August 21 Devotional (2021)

And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

August 21, 2021
Ordinary Time

Today’s Readings:  Joshua 22:21-34 / Luke 11:1-13 / Understanding the Lord’s Prayer


A prayer inspired by Jonathan Myrick Daniels, Priest and Martyr, who we remember on August 21st

O God of justice and compassion, who dost put down the proud And the mighty from their place, and dost lift up the poor and afflicted: We give thee thanks for thy faithful witness Jonathan Myrick Daniels, who, in the midst of injustice and violence, risked and gave his life for another; and we pray that we, following his example, may make no peace with oppression; through Jesus Christ the just one: who with thee and the Holy Spirit liveth and reigneth, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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A prayer inspired by Blaise Pascal, Scientist, Mathematition, Inventor, and Religious Writer, who we remember on August 21st

Almighty God, who didst grant to thy servant Blaise Pascal a Great intellect, that he might explore the mysteries of thy creation, and didst kindle in his heart a love for thee and a devotion to thy service: Mercifully grant to us thy servants, according to our several callings, gifts of excellence in body, mind, and will, and the grace to use them diligently and to thy glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


Invitatory

Come! O Come to the well of God’s Word and meet your Savior; the water He has given will become in you a spring of eternal life. 

The Nicene Creed

We believe in one God,

    the Father, the Almighty,

    maker of heaven and earth,

    of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

    the only Son of God,

    eternally begotten of the Father,

    God from God, Light from Light,

    true God from true God,

    begotten, not made,

    of one Being with the Father.

    Through him all things were made.

    For us and for our salvation

        he came down from heaven:

    by the power of the Holy Spirit

        he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,

        and was made man.

    For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

        he suffered death and was buried.

        On the third day he rose again

            in accordance with the Scriptures;

        he ascended into heaven

            and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

    He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,

        and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,

    who proceeds from the Father and the Son.

    With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.

    He has spoken through the Prophets.

    We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

    We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

    We look for the resurrection of the dead,

        and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Hymn

“Chariot’s a’Coming!” 

(Traditional Spiritual)

Lyrics:

Good news, chariot’s a’coming! 

Good news, chariot’s a’coming! 

Good news, chariot’s a’coming! 

And I don’t want her leaving me behind. 

There’s a long white robe in heaven, I know.

There’s a long white robe in heaven, I know.

There’s a long white robe in heaven, I know. 

And I don’t want her leaving me behind. 

There’s a starry crown in heaven, I know. 

There’s a starry crown in heaven, I know. 

There’s a starry crown in heaven, I know. 

And I don’t want her leaving me behind. 

Good news, chariot’s a’coming! 

Good news, chariot’s a’coming! 

Good news, chariot’s a’coming! 

And I don’t want her leaving me behind. 

There’s a golden harp in heaven, I know. 

There’s a golden harp in heaven, I know. 

There’s a golden harp in heaven, I know. 

And I don’t want her leaving me behind. 

There’s silver slippers in heaven, I know. 

There’s silver slippers in heaven, I know. 

There’s silver slippers in heaven, I know. 

And I don’t want her leaving me behind. 

Good news, chariot’s a’coming! 

Good news, chariot’s a’coming! 

Good news, chariot’s a’coming! 

And I don’t want her leaving me behind. [1]


Morning Prayer

A COLLECT FOR SABBATH REST 

Almighty God, who after the creation of the world rested from all your works and sanctified a day of rest for all your creatures: Grant that we, putting away all earthly anxieties, may be duly prepared for the service of your sanctuary, and that our rest here upon earth may be a preparation for the eternal rest promised to your people in heaven; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen. [2] 

Short Verse

Kyrie eleison.

Christe eleison.

Kyrie eleison.

Morning Reading: Joshua 22:21-34

An altar to the one Lord

21 Then the people of Reuben, the people of Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh said in answer to the heads of the families of Israel, 22 “The Mighty One, God, the LORD! The Mighty One, God, the LORD! He knows; and let Israel itself know! If it was in rebellion or in breach of faith against the LORD, do not spare us today 23 for building an altar to turn away from following the LORD. Or if we did so to offer burnt offerings or grain offerings or peace offerings on it, may the LORD himself take vengeance. 24 No, but we did it from fear that in time to come your children might say to our children, ‘What have you to do with the LORD, the God of Israel? 25 For the LORD has made the Jordan a boundary between us and you, you people of Reuben and people of Gad. You have no portion in the LORD.’ So your children might make our children cease to worship the LORD. 26 Therefore we said, ‘Let us now build an altar, not for burnt offering, nor for sacrifice, 27 but to be a witness between us and you, and between our generations after us, that we do perform the service of the LORD in his presence with our burnt offerings and sacrifices and peace offerings, so your children will not say to our children in time to come, “You have no portion in the LORD.”’ 28 And we thought, ‘If this should be said to us or to our descendants in time to come, we should say, “Behold, the copy of the altar of the LORD, which our fathers made, not for burnt offerings, nor for sacrifice, but to be a witness between us and you.”’ 29 Far be it from us that we should rebel against the LORD and turn away this day from following the LORD by building an altar for burnt offering, grain offering, or sacrifice, other than the altar of the LORD our God that stands before his tabernacle!”

30 When Phinehas the priest and the chiefs of the congregation, the heads of the families of Israel who were with him, heard the words that the people of Reuben and the people of Gad and the people of Manasseh spoke, it was good in their eyes. 31 And Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest said to the people of Reuben and the people of Gad and the people of Manasseh, “Today we know that the LORD is in our midst, because you have not committed this breach of faith against the LORD. Now you have delivered the people of Israel from the hand of the LORD.”

32 Then Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest, and the chiefs, returned from the people of Reuben and the people of Gad in the land of Gilead to the land of Canaan, to the people of Israel, and brought back word to them. 33 And the report was good in the eyes of the people of Israel. And the people of Israel blessed God and spoke no more of making war against them to destroy the land where the people of Reuben and the people of Gad were settled. 34 The people of Reuben and the people of Gad called the altar Witness, “For,” they said, “it is a witness between us that the LORD is God.”

Morning Lesson

A Sign of Unity

“A misunderstanding broke out after the Transjordan tribes erected an altar along the Jordan on the border with the rest of Israel. They were accused by the other tribes of adding another place of sacrifice in violation of the Law, which called for one place of sacrifice.” [3] 

“The tribes were concerned that, without some visible sign of unity between the people on the two sides of the Jordan, future generations might see conflict between them. The altar, patterned after the altar of the Lord, was to remind these people that they all worshiped the same God.” [4] On this, Origen wrote, “[L]et us see what sacrament lies within this deed. The former people of the circumcision are represented in Reuben, who was the firstborn; but also in Gad, who also is the firstborn out of Zilpah; and Manasseh, no less a firstborn. But insofar as I say ‘firstborn,’ I speak chronologically. Therefore, these things are said not that it might be evident some division and separation is between us and those who were righteous before the coming of Christ, but that they might reveal themselves to still be our brothers even if they existed before the coming of Christ. For although they possessed an altar then before the coming of the Savior, nevertheless, they knew and perceived that it was not that true altar but that it was a form and figure of what would be the true altar [see Heb 10:11-12]. Those persons knew this because the true victims and those who were able to take away sins were not offered on that altar that the firstborn people possessed but on this one where Jesus was. Here the heavenly victims, here the true sacrifices are consumed. Therefore, they are made ‘one flock and one shepherd’ [Jn 10:16], those former righteous ones and those who are now Christians,” (Homilies on Joshua). [5]

“The misunderstanding between the tribes is not unlike the trouble that would arise between Christians over the keeping of Jewish law and the conversion of Gentile believes (see Acts 11:2; 15:1; Gal 2:12).” [6]

“The misunderstanding about the altar is peacefully resolved “when the three tribes clearly explained that the altar was not designated for sacrificial offerings but was simply a symbol of their unity with the rest of Israel across the Jordan to ensure that future generations dwelling in the Transjordan would never forget their inclusion among the Chosen People.” [7]

“Both the eastern and western tribes were relieved that the crisis had been averted, and they joyfully praised God to renew their affirmation of national unity in faithfulness to God.” [8]

“Believers still carry their old sinful natures; therefore, misunderstandings or false accusations sometimes flare up among them. But the power of God’s Word and Spirit working in our hearts can bring about genuine reconciliation and peace. • When we presume guilt on the part of others, lead us , O Lord, to listen humbly and to speak the truth in love. May Your name be blessed as Your Spirit cleans our ears of unfounded skepticism and our tongues of loveless criticism. Amen.” [9]


Midday Prayer

A HEALING PRAYER 

You alone I follow, Lord Jesus; You heal my wounds. For what shall separate me from the love of God, which is in You? Shall tribulation, or distress, or famine? I am held fast as though by nails and fettered by the bonds of charity. Remove from me, O Lord Jesus, with Your powerful sword, the corruption of my sins. Secure me in the bonds of Your love; cut away what is corrupt in me. Come quickly and make an end of my many hidden and secret afflictions. Open the wound lest the evil sickness spread. With Your purity, cleanse in me all that is stained. Hear me, O you earthly men, who in your sins bring forth drunken thoughts: I have found a Physician. He dwells in heaven and distributes His healing on earth. He alone can heal my pains who Himself has none. He alone who knows what is hidden can take away the grief of my heart and the fear of my soul: Jesus Christ. Christ is grace! Christ is life! Christ is resurrection! AMEN. 

By St Ambrose of Milan [10]

Short Verse

My mouth shall speak praise of the LORD;* let all flesh bless his holy Name for ever and ever.

Psalm 145:22

Midday Reading: Luke 11:1-13 

Ask, and it will be given

1 Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” 2 And he said to them, “When you pray, say:

“Father, hallowed be your name.

Your kingdom come.

3 Give us each day our daily bread,

4 and forgive us our sins,

for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us.

And lead us not into temptation.”

5 And he said to them, “Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves, 6 for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; 7 and he will answer from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I cannot get up and give you anything’? 8 I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence he will rise and give him whatever he needs. 9 And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 11 What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; 12 or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

Midday Lesson

Persevere in Prayer

One of Jesus’s disciples asked Him to teach them how to pray. This request “expresses a universal longing to be in communion with God.” [61]

After instructing His disciples on how to pray, Christ utilizes a parable. The parable in verses 5-8 “demonstrates God’s faithfulness to those who are in need and who pray with persistence (v. 8). The Fathers [of the Church] interpret[ed] midnight [v. 5] as both the time of our death and a time of great temptation. The friend is Christ, who, as our only source of grace, provides everything we need.” [62]

“In Greek, the verbs rendered ask, seek, and knock [v. 9] imply a continuing action and are better translated ‘keep asking,’ ‘keep seeking,’ and ‘keep knocking.’ God responds when we persistently ask for things that are good.” [63]

Fish and an egg (vv. 11, 12), along with bread, “are all images of life and symbolize the gift of the Holy Spirit (see Jn 14:13, 14; Jam 4:3).” [64]


Eventide Prayer

A COLLECT FOR THE EVE OF WORSHIP

O God, the source of eternal light: Shed forth your unending day upon us who watch for you, that our lips may praise you, our lives may bless you, and our worship on the morrow give you glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen. [59]

Short Verse

“Eternal Trinity, you are a deep sea, into which the more I enter the more I find, and the more I find the more I seek.”

St Catherine of Siena [60]

Evening Reading: Understanding the Lord’s Prayer 

THE INTRODUCTION 

Our Father who art in heaven. 

(Matthew 6:9)

“The Father-Son relationship within the Trinity reveals our potential relationship with God. Christ, the Son of God grants us the privilege of calling God Our Father by the grace of adoption (Gal 4:4-7). As a ‘son of God,’ the Christian is called to love, trust, and serve God as Christ does the Father. We must note that God is not our Father simply because He created us. He is only a Father to those in a saving personal relationship with Him, a communion that only comes by the grace of adoption (see Jn 1:13; Rom 8:14-16).” [11] “All who come to God through faith and Baptism in Christ are adopted as children of God the Father. (Deuteronomy 32:1–6; Isaiah 30:1; John 1:12–13; Romans 8:14–16; 1 John 3:1–3).” [12] 

“With these words God tenderly invites us to believe that He is our true Father and that we are His true children, so that with all boldness and confidence we may ask Him as dear children ask their dear father.” [13]

THE FIRST PETITION 

Hallowed be Thy name.

(Matthew 6:9)

“God’s Name reveals who he is—his nature, his character, his power, and his purposes. The Name God reveal[ed] to Moses is “I am who I am” or simply “I am” (Exodus 3:6, 14). This Name means that he alone is truly God, he is the source of his own Being, he is holy and just, and he cannot be defined by his creatures. (Exodus 3:6, 14; 15:11; Psalm 99; Isaiah 5:16; 42:8; 47:4; John 8:58; Revelation 1:8)” [14]

“’Hallowed’ means to be treated as holy—set apart, sacred, and glorified. (Exodus 13:1–12; Leviticus 22:31–33; Deuteronomy 6:7–8;  Psalm 11:4–7; Isaiah 6:1–8; Luke 2:22–35; 2 Timothy 2:19–22).” [15] “God’s Name is holy in itself, and God glorifies his Name by saving fallen humanity, by building his Church, and by establishing his kingdom in this world and in the age to come. (Nehemiah 9:9–10; Psalm 111:9; Ezekiel 36:22–32; Luke 1:49; John 12:23–28; Acts 4:24–31; Ephesians 5:25–27; 1 Peter 2:4–9).” [16]

We “can honor God’s Name as holy by worshiping him, serving others, and living in loving obedience as his child[ren] and [as] citizen[s] of his kingdom. (Deuteronomy 4:6–8; Psalm 105:1–6; Ezekiel 36:16–32; Matthew 5:16; Hebrews 13:15–16).” [17]

THE SECOND PETITION 

Thy kingdom come.

(Matthew 6:10)

“The kingdom of God is the just and peaceful reign of Jesus Christ over all the world, especially in the lives of his faithful people, through the powerful work of the Holy Spirit. (Psalms 103:19; 145:11–13; Isaiah 11:1–9; Daniel 4:28–37; Mark 1:14–15; Luke 17:20–21; Ephesians 1:3–14; Colossians 1:9–14).” [18] We “pray that the whole creation may be renewed and restored under its rightful Lord, now in part and fully in the age to come. (Psalm 72; Daniel 7:27; Mark 14:25; Romans 8:19–25; Philippians 2:9–11; Revelation 11:15–18; 21:5).” [19]

“God’s kingdom is announced to the people of Israel, arrives in Jesus Christ, and advances through the Church’s mission. It will appear in its fullness once Christ returns in glory. (Psalm 102:12–22; Daniel 2:31–45; Matthew 10:5–8; Mark 4:26–32; Acts 1:1–11; 1 Corinthians 15:19–28).” [20]

As citizens of God’s kingdom, we are “called to live in obedience to God’s Word and will, in loving witness and service to others, and in joyful hope of Christ’s return. (Psalm 15; Ezekiel 37:20–28; Mark 4:1–25; Romans 14:17; Philippians 3:17–21; 1 Peter 2:9–12).” [21]

THE THIRD PETITION 

Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

(Matthew 6:10)

“God’s will is to reconcile all things to himself in Jesus Christ and to establish his kingdom on the earth. His will is revealed in the whole of Scripture and especially in Jesus Christ, whom [we are] called to serve and imitate with [our] whole [lives]. (Deuteronomy 6:4–5; Psalm 119:1–16, 104–5; Proverbs 4:1–9; Matthew 22:36–40; John 6:39–40; Romans 8:28–30; 12:1–2; 2 Corinthians 5:18–19).” [22]

We “pray for God to break the dominion of the world, the flesh, and the devil; to establish justice and thwart the plans of the wicked; to strengthen and direct his Church; and to extend the kingdom of his grace. (Psalm 10:17–18; Matthew 16:17–18; Luke 18:7–8; Ephesians 6:10–20; 2 Thessalonians 3:1–2; 1 Timothy 2:1–4).” [23]

We “can walk in God’s will by loving him and [our] neighbor[s], and by taking [our] part in the Church’s mission to extend his kingdom in the world. (Deuteronomy 30:11–16; Psalm 15; Micah 6:8; Matthew 28:19–20; Mark 12:28–34; 1 Thessalonians 4:1–8; 1 John 2:15–17).” [24]

“In heaven, God’s Name is perfectly hallowed, and his will is perfectly obeyed and fulfilled. [We] pray for his kingdom to be established fully and his will to be accomplished on earth, that his Name may be perfectly hallowed in all creation. (Psalm 103:19–22; Isaiah 11:1–9; Daniel 4:34–35; Ephesians 1:15–23; Revelation 4:8–11).” [25]

THE FOURTH PETITION 

Give us this day our daily bread.

(Matthew 6:11)

We “pray for [our] needs and those of [our] brothers and sisters: for daily provision, pardon for sins, and protection from evil. (Psalms 25:16–18; 34:8–10; 71; Lamentations 2:19; Matthew 7:7–11; Philippians 4:6).” [26] 

“Daily bread includes all that we need each day for our bodily provision and spiritual nourishment. (Exodus 16:4; Psalm 105:39–42; Proverbs 30:7–9; John 6:1–14, 41–51; Philippians 4:19).” [27] “God calls [us] to trust him for the needs of each day, to be concerned for the needs of others, to be content with what [we] have, and to grow in gratitude for his provision. (Exodus 16; Psalm 78:15–20; Matthew 6:25–34; James 4:2–3).” [28]

“God gives [us] daily bread because he is a good and loving Father, who gives good things to all his children, sustains us in life, and desires that we grow daily in his grace. (Psalms 103:13–14; 104:27–30; Isaiah 40:11, 29–31; Matthew 7:9–11).” [29]

THE FIFTH PETITION 

And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.

(Matthew 6:12)

“A ‘trespass’ is a sin—a thought, word, or deed which offends God’s holy character and violates his Law, missing the mark of his will and expectations. (Isaiah 53:6; 1 John 3:4).” [30] “[We], together with all humankind, sin daily against God’s Law, in thought, word, and deed, both by what [we] do and by what [we] fail to do. (Psalm 14:2–3; Proverbs 20:9; Ecclesiastes 7:20; Romans 3:9–18, 23; 1 John 1:8–10).” [31]

“God’s forgiveness is his merciful pardon of sin and removal of the guilt that results from our disobedience. (Psalms 32:1–2; 51:1–17; Isaiah 1:18; 55:6–9; Jeremiah 33:7–9; Matthew 18:23–27; Colossians 2:13–14).” [32] “[We] ask God our loving Father to forgive [us] through his Son, Jesus Christ, who bore [our] sins upon the Cross, so that through faith and Baptism [we] can receive his righteousness. (Isaiah 53:4–12; Daniel 9:16–19; Luke 18:9–14; Acts 2:38; 13:38–39; Romans 5:17; Hebrews 9:11–26).” [33]

“In Christ, God freely forgives the sins of all, including [yours], who sincerely repent and in true faith turn to him. (Leviticus 16:29–34; Psalm 103:8–14; Isaiah 55:6–9; Jeremiah 31:31–34; Matthew 6:14–15; Hebrews 10:11–18; 1 John 1:9–10).” [34]

“[We] should forgive others because, while [we were] still [sinners], God forgave [us] through Jesus Christ. Failing to forgive impedes God’s work in [our lives] and gives opportunity to the evil one. (Genesis 50:15–21; Psalm 133; Matthew 18:21–35; Luke 23:34; Ephesians 4:30–32; Colossians 3:12–13)” [35]

“Forgiveness is a decision of [our] will[s] and an attitude of [our] heart[s] that seeks the good of [our] neighbor[s], and chooses not to hold against them the damage they have inflicted. [We] forgive whether they have asked for forgiveness or not. (Exodus 23:4; Leviticus 19:17–18; Matthew 5:38–48; Luke 17:3–4; 23:34; Acts 7:60; Romans 12:14, 17–21; James 5:9; 1 Peter 3:9).” [36]

Still, forgiveness of others will not always result in reconciliation. “Though [our] decision and desire to forgive may not result in [our] neighbor’s repentance or our reconciliation, [we are] still called to forgive. (Matthew 18:15–35; Romans 12:17–21).” [37]

THE SIXTH PETITION 

And lead us not into temptation.

(Matthew 6:13)

“God tempts no one to sin (Jam 1:13); temptations are from the evil one, the devil. Temptations are aimed at the soul’s giving in to the sinful passions of the flesh (Rom 7:5). No one lives without encountering temptations, but we pray that great temptations, tests beyond what we can bear (1Co 10:13), should not come to us.” [38] We are “tempted by the false promises of the world, the selfish desires of [our] flesh, and the lies of the devil, all of which war against God and [our] spiritual well-being. (Genesis 3:1–8; Proverbs 30:7–9; Mark 7:15; James 1:13; 1 John 2:15–17).” [39]

Here, we pray for “God to increase [our] faith to trust him, enliven [our] conscience[s] to fear him, soften [our] heart[s] to love him, and strengthen [our] will[s] to obey him, that [we] may resist evil and stand in the face of temptation. (Proverbs 2; Matthew 4:11; Luke 22:31–32; 1 Co rin thi ans 10:12–14; James 4:5–10).” [40] “We pray in this petition that God would guard and keep us so that the devil, the world, and our sinful nature may not deceive us or mislead us into false belief, despair, and other great shame and vice. Although we are attacked by these things, we pray that we may finally overcome them and win the victory.” [41]

“As [we] abide in Christ, [we] can guard against temptation by praying for protection and strength, confessing [our] sins, recalling God’s Word, avoiding tempting situations, and seeking the support of fellow Christians. (Genesis 39:7–12; Psalm 119:9–11; Matthew 4:1–11; Mark 14:38; Romans 13:11–14; Ephesians 6:13–18; 1 Peter 4:1–2, 7).” [42] “In the fellowship of Christ’s Body, [we] can find companionship when [we are] lonely or vulnerable, support to resist ungodly influence, wisdom to guard [us] from folly, exhortation to grow in holiness, and discipline to correct [us] when [we] fall into error. (Matthew 18:15–20; Galatians 6:1–5; 1 Thessalonians 5:11, 14–16; James 5:16).” [43]

THE SEVENTH PETITION 

But deliver us from evil.

(Matthew 6:13)

“Evil is the willful perversion of God’s will. Evil defies God’s holiness, violates his Law, enslaves us to sin, and mars his good creation. (Genesis 3:1–19; 4:1–8; 6:5; Proverbs 1:10–19; Isaiah 59:4–13; Mark 7:20–23; 1 John 3:4).” [44]

“God created rational creatures free to love, obey, and worship him, but we have used our freedom to reject his love, rebel against him, and choose evil. Yet no evil can thwart God’s purposes, and he is able to use evil to bring about even greater good. (Genesis 6:5; Judges 2:19–23; Psalm 10; Ecclesiastes 7:29; Romans 8:18–28; Hebrews 2:8–18; Revelation 2:18–29).” [45]

God is not responsible for evil. “The sinful choices of his creatures do not implicate God in evil in any way. (Deuteronomy 30:15–19; Romans 7:7–25; James 1:13–15).” [46]

Evil existed before the human race embraced it. “Satan had already opposed God and chosen evil when he tempted Adam and Eve. (Genesis 3: 1–5; John 8:44).” [47] “Demons, of whom Satan is chief, are fallen angels. Satan rebelled against God and led other angels to follow him. They now cause spiritual and sometimes physical harm to mortals, and they sow lies that lead to confusion, despair, sin, and death. ( Job 1–2; Daniel 10:20–21; Luke 8:26–29; 9:37–43; 11:14–26; Acts 16:16–18; 2 Thessalonians 2:9–10).” [48] “Satan and his angels were overcome by envy and pride and rebelled against God. (Isaiah 14:12–15; Ezekiel 28:12–19; 1 Timothy 3:6; Jude 6; Revelation 12:7–12).” [49]

“Angels are rational, spiritual beings created by God. God’s holy angels joyfully serve him in heavenly worship, and God appoints them to act as messengers, bringing words of guidance and assurance to the faithful, and assisting and protecting them. (Numbers 22:21–31; Psalm 148:1–6; Isaiah 6:2–3; Luke 1:19, 26–33; Acts 12:7–11; Hebrews 1:7–14; 13:2).” [50]

“God has triumphed over all the powers of evil through the death, resurrection, and ascension of his Son, Jesus Christ. God will finally destroy all evil, including death, at the end of the age. (Psalms 46; 110:1; Isaiah 52:7–10; Daniel 7:9–14; Luke 21:25–28; 1 Co rin thi ans 15:24–28; Colossians 2:13–15; Hebrews 2:7–9, 14–15; Revelation 21:1–8).” [51]

“Though disaster, disease, death, and the evil deeds of his creatures may cause great harm and suffering, the almighty and all- wise God can use them to bring about his good purposes, both in the world and in my life. (Genesis 50:20; Romans 5:3–5; 8:28; Hebrews 12:3–11).” [52] When we pray, we “seek to be delivered from [our] own fallen inclination toward evil. [We] also seek God’s deliverance from the devil; from the dangers of the day and night; from sorrow, sickness, and horror; from injustice and oppression; and from everlasting damnation. (Psalm 91; Luke 18:1–8; 22:31–32; Romans 7:15–25; 2 Corinthians 1:8–11; 2 Thessalonians 3:1–2; 1 Peter 5:8–9; “The Great Litany,” Book of Common Prayer 1662).” [53]

“Jesus has conquered the dominion of darkness and now grants [us] victory over sin and evil through the Holy Spirit. He transforms [our] mind[s] and heart[s] to see and oppose evil, and gives [us] the power to overcome it. He gives [us] strength to endure [our] trials gracefully and may even remove them from [us]. (Psalm 23; Ezekiel 36:24–27; Matthew 10:16–20; John 17:11–17; 2 Co rin thi ans 12:7–10; James 4:7–8;1 Peter 5:8–9).” [54]

“We pray in this petition, in summary, that our Father in heaven would rescue us from every evil of body and soul, possessions and reputation, and finally, when our last hour comes, give us a blessed end, and graciously take us from this valley of sorrow to Himself in heaven.” [55]

THE CONCLUDING DOXOLOGY

For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

(Matthew 6:13)

“The doxology is often added to the Lord’s Prayer is ‘For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.’ (Matthew 6:13). A doxology is a short phrase or hymn giving glory to God. (Ephesians 3:20–21; 1 Timothy 1:17).” [56]

“Mirroring the first half of the Lord’s Prayer, the Church rejoices that God is already reigning over all creation, working out his holy will, and hallowing his Name in earth and heaven. (1 Chronicles 29:11–13; Revelation 5:11–14).” [57]

“By saying ‘Amen,’ which means ‘so be it,’ [we] declare [our] agreement with the prayer. [We] unite with the faithful, and together we pray as Jesus commanded, believing that our petitions please the Father, and trusting that he will hear and answer us. (Nehemiah 8:1–3, 5–6; Psalms 72:18–19; 106:48; 2 Co rin thi ans 1:19–20; Revelation 19:1–4).” [58]

Compline Prayer

A COLLECT FOR SATURDAYS

We give you thanks, O God, for revealing your Son Jesus Christ to us by the light of his resurrection: Grant that as we sing your glory at the close of this day, our joy may abound in the morning as we celebrate the Paschal mystery; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen. [65]


Devotionals compiled/written by S. P. Rogers

Citations:

[1] Tickle, P. (2000). August. In The divine hours: Prayers for Summertime (Kindle ed., vol. 2, p. 420). New York, NY: Image Books.

[2] Morning Office, Anglican Church in North America 2019 Book of Common Prayer

http://bcp2019.anglicanchurch.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/06-Daily-Morning-Prayer-11.21.2019.docx

[3] Cole, J. (Ed.). (2015). Joshua. In Didache Bible: With commentaries based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Kindle ed., p. 633). Downers Grove, IL: Midwest Theological Forum,, Ignatius Press.

[4] Tyndale House Publishers. (2012). Joshua. In Chronological life application study Bible (Kindle ed., p. 5486). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Pub.

[5] Origen. (2019). Psalms. In Ancient faith study Bible (Kindle ed., p. 772). Nashville: Holman Bible.

[6] Academic Community of St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology (2008). Joshua. In The Orthodox study Bible (p. 314). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

[7] Cole, J. (Ed.). (2015). Joshua. In Didache Bible: With commentaries based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Kindle ed., p. 633). Downers Grove, IL: Midwest Theological Forum,, Ignatius Press.

[8] Tyndale House Publishers. (2012). Joshua. In Chronological life application study Bible (Kindle ed., p. 5486). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Pub.

[9] A., E. E. (2016). Joshua. In The Lutheran study Bible: English standard version (Kindle ed., pp. 1779). Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House.

[10] Papavassiliou, V. (2014). Prayers of the Saints. In The ancient faith prayer book (Kindle ed., p. 114). Chesterton, IN: Ancient Faith Publishing.

[11] Academic Community of St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology (2008). Jeremiah. In The Orthodox study Bible (p. 1308-1309). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

[12] Catechism of the Anglican Church in North America (p 69). Retrieved at https://anglicanchurch.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/To-Be-a-Christian.pdf

[13] A., E. E. (2016). Luther’s Small Catechism. In The Lutheran study Bible: English standard version (Kindle ed., pp. 74). Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House.

[14] Catechism of the Anglican Church in North America (p 70-71). Retrieved at https://anglicanchurch.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/To-Be-a-Christian.pdf

[15] Ibid. 14, P. 71

[16] Ibid. 14, P. 71

[17] Ibid. 14, P. 71

[18] Ibid. 14, P. 72

[19] Ibid. 14, P. 72

[20] Ibid. 14, P. 72

[21] Ibid. 14, P. 72

[22] Ibid. 14, P. 73

[23] Ibid. 14, P. 73

[24] Ibid. 14, P. 73

[25] Ibid. 14, P. 73

[26] Ibid. 14, P. 74

[27] Ibid. 14, P. 74

[28] Ibid. 14, P. 74

[29] Ibid. 14, P. 74

[30] Ibid. 14, P. 75

[31] Ibid. 14, P. 75

[32] Ibid. 14, P. 75

[33] Ibid. 14, P. 75

[34] Ibid. 14, P. 76

[35] Ibid. 14, P. 76

[36] Ibid. 14, P. 76

[37] Ibid. 14, P. 76

[38] Academic Community of St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology (2008). Matthew. In The Orthodox study Bible (p. 1309). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

[39] Catechism of the Anglican Church in North America (p 77). Retrieved at https://anglicanchurch.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/To-Be-a-Christian.pdf

[40] Ibid 39

[41] A., E. E. (2016). Luther’s Small Catechism. In The Lutheran study Bible: English standard version (Kindle ed., pp. 76). Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House.

[42] Catechism of the Anglican Church in North America (p 77). Retrieved at https://anglicanchurch.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/To-Be-a-Christian.pdf

[43] Ibid. 42, P. 78

[44] Ibid. 42, P. 78

[45] Ibid. 42, P. 78

[46] Ibid. 42, P. 78

[47] Ibid. 42, P. 79

[48] Ibid. 42, P. 79

[49] Ibid. 42, P. 79

[50] Ibid. 42, P. 79

[51] Ibid. 42, P. 79

[52] Ibid. 42, P. 80

[53] Ibid. 42, P. 80

[54] Ibid. 42, P. 80

[55] A., E. E. (2016). Luther’s Small Catechism. In The Lutheran study Bible: English standard version (Kindle ed., pp. 76). Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House.

[56] Catechism of the Anglican Church in North America (p 80). Retrieved at https://anglicanchurch.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/To-Be-a-Christian.pdf

[57] Ibid. 56, P. 81

[58] Ibid. 56, P. 81

[59] Evening Office, Anglican Church in North America 2019 Book of Common Prayer

http://bcp2019.anglicanchurch.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/08-Daily-Evening-Prayer-11.21.2019.docx

[60] Mjh. (2016, March 12). the trinity. Classically Christian. https://thepocketscroll.wordpress.com/tag/the-trinity/

[61] Academic Community of St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology (2008). Luke. In The Orthodox study Bible (p. 1417). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

[62] Ibid. 61, P. 1417-1418

[63] Ibid. 61, P. 1418

[64] Ibid. 61, P. 1418

[65] Compline, Anglican Church in North America 2019 Book of Common Prayer

http://bcp2019.anglicanchurch.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/09-Compline-11.21.2019.docx

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