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Daily Devotion for October 19, 2009
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.
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.
Gospel of Matthew 13:24-29, 30-43
The Parable of the Sower
He set another parable before them, saying,
"The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, then went away. While the blades grew to fruition, the weeds also came up.
And the servants of the householder came to him and said, 'Sir, didn't you sow good seed in your field? why does it have weeds?'
And he replied, 'An enemy has done this.' And the servants said, 'Do you want us to go and pull them up?'
But he said, 'No, I'm concerned that you might root up the wheat with them. Let them grow together until the harvest: and at the harvest I will tell the reapers:
'Gather the weeds, and bind them in bundles to burn them; but gather the wheat into my barn.'"
Then Christ left the multitudes, and went into the house. And his disciples came to him, saying, "Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field."
And he answered, "He that sowed the good seed is the Son of man; and the field is the world; and the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one; the enemy that sowed them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the world, and the reapers are angels.
As therefore the weeds are gathered up and burned with fire; so will it be in the end of the world. The Son of man will send forth his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all things that cause stumbling, and them that do iniquity, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth. Then will the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He that has ears, let him hear."