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Daily Devotion for September 21, 2022


<i>Baptism Day</i> by Clementine Hunter, ca. 1960.
Baptism Day, by Clementine Hunter, ca. 1960.

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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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Prayer to Be Close to God

Mighty Lord, I come before you today to thank You for all the blessings that You have given me. Many times my life is so full of busy work that I neglect my relationship with You, and for that I am deeply sorry. I know that You never neglect me, for if You did my very life would cease to be. Continue to pull me to Yourself, guide me in my journey, and hold me close in Your bosom until the day I come home to be with You forever. Be with me now as I gather together with this online community, in Your name, that I and all who pray with me may feel your presence among us. In Jesus precious name I pray.

Amen.

Prayer to Live in the Moment

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Lord Christ, I have puzzled long and hard over your words, “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” But I get the gist of it: we have enough to worry about today. You have tomorrow covered.

Leaving the future in your hands is hard; I want to worry. Please, Lord Christ, show me the way. Teach me to live in the day, in the moment, so that I might focus myself on whatever is at hand.

Thy will be done, my Lord and God; I leave my destiny to your guidance. Help me to surrender myself to you in faith and clear my mind of confusion. Let my attention on your will be undivided, I pray, for my only hope lies in You.

Amen.

Benediction

Oh God Almighty, send me Your light and truth, to keep this day and all the days of my life. And may Your mighty hand protect me, and all my brothers and sisters who have joined me in prayer this day, blessing our homes and our lives.

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.


Today’s “Remember the Bible” Question

Where do we read, “He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me . . . . And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.”?

Answer: Matthew 10:37



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Proverbs 14:26-27 (NKJV)

In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence,
And His children will have a place of refuge.

The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life,
To turn one away from the snares of death.


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Genesis 21:15-21 (ESV)

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hen the water in the skin was gone, she put the child under one of the bushes. Then she went and sat down opposite him a good way off, about the distance of a bowshot, for she said, “Let me not look on the death of the child.”

And as she sat opposite him, she lifted up her voice and wept. And God heard the voice of the boy, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “What troubles you, Hagar? Fear not, for God has heard the voice of the boy where he is. Stand up! Lift up the boy, and hold him fast with your hand, for I will make him into a great nation.”

Then God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water. And she went and filled the skin with water and gave the boy a drink.

And God was with the boy, and he grew up. He lived in the wilderness and became an expert with the bow. He lived in the wilderness of Paran, and his mother took a wife for him from the land of Egypt.


Notes on the Scripture

The Story of Abraham [33] - Hagar and Ishmael

Hagar is lost in a barren wilderness where her chance of survival, even without a child, is negligible. (To see how barren this land is, look at this photograph of an Israeli settlement called “Moshav Paran”, built in the wilderness of Paran.) But God leads her to a tiny oasis and, by a miracle of His will, Ishmael not only lives, but fathers a great nation.


Van Gogh|Starry Night
The Starry Night
Van Gogh (1898)

The Bible loses the story of Ishmael at this point; we hear no more about him or his progeny. The Koran, however, together with Islamic tradition, states that the nation founded by Ishmael is the Arabs. This makes sense in terms of the few last words the Bible gives us about Ishmael. He learns to live in the desert, getting his food by hunting and his water from an isolated well. This perfectly describes the heritage of Arabia, the Bedouins, a nation of people accustomed to nomadic desert life.

Because they lived on land nobody else wants, the Arabs were not a force in the formative years of the middle East or, indeed, until the rise of Islam in the 7th century A.D. They had no king, no borders, and no religion; they were tied together only by language and culture, and survived as a distinct people primarily because of their isolation.

As individuals or small groups, however, they spread widely through the deserts of North Africa and Syria, and would often appear as small groups in other cultures. There were Arab Jews and then Arab Christians; in fact, even today, probably 10% of the world’s Arabs are Christian.



Hagar and Ishmael in the Wilderness
Hagar and Ishmael in the Wilderness (detail)
by Gustav Corot, ca. 1835.
(See the full painting here.)

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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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Claudette(Bucasia, Queensland, Australia)says...

G'Day Jenny! Thank you for today's Daily Inspiration. It comes on the heels of a big lie I was told, which I ALMOST believed . . .but I was on my guard and questioned the story! I was made to feel guilty for NOT believing, but the truth won out in the end . . .someone enlightened me! I had been right to question!

As you so aptly say, we must steep ourselves in the Bible, so we can absorb and understand the Lord's words, and be on our guard for false prophets!

Many blessings.

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