arrow to previous dayarrow to next day
Welcome back, Visitor.

Daily Devotion for January 25, 2014



Matthew 16

Prayers

Scripture

225 people in our community are currently praying with you.

lessons and scripture

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.



Prayer to Follow God's Will Today (by Jane Austen)

O  God, the author of all good, I come to You for the grace another day will require for its duties and events. I step out into a wicked world; I carry about with me an evil heart. I know that without You I can do nothing, that everything with which I shall be concerned, however harmless in itself, may prove an occasion of sin or folly, unless I am kept by Your power.

Hold me up O God and I shall be safe. Preserve my understanding from subtlety of error, my affections from love of idols, my character from stain of vice, my profession from every form of evil. May I engage in nothing in which I cannot implore Your blessing, and in which I cannot invite Your inspection. Prosper me in all lawful undertakings, or prepare me for disappointments.

Give me neither poverty nor riches. Feed me with food suitable for me, lest I be full and deny You and say, “Who is the Lord?” Or be poor, and steal, and take Your name in vain. May every creature be made good to me by prayer and Your will. Teach me how to use the world and not abuse it, to improve my talents, to redeem my time, to walk in wisdom toward those without, and in kindness to those within, to do good to all men, and especially to my fellow Christians. And to You, O God, be the glory.

Amen.

Meditation

[Let us close our eyes for a minute and meditate on what it means to be a “warrior for the Lord”.]


For Those Who Are Struggling

Heavenly Father, I pray for all my Christian brothers and sisters and for each and every family member in their households. I pray for peace to come in their hearts; I pray for love and joy to abound in their homes; I pray that they might enjoy good health, that they are not in debt, and that all their needs are met.

I pray that every eye that reads this knows there is no problem, circumstance, or situation greater than you, Mighty God. Every battle is in your hands for you to fight, Lord. I pray that these words be received into the hearts of every eye that sees them and every mouth that confesses them. In Christ’s name,

Amen.

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.



Coptic Cross

Starting Point

Don't let your situation discourage you. Everyone who got where they are, started where they were.

~ John Maxwell


Blue Latin Cross

Matthew 16:24-28 (J.B. Holman N.T.)

Take Up Your Cross and Follow Jesus [2]

Then Jesus said to his disciples,

“If anyone wants to follow in my footsteps he must give up all right to himself, take up his cross and follow me. For the man who wants to save his life will lose it; but the man who loses his life for my sake will find it. For what good is it for a man to gain the whole world at the price of his own soul? What could a man offer to buy back his soul once he had lost it?

For the Son of Man will come in the glory of his Father and in the company of his angels and then he will repay every man for what he has done. Believe me, there are some standing here today who will know nothing of death till they have seen the Son of Man coming as a king.”


Notes on the Scripture

The entire passage from yesterday is repeated as today's Scripture (in a different translation: the very fine loose or “dynamic equivalent” translation by J.B. Holman), to provide context for the sentence ending “he will repay every man for what he has done”; for this is so fraught with significance that we need to concentrate on it.

The passage reads, “what he has done.” The original Greek used the word praxis, which has survived as a (somewhat obscure) modern English word that means exactly what it did in Greek 2000 years ago!

“Praxis” is the process by which a theory or lesson is put into practice. Aristotle divided human knowledge into three categories: theoretical, which has a goal of truth; imaginative, which has a goal of creation; and praxis, which has a goal of action.

So this passage tells us that when Christ returns, he will judge us, not by our thoughts, but by our actions. This fits with our recent Memory Quote, James 2:16 (KJV): “Faith, if it hath not works, is dead.” (See James 2 generally). Christ is telling us that we will be judged according to our conduct.

We are justified by faith, and faith alone: but how much faith in Christ can a man have who is sleeping with someone else's wife, or a woman who steals money from her employer? If we have actual faith, we have repented our sins and strive, from our love for Christ, not to repeat them. It is not that Christ will punish us for sinning; punishment for sin from a just God was already a certainty when Jesus was born. Rather, Christ will redeem us from our sins. He will save us from punishment that was previously a certainty. He will reward us with forgiveness and wonderful blessings if we have faith.

But how is He going to judge the sincerity and depth of our faith? By how strong we think our faith is? By ecstatic feelings of oneness with the Creator? By protestations of our love and obedience?

We can let Christ himself answer this question: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. ” (Matthew 7:21)

We cannot be saved by works without faith; repentance and baptism in the name of Christ are the formal prerequisite (and only prerequisite) of salvation. But if our faith is real, our works will demonstrate it. If our works are not consistent with our faith, then we are kidding ourselves; our “faith” is a fantasy, a meaningless hodgepodge of reassuring thoughts and feelings without any true significance to our salvation.

Most of us feel it acutely when we have fallen short and, thus, today's Scripture might have an ominous overtone. But if we have real faith, our worries are nil. If we are trying, and learning, and fighting sinfulness, we can be confident in our victory, even if we fall short on occasion.



<i>Samson Slays the Lion</i>, anon., ca. 1750?
Samson Slays the Lion, anon., ca.1750? This wonderful Baroque treatment of Samson slaying the lion is probably mid-18th-century Italian. An allegorical sheep beneath the lion give it a Christological tone. It is puzzling how the name of such a great talent went unrecorded.

Current Memory Verse     Remember the Bible

Print Today’s Devotion





Today in Daily Prayer


Memory Verse

James 2:24, 26: You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone. . . . For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.



About Daily Prayer



Follow us on Facebook
Join the Daily Prayer Group.


If you are new to Daily Prayer, welcome. This page provides a non-denominational, Bible-based devotion every day, including prayers, Scripture, Bible study, music, and art, designed to be usable for worship and the deepening of faith by any person who confesses Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

We hope you will take a look around at some of the features. Registration is not necessary, although if you do register, you will be greeted by name and be able to record your scores on our Daily Bible Quiz, Match-a-Verse, and Memorize Favorite Bible Verses features.

We do not email anything, except replies to emails from readers. Registration asks for an email address as a means of verifying that people are real, but this is kept completely private and never used.

“The mind of God is greater than all the minds of men, so let all men leave the gospel just as God has delivered it unto us.” ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon





Add Comment

Note: Only registered members who are logged in will be able to see or post Comments. Apologies: we have had to do this to prevent spam.

Comments

No comments yet. Be the first!

Daily Quiz

No scores available at this time.



Our Community Around the World: Visitors July 1, 2009 - January 1, 2022


US  74,618,330
PH  5,277,754
CA  4,903,669
UK  3,347,801
AU  582,260
MY  103,677
ZA  102,555
NZ  98,931
SG  96,313
NG  81,473
IN  79,221
AE  66,880
SA  62,278
TT  59,321
KE  69,561
BB  54,010
JM  50,484
FJ  44,356
KY  41,644
CN  36,375
DE  30,516
HK  29,772
KR  26,339
GH  21,404
DM  21,025
IT  20,763
FR  20,313
TZ  16,068
BM  16,045
BS  15,664
MW  12,524
ID  12,141
LC  11,836
ZW  11,422
GU  11,319
PK  10,699
CZ  7,448
CO  7,411
UG  7,223
HN  6,991
VC  6,314
QA  6,208
MX  5,089
KW  4,226
BR  4,124
NL  3,956
TH  3,888
BZ  3,647
BW  3,456
OM  3,451
BG  3,450
BO  3,120
EG  4,782
CH  6,919
NA  2,422
ES  2,419
AW  2,335
PR  12,563
LK  3,282
IE  2,964
IL  2,551
GY  2,539
ET  2,312
TW  2,310
CM  2,242
BE  2,038
DK  6,333
LB  1,682
ZM  1,503