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Daily Devotion for September 20, 2009
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 Morning
Oh 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.
Prayer for Grace and Strength
Lord God, I pray that you will fill my heart with the blessing of your Holy Spirit. Grant me this day the strength to be temperate in all things, diligent in my duties, and patient under my afflictions. Direct me in all my ways. Give me grace to be just and upright in all my dealings; quiet and peaceable; full of compassion; and ready to do good to all people, according to my abilities and opportunities. For the sake of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,
Community of Prayer
Heavenly Lord, I know I am not alone saying these prayers or reading your Word this morning, but many people unknown to me, from all stations of life, have joined together in this brief moment of devotion. May 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.
Gospel of Matthew 7:21-27
The Sermon on the Mount [Part 12]
Not every one that says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy by your name, and by your name cast out demons, and by your name do many great works?' And I will tell them, I never knew you: depart from me, you who work iniquity.
Every one that hears these words of mine, and does them, shall be like a wise man, who builds his house upon a rock: and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded upon the rock.
And every one that hears these words of mine, and does them not, shall be like a foolish man, who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and struck that house; and it fell: and great was its fall.