Daily Devotion for January 17, 2010
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 of Thanks for Our County
Almighty God, who has given us this good land for our heritage; I pray that we may always prove ourselves a people who remember how you have blessed us, and who are glad to do your will. Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought here out of so many different places and cultures. Impart the spirit of wisdom to those whom, in your name, we entrust with the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace in our nation. And grant that, through obedience to your law, we may shine forth your glory like a lamp on a hill to the nations of the earth. In times of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in time of trouble, do not allow our trust in you to fail; all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Prayer for Plenty
O gracious Father, who opens your hand to fill life with plenteousness; I pray that in your infinite goodness you will hear us, who now make our requests known to you. Do not remember our sins, but your promise of mercy. See fit to bless the lands and multiply the harvests of the world. Breathe fruitfulness into the land so that the earth's face might be renewed. Show your loving kindness, that our land may increase its bounty; and fill us with good things, so that rich and poor alike may have their share and give thanks to your name; through Christ our Lord.
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.
(Additional prayers may be found at Prayers for All Occasions.)
God be with you 'til we meet again.
Remember to Thank God
Observe the commandments of the Lord your God, walking in his ways and revering him. For the Lord is bringing you into a good land — a land with streams and pools of water, with springs flowing in the valleys and hills; a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey; a land where bread will not be scarce and you will lack nothing; a land where the rocks are iron and you can dig copper out of the hills.
When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you. Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day. Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.