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Daily Devotion for July 12, 2018

<i>David Mourns Absalom (detail)</i>, by Marc Chagall, 1956.
David Mourns Absalom (detail), by Marc Chagall, 1956.



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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 Morning

In the morning when I rise, I give praise to my God, who shows His glory in the sun. O Lord God, you are the source of all warmth, all light, all sustenance. You brings us out of the darkness of ignorance and the blindness of death every day, that we might remember who made us and who sustains us. Your sun is a promise, that the night of death will end and you will rise again, and with you, all who confess the name of your blessed Son, Christ Jesus.

Let me remember you when I rise and all the day, my God, every waking moment; and let me sleep each night in peace, confident that I will rise with your sun once again, in the time you have chosen for me.


For Past Mistakes

Holy Jesus, help me to surrender past mistakes; not to dwell on them, but to accept your forgiveness in the certainty of hope. The past is over and gone forever. Having made such restitution as is your will, there is nothing more I can do about them.

Lift the burden of my past failures from my spirit. Let me go forward in faith. Clear the clouds from my path and lighten my step. If you do not reproach me, let me hear no reproach from myself or any other person, but only your promise of new life. And bring your Word and your light and your forgiveness to all who have wrecked their lives, I pray; for your power is greater than sin, and there no human being you cannot heal, no matter how wretched and vile, if they only surrender their lives to you.


Parting Prayer

Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip me with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in me what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever.


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

Where does Jesus tell us not to be anxious for our lives, but to seek first the Kingdom of God, and the things we need will be added to us?

Answer: Matthew 6:25

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Psalm 90:1-12 (NKJV)

A prayer of Moses, the man of God.

Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.
Before the mountains were brought forth,
Or ever You had formed the earth and the world,
Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.

You turn man to destruction,
And say, “Return, O children of men.”
For a thousand years in Your sight
Are like yesterday when it is past,
And like a watch in the night.
You carry them away like a flood;
They are like a sleep.

In the morning they are like grass which grows up:
In the morning it flourishes and grows up;
In the evening it is cut down and withers.

For we have been consumed by Your anger,
And by Your wrath we are terrified.
You have set our iniquities before You,
Our secret sins in the light of Your countenance.
For all our days have passed away in Your wrath;
We finish our years like a sigh.

The days of our lives are seventy years;
And if by reason of strength they are eighty years,
Yet their boast is only labor and sorrow;
For it is soon cut off, and we fly away.

Who knows the power of Your anger?
For as the fear of You, so is Your wrath.
So teach us to number our days,
That we may gain a heart of wisdom.

Blue Latin Cross

2 Samuel 18:24-33 [abridged]

O Absalom, my son, my son

hile David was sitting between the inner and outer gates of the town, the watchman climbed to the roof of the gateway by the wall. As he looked, he saw a lone man running toward them. He shouted the news down to David, and the king replied, “If he is alone, he has news.”

Then the man from Ethiopia arrived and said, “I have good news for my lord the king. Today the Lord has rescued you from all those who rebelled against you.” “What about young Absalom?” the king demanded. “Is he all right?”

And the Ethiopian replied, “May all of your enemies, my lord the king, both now and in the future, share the fate of that young man!”

The king was overcome with emotion. He went up to the room over the gateway and burst into tears. And as he went, he cried, “O my son Absalom! My son, my son Absalom! If only I had died instead of you! O Absalom, my son, my son.”

Notes on the Scripture

David’s agony in 2 Samuel 18, one of the most emotionally moving chapters in the Old Testament, inspired William Faulkner to write the novel, “Absalom, Absalom.” Although David could be harsh with those who crossed his moral code, he showed a capacity for forgiveness and generally rose above petty vengeance for personal reasons, especiallly with those he loved or respected. Here he shows that ultimate forgiveness, grief at the death of a son who had stolen his kingdom and would likely have killed him.

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Comments (12)

Topic: Devotion for Day of July 12, 2018 | Daily Prayer
linda (winnipeg canadaprayers touch m) says...
The prayers touched me deeply, especially the one for past mistakes.I can beat myself up with past (shoulda couldas).Jenny, inspiration today was brilliant!! Please keep on writing.
12th July 2018 9:45am
Angel (Colorado Springs, US) says...
First I want to say I love this site and have been so blessed by it since finding it! I rarely ever find myself commenting anywhere, but I have to issue a correction here. There are many false teachings as Apostle Paul warned us in his writings. How do we know when it's false? When it does not align with God's Word - the Ultimate stop. God's word never instructs us to pray for the dead. Jesus illustrates this truth through this parable in the New Testament. (Luke 16:19–31) If ... Read More
12th July 2018 7:58am
Mason says...
There's nothing for it or against it either one. I think the rationale is flawed. Everything we may or should celebrate or pray for is not spelled out in the Bible. The Pilgrims, you know, refused to celebrate Christmas using the same rationale. "Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God." I, personally, don't see how it could have any actual effect as far as the forgiveness of a departed ... Read More
12th July 2018 9:40am
Rudy (Victoria, Canada) says...
I think we need to pray to our Saviour for everything and not pick and choose. Not praying for the dead would be like saying, no sense praying for peace etc. or saving someone evil. Not up to us and God is in control, nevertheless we still have to pray for everything God requires us to do so in faith. Thank you Mason.
12th July 2018 2:27pm
Stephanie (Venice FL, US) says...
Jenny, Don’t ever stop writing - you are a vessel for Gods word! Thank you.
12th July 2018 7:42am
Paul Harvey (Pompton plains, US) says...
I have a problem with forgiving myself. My past sins replay over and over in my mind. I repent of my sins and ask God's forgiveness. Maybe this is punishment a living Hell. Lord have mercy on my soul.
12th July 2018 6:44am
Mason says...
It is absolutely not a punishment, or at least not a punishment from God! When Christ tells us, "be anxious for nothing," "nothing" means "nothing." Pray for forgiveness. Have faith in Christ's power. It is the express wish of Christ that you live in the joy of salvation. By all means, try not to repeat your sin. Pray not to repeat your sin. But do not wallow in guilt. Again, have FAITH in Christ's promise of forgiveness. Sin will defeat you. Guilt will ... Read More
12th July 2018 10:17am
Sue (Tunbridge Wells, UK) says...
Pray as you can and don't worry about it. God is good
12th July 2018 4:47am
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
Maita (UK) says...
I don't do it either. I don't think it's right to do so. We have to pray for those who are alive but not the dead.
12th July 2018 1:53am
Linda (London, UK) says...
I pray for my family and loved ones who have passed on. I can't think why you should not.
12th July 2018 2:56am
El (Coaltown, Canada) says...
There is a good reason. When praying for someone who has passed away, we in effect acknowledge the promise of salvation to all peoples.
12th July 2018 5:29am
Christine howcroft (Atherstone, UK) says...
Smilelet's all walk with Jesus today.
11th July 2018 11:36pm
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
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