Daily Devotion for August 10, 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.
For all of us who are tempted to feel sorry for ourselves, here’s the sure cure: A shot of Nick.
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 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.
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Prayer to Relinquish Shame
Oh Lord Christ, by your death and resurrection you have made forgiveness for my sin possible; and having confessed and repented of my sin, let me have confidence in your forgiveness. Let me not be ashamed; for to feel shame at my sin is to doubt your power. Rather fill me with faith in my salvation, that I may boldly praise your name before all the world, and live in love and constant growth in your Spirit and holiness.
Now to him who by his power within us is able to do far more than we ever dare to ask or imagine — to him be glory in the Church through Jesus Christ 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
Identify this Bible verse: “Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; And His greatness is unsearchable.”
Psalm 55:16-18 (NKJV)
As for me, I will call upon God,
And the Lord shall save me.
Evening and morning and at noon
I will pray, and cry aloud,
And He shall hear my voice.
He has redeemed my soul in peace from the battle that was against me,
For there were many against me.
Matthew 5:22 (ESV)
Forgiveness  — Overcoming Anger
“I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, 'You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.”
Notes on the Scripture
n Part 1, we discussed the repeated times where Christ tells us that mercy will come to the merciful, and that God will “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” Today, we will discuss a difficulty we have in following Christ’s will for us: anger.
Truly forgiving someone who has injured us is one of the hardest things we can do. Anger and hatred are powerful and intransigent. If we have been wronged, even if we can calm our anger, thinking back to the incident may make us angry all over again. We don’t want to see them forgiven; we want to be vindicated. We want to see them judged and punished.
We may know, in our mind, that Christ told us to “cast out the beam in our own eye” rather than to criticize our neighbor for the splinter in his eye; for it is easier to see faults in others than in ourselves. We may also remember the exhortation, “judge not, lest ye be judged.” But although knowledge of these rules is critical, in practical terms our emotions can remain obdurate, unmoved by remembering these rules.
So how can we overcome these powerful emotional forces within us? For always, anger and hatred damage us; often, much more than they damage their object. The key to this, as with all things, is that we must try.
If we cannot bear to forgive someone in our hearts, the secret is the power of prayer. We *can* force ourselves to pray for a person we hate — even if we must start by only saying the words, without truly meaning them.
God loves all his people, and we can pray that the object of our anger is God’s beautiful child, someone God loves as much as us, someone God hopes to redeem. If our enemy has taken money from us, we can pray that God will grant him riches — even if we’re just saying the words, “going through the motions.” If she has stolen our husband, we can pray that God give her sexual satisfaction and a happy home life; if he is arrogant, we can pray that God give him honor and glory among men. It hurts a bit to pray for an enemy’s worldly success, even in silence, but it will begin to erode our own feeling of injury.
We can then pray that we forgive the person and try to say, in our prayers, all the things that might underlie the person’s wrongdoing. We can say all the things that caused the person to act as he did. Behind the terrible thing that he or she did to us, there is always pain, and loneliness, and insecurity, and fear; even if we cannot see it, God can.
If we can manage to do this, day after day, night after night, the Holy Spirit will work a miracle in our hearts. It is guaranteed. We will eventually take the very power of God into our lives and, one day, find that we have forgiven our enemy.
We will also find that, in forgiving another, our own lives will be blessed. Anger erodes a person’s health, physical and mental. It eats up our positive energy that we need to handle the problems in our lives. Being rid of toxic anger will help us sleep, help us work, and help us to love our family and friends.
And, amazingly, it will do us no actual harm! We do not have to approve of somebody’s actions to forgive them. We do not have to change our morals or ethics; all we have to do is stop judging them. Learning not to judge lifts a burden from our souls.