Today is Sunday, August 6, 2017. Day 21,696. Only thirteen days until S’s and J’s birthday!!
TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted
(From The Divine Hours)
Clap your hands, all peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy!
Hear my voice according to your steadfast love; O LORD, according to your justice give me life.
How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see light.
Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice!
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.
In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.”
Glory be to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, so it is now and so it shall ever be, world without end. Alleluia. Amen.
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be your Name. May your kingdom come, and your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for yours are the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer
Let your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend your Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without your help, protect and govern it always by your goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
The Prayer Appointed for the Week
(From Living the Message)
At the end of chapter 2, Eugene H. Peterson comes back to that word, axios, that occurs at the central point of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. If you remember, that Greek word, translated “worthy” in the text, is a symbol of balancing scales. The two sides of the scale are represented by God’s calling and the Church walking.
Paul uses is paraphrase of Psalm 68 to anchor that metaphor “in Christ’s kingly rule and Christ’s generosity.” In other words, Paul shows us that, while Christ is exercising his rule as High King in his Ascension, he exercises “his rule most conspicuously by giving gifts. The nature of Christ’s sovereignty is not to lord it over his people but to invite them into the exercise of his self-giving.”
We begin to mature when we realize that we are “included in the workforce. We embrace the work as a gift.” What a wonderful gift this is, too! We get to work alongside Jesus, or Lord, “in this great salvation enterprise.”
Father, thank you for Jesus and his gifts to us. What a joy to walk alongside my brothers and sisters in Christ as we work alongside Christ! I pray that we all enter into this maturity with gusto and joy. Show all of your Church how to mature in Christ as we walk in our daily lives. Help us to recognize your calling on our lives and then to walk in that obedience, sharing the easy yoke with Jesus, walking in your Kingdom.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
Grace and peace, friends.