Daily Devotional Materials
Week of the
Tenth Sunday after Trinity
– Saturday –
Pray for one another. – James 5:16.
You must not only pray for yourself, my dear Christian, but also for others. Christians should pray for one another. Since you should love your neighbor as yourself, you should also pray for your neighbor as for yourself. Pray for your loved ones, whom God has united with you by ties of kinship. Pray for your friends; this is the greatest possible favor you can bestow on them. Pray for your fellow Christians, that the grace of God may always abide with them. Pray for him whom you see erring. Pray for your enemy. The Savior says: “Pray for them that despitefully use you and persecute you.” (Matthew 5:44.) If you pray for your enemy, you will surely love him: for you can not hate him for whom you pray. Do not forget your preacher, your pastor, when you pray. The Apostle Paul asked for such intercession. (Ephesians 6:19 & Colossians 4:3) And the same Apostle admonishes us to pray “for all men.” (1 Timothy 2:1.) This is in accord with the gracious will of God that all men be saved and come to the knowledge of truth. There are Christians who make a list of those for whom they wish to pray particularly, and who daily put this list before them when they pray in private. That is a very good thing to do. – But you must not pray for the dead. “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” (Hebrews 9:27.) God has judged the dead. Their souls are either with the blessed in heaven or with the damned in hell. It is a violation of the honor of God to pray for the dead. God judges righteously. But pray, pray, PRAY for those who are still living, for they still live in the day of salvation.
PRAYER. – Lord, merciful God, who desires that we, Thy children, pray for one another, pour out on me, I beg Thee, the Spirit of love and of prayer, that I may gladly and willingly, diligently and fervently do according to this Thy will, and that I may firmly believe that my intercession is not in vain, but moves Thee most mercifully to have compassion on my neighbor, for Thou gladly help us through Jesus Christ, the world’s Savior. Amen.
Through Thy Beloved soothe the sick and weeping,
And bid the captive lose his griefs in sleeping;
Widows and orphans, we to Thee commend them,
Do Thou befriend them.
Hymn 38, 4. (ELHB)
6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.2 Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.5 Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ;6 Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;7 With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:8 Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.9 And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.
1 Kings 14:1-31
14:1 At that time Abijah the son of Jeroboam fell sick.2 And Jeroboam said to his wife, Arise, I pray thee, and disguise thyself, that thou be not known to be the wife of Jeroboam; and get thee to Shiloh: behold, there is Ahijah the prophet, which told me that I should be king over this people.3 And take with thee ten loaves, and cracknels, and a cruse of honey, and go to him: he shall tell thee what shall become of the child. 4 And Jeroboam’s wife did so, and arose, and went to Shiloh, and came to the house of Ahijah. But Ahijah could not see; for his eyes were set by reason of his age. 5 And the LORD said unto Ahijah, Behold, the wife of Jeroboam cometh to ask a thing of thee for her son; for he is sick: thus and thus shalt thou say unto her: for it shall be, when she cometh in, that she shall feign herself to be another woman.6 And it was so, when Ahijah heard the sound of her feet, as she came in at the door, that he said, Come in, thou wife of Jeroboam; why feignest thou thyself to be another? for I am sent to thee with heavy tidings.7 Go, tell Jeroboam, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Forasmuch as I exalted thee from among the people, and made thee prince over my people Israel,8 And rent the kingdom away from the house of David, and gave it thee: and yet thou hast not been as my servant David, who kept my commandments, and who followed me with all his heart, to do that only which was right in mine eyes;9 But hast done evil above all that were before thee: for thou hast gone and made thee other gods, and molten images, to provoke me to anger, and hast cast me behind thy back:10 Therefore, behold, I will bring evil upon the house of Jeroboam, and will cut off from Jeroboam him that pisseth against the wall, and him that is shut up and left in Israel, and will take away the remnant of the house of Jeroboam, as a man taketh away dung, till it be all gone.11 Him that dieth of Jeroboam in the city shall the dogs eat; and him that dieth in the field shall the fowls of the air eat: for the LORD hath spoken it.12 Arise thou therefore, get thee to thine own house: and when thy feet enter into the city, the child shall die.13 And all Israel shall mourn for him, and bury him: for he only of Jeroboam shall come to the grave, because in him there is found some good thing toward the LORD God of Israel in the house of Jeroboam.14 Moreover the LORD shall raise him up a king over Israel, who shall cut off the house of Jeroboam that day: but what? even now.15 For the LORD shall smite Israel, as a reed is shaken in the water, and he shall root up Israel out of this good land, which he gave to their fathers, and shall scatter them beyond the river, because they have made their groves, provoking the LORD to anger.16 And he shall give Israel up because of the sins of Jeroboam, who did sin, and who made Israel to sin.17 And Jeroboam’s wife arose, and departed, and came to Tirzah: and when she came to the threshold of the door, the child died;18 And they buried him; and all Israel mourned for him, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by the hand of his servant Ahijah the prophet.19 And the rest of the acts of Jeroboam, how he warred, and how he reigned, behold, they are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel.20 And the days which Jeroboam reigned were two and twenty years: and he slept with his fathers, and Nadab his son reigned in his stead.21 And Rehoboam the son of Solomon reigned in Judah. Rehoboam was forty and one years old when he began to reign, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city which the LORD did choose out of all the tribes of Israel, to put his name there. And his mother’s name was Naamah an Ammonitess.22 And Judah did evil in the sight of the LORD, and they provoked him to jealousy with their sins which they had committed, above all that their fathers had done.23 For they also built them high places, and images, and groves, on every high hill, and under every green tree. 24 And there were also sodomites in the land: and they did according to all the abominations of the nations which the LORD cast out before the children of Israel.25 And it came to pass in the fifth year of king Rehoboam, that Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem:26 And he took away the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king’s house; he even took away all: and he took away all the shields of gold which Solomon had made.27 And king Rehoboam made in their stead brasen shields, and committed them unto the hands of the chief of the guard, which kept the door of the king’s house. 28 And it was so, when the king went into the house of the LORD, that the guard bare them, and brought them back into the guard chamber.29 Now the rest of the acts of Rehoboam, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?30 And there was war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam all their days.31 And Rehoboam slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David. And his mother’s name was Naamah an Ammonitess. And Abijam his son reigned in his stead.
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