Daily Devotion for March 26, 2020
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.
Praise and Thanks this Morning
Hallelujah! The sun has risen again and it is morning! And I have awoken into it, alive, breathing, thinking, knowing that the Son will rise again and I will be saved. What did I do to deserve this day? It is a gift from you. Glory and praise to you, my God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, for filling me with life to live another day, for it is you who made me and not me myself.
I resolve to spend this day in the presence of the Holy Spirit, filled with his joy and energy, that I might accomplish your will, my God, and do what I can to deserve the joys of the day, for I know my time here is short. Be with me, oh Holy Spirit, to fill me with the energy and positivity and comfort that only you can bring. In Christ’s name I pray that thy will be done,
Prayer to Treat Others Well
Father, thank you for bringing me into your family. May I never disappoint you in the way I treat others. Teach me to show love, patience, and acceptance to all who come to me; let me show peace of soul and firm conviction that your will governs all. And I pray that others may see in me the qualities of character that can only be attributed to your presence in my life.
Make my life a window for your light to shine through and a mirror to reflect your love to all I meet. To you be the glory and the honor, forever and ever, through Jesus my Lord.
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
What Bible verse gives us confidence that God will forgive our sins?
Psalm 82:1-4 (NKJV)
God stands in the congregation of the mighty;
He judges among the gods.
How long will you judge unjustly,
And show partiality to the wicked? Selah
Defend the poor and fatherless;
Do justice to the afflicted and needy.
Deliver the poor and needy;
Free them from the hand of the wicked.
Philippians 4:10-13 (ESV)
rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound.
In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Notes on the Scripture
Paul had founded the church at Philippi ten years earlier and had made one visit in the interim. So they had seen him twice in ten years; yet when word reached them of his imprisonment in Rome, they sent him money, so that he might be comfortable and, perhaps, be able to write more.
Paul was paying his own expenses for house arrest, so no doubt the money was well-spent. But although he was touched by their concern, and no doubt grateful for the gift, foremost in his mind was to teach them that his happiness was not determined by his wealth or poverty.
One sees the last line frequently in Christian writings: “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” But in most cases the phrase is misunderstood. Paul was not trying to impart that he could reach a personal goal despite hardship. He was not saying, “I can accomplish anything, because Christ is on my side.”
Rather, we must read his words in the context of the preceding sentence: “I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.” He is talking about endurance and gratitude; he has not become discouraged or anxious when he has slept on the ground or in chains, nor has he considered that he reached a goal when he had a warm bed, plenty of food, and friends surrounding him. He has learned equanimity through the ups and downs of his life; his spirit is unaffected by his circumstances.
We must remember, also, that half of his secret is how to deal with comfort and abundance. It is an odd response to a gift, to say “I didn’t really need it; Christ empowers me to endure poverty and riches equally.” But he would rather share his secret than act falsely gracious. And, one would expect, that the Philippians were mature enough that they did not send the gift to get a social stroking from Paul, but sent it as a gift to God.