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Daily Devotional Prayer

Daily Devotion for February 21, 2024



<i>Archa Noe</i> (Noah’s Ark) from the <i>Nuremberg Chronicle</i>, a paraphrased Bible, ca. 1493.+
Archa Noe (Noah’s Ark) from the Nuremberg Chronicle, a paraphrased Bible, ca. 1493.


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.

Puritan Prayer for the Morning

O  God, the author of all good, I come to You for the grace another day will require for its duties and events. I step out into a wicked world; I carry about with me an evil heart. I know that without You I can do nothing, that everything with which I shall be concerned, however harmless in itself, may prove an occasion of sin or folly, unless I am kept by Your power.

Hold me up O God and I shall be safe. Preserve my understanding from subtlety of error, my affections from love of idols, my character from stain of vice, my profession from every form of evil.

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May I engage in nothing in which I cannot implore Your blessing, and in which I cannot invite Your inspection. Prosper me in all lawful undertakings, or prepare me for disappointments. Give me neither poverty nor riches. Feed me with food suitable for me, lest I be full and deny You and say, “Who is the Lord?” Or be poor, and steal, and take Your name in vain.

May every creature be made good to me by prayer and Your will. Teach me how to use the world and not abuse it, to improve my talents, to redeem my time, to walk in wisdom toward those without, and in kindness to those within, to do good to all men, and especially to my fellow Christians. And to You, O God, be the glory.

Amen.

For Renewal of the Holy Spirit

O  Lord, renew in our own days your miracles like a second Pentecost. Grant that the Church, re-united in prayer, may extend the kingdom of Jesus - a kingdom of truth and justice, of love and peace.

Amen.

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.


What a beautiful song from Janis Ian. Relax and let God’s love wash over you!



Scripture

Proverbs 12:24 (NKJV)

The hand of the diligent will rule, But the lazy man will be put to forced labor.


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Romans 2:1-5 (ESV)

Judgment of Others
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herefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things.

Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.

Notes on the Scripture

In Romans 1, Paul showed how and why God would hold the Gentiles accountable for their godlessness. In a word, “ignorance of the law is no excuse.” In Romans 2, he shifts his attention to those who know the law: the Jews. Verses 1-5 are a transition, because they apply to everyone. There were, in fact, Gentiles versed in God’s law—we met several of them in Acts (such as Cornelius). These Gentiles were as susceptible as Jews to judgmentalism. But the law of Moses, and the tendency to judge others by its standards, was primarily the domain of Judaism.

A moral judgment of another may well be correct; the speck in your neighbor’s eye may indeed need to be removed. But knowing what the law is, and having authority to judge others under the law, are very different. Our judgment of another is hypocrisy; how can we condemn someone for breaking a law, when we ourselves do not obey it?

Paul explains the phenomenon of hypocrisy with startling insight. Our righteousness before God is the product of “the riches of his kindness,” not our own perfection. And the purpose of God’s kindness and forbearance is to lead us to repentance.

We stand as criminals in the dock, who have been found guilty. When the judge has mercy and suspends our sentence, in hope that we will reform, he does not authorize us to climb onto the judge’s bench to pass sentence on our fellow defendants.

In practical terms, we might well remember this lesson when we drive a car. If you think you are a perfect driver, you are deluded. But I am willing to bet that you have mentally awarded yourself the role of traffic enforcement. If I ever got a ticket for doing 66 in a 65 zone, I would be incensed! What about all those people doing 75 and 80?

In that regard, I have to share a funny story. Some time ago, USA Today published a poll of people’s number one pet peeve about other drivers. Exactly 12% of the respondents said “slow drivers” — and exactly 12% of the respondents said “tailgating”!



Daily Inspiration

“Custody Battle”


Early 14th century Russian icon of the Epiphany, showing the baptism of Jesus.
Early 14th century Russian icon of the Epiphany, showing the baptism of Jesus.

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Today in Daily Prayer

Memory Verse

Proverbs 3:5: Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.


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