Daily Devotion for August 4, 2016
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.
Life is easy, when you're up on the mountain,
And you’ve got peace of mind
Like you’ve never known.
But then things change and you're down in the valley;
Don’t lose faith for you're never alone.
For the God on the mountain is still God in the valley.
When things go wrong, He’ll make them right.
And the God of the good times is still God in the bad times;
The God of the day is still God in the night
We talk of faith when we're up on the mountain,
But talk comes easy
When life’s at its best.
But it's down in the valley of trials and temptations,
That’s where faith is really put to the test.
Music and Lyrics by Tracy G. Dartt
Prayer to Walk with Christ Today
Dear Heavenly Father, I am learning to understand what your Word says. Yet so often I simply hear it or read it and think about applying it, but get no further. I want to do it and intend to do it Lord, but it is gone from my mind so easily. I am deceiving myself if I simply hear it and do not make it a part of my life.
Please help me today to take one truth and apply it to my circumstances. Oh blessed Holy Spirit, nudge me, remind me throughout my day, again and again, for I know I will find freedom in obedience to your Word. I pray, show me what I need to focus on, right now and wherever the day might take me.
Change my vision. Embolden me to practice what you reveal to me, for I am confident of the blessings that come from life in harmony with your Word. My life is yours: I give it to you, of my own free will, and pray you to take it up and show me your path. In the name of Jesus, I pray this with all my heart,
For our restful sleep at night,
for the rain and sunshine bright,
For the love that Thou dost send,
For our homes and for each friend,
For the day and all its pleasures,
Grateful thanks I render now.
May our lives pass on the blessings,
None can give to us, but Thou.
The God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, the great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant; Make me perfect in every good work to do your will, working in me that which is well pleasing in your sight; through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever.
(Additional prayers may be found at Prayers for All Occasions.)
God be with you 'til we meet again.
Today’s “Remember the Bible” Question
Who said, “Faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead”? Can you cite the chapter and verse?
Proverbs 23:4-5 (NIV)
Do not wear yourself out to get rich;
do not trust your own cleverness.
Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone,
for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.
Matthew 11:28-30 (ESV)
Come to Me, and I Will Give You Rest
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Notes on the Scripture
e all feel burdened. No, it isn't just you. All the rest of us have the same feelings, at least sometimes, that things are just too much for them to bear. It doesn't matter whether you are five years old or 95. Perhaps we feel a certain sadness when we look at photographs of loved ones who are gone. Perhaps we feel anxiety about what the future will bring. Some days we just don't think we have what we need to get everything done that we thing needs to be done. “Man who is born of a woman is few of days and full of trouble.” (Job 14:1)
Feeling that we are too busy to pray, however, is like feeling we are too busy to take an aspirin when we have a headache. If you are carrying a 50-pound backpack and feel like you are about to drop, the last thing you want is to pick up another five pounds. But if you pick up the five pounds of faith, the 50 pounds goes away.
Practicing Christianity involves, without doubt, a bit of effort. Christ himself calls it a “yoke”. But look at what he gives us. First, he promises that it will be light, that we will find it gentle, that it is easy.
And on the other side of the equation, the burden we give up is heavy, and harsh, and difficult. Life grinds you down; it is Satan's glee. He wants to see us running like a rat on a wheel, until we drop.
And the reward for following Him? “They will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.”
Christ has infinitely broad shoulders and will take up our burden, if we ask. It may take some time and effort at the very moment when we feel like we have nothing left to give; but he will come to us. “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.” (John 14:23)
So, that is where to start, when we “labor and are heavy laden.” We simply let ourselves remember Christ, for it is impossible to know him and not love him.