Daily Devotion for February 12, 2019
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.
You Belong to Me is a Christian song by Grey Holiday, even though the video (a clip from the movie Fireproof) gives it a romantic twist.
You run, you hide,
As tears fall from your eyes.
They fall like snow
From a wounded soul.
You hold inside,
The hurt of great divide.
The hole is starting to get old.
So come back to the light,
To the love, you will find,
It’s been here all along.
So come back to the start
And you’ll find in your heart
That you always belonged
Just take the rope,
I won’t let it go.
We can start again.
I’m life, I’m hope,
And I’m ready to explode.
With how bad I want you back home.
You’re my daughter, you’re my son,
You’re the one I long to love,
And you’ve heard I chose to die;
Do you know you’re the reason why?
Music and Lyrics by Jason Ingram and Matthew Minor.
Prayer for God's Gifts
Oh Lord and Master of my life, take away from me the spirit of laziness, cowardliness, lust for power, and malicious and idle speech. But rather give me, throughout the day to come, an ample spirit of vitality and force in your service, to the benefit of your glory and the good of my fellow man. Let me act in humility, patience, and decency at all times, seeing my own error and overlooking the faults of others; and let me always know the presence of your Holy Spirit, to remind me of what I have asked, in the name of my savior Jesus Christ,
Prayer to Encourage Others
Heavenly Lord, the more I ponder it, the more amazed I am how much I can immediately increase or decrease my joy and the joy of others by simply choosing to say things that are good, and true. You have told us that joy is vital, joy is our strength. Satan works overtime trying to do anything he can to diminish our joy. Holy God, do not let me sit by and let this happen by inattention. Steer me to fight the good fight with faith-filled words, releasing joy into the very atmosphere.
Lord Christ, you came to bring good news and glad tidings of great joy, to overcome evil with good. I know you want me to be as committed as you were to finding and magnifying the good in every part of life. Help me to say something good, to express my salvation and to encourage other!
And finally, may the grace of Christ our Savior, and the Father’s boundless love, with the Holy Spirit’s favor, rest upon me, and all of us, from above. Thus may we abide in union, with each other and the Lord, and possess, in sweet communion, joys which earth cannot afford.
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
Name the verse: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”
Job 31:16-17, 19-23 (ESV)
“If I have withheld anything that the poor desired,
or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail,
or have eaten my morsel alone,
and the fatherless has not eaten of it . . .
if I have seen anyone perish for lack of clothing,
or the needy without covering,
if his body has not blessed me,
and if he was not warmed with the fleece of my sheep,
if I have raised my hand against the fatherless,
because I saw my help in the gate,
then let my shoulder blade fall from my shoulder,
and let my arm be broken from its socket.
For I was in terror of calamity from God,
and I could not have faced his majesty.
Romans 12:13 (ESV)
Supporting Christ’s Workers
Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.
Notes on the Scripture
aul’s entreaty to “contribute to the saints” is not referring to long-dead icons of faith. I might drop a coin in the metal box in front of a shrine to St. Anthony or St. Barnabas or whoever, when I visit a cathedral, but his entreaty is much broader than that. By “needs of the saints,” he means to include both the needs of those engaged in Christian work, such as missionaries, and the needs of poor members of the church.
The saints of Paul’s time were almost all alive; the idea of a church officially beatifying someone long dead had not even occurred to anyone. He sometimes uses the word “saints” to refer to the body of all devout Christians, and sometimes to refer to people engaged full-time in the spread of the gospel. At various points in his epistles, Paul reminds us of the need to support both the spread of Christianity and the obligation to support members of locals churches in need.
But the second part of the verse, “seek to show hospitality,” would seem to indicate that he is specifically referring to those who, like himself, traveled about the world at great danger and with little money, to spread the good news of Christ. Paul had to work from time to time during his journeys—he was a tentmaker by profession—and although he never complained of it, certainly he would have rather spent the time lecturing, writing, and building Christ’s church.
This verse, thus, is not so much of a general plea for money as a plea to support the spread of Christianity.
Of course, the verse can also be read as a general plea to take care of unfortunate church members in Rome; Romans itself is addressed “To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints.”
In either case, once we have given our bodies as a sacrifice to God, the purchase of shiny baubles to entertain us becomes increasingly unattractive. The fashion industry begins to look utterly absurd. Great corporations seek to inflame our lust for new “stuff” and even to create new desire for worldly items; they create things for no other reason than to make people want them.
So we read this verse, and it gives us an opportunity to reflect on what we need and how we express our real priorities in life by the way we use our money. We might keep this in mind when we celebrate the memory of St. Valentine, a martyr in ancient Rome. Would we not honor him more by giving a donation to the needy than buying expensive jewelry to feed our vanity?