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Daily Devotion for May 4, 2021

Christian martyrs|Eugene Thirion
Triumph of Faith by Eugene Thirion, ca. 1876. A depiction of Nero’s slaughter of Christians in the Coliseum in 65 A.D. (See Full-size)



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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.


A top contemporary country star, Vince Gill, wants to know more . . . .

For a Steady Mind While at Prayer

O  Lord, take from me idleness of spirit, which destroys time; and vanity of thought, which hinders Your presence and distracts my attention to prayer. And if, while in prayer, I turn away from You in my thoughts, help me to return to my purpose; so that I might not avert my heart from You, during the few precious moments I dedicate to talking with You.

Hermit at Prayer

And grant me this day, dear Lord, that You may never be completely out of my thoughts. Let me carry you as a voice to guide my every step as I slip down the path of this precious day, that I might always remember Your will, and lighten the world around me. Help me to make every moment of my day, every word from my mouth, a prayer, that I might live in Your presence.


Ancient Prayer: Jesus Wash My Feet

Jesus, my feet are dirty. Come even as a slave to me, pour water into your bowl, come and wash my feet. In asking such a thing I know I am overbold, but I dread what was threatened when you said to me, “If I do not wash your feet I have no fellowship with you.” Wash my feet then, because I long for your companionship.


Community of Prayer

I  pray to you, dearest Jesus, for all the graces I need to know you, to love you and serve you faithfully unto death, and to save my soul. Give me a tender and fervent devotion to your sacred passion by which I was redeemed, venerating you each day in prayer, and teach me how to unite sorrows and sufferings of my life with your own.


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 do we find this quote from Christ: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God? (Near misses count!)

Answer: Matthew 5:9

endless knot


We never grow closer to God when we just live life. It takes deliberate pursuit and attentiveness.

~ Francis Chan

Blue Latin Cross

Exodus 20:13 (Young’s Literal Translation)

The Sixth Commandment

hou dost not murder.

Notes on the Scripture

This phrase is rendered in just two words in the original Hebrew: “Never murder.” The King James translation, “Thou shalt not kill,” simply got it wrong. If one reads the Old Testament, interpreting this as a general prohibition against taking human life cannot be correct, anyway. Those who would argue against the death penalty, for example, need to look to the New Testament for their arguments.

(Just to be crystal clear, Daily Prayer does not advocate for or against governmental capital punishment or any other political controversy. Our purpose is to read what is written without preconception, to derive and study the explicit meaning of the Bible, rather than imposing our own biases or opinions upon it.)

San Vitale Moses receiving ten commandments

Reading Exodus, we study the law of Moses, and not just the Ten Commandments. The attitude towards taking human life is quite different from most of modern Western society. God prescribes the death penalty for numerous offenses; even more pointedly, in the early history books, He will allow or even encourage what we would call genocide. In the conquest of Canaan, where a city chose to fight against the Israelites, the Hebrew army were commanded to kill all the men (although they might take women and children as “plunder”). (Deuteronomy 20:10-18) In other cases, however, heathen women and children are put to the sword. (E.g. Numbers 31:7-18.)

This raises a very basic issue of the origin of morality. Atheism has no regard for human life. An atheist might belive human life is sacred, but it is simply a personal opinion. Atheism has no moral source, no anchor, no guide except the mental state of whoever can seize power. When Christ came along, the civilized world was the world of Rome, and the Romans certainly had no concept of any inherit sanctity in human life! This is an almost exclusively Christian concept.

Over the course of 2000 years, the prevailing Christian culture of Western Europe has, with painful slowness and difficulty, implanted the idea that killing people is innately immoral. It has sunk deeply into our cultural fabric. And without faith in the Bible, it can just as easily evaporate.

One of the great stupidities of atheist thought is that this regard for human life will survive without this anchor to God. Probably a majority of the people in the west are post-Christian atheists and agnostics. They will tell you that murder is wrong, but they have no concept of why they believe this.

And, in point of fact, where Christianity is repressed, regard for human life disappears. Three words prove this beyond argument: Mao, Stalin, and Hitler (in approximate order of number of people killed), who collectively have more than 100 million deaths to their credit.

We hold the lives of others as sacred because Christ tells us to do so, not because we are naturally good or moral. God is always right. If He told the Israelites to kill all the inhabitants in a town, He had a good reason. We cannot understand God’s plan.

But here, at the dawn of morality sometime prior to 1000 B.C., God forbids us from committing murder, that is, an individual decision to take another human life for one’s own purpose. This has not changed, and there is never an exception in the Bible, Old Testament or New.

<i>Christian Martyrs in the Coliseum,</i> Gustav Doré ca. 1870.
Christian Martyrs in the Coliseum, Gustav Doré ca. 1870.

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Deuteronomy 10:17-19: The Lord your God . . . loves the strangers, providing them food and clothing. You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.

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Comments (5)


Thank you Mason for the lovely daily inspiration! You had me in stitches re ‘stressed home owner ‘ & ‘telecom salesmen’...just love your sense of humour which makes you so very approachable!

I call myself a G-d botherer because I’m ALWAYS knocking on His door! ALWAYS asking Him to open my eyes and teach me what I need to know in order to be a better human being while on earth.

And YOU, are a brilliant teacher! Due to technical problems, I was unable to comment about that beautiful ancient painting of Madonna with Child you showed us. I was so touched by the image of a breast feeding mother bonding intimately with her beloved child.

I can’t even BEGIN to imagine her grief, while helplessly watching the child she had nurtured, willingly dying on the Cross in such dreadful agony, in order to give us eternal life!

Much food for thought. Thank you Mason!

Keith(West Yorkshire, UK)says...

Thank you for Vince Gill's song and the message it contained.

Wm(Fort Russell, Illinois, US)says...

Seeing the picture of the day, I’m reminded that just a few decades earlier, Christianity had enjoyed a surge in popularity. As problems arose in Rome, the new Emperor first tried raising taxes then decided to “blame the Christians.” The resulting hatred against them lead to the horrible killings in the colosseum - as entertainment!

Judy(Elyria, US)says...

Each day I ask Our Father to bless and take care of my family. I feel that God wants to hear from me and I thank Him for all of the many blessings He has granted to me. Thank you Mason for your inspiration today.

Thomas(Savannah, Georgia, US)says...

An atheist has to acknowledge that God exist not to believe in Him.

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Kathryn Halfman (11)

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