Daily Devotional Prayer

Evening Devotion for August 23, 2019

Abraham, basilica of san vitale, ravenna, italy
Scenes from the life of Abraham, an ancient mosaic in the Basilica of San Vitale, Ravenna, Italy, c. 550 A.D.


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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.


Evening Prayer (George Washington)

O  Lord our God, most mighty and merciful father, I, your unworthy creation and servant, once more approach your presence. Though not worthy to appear before you, because of the many sins and transgressions which I have committed against your divine majesty; yet I pray you, for the sake of him in whom you are well pleased, the Lord Jesus Christ, to let me give you thanks and praise for your many and varied mercies extended toward me, for food, clothing, health, peace, liberty, and the hopes of a better life through the merits of your dear son's bitter passion. And I petition you for the quiet rest and repose in the coming night.

And O kind Father, continue your mercy and favor to me this evening, and tomorrow, and always; give resolution to all my lawful undertakings; let me have all my directions from your Holy Spirit; and success from your bountiful hand. Let the bright beams of your light so shine into my heart, and enlighten my mind in understanding your blessed word, that I may be enabled to perform your will in all things, and effectively resist all temptations of the world, the flesh and the devil. Preserve and defend our rulers in church and state. Bless the people of this land, be a father to the fatherless, a comforter to the comfortless, a deliverer to the captives, and a physician to the sick. Let your blessings guide me and all of us, this evening, and tomorrow, and forever, through Jesus Christ, in whose name I pray.



Have mercy on me, Oh Lord, for I am a humble and miserable sinner. [At this point, pause to remember specific sins you have committed during the day and speak or think them.] I renounce all of these sins, heavenly Father, and repent of them, and I promise to make every effort not to repeat them.

Have mercy on me, pardon me for these offences and any I might have omitted from forgetfulness or ignorance; in the name of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior, I pray for forgiveness. And I pray that your Holy Spirit may dwell with me in the coming day, to comfort me, to give me strength against temptation, and to guide me into the path of righteousness.


Prayer of St. Jerome

Lord, thou hast given us thy Word for a light to shine upon our path; grant us so to meditate on that Word, and to follow its teaching, that we may find in it the light that shines more and more until the perfect day; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Parting Prayer

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.


Annie Karto has such a pretty voice. Here, she tells of something most of us have felt, shame so strong that she wants to run and hide instead of embracing Christ’s forgiveness.



Psalm 60:1-5 (NKJV)

O God, You have cast us off;
You have broken us down;
You have been displeased;
Oh, restore us again!

You have made the earth tremble;
You have broken it;
Heal its breaches, for it is shaking.
You have shown Your people hard things;
You have made us drink the wine of staggering.

You have given a banner to those who fear You,
That it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah
That Your beloved may be delivered,
Save with Your right hand, and hear me.

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Judges 15:9-13 (ESV)

Samson [6] — Samson is Bound and Delivered to the Philistines

hen the Philistines came up and encamped in Judah and made a raid on Lehi. And the men of Judah said, “Why have you come up against us?” They said, “We have come up to bind Samson, to do to him as he did to us.”

Then 3,000 men of Judah went down to the cleft of the rock of Etam, and said to Samson, “Do you not know that the Philistines are rulers over us? What then is this that you have done to us?” And he said to them, “As they did to me, so have I done to them.” And they said to him, “We have come down to bind you, that we may give you into the hands of the Philistines.” And Samson said to them, “Swear to me that you will not attack me yourselves.”

“They said to him, “No; we will only bind you and give you into their hands. We will surely not kill you.” So they bound him with two new ropes and brought him up from the rock.”

Notes on the Scripture

Like so many armies occupying a conquered land, the Philistines hold the entire populace responsible for one individual's violence against them. Samson slaughtered a great number of Philistines and burned their crops; so the Philistines send out an army to raid the Jews. They seek vengeance for their dead, and restitution for the food they have lost.

The Hebrews hold Samson accountable. Why should they pay for his violence? They have been cowed into submission. They have lost faith in the promises of YHWH. They do not yet realize that Samson is acting as the hand of God, to get back what they have lost by their idolatry and weakness. But they do, apparently, realize the extent of Samson's ability as a fighting man. Instead of a little arrest party, 3,000 men go to capture him.

Samson goes along willingly. In return for their promise not to kill him by their own hand, he submits to being tied up and delivered to the Philistine army.

Daily Inspiration

“We See God Too Small”

French prayer card
French prayer card from @ 1910. “Who eats of this bread will live for eternity.”

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1 Thessalonians 4:11-12: Aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, . . . so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.

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