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Daily Devotion for March 7, 2024


Salvation Mountain, Niland, California, by Leonard Knight.
Salvation Mountain, Niland, California, by Leonard Knight.
This is a sort of old-fashioned “roadside attraction” that defies description.

Prayers

Scripture

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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.

This song by Patty Griffin is modern, although she gives it a retro 50s rock sound.




Prayer to the Holy Spirit to be with Me This Day

In utter humility, before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses, I come before you this morning, Eternal Spirit of God, to offer myself, my soul and body to you. I live in awe of your purity, your justice, and the power of your love. You are the strength and light of my soul, for without you I have neither life nor goodness. I desire never to grieve you by unfaithfulness, and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against you.

Mercifully guard my every thought; and grant that I may always watch for your light, and listen to your voice, and follow your gracious inspirations. Give me grace, O Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Father and the Son, to listen first for your voice in everything I may say or do, this day and always,

Amen.

Prayer for Generosity

Dearest Lord, teach me to be generous.
Teach me to serve you as you deserve –
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to ask for rest,
to labor and not to seek reward,
except to know, my God, that I do your will.

Amen.

Meditation

“When I say, ‘I feel so empty,’ God says, ‘I created you with a longing in your heart that only I can fill.’”

~ Psalm 90:14

For Those Praying with Me

Heavenly Father, there are people praying with me, right now, whom I will never meet. I don’t know their names, or what country they live in, or what they may look like, but I will know their souls, for we are brothers and sisters in Christ. I pray that we might be united in the Holy Spirit, and that I will know and feel the kinship and love, in my spirit, of those who share these prayers with me.

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.



endless knot

Proverbs 3:24-26 (NKJV)

When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.

Do not be afraid of sudden terror,
Nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes;
For the Lord will be your confidence,
And will keep your foot from being caught.


Blue Latin Cross

John 8:21-24 (ESV)

You Will Die in Your Sins
S

o he said to them again, “I am going away, and you will seek me, and you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come.” So the Jews said, “Will he kill himself, since he says, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come’?”

He said to them, “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins.”


Notes on the Scripture

Today, Jesus continues to address the Pharisees who have demanded proof for his claim to be the Son of God. After basically rejecting their demand for proof, telling him that the only witnesses he would produce were himself and the Father, he proceeds to attack their religious authority.

They obviously still don’t understand him. He says, “I am going where you cannot come,” and the only way they can interpret it is to think he means to kill himself. This is ironic, because they will kill him. He will simply submit to murder.

He then tells them exactly what he means: He is from God and of God, while they are not. He is “from another world,” the world of the spirit—heaven. Unless they believe in him, they are the ones who will die. But he will go to heaven after his death, where they will be unable to find him, because living humans cannot go there. If they want to live, they must believe in him. If they want to follow him then, they must “follow” him now.



Souvenir Prayer Card (Catholic) from Bethlehem, Italian ca. 1950.
Souvenir Prayer Card (Catholic) from Bethlehem, Italian ca. 1950.

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