Daily Devotion for July 10, 2015
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.
From the 2011 Junior School Choirs Competition in the UK, the Ballyhome Primary School Choir sings Purify My Heart.
Prayer for the Armor of Light
The night is far gone, the day is at hand. Let me then cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.
Most merciful Father, I beseech you, for your mercy’s sake, continue your grace and favor towards me this day; let the sun of your gospel never go down out of my heart; let your truth abide and be established with me, and among all of us, forever. Help my unbelief, increase my faith, give me a heart to consider the time of my visitation. In faith clothe me with Christ, that he may live in me, and your name may be glorified in me, in the sight of all the world.
To Overcome an Impediment to Faith
O Lord God, I do truly love you and in my heart want to serve you, I have encountered some sort of impediment — or perhaps I could call it a stumbling-block — in my journey of faith, and I find that I am falling away from my love and service and faith.
I pray desperately that you will help me to overcome this obstacle and find my way back to you. O mighty God, you have all power, and I know you have the power to help me find you. Please dear God, send a spirit to me, let Your Holy Spirit work within me, to bolster my faith and fear of you. Show me the way around this impediment, I plead with you Lord God; for having found you, and having been found by you, I want more than anything else in the world to know you, to spend my time and energy living in Christ, loving you before all things, and serving you and my fellow creatures in humility, in love, and in purity.
By my faith in Christ I dare to ask you this great favor — that you will lead me out of thiis terrible spiritual morass into which I have fallen. Help me to raise my eyes, to see your Word like a lost sailor in a storm finding the light from a lighthouse. In the name of Christ, help me to find you, for you are my everything.
[How can I let the Holy Spirit work within me?]
Holy God, I pray to be filled with your Holy Spirit for the rest of this day. Let me go forth, walking with your Spirit in my heart, that I may be filled with the joy and energy and praise for your entire creation, thankful in the many gifts you have given me, and showing forth your light in my every word and deed. This I pray in Christ's name,
(Additional prayers may be found at Prayers for All Occasions.)
God be with you 'til we meet again.
The City of Man
As Augustine wrote in his book, The City of God, there are two cities, the city of man and the city of God. The city of man, being the product of his pride and rebellion against God, reflects man’s dreams, earthly hopes, and values. This is an earthly city, a city of this age and Satan’s world system. It is temporal and fundamentally opposed to God and ultimately ruinous to man.
~ J. Hampton Keathley, III
Galatians 5:16-17 (American Bible)
16 So I tell you, walk in the spirit and in no way fulfill the lusts of the flesh.
17 For the flesh desires contrary to the spirit, and the spirit contrary to the flesh, for these are opposed to one another, so that you might not do whatever you want.
Notes on the Scripture
Living in the World (Galatians #66)
The past several days, our study of Galatians has become a springboard to examine several weighty issues about Christian life in the world. How may a person follow the Bible, while living in the world?
The more closely one tries to follow the Bible, the more difficult it becomes to reconcile one's beliefs with secular society. The vast majority of Christians try very hard to integrate the Bible with life in the world; the effect of these attempts are churches which neither teach nor follow the Bible as it is written.
Christ warned us of this, time and time again. “And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake.” (Luke 21:17, KJV) “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” (John 15:18-19, ESV)
nd we must “hate” the world as it “hates” us. “You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” (James 4:4, ESV)
On the other hand, we are enjoined to love and serve the people of the world. First, our fellow Christians: “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” (1 John 4:7-8) Second, those who are not Christians. “And may the Lord make you to increase and excel and overflow in love for one another and for all people, just as we also do for you.” (1 Thess. 3:12, AMP) Third, our enemies. “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; . . .”(Matthew 5:12, KJV))
But we must note that, when people are exposed to Christ's message and reject it, we may — in fact, it seems that we must — disassociate ourselves from them. “As you enter the house, give it your greeting. If the house is worthy, give it your blessing of peace. But if it is not worthy, take back your blessing of peace. Whoever does not receive you, nor heed your words, as you go out of that house or that city, shake the dust off your feet.” (Matthew 10:12-15, NASB) As far as our friends and day-to-day associates are concerned, “Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14, NASB)
Who actually follows the Bible in this regard? Very few. As in so many areas, we do not do what the Bible tells us to do. Most Christians have replaced the Biblical teachings about relationships to non-Christians with the secular humanist value of being “nice”. The values often coincide and so it is easy for one to deceive oneself about it.
In fact, if we are employed outside a church, the Supreme CourtBecause the majority, about 60-65%, of our readers live in the U.S., we use the U.S. as our example when talking about secular government. This saves a lot of space. It is not meant to imply that readers who live elsewhere are, in any way, less a part of Daily Prayer than those in the U.S. It is just a lot more convenient to deal with one government than 20 or 30! coerces employers to hire non-Christians, including pagans and avowed atheists, and most of us choose employment. Like so many teachings of the Bible, we relegate this one to a fuzzy area in our minds, compromising our faith with our worldly desires.
But, truly, few people limit their non-Christian associations to employment. The Bible has become so watered-down in most Christian minds that we hardly give this, or many other of the hard teachings, more attention than is needed to form a weak excuse for it. “How can I,” one might say, “spread the Gospel unless I go out into the world?” Which is perfectly correct, except that we almost never lead our lives in the world in order to spread the Gospel. In fact, we would be fired, kicked out of school, blackballed from our clubs, and not invited to parties if we actually spent our time spreading the Gospel.