and the whole world, fresh every day, preparing your plans for me.

I pray that I may seek your will this day, your plan for my life, and carry out your plan in my every action. I lay my hopes and fears on an altar before you, that your Holy Spirit may guide my hopes toward the light of your holiness, and may quiet my fears with the knowledge of your infinite peace, in total confidence that your grace will save me from the evils of this world. In Jesus' name I pray,

Amen.

For our Enemies

O  God, the Father of all, whose Son commanded us to love our enemies: Lead them and us from prejudice to truth; deliver them and us from hatred, cruelty and revenge; and in your good time enable us all to stand reconciled before you; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Prayer of Surrender

All to Jesus, I surrender, all to Him I freely give.

I will ever love and trust Him, in His presence daily live.

Amen.

Dedication

God of love, Father of all, the darkness that covered the earth has given way to the bright dawn of your Word made flesh. Make me and all who confess your holy name people of this light. Make me faithful to your Word that I may bring your life to the waiting world. Grant this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.


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



endless knot

Avoiding Fear

The presence of hope in the invincible sovereignty of God drives out fear.

~ John Piper


Blue Latin Cross

Exodus 9:1-7 (Complete Jewish Bible)

The Fifth Plague: A Plague on Livestock

Then Adonai said to Moshe, “Go to Pharaoh, and tell him, ‘Here is what Adonai, the God of the Hebrews, says: “Let my people go, so that they can worship me. If you refuse to let them go and persist in holding on to them, the hand of Adonai is on your livestock in the field — on the horses, donkeys, camels, cattle and flocks — and will make them suffer a devastating illness.

But Adonai will distinguish between Egypt’s and Isra’el’s livestock — nothing belonging to the people of Isra’el will die.”’”

Adonai determined the exact time by saying, “Tomorrow Adonai will do this in the land.” The following day, Adonai did it — all the livestock of Egypt died; but not one of the animals belonging to the people of Isra’el died. Pharaoh investigated and found that not even one of the animals of the people of Isra’el had died.

Nevertheless, Pharaoh’s heart remained stubborn, and he didn’t let the people go.



Notes on the Scripture

The plagues against Egypt are both integrated and progressive, and the fifth plague represents a major escalation in several aspects. It is a plague of death. The first four were irritating occurrences, burdensome and disruptive, but the widespread death of Egyptian livestock constitutes serious and permanent economic loss. The role of cattle, sheep and goats in a primitive agricultural economy is enormous: they are a major source of food, a major means of transportation, and the source of raw materials. They are used as a source of power, especially to plow fields.

famine Joseph

And the damage does not end when the plague lifts, for the livestock is gone until they can be repopulated. Most of all, though, is the fact that YHWH is causing death; it is an ominous development.

There are more subtle differences in this plague, as well. This is the first time Moses has attributed a plague directly to "the hand of God". It clarifies that the dispute is not between Pharaoh and the Hebrews, but between Pharaoh and God Himself. In the same vein, the phrase "persist in holding onto them", sometimes translated as "holding them back," emphasizes how Pharaoh misunderstands what is going on.

From the Egyptian point of view, this is a matter of slaves wanting their freedom, a dispute between a conquering and a subjugated people. But in fact, the Hebrew inhabitance of Canaan is destiny, the will of the one true God. Pharaoh is not trying to maintain the status quo, as he thinks; rather, he is standing athwart a divine plan.



Fifth Plague of Egypt, Bible Exodus 9, Moses
Murrain of Beasts (detail), mezzotint by Granger of a Gustave Dore engraving, ca. 1855. (Full-size)

Current Memory Verse     Remember the Bible





Today in Daily Prayer


Memory Verse

Romans 10:9: If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved


About Daily Prayer


Follow us on Facebook


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 also encourage you to visit our Forum and, if the Spirit moves you, register and participate in it.

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. (Also, if you contact us asking that the Daily Devotion or Daily Inspiration be emailed to you every day, we will have to say “sorry”. Daily Prayer is only available online.)

“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





Comments

No comments yet.

Add Comment

Daily Quiz

No scores available at this time.



Our Community Around the World: Visitors July 1, 2009 - May 31, 2017


US  18,241,900
PH  1,732,821
CA  1,245,652
UK  602,550
AU  168,504
MY  65,993
ZA  51,385
SG  49,058
NG  44,005
IN  43,546
AE  33,122
SA  29,493
TT  29,087
KE  27,995
NZ  48,220
BB  25,751
JM  20,844
FJ  17,844
KY  16,993
CN  16,385
DE  14,541
HK  12,325
KR  11,058
GH  10,924
DM  10,005
IT  10,002
FR  9,455
TZ  9,220
BM  8,941
BS  8,277
MW  7,459
ID  7,441
LC  5,995
ZW  5,478
GU  5,759
PK  5,589
CZ  5,325
CO  5,286
UG  5,459
HN  4,555
VC  4,106
QA  4,008
MX  3,569
KW  3,592
BR  3,421
NL  3,356
TH  3,225
BZ  2,994
BW  2,653
OM  2,551
BG  2,547
BO  2,420
EG  3,991
CH  4,560
NA  2,006
ES  2,245
AW  1,818
PR  9,258
LK  2,644
IE  2,546
IL  2,116
GY  1,935
ET  1,839
TW  1,832
CM  1,831
BE  1,674
DK  3,945
LB  1,443
ZM  1,209