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

May the peace of God reign in this place
and the love of God forever hold you tight,
May the Spirit of God flow through your life
and the joy of God uphold you day and night.

Daily Devotion for August 20, 2010



468 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.


Mallotte's setting of the Lord's Prayer, this time by Richard Tucker, a bit more "classical" than the Boccelli version yesterday.

Prayer for the Morning

I call upon you, O Lord. In the morning you hear me; in the morning I offer you my prayer, watching and waiting.

I lift my heart to you, O Lord, to be strengthened for this day. Be with me in all I do, my God; guide me in all my ways.

I will carry some burdens today; some trials will be mine. So I wait for your help, Lord, lest I stumble and fall.

I will do my work, Father, the work begun by your Son. He lives in me and I in him; may his work today be done.


Prayer for Family and Friends

Blessed are You, loving Father, For all your gifts to us. Blessed are You for giving us family and friends To be with us in times of joy and sorrow, To help us in days of need, And to rejoice with us in moments of celebration.

Father, We praise You for Your Son Jesus, Who knew the happiness of family and friends, And in the love of Your Holy Spirit. Blessed are you for ever and ever.



Finally, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, let me think about these things. What I have learned and received, let me do; and the God of peace be with us all.


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.

dove of peace

Psalm 107:4-6

Some wandered in desert wastelands, finding no way to a city where they could settle.

They were hungry and thirsty, and their lives ebbed away.

Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.

Blue Latin Cross

Matthew 6:13

The Lord's Prayer (part 5)

For thine is the kingdom . . . .

Notes on the Scripture

It is easy to gloss over the end of the Lord's Prayer will little thought. We mostly pray "forthineisthekingdom andthepower andtheglory" in a half-second just to finish up the prayer, with a general understanding that God is great. Meditation on its meaning, however, will enrich and deepen your understanding every time you pray it. Each of the three attributes — kingdom, power, and glory — describes a particular, separate and important aspect of God.

"For thine is the kingdom." God is the King. It is he who makes the highest laws and we must follow them. When there is a conflict between a law given to us by God, and a law given to us by a nation or a church or any other earthly authority, we must follow God's law.

He is also the judge of how well we have followed the laws, and there is no appeal from his judgment. We must appeal or ask for mercy from God himself, in the person of Jesus Christ, when we are condemned by trangressing God's will.

We may follow the laws of earthly rulers, and in most cases we can do so without offending our God. We may pay our taxes; Christ specifically told us to "render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's", because God does not care about money and earthly power. He cares about our conduct and our hearts and souls. Furthermore, at least in most Western countries, the criminal laws are not offensive to our beliefs, because they were largely derived from Judeo-Christian principals. Murder, theft, and false swearing are crimes, and most other laws are designed to implement the teaching "love thy brother as thyself".

Even laws about property resemble the laws of the ancient Hebrews. Exodus 22 is full of property laws that sound familiar to us. For example, Exodus 22:6 says, "If a fire breaks out and spreads into thornbushes so that it burns shocks of grain or standing grain or the whole field, the one who started the fire must make restitution." This is still the law in most states. If you start a fire, and it spreads to your neighbor's land, you will have to pay for the damage he suffers.

Sometimes, however, following the rule that "thine is the kingdom" can cause grave difficulties. As one difficult example, during a war, many people have been faced with a dilemma about serving in the armed forces. I am not saying that it is right or wrong to fight as a soldier; this is very much a matter of individual conscience. It is not for me to judge others. (I personally served in the Vietnam War; however, I worked as a translator and never had to kill anyone. I am most thankful that I was not tested in that way — many people were not so lucky.) But a person who is convinced that serving in a particular war contravenes God's law might well suffer a long prison term or virtual exile.

When you pray "thine is the kingdom", then, it means something very specific and powerful; people have given their lives based on the principal.

Current Memory Verse     Remember the Bible

Print Today’s Devotion

Today in Daily Prayer

Memory Verse


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 and membership-dependant features have been disabled, temporarily, while we add new security features. You should be able to use our Daily Bible Quiz, but Match-a-Verse , and Memorize Favorite Bible Verses won’t be back for a while.

We do not email anything, except replies to emails from readers.

“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


Register for the Forum  Post a Comment

Our Community Around the World: Visitors July 1, 2009 - October 1, 2023

US  83,559,217
PH  6,517,455
CA  6,022,764
UK  3,900,469
AU  751,102
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