arrow to previous dayarrow to next day
Saturday, November 17, 2018

Daily Devotion for February 13, 2015


<i>Paul Writing His Epistles</i> by Valentin de Boulogne, ca. 1625.
Paul Writing His Epistles by Valentin de Boulogne, ca. 1625.

Prayers

Scripture

197 people in our community are currently praying with you.

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.



Prayer to Use Our Gifts Wisely

Lord, give me each day the wisdom to see which things are important, and which things are not. Show me how best to use the time and talents you have given me. Help me to use all my opportunities wisely, that I may share, through service to others, the good gifts I have received from you.

Amen.

Prayer for All People

O  God, the creator and preserver of all mankind, I humbly pray to you for all sorts and conditions of humanity; that it might please you to make your Word known to them and bring your saving health to all nations. In particular I pray for the entirety of your church, in all of its many forms; that it may be guided and governed by your Holy Spirit, and that all who profess your name and call themselves Christians may be led into the way of truth. May all of us live in that unity of spirit which our faith in Christ provides to us, in the bond of peace, and in righteousness of life.

Finally, I commend to your fatherly goodness all those who are ill or in distress, in their mind, body, or circumstances. May it please you to comfort and relieve them in accordance with their needs, giving them patience during their suffering, and a fortunate outcome to all of their problems. And this I ask in the name of Jesus Christ, who was always pleased to relieve the suffering of those he encountered.

Amen.

Meditation

[God as the preserver of mankind.]


Benediction

May the God of hope fill me and all of us with the joy and peace that comes from believing, so that we may abound in hope, by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.


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.



<i>The Healing Energy of Rafael</i>
The Healing Energy of Rafael by Howard D. Johnson, contemporary.

Taking Second Best

We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.

~ C. S. Lewis, from “The Weight of Glory”


Blue Latin Cross

Galatians 1:15-16 (DP Bible)

Paul’s Calling (Galatians #8)

15-16 But from the time I was in my mother's womb, God had other plans for me. And when the time pleased Him, He revealed His Son to me, that Christ might be revealed in me and through me to the Gentiles.

Verbatim Bible

15 And when pleased god pThe entire verse after “god” is a subordinate clause modifying “god”; English would set it off with commas. the setting-apart me from womb of mother of me and calling through the grace of him

16 to reveal the son of him to qOr in. me that I might preach him to rOr among. the gentiles, immediately not did I consult flesh and blood,

DP Parallel Bible (3-Column) - Galatians 1


Notes on the Scripture

Whether or not a Christian believes in full-bore Calvinist predestination, in partial predestination (some are predestined but all have free will to choose), or in something else, we are certain that there are at least a few people who have been irresistibly called by God. The examples run throughout the Bible. Several times in the Old Testament we see a barren woman, often past the age of childbirth, who is blessed to bear a child and dedicates the child to God. Sometimes she dedicates the child herself, sometimes God commands it. Hannah was barren and distressed by it, so she sacrificed and prayed that, if He would give her a son, she would dedicate him to God. She bore Samuel, the last of the major Hebrew judges and one of the greatest. (1 Samuel 1)

A

n angel of the Lord appeared to the (unnamed) wife of Manoah and told her that she would have a son who, like Samuel, would know neither wine nor a razor, as a sign he belonged to the Lord. This was the genesis of another judge, and one of the Bible's most colorful characters, Samson. (Judges 13) And let us not forget the most important of these O.T. miracle births: Isaac, born to Sarah when she was 90. (Genesis 17 and18)

The New Testament begins with an echo of these dedicated births: the last Hebrew prophet. Elizabeth was barren and well past the age when Gabriel came to Zechariah and announced the conception of John. (Luke 1) John the Baptist's birth was right out of the Old Testament, strikingly similar to Samson and Isaac. He was the transition, a book-end to the covenant with the Hebrews, the prophet who could finally say, “He is here.” The telling of the new covenant thus begins with the final chapter of the old.

No matter how one thinks about predestination as a doctrine, then, there are people in the Bible whom God pre-ordained to believe in Him and serve Him. Paul was one of them. Unlike the others mentioned, though, his calling was not announced or known at the time of his birth. It was God's plan that He become the greatest enemy of Christ's believers in Judea, the foremost of all the persecutors of Christ's church.

We might infer that these verses in Galatians 1 are part of the reason for Paul's history: it gave him credence in his claim of divine revelation. How else could he undergo such a sudden and complete change? There were witnesses to the actual moment of his conversion, when a flash of light knocked him from his horse on the road to Damascus — some of them actually heard the voice of Christ — and many, many witnesses to his subsequent blindness and startling reversal of belief. (Acts 9)

Paul downplays the drama of his conversion in today's Scripture. Instead, in the mildest of language, he ties himself to John the Baptist, Isaac, et al., by simply informing the Galatians that he, like they, had been called before he was born.

The translation of Greek prepositions is often difficult and sometimes impossible, but here, the meaning of the phrase “that Christ might be revealed in me and through me to the Gentiles” comes across with perfect clarity. Christ is revealed in Paul, because Paul becomes the model Christian convert. It is critical to understanding Paul's writing that we fix this meaning in our mind. At the moment of his conversion, Christ comes to live in Paul. Paul suffers a crucifixion by proxy and symbolically dies; he will be blind for three days, just as Christ was dead (in a sense) for three days.

. . . to be cont'd on Monday.



endless knot

Daily Inspiration

“Don’t Leave Home Without It”

Current Memory Verse     Remember the Bible

Printable Format for Today’s Devotion





Today in Daily Prayer


Memory Verse

Philippians 2:5-7: Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.


About Daily Prayer


Follow us on Facebook
Join the Daily Prayer Group.


If you are new to Daily Prayer, welcome. This page provides a non-denominational, Bible-based devotion every day, including prayers, Scripture, Bible study, music, and art, designed to be usable for worship and the deepening of faith by any person who confesses Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

We hope you will take a look around at some of the features. Registration is not necessary, although if you do register, you will be greeted by name and be able to record your scores on our Daily Bible Quiz, Match-a-Verse, and Memorize Favorite Bible Verses features.

We do not email anything, except replies to emails from readers. Registration asks for an email address as a means of verifying that people are real, but this is kept completely private and never used.

“The mind of God is greater than all the minds of men, so let all men leave the gospel just as God has delivered it unto us.” ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon





Note: Only registered members who are logged in will be able to see or post Comments. Apologies: we have had to do this to prevent spam.


Daily Quiz

No scores available at this time.



Our Community Around the World: Visitors July 1, 2009 - October 1, 2018


US  35,556,010
PH  2,900,733
CA  2,234,451
UK  1,468,687
AU  269,322
MY  65,993
ZA  51,385
SG  49,058
NG  44,005
IN  43,546
AE  33,122
SA  29,493
TT  29,087
KE  27,995
NZ  48,220
BB  25,751
JM  20,844
FJ  17,844
KY  16,993
CN  16,385
DE  14,541
HK  12,325
KR  11,058
GH  10,924
DM  10,005
IT  10,002
FR  9,455
TZ  9,220
BM  8,941
BS  8,277
MW  7,459
ID  7,441
LC  5,995
ZW  5,478
GU  5,759
PK  5,589
CZ  5,325
CO  5,286
UG  5,459
HN  4,555
VC  4,106
QA  4,008
MX  3,569
KW  3,592
BR  3,421
NL  3,356
TH  3,225
BZ  2,994
BW  2,653
OM  2,551
BG  2,547
BO  2,420
EG  3,991
CH  4,560
NA  2,006
ES  2,245
AW  1,818
PR  9,258
LK  2,644
IE  2,546
IL  2,116
GY  1,935
ET  1,839
TW  1,832
CM  1,831
BE  1,674
DK  3,945
LB  1,443
ZM  1,209