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Daily Devotional Prayer

Daily Devotion for May 21, 2024


<i>Palm Sunday</i></div> by Zdzislaw Piotr Jasinski, ca. 1891.
Palm Sunday. by Zdzislaw Piotr Jasinski, ca. 1891. Jasinki gives us a slice of religious life from Catholic Poland, before Stalin. (Full-size)

Prayers

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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.

To Turn My Eyes to Eternity

Oh gracious God, who has promised us an eternal life of peace and joy within your Kingdom, let me remember, today and always, how fleeting are the problems and pleasures of this life. The earth and its nations will pass away, soon enough. My bank account, my fame and prestige before others, my accomplishments and failures, even my very body, will not belong to me one day soon.

hands of mercy

You will wash away my iniquities. But every beggar I have fed, unto the least of these, what I have given will be counted as if to Christ. What love I show, what sin I avoid or repent, will rest for all time in your heart; for you are pleased when we show your love and obey your will. Grant me this day to lay up my treasure in heaven, and give me all confidence that the judgments of the world are fleeting vanity; but your judgments are eternal.

Amen.

To Value Others

God our Father, you call each of us by name, and you treasure each of us individually as though no-one else exists. Inspire me to respect and value each person who comes into my life this day. Teach me to recognize your face in the people you put into my life. Let me recognize the duties and responsibilities that come with the gifts you have given me so freely, and inspire me to live in such a way that I always give of my best and be welcoming and generous towards others. In Christ’s name I pray,

Amen.

Meditation

“[M]y thoughts are not your thoughts . . . .”

~ Isaiah 55:8

Benediction

Now unto him that is able to keep me from falling, and to present me faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever.

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.


This hit song by Big Daddy Weave gives us a great line: “Son, stop fighting a fight, its already been won.”



Scripture

Psalm 40:1-3 (NKJV)

I waited patiently for the Lord;
And He inclined to me,
And heard my cry.

He also brought me up out of a horrible pit,
Out of the miry clay,
And set my feet upon a rock,
And established my steps.

He has put a new song in my mouth—
Praise to our God;
Many will see it and fear,
And will trust in the Lord.


Blue Latin Cross

Romans 8:35-39 (ESV)

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ho shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written,

“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Notes on the Scripture

The Love of Christ

In the preceding verses, Paul taught that no force on earth would be able to oppose Christianity, even though the enemies of Christ might create all kinds of suffering for those who believed in him. Today, he addresses a related theme, which is the strength of Christian faith in the face of earthly tribulation.

Once we have gained faith in Christ and received the Holy Spirit, there is no power in heaven or earth that can take it away from us. People who see life as something that exists only in their bodies, their possessions, and their pride, believe that humans are entirely corruptible. Because they see nothing other than their own skin, they think that others are the same way; they think that faith in God is nonsense that can be defeated by the instruments of the world.

But Paul has seen it all. He has spent his adult life in constant danger; he has been starved, beaten, imprisoned, chastised, stoned and left for dead. And yet, all of this could not dent his faith. In fact, none of them could stop him from standing up in public, anywhere at any time, no matter what the danger, and preaching the Word of Christ.

So he knows for a fact: There is nothing outside of us that can ever defeat the faith within us. Hold fast to your faith, he says, because the world can never take it away from you. And be vigilant, because “Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8.)



Daily Inspiration

“The Sickness And The Cure”



Street art of Jesus, Berlin, 1990s.
Street art of Jesus, Berlin, 1990s.

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Today in Daily Prayer

Memory Verse

Matthew 5:17: Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.


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