Daily Devotion for November 10, 2009
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.
Prayer for the Morning
Oh Lord, most heavenly Father, Almighty and everlasting God, who has safely brought me to the beginning of this day; I give you thanks for my creation, preservation, and all the blessings of my life. Grant that this day I fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of danger; but that all my doings, being governed by your will, may be righteous in your sight. Through Christ our Lord, I pray.
Prayer based on Psalm 1
Heavenly Father, who has given us the gift of thy law, so that we might know our sin, and thy Son, that we might be forgiven where we fall short. Grant me, I beseech thee, to remember your holy Word, when my surroundings tempt me to confusion and weakness, that I might more nearly approach true obedience to thy will. Help me to resist the blandishments of the ungodly; let me not be deceived by false beauty; and let me never replace the truth which thou hast put into my heart with the clever words of men. Through Christ I pray,
Community of Prayer
Heavenly Lord, I know I am not alone saying these prayers or reading your Word this morning, but many people unknown to me, from all stations of life, have joined together in this brief moment of devotion. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be among the community of all who pray in the name of Christ this morning, and remain among us always.
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.
Gospel of Matthew, 18:10-14
Saving the lost sheep
"Be sure that you do not despise one of these little ones, for their angels always behold the face of my Father in heaven.
'For the Son of man came to save that which was lost.'
What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them loses its way, won't he leave the ninety-nine, and go to the mountains to find the one who is lost? And if he finds it, he will rejoice over it more than the ninety-nine which have not strayed. It is not the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones should perish."