Daily Devotions - Friday, 10 July 2020

DAILY DEVOTIONS

Friday, 10 July 2020

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Call to Prayer

Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.  (Isaiah 40 : 31)

 

Welcome to Daily Devotions from Cramond Kirk on Friday, 10 July 2020.

Prayer

Lord, today if I stray,

show the road I ought to take.

When I fear,

Lord, be near,

hear my prayer for Your love’s sake.

Amen

(Hymn 541)

Introduction

Men in the Bible: the theme of this week’s daily devotions and today the story of a man who was given one wish.

God appeared to him in a dream and told him to ask for whatever he wanted.

Riches, position, power, eternal youth - to many people it would be a dream come true – a perfect figure – a beautiful home – money aplenty - every round of golf under par and no more three putts.

What more could you ask for?

Much more – and much better – and because he asked for more and better Solomon’s dream came true and God granted him a discerning mind and the wisdom to judge right from wrong.

1 Kings 3 : 5 – 12

At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask what I should give you.”

And Solomon said, “You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant my father David, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward you; and you have kept for him this great and steadfast love, and have given him a son to sit on his throne today.

And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David, although I am only a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in.

And your servant is in the midst of the people whom you have chosen, a great people, so numerous they cannot be numbered or counted.

Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil; for who can govern this your great people?”

It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this.

God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches, or for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, I now do according to your word. Indeed I give you a wise and discerning mind; no one like you has been before you and no one like you shall arise after you.

Prayer

Upheld in Your strength,

assured of Your presence,

trusting in the goodness of Your purpose

and thankful of Your continuing concern

for us and for all creation,

we turn to You.

 

As we share in these daily devotions,

we ask that our faith be evident

not just in our words but in our deeds.

 

Let there be no self pity or self indulgence

in our lives today

but let thoughtfulness and generosity,

compassion and kindness

be the hallmarks of all we think and do and say.

 

As Solomon prayed for wisdom,

watch over all who have difficult decisions to take today,

people in positions of authority in the life of our nation

and those who will be advising them.

 

Journalists reporting news,

informing and shaping public opinion,

all who write what others will read,  

 

Judges and sheriffs dispensing justice,

doctors and nurses speaking to their patients, 

social workers supporting vulnerable people

 

And in all the opportunities and challenges we face,

grant us the serenity

to accept those things we cannot change,

courage to change the things we can

and wisdom to know the difference

through Jesus Christ our Lord

in whose name we pray

 

Our Father

Which art in heaven

Hallowed be Thy name

Thy kingdom come

Thy will be done in 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

The power and the glory

For ever

Amen

 

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with us all.

Amen