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Daily Devotion for January 15, 2018

Pentecost, the Holy Spirit, by El Greco
Pentecost (detail), by El Greco, Spanish, 1596.



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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.


Prayer for the Morning

Heavenly Father, I do not fear this day, for you are with me wherever I might go, your light to shine ahead, your footsteps to lead the way. I do not fear this day, for your word will be my guide. Your strength will sustain me and your love revive me, this day and all days. I do not fear this day, for you are with me. In the name of Christ, I call upon you.


To Find God in His Creation

Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers today;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.

Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.

And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid air stands still.

For this is love and nothing else is love,
To which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends he will,
But which it only needs that we fulfill.



[The importance of each hour - We can only live now.]


Holy God, I pray to be filled with your Holy Spirit for the rest of this day. Let me go forth, walking with your Spirit in my heart, that I may be filled with the joy and energy and praise for your entire creation, thankful in the many gifts you have given me, and showing forth your light in my every word and deed. This I pray in Christ’s name,


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

endless knot

Psalm 96:11-13 (ESV)

Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad;
Let the sea roar, and all its fullness;

Let the field be joyful, and all that is in it.
Then all the trees of the woods will rejoice before the Lord.

For He is coming, for He is coming to judge the earth.
He shall judge the world with righteousness,
And the peoples with His truth.

Blue Latin Cross

1 Corinthians 12:1-3 (ESV)

Spiritual Gifts [1]

Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans you were led astray to mute idols, however you were led.

Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus is accursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit.

Notes on the Scripture


ittle is said about the Holy Spirit in the Gospels. Christ told us only that we would receive a Comforter after He departed earth, so that we would not be alone. Nor can we learn “facts” about the Holy Spirit directly, for the Spirit is God. We cannot see or hear or smell or touch it (or Him, as you prefer).

We know the Spirit in two ways. We can sense it sometimes, without using our eyes and ears, for the Spirit will make its presence known to us. It is God on earth, with us, and we have the ability to know the Spirit, which can be with us or even in us. We feel touched by it even though our fingers feel nothing.

But also, we know the Holy Spirit by the effect it can have on our conduct and the conduct of others. At Pentecost, when the Spirit descended on the apostles in the upper room, they began to speak in languages they did not know and amazed the crowd. (Acts 2:1–31)

I know, from personal experience, that the Spirit can give us the power to do things that we simply could never have accomplished by ourselves. Many others will testify to this. It is an enormously powerful force for change, and it is always with us if we only ask. Christ told us to cast our cares and anxieties upon Him, and it is the Spirit who will take these from us, if we only believe with truth and sincerity. The Holy Spirit is God with us, on earth, during our lives.

Paul gives us a simple rule. A person cannot say “Jesus is Lord” (at least, not with sincerity) unless the Spirit is with him; and one who has received the gift of the Holy Spirit cannot curse Christ. This reminds us amply that human beings will never become perfect, for we have seen many charlatans seek their fortunes and fame by proclaiming Christ in the manner of carnival barkers, and it is difficult to think that such people are truly our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Yet, it is not for us to judge. One who extols the divinity of Christ may be very flawed, and full of sin; yet, he is our brother, even as he succumbs to temptation. Our duty is to love such people, despite their hypocrisy, and help them find their way back onto the path.

The Holy Spirit as a dove, devotional painting

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Topic: Devotion for Day of January 15, 2018 | Daily Prayer
The Holy Spirit brings
Comfort in times of trial
Joy in times of sorrow
Peace in times of turmoil
Strength in times of weakness
Thank You Lord God
for Your Mercies...
15th January 2018 11:27am
Marilou Klipa says...
Just a note on Spurgeons remark: the Bible was delivered to us in a language other than English. He says we should read it in the language to which it was delivered to us. Well then I guess we should learn Hebrew and Greek. I think the various translations bring out the true meaning of the Bible
15th January 2018 10:47am
Mason says...
If you have been following Daily Prayer for very long, you know how much I agree with this. I went back to school and learned Greek just so I could better understand what the Bible actually says. Most translations are amazingly faulty! And especially the first NIV from the 1980s. It was unconscionably bad! I started my own translation, but alas, age and energy stopped me short of my goal. But you can see my efforts here. Or find "Daily Prayer Parallel ... Read More
15th January 2018 11:05am
Michelle (Simsbury, US) says...
...could not edit previous comment...I meant Spirit
15th January 2018 9:22am
Michelle (Simsbury, US) says...
It’s so true that the Spirit carries us when we wouldn’t have the strength ourselves. My teenage son has a tumor in his face and while we were waiting for his a week for his biopsy results I had to work. As I went to my classroom and throughout each day I felt uplifted and carried in how I talked with people, the way I was able to be present for the children, and the clarity I had in my mind as I taught throughout the day. There is absolutely no way I could have done it without the Holy ... Read More
15th January 2018 9:15am
Mason says...
Isn't that the truth! I can feel the Spirit stir in me sometimes, helping pick me up when I am down.
15th January 2018 9:21am
Ann Brock (US) says...
Augustine stated: "God loves each of us as if there were only one of us." Laugh
15th January 2018 8:59am
Taisha (Charlotte NC, US) says...
I love this site, I feel it speaks to me directly on most days, either the scripture, the memory verse or the prayer, especially on changelling days when I feel lost and need immediate answers. It’s also a great way to start your day, but some times life gets us, which is what this Psalm is talking about. We need to do a better job at carving out time for God, the scripture, and self reflection to ensure we’re living up to the expectation. How much time is enough? It’s different for ... Read More
14th January 2018 12:43pm
Carol (Sullvan, US) says...
I can understand what Psalm is telling us right now. There is so much corruption in this world,. God has been taken out of our schools where the children's education starts, government is always quarreling among one another,no respect of marriage etc. at least that's how it's going in my country. Christmas to the children represent toys,Easter, eggs and candy. God is upset with us and had every reason to be. God is a loving God but we need to love him back.
14th January 2018 11:05am
Bobbie says...
One of my favorite Bible stories about a man being alone in the wildernesss and listening for the Lord is in the King James Version, 1 Kings 19. “And after the fire a still small voice.” And the Lord said , What are you doing, Elijah?
I love that!!!
14th January 2018 10:55am
Mikey Broaddus (Kettering, US) says...
God chose Me,
Jesus died in My place,
Do not allow Satan,Sin,or Circumstances
To Rob You of Who You are in Jesus,
HE WILL NEVER LET US He spoke,It is Finished,a Truth like none other...
14th January 2018 10:53am
Ann Brock (US) says...
The LORD's love surrounds us at every moment, every day.
14th January 2018 9:51am
Bob Sullivan (Fairview, US) says...
As a relatively new traveler on the spiritual road, I appreciate greatly this reading and discussion. I struggle at times to identify the correct balance between my spiritual desires and my worldly desires. I helps when I simply stop thinking and just listen.
14th January 2018 6:00am
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