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Daily Devotion for November 11, 2017


Saint Peter Preaching the Bible, Fra Angelico
Saint Peter Teaching in the Presence of Saint Mark, Fra Angelico, c. 1432.

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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.

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A Prayer of Entreaty by Jane Austen

Compassionate Lord, give me a thankful sense of the Blessings in which I live, of the many comforts of my lot; that I may not deserve to lose them by Discontent or Indifference.

Be gracious to my Necessities, and guard me, and all I love, from Evil this day. May the sick and afflicted, be now, and ever thy care; and heartily do I pray for the safety of all that travel by Land or by Sea, for the comfort & protection of the Orphan and Widow and that thy pity may be shewn upon all Captives and Prisoners.

Above all other blessings Oh! God, for myself, and my fellow-creatures, I implore Thee to quicken our sense of thy Mercy in the redemption of the World, of the Value of that Holy Religion in which we have been brought up, that we may not, by our own neglect, throw away the salvation thou hast given us, nor be Christians only in name. Hear me Almighty God, for His sake who has redeemed me, and taught me thus to pray.

Amen.

For God’s Holy Church

Father of mercy, your love embraces everyone, and through the Resurrection of your Son you call me and all the members of your church into your wonderful light. Dispel our darkness and make us a people with one heart and one voice, forever singing your praise, in Jesus, the Christ, our Lord.

Amen.

Dedication to Service

Now, oh heavenly Father, I ask to be called as a witness to your love by the love I extend to others; a precursor of your justice by my unfailing commitment to what is right and good; a lamp set on a hill, reflecting the light of Christ in my forgiveness, mercy and compassion; and a harvester of souls through my humble and dedicated servanthood. In Jesus' name, I pray,

Amen.

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Today’s “Remember the Bible” Question

Which Bible verse reminds us that our salvation is a gift from God, not our own doing, so that none of us may boast?

Answer: Ephesians 2:8-9



endless knot

Psalm 101:1-4 (NKJV)

I will sing of mercy and justice;
To You, O Lord, I will sing praises.

I will behave wisely in a perfect way.
Oh, when will You come to me?
I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.

I will set nothing wicked before my eyes;
I hate the work of those who fall away;
It shall not cling to me.

A perverse heart shall depart from me;
I will not know wickedness.


Blue Latin Cross

Isaiah 51:9, 12-16 (ESV)

God, Our Power and Our Salvation
Awake, awake, put on strength,
O arm of the Lord;
awake, as in days of old,
the generations of long ago.

I am he who brings you comfort. What are you, that you fear men, who will die, and the sons of men, who are made like grass? You have Jehovah your creator, who stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundations of the earth.

Why do you live all the day in continual fear of men who oppress you, as they make ready to destroy? And where is the fury of the oppressor?

The captive exile will be freed quickly. He will not die and descend to the pit, nor run short of bread. For I am Jehovah your God, who stirs up the sea, so that the waves roar. Jehovah of hosts is his name. I have put my words in your mouth, and have sheltered you in the shadow of my hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, You are my people.


Notes on the Scripture

T

he passage starts off by telling us to wake up, or more literally, rouse ourselves from our lethargy. The church of the faithful is the “arm of the Lord”; what, exactly, are we afraid of? Why are we hiding ourselves instead of going forth, like an army of Israel, and fighting for our faith?

Isaiah wrote this passage to the Jews, who had been captured by the great Babylonian army, and seemed to have been content to be subjugated in faith and freedom by Nebuchadnezzar and his successors. They became complacent, forgetting the power of the Lord, unwilling to tap the power of God and fight for their faith.

We pray “Thine is the . . . power and the glory,” but for all God has done for us, what have we done for God? And what have we done for our fellow men, wallowing in unrepentant and self-justified sin, who will pay such a terrible price when Christ’s judgment falls upon them?

The church in North America, Western Europe, and the English-speaking world, are in much the same position as the Jews during the Babylonian captivity, for we have become wordless and compromising prisoners of a sinful and secular kingdom. The United States had its origin in the strength and purpose of our Christian forefathers, but their values and faith have become a joke, an historical footnote.

If we pray that the power belongs to God, we must act on our belief. Keeping our mouths shut because we do not want to suffer the mockery of fools is not the lesson the Bible teaches us; for Peter, and Paul, and almost every other saint of the early church, was mocked and scorned — and, sometimes, murdered by a crowd, as was Christ Himself. So why should we shrink in fear of criticism?

Our society is without doubt in decline, and it is our fault, for we have become largely passive and relativistic. Most of us seem willing to accept the values that we learn, not from the Bible, but from people who seek salvation is the fulfillment of their appetites. Never has public opinion been so driven by lust, greed, and rage.

We must never be afraid to speak out, to spend the currency of our lives and energy in spreading the truth and love of Christ to those who can hear it. Let us all resolve in the coming week to let the truth be known at least once, in a situation where we may be met with scorn; for God’s power is great, and He waits with love and mercy for all who might turn to him.



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Christ Victorious by Christian St. Pierre (1992).

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