Today is Sunday, August 13, 2017. Day 21,703. Only SIX 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)
Oh sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things! His right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him.
May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, Selah.
How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!
This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Praise the LORD from the earth, you great sea creatures and all deeps,
fire and hail, snow and mist, stormy wind fulfilling his word!
Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars!
Beasts and all livestock, creeping things and flying birds!
Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all rulers of the earth!
Young men and maidens together, old men and children!
Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted; his majesty is above earth and heaven.
He has raised up a horn for his people, praise for all his saints, for the people of Israel who are near to him. Praise the LORD!
Grant to me, Lord, I pray, the spirit to think and do always those things that are right, that I, who cannot exist without you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will; through Jesus Christ my 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 Practice Resurrection)
After the initial greeting of Ephesians 1:1-2, Paul begins with God. The Bible story begins with God, way back in Genesis. John, when writing his Gospel, begins with God. Our lives, whether we acknowledge it or not, begin with God.
But “We have short attention spans. Having been introduced to God, we soon lose interest in God and become preoccupied with ourselves.” Feelings, emotions, families, jobs, health, friends . . . all of these things “muscle their way to center stage,” and God is “consigned to the sidelines, conveniently within calling distance to help out in emergencies and be available for consultation for the time when we have run out of answers.”
How many times have you heard it said, in life-or-death health situation, “We’ve done all we can. It’s in God’s hands now.” As if it weren’t in God’s hands the whole time.
Also, this state of mind is also found in faithful church-goers. It’s not exclusive to people who do not attend church. We feel that we don’t need God for the everyday things like driving to work, cooking dinner, taking out the trash, washing the dishes, cleaning up the dog’s “accidents,” and so on. We need him for the big things, but the rest of life, we’ve got this.
And this “usually adds up to a workable life, at least when accompanied by a decent job and a good digestion.” But it is not “the practice of resurrection, it is not growing up in Christ, it is not living in the company of the Trinity.” And if we continue in that state, we will “never arrive” at what Paul calls “the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13)
Father, I thank you that I have not consigned you to the sidelines. At least not every day. I confess that there are days when I am guilty of doing that, but, in essence, my life does revolve around you. I have experienced live without immersing myself in the presence of the Trinity, and I have experienced live walking in the Trinitarian presence, and I can say without hesitation that the latter is infinitely better. So, each day, may I wake up in your presence, acknowledge that presence before my feet touch the floor, and may I walk in that presence all day long. I pray that you, through your Spirit, and by the blood of Christ, will help me to grow up into the fullness of Christ.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
Grace and peace, friends.