Daily Devotional Prayer

Evening Devotion for February 20, 2024

<i>The First Prayer in Congress</i>, by Tompkins Harrison Matteson, 1848
The First Prayer in Congress, by Tompkins Harrison Matteson, 1848.


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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.


Ancient Prayer - For Support of the Holy Spirit

O  Educator, be gracious to thy children, O Educator, Father, Guide of Israel, Son and Father, both one, Lord. Give to us, who follow thy command, to fulfill the likeness of thy image, and to see, according to our strength, the God who is both a good God and a Judge who is not harsh.

Do thou thyself bestow all things on us who dwell in thy peace, who have been placed in thy city, who sail the sea of sin unruffled, that we may be made tranquil and supported by the Holy Spirit, the unutterable Wisdom, by night and day, unto the perfect day, to sing eternal thanksgiving to the one only Father and Son, Son and Father, Educator and Teacher with the Holy Spirit.



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, I pray; 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.


Prayer to Give Witness When Called Upon

Oh my God, I wish I could convert as many lost souls as there are grains of sand in the sea, as many as there are leaves on the trees, plants in the fields, atoms in the air, stars in the sky, rays in the sun or the moon, creatures on the face of the earth. Loose my tongue Oh God that it may never be still in the face of embarrassment or hostility; put your words upon it, that I might serve you and know what to say, that I may never be at a loss of words when I am called upon to help those who seek you. And let me speak always in love and respect of others, this day and always,



“No one is so miserable as the poor person who maintains the appearance of wealth.”

~ Charles Spurgeon

Parting Prayer

Good shepherd, seek me out, and bring me home to your fold again. Deal favourably with me according to your good pleasure, until I may dwell in your house all the days of my life, and praise you forever and ever with them that are there.


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.

For our “Contemporary Tuesday” selection, we have the 2024 hit “Counting My Blessings” from Seph Schlueter.


Romans 9:30-32 (NASB)

What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, attained righteousness, even the righteousness which is by faith; but Israel, pursuing a law of righteousness, did not arrive at that law. Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as though it were by works.

Blue Latin Cross

John 7:10-16 (ESV)

Jesus at the Feast of Tabernacles (Feast of Booths) [2]

ut after his brothers had gone up to the feast, then he also went up, not publicly but in private. The Jews were looking for him at the feast, and saying, “Where is he?” And there was much muttering about him among the people. While some said, “He is a good man,” others said, “No, he is leading the people astray.” Yet for fear of the Jews no one spoke openly of him.

About the middle of the feast Jesus went up into the temple and began teaching. The Jews therefore marveled, saying, “How is it that this man has learning, when he has never studied?” So Jesus answered them, “My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me.”

Notes on the Scripture

Yesterday, we read a discussion between Jesus and his brothers about whether or not he should go to the Feast. He told them he wasn’t going. His time to die had not yet arrived and apparently he knew that an announced appearance would result in his arrest and execution.

But he knows that, if he goes in secret, he will be able to teach for a while without being arrested. John emphasizes more strongly than the other gospels that Jesus knew, fairly early in his ministry, the minute details of his future. In John’s Gospel, there is considerably more emphasis on Christ as a self-conscious personage of God, with knowledge given to Him outside of His experience.

Compare the opening verses of John to the opening verses of Matthew. Matthew emphasizes Christ as the Messiah of the Jews, by giving his earthly lineage and showing that his birth accords with the Hebrew messianic prophesies. John also gives Christ’s lineage, but the lineage traced by John is directly to God and the beginning of time and existence.

I have always thought that the expression, “Jesus was fully human and fully God,” is a bit misleading. Jesus, while alive in human form, had limitations that we do not associate with God. For a quick understanding of this knotty issue, read Matthew 24:36. Or for a fuller understanding, read through any Gospel, looking for passages that show Jesus obedient to the Father, praying to Him, learning from Him. God “emptied” Himself of certain aspects of divinity, in order to become human. (Philippians 2:7-10.)

And reading through a gospel with this in mind, we glean from Matthew, Mark or Luke that Jesus’ full realization as the personage of God comes in stages as he matures. But John places more emphasis on Jesus, the human, as God incarnate. John is really the only gospel to fully show Christ as an aspect of God that existed from the beginning of time.

Never forget this: God humbled Himself to save us.

Daily Inspiration

“Loving Yourself”

“My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.”
Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane: “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.” (Matthew 26:39)

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

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