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Daily Devotional Prayer

Evening Devotion for August 15, 2022


<i>Elohim Creating Adam</i> by Wm. Blake, ca. 1805
Elohim Creating Adam by Wm. Blake, ca. 1805. This complex watercolor shows distress on God’s face at the knowledge of the pain Adam will suffer; the serpent is shown already coiling about Adam’s leg.

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.

Prayer for Evening

O  gracious Light, pure brightness of the ever-living Father in heaven, O Jesus Christ, holy and blessed!

Now as I come to the setting of the sun, and my eyes behold the evening light, I sing your praises O God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

You are worthy at all times to be praised by happy voices, O Son of God, O Giver of life, and to be glorified throughout the world.

Amen.

For God’s Protection

Be present, O merciful God, and protect us through the silent hours of this night, so that we who are wearied by the changes and chances of this fleeting world, may rest upon your eternal changelessness; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Confession

Have mercy on me, Oh Lord, for I am a humble and miserable sinner. [At this point, pause to remember specific sins you have committed during the day and speak or think them.] I renounce all of these sins, heavenly Father, and repent of them, and I promise to make every effort not to repeat them.

Have mercy on me, pardon me for these offences and any I might have omitted from forgetfulness or ignorance; in the name of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior, I pray for forgiveness. And I pray that your Holy Spirit may dwell with me in the coming day, to comfort me, to give me strength against temptation, and to guide me into the path of righteousness.

Amen.


Prayer for the Troubles of the Earth

 God of comfort, these times seem so uncertain, so scary. The world seems darker than it has in the past and I am less sure of myself. Maybe that’s a good thing; maybe now I am turning to you with a realization that I need you so much more and that my life is not in my own control.

Let me not forget all of those around the world who are frightened at this moment. Help those who are victims of terrorism, war, and plague. Be with those who have lost so much in the past year. Hold us all in your loving arms and let us be comforted by the strength and peace you make available to us through the birth of your son, Jesus; and thank you for all the many gifts you offer us, during our life on earth and for all eternity.

Amen.

Meditation

“I say a prayer of thanks every morning. When I put my feet on the floor, I set my attitude. I make the conscious decision it’s going to be a good day.”

~ Lori Allen


Blessing for the Day

Oh God, hold me in the palm of your hand. I pray that you will mold me into what you want me to be. May I joyfully fill the role you have given to me and feel your peace deep in my soul, tonight, tomorrow, and always,

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.


Van Morrison asks us a question we have all asked ourselves: When will we learn to live in God?



Scripture

Psalm 94:12-15 (ESV)

Blessed is the man whom you discipline, O Lord,
and whom you teach out of your law,
to give him rest from days of trouble,
until a pit is dug for the wicked.

For the Lord will not forsake his people;
he will not abandon his heritage;
for justice will return to the righteous,
and all the upright in heart will follow it.


Blue Latin Cross

Matthew 24:32-36 (J.B. Phillips New Testament)

My Words Will Never Pass Away
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earn what the fig-tree can teach you. As soon as its branches grow full of sap and produce leaves you know that summer is near. So when you see all these things happening you may know that he is near, at your very door! Believe me, this generation will not disappear till all this has taken place.

Earth and sky will pass away, but my words will never pass away!

But about that actual day and time no one knows—not even the angels of Heaven, nor the Son, only the Father. ”

Notes on the Scripture

Chapter 24 twists together different threads, and nowhere is that more obvious than here. Jesus makes two statements, one right after the other, that seem contradictory: “this generation will not disappear till all this has taken place” and “about that actual day and time no one knows.” But we understand, from reading the first part of the chapter, that He is making two parallel prophecies and comparing them: the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem (which occurred less than 40 years later) and His second coming, which are bound up together in their significance, but happen at different times.

Illuminated Bible, rabbit playing the organ

Once we understand the chapter, the apparent contradiction disappears. The destruction of the Temple did occur, as Christ predicted, in that same generation. But even He does not know when the second coming, and the devastation and destruction of the Earth, will occur.

In the first paragraph, Christ goes back to the fig tree. He established the metaphor earlier, in Matthew 21:18-22. Remember, the tree itself is a symbol of the world in general and life in Israel under Judaism, with its hypocrisy and Godlessness, in particular. The fruit of the fig tree is belief and salvation in Christ. But where a fig-tree does not bear fruit, Christ destroys it.

So it seems He is telling us that His second coming will occur when the world is like a fig tree in early summer, when the first crop of figs has been harvested and the tree itself is lush and green, but not bearing fruit. One might easily see this as a metaphor for a world that is rich in material goods, but the fruit of the spirit is sparse. And truly, this seems to be the direction in which we are headed.

The second paragraph is a one-liner, really. “Word” is a term that is used for Christ himself. The term here is logos — and if there is one Greek word a Christian should know, this is it. The Gospel of John starts with the sentence, “In the beginning was the logos” — the Word, i.e Christ. Christ’s teaching are part of Christ himself. Christ existed before the earth was created — before the universe was created — and both He (the Word) and his teachings (the words) will not perish when the Earth is destroyed, but will be forever, and will be able to protect us forever.


agony of Jesus Christ
Agony of Jesus, from
The Passion of the Christ

The last sentence needs not a page, but a book, to discuss. Jesus Christ was God in a form that had imposed upon Himself limitations, so that He might be fully human; so that we might know and understand Him, and have complete confidence that He knows and understand us. Most importantly, He felt pain with the same agony we feel pain; and He could be killed, just like us. He was given powers beyond ours, not to be a superhero or a magician, but only so that we might know that He was God. His knowledge was also limited, primarily to the information needed to teach us, which He indicates in this passage. He does not know when the second coming will occur.



Daily Inspiration

“Political Speech”


Devotional painting of
Christ on the Cross, Georges Rouault c. 1920.

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Memory Verse

Acts 23:5: You shall not speak evil of a ruler of your people.



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