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Daily Devotional Prayer

Daily Devotion for February 18, 2024


St. George Chapel Choir, Windsor Castle, England
The choir of St. George Chapel, Windsor Castle, England.
I think this is my favorite old church, of all the many I have seen in my life, but unfortunately, there is no decent photograph of it available. This tinted engraving by William Pyne, ca. 1819, is the best available. It is the most magnificent example of English “perpendicular” Gothic architecture in the world.

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.

For Diligence at Prayer

O  Lord, take from me: idleness of spirit, which destroys time; vanity of thoughts, which hinders Your presence and distracts my attention to prayer. If, while in prayer, I turn away from You in my thoughts, help me; so that this distraction may not be willful, and that - averting my mind - I may not avert my heart from You.

I confess to You, O my Lord God, all the sins of my wickedness committed before You, now and in the past. Forgive me for them for the sake of Your Holy Name, and save my soul, which You have redeemed with Your precious Blood. I entrust myself to Your mercy. I submit to Your will. Do with me according to Your mercy and not according to my evil and wickedness.

Amen.


da Vinci, Last Supper (detail of Christ)

Prayer of Penitence

Almighty Father; I enter your presence confessing the things I try to conceal from you and the things I try to conceal from others. I confess the heartbreak, worry, and sorrow I have caused, that make it difficult for others to forgive me, the times I have made it easy for others to do wrong, the harm I have done that makes it hard for me to forgive myself. Lord have mercy and forgive me, in the name of my Lord Christ, by your grace and love; and help me to grow in faith, that I might not repeat these sins.

Amen.

Glorious Lord of Life

Most glorious Lord of life, that on this day,
Did make thy triumph over death and sin:
and having harrowed hell, did bring away
Captivity thence captive us to win.

This joyous day, dear Lord, with joy begin,
and grant that we for whom thou diddest die
being with thy dear blood clean washed from sin,
may live forever in felicity.

And that thy love we weighing worthily,
may likewise love thee for the same again;
and for thy sake that all like dear did buy,
and love may one another entertain.

So let us love, dear Love, like as we ought,
love is the lesson which the Lord us taught.

Amen.

Benediction

May the God of peace, who declared victory over death by the resurrection of His only Son, Jesus Christ, make me perfect in every thought and act through His grace, that my life might be pleasing in His sight and that I might share the perfect peace that is only possible through Him, to whom be glory for ever 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.


Our “Virtual Sunday Church” take us to St. John’s Church in Detroit for one of my favorite hymns.



Scripture

Psalm 86:1-6 (NKJV)

Bow down Your ear, O Lord, hear me;
For I am poor and needy.

Preserve my soul, for I am holy;
You are my God;
Save Your servant who trusts in You!
Be merciful to me, O Lord,
For I cry to You all day long.

Rejoice the soul of Your servant,
For to You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive,
And abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You.

Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer; And attend to the voice of my supplications.


Blue Latin Cross

1 Corinthians 12:4-13 (ESV)

One Body with Many Members
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ow there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.

To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.

Notes on the Scripture

In much of the New Testament, we study the Holy Spirit as the source of our knowledge of God, the internal gift of the Spirit. Today’s passage emphasizes the role of the Spirit in our lives, especially the ways in which we contribute to Christ's church.

I learned how to make web pages. And so, I created this web site. I then read James 3:1 and got quite nervous, so I went back to school and got a degree in Bible. I have devoted quite a bit of time to it. I don't feel that I am any better or worse than anyone else trying to do a service for God: no more exalted or humble than the guy who sweeps up the floor of my church, or Billy Graham, or a nurse who attends the sick in the name of Christ, or someone who struggles just to get through his or her day. Our abilities and functions are given to us by God.

This is quite different from the “American dream,” which teaches that in the world of commerce we should set goals with our mind and that we can be anything we want to be, and so on. We see a poor or dirty person and many of us see a person who could “improve” himself if he would just try.

Man praying in devotion

But although service to Christ is similar in many ways, there are also differences. Becoming Christian means accepting that humility is more important than worldly success. In fact, some of the people with the greatest callings live in a manner that would appall us, for they epitomize our understanding that “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor. 12:9). When we see others who are not achieving everything in this life that we think they could -- in our pitifully small wisdom -- it is always good to consider the life of John the Baptist, or St. Francis of Assisi, or someone similar.

Finding perfection in humility is sometimes even more difficult when weakness and humility are thrust upon us, rather than chosen; for then we must accept God’s will whether we like it or not.

A rich person who gives away some of his money—or in the case of St. Francis, all of his money; a missionary who gives his life and health to the service of Christ in a dangerous and unhealthy locale; such service and sacrifice is voluntary. But if we are sick, do we dream of good health, or do we dream of God’s grace? If we are poor, do we dream of winning the lottery, or do we accept that God’s grace is everything important, and that we are members of Christ’s body every bit as important to Him as the “head”?



Daily Inspiration

“Fruit of the Spirit”


<i>St. Francis in Ecstasy</i> by Il Sassetta, ca. 1444.
St. Francis in Ecstasy by Il Sassetta, ca. 1444.

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Today in Daily Prayer

Memory Verse

1 John 1:9: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.


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