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Daily Devotion for January 11, 2018


<i>The Infant Samuel brought by Hanna to Eli</i>, by Gerbrand van den Eeckhout, ca. 1660.
The Infant Samuel brought by Hanna to Eli, by Gerbrand van den Eeckhout, ca. 1660.

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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.



For Salvation

O  Lord God of Israel, who has come to all the nations through your Son, Christ Jesus, there is no god like you in heaven or earth, for you are loving and kind and you keep your promises to your people if they only have faith and seek to follow your commandments. You have fulfilled your promise to our fathers Abraham and David, who were your servants, through the mightiest and humblest of all men ever to live: the Word made flesh.

And now, O Lord our God, fulfill your promise to all who confess the name of Jesus Christ, I pray, that we may live in faith of Him, loving you and following your ways as He did, that we might be sanctified as your children and heirs.

Amen.

That the World May Find Christ

Almighty God, whose compassions fail not, and whose loving-kindness reacheth unto the world’s end; We give thee humble thanks for opening heathen lands to the light of thy truth; for making paths in the deep waters and highways in the desert; and for planting thy Church in all the earth. Grant, we beseech thee, unto us thy servants, that with lively faith we may labour abundantly to make known to all men thy blessed gift of eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Meditation

[How can I “labour abundantly” to make known to all men the blessed gift of Christ?]


Parting Prayer

Oh Lord as I face creation
Let me see with eyes made clear
By Your promise of salvation,
Never to return to fear.

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

Psalm 108:5-6, 12 (NKJV)

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens,
And Your glory above all the earth;
That Your beloved may be delivered,
Save with Your right hand, and hear me. . . .

Give us help from trouble,
For the help of man is useless.


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1 Samuel 1:21-28 (ESV)

Hannah Dedicates Samuel

When the man Elkanah went up with all his family to offer the annual sacrifice to the Lord and to fulfill his vow, Hannah did not go. She said to her husband, “After the boy is weaned, I will take him and present him before the Lord, and he will live there always.”

“Do what seems best to you,” Elkanah her husband told her. “Stay here until you have weaned him; only may the Lord make good his word.” So the woman stayed at home and nursed her son until she had weaned him.

After he was weaned, she took the boy with her, young as he was, along with a three-year-old bull, a bushel of flour, and a skin of wine, and brought him to the house of the Lord at Shiloh. When they had sacrificed the bull, they brought the boy to Eli, and she said to him, “As surely as you live, my lord, I am the woman who stood here beside you praying to the Lord. I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.” And he worshiped the Lord there.

Notes on the Scripture

R

emember from Tuesday that the barren Hannah, teased and goaded by her husband Elkanah’s other wife, had prayed fervently for a child, promising that if the Lord would grant her a son, she would “give him to the Lord for all the days of his life, and no razor [would] ever be used on his head.” She makes good on her promise, and she takes him before the rather mysterious priest Eli, who had blessed her prayers.

Her husband must have been a man of some righteousness, to go along with the plan, and also a reasonably prosperous man, as he had two wives and was able to spare a bull and a fair measure of flour and wine for Samuel’s dedication.

The birth and dedication appear to be Hannah’s idea. This sets her apart from other mothers of notable Biblical figures — Mary, Elizabeth, and Samson’s mother come to mind — where an angel visited the mother at or before conception, with information and instructions about the child. Also, she was not asked to give her child over to a terrible death. Samuel will die of natural causes, unlike Jesus, John the Baptist, or Samson.




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Topic: Devotion for Day of January 11, 2018 | Daily Prayer
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Lice Radrodro (Nausori, Fiji) says...
Inspiring indeed. This spiritual gathering, prayers, bible reading builds my faith and love for the Almighty God. I cannot thank you enough for this opportunity. Vinaka vakalevu from FIJI.
11th January 2018 1:44pm
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Mike (Ringtown PA, US) says...
Prayers for Mason and all my Friends here.
God Bless!
11th January 2018 12:33pm
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Lind Fitch (New Orleans La., US) says...
Enjoyed the reading will be a daily reader
11th January 2018 10:31am
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Sandra Sprengeler (Chaska, US) says...
I have been reading the Daily Devotions for several months and have been inspired to continue searching and studying scripture more. Beginning my day with prayers and scripture readings has been uplifting for me. Thank you for this oportunity. Gods blessings. Smile
11th January 2018 9:41am
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Ann Brock (US) says...
Charles Stanley stated: "In His presence...trust Him to lead you."
11th January 2018 8:18am
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Margaret (Edenfield, UK) says...
Ann you are an inspiration, I treasure your contributions to Daily Prayer and the wise words of encouragement you give.
God bless you and thank you.
11th January 2018 6:33pm
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Ann Brock (US) says...
Thank you so much Margaret for the encouraging and kind words. May our LORD bless you and keep you as you walk with Him each day.
11th January 2018 10:19pm
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BERNARD MALAMA (Lusaka, Zambia) says...
Very Good Prayers
11th January 2018 5:55am
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Pat Betterton (Qatar) says...
I join with all our members to hold you in our prayers Mason. This too will pass.
10th January 2018 10:50pm
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Karen (Tamarac, US) says...
Pat...
You said "This too will pass".
I am going though a very difficult life event. Hearing theses words were like hear I g my deceased father speak to me. Thank you and God Bless.
11th January 2018 7:05am
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Mason says...
May God bless and keep you during your time of trial, Karen.
11th January 2018 12:12pm
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crystal hemphill (greenville, US) says...
praying to get thru this storm amen
10th January 2018 1:05pm
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T M G (San Antonio, US) says...
Please pray for me. I am at my wits end.
10th January 2018 12:34pm
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Jill Abell (Richmond, US) says...
Do you feel like talking about it? I was there but I prayed and very slowly I began to trust in the Lord and things have changed. I finally learned that I'm not the one in control.
11th January 2018 6:44am
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Jennifer (Central Texas, US) says...
Posting this here in case it helps someone else. I was wondering where this prayer comes from...I'd like to use it with my artwork if I may. "Oh Lord as I face creation
Let me see with eyes made clear
By Your promise of salvation,
Never to return to fear."
Fits in so well with this,
"Absorb beauty. When the beauty of a flower or tree is impressed on the soul, it is reflected back in your actions."
Thank you! Appreciate Daily Prayer so much!
10th January 2018 10:24am
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Mikey Broaddus (Kettering) says...
Jen,I always Pray with my Art that he be glorified in it and as always that my worldly success be his in all I do...
11th January 2018 10:06am
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Ann Brock (US) says...
F.B. Meyer stated: Beloved, whenever you are in doubt as to which way to turn, submit your judgment absolutely to the Spirit of God, asking Him to shut every door but the right one. Say to Him, "Blessed Spirit, I give to You the entire responsibility of closing every road and stopping every step that is not of God. Let me hear Your voice behind me whenever I 'turn aside to the right or to the left' (Deut. 5:32)"
10th January 2018 8:37am
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