Daily Devotion for February 9, 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 MorningOh 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.
A Prayer for Christmastime
May the forgiving spirit of Him to whom we dedicate this season prevail again on earth. May hunger disappear and terrorists cease their senseless acts. May people live in freedom, worshiping as they see fit, loving others. May the sanctity of the home be ever preserved. May peace, everlasting peace, reign supreme.
Community of PrayerMay 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.
(Mary has gone to visit her relative Elizabeth, who is also blessed with an unlikely pregnancy. Elizabeth has just told Mary that the Lord has blessed her, and Mary responds.)
And Mary said:
He has had regard for the humble state of His handmaiden;
For behold, from this time all generations will call me blessed.
He who is mighty has done great things for me; And holy is His name.
And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He has put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted those of low degree.
He has filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.
Remembering His mercy, He has helped his servant Israel;
As he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever."
And Mary stayed with her about three months, and then returned to her home.