Daily Devotion for August 17, 2010
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.
Carrie Underwood, a contemporary country-western artist, singing the classic "How Great Thou Art".
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 Grace and Strength
Lord God, I pray that you will fill my heart with the blessing of your Holy Spirit. Grant me this day the strength to be temperate in all things, diligent in my duties, and patient under my afflictions. Direct me in all my ways. Give me grace to be just and upright in all my dealings; quiet and peaceable; full of compassion; and ready to do good to all people, according to my abilities and opportunities. For the sake of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,
Community of Prayer
Heavenly Lord, I know I am not alone saying these prayers or reading your Word this morning, but many people unknown to me, from all stations of life, have joined together in this brief moment of devotion. 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.
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.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
Who can proclaim the mighty acts of the Lord or fully declare his praise?
Blessed are they who maintain justice, who constantly do what is right.
The Lord's Prayer [Part 2] (New International Version)
'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
Notes on the Scripture
"Thy kingdom come"
Christ taught us that, some day, God would reveal His kingdom. Here is one area where science and Christianity completely agree: The earth will cease to exist in its present form at some time in the future. Although we cannot comprehend what it will be like, we live with faith in the promise that it will be a world of joyful perfection. We thus overcome our fear of destruction and death, and pray for the coming of God's kingdom. We remind ourselves and tell God that we believe in His kingdom and have faith that it will come when He has ordained it.
"Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven"
We want to do what God tells us to do. Although we all fall short and do not manage to implement this prayer perfectly, we pray this as a statement of our goal. We promise to try to get closer and closer to knowing and doing God's will every day of our lives. We have faith that if we could do God's will, without doubt and without slipping up, we would know enormous joy while on earth. We know that it is impossible; all of us have sinned and come short of the glory of God. But we want it and, in this part of the prayer, we remind ourselves to try, as hard as we can, to learn God's will and to do His will in our daily lives.
"Give us this day our daily bread"
Christ tells us repeatedly to trust in God for our sustenance. Yes, most of us have to work; we earn our food and other necessities with our labor. But all of our labor, and all of our pride in our accomplishments, is fundamentally receiving something that is given to us. All food comes from the sun, the earth, the air, and water. If one of these were to disappear, we would all perish. Which of us invented corn, or cattle? Even the most advanced scientific experiments with life are no more than pale imitations of what God has given us.