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Daily Devotional Prayer

Daily Devotion for January 10, 2019


People at prayer in a Kenya Christian mission
Mission church in Kitale, Kenya.

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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.

Light My Path

I  come to you, my God, asking that your Spirit guide me in prayer. Lead me to complete devotion in my moments spent with you, Lord, for your Son has told us to come to you and I want to do so, not halfway, but with my full heart.

I know from Him that prayer is for the good of all. For you, because it is your commandment; for myself, because you love me as no other and want to fill me with goodness; for other people, for I want to love them in ways that are not in my nature and can only do if your power shines fully through my existence.

Daily prayer | woman

You have sent us your Holy Spirit; let me know Him in all times and in all places and in every cell of my being. When I am confused, the Spirit will bring me wisdom; when I am angry, peace; when I am afraid, comfort. When I have puffed myself up with pride, the Spirit will gently dissolve my self-deception, so that fear and greed and foolishness will melt away and I will know you, and the security and peace of the only truth on earth: the love of Christ. Let this be, Lord, I pray. Light my path.

Amen.

Keep Me from Falling

’Mid the discordant noises of the day I hear thee calling;
I stumble as I fare along Earth’s way; keep me from falling.

Mine eyes are open but they cannot see for gloom of night:
I can no more than lift my heart to thee for inward light.

The wild and fiery passion of my youth consumes my soul;
In agony I turn to thee for truth and self-control.

For Passion and all the pleasures it can give will die the death;
But this of me eternally must live, thy borrowed breath.

’Mid the discordant noises of the day I hear thee calling;
I stumble as I fare along Earth’s way; keep me from falling.

Amen.

Parting Prayer

O  good shepherd, seek me out, and bring me home to your fold again. Deal favourably with me according to your good pleasure, until I may dwell in your house all the days of my life, and praise you forever and ever with them that are there.

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.


Today’s “Remember the Bible” Question

Where in the Bible does Jesus tell us, “He who is not against us is for us”?

Answer: Mark 9:40


“Give, then, as Jesus gives; there is something all can give.”


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Scripture

Psalm 40:17 (NKJV)

I am poor and needy;
Yet the Lord thinks upon me.
You are my help and my deliverer;
Do not delay, O my God.


Blue Latin Cross

Romans 10:14-17 (ESV)

The Word of God

How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?

And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”

But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?”

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

Notes on the Scripture

Previously, we heard Paul’s lesson about how simple the Gospel is, for it has been delivered to us in simple terms. We do not have to ask, “What should I do?”

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ow, Paul puts the shoe on the other foot. Paul exhorts the early church to spread the Word of Christ. Because it is simple to find salvation if one hears the Gospel, we should preach it. How can people be saved if they don’t hear it, Paul asks, and how can they hear it if missionaries are not sent to deliver it?

To Paul, it was doubly important that the Roman church become infused with a passion for missionary work. To see why, you just need to look at a map of Paul’s second or third journey, paying attention to the areas in which he traveled. Then put this in the context of the entire Roman Mediterranean Sea. On this last map, the areas where Paul had traveled comprise most of the orange-shaded parts. (He had not traveled to Egypt, but others had, most notably Mark the Evangelist, who founded the church at Alexandria.)

As much territory as Paul covered, however, he had not been west of Greece when Romans was written. Paul was enormously concerned about spreading the Gospel to the red-shaded areas on the map. Most scholars believe that he hoped and planned that Rome would become an anchor, from which missionaries could be sent to the large and distant lands to the west: Italy, France, and most of all, Spain.

The problem is still with us today, although, as in Paul’s time, the difficulty may be more with the accuracy of the message to which people attach the holy name of Christ. People who preach Christ, and especially those who tie Him together with their own political views, are as apt to drive nonbelievers away as to bring them in.

We must preach the Gospel without fear and without ceasing; we must preach the ideas of our own pitiful minds, never. For we are a holy priesthood . . . well, I should let Peter tell it: “[Y]ou are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:9.)



Daily Inspiration

“A Cheerful Heart”


<i>Pick Up Your Cross,</i> by Wm. Adolphe Bougeuereau, ca. 1880.
Pick Up Your Cross, by Wm. Adolphe Bougeuereau, ca. 1880.

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Memory Verse

Philippians 2:6-7 (DP): Although He existed in the form of God, Christ did not retain equality with God, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant and being made in the likeness of men.



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Top score(s) on the Daily Quiz for Jan 09, 2019 were:

Cindy Moniz (12)
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Tom Kraft (12)
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Sylvia Banda (11)
Norman Daniels (11)
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