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Daily Devotion for April 10, 2018

<i>Baby’s Angel</i> by Howard Finster, ca. 1988.
Baby’s Angel by Howard Finster, ca. 1988.



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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.


Prayer for the Morning

I  call upon you, O Lord. In the morning you hear me; in the morning I offer you my prayer, watching and waiting.

I lift my heart to you, O Lord, to be strengthened for this day. Be with me in all I do, my God; guide me in all my ways.

I will carry some burdens today; some trials will be mine. So I wait for your help, Lord, lest I stumble and fall.

I will do my work, Father, the work begun by your Son. He lives in me and I in him; may his work today be done.


Love for Christ

O  Lord, let me rest the ladder of gratitude against your cross and, mounting up, kiss your feet.


Ancient Prayer of Praise

Holy is God, the Father of all;
Holy is God, whose will is accomplished by his own powers;
Holy is God, who wills to be known and is known by his own.

Holy art thou, who by Logos has constituted all existing things;
Holy art thou, of whom all nature was born as the image;
Holy art thou, whom nature has not formed;
Holy art thou, who art more mighty than all power;
Holy art thou, who art greater than all eminence;
Holy art thou, who art superior to all praises.



Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory for ever and ever.


(Additional prayers may be found at Prayers for All Occasions.)
God be with you 'til we meet again.

endless knot

Psalm 89:1-2 (NKJV)

I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever;
With my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations.

For I have said, “Mercy shall be built up forever;
Your faithfulness You shall establish in the very heavens.”

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1 Samuel 24 (abridged) (NLT)

David Spares Saul’s Life

After Saul returned from fighting the Philistines, he was told that David had gone into the wilderness of En-gedi. So Saul chose 3,000 elite troops from all Israel and went to search for David and his men near the rocks of the wild goats. At the place where the road passes some sheepfolds, Saul went into a cave to relieve himself. But as it happened, David and his men were hiding farther back in that very cave!

“Now’s your opportunity!” David’s men whispered to him. “Today the Lord is telling you, ‘I will certainly put your enemy into your power, to do with as you wish.’” So David crept forward and cut off a piece of the hem of Saul’s robe.

After Saul had left the cave and gone on his way, David came out and shouted after him, “My lord the king!” And when Saul looked around, David bowed low before him.

Then he shouted to Saul, “Why do you listen to the people who say I am trying to harm you? This very day you can see with your own eyes it isn’t true. For the Lord placed you at my mercy back there in the cave. Some of my men told me to kill you, but I spared you. . . . Look, my father, at what I have in my hand. It is a piece of the hem of your robe!

When David had finished speaking, Saul called back, “Is that really you, my son David?” Then he began to cry. And he said to David, “You are a better man than I am, for you have repaid me good for evil. . . . And now I realize that you are surely going to be king, and that the kingdom of Israel will flourish under your rule. Now swear to me by the Lord that when that happens you will not kill my family and destroy my line of descendants!”

So David promised this to Saul with an oath. Then Saul went home, but David and his men went back to their stronghold.

Notes on the Scripture

We have skipped over chapter 23. It describes David and his small band of men running from Saul while battling Philistines. In this abridged version of Chapter 24, we read about a famous incident, where David comes upon Saul unawares. It seems as if God has delivered Saul into David’s hands, but instead of killing Saul—who is actively seeking to kill him—David delivers a Christ-like message. He would rather die than offend God, by slaying the anointed king.

David cuts Sauls robe
Miniature from Petrus Comestor’s Bible Historiale, 1372.

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Matthew 5:39: I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. . . . [L]ove your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.

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Comments (8)

Topic: Daily Prayer and Christian Devotional
Nick (Harpenden, UK) says...
Dear Jenny and Mason,
Thanks for your Devotion today really thought provoking. I visited the Holy Land in February this year which was a trip of a lifetime . Staying in Bethlehem my concern is for the Palestinian Christians who are so poorly treated by the Israeli authorities . Apart from praying for these people I find it difficult to react to this situation.
10th April 2018 2:20pm
Bob (US) says...
Jenny, a big AMEN to your thoughts today.
We even have our elected Government Officials now asking Christians to act Unchristian like.
10th April 2018 10:52am
jessie reniewicz (charlotte, US) says...
This prayer sight is great there is days when I think the prayers are so what i need that i know its a gift of grace from the lord. God bless you all and thank you
10th April 2018 10:39am
Herman (Parmount, US) says...
The daily inspiration is awesome!!!Thank God for you and the people who work no this site. I have been reading it for years. You guys never disappoint.
10th April 2018 9:48am
Andy (Tuscaloosa, US) says...
What does this mean do no resist an evil person?
10th April 2018 6:45am
Mason says...
It means do not physically hurt someone who is attacking you or your property. The next verse reads, if somebody hits you, "turn the other cheek."

As the great Bible commentator Charles Ellicott put it: "that the disciple of Christ, when he has suffered wrong, is to eliminate altogether from his motives the natural desire to retaliate or accuse."

See John 18:22-23; Acts 23:3; Matthew 26:52
10th April 2018 9:06am
Linda (US) says...
Resist means to keep at Bay or fend off. I believe it is telling us not to run from our enemies as such, but to love them as we are told to do in the Bible. To pray for them. Don't run from them or do nothing for them.
10th April 2018 12:57pm
Mikey Broaddus (Kettering) says...
Mason your words of "I don't know" ring loud and clear,that is the only answer any of us can give concerning turning the other cheek.I do know this,I resolve to live this day to share Christ Love with others in My Life the best I can,with His guidance.I commit myself to give this day to Him,even to those of evil and harmful actions If possible In the name of Christ.I also know How Jesus stood firm against the fact He was going to be murdered unjustly.I too choose to stand firm,if ... Read More
9th April 2018 10:13am
linda (wpg can.) says...
Thankyou Mason, for your prayers to the many who are devastated by the tragedy in Sask.As usual, for the last 4yrs, this is my one & only site I go to.You are honest & shoot from the hip,
9th April 2018 9:48am
Evelyn (Euclid Ohio, US) says...
I am so grateful for finding this site.I am working on growing spiritually and the daily prayer and inspiration is really helping me on my journey. Thank you and to God be the glory!
9th April 2018 8:42am
Mike Rice (EAGLE, US) says...
Justice - the purpose of government is to exact God's vengence on evil. Rom 13:4 While we are to turn the other cheek, there are many verses that tell us it is our role to resist evil and fight for those who can't fight for themselves. 1Pet 2:13-17, Ps. 82:3-4, Rom 13: 1-6
9th April 2018 7:23am
Aries (El Paso, US) says...
I have been living in fear lately. Had someone send me a very threatening and demanding set of messages trying to extort me, i was and am still scared out of my mind and am just trying to believe in Jesus and God again and leave everything up to him. I was lost for a while but having returned to my faith i am now feeling comfort in him again. I prsy nothing happens to me and i pray for my enemies and those who seek to harm me for no reason other than because they are full of sin and are trying ... Read More
9th April 2018 7:00am
gloria (Bridgetown, Barbados) says...
Keep the faith God is fighting for you and is able to protect your faithfulness to Him. It is the enemy's business to try your commitment to your God .Be strong , stay the coarse..
10th April 2018 6:02pm
Kathryn (okemos MI) says...
Mason, Thank you for today's Daily Inspiration. Turning the other cheek is a daily struggle for me.
9th April 2018 6:11am
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Michael Lockhart (11)

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Jack Willis (9 out of 9)
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