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Daily Devotion for February 3, 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 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.
Prayer for Grace and Strength
Lord God, I pray that you will fill my heart with the blessing of your Holy Spirit. Grant me this day the strength to be temperate in all things, diligent in my duties, and patient under my afflictions. Direct me in all my ways. Give me grace to be just and upright in all my dealings; quiet and peaceable; full of compassion; and ready to do good to all people, according to my abilities and opportunities. For the sake of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,
Community of Prayer
Heavenly Lord, I know I am not alone saying these prayers or reading your Word this morning, but many people unknown to me, from all stations of life, have joined together in this brief moment of devotion. 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.
Isaiah 11:1-6 (King James Version)
The Wolf and the Lamb
2 And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;
3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:
4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.
5 And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.
6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.
Note on the Scripture
This beautiful passage from Isaiah was important in Christ establishing His legitimacy. It predicts the coming of a savior from the family of Jesse. The mention of the little child makes it particularly appropriate for Advent, as we prepare to remember the birth of Jesus.
Every line of this passage is a gem unto itself. I especially love "with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth." The second part is a little difficult. "Reprove" means to give a scolding or a criticism, but the reproval here is not directed at the meek of the earth, but for them. It means that Christ is going to scold people because they treat the poor without equity, that is, without fairness or equality. He's going to judge the poor with righteousness, instead of just pushing them around.
I don't know if the expression "the lion will lie down with the lamb" actually exists as a quote from antiquity. The best I can tell, it is a misquote of this passage from Isaiah. There is a lion, and a lamb, and a predator "lying down" with prey, but they all occur in different phrases. But however one quotes it, it is a beautiful image of a changed world, where even the weak and poor can find comfort.
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