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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Daily Devotion for August 25, 2017

Saint Paul in Prison, Rembrandt c. 1627
Saint Paul in Prison, Rembrandt c. 1627.



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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.


Mina, an Italian pop singer from the 70s, uses her extraordinary low range and rasping, anguished style to produce a unique Magnificat, set to a beautiful minor-key melody by Marco Frisina. Fabulous.

Prayer for Renewal

As I start this day, oh Lord, I wonder: How will this day be different from any other day? Has my faith in you grown into a stale routine, or will I grow this day, closer to you than I have ever been?

Shake me up, Holy God! Rattle the door of my cage, set off my smoke detector, ring my doorbell until I answer the door! Let me read your Word until something new sinks in; let me pray until I hear your voice, until all smugness has given way to gratitude. By the power of your Holy Spirit, renew me afresh in your Word and power, today and every day, energizing me in your great commission. In Christ's name, I pray.


Prayer for Mercy

Heavenly Father, true God, who sent Your beloved Son to seek the wandering sheep, I have sinned against heaven and before You; receive me like the Prodigal Son, and clothe me with the garment of innocence, of which I was deprived by sin. Have mercy upon Your Creatures and upon me, a great sinner, in the name of Christ.



[How will today be different from yesterday?]

Benediction (from Colossians 3)

Let the word of Christ richly dwell within me all this day; and whatever I do in word or deed, may I do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.


(Additional prayers may be found at Prayers for All Occasions.)
God be with you 'til we meet again.

endless knot

Proverbs 17:1 (NKJV)

Better is a dry morsel with quietness,
Than a house full of feasting with strife.

Blue Latin Cross

1 Corinthians 1:1-8 (ESV)

Introduction to 1 Corinthians:
Greetings and Thanksgiving

Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and our brother Sosthenes, To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge — even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you — so that you are not lacking in any gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Notes on the Scripture


uring Paul’s second journey, he established a church at Corinth, an important city in southern Greece. (Acts 18:1-17) On his third journey, he got reports of difficulties with the new Christian community. Much of the trouble came from members identifying themselves with different religious leaders.

There were also a wide variety of viewpoints, some of them extreme, about how the churches should be run, leadership, and Christian lifestyle, for the great majority of the church in Corinth were Gentiles and the background of Jewish morality that informed Jewish churches did not come naturally to many of them.

In fact, in this respect, the attitudes of metropolitan Greeks 2000 years ago were similar to modern secular attitudes. It was an individualistic society where philosophy and science were prominent, and self-fulfillment -- the purpose of one’s life and how to best live -- were the subject of much philosophical discussion.

Paul’s First Epistle to the Corinthians, written during his long stay in Ephesus during his third journey, is one of the most quoted books in the Bible. It is full of practical advice as well as teachings on strictly theological issues and contains several of his most powerful, beautiful writing.

In the opening verses, he mentions Sosthenes, which is a bit of a mystery. The former leader of the synagogue in Corinth, who had been instrumental in the founding of the church and had suffered violence, might have been traveling with Paul, and if so, it would be natural for Paul to send the letter in Sosthenes’ name as well as his own. Or it might have been some unknown Greek with good writing skills, acting as Paul’s secretary.

As usual, the letter begins with praise and thanks, reminding the Corinthians of their common great purpose. Paul starts, in other words, by building a sense of bond and kinship with the readers, reminding them of the love he has for them and assuring them that his only motivation is that all good things may come to them.

Codex, 1 Corinthians
The beginning of 1 Corinthians from a 14th century Greek minuscule manuscript, penned by “Antonius, a monk.”

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Deuteronomy 10:17-19 (ESV) : The Lord your God . . . loves the strangers, providing them food and clothing. You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.

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Comments (8)

Topic: Daily Prayer and Christian Devotional
Andrea Flannery (Saratoga Springs NY, US) says...
Thank you the Prayer for Renewal. I have printed this out to keep at my chair, before my daily devotions.

Thank you also Ann Ludington for your reminder of noting God's Daily offerings of His sunrise and sunsets. They help me to reflect on the splendor and glory that He provides for us .
25th August 2017 11:47am
Sandie (UK) says...
I start each day with this website. The prayers help me to focus my mind and often speak for me. The readings often spur me on to read other bible readings of my own.
25th August 2017 2:49am
Hilary (UK) says...
Thank you so much to Ann Brock for today's inspiration. My mother died in December last year. We were very close. All through the rest of the month the sunsets were so spectacular, just amazing. I sat and watched several times and felt God's love and power surrounding me. It was a great comfort at a difficult time. Thank you for reminding me. And thank you to all who contribute to this website which I now read with anticipation every day.
25th August 2017 2:26am
Jon (UK) says...
Hilary, I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. I too watch sunsets and sunrises and think of the majestic power of the Lord our God. He is magnificent.

This is my first time on this website and it's been a joy. The daily prayers are beautiful and will help to keep me centred on the Lord. God Bless you all.
25th August 2017 7:35am
Ann Brock (US) says...
Thank you Hilary for your lovely comment regarding the Inspiration that I wrote. God bless you.Grin
25th August 2017 7:45am
Rome (US) says...
I love this website and the wonderful prayers I've come to appreciate have enriched my life tremendously. But you would do well to keep your conservative tears at bay with such cheeky but subtle comments as the Bill Maher one. Few things are as incompatible as politics and religion.
23rd August 2017 9:54pm
Mason Barge says...
Believe me, the remark about Maher had nothing to do with politics. He is an aggressive, toxic and sarcastic atheist.

Keeping politics out of Christianity is one of the core values of Daily Prayer.

(I hope this reply doesn't appear twice. The commenting software will often repeat Comments without replies, and I think this is an important point to make.)
25th August 2017 9:45am
Simple Man (Ringtown, US) says...
This is my first response. This website has literally changed my life and helped me find the Holy Spirit again! Too the point, I agree with Mason. And I don't feel it's political. I think when the devil has a bully pulpit like Maher does need to be called out on it!
25th August 2017 2:56pm
Joseph of Baltimore (Baltimore, US) says...
On the issue of someone's losing his salvation because he no longer wants it, Isaiah has the answer. Is. 43.13 says, I work, and who will reverse it? See also Romans 11.29 (NKJV both references).Grin
23rd August 2017 7:56pm
Mike Broaddus (Kettering Ohio, US) says...
Think on this,Just to know We will be sustained each day as We walk on this Sin filled earth and on that last day We will be found Guiltless through Our Loving Savior's Grace.....We need nothing more Brothers and Sisters....
25th August 2017 10:42am
Susan (Kirksville, US) says...
Very helpful.
23rd August 2017 10:22am
linda says...
Always be prepared, and practce grabbed me today.enjoyed todays readings.Your daily devotions have taught me both of these, yet I wouldn't say they come easily.
23rd August 2017 10:14am
Darrell (US) says...
A very good reading this morning from John. Yes sinners love the sinner and hate the "do-gooders" of our world. As the old saying goes; Misery loves company. May God bless all my brothers and sisters of the world this morning.
23rd August 2017 8:05am
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Top score(s) on the Daily Quiz for Aug 25, 2017 were:
Norman Daniels (12)
Kathryn Epperson (10)
Ray Lair (10)

Top score(s) on Match-a-Verse:
Greg Flippin (9 out of 9)
Norman Daniels (9 out of 9)
Jack Willis (9 out of 9)
Antoinette Wielkie (9 out of 9)

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