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Daily Devotion for September 21, 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.
A Coptic Cross, drawn by Egyptian student Andrew Fanous
Gospel of Matthew 7:21-27
Christ Descends from the Mountain and Heals the Sick, fortelling the spread of the Gospel outside Israel
When Jesus had finished these words, the multitudes were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them like one having authority, not like their scribes.
He descended from the mountain, and great multitudes followed him.
A leper worshipped him, saying, Lord, if you will, you can make me clean. And he stretched out his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be made clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. And Jesus said to him, See that you tell nobody; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony for them.
When he had entered Capernaum, a Roman centurion came to him, beseeching him and saying, "Lord, my servant lies in the house sick with palsy, in terrible torment." And Christ said, "I will come and heal him."
The centurion answered, "Lord, I am not worthy that you should come under my roof; but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under my command: and I tell this one, 'Go', and he goes; and another, 'Come', and he comes; and to my servant, 'Do this', and he does it."
When Jesus heard this, he marvelled, and said to those following him, "Truly, I have not found such great faith, no, not in Israel. Many will come from the east and the west, and sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven; but the sons of the kingdom shall be cast into the outer darkness: there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
And Jesus said to the centurion, "Go your way; as you have believed, so will it be done to you." And the servant was healed in the hour.