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Daily Devotion for July 11, 2018

<i>The Glory of Christ (detail)</i>, by Stephen Whatley, ca. 2008.
The Glory of Christ (detail), by Stephen B. Whatley, ca. 2008.



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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

For the bird who sings outside my window,
For the tree that stands outside my door,
For the neighbor who waves and says “good morning”,
I give you thanks dear God, for these and more,

Your blessings every morning know no limit,
Yet I often rush by not seeing them, I fear;
Let me take a moment this and every morning, God, I pray,
To remember all of them, and know that you are here.

Prayer for the Deceased

Heavenly Father, blessed my loved ones who have passed from this life. Grant them mercy and peace; lead them to your loving embrace. And bring comfort and the consolation of hope to me, and to all who grieve for the dead.

I thank you, Lord, for the grace to move me through the challenges of this life and, especially, to look beyond death with faith and hope, to the new life you have promised.



[How will God help me through the challenges of life?]


The Lord bless us and keep us. The Lord make his face to shine upon us, and be gracious unto us. The Lord lift up his countenance upon us, and give us peace, this day and evermore.


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.

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Psalm 88:1, 10-12 (NASB)

O Lord, the God of my salvation,
I have cried out by day and in the night before You.

Will You perform wonders for the dead?
Will the departed spirits rise and praise You? Selah.
Will Your lovingkindness be declared in the grave,
Your faithfulness in Abaddon?

Will Your wonders be made known in the darkness?
And Your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?

(Note: Abaddon is a place of destruction.)

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John 7:32-39 (NASB)

For a Little While Longer, I am With You

The Pharisees heard the crowd muttering these things about Him, and the chief priests and the Pharisees sent officers to seize Him.

Therefore Jesus said, “For a little while longer I am with you, then I go to Him who sent Me. You will seek Me, and will not find Me; and where I am, you cannot come.”

The Jews then said to one another, “Where does this man intend to go that we will not find Him? He is not intending to go to the Dispersion among the Greeks, and teach the Greeks, is He? What is this statement that He said, ‘You will seek Me, and will not find Me; and where I am, you cannot come’?”

Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’”

But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

Notes on the Scripture


uch of this passage is repetitive of early passages in John, but he introduces two new concepts. First, Jesus once again teaches something that the crowd cannot currently comprehend: that he is going to go somewhere they cannot come. He is speaking for his words to be repeated or read after his death. He will go to heaven and also visit the souls of those who died before his coming, after his death but before his final ascension.

The crowd naturally believe he is saying that he will depart Israel. Notice that they already speak of the Diaspora, the scattering of Jews around the world.

Secondly, John informs us that the Holy Spirit, who was to dwell with those baptized in Christ after his final departure, would come only after he had been “glorified,” i.e. had died and risen again. We can receive the Holy Spirit, then, only because of Christ’s death and resurrection; although the Spirit has descended on Christ (when he was baptized by John the Baptist), his coming to us will effectively continue God’s presence among humanity. He will replace Christ, in a sense.

Although nobody had seen God prior to Christ, God will not leave us again, but will continue to dwell on earth, known only to those who accept him through their belief in Christ.

Digital portrait, the very image of purity, by Oleg Duryagin, contemporary.
Digital portrait, the very image of purity, by Oleg Duryagin, contemporary.

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Proverbs 3:5: Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding;

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Comments (6)

Topic: Daily Prayer and Christian Devotional
Chrissy says...
I feel unsure about prayer for the deceased. The idea of praying for someone who has already died seems foreign to me and I wonder if it is right to do it. Does anyone else feel this way also?
12th July 2018 12:44am
Nemone Oftana (US) says...
God is so good. Thank you!
11th July 2018 10:12am
Christine (Atherstone, UK) says...
Great day with the lord, how marvelous.
11th July 2018 5:57am
sinner says...
Hi all. i have broken down and deliberately masturbated again. i keep sinnning. spitting in gods face. please pray for my salvation so that i may fully realize and turn to god for the rest of my time.
10th July 2018 10:17pm
L.Fields says...
Rest in Christ. Romans 8:1, Philippians 1:6
11th July 2018 9:48am
Mason says...
You are not spitting in God's face. We are all sinners. Christ died so that you would not need to live in guilt. Try to steer clear of lust -- very few men succeed! -- and confess to God where you fail.

Whether some sins are "worse" than others and how much worse, and what they are, is a controversial subject in Christian thought. But just giving my own opinion, this is not one of the great and terrible sins, such that you should suffer over it quite as much as you seem to do.
11th July 2018 9:49am
Gail DuBos (US) says...
Hi there. As a born sinner, redeemed and grafted into the family of God, fogiveness is mine AND YOURS. Rest for our souls is found in looking to Him who is the lover of our soul. I encourage you to ask the Lord to fill you with all of himself, to help you with your so called sin. If we were perfect and had it all together, we would not need a savior.
11th July 2018 11:35am
Debra (Seattle, US) says...
Grateful to have found this. Thank you :)xo
10th July 2018 8:49pm
Helen (Australia) says...
Thank you, Jenny, for today’s ‘daily inspiration’. Always good to be reminded of these promises. All we need to do is seek and ask. Yet that often seems hard to do. Maybe because the need to feel ‘in control’ is difficult to relinquish.
10th July 2018 11:23am
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Daniel Williams (11)
Tom Kraft (11)

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