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Daily Devotion for March 20, 2018


1 Samuel 18
Saul Throws a Spear at David, artist unk., ca. 1900.

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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.



To Help Others This Day

Heavenly Lord, I pray that this day, you will continue to bless me, that I may be a blessing to others. Keep me strong that I may help the weak. Keep me uplifted that I may have words of encouragement for others. I pray for those that are lost and can’t find their way. I pray for those that are misjudged and misunderstood. I pray for those who don’t know you intimately. I pray that others will find your strength, so that they can love and help one another. I pray for those who don’t believe, that they may find you.

And when this world closes in on me, let me remember the example of my Lord and Savior: to slip away and find a quiet place to pray. Remind me, nudge me, let me remember to find you when I’m feel like I'm pushed beyond my limits. In Christ’s name, I come to you,

Amen.

For Work

The things, great Lord, that I pray for, give me thy grace to labour for.

Amen.

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Father in heaven, creator of all and source of all goodness and love, please look kindly upon me and receive my heartfelt gratitude for all that you have done for me and for those I love. Thank you for all the grace and blessings, both spiritual and temporal, you have bestowed upon me, my loved ones, and this community of prayer: Our faith and religious heritage; our food and shelter; our health; the love we have for one another; and the lives of our Lord and friends.

Dear Father, in your infinite generosity, please grant us continued grace and blessings during the coming day. This I ask in the name of Jesus Christ, your only son, who has saved me from death.

Amen.

Meditation

[Keep me strong that I may help the weak.]


Doxology

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!

Amen.


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God be with you 'til we meet again.


endless knot

Luke 12:22-24 (ESV)

Do Not Be Anxious

And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.

Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!


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1 Samuel 18:1-16 (NLT)

Saul, Jonathan, and David
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fter David had finished talking with Saul, he met Jonathan, the king’s son. There was an immediate bond between them, for Jonathan loved David. From that day on Saul kept David with him and wouldn’t let him return home. And Jonathan made a solemn pact with David, because he loved him as he loved himself. Jonathan sealed the pact by taking off his robe and giving it to David, together with his tunic, sword, bow, and belt.

Whatever Saul asked David to do, David did it successfully. So Saul made him a commander over the men of war, an appointment that was welcomed by the people and Saul’s officers alike.

When the victorious Israelite army was returning home after David had killed the Philistine, women from all the towns of Israel came out to meet King Saul. They sang and danced for joy with tambourines and cymbals. This was their song:

“Saul has killed his thousands,
and David his ten thousands!”

This made Saul very angry. “What’s this?” he said. “They credit David with ten thousands and me with only thousands. Next they’ll be making him their king!” So from that time on Saul kept a jealous eye on David.

The very next day a tormenting spirit from God overwhelmed Saul, and he began to rave in his house like a madman. David was playing the harp, as he did each day. But Saul had a spear in his hand, and he suddenly hurled it at David, intending to pin him to the wall. But David escaped him twice. . . .

David continued to succeed in everything he did, for the Lord was with him. When Saul recognized this, he became even more afraid of him. But all Israel and Judah loved David because he was so successful at leading his troops into battle.


Notes on the Scripture

Things are becoming ugly at court. The people love David more than Saul, and Saul knows it. Even Saul’s son, Jonathan, loves David; and we must remember, Jonathan might be in line for the crown.

When the evil spirit comes upon Saul, rather than being soothed by David’s harp playing—remember, this is why David was called to court in the first place—Saul becomes enraged and twice throws a spear at him.



Abimelech by Chagall

Abimelech, by Marc Chagall.

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Patricia A. Jones (Willis, US) says...
There was an error in the verse reference. It should have been Phil. 2:8 . Both are excellent verses. Sincerely in Christ.
25th March 2018 8:08am
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Patricia A. Jones (Willis, US) says...
The bible question referenced Phil.3:8 but it is Phil. 2:8. Both are excellent. It was just a typo. Sincerely in Christ.
25th March 2018 8:05am
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linda (wpg can) says...
Really enjoyed the music this morning keep humming it as I move along.Prayer of thanksgiving touched me deeply.I always try to memorize some of these gems.
20th March 2018 9:53am
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Daniel Calhoun (Gaffney, US) says...
Always something I need to learn, Prayers, music, scripture with a explanation ,we Love y'all!
20th March 2018 8:42am
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Ron (Brisbane, Australia) says...
If John had been a seemingly ordinary man, would he have attracted such crowds?
19th March 2018 4:11pm
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Bobbie says...
Mason, “Yes” I believe I would recognize such a person as you describe in today’s lesson. I believe I would because the Holy Spirit helps me with Scripture and teachers like yourself prepare me well to hear the Truth about our Lord. In prayer with all today!
19th March 2018 11:54am
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Anita Biggers (Carrollton, US) says...
Please keep my family in prayer. And well as my finances that no matter what comes our way we are covered with his precious blood.
19th March 2018 9:36am
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Geno (US) says...
The Daily prayer site sort of recharges my batteries
And puts my priorities straight everyday.
19th March 2018 8:18am
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nancy chabot (Clarence-Rockland, Canada) says...
Thank you for doing this page. I really needed it. Have a great day.Smile
19th March 2018 6:44am
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