Daily Devotion for November 29, 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.
LORD, you have searched me out * and you have known me;
You know my sitting down and my rising up; * you know my thoughts no matter how distant.
You trace my journeys and my resting-places * and acquaint yourself with all my ways.
There is not a word on my lips, * but that you know it, O LORD.
You go behind me, and before me, * and you lay your hand upon me.
The knowledge of it astounds me; * it is perplexing beyond my grasp.
Where can I go that your Spirit does not? * where can I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there; * if I make my bed in death, there you are also.
If I take the wings of the morning * and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
Even there your hand will lead me; * your right hand will hold me fast.
If I say, 'Surely the darkness will cover me,' * the very night will be light around me.
The darkness cannot hide from you; the night shines as clear as the day; * darkness and light to you are as one.
For you have seen to my creation; * you knit me together in my mother's womb.
I will praise you, because of my wonderous and fearful creation; * I know the wonder of your works.
My substance was not hidden from you when I was made in secret; While I was mysteriously created in the earth's bowels.
Your eyes beheld my limbs, yet unfinished in the womb; all of them were written in your book; * they were fashioned day by day, before they came into being.
How deep your understanding, O God! * how great the sum of it.
If I were to count your thoughts, they would number more than grains of sand; * and when I awake, you are still with me.