Daily Devotional Prayer

Daily Devotion for July 20, 2019

Love of God | Ephesians


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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.


For a Sense of Wonder at God's Creation

Dear Lord, grant me the grace of wonder. Surprise me, amaze me, awe me in every crevice of your universe. Delight me to see how your Christ plays in ten thousand places, in limbs and eyes not His, to be the father through the features of men's faces. Each day enrapture me with your marvelous things without number. I do not ask to see the reason for it all; I ask only to share the wonder of it all.


Prayer for Those with Harmful Obsessions

Heavenly Father, I remember today all the many people who damage or destroy their lives with one of the thousand obsessions that can plague the human mind: The alcoholic and addict; those with eating disorders; those with sexual compulsions; those who are driven to obsessive gambling; the superstitious; those who hoard obsessively and live in squalor; those whose only concern is their appearance, or wealth; or any of the myriad, baffling, and often bizarre behavioral disorders that may affect and burden the lives of your people.

Jesus heals a blind man

Help me first to remember, when I am shocked by their behavior or critical of them, that they are your beautiful children whom you love. Give them the strength to seek help, guide them to people who can help them, and flood them with the power of your Holy Spirit, that they may control their disorders and find peace and contentment on this earth, and the eternal joy that awaits the faithful. I pray this in the name of Christ, who loved beyond all love and was always pleased to heal those who came to Him in faith.



Finally, let me go forth in thanks for the victory I have been given through our Lord Jesus Christ. May I be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, and always remembering that in the Lord our labor is not in vain.


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.

Today’s “Remember the Bible” Question

What does Proverbs 30:5-6 tell us?

Answer: “Every word of God is flawless. Do not add to his words or He will rebuke you and prove you a liar.”

Our Saturday Oldie isn’t a musical piece at all, but an excerpt from an old sermon by S. M. Lockridge. These might be the most stirring words ever preached, at least in modern times!


Psalm 6:7-9 (KJV)

Mine eye is consumed because of grief;
it waxeth old because of all mine enemies.

Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity;
for the Lord hath heard the voice of my weeping.

The Lord hath heard my supplication;
the Lord will receive my prayer.

Blue Latin Cross

Acts 27:9-12 (ESV)

Paul's Fourth Voyage
Paul’s Warning is Ignored

ince much time had passed, and the voyage was now dangerous because even the Fast was already over, Paul advised them, saying, “Sirs, I perceive that the voyage will be with injury and much loss, not only of the cargo and the ship, but also of our lives.” But the centurion paid more attention to the pilot and to the owner of the ship than to what Paul said.

And because the harbor was not suitable to spend the winter in, the majority decided to put out to sea from there, on the chance that somehow they could reach Phoenix, a harbor of Crete, facing both southwest and northwest, and spend the winter there.

Notes on the Scripture

Paul’s ship is most likely an imperial grain ship, which brought grain from Asia to Rome. The season for these ships was spring and summer, because the route becomes adverse in September. So the owners are probably trying to eke out a greater profit by making another, more dangerous run in early autumn; the pilot and crew thus have a financial interest in getting to Italy promptly, which has led them to their predicament. The end of the “Fast” — the Jewish Day of Atonement — would have been in early October, so this ship is sailing very late, in a time of short days, long nights, increased rain and snow, and heavy westerly winds pushing against them.

By this point, they are already in trouble. Although they have scratched and clawed their way to Fair Havens, they have a difficult decision: winter in an unsafe harbor, or risk the adverse conditions to reach a safer harbor at the western tip of Crete. They run for it.

The broad metaphor of the Roman centurion trusting in the pilot and owner — the servants of mammon — rather than in Paul, the servant of God, is difficult to miss.

Daily Inspiration

“ The Shadow of Protection ”

<i>The Ramparts of God’s House (detail)</i> by John Strudwick, ca. 1891
The Ramparts of God’s House (detail) by John Strudwick, ca. 1891.

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Memory Verse

Hebrews 13:8: Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

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Top score(s) on the Daily Quiz for Jul 19, 2019 were:

Norman Daniels (12)
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Margaret Entwistle (11)
Linda Surber (11)
Kathryn Halfman (11)

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Vavachan Joseph (9 out of 9)
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Norman Daniels (9 out of 9)
randall martin (9 out of 9)
Kathryn Halfman (9 out of 9)