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Daily Devotional Prayer

Evening Devotion for September 22, 2021


The Angel of Death, by Domenico Morelli, 1897
The Angel of Death, by Domenico Morelli, 1897.

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 at the End of the Day

Stay with me, Jesus, for it is getting late and the day is coming to a close, and life passes; death, judgment, eternity approaches. I need to renew my strength, so that I will not stop along the way: and for that, I need You. It is getting late and death approaches; I fear the darkness, the temptations, the dryness, the cross, the sorrows. O how I need You, my Jesus, in the exile of night.

Stay with me, Lord, for I look to You alone: Your Love, Your Grace, Your Will, Your Heart, Your Spirit because I love You and ask no other reward but to love You more and more. With a firm love, I will love You with all my heart while on earth and continue to love You perfectly during all eternity.

In Jesus’ name, I pray, stay with me this night.

Amen.

Benediction

Now the God of patience and consolation grant to me, and to all who pray in the name of Christ, to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: That we may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Amen.

This song by Bob Dylan became a secular hit with covers by Billy Joel and Adele; but Dylan wrote it as a tribute to Christ.



Scripture

Psalm 70 (NKJV)

Make haste, O God, to deliver me!
Make haste to help me, O Lord!

Let them be ashamed and confounded
Who seek my life;
Let them be turned back and confused
Who desire my hurt.
Let them be turned back because of their shame,
Who say, “Aha, aha!”

Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You;
And let those who love Your salvation say continually,
“Let God be magnified!”

But I am poor and needy;
Make haste to me, O God!
You are my help and my deliverer;
O Lord, do not delay.


Blue Latin Cross

Jeremiah 32:36-41 (ESV)

Jeremiah’s Warning
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ow therefore thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, concerning this city of which you say, “It is being given into the hand of the king of Babylon by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence”: See, I am going to gather them from all the lands to which I drove them in my anger and my wrath and in great indignation; I will bring them back to this place, and I will settle them in safety. They shall be my people, and I will be their God.

I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear me for all time, for their own good and the good of their children after them. I will make an everlasting covenant with them, never to draw back from doing good to them; and I will put the fear of me in their hearts, so that they may not turn from me. I will rejoice in doing good to them, and I will plant them in this land in faithfulness, with all my heart and all my soul.

Notes on the Scripture

Jeremiah was a prophet who lived in a small town just outside Jerusalem in the 7th Century B.C., when the land was ruled by King Josiah of Judah. The great Temple of Solomon was the center of Judaism, but the Jews gradually came to rely more and more on the ritual and worship in the Temple to please God, and less on following God’s word in their daily lives. Although Josiah implemented sweeping religious reform, after his death, the idolatrous King Jehoiakim came into power and undid Josiah’s reforms. Hebrew godliness deteriorated badly. They began to worship idols, and God was not in their hearts.

San Vitale Moses receiving ten commandments

Jeremiah constantly warned the Hebrews of terrible things to come. His prophecies were so powerful that his name is remembered today in the English word “jeremiad,” which means a long speech of lamentation, often combined with a dire warning. He was constantly harassed by the kings of Judah, and his prophecies were burned at least once. In the end, however, Jeremiah’s predictions came true. The Babylonians conquered Jerusalem, burned the Temple to the ground, and enslaved the Hebrew people; many of them were taken as slaves to Babylonia (known as the “Babylonian captivity”).

The verse today explains why God allowed this to happen. God was punishing the Hebrews in order to save them. They had become complacent, taking God’s blessing for granted. God withdrew his blessing, so that they would give him proper fear and respect. But His intention all along was that they would learn their lesson and that he would restore them to their homeland in peace and safety, because He “rejoice[d] in doing good to them.”

The reading applies to our daily lives today as much as it did to the Hebrews 2700 years ago. God loves us and loves to do us good. We are undone because of our own sin, and none of us is free of sin. God does allow terrible things to happen to “good” people, but only so that they might know the true cost of sinfulness before they stray too far from Him and become liable for eternal judgment.



Daily Inspiration

“The Coming Spirit”


The Prophet Jeremiah by Marc Chagall, ca. 1968.

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Today in Daily Prayer


GONE FISHIN’

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Memory Verse

Ephesians 2:8: For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.



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