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Monday, May 21, 2018

Daily Devotion for May 15, 2018


<i>Serenity</i> by Stephanie Marrott.
Serenity by Stephanie Marrott.

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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.



For the Day's Work

O  God, who orders all things in heaven and earth: Help me to go about the tasks and duties of this day with the remembrance that I am your servant therein. Make me honest, painstaking, and cheerful, and grant that all I do and say may bring good to others and glory to your Holy Name; through Jesus Christ, our Lord,

Amen.

Prayer for All People

O  God, the creator and preserver of all mankind, I humbly pray to you for all sorts and conditions of humanity; that it might please you to make your Word known to them and bring your saving health to all nations. In particular I pray for the entirety of your church, in all of its many forms; that it may be guided and governed by your Holy Spirit, and that all who profess your name and call themselves Christians may be led into the way of truth. May all of us live in that unity of spirit which our faith in Christ provides to us, in the bond of peace, and in righteousness of life.

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Finally, I commend to your fatherly goodness all those who are ill or in distress, in their mind, body, or circumstances. May it please you to comfort and relieve them in accordance with their needs, giving them patience during their suffering, and a fortunate outcome to all of their problems. And this I ask in the name of Jesus Christ, who was always pleased to relieve the suffering of those he encountered.

Amen.

Doxology

Now to him who is able to keep us from stumbling and to present ourselves blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever.

Amen.


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



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1 John 3:18 (ESV)

Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.


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2 Samuel 5:17-25 (NLT)

David Conquers the Philistines

When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king of Israel, they mobilized all their forces to capture him. But David was told they were coming, so he went into the stronghold. The Philistines arrived and spread out across the valley of Rephaim. So David asked the Lord, “Should I go out to fight the Philistines? Will you hand them over to me?”

The Lord replied to David, “Yes, go ahead. I will certainly hand them over to you.”

So David went to Baal-perazim and defeated the Philistines there. “The Lord did it!” David exclaimed. “He burst through my enemies like a raging flood!” So he named that place Baal-perazim (which means “the Lord who bursts through”). The Philistines had abandoned their idols there, so David and his men confiscated them.

But after a while the Philistines returned and again spread out across the valley of Rephaim. And again David asked the Lord what to do. “Do not attack them straight on,” the Lord replied. “Instead, circle around behind and attack them near the poplarThis is a guess. The meaning of the Hebrew word translated “poplar” is unknown. trees. When you hear a sound like marching feet in the tops of the poplar trees, be on the alert! That will be the signal that the Lord is moving ahead of you to strike down the Philistine army.” So David did what the Lord commanded, and he struck down the Philistines all the way from Gibeon to Gezer.


Notes on the Scripture

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he Philistines clearly did not like David’s consolidation of power; their strategy of attacking him quickly, before he could make any further gains, does not seem like a bad idea (except that, of course, they got badly beaten). The Valley of Rephaim, where the Philistine army assembled, is a sizable valley to the west of Jerusalem, and the Philistines would have cut off Jerusalem from the area around Bethlehem by occupying it.

God was still, at this time, in direct contact with the Hebrews and going before them into battle. The passage gives Him credit for the second, decisive victory; not only was the strategy of circling around behind them given to David by the Lord, but the passage indicates that God Himself struck the Philistine army.

The area between Gibeon and Gezer is sizable; David's victory over the Philistines was an enormous boon to him, at a time when his power base was new and still rather tentative.



<i>The Ark of God Carried into the Temple</i> from the <i>Tres Riches Heures de Duc de Barry</i>,
The Ark of God Carried into the Temple from the Tres Riches Heures de Duc de Barry, a sort of prayer book organized by ecclesiastical hours, created in France 1412-16.

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Proverbs 30:5-6: Every word of God is flawless. Do not add to his words or He will rebuke you and prove you a liar.


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linda (winnipeg) says...
Mason I'm with those who love your straight talk.While others may prefer to find fault with a word or a mason phrase I prefer to focus on your teaching.the prayer for all people reminds me I have a duty as a christian to share my gift daily inspiration was so well written thankyou jenny.
15th May 2018 10:29am
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Grace Bassey (New York, US) says...
Thank you Mason for not addressing that comment on "limb wristed" again, I think some people are just too fixated on terminology. God bless you for all the work you do.
15th May 2018 9:32am
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Pooja (Tamworth, UK) says...
I lost my mom-in-law today and the serenity prayer made me think and bought me some comfort. I Thank my Heavenly Father for your generous and precious gift of prayer and this amazing website with even more amazing people who help us get closer to YOU. THANK YOU WITH ALL MY HEART XXX
15th May 2018 5:38am
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Ann Brock (US) says...
Pooja, please accept my sympathy for the loss of your mom-in-law. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your friend in Him, Ann Brock
15th May 2018 8:49am
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Pug says...
My Mom is passing on very soon. Today i was anxious and sad. When i saw the serinity prayer i looked at it "differently " than i have ever read it before, now considering my Mom passing from this earth. When i read your post it comforted me also. I wanted you to know you are not alone in thought today. God bless.
15th May 2018 9:45am
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Mason says...
Ditto, Pug. I am in Florida preparing to close up Mom's villa, as she is not coming out of nursing care. My sympathies to you and to Pooja. It is very hard and we are fortunate to have the Holy Spirit to guide and strengthen us.

May God make His face to shine upon us.
15th May 2018 11:08am
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Chrissy says...
Today’s Notes on the Scripture is very thought provoking. On one hand I find confirmation of the idea that I am to accept God’s sovereignty without question, which in many ways takes a load off of my mind. On the other hand, I can’t help but wonder about the idea of the saving of “households,” which is often noted in the Bible. And then there is the thought of a parent who prays constantly for the salvation of their children. Surely this would bring about some positive result, but at ... Read More
14th May 2018 10:41am
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Donna W (Texas) says...
Thank you for every prayer and teaching of today’s Daily Prayer. I needed every single bit of it. I was deeply touched by the daily devotional also. Thank you Mason for your straight forward teaching.
14th May 2018 9:45am
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Linda (Waxhaw) says...
Prayer for contentment was perfect for me. I have so much to be thankful for yet I seem to spend most my time complaining!
14th May 2018 8:29am
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CMichael says...
Dear Editor, To refrain using "limp-wrested" as a descriptor is recommended, especially on a site which strives to achieve holiness by sanctification through praise of The One True God. Moreover, it may have been unkind to force this term upon the reader who is expecting no hint of vulgarity during Quiet Time. God bless you as you preach to reveal the hiddeness of God. In Christ' name we pray. Thank you.
14th May 2018 4:35am
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Thomas (Lebanon Pa., US) says...
Thanks Mason for the Daily Inspiration today. It was just what I needed to hear this morning. May God's blessings be upon You and your staff.
14th May 2018 3:31am
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