arrow to previous dayarrow to next day
Friday, September 18, 2020
Welcome back, Visitor.

Daily Devotion for March 24, 2018


<i>David saved by Michal</i>, by Marc Chagall, ca. 1960
David saved by Michal, by Marc Chagall, ca. 1960.

Prayers

Scripture

162 people in our community are currently praying with you.

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.

Our Oldie this Saturday is a popular song from 1948, Will the Circle Be Unbroken. It is loosely based on the Carter Family's much better known religious song of the same name (which was, itself, based on a hymn).

I am probably one of a handful of people alive who even knows who the Dixieaires were, but I think they were fabulous musicians.

(Notice the old Southern pronounciation of “circle”, something between “sicle” and “soicle”. I had a great-aunt who spoke like this.)




Prayer of Thanks for God's Creation

O  Lord God of Israel and God of the nations, you are the only God in heaven above or the earth below. I walk before you with all my heart. I bless your name in the morning when I rise and in the evening when I sleep, and all the day when your creation fills my eye. Bless me to remember you this day. When I see and hear the thousand miracles of your creation, let me see them anew, recalling that you have made them, and no other; that I may live in your presence among the common miracles I take for granted. Through Christ I pray,

Amen.

Prayer for Christian Unity

needlepoint cross

O  Almighty God, who has built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the head cornerstone: Grant that all who profess the name of Christ may be joined together in unity of spirit and faith, setting aside all doctrinal quibbling of our fallible human minds, that we may be a holy temple, a royal priesthood, acceptable to you, living in unity and Godly love as you have commanded us to do.

Amen.

Meditation

[What doctrinal quibbling separates me from love and unity with other Christians?]


Benediction

May I go in peace, with God and with his other children, and may we love one another as Christ taught us. May I follow the example of good men of old, and may God comfort and help me and all who believe in Him, both in this world and in the world which is to come.

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

Matthew 22:37-40 (ESV)

Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.

And the second is like unto it: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.


Blue Latin Cross

1 Samuel 19:8-23 (NLT)

Saul Tries to Kill David

(As David repeatedly leads Israel in battle, he continuously rises in the affection and regard of the Hebrews. Saul has become increasingly jealous of David and has twice thrown a spear at him.)

T


hen Saul sent troops to watch David’s house. They were told to kill David when he came out the next morning. But Michal, David’s wife, warned him, “If you don’t escape tonight, you will be dead by morning.” So she helped him climb out through a window, and he fled and escaped. Then she took an idol and put it in his bed, covered it with blankets, and put a cushion of goat’s hair at its head.

When the troops came to arrest David, she told them he was sick and couldn’t get out of bed.

But Saul sent the troops back to get David. He ordered, “Bring him to me in his bed so I can kill him!” But when they came to carry David out, they discovered that it was only an idol in the bed with a cushion of goat’s hair at its head.

“Why have you betrayed me like this and let my enemy escape?” Saul demanded of Michal.

“I had to,” Michal replied. “He threatened to kill me if I didn’t help him.”

So David escaped and went to Ramah to see Samuel, and he told him all that Saul had done to him. Then Samuel took David with him to live at Naioth. When the report reached Saul that David was at Naioth in Ramah, he sent troops to capture him. But when they arrived and saw Samuel leading a group of prophets who were prophesying, the Spirit of God came upon Saul’s men, and they also began to prophesy. . . . Saul himself went to Ramah . . . .

But on the way to Naioth in Ramah the Spirit of God came even upon Saul, and he, too, began to prophesy all the way to Naioth! He tore off his clothes and lay naked on the ground all day and all night, prophesying in the presence of Samuel. The people who were watching exclaimed, “What? Is even Saul a prophet?”


Notes on the Scripture

Saul seems to have a problem with impulse control, among other things. He tried to kill David with a spear in a jealous rage, then repeatedly sends men to kill him, and finally rides out himself, determined to murder David. But, of course, David has now been anointed by God.

Saul is an odd and complex character. Although he has been cursed by God for offenses that are difficult to understand, and often behaves erratically and violently, he never loses his faith in the Lord. There is no hint of idol worship or intentional sacrilege from him. Still, God has anointed David to become King, and Saul, acting on human impulse, seeks to protect his throne.



<i>Michal Lets David Escape from the Window</i>, by Gustave Doré, 1865.
Michal Lets David Escape from the Window, by Gustave Doré, 1865.

Daily Inspiration

“ Are You Building or Rebuilding
Your Temple? ”

Current Memory Verse     Remember the Bible

Print Today’s Devotion





Today in Daily Prayer


Memory Verse

Matthew 5:34: I say to you, Do not take an oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is his footstool . . . . Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.



About Daily Prayer



Follow us on Facebook
Join the Daily Prayer Group.


If you are new to Daily Prayer, welcome. This page provides a non-denominational, Bible-based devotion every day, including prayers, Scripture, Bible study, music, and art, designed to be usable for worship and the deepening of faith by any person who confesses Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

We hope you will take a look around at some of the features. Registration is not necessary, although if you do register, you will be greeted by name and be able to record your scores on our Daily Bible Quiz, Match-a-Verse, and Memorize Favorite Bible Verses features.

We do not email anything, except replies to emails from readers. Registration asks for an email address as a means of verifying that people are real, but this is kept completely private and never used.

“The mind of God is greater than all the minds of men, so let all men leave the gospel just as God has delivered it unto us.” ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon





Add Comment

Note: Only registered members who are logged in will be able to see or post Comments. Apologies: we have had to do this to prevent spam.

Comments

No comments yet. Be the first!

Daily Quiz

Top score(s) on the Daily Quiz for Mar 24, 2018 were:
Kathryn Epperson (11)
Tom Kraft (11)
Norman Daniels (10)
Gary Merriman (10)
Charlotte Burke (10)
randall martin (10)


Our Community Around the World: Visitors July 1, 2009 - January 1, 2020


US  50,318,719
PH  4,118,455
CA  3,331,021
UK  2,039,444
AU  372,260
MY  95,339
ZA  70,555
NZ  65,931
SG  62,313
NG  60,473
IN  59,221
AE  46,880
SA  42,278
TT  40,999
KE  39,561
BB  35,010
JM  31,484
FJ  29,356
KY  26,000
CN  24,375
DE  20,516
HK  19,772
KR  16,339
GH  14,404
DM  14,025
IT  13,763
FR  13,313
TZ  11,068
BM  11,045
BS  10,664
MW  9,524
ID  9,141
LC  7,836
ZW  7,422
GU  7,319
PK  7,699
CZ  7,448
CO  7,411
UG  7,223
HN  6,991
VC  6,314
QA  6,208
MX  5,089
KW  4,226
BR  4,124
NL  3,956
TH  3,888
BZ  3,647
BW  3,456
OM  3,451
BG  3,450
BO  3,120
EG  4,782
CH  6,919
NA  2,422
ES  2,419
AW  2,335
PR  12,563
LK  3,282
IE  2,964
IL  2,551
GY  2,539
ET  2,312
TW  2,310
CM  2,242
BE  2,038
DK  6,333
LB  1,682
ZM  1,503