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Daily Devotion for December 6, 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.
1 Kings 8:22-53
King Solomon's Prayer
Earlier, Solomon had a bronze platform made that was about eight feet square and five feet high, and he put it in the center of the outer courtyard near the altar. Solomon stood on the platform facing the altar with everyone standing behind him. Then he lifted his arms towards heaven, knelt down and prayed:
Lord God of Israel, there is no other god in heaven or on earth like you.
You do not forget the covenant you made with your people; you are loyal to anyone who faithfully obeys your commandments. David my father was your servant, and all that you promised to him, you fulfilled.
You promised that his seed would be king of Israel forever, if they obey you as he did. I pray you, keep the promise you made to your servant David. There is not room enough in all of heaven for you, Lord. How could you possibly live on earth in this temple I have built? But I ask you to answer my prayer. This is the temple where you have chosen to be worshiped. Watch over it night and day, and listen when I turn toward it and pray. I am your servant, and Israel are your people; whenever any of us look toward this temple and pray, answer from your home in heaven and forgive our sins.
If one accuses another, and the accused stands at the altar of your temple and swears, "I swear I am innocent", listen from heaven and decide the case. Punish the guilty, and let the innocent go free.
If your people Israel sin against you, and an enemy defeats them, and if they come to this temple and beg forgiveness, listen from your home in heaven. Forgive them and bring them back to the land you gave their forefathers.
If your people sin against you, and you hold back the rain in punishment, and if they stop their sin to turn toward this temple to pray in your name: Listen from your home in heaven and forgive them. Israel are your servants; teach them to live in your light, and send rain on the land you promised them.