Saturday, February 13, 2016

Every Word

Call to Prayer
 Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
You've made the Lord—my refuge safe,
the One Most High—your dwelling place.
On you no evil will be sent,
nor any plague come near your tent.
 —Psalm 91:9-10 (Tune: Woodworth LM)
Scripture of the Day
One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.
—Deuteronomy 8:3
Food for Thought
Some take 'word' to mean the law of God, others take it to mean God's promise. But I take it to mean the word by which God created and upholds all things. Thus, the power of sustaining life is not in bread, but in the word of God; not in the visible means, but in God’s blessing—a blessing which may be conveyed to us with or without visible means, as it pleases God. We may be thankful for a loaf of bread, but who made the bread, but the baker? And who grew the grain, but the farmer? But it is God who so ordered creation that seed time and harvest yield sustenance, and who gave humans the strength, ingenuity, and compassion to provide for one another.

How might I this day trace all my blessings back to their true origin?
 —Thomas Manton (adapted)
Today's Prayer
God of the wilderness: As I follow Jesus into the unknown, may I recognize temptation when it comes; and may it be your sustenance I depend on, your creation I care for, and you alone whom I worship...
Your Own Prayers
 Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

The 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 debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
 —Matthew 6:9-13

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