Daily Devotional Prayer

Daily Devotion for August 19, 2018

<i>Religion</i> by Charles Sprague Pearce, ca. 1896.
Religion by Charles Sprague Pearce, ca. 1896. This mural was executed for the Library of Congress.


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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.


A Prayer Before Reading Scripture

Open my eyes, gracious Lord, as I turn to your word. I long to know you, to understand life, and to be changed. Examine me, Lord, by the floodlight of your truth.


Prayer to Abide with God

Dear Lord, as I come before you this morning, my spirit is filled with thanks that you have given me a life and filled it with meaning. Knowing that you have a purpose for me is such a gift as I cannot express; even when the world or my own thoughts fill me with feelings of worthlessness, I can turn to you and know, fully certain, that you are in charge and have filled my existence with meaning and purpose I cannot fully understand.

Lord Christ, you promised that if we love you and obey your teaching, you and the Father will make your home with us; I declare my love for you; and there is nothing I want more than to have you live with me, present in my life. Help me to follow your teaching in every way; for you have given us grace, that by your death and resurrection, we may be perfect before you. Accept my love and be with me, today and always, I pray; not by my merit, but by your grace, oh Christ, oh one true God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.



Now to Him who has given me grace in accordance with His gospel, in keeping with the revelation of the mystery hidden for many ages past, but now revealed and made known by the command of the eternal God, so that all mankind might find the obedience that comes from faith; to the only God, the God of wisdom and truth, be glory forever through His only son, Jesus Christ.




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Psalm 104 (NKJV) (abridged)

Praise the Lord, O my soul.


Lord my God, you are very great;
you are clothed with splendor and majesty.
Who cover Yourself with light as with a garment,
Who stretch out the heavens like a curtain.

Who makes the clouds His chariot,
Who walks on the wings of the wind,
Who makes His angels spirits,
His ministers a flame of fire.

He sends the springs into the valleys;
They flow among the hills.
They give drink to every beast of the field;
The wild donkeys quench their thirst.
By them the birds of the heavens have their home;
They sing among the branches.
He waters the hills from His upper chambers;
The earth is satisfied with the fruit of Your works.

He causes the grass to grow for the cattle,
And vegetation for the service of man,
That he may bring forth food from the earth,
And wine that makes glad the heart of man,
Oil to make his face shine,
And bread which strengthens man’s heart.
The trees of the Lord are full of sap,
The cedars of Lebanon which He planted,
Where the birds make their nests;
The stork has her home in the fir trees.
The high hills are for the wild goats;
The cliffs are a refuge for the rock badgers.

Jesus slave

He appointed the moon for seasons;
The sun knows its going down.
You make darkness, and it is night,
In which all the beasts of the forest creep about.
The young lions roar after their prey,
And seek their food from God.
When the sun rises, they gather together
And lie down in their dens.
Man goes out to his work
And to his labor until the evening.

O Lord, how manifold are Your works!
In wisdom You have made them all.
The earth is full of Your possessions—
This great and wide sea,
In which are innumerable teeming things,
Living things both small and great.
There the ships sail about;
There is that Leviathan
Which You have made to play there.

These all wait for You,
That You may give them their food in due season.
What You give them they gather in;
You open Your hand, they are filled with good.
You hide Your face, they are troubled;
You take away their breath, they die and return to their dust.
You send forth Your Spirit, they are created;
And You renew the face of the earth.

Exodus seventh plague of hail

May the glory of the Lord endure forever;
May the Lord rejoice in His works.
He looks on the earth, and it trembles;
He touches the hills, and they smoke.

I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.
May my meditation be sweet to Him;
I will be glad in the Lord.
May sinners be consumed from the earth,
And the wicked be no more.

Bless the Lord, O my soul!

Notes on the Scripture

Sunday is a good day to worship God; and when one wants to worship Him, there is no better way than to read one of the great psalms. Really, I am too awed right now to add my pathetic scribblings to this majestic psalm. Bless the Lord, O my soul. Hallelujah!

Daily Inspiration

“ For Such A Time As This ”

<i>Guardian Angel</i> by Franz Dvorak, ca. 1911.
Guardian Angel by Franz Dvorak, ca. 1911. A reminder of the sweetness of Christ's grace.

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Memory Verse

Romans 14:1: Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters.

Comments (6)

Topic: Daily Prayer and Christian Devotional
Jessie (Charlotte, US) says...
Thank you god for everything
Today 11:16am
Linda (US) says...
Thank you for the Psalm today!!! What a beautiful reminder of God’s
Today 11:09am
Linda (Powell TN, US) says...
Thank you Ann for the beautiful inspiration of Esther. I am sending this on to my 18 year old granddaughter who just moved into her college dorm. God bless you for your sweet words.
Today 9:31am
Ann Brock (US) says...
Thank you Linda for your kind words. I will be praying for your granddaughter that she will hear our loving God speaking to her heart as she reads about Esther. God bless you for being a caring grandmother. Cool
Today 11:47am
Bob Diana (Waxahachie TX) says...
The devotion today is absolutely marvelous, glorious, and spectacular. Hallelujah!!!
Today 8:50am
Silvana says...
What a perfect reading and daily inspiration for this beautiful Sunday morning. May your day be filled with love ❤️
Today 8:39am
Paul C Salins (India) says...
SmileThank you so much for the spiritual insight your page gives every morning. Today i was greatly moved by the soldiers prayer. How in great suffering men and women find Gods own nature in themselves. Thanks so mych for the exceptional choice of works of great art you provide. It is a very special experience to wonder at mans creativity and perceive Gods grace. I am very grateful to you for your ministry. May God richly bless .
Yesterday 12:43pm
William (Fort Russell, US) says...
Romans 1:28-32 says it all. Are we there yet?
Yesterday 11:21am
Ann Brock (US) says...
Thank you Bob and Jessie for your kind comments regarding the inspiration that I wrote. A favorite fear-fighting verse for me to try to remember is: "I will be your God throughout your lifetime--until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you." (Isaiah 46:4) God bless both of you. Cool
Yesterday 9:50am
Jessie (Charlotte, US) says...
Thank you for today's inspiration as I read it I had a lot of fear in my life as I feel that I'm getting closer to God I feel that fear slowly slipping away and what a feeling it is give thanks to God amen
Yesterday 8:51am
Bob (Pa.) says...
Thank you, Ann, for your inspiration today
Yesterday 8:43am
Francy says...
Thank you for the beautiful music ‘this morning.
Yesterday 7:28am
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