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Daily Devotion for April 26, 2018

<i>Annunciation</i> by Andrea Della Robbia, ca. 1475.
Annunciation by Andrea Della Robbia, ca. 1475.
This glazed terracotta masterpiece is in its original location, an isolated convent in Tuscany called the Sanctuary of la Verna (Santuario della Verna).



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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.


For a Cheerful Disposition in All I Do Today

Holy God, who has filled me with the joy of your grace and salvation, assist me this day that I may do all things I am called to do without grumbling or disputing. I call on your Spirit to assist me, that I may be blameless and innocent, a child of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation.

Let me follow holy Christ and all his saints: Let me shine as a light, a beacon in a world where darkness seeks to overcome us in every thing and at every moment. And help me to hold fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ’s return I may be proud that I did not strive in vain.

I pray this not for my own glory, but in all humility before you, to whom be all glory and honor,


For Those Who Protect Us

Almighty God, I commend to your gracious care and keeping all the men and women who put themselves in danger for our protection. Defend them day by day with your heavenly grace; strengthen them in their trials and temptations; give them courage to face the perils which beset them; and grant them a sense of your abiding presence wherever they may be; through Jesus Christ our Lord.



Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked will I return. The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.


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

Name a Bible verse that specifically tells us, that our suffering on earth cannot compare to the joy that awaits us?

Answer: Romans 8:18
“I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”

endless knot

Psalm 25:1-2 (NKJV)

To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
O my God, I trust in You;
Let me not be ashamed;
Let not my enemies triumph over me.
Indeed, let no one who waits on You be ashamed;
Let those be ashamed who deal treacherously without cause.

Show me Your ways, O Lord;
Teach me Your paths.
Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
For You are the God of my salvation;
On You I wait all the day.

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John 2:23-25 (ESV)

Jesus Knows What is in Man

Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many believed in his name when they saw the signs that he was doing. But Jesus on his part did not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people and needed no one to bear witness about man, for he himself knew what was in man.

Notes on the Scripture


ere again we see John using the word “signs” to refer to the acts, miraculous or otherwise, that Jesus had begun to perform. People who see or hear about the signs begin to believe in him and actually, “believe in his name.” Believing in his name indicates a deeper kind of belief. We can believe in someone simply because we trust their nature or their abilities, but to believe in someone’s name? That is a religious matter; it indicates that they consider Jesus to be holy so that the knowledge and use of his very name has power.

It is not simply Jesus’ teachings that are important; it is his person. He teaches about God, but he also embodies God. He will bring good news to mankind, and teach many people — all who can hear him, who have not shut out the Word. But again, it is his person that is most important, because the physical suffering and resurrection of his body is what will come to define him most vividly.

The words “did not entrust himself to them” is a bit difficult. Literally, he did not put himself in their hands because he knew what was in their hearts; he didn’t trust them because he already knew them. But man also refers to Christ himself. He did not need witnesses because he already knew what was within him.

Also, we might conclude that he didn’t want to start a religious movement in Jerusalem, with a group of people who would start spreading his word, because they weren’t the people he wanted as the foundation of his church. He would entrust his teaching mission, and the spread of his story after his death, to only twelve carefully chosen apostles, not to whoever in Jerusalem decided that Jesus was their new rabbi. He knew that his apostles would remain faithful to his teachings; but he knew that, if he allowed the people who had come to him in Jerusalem to spread his word, they would corrupt it, because he could see into their hearts.

<i>Church on Lenox Ave.</i> by William Johnson, ca. 1944.
Church on Lenox Ave. by William Johnson, ca. 1944. (Lenox Ave. is the famous main street of Harlem, the African-American neighborhood in New York City.)

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Comments (10)

Topic: Daily Prayer and Christian Devotional
linda (winnipeg canada) says...
I personally enjoy the music from the mormon choir.Also, you can do something on their beliefs but I do no they beleive in christ.good enough for me.Sure enjoyed daily inspiration today Jenny.
26th April 2018 3:50pm
Motosuwa says...
Really appreciate the selection of art that has been chosen this past week. Keep up the good work. God bless you all.
26th April 2018 3:45pm
Angela (Kansas City, US) says...
I love this site to read first thing in the morning...I love sharing some of the prayers on here but what I really love and enjoy are the "Daily Inspirations"...they are just enough to really put some meaning in my life and understanding sometimes when I am confused on certain things...I really get so much out of reading them daily....they are short but powerful!!
26th April 2018 8:54am
dorothy (rogers, US) says...
Thank you so much for today's lesson. I have been having a difficult time with the phrase "in Jesus' name". In hispanic culture the name Jesus is common, and so I could not see why this name meant so much, as in asking for something in Jesus' name. Now I understand that it involves a deeper kind of trust and belief that He will hear and answer our petitions through His power.
26th April 2018 8:46am
Ann Brock (US) says...
Maggie, Dare, and Jennifer. Mason answered the questions of Dare and Jennifer. Go to April 25th home page under the "comment" section and you will find his responses to their questions.
26th April 2018 8:41am
Maggie (Gosport) says...
I visit this site almost every day and love it but I too have wondered that there is a lot of music from the Mormon Tabernacle. I’m not objecting just curious and more curious now as I haven’t seen a response to Jennifer and Dare’s comments.
I thank you, and obviously God, for Daily Prayer
26th April 2018 5:29am
Pooja (Tamworth, UK) says...
Heavenly Father, my Saviour Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace - please be with me and take away my ENVY but ESPECIALLY MY PRIDE
26th April 2018 1:14am
wayne mills (CABOOLTURE SOUTH, Australia) says...
There seems so much contension over what was in todays musical item. Not being a Morman myself, I still found the old hymn beautiful. In fact the Morman Tabernacle Choir is held in high esteem by music lovers all over the world.
What I did find a bit confronting was the nude painting at the top of the page. Maybe its just me. Did anyone else have a problem here?
25th April 2018 8:56pm
Jennifer (US) says...
I am perplexed by today’s musical selection. It shows Mormon missionaries and the Book of Mormon. Is this not contradictory to this site’s beliefs? Is this a Mormon site? I always thought it was a Christian prayer site. Thank you in advance for your response.
25th April 2018 7:22pm
Peter Gooch (Port Hedland, Australia) says...
Today, 25 April thousands of New Zealanders and Australians attended dawn services in both countries in remembrance of the thousands of young men and women known as ANZACS (Australia & New Zealand Army Corps) who died 103 years ago on the Turkish Peninsula at Gallipoli. They laid down their young lives for the preservation of the freedoms we enjoy today, "Lest we forget"
25th April 2018 9:06am
Ken Petersen (Perth, Australia) says...
Amen to that Peter.
26th April 2018 10:02am
Claudette (Bucasia, Australia) says...
Lest we forget indeed! Thy sacrificed their lives, spilt their precious blood on foreign soil so that the likes of me could come here and make a decent life for myself and my family! May they rest in peace, safe now, in God's loving hands. I think of them and thank them every single day of my life.
26th April 2018 5:48pm
Dare says...
I too am perplexed by the song chosen for today's devotional. I believed this was a non-denominational daily devotional until today.
25th April 2018 8:41am
Jennifer (US) says...
I am perplexed by today’s musical selection. It shows Mormon missionaries and the Book of Mormon. Is this not contradictory to this site’s beliefs? Is this a Mormon site? I always thought it was a Christian prayer site. Thank you in advance for your response.
25th April 2018 8:15am
Andrea (Saratoga Sorings, US) says...
Thank you Mason for that wonderful analogy you offered as to how our attitude towards Christ resembles a child’s attitude toward their parents. We take so much for granted from our Savior and must pause daily to reflect how abundantly He loves us.
25th April 2018 7:49am
Vicki says...
I hit thumbs down by accident
26th April 2018 6:28am
ken says...
You are so correct. Too many people pick out parts of the Bible to suit their situation. I am so glad you pointed out the questions concerning Sauls death. I so much agree with Charles Spurgeon when he says "Lets leave the gospel just as God has delivered it to us. No one on earth will ever be smart enough to understand the complete Bible.
25th April 2018 7:27am
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