arrow to previous dayarrow to next day
Sunday, September 22, 2019

Daily Devotion for September 13, 2019


<i>Day of Judgment</i> by Jacob de Backer, ca. 1580.
Day of Judgment, by Jacob de Backer, ca. 1580. The florid surrealism pales in comparison to other 16th century low country artists, notably Hieronymous Bosch, but horned pigfaced devils putting pitchforks into pale-skinned nude women seems a bit over the top today. Still, there is a lesson to be seen, for the saved (lower left) are identical in appearance to the evil and condemned (lower right).

Prayers

Scripture

186 people in our community are currently praying with you.

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.

Amen.




To Have One Will with Christ

Grant me, most merciful Jesus, your grace, that it may be with me and labor with me and dwell within me, this day and all the days of my short life.

Give me grace always to desire and seek what is most acceptable to you; whatever is most pleasing in your sight, let me do that. Let my will always follow yours; let your will be mine. Reform me into a spiritual perfection impossible for the world, which might be gained only by your grace; and help me to live in accord with it.

Let there be between you and me only one will, so that I may love what you love and hate what you hate; make me unfit to want anything that is unworthy in your sight, or to disdain whatever you might approve. Save me, Christ, I pray, out of love; for unworthy I might be, yet I love you dearly.

Amen.

For Unity

Christian harmony

Heavenly Lord, let me always remember that the Holy Spirit who guides and protects me is the same Spirit who guides and protects all Christians. We are one in your Spirit, and the differences that divide us are the work of Satan. He is powerful in the world, Lord; and only you are strong enough to protect us against him.

Let me always seek unity. Let me call on your Spirit for power when I feel separated from my brother or sister, the power of reconciliation, that we might find the unity and harmony in which you have commanded us to live. Let me never think that the Spirit conforms to my individual personality; but let me seek to conform myself to the one true Spirit of God. In Christ’s name, I pray.

Amen.

Meditation

“You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.”

~James 4:3


For Those Praying with Me

Heavenly Father, there are people praying with me, right now, whom I will never meet. I don’t know their names, or what country they live in, or what they may look like, but I will know their souls, for we are brothers and sisters in Christ. I pray that we might be united in the Holy Spirit, and that I will know and feel the kinship and love, in my spirit, of those who share these prayers with me.

Amen.


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.



endless knot

Isaiah 40:8 (ESV)

The grass withers, the flower fades,
but the word of our God will stand forever.


Blue Latin Cross

Lamentations 3:1-18 (The Message)

Jeremiah’s Lament
I

am the man who has seen trouble, trouble coming from the lash of God’s anger.
He took me by the hand and walked me
into pitch-black darkness.
Yes, he’s given me the back of his hand
over and over and over again.


He turned me into a scarecrow
of skin and bones, then broke the bones.
He hemmed me in, ganged up on me,
poured on the trouble and hard times.
He locked me up in deep darkness,
like a corpse nailed inside a coffin.

He shuts me in so I’ll never get out,
manacles my hands, shackles my feet.
Even when I cry out and plead for help,
he locks up my prayers and throws away the key.
He sets up blockades with quarried limestone.
He’s got me cornered.

He’s a prowling bear tracking me down,
a lion in hiding ready to pounce.
He knocked me from the path and ripped me to pieces.
When he finished, there was nothing left of me.

He took out his bow and arrows
and used me for target practice.
He shot me in the stomach
with arrows from his quiver.

Everyone took me for a joke,
made me the butt of their mocking ballads.
He forced rotten, stinking food down my throat,
bloated me with vile drinks.
He ground my face into the gravel.
He pounded me into the mud.

I gave up on life altogether.
I’ve forgotten what the good life is like.
I said to myself, “This is it. I’m finished.
God is a lost cause.”


Notes on the Scripture

Lamentations is not the most popular book of the Bible. It describes Israel’s pain after the fall of Jerusalem to Babylon and the Babylonians’ taking of the Hebrews into slavery. Moreover, we have used a translation we rarely read, The Message. But the slangy modern vernacular has a lot of impact when it is applied to Jeremiah’s writing.

Christians frequently seem to lose their faith or curse God at time of extreme pain or misery. It’s a condition often addressed in the Old Testament—the Jews had a lot of opportunities to regret their sin, given the directness of God’s wrath! God gave them victory and comfort when they were faithful; destruction and slavery when they strayed, usually by worshipping idols.

There is a modern “pop” view of God, which tends to distort the Biblical depiction of God into some sort of cosmic benevolent uncle who would never, ever hurt us. People want to think that God will not punish them. But that is not what the Bible tells us. We see that “the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth (Romans 1:18).” It was God Himself, not Satan, who drove Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden.

Lamentations has an important message for us. Here, we see an angry God visiting misery on the apostate Hebrew nation. Tomorrow, we will see Jeremiah’s faith in God’s ultimate mercy, His plan to redeem us from our own wrongdoing.



<i>Jeremiah Lamenting the Destruction of Jerusalem</i>, Rembrandt van Rijn ca. 1630
Jeremiah Lamenting the Destruction of Jerusalem, Rembrandt van Rijn ca. 1630.

Daily Inspiration

“Jehovah the Healer”

Current Memory Verse     Remember the Bible

Printable Format for Today’s Devotion





Today in Daily Prayer


The Fading Flower

The first Scripture today is repeated, in slightly different forms, five places in the Bible: Psalm 37:2; Psalm 103:15; 2 Kings 19:26; Isaiah 40:6–8; and 1 Peter 1:24

Memory Verse

1 John 1:9: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.



About Daily Prayer



Follow us on Facebook
Join the Daily Prayer Group.


If you are new to Daily Prayer, welcome. This page provides a non-denominational, Bible-based devotion every day, including prayers, Scripture, Bible study, music, and art, designed to be usable for worship and the deepening of faith by any person who confesses Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

We hope you will take a look around at some of the features. Registration is not necessary, although if you do register, you will be greeted by name and be able to record your scores on our Daily Bible Quiz, Match-a-Verse, and Memorize Favorite Bible Verses features.

We do not email anything, except replies to emails from readers. Registration asks for an email address as a means of verifying that people are real, but this is kept completely private and never used.

“The mind of God is greater than all the minds of men, so let all men leave the gospel just as God has delivered it unto us.” ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon





Note: Only registered members who are logged in will be able to see or post Comments. Apologies: we have had to do this to prevent spam.


Daily Quiz

Top score(s) on the Daily Quiz for Sep 13, 2019 were:
Sylvia Banda (12)
Norman Daniels (12)
randall martin (12)
Tom Kraft (11)
Cindy Moniz (11)
Wayne Mills (11)

Top score(s) on Match-a-Verse:
Kathryn Halfman (9 out of 9)
Sylvia Banda (9 out of 9)
Norman Daniels (9 out of 9)
randall martin (9 out of 9)
Pam Carpenter (9 out of 9)

Our Community Around the World: Visitors July 1, 2009 - October 1, 2018


US  35,556,010
PH  2,900,733
CA  2,234,451
UK  1,468,687
AU  269,322
MY  65,993
ZA  51,385
SG  49,058
NG  44,005
IN  43,546
AE  33,122
SA  29,493
TT  29,087
KE  27,995
NZ  48,220
BB  25,751
JM  20,844
FJ  17,844
KY  16,993
CN  16,385
DE  14,541
HK  12,325
KR  11,058
GH  10,924
DM  10,005
IT  10,002
FR  9,455
TZ  9,220
BM  8,941
BS  8,277
MW  7,459
ID  7,441
LC  5,995
ZW  5,478
GU  5,759
PK  5,589
CZ  5,325
CO  5,286
UG  5,459
HN  4,555
VC  4,106
QA  4,008
MX  3,569
KW  3,592
BR  3,421
NL  3,356
TH  3,225
BZ  2,994
BW  2,653
OM  2,551
BG  2,547
BO  2,420
EG  3,991
CH  4,560
NA  2,006
ES  2,245
AW  1,818
PR  9,258
LK  2,644
IE  2,546
IL  2,116
GY  1,935
ET  1,839
TW  1,832
CM  1,831
BE  1,674
DK  3,945
LB  1,443
ZM  1,209