11 Trinity – Sunday


Daily Devotional Materials

for the

Week of the

Eleventh Sunday after Trinity

– Sunday –



Pray everywhere. – 1 Timothy 2:8.

Yes, you may pray everywhere. Isaac had gone out to pray in the field at the eventide. (Genesis 24:63.) To publicly profess his faith, Daniel prayed at the open window of his house three times a day. (Daniel 6:10.) Jonah prayed to the Lord, his God, from out the fish’s belly. (Jonah 2:1) Our Savior went up into a mountain apart to pray. (Matthew 14:23.) The first hundred and twenty disciples of Jesus continued with one accord in prayer and supplication. (Acts 1:14.) Paul and Silas prayed in prison at midnight. (Acts 16:25.) You may pray everywhere. Only, “when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are; for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you,” says the Savior, ” they have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father who is in secret; and thy Father who seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.” (Matthew 6:5-6.) Hence, your room is a good, a very good place for you to offer your daily prayer. And when prayer is said in public worship or at family devotions, do not be inattentive or listless, but with all your heart join in the prayer, supplication, thanksgiving, and praise. There is a special promise attached to joint prayer. For Jesus says: “If two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father who is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:19-20.)

PRAYER. – Gracious God and Father, wherever I may be, Thou art with me, and Thine eye, O Father, seest me, and Thine ear is inclined to hear what Thy child desires of Thee. Should I then be mute, and should my heart be closed against Thee? Should I not speak to Thee and call on Thee as a little child speaks to its mother, asking her for this thing and for that? O Heavenly Father, who kindly does bow down to me, give me Thy Holy Spirit, that in true childlike fashion I may lift up my heart to Thee through Jesus Christ. Amen.

Abide with me from morn till eve,
For without Thee I cannot live;
Abide with me when night is nigh,
For without Thee I dare not die.

Hymn 42, 3. (ELHB)


Bible Readings


1 Corinthians 15:1-10
15:1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.7 After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.8 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. 9 For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.


Luke 18:9-14

9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: 10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.



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