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Daily Devotion for August 24, 2014


<i>Noah and the Rainbow</i> by Marc Chagall, ca. 1966.
Noah and the Rainbow by Marc Chagall, ca. 1966.

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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.

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For the Spirit of Prayer

Almighty God, who pours out the spirit of grace and of supplication to all who ask for it; Deliver me, when I draw near to you, from coldness of heart and wanderings of mind, so that with steadfast thoughts and kindled affections, I may worship You in spirit and in truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Confession of Sins, with a Prayer for Contrition and Pardon.

Most merciful God, whose eyes are too pure to behold iniquity, and who has promised forgiveness to all those who confess and forsake their sins; I come before you in a humble sense of my own unworthiness, confessing my many transgressions of your righteous laws. [* Here make a short pause, to remember and confess the sins and failings of the past week.] But, O gracious Father, who desires not the death of a sinner, look upon me, I beseech you, in mercy, and forgive me for all my transgressions. Make me deeply sensible of the great evil of them; and work in me a hearty repentance; that I may obtain forgiveness at your hands, who is ever ready to receive humble and penitent sinners; for the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, my only Saviour and Redeemer.

Amen.

Covenant Prayer

I  am no longer my own, but yours.
Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will;
put me to doing, put me to suffering;
let me be employed for you, or laid aside for you,
exalted for you, or brought low for you;
let me be full,
let me be empty,
let me have all things,
let me have nothing:
I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things
to your pleasure and disposal.
And now, glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
you are mine and I am yours. So be it.
And the covenant now made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven.

Amen.

Meditation

[Putting myself into God’s hands, to do with me as He will.]


Benediction

Finally, may I go forth filled with the joy and confidence of your Spirit; and may everything I do this day, in word or deed, be done in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.

Amen.


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


endless knot

Proverbs 16:20 (ESV)

He who heeds the word wisely will find good,
And whoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he.


Blue Latin Cross

Genesis 9:8-16 (ESV)

Noah and the Rainbow

God spoke to Noah and his sons, telling them: “Behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your children after you, and with every living creature that is with you: the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth. I establish this covenant with all that come out of the ark: never will all flesh be cut off again by floodwaters, and there will never again be a flood to destroy the entire earth. Here is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations; it is a rainbow, which I have set in the clouds, as the symbol of my promise.”

“I put my rainbow in the clouds, and it will remind you of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring a cloud over the earth, and a rainbow is visible in the cloud, I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature; and the waters will never more become a flood to destroy all flesh.”


Notes on the Scripture

We have a very special “guest appearance” today.

     Charles Spurgeon was a 19th Century Baptist preacher, writer, and theologian in England, and one of the most famous and influential preachers in the history of Protestantism — the Billy Graham of his day. He founded the largest single church in the world — the predecessor of today's “megachurches” — and was active in founding and supporting orphanages, missions, and interdenominational preaching.

From Charles Spurgeon's Morning & Evening

“Peace and rest belong not to the unregenerate, they are the peculiar possession of the Lord's people, and of them only. The God of Peace gives perfect peace to those whose hearts are stayed upon Him. When man was unfallen, his God gave him the flowery bowers of Eden as his quiet resting places; alas! how soon sin blighted the fair abode of innocence.

In the day of universal wrath when the flood swept away a guilty race, the chosen family were quietly secured in the resting-place of the ark, which floated them from the old condemned world into the new earth of the rainbow and the covenant, herein typifying Jesus, the ark of our salvation. Israel rested safely beneath the blood-besprinkled habitations of Egypt when the destroying angel smote the first-born; and in the wilderness the shadow of the pillar of cloud, and the flowing rock, gave the weary pilgrims sweet repose.

At this hour we rest in the promises of our faithful God, knowing that His words are full of truth and power; we rest in the doctrines of His word, which are consolation itself; we rest in the covenant of His grace, which is a haven of delight.

More highly favoured are we than David in Adullam, or Jonah beneath his gourd, for none can invade or destroy our shelter. The person of Jesus is the quiet resting-place of His people, and when we draw near to Him in the breaking of the bread, in the hearing of the word, the searching of the Scriptures, prayer, or praise, we find any form of approach to Him to be the return of peace to our spirits.”



Noah sends out a raven and a dove. From the title page of a Psalterium, German ca. 1150.
Capital “D”, illuminated by Noah sending out a raven and a dove. From the title page of a Psalterium, German ca. 1150.

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1 John 1:7: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.


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Topic: Page Two | Devotion for Day of August 24, 2014 | Daily Prayer
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Jennifer (Texas, US) says...
Thank you! So appreciative of today, Sunday's devotion, page one and two. It's neat how Ann's devotion tied in with readings on page one. I experienced one of life's storms this week, but even more His love, grace and faithfulness came shining through. He was not shaken, he is bigger than any problem I have and Lord over all! Let us praise your name evermore Jesus!
24th August 2014 7:32am
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Jennifer (Texas, US) says...
I meant he is bigger than any problem we might have.
24th August 2014 7:33am
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Ann (Fl, US) says...
The prayer of St. Augustine is wonderful. Thanks Mason.
21st August 2014 5:44pm
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Gordon (Dallas, US) says...
I did not understand much of the Scripture of Hosea 2:2-4 today, maybe it was the poem above the scripture.I am sure it is useful for someone. As you have written before that some times we use or listen or read the parts of the Bible that will fit us. But your commentary on page two was almost a home run.
21st August 2014 4:07pm
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