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Daily Devotion for January 12, 2018

The Last Supper, Leonardo da Vinci, ca. 1498. One of the most famous paintings in the world, the sheer size of Da Vinci’s Last Supper shocks most people who see it in person for the first time — it is about 30 feet wide and 15 feet high.



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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.


To Submit My Day to God

Almighty God, who has given me life and breath, and another day: I do not know what this day might bring. For men make plans, and their plans come to naught, as you will it. Thus I take this day out of my hands and submit it to your will. Make me this day your servant, that I might find my hand at the tasks you have meant for me to do, and might do them as well as I can. For there is nothing better than a person should rejoice in his work, to your glory and for the love of his neighbors, as you have commanded us through your Son. In His name, I pray, let my day be yours, and let it be filled with goodness and faith.


For a Blessing on the Families of the Land

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, who sets the solitary person in the comfort of families; I commend to your continual care the homes in which your people dwell. Put far from them, I beseech you, every root of bitterness, the desire of boastful vanity, and the pride of life. Fill them with faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness. Knit together in constant affection those who, in holy wedlock, have been made one flesh; turn the heart of the parents to the children, and the heart of the children to the parents; and fill us all with true love and charity, so that we put aside petty differences and act with kind affection and the sympathy of brotherly love; through Jesus Christ our Lord.



May I go in peace, with God and with his other children, and may we love one another as Christ taught us. May I follow the example of good men of old, and may God comfort and help me and all who believe in Him, both in this world and in the world which is to come.


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

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It is possible to be happy without having perfect health . . . Thank goodness my happiness doesn’t come from my joints, but from my heart.

~ Beverly LaHaye

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1 Corinthians 11:26-34 (ESV)

The Lord’s Supper [3]

Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord.

Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself. That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died. But if we judged ourselves truly, we would not be judged. But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world.

So then, my brothers, when you come together to eat, wait for one another — if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home — so that when you come together it will not be for judgment. About the other things I will give directions when I come.

Notes on the Scripture


aving chastised the church members in Corinth for their behavior when they came together for the Lord's Supper and then put them in mind of the great moment their worship celebrated (1 Cor. 11:17-25), Paul now “lays down the law.” They would be expected to take to heart Christ’s teachings, and behave accordingly, when they came together for worship. Simply showing up for a service to eat and drink would bring God’s discipline upon them in this world.

This is not the “wrath of God,” but rather, the physical, earthly correction that the Holy Spirit will give to us sometimes to correct wrongful behavior; a spanking, as it were. We see this kind of correction in great sins of today. Reformed drug addicts will often say that they had to “hit their bottom” before the lesson came home to them, a painful lesson of physical or moral degradation, perhaps prison, perhaps the death of a fellow traveler; and generally, they will find God in climbing out of the hole their behavior has dug for them.

Pride, adultery, anger, theft — there is no sin that the Holy Spirit will not see fit to correct, at some point, not as judgment but as correction, for God wants nothing more than for us to come to Him and be saved. This is God's love, not His wrath; for He seeks to divert us from conduct that will condemn us when His judgment comes.

The poor behavior at worship would have to stem from a general failure to grasp the duty of love to one's fellow man; one who loves his brothers would not watch them go hungry, at a church meeting, while eating supper. And by the same token, how could they grasp the significance of the Lord's Supper and behave thus? So Paul’s teaching is harsh, although logical: such conduct is equivalent to responsibility for causing Christ’s death; it is the attitude of a thoughtless bystander who could be led to yell, “crucify Him.”

Devotional painting of the farewell of Saint Paul and Saint Peter, Rodriguez, the kiss of peace
Farewell of Paul and Peter, by Alonzo Rodriguez (16th century).

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Romans 14:1: Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters.

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Comments (14)

Topic: Daily Prayer and Christian Devotional
linda (winnipeg canada) says...
I have been on this site every morning for over 3yrs when I was diagnosed with cancer, I never miss a day .I remain cancer free & want Mason & staff to no I pray for all of you who work to put this site together.You have widened my territory as a christian, & I have this site to thank.
12th January 2018 9:46am
Ann Brock (US) says...
Linda, this is a real praise report that you "remain cancer free". "Give thanks to the LORD and proclaim His greatness. Let the whole world know what He has done. (1 Chronicles 16:8)"
12th January 2018 10:37am
Ann Brock (US) says...
Linda, this is a real praise report that you "remain cancer free". "Give thanks to the LORD and proclaim His greatness. Let the whole world know what He has done. (1 Chronicles 16:8)"
12th January 2018 10:43am
Caryl (SW GA, US) says...
Give us an update on the specific prayer for your Mother. I’m praying for you and all those with problems.
In Christ,
12th January 2018 8:47am
Mason says...
She was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and some secondary infectious problems. Her issues are responding to treatment. I am optimistic.
12th January 2018 11:57am
Caryl (SW GA, US) says...
Thanks, Mason! Keep us updated. I’m praying.
13th January 2018 8:17am
Ann Brock (US) says...
Corrie ten Boom stated: "Let God's promises shine on your problems." Smile
12th January 2018 8:28am
Michelle Greenfield says...
I believe that the idiom used when the Holy Spirit corrects would be ‘a slap on the wrist’ which is widely used in today’s society. The use of the word ‘spanking’, used as an idiom or not has a negative tone and sparked triggers for me, then had difficulty soaking in the lesson. I don’t mean to judge or be petty about words, but the thought of being ‘spanked’ by the Holy Spirit was hard for me to swallow.
I so rely on this page for my spiritual growth. Thank you for the lessons you provide.
12th January 2018 6:16am
Mason says...
As long as we understand the Scripture, I'm not about to defend my witless scribblings. "For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself. That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died.... [W]e are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world." Recast this in any way that helps you grasp the meaning of it. I would hate to stand between anyone and a deeper understanding of God's Word! What is ... Read More
12th January 2018 10:32am
Michelle Greenfield says...
Thank you for your quick response, Mason. As I said in my comment, I wasn’t judging or trying to be petty with words. I am not argumentative, that’s not my style as a Christian. I have suffered horrible child abuse and fell away from the Lord for a long time. It is just within the past 5 years that I surrendered to the Lord and realized I couldn’t manage my life without Him. The word spanked just triggered me into tears, that is all. I love to study and understand scripture and this web ... Read More
13th January 2018 6:37am
Bobbie says...
Michelle, I have been praying for you every since I read your comment. I have never been hit, but I knew something had hurt you. The Lord himself was blind folded, hit and mocked...... He knows and loves you more than you could know. This is a good site with very gifted teachers. I am glad you are going to continue visiting Daily Prayer. Do not feel bad! Your comment encouraged me to spend all yesterday learning as many new things as I could about what the Scripture says about the Holy Spirit. ... Read More
13th January 2018 10:46am
Michelle Greenfield says...
Bobbie, we have a good, good Father! Thank you, from my heart for your prayers. I spent most of the day crying, meditating on scripture and prayer. Jesus answered my prayer through you. Thank you for words that helped me remember just how powerful, awesome and strong our Lord is and thank you for your compassion. Jesus is my peace, Jesus is my joy, Jesus is my love. I am grateful to Jesus for putting you into my heart. May the loving grace, joy and peace that The Holy Spirit bring us be with us ... Read More
13th January 2018 5:44pm
Taisha says...
I don’t think people were judging you but simply expressing their point of view as you were. It’s interesting that you keep using the word “judging” and that’s exactly what this scripture is about not passing judgment. I was expressing my opinion with a thumbs down on the comment because the message shouldn’t get lost in semantics or grammar. It’s about what is God trying to tell us...the how, when, why, caps, adverb, past tense, old English, outdated terminology, shouldn’t ... Read More
15th January 2018 3:14am
Bobbie says...
“Remind them to be peaceable, gentle, showing every consideration for all men. For we also once were foolish....” The Apostle Paul. Paul would of been familiar with an ancient application of the “thumbs down” gesture. There is painting by Jean-Leon Gérôme. The painting is titled Pollice Verso. The meaning and use of “thumbs down” has has changed over time, but the negative association with this gesture can still be hurtful. I pray the Lord will guide the hands of all in this ... Read More
15th January 2018 11:10am
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
Mike (Ringtown PA, US) says...
Prayers for Mason and all my Friends here.
God Bless!
11th January 2018 12:33pm
Lind Fitch (New Orleans La., US) says...
Enjoyed the reading will be a daily reader
11th January 2018 10:31am
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
Ann Brock (US) says...
Charles Stanley stated: "In His Him to lead you."
11th January 2018 8:18am
BERNARD MALAMA (Lusaka, Zambia) says...
Very Good Prayers
11th January 2018 5:55am
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