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Daily Devotional Prayer

Daily Devotion for February 28, 2020


<i>Crucifixion (detail)</i>, glass mosaic by Mia Tavonatti, ca. 2011.
Crucifixion (detail), glass mosaic by Mia Tavonatti, ca. 2011.

Prayers

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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.

Amen.

To Know God

O  God, I have tasted Thy goodness, and it has both satisfied me and made me thirsty for more. I am painfully conscious of my need for further grace. I am ashamed of my lack of desire. O God, the Triune God, I want to want Thee; I long to be filled with longing; I thirst to be made more thirsty still.

Show me Thy glory, I pray Thee, so that I may know Thee indeed. Begin in mercy a new work of love within me. Say to my soul, “Rise up my love, my fair one, and come away.” Then give me grace to rise and follow Thee up from this misty lowland where I have wandered so long.

Amen.

For Wisdom

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Almighty God, I pray for wisdom in these times of uncertainty. I look deep into my heart and soul to find your truth. I pray for comfort in times of spiritual restlessness — as I journey through the murky waters of sin and self-doubt. Lord, I pray for your word to enrich my life and bring me to a closer relationship and understanding with you, through your Son, Jesus Christ.

And may all your children be granted the same wisdom, comfort, and the promise of your word throughout their daily lives, that we all can gather in your house and praise you more lovingly and faithfully from this day forward. In Christ’s name,

Amen.

Meditation

“I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me.”

Psalm 131:1


Benediction

Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, I pray that you direct my way unto you, and make me and all of us to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you; to the end that we may establish our hearts unblameable in holiness before you, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.

Amen.

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.



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Scripture

John 17:1-5 (ESV)

When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him.

And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.”


Blue Latin Cross

Philippians 2:9-11 (ESV)

The Glorification of Humility
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herefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Notes on the Scripture

Paul’s cautious words about the true humanity of Jesus do not lead to the conclusion that Jesus was “just like us.” No doubt, Paul upset a lot of people; and if one discusses Philippians 2 or Hebrews 13 in any Christian gathering, it will likely provoke an emotional reaction. He therefore followed verses 6-8 with a passionate statement of the divinity of Christ.

We worship Christ; He is God. Jesus was, furthermore, the only way in which we can find God.

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In the 21st century, inclusiveness has become a primary goal of society. It is widely viewed as a moral absolute. And within the four wall of Christianity, it is indeed a commandment of God. “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28).” The extension of this truth surely encompasses such human traits as race, and ability, and nationality.

But when you get to religion, you hit a hard and absolute defining line. God’s intention is that “every knee shall bow” at the name of Jesus. In Christ, there is no difference between Muslim and atheist. Whether they commit mass murder or spend exemplary lives of charity, humility, and selflessness, they are unredeemed sinners who do not know God.

We cannot judge them; our marching orders are “that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people” (1 Timothy 2:1). But we live in the knowledge that they are like people dying in a hospital, refusing treatment. God in His love for them does not command that “every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord” in an angry way. He does so out of love, that they might be saved. We, then, must emulate God in our love for them.



Daily Inspiration

“Changing Course”


<i>Christ Crucified</i>  by Diego Velazquez, ca. 1632
Christ Crucified, by Diego Velazquez, ca. 1632. One of the finest, or at least most famous, of all the thousands of depictions of the crucifixion.

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Memory Verse

Proverbs 30:5-6: Every word of God is flawless. Do not add to his words or He will rebuke you and prove you a liar.



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