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Daily Devotion for January 21, 2018


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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.

Amen.



Prayer to Know God

O  Lord our God, who is always more ready to bestow Your good gifts upon us than we are to seek them, and Who is more willing to give more than we desire or deserve: help me, and those who pray with me, so to seek You that we may truly find You, so to ask that we may joyfully receive, so to knock that the door of Your mercy may be opened for us; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Sunday Prayer

Most Gracious Lord God, from whom proceeds every good and perfect gift, I offer to your divine majesty my unfeigned praise and thanksgiving for all your mercies towards me. You made me at first and have ever since sustained the work of your own hand; you gave your Son to die for me; and have given me assurance of salvation, upon my repentance and sincerely endeavoring to conform my life to his holy precepts and example.

You are pleased to lengthen out to me the time of repentance and to move me to it by your spirit and by the word, by your mercies, and by your judgments; out of a deepness of your mercies, and by my own unworthiness, I do appear before you at this time; I have sinned and done very wickedly, be merciful to me, O God, and pardon me for Jesus Christ’s sake; instruct me in the particulars of my duty, and suffer me not to be tempted above what you give me strength to bear.

Take care, I pray you, of my affairs and more and more direct me in your truth, defend me from my enemies, especially my spiritual ones. Do not allow me to be drawn away from you, by the blandishments of the world, carnal desires, the cunning of the devil, or deceitfulness of sin. Work in me your good will and pleasure, and discharge my mind from all things that are displeasing to you, of all ill will and discontent, wrath and bitterness, pride and vain conceit of myself, and make me charitable, pure, holy, patient and heavenly minded.

Be with me at the hour of death; dispose me for it, and deliver me from the slavish fear of it, and make me willing and fit to die whenever you may decide to call me. Bless our rulers in church and state. Bless O Lord the whole race of mankind, and let the world be filled with the knowledge of You and your son Jesus Christ.

Pity the sick, the poor, the weak, the needy, the widows and fatherless, and all that mourn or are broken in heart, and be merciful to them according to their particular needs. Bless my friends, and grant me grace to forgive my enemies as heartily as I desire forgiveness from You, my heavenly Father.

I beseech you to defend me this week from all evil, and do more for me than I can think or ask, for Jesus Christ’s sake, in whose most holy name & words, I continue to pray, Our Father.

Amen.

Meditation

[Pity the weak.]


Dedication

Oh Heavenly Father, in whom I live and move and have my being, I humbly pray you so to guide and govern me by your Holy Spirit, that in all the joys, occupations, and cares of the week to come, I may never forget you, but remember that I am ever walking in your sight. In Christ’s name, I pray,

Amen.


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Psalm 73 (NKJV)

Envy of Prosperous and Wicked Men

Truly God is good to Israel,
To such as are pure in heart.
But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled;
My steps had nearly slipped.
For I was envious of the boastful,
When I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

For there are no pangs in their death,
But their strength is firm.
They are not in trouble as other men,
Nor are they plagued like other men.
Therefore pride serves as their necklace;
Violence covers them like a garment.
Their eyes bulge with abundance;
They have more than heart could wish.
They scoff and speak wickedly concerning oppression;
They speak loftily.
They set their mouth against the heavens,
And their tongue walks through the earth.

Therefore his people return here,
And waters of a full cup are drained by them.
And they say, “How does God know?
And is there knowledge in the Most High?”
Behold, these are the ungodly,
Who are always at ease;
They increase in riches.
Surely I have cleansed my heart in vain,
And washed my hands in innocence.
For all day long I have been plagued,
And chastened every morning.

If I had said, “I will speak thus,”
Behold, I would have been untrue to the generation of Your children.
When I thought how to understand this,
It was too painful for me—
Until I went into the sanctuary of God;
Then I understood their end.

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urely You set them in slippery places;
You cast them down to destruction.
Oh, how they are brought to desolation, as in a moment!
They are utterly consumed with terrors.
As a dream when one awakes,
So, Lord, when You awake,
You shall despise their image.

Thus my heart was grieved,
And I was vexed in my mind.
I was so foolish and ignorant;
I was like a beast before You.
Nevertheless I am continually with You;
You hold me by my right hand.
You will guide me with Your counsel,
And afterward receive me to glory.

Whom have I in heaven but You?
And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You.
My flesh and my heart fail;
But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

For indeed, those who are far from You shall perish;
You have destroyed all those who desert You for harlotry.
But it is good for me to draw near to God;
I have put my trust in the Lord God,
That I may declare all Your works.


Notes on the Scripture

Seeing sinful, even wicked, people who are rich, beautiful, and in possession of many desirable worldly attributes and goods, is sometimes a difficult pill to swallow. This psalm does a wonderful job of explaining how to deal with envy of such people. The key lies in the transitional verse, “When I tried to understand all this, it was oppressive to me, until I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny.”

There is really very little to add. Beauty, wealth, and life itself are fleeting. We store up our treasure in heaven, “where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.” (Matthew 6:20)



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Topic: Devotion for Day of January 21, 2018 | Daily Prayer
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Marva Outlaw (Charleston, US) says...
Today's devotion was amazing. The Holy Spirit knows exactly how to show us an answer when we need it. I trust God word" I will never leave or forsake us. God will supply our every need. God is my everything. I trust him, I love him with all my
21st January 2018 8:29am
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Marva Outlaw (Charleston, US) says...
Today's devotion was amazing. The Holy Spirit knows exactly how to show us an answer when we need it. I trust God word" I will never leave or forsake us. God will supply our every need. God is my everything. I trust him, I love him with all my
21st January 2018 8:32am
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Tendai (Musina, South Africa) says...
The lord is my shepherd I have everything I need thank you Lord
21st January 2018 4:05am
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Tendai (Musina, South Africa) says...
I alone knw e plans I havefor you.plans to bring prosperity and not disaster.plans to bring e future we hope for
21st January 2018 4:03am
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Ann Brock (US) says...
L.B. Cowman stated: "Never look ahead to the changes and challenges of this life in fear. Instead, as they arise look at them with the full assurance that God, whose you are, will deliver you out of them. Hasn't He kept you safe up to now? So hold His loving hand tightly, and He will lead you safely through all things. And when you cannot stand, He will carry you in His arms." Grin
21st January 2018 1:09am
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Susan Schultz (Beaver Dam, US) says...
I so enjoy reading Daily Devotional. I copy and paste parts of it to my Grandchildren to help them gain faith and strength. I love the Lord and it makes me happy to share His word.
20th January 2018 9:03am
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Ann Brock (US) says...
Francis de Sales stated: "The everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow and every day. Either He will shield you from suffering or He will give you His unwavering strength that you may bear it. Be at peace, then, and set aside all anxious thoughts and worries." Cool
20th January 2018 8:42am
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Allen Heffelbower (Wagram, US) says...
Isaiah 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
The Lord has changed my life, my life style, my thoughts, my heart, my way of doing things, he is my rock, I am ever so appreciative of his love and grace, I read this page every morning along with my daily devotional, just to see and hear what God wants for me, I a, truely blessed as with everyone that reads this page, thank you ladies and gentlemen, for blessing me with your words and stories,
20th January 2018 6:36am
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Michelle Greenfield says...
I love the Lord Jesus.....I thank Him for His mercy and His grace. His unfailing, unstoppable, outrageous love for us is unsearhable. Thank you Lord for loving me.
20th January 2018 5:52am
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