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Daily Devotion for November 30, 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 the Gifts of the Holy SpiritChrist Jesus, before ascending into heaven, You promised to send the Holy Spirit to Your apostles and disciples.
Grant that the same Spirit may perfect in my life the work of Your grace and love.
Grant me the Spirit of Fear of the Lord that I may be filled with a loving reverence toward You.
the Spirit of Piety that I may find peace and fulfillment in the service of God while serving others;
the Spirit of Fortitude that I may bear my cross with You and, with courage, overcome the obstacles that interfere with my salvation;
the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know You and know myself and grow in holiness;
the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Your truth;
the Spirit of Counsel that I may choose the surest way of doing Your will, seeking first the Kingdom;
Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may aspire to the things that last forever;
Teach me to be Your faithful disciple and animate me in every way with Your Spirit.
Community of Prayer
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.
No flesh may glory before God
Consider why you were called, my friends; that not many who are wise in the ways of the world are called, nor those with wealth and power. Rather, God chose the foolish of the world, that he might put the wise to shame; and God chose the weak things of the world, that he might shame the strong. Many times it is the lowly things of the world, and those that are despised, that God has chosen.
He has chosen things that are not, that he might show the futility of the things that are. For no flesh may glory before God.
Comment on the Scripture
It is so tempting for beautiful people, or very rich or powerful or famous, to think of themselves as objects of worship, rather than as worshippers. In fact, you do not have even have to be beautiful, rich or famous. Vanity and excessive pride are sins we have from birth; something in us constantly wants to shout, "Look at me! Look at me!", when we think we have done something that will bring us admiration. We are like children about to dive into a swimming pool, trying to get our parents' attention.
But of course, someone is always watching. If we do something admirable, we don't need the attention or praise of others. Our good acts are a glory to God, which is a true and lasting glory, remembered for all eternity.