Daily Devotion for October 3, 2009
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
Oh Lord, most heavenly Father, Almighty and everlasting God, who has safely brought me to the beginning of this day; I give you thanks for my creation, preservation, and all the blessings of my life. Grant that this day I fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of danger; but that all my doings, being governed by your will, may be righteous in your sight. Through Christ our Lord, I pray.
Prayer for Restraint
All provident Lord, place Your holy fear as a guard before my eyes so they may not look lustfully; before my ears so that they may not delight in hearing evil words; before my mouth so that it may not speak any falsehoods; before my heart so that it may not think evil; before my hands so that they may not do injustice; before my feet, that they may not walk in the paths of injustice; but so direct them, that they may always be according to all Your commandments. Have mercy upon Your Creatures and upon me, a great sinner. For the sake of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,
Community of Prayer
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be among the community of all who pray in the name of Christ this morning, and remain among us always.
(Additional prayers may be found at Prayers for All Occasions.)
God be with you 'til we meet again.
Gospel of Matthew 10:24-27
Christ Instructs His Apostles 
"A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his lord. It is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more they will revile his household! Do not fear them; for there is nothing covered, that will not be revealed; nothing hidden, that will not be known. What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what your ear may hear, proclaim from the housetops."
Comment on the Scripture
You will recall that Christ is about to send his apostles out on their own for the first time, to spread the good news and is giving them instructions. [Matthew 10:4] In the first admonition in today's reading — "a disciple is not above his teacher" — Christ is not trying to simply put the apostles in their place. He is specifically warning them not to embellish upon his teaching during the coming months, while they are away from him.
The reason He gives for this is not that they might say something wrong; in fact, given the enormous importance of the later writings of Paul, it he probably does not intend that interpretation at all. Rather, he says that the apostles will get into enough trouble just by repeating his teachings!
Remembering yesterday's lesson (Matthew 10:20-23), Christ has just warned them that their preaching is going to cause a lot of trouble. Not only might they be arrested, but "brother will hand over brother" to be put to death; parents and their children will be enemies. Here, he tells them not to be afraid of the consequences. They are to deliver their message in the open, even shout it 'from the housetops', because the truth is going to be revealed; and, in the context of the entire chapter, that revelation will come fairly soon.