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Daily Devotional Prayer

Daily Devotion for February 19, 2024


<i>Gathering at the River</i> by Chris Clark, contemporary.
Gathering at the River, by Chris Clark, contemporary.
Clark, a primitive or “outsider” artist, has limited vision, resulting in an uninhibited use of color, bright and upbeat.

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 the Day

Holy God, you have given me another day. Bring your Holy Spirit into my mind and my life, so that I may walk this day in your presence. Let me feel your presence throughout the day, remembering always that you sent your Spirit that you might be a living force in all I see and all I do. When I feel temptation or begin to stray, show me your path. Correct me, comfort me, let me live your will; that I may be happy in this life and blessed in the life to come. This I pray in the name of Christ, my Lord.

Amen.

I Take Your Hand Sweet Jesus

When my world falls down around me
And the ground is sinking sand,
When peace can’t be found on this earth,
I reach out for Your hand.

When Your hand wraps ’round my own
A strength pours from Your Spirit;
It brings to me a quiet calm
Til once again I’m whole

A peace beyond all reason,
A rest there in Your touch,
Something in Your quiet words
My heart yearns for so much...

If I but rest my worries
Upon Your shoulder there,
Strength that pours forth from Your Spirit
Will wash away each care.

Like a cool sweet taste of water
For a tired thirsty man,
My heart finds peace, my soul is calm,
When I reach out for Your hand.

Amen.

Meditation

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a right spirit within me.”

Psalm 51:10

Dedication

Walk with me, dear Lord, so that I may not be alone as I face this day, but always in your presence. Your joy is a lighthouse in a world often dark with sin, and I pray that I may reflect the light of your truth, to inspire others as I have been inspired. In the name of Christ, bless me this day, and all whom I may meet.

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.


Curtis Mayfield wrote this gospel song and recorded it with his group, The Impressions, in 1965. It was a huge hit, #3 on the R&B chart. Rolling Stone magazine named “People Get Ready” the 24th greatest song of all time, and it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998.



Scripture

Praise

Make sure, when your friend has done well, to tell him; praise others for their good works, because it costs you nothing and profits them everything.


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Romans 1:28-32 (ESV)

The Actions of the Ungodly
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nd since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice.

They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless.

Though they know God's decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.

Notes on the Scripture

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In the previous verses, we saw that everyone is able to discern God’s existence from the miracle of creation. Those who do not, inevitably practice idolatry; filled with blindness and pride, they make idols in their own image and worship them. They set themselves up as the creators of gods, a travesty of the creation of man in God’s image. Such idolaters are given over to sin. Sin is not the evil that condemns them, so much as the punishment for their idolatry.

Today, Paul spews out a laundry list of sinfulness that punishes idolaters. Some are general, such as “unrighteousness”; some specific, such as slander and gossip; some are really forms of sinfulness rather than specific acts, such as disobedience to parents or heartlessness. The categories of envy, pride, and self-centeredness seem to be the focus of this list.

The upshot of Romans 1:24-32 is the great condemnation of secular humanism. When man arrogates to himself his own creation, his pride and willful blindness enslave him to the perversion of his natural purpose. He has no point of reference.

The final sentence should be chilling to all of us, living in the culture of contemporary self-reference; it is not simply those who practice such sinfulness who embrace death, but those who “give approval.” The godless applaud others’ acts of godlessness.

Without God, society becomes a suicide pact. To commit murder, one does not have to put the victim’s head in the noose; one need only stand quietly at the edge of the lynch mob. Paul’s language suggests that general approval of sinful behavior is as depraved as the individual act.



Daily Inspiration

“Trust in the Lord”


And they shall confess their sin | Leviticus 26

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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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