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Friday, September 21, 2018

Daily Devotion for February 2, 2018

<i>Charity</i>, Tiffany Studios ca. 1906
Charity, Tiffany Studios ca. 1906, St. John Episcopal Church, Somerville, NJ.



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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.


Even though I speak not one word of Russian, I sang in the Yale Russian Chorus for two years just because I loved the music so much. (it was quite a task memorizing all the words!) I have never felt the existence of God more powerfully than when singing this haunting Halleluia.

Morning Prayer

Lord, I come before you today and I thank You for all the blessings that You have given me. Many times my life is so full of busy work that I neglect my relationship with You: for that I am truly sorry. I know that You never neglect me, for if You did my very life would cease to be. Continue to pull me to Yourself, guide me in my journey, and hold me close in Your bosom until the day I come home to be with You forever. Be with me, and with those who pray with me, for although we are in different places around the world, we gather spiritually in Your name. May we feel your presence among us. In Jesus’ precious name I pray.


Prayer of Penitence

Come to me, my God. Call me in. I wander from the sheepfold mindlessly; I am adrift. I love you deeply in my soul, O Mighty God, with all my soul and heart and mind, and I regret this sin of inattention. Forgive me, for you are my only hope. As I commit so many sins, I commit the sin of joylessness and lack of interest. I repent of it, Lord; forgive me, and let me not feel guilt, but instead allow your Spirit fully into my heart, today and forever.



Let me not forget my prayers as I go out into the world. Holy Spirit, be with me, and let me praise you and remember you in my every action and thought, for the entire day long. In Christ’s name I ask this,


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.

Today’s “Remember the Bible” Question

What verse assures us that God has a plan for our well-being?

Answer: Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. ”

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux (artist unknown). St. Bernard, who founded Clarivaux Abbey near Dijon, France, was known for his great expression of Christian love.

“Remember that the Lord Jesus came to take away sin in three ways; He came to remove the penalty of sin, the power of sin, and, at last, the presence of sin.”

~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon

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1 Corinthian 13 (ESV)

Faith, Hope, and Charity [summary]

hough I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not vaunt itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.

And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Notes on the Scripture

Taken as a whole, Paul’s great essay on Christian love — agape, translated “charity” in the King James Bible — gives us an anchor, a point by which we can orient our priorities, thoughts, prayers, and actions. In fact it gives us three such anchors, faith and hope being the other two, but tells us to turn first to the concept of love when we examine our past actions or plan those to come.

Faith is not subordinate to love, for it is through faith that we are saved. Paul himself says this: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.” (Ephesians 2:8)

The third cardinal attribute of Christianity is hope. The concept of hope overlaps with the concept of faith, the difference being that our faith involves our conviction that God exists and has given us His holy word in the form of the Bible, whereas our hope involves our relationship with Christ. Hope is not to be confused with “wish,” for we hope in certainty. The first definition in Merriam Webster is “to desire with expectation of obtainment.”

Burning heart christian

Hope is an enormously important — a critical and necessary component of Christian life. If you are not convinced that you will be given eternal life, through Christ, or that such life will not be paradise, it is a good point for meditation and prayer. Every person, being imperfect, will hold some degree of doubt. We cannot help it; we were born into sin. But we must let ourselves hope, if we have faith in Christ’s promises, for life after death does indeed exist and will be ours, by virtue of our faith.

Of the three, though, love is the greatest, for it is our expression of Christ into the world while we still live in it. We burst through the wall of selfishness and show Christ’s power when we love. Our faith and hope are our means of salvation; but our love is our means of helping others to find salvation. To love is to walk in the footsteps of Jesus Himself.

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1 Corinthians 10:13: No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.

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Comments (17)

Topic: Devotion for Day of February 2, 2018 | Daily Prayer
Michelle (Eagan, US) says...
Thank you,as well, for this site and your message today. Spot on for what I needed. Additionally, my family could use this Faith community to pray for us. We are going through a crisis and the power of pray does work! Humbly, I thank you in advance to your prayers.
2nd February 2018 11:06pm
Julz (Sydney, Australia) says...
Prayed and will continue to pray for you and your family .
May everything turn out as you hoped and prayed it would
2nd February 2018 11:33pm
arnett (New Providence, Bahamas) says...
Romans 8:18 is not the correct reference for that verse. It is 1Cor.10:13.
I love the devotions.
Thanks so much for all the time you
invest in making it such a blessing.
Its so professional.
Thank you.
2nd February 2018 2:17pm
Bob (Aston, US) says...
Yes! prayers do work.Recently family and friends prayed and it worked for my Brother-in-Law. They were trying to decide on Life-Support, he is now back home. We thank the "LORD" for this.
2nd February 2018 10:25am
Eva Best (Richardson, US) says...
Oops, the memory verse for today,2/2/18 has the wrong address. The verse listed is 1Cor. 10:13. It is not found in Romans.
2nd February 2018 9:24am
Mason says...
Thanks. I was doing some coding to improve functionality and there are some bugs floating around. This is one of them.
2nd February 2018 9:38am
linda sharp (winnipeg canada) says...
Thankyou God for this site & those who work hard at giving it to us.I have always thought that hope was the same as wish.kinda never made sense to me.I get it!!!! Thankyou.I love learning!!
2nd February 2018 9:22am
Mason says...
Me too! One of the best things about doing this website is how much I have learned, and continue to learn. Smile
2nd February 2018 9:36am
Judy Edwards (NorthHaven, US) says...
Good Morning! I was wondering if there is a way to access the lessons you had on the Lord's Prayer some time ago. I would like to reread them! Thanks for your site; it's truly a blessing.
2nd February 2018 10:12am
P Weissner (Terrae bc, Canada) says...
I would also like to study the Lord's Prayer.
2nd February 2018 1:45pm
Gary Merriman (LevellandTx, US) says...
To access an index of past devotionals, go to the "Devotions" menu at the top left of the page, and select "Past Devotions.". Mason has been very good to us to archive so much of what he has given us each day on this site.
3rd February 2018 9:41am
Margaret Entwistle (Edenfield, UK) says...
Heavenly music today for the Feast of Candlemas, thoughtful prayers and another inspirational message from Ann.
We are truly blessed with our daily devotions to guide us closer to God.
Many thanks.
2nd February 2018 7:21am
Ann Brock (US) says...
Thank you Margaret for your kind words regarding the inspiration I wrote. Just a side husband and I loved visiting the UK many times. My paternal ancestors were from there. Cool
2nd February 2018 10:27am
Karen (Tamarac, US) says...
Why is this Christian daily prayer showing an image of an Eruption Fertility Godess?
1st February 2018 7:46pm
Mason says...
It is an illustration of a verse from the day's Scripture: "If you want to return to the Lord with all your hearts, get rid of your foreign gods and your images of Ashtoreth."
2nd February 2018 9:44am
Mason says...
P.S. The statue depicts Astarte, who (as I understand it) was probably the primary goddess of the Philistines.
2nd February 2018 9:46am
Jenny Calvert says...
I think besides this being a devotional site, it is also a lesson in History. I had never seen one before, yet it was a very important part of that culture. There are many other idols today including money, food, electronics, etc. Just looking at these things will not taint us in any way unless we decide to bow down and worship them, or allow things other than God to have control over our life. When we stand fast in who we worship, just looking and learning will not harm us. In fact, learning ... Read More
2nd February 2018 9:46am
DC (Michigan) says...
Incorporating history and providing explanations of the culture that was present during the time the scriptures were written has helped me to understand and appreciate the scripture immensely. Thank you so much for expanding my understanding!
2nd February 2018 10:09am
Ann Brock (US) says...
Thank you Claudette for the belated birthday wishes. Christian friendship is one of the sweetest joys of life. As you said, it is an "endless chain" with all of us linked together by our faith rooted in Jesus Christ. God bless you. Cool
1st February 2018 6:59pm
Claudette D'Amato (Bucasia, Australia) says...
Happy belated birthday Ann!! Hope you had a lovely day, surrounded by loved ones! We watched the wonderful spectacle of the Blue/Blood moon. just as the moon went into total eclipse, an absolutely HUGE shooting star lit up the magnificent night sky. So, even in the darkest hour, His light and love is eternal. I noticed an Ethiopian name in your comment section! It took me back to my childhood in Addis! What a gift! No matter where we are in the world, we are like an endless chain, linked to ... Read More
1st February 2018 4:44pm
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