arrow to previous dayarrow to next day
Sunday, September 23, 2018

Daily Devotion for September 5, 2016


<i>The Temptation of Eve</i>,  by Gielebertus, ca. 1130. This bas-relief is found over the main door of the Cathédrale Saint-Lazare d’Autun, Autun, France.

The Temptation of Eve, signed “Gielebertus”, ca. 1130. This bas-relief was carved over the main door of the Cathédrale Saint-Lazare d’Autun, Autun, France. Measuring about 6’ by 3’, it is the finest example of Romanesque sculpture in France.

Eve is captured at the moment of taking the fruit; her nudity signifies that she is yet innocent, but the center tree covering her hips shows her crossing the threshold of guilt.

Prayers

Scripture

181 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.

Amen.

A song about God’s forgiveness by the Sharon Singers (of the Sharon Mennonite Bible Institute)



To Wield the Sword of Faith

Flood me with your Spirit, O God. Drown Satan in a deluge of your mighty power! Shake the foundations of hell. Let the beauty and love of Christ pour through me like a cataract. Let me wield the Sword of Faith. Renew me, empower me, purify me this day to your Great Commission.

Amen.

For Humility

Heavenly Lord, no matter what I do or which way I turn, my pride raises its ugly head to damage my life. It tells me that my opinions are correct, no matter how ill-informed I might be. I fail to appreciate my stupidity, my weakness, my self-deception and rationalization for my many errors and shortcomings. Help me, O Holy Spirit, to see my fault. Instruct me in my error and support me in my efforts to follow your commandments; for I truly love you, Lord God, and want to grow in service and faith. In the name of Christ, forgive me and bring me closer.

Amen.

Prayer for Those Who Have Turned Away

Grant, O Lord, peace, love and speedy reconciliation to your people whom You have redeemed with your precious blood. Make your presence known to those who have turned away from You and do not seek You, so that none of them may be lost, but all may be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth, so that everyone, in true love and harmony, O long-suffering Lord, may praise your all holy Name.

Amen.

Blessing of Mark

O  Sovereign and almighty Lord, bless all your people, and all your flock. Give your peace, your help, and your love unto us your servants, the sheep of your fold, that we may be united in the bond of peace and love, one body and one spirit, in one hope of our calling, in your divine and boundless love.

Amen.


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.



endless knot

Proverbs 28:9 (The Message)

God has no use for the prayers
of the people who won’t listen to him.

Blue Latin Cross

Deuteronomy 10:17-21

Bribing God

The Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who is not partial and takes no bribe, who executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and who loves the strangers, providing them food and clothing. You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.

You shall fear the Lord your God; him alone you shall worship; to him you shall hold fast, and by his name you shall swear. He is your praise; he is your God, who has done for you these great and awesome things that your own eyes have seen.


Notes on the Scripture

T

here are “no atheists in foxholes.”People sometimes turn to God when they are in dire trouble, promising something (usually improvement in conduct) if He will help them out of their predicament. These are the seeds cast on rocky ground (Matthew 13:18-23), which spring up quickly and, just as quickly, die. When the danger is over, the promises are forgotten.

The concept of bribing God is so ridiculous that it is funny, when you stop to think about it. Of course, it happens all the time. We attempt to strike a bargain: “God, just get me out of this and I promise I will never sin again.” How many times and how many variations of this prayer have been said by all kinds and conditions of people?

We can't bribe God with promises of future good behavior. And moreover, such prayers are usually said to gain some kind of tangible reward, such as living through an ordeal, or not getting caught by the police or your parents or some other person who is going to punish you, or winning a game. These are not things God promises to anyone, saint or sinner.

The only time such a prayer might work is if we are asking for God's forgiveness, but it is not a bribe. It is good and right to promise God not to repeat sinful behavior, or at least to try, when we are praying for forgiveness; but God's forgiveness is, in effect, free for the asking. All we have to do is believe in Him, love Him, and ask for mercy in the name of Christ; it is God's grace that saves us from judgment, not our promises or even our past works.



stained glass church

Daily Inspiration

“The Way”

Current Memory Verse     Remember the Bible

Printable Format for Today’s Devotion





Today in Daily Prayer


Memory Verse

John 14:6: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through me.”


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





Comments

No comments yet.

Add Comment

Daily Quiz

Top score(s) on the Daily Quiz for Sep 05, 2016 were:
Pam Carpenter (12)
Margaret Entwistle (11)

Top score(s) on Match-a-Verse:
Pam Carpenter (9 out of 9)
Norman Daniels (9 out of 9)
Jack Willis (9 out of 9)
Michael Lockhart (9 out of 9)

Our Community Around the World: Visitors July 1, 2009 - January 1, 2018


US  27,351,090
PH  2,536,471
CA  1,853,222
UK  1,004,655
AU  226,003
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