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Daily Devotion for June 28, 2013
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 is great Bach! One of his most tuneful and popular organ works, the Little Fugue in G Minor, performed by Ton Koopman in an unidentified German Baroque church.
Prayer of Thanks
Heavenly Father, I thank you for my life and everything you have bestowed upon me and upon all people, this day and every day. I thank you for the good and bad, the understanding of forgiveness, and your holy power, without which we would have nothing. I thank you this day for all your blessings, your gifts, your never ending love for us. Although we all are sinners, I ask you to forgive me every day for what I might have done wrong, that I might not have noticed. Even though we all come short of the glory of God, I thank you for the sacrifice of your only son Jesus Christ for all our sins. You and only you know us Father and you know if our hearts are true. So once again, I thank you with all my heart and soul. In the name of Christ I pray,
Prayer for Forgiveness
Heavenly Father, true God, who sent your beloved Son to seek the wandering sheep, I have sinned against heaven and before you; receive me like the Prodigal Son, and clothe me with the garment of innocence, of which I was deprived by sin. Have mercy upon your creatures and upon me, a great sinner, through the miracle of Christ's resurrection and your grace, I pray.
Benediction (from the Epistle of Jude)
Now all glory to God, who is able to keep us from falling away and will bring us with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault. All glory to him who alone is God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are his before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time!
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.
Proverbs 27:2 (ESV)
a stranger, and not your own lips.
The Fullness of God's Love
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.
And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge — that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Notes on the Scripture
Paul had suffered greatly, albeit willingly, and was to suffer even more. He traveled constantly in a time when travel was miserable. He starved, froze, endured insects and filth, was shipwrecked and imprisoned, and finally died in a Roman jail. How could he endure so much? Why did he endure so much?
Here, he tells us. The power of the Spirit is beyond any other power. The love of Christ is so “wide and long and high and deep” that it surpasses knowledge. It surpasses explanation. Paul was the happiest man on earth. If you believe deeply and act on your beliefs, God will not let you down. He will give us unlimited inner strength.
In the words of Matthew Henry, “Strength from the Spirit of God in the inner man; strength in the soul; the strength of faith, to serve God, and to do our duty. If the law of Christ is written in our hearts, and the love of Christ is shed abroad there, then Christ dwells there. Where his Spirit dwells, there he dwells.”
Never be reluctant to feel the love of Christ when you are serving God, no matter what tribulations the world imposes on you. Let the feeling of the Spirit shine through. It will maintain you and bolster you in all circumstances. Christ has promised to take care of us when we die, but the Holy Spirit is among us in the world. Let it shine through, let it comfort and support and propel you in your daily life.