Daily Devotional Materials
Week of the
Eleventh Sunday after Trinity
– Saturday –
Give us this day our daily bread. – Matthew 6:11.
How tenderly mindful our heavenly Father is even of our poor body and its wants and needs! His Son, our dear Savior, bids us pray: “Give us this day our daily bread.” By “daily bread” everything is meant that belongs to the support and wants of the body. Hence God will give us this if we ask Him in the name of Jesus. Therefore we should not worry, as, alas! we are very prone to do, but we should pray. And we should pray for what we need each day, “this day“; we should not be uneasy about tomorrow. We should become as little children. Do little children worry about their food and raiment? Do they not rather ask their parents for what they need? And have you ever heard a child say: Mother, give me something to eat tomorrow? Does a child trouble itself about tomorrow? O let us be artless children of God ! But remember, my dear Christian, that your Savior does not bid you ask for great abundance or for dainties, but for plain daily bread. This He promises to give you. And if the thought occurs to you that even to the wicked, who never pray, God gives, not daily bread alone, but even riches and abundance, then note two things. In the first place, as a child of God, you surely wish to receive your daily bread from the hand of God with prayer and thanksgiving. And besides, may the wicked depend upon it that God will at all times give them their daily bread? By no means. But you may. Hence pray with a childlike heart: “Give us this day our daily bread.” And share your bread with your needy neighbor.
PRAYER. – Dear Heavenly Father, give me Thy Holy Spirit, that it may be my sole concern to be and remain Thy dear child. Then let me diligently perform my duty as required by my calling and station, wherein Thou hast placed me, and let me always look for my daily bread from Thy fatherly goodness, in no wise burdening my heart with heathenish cares; for Thou art my dear Father, through Jesus Christ, my Savior. Amen.
Give us this day our daily bread
And all that for this life we need;
From war and strife be our Defense,
From famine and from pestilence,
That we may live in godly peace,
Unvexed by cares and avarice.
Hymn 396, 5. (ELHB)
Philippians 4 :8-23
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. 9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity. 11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.14 Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction.15 Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only.16 For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity.17 Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.18 But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God. 19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.20 Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.21 Salute every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren which are with me greet you.22 All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Caesar’s household.23 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
2 Kings 2:1-25
2:1 And it came to pass, when the LORD would take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal.2 And Elijah said unto Elisha, Tarry here, I pray thee; for the LORD hath sent me to Bethel. And Elisha said unto him, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they went down to Bethel.3 And the sons of the prophets that were at Bethel came forth to Elisha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the LORD will take away thy master from thy head to day? And he said, Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace.4 And Elijah said unto him, Elisha, tarry here, I pray thee; for the LORD hath sent me to Jericho. And he said, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they came to Jericho.5 And the sons of the prophets that were at Jericho came to Elisha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the LORD will take away thy master from thy head to day? And he answered, Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace.6 And Elijah said unto him, Tarry, I pray thee, here; for the LORD hath sent me to Jordan. And he said, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And they two went on.7 And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood to view afar off: and they two stood by Jordan. 8 And Elijah took his mantle, and wrapped it together, and smote the waters, and they were divided hither and thither, so that they two went over on dry ground.9 And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.10 And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so. 11 And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.12 And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces.13 He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan; 14 And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the LORD God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over.15 And when the sons of the prophets which were to view at Jericho saw him, they said, The spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elisha. And they came to meet him, and bowed themselves to the ground before him.16 And they said unto him, Behold now, there be with thy servants fifty strong men; let them go, we pray thee, and seek thy master: lest peradventure the Spirit of the LORD hath taken him up, and cast him upon some mountain, or into some valley. And he said, Ye shall not send. 17 And when they urged him till he was ashamed, he said, Send. They sent therefore fifty men; and they sought three days, but found him not.18 And when they came again to him, (for he tarried at Jericho,) he said unto them, Did I not say unto you, Go not?19 And the men of the city said unto Elisha, Behold, I pray thee, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord seeth: but the water is naught, and the ground barren. 20 And he said, Bring me a new cruse, and put salt therein. And they brought it to him.21 And he went forth unto the spring of the waters, and cast the salt in there, and said, Thus saith the LORD, I have healed these waters; there shall not be from thence any more death or barren land.22 So the waters were healed unto this day, according to the saying of Elisha which he spake.23 And he went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head.24 And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the LORD. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them.25 And he went from thence to mount Carmel, and from thence he returned to Samaria.
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