Daily Devotional Prayer

Daily Devotion for January 27, 2020

The Judgment of Solomon, by Nicholas Poussin,  1649.
The Judgment of Solomon, by Nicholas Poussin, 1649.


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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.


prayer for morning (e. e. cummings)

i thank God for most this
day; for the leaping greenly
spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky;
and for everything
which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes


Heal My Spirit

Heal me, oh Lord. Heal me in my body, for it is broken and pained from the afflictions of sin.
Heal me in my mind, for it is filled with love for the things of the world, and I suffer for my disobedience to you.
Heal me in my words, for they escape my lips in vain.
Heal me in my heart, for I too often judge others, resent others, grow angry and nurse my grievances.

Heal me in my life. Like a stupid and headstrong sheep, I have wandered from your path until I became lost in the desert of pride.
And above all, I implore you: Heal me in my spirit.
I am battle-ravaged by my sin, sick by my own will. The pure spirit you gave me is wreckage and rubble. I regret every abuse of your gifts. Forgive me, dear Christ, and replenish me with your infinite mercy, with your pure, clear, perfect love, until I am restored to the perfect beauty and peace of soul that can be found only by your grace.



[The Holy Spirit lets us live in the misery of our sinfulness. We damage our ability to hear the Spirit when we do not pay attention. ]


Into your hands, O Lord, Jesus Christ, my God, I commend my spirit. Bless me and all those who pray in faith of You this day; save us and grant unto us everlasting life.


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.

This haunting Celtic ballad from Enya reminds us, when we feel lost: Believe and you will find your way.



Proverbs 12:15 (ESV)

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes,
But he who is wise heeds the counsel of others.

Blue Latin Cross

Wisdom of Solomon 6:12-16 (RSV - Catholic)


isdom is radiant and unfading,
and she is easily discerned by those who love her,
and is found by those who seek her.

She hastens to make herself known to those who desire her.
One who rises early to seek her will have no difficulty,
for she will be found sitting at the gate.

To fix one’s thought on her is perfect understanding,
And one who is vigilant on her account will soon be free from care,
because she goes about seeking those worthy of her,
and she graciously appears to them in their paths,
and meets them in every thought.

Notes on the Scripture

One aspect of great poetry is that an explanation of it can never equal it. This passage is perfectly clear, beautiful, and uplifting. The best comment one could make on this passage is to say, “read it again, read it slowly, and think about every word.”

The Book of Wisdom is part of the Protestant Apocrypha, but is canonical in Catholic and Orthodox churches. Very few Protestant Bibles include these books any more, largely, one suspects, just as a matter of sheer size. Some of these books have little to offer to anyone except the serious Bible scholar, but several, especially the poetic books such as Wisdom and Ecclesiasticus, are a major loss.

Daily Inspiration

“The Great Commission”

Psalm 119 verse 105
Psalm 119:105

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Today in Daily Prayer

Memory Verse

Matthew 28:19: Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.

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Daily Quiz

Top score(s) on the Daily Quiz for Jan 26, 2020 were:

randall martin (12)
Margaret Entwistle (11)
Kathryn Halfman (11)
Norman Daniels (11)

Top score(s) on Match-a-Verse:
Pam Carpenter (9 out of 9)
Kathryn Halfman (9 out of 9)
Keith Langley (9 out of 9)
Greg Flippin (9 out of 9)
randall martin (9 out of 9)