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Daily Devotion for March 26, 2014

<i>A Scene from the Thirty Years’ War</i> by Ernest Crofts ca. 1884.
A Scene from the Thirty Years' War by Ernest Crofts ca. 1884. The utter ruin of the German region of Wallenstein due to differences in Christian dogma gives graphic testimony to the wisdom of today’s Scripture: “Live in harmony.”



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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.


Our apologies for the “Viva Las Vegas” album cover, but this is the only available version of Faith Hill's fantastic rendition of “Peace in the Valley”.

Prayer to Have Inner Peace in the Coming Day

Heavenly God, may I have peace within, this day;
May I trust God that I am exactly where I am meant to be.
May I not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May I use those gifts that I have received, and pass on the love that has been given to me.
May I be confident knowing I am a child of God.
Let this presence settle into my bones, and allow my soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. This I pray in Christ's name,


(~ St. Therese of Lisieux)


[Trusting God that we I am where I am meant to be.]

Prayer for Renewal

Lord, I am one of your people, the sheep of your flock. I pray for you to heal those who are wounded; touch those who are in pain; clean those who are soiled; warm those who are cold; help me to know the Father's love through Jesus the shepherd, and through the Spirit.

Help me to lift up that love, and show it all over this land. Help me to build love on justice and justice on love. Help me to believe mightily, hope joyfully, and love divinely. Renew me that I may help renew the face of the earth.



God our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, and Spirit of God amidst us, direct our way unto you. Make us to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you; to the end we may establish our hearts unblameable in holiness before you, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.


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

endless knot

Psalm 43:3-4 (NKJV)

Oh, send out Your light and Your truth!
Let them lead me;
Let them bring me to Your holy hill
And to Your tabernacle.

Then I will go to the altar of God,
To God my exceeding joy;
And on the harp I will praise You,
O God, my God.

Blue Latin Cross

Romans 12:15-16[a] (ESV)

Sharing Pain and Joy

Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly [or, “give yourself to humble tasks”].

Notes on the Scripture

Paul seems to anticipate here a life that is centered around a church; and that is church with a small “c”, because it is hard to imagine he would have approved of a diversity of denominations marked by mutual jealousy, division, and even enmity that was to occur. Unfortunately, as Christianity grew and became an official and often mandatory national religion, churches began to wield both economic and political power. As is often noted, power corrupts; the corruption of the church was profound and heartbreaking.

Most people in the United States think “separation of church and state” is a doctrine created for the good of the state, so that people will not forced to worship in a certain way. But it is the best thing that could happen to churches. If you doubt this, simply read a history of Europe from 1400 to 1800. Churches, which were intended as rather informal gatherings of faithful Christians to rejoice and weep with one another, to learn and to worship, were co-opted by unscrupulous men seeking wealth and power.

Take the phrase “live in harmony with one another”, which is simple to understand but impossible to implement when church leadership interests itself in politics rather than salvation. The most devastating war ever fought, the Thirty Years' War in the early 1600s, was the sole product of church involvement in politics. Catholic and Protestant interests utterly devastated the many states that comprised what is now Germany. Often, every house was burned and every farm destroyed. Scholars estimate that the male population of the German States decreased by as much as 50%.

Consider: Were these people interested in following the teaching of the Bible? Or were their interests elsewhere?

We must always return to the Bible and keep its lessons at the forefront of our mind, especially the lessons that do not comport with our political views. Paul tells us to have empathy with our fellow Christians, to live in harmony, not to be haughty or arrogant. If we find ourselves saying “yes, but . . . ” to these instructions, we must always remember that it is the “yes” part that is right, and the “but” part which needs examination and correction.

The magnificent “scissor arch” in Wells Cathedral, Somerset.

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Jude 1:17-18: Remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts.

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Comments (10)

Topic: Page Two | Devotion for Day of March 26, 2014 | Daily Prayer
Peter Morelli (League City, US) says...
I pray for God to continue to light your path and may God Bless the work you are doing. I know you weren't looking for praus but I appreciate the work you do here every day more than you could ever know. Thank you, Peter
26th March 2014 11:33am
Nick (Harpenden, UK) says...
Peter, I'm sorry I pressed the wrong thumb. It should have been a big Thumbs Up. I agree with your comments. Nick
26th March 2014 7:13pm
Carol says...
Trust in the Lord and the gifts He has given you. Stop fretting and enjoy sharing your knowledge with us.
26th March 2014 8:02am
Mason Barge says...
Thanks to all for the nice comments. Don't think I sit around in agony and suffering! I love being able to serve God and my fellow Christians in this way; it brings me "joy beyond measure".

But I think being aware of the pitfalls - and reading God's Word with enough reverence to worry about misstating it - is something every person who teaches or writes about it needs to take *seriously*.
26th March 2014 8:47am
Kathryn (Okemos, US) says...
Mason, You are so "together" with this site, and your commentaries are so insightful, enlightening, and inspiring that it never occurred to me that you may need prayers like the rest of us. This site has been part of my morning routine (7 days a week) since Sept 2013 and I depend on it to get my day off to a great start. Mason, you are AWESOME at doing God's work as you ARE one of the few who were called to teach. I pray that God continues to work through you and use you for our ... Read More
26th March 2014 6:58am
Margaret ENTWISTLE (Edenfield, UK) says...
I am sure that there are many of us who appreciate your commentaries Mason and will continue to pray for your work.
May The Lord be with you.
26th March 2014 5:37am
AL CAMPBELL (Cape May Court House, US) says...
Over a year ago, I decided to finally offer evening prayer as well as my morning devotions. I used Mission St. Claire site, but longed for a site exactly like this one, that offers different prayers and meditations, that contains Bible passages and helps us be involved. It is a terrific site you have put together, a true blessing. It must be the Lord's work, there is no other way to describe it.
24th March 2014 8:27pm
Rasela Feliciano (US) says...
This is my day 6 in reading the daily prayer. Praying and reading the sciptures in the mornings have helped me focus and channel my whole day in whatever I do towards Christ. I find myself talking to Him and asking about my daily activities. I am more conscious of my words and behavior and am continually saying "I'm sorry Lord" if I say or do something negative out of haste or anger. Don't know if this good however I am less judgemental and I do feel more at peace and ... Read More
24th March 2014 1:19pm
Emma Paul (Gretna, US) says...
I am a new member. I find that the site is very informative. I am a christian and love reading anything that has to deal with the christian faith. I like how you set up your page, beginning with the Lord's prayer.
24th March 2014 10:05am
T (Baltimore, US) says...
Good Morning Mason ! Could you please tell me the name of the artist who painted the glorious cross on page one? I can't stop staring at it.
My apologies if the info is there and I just didn't see it - a very real possibility lol
Hope you have a beautiful day and thank you for Daily Prayer- I can't imagine starting my day without it.
24th March 2014 8:04am
Margaret ENTWISTLE (Edenfield, UK) says...
Helena Magnusson Ogburn
You can scroll back to look at previous Daily Devotions T.
26th March 2014 5:44am
T (Baltimore, US) says...
Good Morning Margaret ,

The artist's name had been omitted on that particular day but I appreciate your suggestion! It's so comforting to be able to re-visit certain prayers , scriptures, songs , paintings etc. isn't it ?
Hope you are having a wonderful day !
26th March 2014 7:48am
Mason Barge says...
For some reason, when I managed to change the software to include the previous days' comments each day, it didn't bring along the previous days replies. I'll look into it.
26th March 2014 8:40am
T (Baltimore, US) says...
No worries Mason !
26th March 2014 6:57pm
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