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Daily Devotion for June 15, 2018


<i>Jesus in the Green Grass</i> by Maurice Denis, ca. 1900.
Jesus in the Green Grass by Maurice Denis, 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.



Prayer of Saint Clement of Rome

You, Lord, through your works have revealed the everlasting structure of the world. You, Lord, created the earth. You are faithful throughout all generations, righteous in your judgments, marvelous in strength and majesty, wise in creating and prudent in establishing what exists, good in all that is observed and faithful to those who trust in you, merciful and compassionate; forgive us our sins and our injustices, our transgressions and our shortcomings.

Dove

Do not take into account every sin of your servants, but cleanse us with the cleansing of your truth, and “direct our steps to walk in holiness and righteousness and purity of heart,” and “to do what is good and pleasing in your sight” and in the sight of our rulers. Yes, Lord, “let your face shine upon us” in peace “for our good,” that we may be sheltered “by your mighty hand” and delivered from every sin “by your uplifted arm”; deliver us as well from those who hate us unjustly.

Give harmony and peace to us and to all who dwell on the earth throughout the day to come, just as you did to our fathers when they reverently “called upon you in faith and trust,” that we may be saved, while we render obedience to your almighty and most excellent name, and give harmony and peace to our rulers and governors on earth.

Amen.

Prayer to Inspire Others

Lord, I ask you to inspire me to encourage others by what I say and do today. God and Father of all people, never let me look down on others or make anyone feel inferior.

Lord, show me how to live today with genuine concern for others. In expressing my care, may I show people that they are valued, loved and appreciated for who they are.

Amen.

Meditation

[How can I encourage others in their faith?]


Dedication

Oh Heavenly Father, in whom I live and move and have my being, I humbly pray you so to guide and govern me by your Holy Spirit, that in all the joys, occupations, and cares of this day I may never forget you, but remember that I am ever walking in your sight. In Christ’s name, I pray,

Amen.


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endless knot

Proverbs 2:11-13 (NKJV)

Discretion will preserve you;
Understanding will keep you,

To deliver you from the way of evil,
From the man who speaks perverse things,
From those who leave the paths of uprightness
To walk in the ways of darkness.


Blue Latin Cross

John 6:1-14 (ESV)

Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

After this Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. And a large crowd was following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing on the sick. Jesus went up on the mountain, and there he sat down with his disciples.

Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand. Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a large crowd was coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?” He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he would do.

Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.” One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many?” Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.”

Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, about five thousand in number. Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated. So also the fish, as much as they wanted.

And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, “Gather up the leftover fragments, that nothing may be lost.” So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves left by those who had eaten. When the people saw the sign that he had done, they said, “This is indeed the Prophet who is to come into the world!”


Notes on the Scripture

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ncharacterisic of John’s Gospel, the feeding of the 5000 is also recorded in the synoptic Gospels; in fact, it appears in all four Gospels and is certainly one of the most famous stories from Jesus’ life. (Note that this is apparently a different incident than the feeding of the 4,000, related in Mark 8:1-10.) The miracle is understated, because the 5,000 counted were all men. If women and children had been included, the number could easily have exceeded 10,000.

In some respects this miracle is more typical of John than the Synoptics, because it seems to be allegorical. It occurs at the time of the Passover; it thus brings to mind God’s freeing the Jews from slavery and feeding them with manna in the wilderness, where they were lost.

But the people of Israel were still lost when Christ came, in a spiritual sense. Jesus gives them miraculous bread; it is not just bread made from grain, which gives life to body, but allegorical “bread“ that will give life to the soul. To strengthen the tie between Jesus and the early Jews, the disciples gather up 12 baskets of scraps. Although He has one purpose and one accomplishment, the salvation of humanity, still there is a special relationship between Jesus and the 12 tribes of Israel. It is as if he is showing a willingness to save the Jews twice—either as the savior of the world, or as the Messiah prophesied throughout the Old Testament.

More broadly, Jesus shows that His resources are unlimited. Andrew and Philip provide a foil for the miracle. They remind us that we should always have faith in God’s power and love. When we are troubled or our lives seem filled with problems, that is the time to think of all that God has done for us in the past.



Illustration the angel feeding Elijah, from a Victorian Bible
Illustration of the angel feeding Elijah, from a Victorian Bible (1893).

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1 Thessalonians 4:11-12: Aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, . . . so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.


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linda (winnipeg manitoba) says...
Was very happy to know that this site is growing in size.Not at all surprised, mason gives it straight from the bible very blessed each day, to have such a inspirational person like him.Jenny & ann giving such insightful inspiration.
15th June 2018 7:20pm
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REV. LEROY KEENEY (HAYS, US) says...
SmileBE HAPPY IN CHRIST! HAPPINESS IS CHRIST.
WHEN WE LIVE A TRUE LIFE IN CHRIST, WE HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR, OR ANYTHING TO WORRY ABOUT.
GOD IS LOVE, HIS LOVE SURROUNDS US. TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT HIS MANY BLESSINGS ALREADY RECEIVED.
OH YES INDEED, GOD ALWAYS PROVIDES, HE LOVES US.ALL PRAISE AND GLORY TO OUR HEAVENLY FATHER!
IN GODS LOVE, PASTOR KEENEY
15th June 2018 12:51pm
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Linda Lyon (London, UK) says...
Is anyone else having trouble playing the music, or is it my iPad ?
15th June 2018 1:32am
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Lyn (US) says...
Linda, I did not have trouble with the music.
15th June 2018 6:01am
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Julia says...
Accidental thumbs down sorry!
15th June 2018 5:56pm
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Margaret (Edenfield, UK) says...
Mine played ok today.
15th June 2018 7:54am
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Barbara (Sevierville, US) says...
Linda,I had no trouble playing music today but have had problems a few times in past devotion. Sometimes going back to the previous day and then forward to the present day and tring again works.
15th June 2018 9:05am
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Mason says...
Try reloading the page. The technology is complicated.

The world we live in is so remarkable. The internet never fails to amaze me. Your browser sends a signal to our server in California. Our server has to run a complex program, part of which sends a request to Youtube's server (I feel sure they have a cache in Cal.). The audio/video feed comes back to our server from Youtube, which puts it in the proper place, then sends it back to your browser. All in a few seconds.
15th June 2018 9:27am
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Rudy (Victoria, Canada) says...
No problem on my pc, must be on your end.Smile
15th June 2018 3:20pm
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Donna (Texas, US) says...
Thank you Mason for today’s Daily Inspiration. I think all of us want to stay in our safe small little worlds. God, however always has something better in mind.
13th June 2018 9:11am
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Nola Moore (Geelong, Australia) says...
Prayers needed for me to make a God lead decision. I pray that his good and perfect will is made clear to me. Pay with me and for me, in His name,Amen
13th June 2018 5:38am
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Mason says...
Praying for you, Nola.

(There is a prayer group on Facebook.)
15th June 2018 9:38am
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Rskshna (Navua, Fiji) says...
Please pray for me as I'm in need of a job which is near to my home. I really need a job please please pray for and pray with me
13th June 2018 2:59am
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James Thomas (US) says...
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in hopes that you WILL get the job that God is steering you toward. Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. :-) Happy days to you!
15th June 2018 9:35am
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Mason says...
Praying for you, Rskshna.

(There is a prayer group on Facebook.)
15th June 2018 9:41am
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Tom Peryer (Bath, UK) says...
The first prayer today is the modernised version of the Methodist Covenant Prayer - a prayer used in the Methodist Covenant service first developed by John Wesley himself at a service in London in 1755, although the form of wording of this prayer may not be that of Wesley himself. In the UK it is often used by Methodist churches at the start of the year. If used again in Daily Prayer, it would be good to give it its title and origin. However the first line in today's prayer has kept in from ... Read More
13th June 2018 2:34am
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Glenda (US) says...
Thank you for the history of the prayer. John Wesley was a man of Christ.
15th June 2018 7:35am
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