Daily Devotion and Prayer for April 16th, 2024

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The Descendants of Issachar The sons of Issachar: Tola, Puah, Jashub, and Shimron, four. The sons of Tola: Uzzi, Rephaiah, Jeriel, Jahmai, Ibsam, and Shemuel, heads of their fathers’ houses; for Tola, mighty warriors of their generations, their number in the days of David were twenty-two thousand six hundred….

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

Amen.

     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 86:11-17

11  Teach me your way, O LORD,

that I may walk in your truth;

unite my heart to fear your name. 

12  I give thanks to you, O Lord my God,

with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever. 

13  For great is your steadfast love toward me;

you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol. 

14  O God, insolent men have risen up against me;

a band of ruthless men seeks my life,

and they do not set you before them. 

15  But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious,

slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. 

16  Turn to me and be gracious to me;

give your strength to your servant,

and save the son of your maidservant. 

17  Show me a sign of your favor,

that those who hate me may see and be put to shame

because you, LORD, have helped me and comforted me. 

Reading for Tuesday April 16th      2 Chronicles 7:1-29

The Descendants of Issachar

7 The sons of Issachar: Tola, Puah, Jashub, and Shimron, four. The sons of Tola: Uzzi, Rephaiah, Jeriel, Jahmai, Ibsam, and Shemuel, heads of their fathers’ houses; for Tola, mighty warriors of their generations, their number in the days of David were twenty-two thousand six hundred. The sons of Uzzi: Izrahiah. And the sons of Izrahiah: Michael, Obadiah, Joel, and Isshiah; all five of them were chiefs. And in addition to them, according to their generations, according to the house of their fathers, were troops of the army for war: thirty-six thousand. For ?they had? many wives and sons. Now their kinsmen belonging to all the clans of Issachar were in all eighty-seven thousand mighty warriors, enrolled according to their genealogy.

The Descendants of Benjamin

The sons of Benjamin: Bela, Beker, and Jediael, three. The sons of Bela: Ezbon, Uzzi, Uzziel, Jerimoth, and Iri, five, the heads of the house of the fathers, mighty warriors. And their enrollment by genealogy was twenty-two thousand thirty-four. The sons of Beker: Zemirah, Joash, Eliezer, Elioenai, Omri, Jeremoth, Abijah, Anathoth, and Alemeth. All these were the sons of Beker. And their enrollment by genealogy according to their generations, as heads of the house of their fathers, mighty warriors, was twenty thousand two hundred. 10 The sons of Jediael: Bilhan. And the sons of Bilhan: Jeush, Benjamin, Ehud, Kenaanah, Zethan, Tarshish, and Ahishahar. 11 All these were the sons of Jediael according to the heads of the ?families?, mighty warriors, seventeen thousand two hundred, ?able to go to war?. 12 And Shuppim and Huppim were the sons of Ir; Hushim, the son of Aher.

The Descendants of Naphtali

13 The sons of Naphtali: Jahziel, Guni, Jezer, and Shallum, the ?descendants? of Bilhah.

The Descendants of Manasseh

14 The sons of Manasseh: Asriel, whom his Aramean concubine bore; she gave birth to Machir the father of Gilead. 15 And Machir took a wife for Huppim and for Shuppim. And the name of his sister was Maacah. And the name of the second, Zelophehad. And Zelophehad had daughters. 16 And Maacah the wife of Machir gave birth to a son, and she called his name Peresh. And the name of his brother was Sheresh, and his sons were Ulam and Rekem. 17 The sons of Ulam: Bedan. These were the sons of Gilead the son of Machir, son of Manasseh. 18 And his sister, Hammolecheth, gave birth to Ishhod, Abiezer, and Mahlah. 19 The sons of Shemida were Ahian, Shechem, Likhi, and Aniam.

The Descendants of Ephraim

20 The sons of Ephraim: Shuthelah and Bered his son, Tahath his son, Eleadah his son, Tahath his son, 21 Zabad his son, Shuthelah his son, and Ezer and Elead. And the men of Gath who were born in the land killed them because they came down to take their livestock. 22 And Ephraim their father mourned many days, and his brothers came to comfort him. 23 And Ephraim went in to his wife, and she conceived and gave birth to a son. And he called his name Beriah because disaster had been upon his house. 24 And his daughter was Sheerah, and she built Lower and Upper Beth-Horon and Uzzen-Sheerah. 25 And Rephah was his son, and Resheph, and Telah his son, Tahan his son, 26 Ladan his son, Ammihud his son, Elishama his son, 27 Nun his son, Joshua his son. 28 And their property and their dwellings were Bethel and ?its towns?. And to the east, Naaran. And to the west, Gezer and its towns, and Shechem and its towns, up to Aija and its towns. 29 And along the borders of the sons of Manasseh: Beth-Shean and its towns, Taanach and its towns, Megiddo and its towns, and Dor and its towns. In these lived the sons of Joseph the son of Israel.

Lord’s Prayer

Daily Prayer

   Lord Jesus, prepare us to receive Your very body and blood by giving us repentance to weep over our sins and then rejoice that in You the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have Good News preached to them; for You live and reign with the Father 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.