arrow to previous dayarrow to next day
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Daily Devotion for October 6, 2011


Prayers

Scripture

249 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.

Amen.

An old spiritual arranged and performed by the late great Robert Shaw.



Martin Luther's Prayer for Morning

I give thanks to you, heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ your dear Son, that you have protected me through the night from all danger and harm. I ask you to preserve and keep me, this day also, from all sin and evil, that in all my thoughts, words, and deeds I may serve and please you. Into your hands I commend my body and soul and all that is mine. Let your holy angels have charge of me, that the wicked one have no power over me.

Amen.

Simple Thanks

For our restful sleep at night,

For the rain and sunshine bright,

For the love that Thou dost send,

For our homes and for each friend,


For the day and all its pleasures,

Grateful thanks I render now.

May our lives pass on the blessings,

None can give to us, but Thou.

Amen.

Benediction

Lord, support me all the day long of this troublous life, until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over and my work is done. Then of Thy mercy, grant me a safe lodging, and a holy rest and a peace at last through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Amen.


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

devotional stained glass in Chartres Cathedral

Proverbs 12:26

The righteous should choose his friends carefully,

For the way of the wicked leads them astray.


Blue Latin Cross

Romans 3:1-8 (ESV)

God's Righteousness Upheld

Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the value of circumcision? Much in every way.

To begin with, the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God. What if some were unfaithful? Does their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God? By no means! Let God be true though every one were a liar, as it is written,

"That you may be justified in your words,
and prevail when you are judged."

But if our unrighteousness serves to show the righteousness of God, what shall we say? That God is unrighteous to inflict wrath on us? ( I speak in a human way.) By no means!

For then how could God judge the world? But if through my lie God's truth abounds to his glory, why am I still being condemned as a sinner? And why not do evil that good may come? — as some people slanderously charge us with saying. Their condemnation is just.

Notes on the Scripture

Having spent an entire chapter scolding the Jews for hypocrisy, Paul takes care to give them credit and to honor the Old Testament. He first simply acknowledges their special status as God's chosen people.

Then he poses a question. Since the Jews had a "covenant" — which is to say, a contract — that they would be faithful to the law and God would be faithful to them, have their many acts of faithlessness breached the contract? Will God, like the Jews, no longer honor His obligation of faithfulness to them? The answer is no. (Although Paul does not say it, there is irrefutable proof of God's continued faithfulness to the Jews: Christ, the Jewish Messiah He promised to send.)

There was, apparently, some line of "reason" being discussed among the Jews, that God set us up to fail. He wanted to show his wrath; and sinners were doing Him some sort of odd favor by sinning, because the punishment demonstrated his power. This absurd logic resulted in an even more absurd contention: sin is good, because punishment for sin shows the truth of God's law, and forgiveness of sin shows his mercy. It gives God a chance to forgive us and show how wonderful he is.

So why condemn sin, if the result is the glorification of God via His forgiveness? Why not "do evil that good may come"? And how could God judge the Jews, if their disobedience illustrated His glory?

The answer, of course, lies in a simple statement, which Paul will expound in the rest of Chapter 3: God is pure good. People — not so much. We are made in God's image, but our free will leads us astray. Religion in general, and the history of the Jews in particular, is based on God's efforts to teach us goodness, both in our minds and our hearts.




endless knot


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 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 also encourage you to visit our Forum and, if the Spirit moves you, register and participate in it.

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





Comments

No comments yet.

Add Comment

Daily Quiz

No scores available at this time.



Our Community Around the World: Visitors July 1, 2009 - May 31, 2017


US  18,241,900
PH  1,732,821
CA  1,245,652
UK  602,550
AU  168,504
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