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Daily Devotion for September 7, 2017



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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.


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To Take up the Shield of Faith

Heavenly Father, let me take up the shield of faith this morning and carry it before me throughout the day. For the darkness of the world attacks my soul from every direction.

The world wants me to hate myself and hate you, precious Lord. It tries at every turn to seduce me to the emptiness of revenge. It lures me to the love of money. Envy, anger, and vanity are the traps it sets. It tells me to worship myself until I am hollow. Pride is its bait, and death is its reward.

Defend me, I pray, against the constant assault of impurity that life in the world brings. Great and powerful God, I take up your shield, the only shield that can protect me: my hope and certainty that your love and promise to protect me, for all eternity, will be with me for the asking. For the only truth is yours, the only power is yours, and our only hope lies in you, our true and mighty and loving God. In Christ's name I pray,



My Father, I pray that I may have patience to live through the difficulties of life. May I correct my faults, that they may not destroy my peace and take from me my strength; help me to center my life in brightness and hope.



[The assault of impurity that life in the world brings.]

Community of Prayer

I  pray to you, dearest Jesus, for all the graces I need to know you, to love you and serve you faithfully unto death, and to save my soul. Give me a tender and fervent devotion to your sacred passion by which I was redeemed, venerating you each day in prayer, and teach me how to unite sorrows and sufferings of my life with your own.


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

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"God knows our situation; He will not judge us as if we had no difficulties to overcome. What matters is the sincerity and perseverance of our will to overcome them."

~ C.S. Lewis

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Genesis 45:9-20 (ESV)

Joseph Promises to Provide for His Family

“Hurry and go up to my father and say to him, ‘Thus says your son Joseph, God has made me lord of all Egypt. Come down to me; do not tarry. You shall dwell in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near me, you and your children and your children’s children, and your flocks, your herds, and all that you have. There I will provide for you, for there are yet five years of famine to come, so that you and your household, and all that you have, do not come to poverty.’

And now your eyes see, and the eyes of my brother Benjamin see, that it is my mouth that speaks to you. You must tell my father of all my honor in Egypt, and of all that you have seen. Hurry and bring my father down here.”

Then he fell upon his brother Benjamin’s neck and wept, and Benjamin wept upon his neck. And he kissed all his brothers and wept upon them. After that his brothers talked with him.

When the report was heard in Pharaoh’s house, “Joseph’s brothers have come,” it pleased Pharaoh and his servants.

And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Say to your brothers, ‘Do this: load your beasts and go back to the land of Canaan, and take your father and your households, and come to me, and I will give you the best of the land of Egypt, and you shall eat the fat of the land.’ And you, Joseph, are commanded to say, ‘Do this: take wagons from the land of Egypt for your little ones and for your wives, and bring your father, and come. Have no concern for your goods, for the best of all the land of Egypt is yours.’”

Notes on the Scripture


n earlier times, the “Land of Goshen” was a well-known phrase. At least 30 states in the U.S. have incorporated towns named Goshen, not to mention numerous villages and townships, counties, etc. These were named, of course, in a time when the Bible was more widely read and better known; it is unlikely that one person in ten, today, would have any idea what the word Goshen referred to.

It does live on in the expletive “gosh”, which is itself less heard than in past times. It is thought to sound unsophisticated today and you would only hear it in a movie or t.v. show said by a hick or rube, or perhaps by a child. In fact Granny, on the old t.v. show Beverly Hillbillies, would actually say “Land of Goshen!” on occasion. But language has gotten coarser, or at least, coarse language is more widely accepted in public than it once was.

Goshen lies in the eastern part of the Nile River Delta, the part of Egypt closest to Canaan; it is the first fertile land you would reach if you traveled west from the Suez Canal. The only mention of it, or the Hebrew settlement of eastern Egypt, is in the Bible. It is indeed good land and suitable for the pastoral lifestyle of the Hebrews, as the grass is abundant.

The Egyptians looked down on tribes who herded livestock for their livelihood; the Pharaoh’s power lay in the great grain harvest of the Nile, and so, naturally, manorial farming was considered the highest form of basic economy. Joseph was not known as a herder; his service had been to the organization and storage of the grain crop. But the low-class lifestyle of his family and tribe will cause trouble, as we shall soon see.

<i>Israelite Shepherdess in the Land of Goshen</i>, by Wilhelm Hensel, ca. 1840.
Israelite Shepherdess in the Land of Goshen, by Wilhelm Hensel, ca. 1840.

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DC says...
This site has become such a part of my life... teaching me, guiding me, bringing me peace. I've wondered if you realize the impact your site has. God bless you.
13th September 2017 7:34pm
DC says...
This site has become such a part of my life... teaching me, guiding me, bringing me peace. I've wondered if you realize the impact your site has. God bless you.
13th September 2017 7:33pm
Peter (League City, US) says...
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! I can't believe it's been 8 years. I discovered "daily prayers" in January of 2010 and have not missed a morning since.

Mason, appreciate all you do to make it a special site.


7th September 2017 2:50pm
Tom Kraft (Concord, US) says...
Wonderful comments recently...I give them all a hearty thumbs up. Mason, you, Ann and Jenny have been such an inspiration to me...I can't imagine a morning without you. I pray the Lord will bless you all in some special way for your endeavors on this site.
7th September 2017 12:35pm
Mike (Ringtown PA, US) says...
What an excellent "daily inspiration " today. So well written again. Ever since finding this site years ago and reading your commentary and lessons I have often also began looking at events in History about which you write today and wind up incredulous. Thank You Again for your wisdom Mason!
7th September 2017 10:18am
Linda Lyon (London, UK) says...
Thankyou. I learn something new each day!
7th September 2017 2:37am
Mark Lucas (Rockledge) says...
Thank you for your daily words, music and art. They all speak to me in special ways that help me to be patient and grateful and help me refocus on what is truly important.
6th September 2017 10:49pm
Betty Winesburg (HartfordS.D, US) says...
I sent check in July...
I thought I renewed then....had notice with devotional today
6th September 2017 3:55pm
Mason Barge says...
Betty, I think you're in the wrong place.
7th September 2017 6:08pm
Betty Winesburg (HartfordS.D, US) says...
Love it
6th September 2017 3:53pm
Chrissy says...
Happy Anniversary! And Thank You!!!
6th September 2017 3:51pm
Tina (US) says...
Congrats on this momentous anniversary. I want to send a heartfelt and deeply appreciative "Thank you!" to the Daily Prayer team. You are a daily blessing to me and to so many others. We are grateful for this excellent site and for the "work of heart" that it is to you. God has touched and blessed so many through the art work, the music, the prayers, and the wise words. Thank you!
6th September 2017 10:35am
Mike (Ringtown, US) says...
Happy Anniversary Mason. Thank You!!!
6th September 2017 10:02am
bastin (chennai, India) says...
thank you all and God for your site. I start my day with you. May God bless.
6th September 2017 7:47am
Darrell (US) says...
Happy Anniversary. I thank you all and God for your site. I start my day with you. May God bless.
6th September 2017 7:33am
Deacon Dottie (Lincoln & DE, US) says...
GrinCongratulations on your anniversary of doing God's work. I refer your site and have been a daily visitor for more than 6 years. I am inspired and appreciate the hard work it takes to put this together . Thank you and may God continue to give you strength and blessings. Peace DD
6th September 2017 7:23am
Michelle greenfield says...
I am so thankful for your anniversary. This site starts my day, each and every day. The songs give me peace as I study the scriptures provided for that day. Thank you so very much from the bottom of my heart. Prays of thanks for your site. ✝️
6th September 2017 7:00am
Linda Sharp says...
Happy anniversary.i personally cannot imagine a day that has gone by in 4yrs, without opening this site,...Mason thankyou you have a gift of giving straight talk to christianswho need it.
6th September 2017 5:03am
Bernie (Jacksonville, US) says...
Mason and everybody else involved, thank you. God has given you a gift, which fortunately you share with us every morning. It's the first thing I do every morning. You continue to have a profound impact on my life. God bless you.
6th September 2017 2:38am
Pam Carpenter (Windermere, UK) says...
What a great achievement. I have been visiting the site for about 4 years or so, it is a real blessing to me and I think you for all the work that goes into it. May God bless you for your dedication to providing it for us all to enjoy.
6th September 2017 2:14am
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