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Daily Devotion for March 16, 2018


<i>Le Paradis</i>, by Marc Chagall, ca. 1978.
Le Paradis, by Marc Chagall, ca. 1978.

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Lord’s Prayer

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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.



Prayer to Address God with My Heart (inspired by Jane Austen)

Give me grace Almighty Father, so to pray, as to deserve to be heard, to address you with my heart, as with my lips. You are everywhere present, from you no secret can be hidden. May the knowledge of this, teach me to fix my thoughts on you, with reverence and devotion, that I may not pray in vain.

May I now, and on each return of morning, consider how I will spend the day ahead; what thoughts will prevail in my mind? What words will I speak? Will my actions reflect your will, or my own? How far can I acquit myself of evil, and live in the goodness and beauty of my Lord Christ?

Will I think irreverently of you? Will I disobey your commandments? Will I neglect and make excuses for any known duty, or willingly given pain to any human being? Incline me to ask my heart these questions oh! God, throughout the day, to save me from deceiving myself by pride or vanity.

And give me always a thankful sense of the blessings in which I live, of the many comforts of my lot; that I may not deserve to lose them by discontent or indifference. Hear me almighty God, for his sake who has redeemed me, and taught me thus to pray.

Amen.

Prayer for Life

O  God, who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection delivered us from the power of our enemy: Grant me so to die daily to sin, that I may evermore live with him in the joy of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Amen.

Meditation

[Deceiving myself by vanity.]


Closing Prayer

And finally, grant me O Lord, I pray, the lamp of charity which never fails, that it may burn in me and shed its light on those around me, and that by its brightness I may share a vision of that holy City, where dwells the true and never-failing Light, Jesus Christ our Lord.

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

Reaction

Salvation is from our side a choice; from the divine side it is a seizing upon, an apprehending, a conquest by the Most High God. Our accepting and willing are reactions rather than actions.

~M.L. Tozer


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John 1:1-5 (KJV)

In the Beginning
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n the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

The same was in the beginning with God.

All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

And the light shined in the darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.


Notes on the Scripture

Of the many beautiful passages in the Bible, I think this is my personal favorite. It has certainly appeared the most often as the daily Bible reading.

The test of great poetry is that you cannot say it another way without losing some of the meaning. You cannot describe it in prose and get 100% of the meaning. The full meaning can only be grasped slowly, by reading it repeatedly. You can, however, help yourself (or others) appreciate it and fully understand it by making some of the meaning more literal.

“The Word” refers to Christ before he became human. At the same time, “the Word” refers to God the Creator. John tells us that “in him was life, and the life was the light of men.” This is backwards from how we usually think of Christ. We usually think of Christ as the light which brings life to men. But John goes back one step. He tells us that life was in Christ from the beginning of time. This life is then depicted, metaphorically, as light that shined in the darkness.

lighthouse, light unto the nations

This is the light of men. It is not the light of plants, the light that gives physical life. If you have not considered it before, all physical life originates from the sun. All food originates from plants, which take the sunshine and use their chlorophyll to combine the sun’s energy with chemicals; if this didn’t happen, there would be no food at all.

But there is another kind of light, the light of men. Just as there would be no physical food, and everything on earth would die, without the light of the sun, so our souls would die without the light of Christ.

The darkness is life without knowledge of God, or without Christ’s grace. It depicts a general absence of everything humanity has learned and obtained by hearing and reading words that originated from God. It also gives us an image of the creation, the darkness of outer space before there were stars.

But the light of the sun and other heavenly bodies (the moon, the stars) is something all humanity understands. Even the blind can feel the sun’s warmth. The light that came from life, however, was incomprehensible to mankind. The life that was contained in Christ, from the first moment of creation, was invisible to our eyes.



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Matthew 6:25: Do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. . . . But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.


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William (Fort Russell) says...
Normally I love the choice of picture of the day. A little surprised at the choice for today (March 16)Blush
16th March 2018 9:07am
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Mason says...
Why so?
16th March 2018 10:13am
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Thomas Kraft (Concord, US) says...
I'm not sure why, either...seemed perfectly suitable to me.
16th March 2018 10:47am
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Mason says...
Obviously, I thought it was okay. But I have never failed to learn something from criticism, even when I don't ultimately agree with it. So I like to encourage critics.
16th March 2018 1:10pm
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Michelle G says...
Mason, Thank you for encouraging discussion, which is not necessarily criticism, on this forum. What a great way for Christians to share thoughts and views without being made to feel bad for having questions and/or different thought processes. Communication is so much more productive than ego/defense. It’s pleasing to see the comment section going in this direction.
......Thank you, Jesus, for teaching us to be kind, tolerant and non judgmental so that we may walk in loving kindness, Amen.
17th March 2018 6:08am
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Reverand Robert Cameron (Toronto) says...
Keep faith in God in all you do. Do not be tempted by the material world. Be kind to strangers as one may not wittingly know that you may be entertaining an angel of the Lord.
16th March 2018 7:09am
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Paul Harvey (Pompton plains) says...
Today's messages really spoke to me today and the things I am going through. Thank you to this site and Father God for this insightful message.
16th March 2018 6:57am
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Lorraine Harrop (Wellington, New Zealand) says...
Hi,In the Lord's prayer shouldn't it be "Do not yield to temptations" "not led us into temptations, because God doesn't led us into temptations" bit confusing when I see those words..
15th March 2018 11:21pm
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Mason says...
This is a knotty problem. The traditional version is out understanding of the Greek, but the meaning seems at odds with other parts of the Bible. Pope Francis may have a good point in wanting to change it.
16th March 2018 9:12am
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Mason says...
I will say, God might sometimes want us led into temptation. "Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil." Matthew 4:1
16th March 2018 9:14am
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Thomas Kraft (Concord, US) says...
I have read somewhere, and I hope I paraphrase this understandably, that in doing the Lord's will we don't pass through any inadvertent temptation...not temptation that God would purposely put in our path. Although your point about Jesus' temptation is well taken, Mason. I love these vagaries in the Bible...they make for great opportunities for discussion and, hopefully, growth in the Word.
16th March 2018 10:59am
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wayne mills (CABOOLTURE SOUTH, Australia) says...
The Australian Anglican Prayerbook ( Church of England), not sure of the American equivalent, has changed the Lords Prayer to".. save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil"
This, I believe is what Pope Francis was considering in some form.
16th March 2018 8:30pm
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Jaycee (Plumstead, UK) says...
This is my understanding of this verse in the Lord's Prayer. "..as we forgive those who sin against us. And lead us not into temptation, BUT (emphasis intended) deliver us from evil." We are asking God to forgive us for our sins AND that we would forgive others of their sins against us, BUT do not allow us to sin against others, because of their sins toward us. To protect our hearts, mind, soul and body from the evil one. I hope this helps to add some clarity to your question. ... Read More
16th March 2018 9:19am
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Mike (Ringtown PA, US) says...
When I first read that the pope was thinking of changing our Lords prayer and I read what he was proposing I didn’t agree. Then I give it much thought and change my mind. And even came up with what I thought it might read “Free us from temptation and deliver us from evil.” Now after reading Mason’s statement I am back to the original.
16th March 2018 1:09pm
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Chrissy says...
I think of this phrase as a sort of holy boldness, much in the way David would cry out to God in honesty , for mercy. When I say it, I’m thinking, “Lord, please guide me on the right path, away from any temptation.” In that way, I don’t feel like I’m insulting God by implying he would mean to do me harm. Also, I do think that we are tested at times to show how we will react differently to a stumbling block, that used to trip us up.
17th March 2018 12:58am
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linda (winnipeg canada) says...
Music was awesome this morning, had to read it through a couple of times to fully understand it.
15th March 2018 10:52am
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William (Fort Russell, US) says...
I've always had problems with this section of the scriptures. Did God send a "tormenting" or an "evil" spirit? Why?
15th March 2018 10:23am
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Mason says...
It doesn't specifically give a motive. I'd speculate, so that Saul would ask for David to come to court. God plagues those who have offended him often enough.
16th March 2018 9:09am
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Celessa (Toledo, US) says...
I wanted to say that I really enjoy the prayers and scriptures. I start my day here or a part of my day at this site. Thank you for the words. Also I apologize, but shouldn’t this be Psalm 145:14?
Psalm 145:18 (NKJV)
The Lord upholds all who fall,
And raises up all who are bowed down.
Have a blessed day!Grin
15th March 2018 8:37am
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Caryl (SW GA, US) says...
Mason,
What’s the latest word on your Mother?
Caryl
15th March 2018 8:00am
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