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Daily Devotion for June 1, 2014


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The iconostasis (icon screen) of an Orthodox church. Christ as a child and adult flank the center door. Moving outward, on the left is the patron saint of the church, who appears to be St. Philip, and on the right, John the Baptist.

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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.

Amen.

The Antrim Mennonite Choir performs Abide with Me in the old Anabaptist style, a capella with an intricate six- and eight-part harmony.



For a Heart Open to God's Word

God, as you gave us the sun to lighten our days, so you have given us your Word to lighten our minds and our souls. I pray that you will pour out on me your Spirit as I pray today, that my heart and mind may be opened to your Word, and that I may learn and accept your will for my life.

Shine within my heart, loving God, the pure light of your divine knowledge; open the eyes of my mind and the ears of my heart to receive your Word, this day and always,

Amen.

A General Intercession

O  Lord Jesus Christ our God, who in your mercy and all-loving kindness regards the prayers of all who call upon you with their whole heart, incline your ear and hear my prayer, now humbly offered unto you:

Be mindful, O Lord, of the church of all who believe and confess the name of Jesus Christ; confirm and strengthen it, increase it and keep it in peace, and preserve it unconquerable forever. Be mindful, O Lord, of all priests, ministers, pastors, deacons, bishops, and others known by whatever title, who work as Christian leaders, for you have established them to feed the flock of the Word. And by their prayers, have mercy upon me and save me, a sinner.

Be mindful, O Lord, of all civil authorities, of our Armed Forces, of this city in which I dwell, and of every city and land; grant us peaceful times, that we may lead a calm and tranquil life in all godliness and sanctity.

Be mindful, O Lord, of my parents, my brothers and sisters, my relatives and friends, and all who are near and dear to me, (name those who you wish to remember), and grant them mercy, life, peace, health, salvation and visitation, and pardon and remission of sins; that they may evermore praise and glorify your holy Name.

Be mindful, O Lord, of those who travel by land, and sea, and air; of the young and the old; orphans and widows; the sick and the suffering; the sorrowing and the afflicted, all captives, and the needy poor; upon them all send forth your mercies, for you are the Giver of all good things.

Be mindful, O Lord, of me, your humble servant; grant me your grace, that I may be diligent and faithful; that I may avoid evil company and influence, and resist all temptation; that I may lead a godly and righteous life, blameless and peaceful, ever serving you, that I may be accounted worthy at the last to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.

Be mindful, O Lord, of all those who have fallen asleep in the hope of resurrection unto life eternal, especially (name those you wish to remember); pardon all their transgressions both voluntary and involuntary, whether in word, or deed, or thought. Shelter them in a place of verdure, a place of repose, whence all sickness, sorrow and sighing have fled away, and where the sight of your countenance rejoices all your Saints from all the ages. Grant them your heavenly Kingdom, and a portion in your ineffable and eternal blessings, and the enjoyment of your unending Life.

Hear my prayer, O Lord, for you are merciful and compassionate, and love mankind, and to you are due all glory, honor, and worship: to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: now and ever, and unto ages of ages.

Amen.

Benediction

May the Passion of Christ be ever in my heart. May your law and your goodness guide my every thought, O Lord. And may the power of your Holy Spirit flow through my words and my actions today, throughout the week to come, and always.

Amen.


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


endless knot

Psalm 43 (ESV-UK)

Send Out Your Light and Your Truth

Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause
against an ungodly people,
from the deceitful and unjust man
deliver me!

For you are the God in whom I take refuge;
why have you rejected me?
Why do I go about mourning
because of the oppression of the enemy?

Send out your light and your truth;
let them lead me;
let them bring me to your holy hill
and to your dwelling!

Then I will go to the altar of God,
to God my exceeding joy,
and I will praise you with the lyre,
O God, my God.

Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
my salvation and my God.


Blue Latin Cross

Titus 2:11-14, 3:9-10 (ESV)

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.

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[A]void foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless. As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him, . . .


Notes on the Scripture

Overview of the New Testament: The Epistles
12. Paul's Epistle to Titus
Jesus, Mary and Joseph at carpentry | illuminated Bible

Titus was another of Paul’s protégées, a Greek Christian. He must have been a dynamic and powerful young man, because Paul left him in charge of the church on Crete, a large and well-populated island, but one known for the laziness, stupidity and immorality of its people. Paul devotes several verses to denigrating the people of Crete and, from it, we get the word “cretin”, an insulting term meaning “stupid”.

As exceptional as Titus must have been, and as much faith as Paul put in his abilities, one doesn't get the feeling of personal warmth that is present in the letters to Timothy; for Timothy was like a son to Paul.

Other than the sentences insulting Cretans, the letter to Titus is an excellent epistle to read, for it is a short summary of Paul's primary points in 1 and 2 Timothy, as well as the important parts of several church epistles. Paul can be wordy and difficult to follow, for he would string massive sentences together with conjunctions and subordinate phrases. But in Titus, he makes his point and moves on. It isn't a well-known book because there is no teaching in it that isn't present (in greater detail) in his other epistles. But it is readable: “How Christians and Church Leaders Should Act in a Nutshell”.




“My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.” (Matthew 26:39)
Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane: “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.” Matthew 26:39

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Topic: Page Two | Devotion for Day of June 1, 2014 | Daily Prayer
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Frank Bailey (Savage, US) says...
Thank you for this daily prayer site. I visit everyday.
As Ozzie stated above, I am also a compkete novice at bible study, even at my ripe old age of 55, so your proposed study above I would love to understand more on how Israel fell.

Love whst you do. And thank you for bringing me closer to God.
1st June 2014 8:43pm
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Mason Barge says...
It looks like the ayes have it. Which is a good thing, since I did the first installment already Smile And it's always best to start a Bible study with a picture of a naked lady!
1st June 2014 11:05pm
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Kathryn Halfman (Wichita, US) says...
I do hope you continue with the plan of study stated. I haven't studied the division and fall of the kingdom for a long time and you are right that so much can be brought to the table through the discussion.
1st June 2014 6:01pm
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Ozzie Finley (Point Pleasant, US) says...
Mason, I am completely thrilled that you proposed and hopefully will teach us about the decline of Israel after Solomon. Being a complete novice in bible study it would mean a lot to myself and any other folks like myself to gain some quality study about what happened to Israel after Solomon. God Bless...
1st June 2014 5:31pm
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Nick (Harpenden, UK) says...
I loved the General Intersession today that really helped me. Looking forward to the next Bible Reading project. Bless you.
1st June 2014 5:09pm
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Peter Morelli (League City, US) says...
I'm all in for your proposed next study topic. As always I'm so appreciative of having dailyprayer.us to turn to every morning.
God Bless. Peter
1st June 2014 10:02am
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mary Pregler (Glen Saint Mary, US) says...
Mason, the plan of studying Israel after Solomon is great! There were so many changes, and every time I read it I get more confused. Hopefully you can shed some light! in Christ's name! Mary
1st June 2014 8:40am
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Janet (Texas, US) says...
I would look forward to your next proposed study. Many would find it helpful and informative. (Have you ever wondered if, with today's genetic mapping technology, members of the "lost tribes" may yet be identified? Just a thought)
1st June 2014 8:33am
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Donna Saurina (US) says...
I love the photograph this morning. I loved the music, too, but the voting box disappeared before I could vote. Thank you for your hard work on this site. It's the best way to start the day for me!
30th May 2014 10:29am
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Margaret ENTWISTLE (Edenfield, UK) says...
And to end it too!
1st June 2014 8:12pm
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