arrow to previous dayarrow to next day
Sunday, August 25, 2019

Daily Devotion for June 27, 2016

<i>Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee</i>, Ludolf Backhuysen, ca.1695
Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee, Ludolf Backhuysen, ca.1695. (See Full-size)



297 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.


Prayer for the Morning

For the bird who sings outside my window,
 For the tree that stands outside my door,
For the neighbor who waves and says "good morning",
I give you thanks dear God, for these and more,

Your blessings every morning know no limit,
Yet I often rush by not seeing them, I fear;
Let me take a moment this and every morning, God, I pray,
To remember all of them, and know that you are here.

Prayer for the Rich and Famous

Heavenly Father, I pray especially today for those who have great wealth, for those who hold great power; for the rich, the famous, the beautiful, the talented, the intelligent: for all who have been given an unusual abundance of earthly gifts and enjoy the accolades of their fellow man. Guide them in the use of their gifts, O Lord, but especially, have mercy on them, for with great blessings come great temptation to pride.

I pray especially for those who are so blinded by earthly gifts that they deny Your name, or if they believe, are blinded to their sin by their earthly glory and cannot find their way to the light. Grant them the blessing of your Holy Spirit, and lead them to salvation. Let me always forgive them when their pride or privilege irritates my own pride; give me understanding and not judgment; lead me to love them as you have taught us to love all men. For judgment is yours alone, and they deserve your mercy no less than I. In Christ's name, I pray,



Now the God of patience and consolation grant to me, and to all who pray in the name of Christ, to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: That we may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.


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>Angel</i> by Abbott Handerson Thayer, ca. 1895
Angel by Abbott Handerson Thayer, ca. 1895. Another fantastic angel by Thayer, although the model for this one is not known. (See Full-size)

Trust in God

I’m taking the Lord at His word, and I’m trusting Him to prove His Word. It’s kind of like putting all your eggs in one basket, but we’ve already put our trust in Him for salvation, so why not do it as far as our life is concerned?

~ Ed McCully

Blue Latin Cross

Matthew 8:23-27 (ESV)

There are No Limits to Faith

And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.”

And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?”

Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?”

Notes on the Scripture


ne of the oddities of the human brain is the difficulty we have remembering emotion, when the emotion has an external cause, and the even greater difficulty in grasping how powerfully a future event might affect our emotions. It is one reason some people refuse to evacuate an area about to be hit by a powerful hurricane; and then regret it, as soon as they are enveloped by a black storm of driving rain and wind so powerful that it shakes their house. Their brain may tell them that they will live; but that does not affect the terrible, gut-level fear one feels.

We are hormonal and instinctual. People ride roller coasters, and skydivers jump out of perfectly good airplanes, for just this reason: the emotion cannot be fully recreated outside the actual experience. But — we are smart enough to understand the phenomenon. If we fear heights, we do not plan to walk to the very edge of a cliff even if it is safe, because we recognize that a feeling will arise that is powerful and unpleasant.

And so it is with heaven and hell. We cannot feel, at a gut level, how horrible hell would be. Nor can we really understand the joy of heaven. But if we have wisdom, we have learned that when someone we trust tells us something is terribly painful or overwhelmingly frightful, to avoid it.

Jesus teaches his disciples a lesson in faith, not by words, but by gut-level emotional experience. The terror of being in a small boat during a great storm is horrendous. The disciples become hysterical. But Christ, who has promised them salvation, demonstrates his power. It is not his intention to save them, or anyone, from the peril of storms at sea, but rather, to show them that he has the power to fulfill his promise of eternal salvation of their souls, by demonstrating his power to save their bodies from destruction by nature.

One might think of a father, throwing a child into the air and catching him.

That is the historical part of the story, the lesson taught to the disciples. But there is a message for us, also. The incident is a metaphor created in actions rather than words. In the terrible “storms” of life, we must not lose our faith in Christ's power to save us. Those of great faith can face the greatest terror life can throw at them.

In 156 A.D. a Christian named Polycarp was brought to a stake to be burned alive, for refusing to renounce Christ. When they began to fasten him to the stake, he said, “Leave me thus. He who strengthens me to endure the flames will also enable me to stand firm at the stake without being fastened with nails.” As the woodpile was lighted Polycarp lifted up a final prayer to God, until the flames consumed him.

How powerfully can we develop faith? There is no limit. And there is no trial on earth that God will not give us the strength to overcome, if we have true faith. (1 Corinthians 10:13)

endless knot

Daily Inspiration

“Tell the Truth”

Current Memory Verse     Remember the Bible

Printable Format for Today’s Devotion

Today in Daily Prayer

Memory Verse

Matthew 5:34: “I say to you, Do not take an oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is his footstool . . . . Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.”

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