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Monday, June 18, 2018

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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.



To Help Others This Day

Heavenly Lord, I pray that this day, you will continue to bless me, that I may be a blessing to others. Keep me strong that I may help the weak. Keep me uplifted that I may have words of encouragement for others. I pray for those that are lost and can’t find their way. I pray for those that are misjudged and misunderstood. I pray for those who don’t know you intimately. I pray that others will find your strength, so that they can love and help one another. I pray for those who don’t believe, that they may find you.

And when this world closes in on me, let me remember the example of my Lord and Savior: to slip away and find a quiet place to pray. Remind me, nudge me, let me remember to find you when I’m feel like I'm pushed beyond my limits. In Christ's name, I come to you,

Amen.

For All Who Misuse the Gift of Sex

Heavenly Father, I pray for your guidance to all people who have fallen into the pit of sexual immorality, especially those who earn money from, or openly abuse, the gift of sex you have given us: Adulterers; prostitutes and those who go to them; active homosexuals; those who are given to fornication; pederasts, and all drawn to abnormal expression of your gift; pornographers and their audience; those who seek to lust; and all those who teach that morality is illusory, make excuses, and encourage others to misuse their sexual nature.

Help them, and all of us, to admit and confess our sin, and to seek to amend our lives, that we might find the full measure of your love and your eternal joy. Where I have misused my sexual nature, send your Holy Spirit to me, so that I might fight the temptation to lustful conduct every day; and I pray that all who desire it, may find satisfaction of their needs within a happy and Godly marriage.

In Christ’s name I pray,

Amen.

Benediction

Oh God Almighty, send me Your light and truth, to keep this day and all the days of my life. And may Your mighty hand protect me, and all my brothers and sisters who have joined me in prayer this day, blessing our homes and our lives.

Amen.


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God be with you 'til we meet again.

Today’s “Remember the Bible” Question

What Bible verse urges us to “mind our own affairs”?

Answer: 1 Thessalonians 4:11



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Psalm 86:1-2 (NKJV)

Bow down Your ear, O Lord, hear me;
For I am poor and needy.

Preserve my life, for I am holy;
You are my God;
Save Your servant who trusts in You!


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1 Peter 4:7 (ESV)

Prepare Yourself

The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers.


Notes on the Scripture

There are questions that are simply unanswerable, not because there is no answer, but because our minds cannot grasp them. And one of these is: How am I conscious of myself? Scientists try but they never can really explain to us the most central, the most fundamental, experience of our lives. We perceive ourselves as “me”.

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ur life is the center of our universe, for it houses everything we know, everything we feel. If I cut my arm, it feels different than cutting any other arm in the universe. If I fear death, it is different from fearing the death of anyone else, no matter how much I love them.

The meaning of ourselves to ourselves is incapable of comprehension; for in a way, when we die, everything will cease to exist. But we know we will die. The odds are 1 out of 1. And everything we know, everything we feel, everything we are capable of doing, our very self will simply disappear. We know this, because we have watched other people die. We have seen dead corpses that used to be people. It is terrifying.

This is why Christ was physically resurrected: because that is the only way He could prove to us, in a way that we could fully understand, that there is life after death. He did not promise that our bodies would be resurrected; rather, he proved that the eternal life He had promised was real, in the only way that we could fully grasp it.

Peter tells us that “the end of all things is at hand”, meaning, the end of our lives as we know them is coming, and we absolutely cannot predict when it will happen. Very few people, on the day of their death, wake up thinking “I will die today”. Even a condemned prisoner on the day of his execution clings to the hope that something, someone, will somehow intervene.

Christians learn not to fear death so very much. We have been given knowledge and proof that death does not mean extinction, but rather, a change in form. Moreover, this change will be an improvement!

Peter, whose faith was strong beyond most people’s imagining, wrote today’s message in full confidence of Christ’s grace and, thus, his eternal life. He did not shrink from the idea of his death, but instead, embraced it. He wants us spend our lives in preparation for this great change, because we never know when it will come. We do not have time to waste.

And so we must be “sober and self-controlled” now, not tomorrow, not next year. Our prayers are the key to our faith, and our faith is our key to eternal life.



Devotional painting by Munch, Norwegian, titled The Sick Child
The Sick Child, by Edvard Munch, 1896.

In this touching painting by Norwegian master Edvard Munch, a dying child looks peacefully into the light of salvation, as her grieving mother prays for her.


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“And I shall be pure . . .”

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Today in Daily Prayer


Memory Verse

Matthew 6:25: Do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. . . . But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.


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Julie Cattaneo (US) says...
Hi, I try to read prayers everyday from your site. I've found them to be uplifting and inspirational, especially during my cancer journey. However, today I read that we need to pray for homosexuals because they misuse the gift of sex. That idea is barbaric! I think we should abolish this way of thinking and get with the modern times. God loves everyone, gay or straight. It turns my stomach when I hear or read such nonsense. Please don't print this anymore as you might be turning away ... Read More
7th July 2017 12:48pm
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Mason Barge says...
Of course God loves everyone, gay or straight. But the Bible clearly states that sex between members of the same sex is sinful.

"Do not be conformed to this age . . . ." Romans 12:2 Just because society has decided homosexual conduct is all right, has the Bible changed? Did God write the Bible? Who wrote "societal norms"?

People have always rejected the parts of the Bible that they don't like.
7th July 2017 4:29pm
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Lee jones (Newcastle, Australia) says...
I too was shocked at this perception that being homosexual separates us from our Saviour. God says nothing will separate us from his love. Thanks Julie for starting the conversation so others may see the BIGNESS of our God. He has no limits to His love.
7th July 2017 7:59pm
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Ann Brock Ludington (US) says...
You can download on Kindle the book (Lord Jim) for free on Amazon. Mason wrote about the book in his Daily Inspiration (Friday-07/07/2017). Grin
7th July 2017 11:48am
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Gigi (US) says...
The notes on the scripture bring it home. The end is near is often thought to solely refer to the end of the world and the 2nd coming of Jesus. Knowing that the end is near means also the end of individual lives is near and unpredictable manifests the need to live a godly live daily as the end for each person could be NOW. God give us the grace to live according to your holy will and to be ready to hear you say welcome home good and faithful servant. Amen.
7th July 2017 8:27am
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