arrow to previous dayarrow to next day
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Daily Devotion for March 30, 2012



162 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.


This beautiful a capella hymn is sung by the Charity Homeschool Chorus. If you have been following Daily Prayer for long, you will probably recognize that this sounds like a Mennonite hymn, which is close. Charity Christian Fellowship is a less separatist spinoff of the Amish, with more emphasis on missionary service.

Prayer for the Morning

Oh God the King eternal, who divides the day from the darkness, and has turned the shadow of death into the light of morning; I pray that this day you will incline my heart to keep your commandments, driving temptation from my mind. Guide my feet into the way of peace; that having done your will with cheerfulness while it was day, I may, when the night comes, rejoice in giving you thanks for a day lived in your presence; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


A Prayer of Repentance for Lent

O Lord our God, good and merciful, I acknowledge all my sins which I have committed every day of my life, in thought, word and deed; in body and soul alike. I am heartily sorry that I have ever offended you, and I sincerely repent; with tears I humbly pray to you, O Lord: of your mercy forgive me all my past transgressions and absolve me from them. I firmly resolve, with the help of your grace, to amend my way of life and to sin no more; that I may walk in the way of the righteous and offer praise and glory to the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.



God of love, Father of all, the darkness that covered the earth has given way to the bright dawn of your Word made flesh. Make me and all who confess your holy name people of this light. Make us faithful to your Word that we may bring your life to the waiting world. Grant this through Christ our Lord.


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

endless knot

Psalm 91:5-6

You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,

Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.

Blue Latin Cross

Genesis 27:36-40 (ESV)

The Story of Isaac [13] - Jacob and Esau

Then Esau said, "Have you not reserved a blessing for me?"

Isaac answered and said to Esau, "Behold, I have made him lord over you, and all his brothers I have given to him for servants, and with grain and wine I have sustained him. What then can I do for you, my son?"

Esau said to his father, "Have you but one blessing, my father? Bless me, even me also, O my father." And Esau lifted up his voice and wept.

Then Isaac his father answered and said to him:

"Behold, away from the fatness of the earth shall your dwelling be,
and away from the dew of heaven on high.

By your sword you shall live,
and you shall serve your brother;

but when you grow restless
you shall break his yoke from your neck."

Notes on the Scripture

Today, we see more evidence that Isaac's "blessing" meant much more than a wish or prayer for success. The singular blessing he gave Jacob was what we would call his last will and testament. Isaac does not know when he will die, and must make a final disposition of his estate before he dies. There are no courts and, actually, not even a written language; although the great cities of Egypt and Mesopotamia have begun to use primitive forms of writing -- hieroglyphics and cuneiform -- it is not widespread.

But the blessing Isaac gives to Esau sounds more like prophecy. Since Esau was disinherited, Isaac does the best he can for him, for he loves Esau. The first two lines are the exact opposite of Jacob's; Jacob will have the fat of the earth and the dew of heaven, that is, he will own land and live by agriculture. Where Jacob was told he would rule, Esau will serve.

That Esau will live by his sword sounds as if he will be a professional soldier, but we know from later verses that this is not to be taken in the sense that it might be 1000 years later, when men spent their lives in uniform. Esau loves to be afield and grows restless in camp, anyway. He is to have the life he enjoys, the life of a hunter and man of action. And when he grows tired of serving Jacob, he will be allowed to free himself of obligation to Jacob. He has not been made the master of Isaac's tribe, but unlike his younger brothers and other relatives, he has Isaac's blessing to strike out on his own.

Thus Isaac fulfills the prophecy; it is through Rebekah's trickery rather than Isaac's own will, but remember, the prophecy was given to Rebekah in Genesis 25:

"Two nations are in your womb,
and two peoples from within you will be separated;

one people will be stronger than the other,
and the older will serve the younger."

Coptic Cross

Daily Prayer Community —>

Current Memory Verse     Remember the Bible

Today in Daily Prayer

Memory Verse

James 5:16: Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. For the prayer of a righteous man has great power.

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