Daily Devotion for August 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.
A gospel song, written in 1952 by “Mountain Man” Carl L. Trivette, performed by country great Alan Jackson.
If I surveyed all the good things that come to me from above,
If I could count all the blessings from the storehouse of love,
I'd simply ask for the favor of him beyond mortal men,
And I'm sure that he’d grant it again.
I want to stroll over Heaven with you some glad day,
When all our troubles and heartaches are vanished away.
Then we'll enjoy the beauty where all things are new,
I want to stroll over Heaven with you.
So many places of beauty we long to see here below,
But time and treasures have kept us from making plans as you know;
But come the morning of rapture together we'll stand a new,
While I stroll over Heaven with you.
Music and Lyrics by Carl L. Trivette
A Child's Prayer
For Morn, my dome of blue,
For Meadows, green and gay,
And Birds who love the twilight of the leaves,
Let Jesus keep me joyful when I pray.
For the big Bees that hum
And hide in bells of flowers;
For the winding roads that come
To Evening’s holy door,
May Jesus bring me grateful to his arms,
And guard my innocence for evermore.
Prayer to Receive God’s True Word
Holy Lord, who has given me the facility to hear and understand, let me receive your Word with an open mind and clear eye. Whenever I read your Scripture, let your Holy Spirit guide me to the truth, setting aside my preconception and self-justification.
I pray to hear what you intend for me to hear. Lead me to remember that, where we disagree, You are right and I am wrong. And help me always to an attitude of humility in my study, keeping in mind always to use your Word as a guide that will lead me on the path to salvation, never as a tool to justify my faulty and selfish thought; for I am justified by faith.
[When you read the Bible, is your mind full of thoughts, comparing and testing what you read against what you already “know”? Do you say, “that makes sense”? Or do you read like a child who knows nothing, like you are reading the answer to a quiz question, and if it conflicts with your knowledge say, “I did not know that.” ]
God of mercy, swift to help: as my lips pour forth your praise, fill my heart with the peace you give to those who wait for your salvation in Jesus Christ our Lord.
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.
Psalm 7:3-5 (NKJV)
O Lord my God, if I have done this:
If there is iniquity in my hands,
If I have repaid evil to him who was at peace with me,
Or have plundered my enemy without cause,
Let the enemy pursue me and overtake me;
Yes, let him trample my life to the earth,
And lay my honor in the dust. Selah
Romans 8:26-30 (ESV)
The Spirit Within Us
ikewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
Notes on the Scripture
There are two parts to the passage today. Paul’s first paragraph boils down to this: It doesn’t matter so much what we pray as the fact that we pray. If we struggle for words in our prayers, it is fine. The Holy Spirit is there to help us. The Spirit will search our heart and pray with us and for us.
We cannot see into the future. So, how are things going to turn out for us in our lives? Some days, things may seem to be going great, and another day, not so well. Have faith; things are going to turn out great for us! We may not be able to see the future. We really cannot even see the present all that clearly. But God sees and understands everything, and he has promised us that everything is going to turn out well; so well, in fact, that we cannot even appreciate how good it will be.
In the final section, Paul talks about God’s foreknowledge and people whom God predestined to be glorified just as Christ was, to be Christ’s “younger brothers.” Many churches avoid these verses, because the concept of predestination has been the source of great contention among Christians in the past. God’s foreknowledge of how everything will turn out can be baffling to us, because we have trouble reconciling it with free will. If we have free will, how can our salvation be determined in advance?
But the passage is meant to be comforting, not baffling. Paul is telling us to have courage in the face of hardship, because God is not subject to human limitations of time. We can have faith that God knows things will turn out well for us, because God can see it now and could see it when the universe began. He knows that we will come to Him and be saved.
Ultimately, Paul wants us to stop depending and trusting in our ability and start trusting God’s ability.