Daily Devotion and Prayer for April 11th


This Daily Devotion covers the first five books of the Bible, Genesis through Deuteronomy also called the Books of Moses or the Pentateuch, in a period of one year in a Monday through Friday format, the Psalms and order of devotion follow those presented in The Treasury of Daily Prayer from Concordia Publishing House.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.


     Hear my prayer, O Lord; give ear to my pleas for mercy!

     In your faithfulness answer me, in your righteousness! 

     Evening and morning and at noon I utter my complaint and moan,

     and he hears my voice. 

     Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you;

     He will never permit the righteous to be moved. 

Psalm 81:1-7

1  To the choirmaster:

according to The Gittith. Of Asaph.

Sing aloud to God our strength;

shout for joy to the God of Jacob! 

2  Raise a song; sound the tambourine,

the sweet lyre with the harp. 

3  Blow the trumpet at the new moon,

at the full moon, on our feast day. 

4  For it is a statute for Israel,

a rule of the God of Jacob. 

5  He made it a decree in Joseph

when he went out over the land of Egypt.

I hear a language I had not known: 

6  “I relieved your shoulder of the burden;

your hands were freed from the basket. 

7  In distress you called, and I delivered you;

I answered you in the secret place of thunder;

I tested you at the waters of Meribah. Selah 

Reading Num 6

Rules Concerning Nazirites

6 Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the ?Israelites? and say to them, ‘When a man or a woman takes a special vow, a vow of a ?Nazirite?, to keep separate for Yahweh, he will abstain from wine and fermented drink; he will not drink wine vinegar or vinegar of fermented drink; he will not drink the fruit juice of grapes or eat fresh or dry grapes. All the days of his separation you will not eat from anything that is made from the grapevine, from sour grapes to the skin of grapes.

“ ‘All the days of the vow of his separation a razor will not pass over his head. Until fulfilling the days that he separated himself to Yahweh he will be holy and grow long the locks of the hair of his head.

“ ‘All the days of keeping himself separated for Yahweh he will not go to a person who is dead; for even his father, mother, brother, or sister he will not make himself unclean ?by their death?, because the separation to his God is on his head. He will be holy for Yahweh all the days of his separation.

“ ‘If someone dies suddenly and makes the head of his separation unclean, he will shave off the hair of his head on the day of his cleansing; on the seventh day he will shave it off. 10 On the eighth day he will bring two turtledoves or two ?young pigeons? to the priest by the doorway of the tent of assembly, 11 and the priest will offer one for a sin offering and one for a burnt offering, and he will make atonement for him because he sinned concerning the corpse. He will consecrate his head on that day. 12 He will rededicate to Yahweh the days of his separation and bring a ram-lamb ?in its first year? as a guilt offering. The former days of his vow will fall away because his separation was defiled.

13 “ ‘This is the regulation of the Nazirite for the day of the fulfilling of the days of his separation: one will bring him to the doorway of the tent of the assembly. 14 He will present his offering to Yahweh, one ram-lamb ?in its first year? without defect as a burnt offering, and one ewe-lamb ?in its first year? without defect as a sin offering, and one ram without defect as a fellowship offering; 15 and a basket of unleavened bread, finely milled flour of ring-shaped bread cakes mixed with oil, and wafers of unleavened bread smeared with oil, and their grain offering and their libations. 16 The priest will present ?before Yahweh? and offer his sin offering, his burnt offering; 17 he will offer a ram as a sacrifice of a fellowship offering to Yahweh, in addition to the basket of the unleavened bread; the priest will offer his grain offering and his libation. 18 The Nazirite will shave off the hair of ?his consecrated head? at the doorway of the tent of assembly, and he will take the hair of ?his consecrated head?, and he will put it on the fire that is beneath the sacrifice of the fellowship offering. 19 The priest will take the shoulder from the ram that is boiled, and one ring-shaped bread cake of unleavened bread from the basket, and one wafer of unleavened bread, and he will put them on the hands of the Nazirite after he has shaved ?his consecrated head?. 20 The priest will wave them as a wave offering ?before the presence of? Yahweh; they are a holy object to the priest, in addition to the breast section of the wave offering, and in addition to the upper thigh of the contribution; and afterward the Nazirite may drink wine.

21 “ ‘This is the regulation of the Nazirite who has made a vow of his offering to Yahweh according to his separation, ?in addition to what he can afford?. In accordance to the word of his vow that he vowed, he will do, concerning the instruction of his separation.’ ”

The Priestly Blessing

22 Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, 23 “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, ‘You will bless the ?Israelites?: You will say to them:

24 Yahweh will bless you

and keep you;

25 Yahweh will make shine his face on you

and be gracious to you;

26 Yahweh will lift up his face upon you,

and he will give you peace.’

27 And they will put my name on the ?Israelites?, and I will bless them.”

Lord’s Prayer

Daily Prayer

     Almighty God, through the resurrection of Your Son You have secured peace for our troubled consciences.  Grant us this peace evermore that trusting in the merit of Your Son we may come at last to the perfect peace of heaven; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Concluding Prayer

Heavenly Father, send Your Holy Spirit into our hearts to direct and rule us according to Your will, to comfort us in all our afflictions, to defend us from all error, and to lead us into all truth; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.