Daily Devotion for November 14, 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.
(Additional prayers may be found at Prayers for All Occasions.)
God be with you 'til we meet again.
Gospel of Matthew, 18:21-35
Seventy times seven
Peter asked him, "Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often shall I forgive him? Seven times?"
Jesus answered, "I do not say, seven times; but seventy times seven.
The kingdom of heaven could be likened to a king, settling his accounts with his servants. One who owed him ten thousand talents was brought before him. But because he did not have the wherewithal to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.
The servant fell down and worshipped him, saying, 'Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.' And the king, being moved with compassion, released him, and forgave the debt.
But when the same servant found one of his fellow-servants, who owed him a hundred shillings, he grabbed him by the throat, saying, 'Pay me what you owe.' The fellow-servant fell down and pleaded with him, saying, 'Have patience with me, and I will pay you.' But he would not. Instead, he had him put in prison until he paid what was due.
When his fellow-servants saw what had been done, they were unhappy. They went to their lord and told him what had occurred. The lord summoned him, and chastised him: 'You wicked servant, I forgave all your debt, because you pleaded with me. Shouldn't you have had mercy on your fellow-servant, just as I had mercy on you?' His lord grew angry and delivered him to the tormentors, until he could pay all that was due.
So will my heavenly Father do to you, if any of you do not forgive your brother from your hearts."