arrow to previous dayarrow to next day
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Daily Devotion for March 14, 2011



132 people in our community are currently praying with you.

lessons and scripture

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.


A wonderful hymn from a children's choir.

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,


Penitential Prayer of St. Augustine

O Lord, The house of my soul is narrow; enlarge it that you may enter in. It is ruinous, O repair it! It displeases Your sight. I confess it, I know. But who shall cleanse it, to whom shall I cry but to you? Cleanse me from my secret faults, O Lord, and spare Your servant from strange sins.


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.


(Additional prayers may be found at Prayers for All Occasions.)
God be with you 'til we meet again.

endless knot

Count Your Blessings

Count your blessings, not your crosses; count your gains instead of losses.

Count your joys instead of woes; count your friends instead of foes.

Count your smiles instead of tears; count your courage, not your fears.

Count full years instead lean; Count kind deeds instead of mean.

Count your health instead of wealth; Love your neighbor as yourself.

Blue Latin Cross

Jesus the Good Shepherd

John 10:1-10 (NKJV)

Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.

And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.

Jesus used this illustration, but they did not understand the things which He spoke to them.

Then Jesus said to them again, Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them.

I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

Notes on the Scripture

Jesus is still arguing with the Pharisees here, hot on the heels of their investigation of the blind man whom he healed, and all that he said during their questioning.

He is really keeping the pressure on them. Remember, they are the religious and secular authority, and many of them are seeking to arrest him for execution. He has just told them they were blind, fatherless, and sinful. Now, he continues to assert his authority over them.

He launches into a long metaphor, in which the people of earth are compared to sheep and the world their pen. Anyone who wants to tend the sheep will enter by the door or gate; but the thief, who would kill and destroy the sheep, will climb over the fence.

Once he has set the scene, he begins to explain the metaphor. Jesus is the shepherd who comes in through the gate. He brings them abundant life.

We know that Jesus is approaching his passion. This time, he will not sneak into Jerusalem. He will march into Jerusalem through a gate, like the good shepherd, surrounded by his flock. He will enter in triumph, even though he will be on the way to his certain death.

Coptic Cross

Daily Prayer Community —>

Current Memory Verse     Remember the Bible

Today in Daily Prayer

Memory Verse


About Daily Prayer

Follow us on Facebook

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 able to read and make Comments on the Daily Prayer Community page, be greeted by name, and 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. (Also, if you contact us asking that the Daily Devotion or Daily Inspiration be emailed to you every day, we will have to say “sorry”. Daily Prayer is only available online.)

“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