Daily Devotion for March 26, 2012
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 MorningFor the bird who sings outside my window,
For the tree that stands outside my door,
For the neighbor who waves and says "good morning",
I give you thanks dear God, for these and more,
Your blessings every morning know no limit,
Yet I often rush by not seeing them, I fear;
Let me take a moment this and every morning, God, I pray,
To see them all and know that you are here.
Prayer for Help with Our Troubles
O God, my help and assistance, who is just and merciful, and who hears the supplications of your people; look down upon me, a miserable sinner. Have mercy upon me; deliver me from all the troubles and tribulations of life. Deal not with me after my sins, I pray, but according to your measureless mercy, for I am the work of your hands, and you know my weakness.
Grant me, I beseech you, your divine helping grace. Endow me with patience and strength to endure my tribulations with complete submission to your will. You know my misery and suffering. I flee to you, my only hope and refuge, for relief and comfort, trusting to your infinite love and compassion; that in due time, you will deliver me from all the trials of this life and turn my distress into comfort. I rejoice in your mercy. I exalt and praise your holy name, oh Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: now and forever.
Now, oh Lord, I pray that you may lift up the light of your countenance upon me, and give me peace; in my going out and in my coming in; in my sitting down and my rising up; in my work and in my play; in my joy and in my sorrow, in my laughter and in my tears; until that day comes which is without dawn and without dark.
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.
"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen. Not only because I see it, but because I see everything by it."
~ C.S. Lewis
Genesis 27:5-13 (ESV)
The Story of Isaac  - Jacob and Esau
Now Rebekah was listening when Isaac spoke to his son Esau. So when Esau went to the field to hunt for game and bring it, Rebekah said to her son Jacob, "I heard your father speak to your brother Esau, 'Bring me game and prepare for me delicious food, that I may eat it and bless you before the Lord before I die.' Now therefore, my son, obey my voice as I command you.
Go to the flock and bring me two good young goats, so that I may prepare from them delicious food for your father, such as he loves. And you shall bring it to your father to eat, so that he may bless you before he dies."
But Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, "Behold, my brother Esau is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man. Perhaps my father will feel me, and I shall seem to be mocking him and bring a curse upon myself and not a blessing."
His mother said to him, "Let your curse be on me, my son; only obey my voice, and go, bring them to me."
Notes on the Scripture
We have picked up the story of the fraternal twins Jacob and Esau again, after the intervening years when Isaac was moving around. You will remember in Genesis 25 that Esau, the elder twin and the one favored by his father, sold his birthright to Jacob for a bowl of stew. One might be kind enough to say that Esau simply did not fit the role of the head of a great household, for he loved only to be out in the wilderness hunting.
But the right to name a successor lies with the father, and Isaac is determined that it should go to the elder, who would be the normal choice. Rebekah favors Jacob, though; and although Jacob would not propose to fool his father, Rebekah will take any curse upon herself, so much does she favor Jacob.
Isaac has sent Esau out hunting, to bring him back meat for a meal before he gives Esau his blessing. But Rebekah will cook a goat instead; she obviously intends to fool Isaac, who is nearly blind, into thinking that Jacob is Esau, in order that Isaac will give his blessing to Jacob by mistake.