+ DAILY PRAYER +
Reading Deut 28:15-35 “?And then? if you do not listen to the voice of Yahweh your God ?by diligently observing? all of his commandments and his statutes that I am commanding you ?today?, then all of these curses shall come upon you, and they shall overtake you…
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.
1 To the choirmaster.
Of David, for the memorial offering.
Make haste, O God, to deliver me! O LORD,
make haste to help me!
2 Let them be put to shame and confusion
who seek my life! Let them be turned back
and brought to dishonor who delight in my hurt!
3 Let them turn back
because of their shame who say, “Aha, Aha!”
4 May all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you!
May those who love your salvation say evermore, “God is great!”
5 But I am poor and needy;
hasten to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer;
O LORD, do not delay!
Reading Deut 28:15-35
15 “?And then? if you do not listen to the voice of Yahweh your God ?by diligently observing? all of his commandments and his statutes that I am commanding you ?today?, then all of these curses shall come upon you, and they shall overtake you:
16 “You shall be cursed in the city, and you shall be cursed in the field.
17 “Your basket shall be cursed and your kneading trough.
18 “The fruit of your womb shall be cursed and the fruit of your ground, the calves of your cattle and the lambs of your flock.
19 “You shall be cursed ?when you come in?, and you shall be cursed ?when you go out?.
20 “Yahweh will send upon you the curse, the panic, and the threat ?in everything that you undertake?, ?until you are destroyed and until you perish quickly? ?because of? the evil of your deeds in that you have forsaken me. 21 Yahweh will cause the plague to cling to you ?until it consumes you? from the land that you are going to, to take possession of it. 22 Yahweh will afflict you with the wasting diseases and with the fever and with the inflammation and with the scorching heat and with the sword and with the blight and with the mildew, and they shall pursue you ?until you perish?. 23 And your heavens that are over your heads shall be like bronze, and the earth that is under you shall be like iron. 24 Yahweh will change the rain of your land to fine dust and to sand; from the heaven it shall come down upon you ?until you are destroyed?.
25 “Yahweh shall cause you to be defeated ?before? your enemies; on one road you shall go ?against? them, but you will flee on seven roads ?before? them, and you shall become a thing of horror to all of the kingdoms of the earth. 26 And your dead bodies shall be as food for all of the birds of the heaven and to the animals of the earth, and there shall not be ?anyone to frighten them away?.
27 “Yahweh shall afflict you with the boils of Egypt and with tumors and with the scurvy and with ?the skin rash that cannot be healed?. 28 Yahweh shall afflict you with madness and with blindness and with confusion of heart. 29 And you shall be groping at noon just as the blind person gropes in the dark, and you shall not succeed in finding your way, and you shall only be abused and robbed ?all the time?, and there will not be ?anyone who will rescue you?. 30 You shall become engaged to a woman, but another man shall sleep with her; you shall build a house, but you shall not live in it; a vineyard you shall plant, but you shall not enjoy it. 31 Your ox shall be slaughtered before your eyes, and you shall not eat it; your donkey shall be stolen right ?before you?, and it shall not be returned to you; your sheep and your goats shall be given to your enemies, and ?there shall not be anyone who rescues you?. 32 Your sons and your daughters shall be given to other people, and ?you will be looking on? ?longingly? for them all day, ?but you will be powerless to do anything?. 33 A people that you do not know shall consume the harvest of your land and all your labor, and you will be only oppressed and crushed ?for the rest of your lives?. 34 You shall become mad ?because of what your eyes shall see?. 35 Yahweh shall strike you with grievous boils on the knees and on the upper thighs from which ?you will not be able to be healed?, from the sole of your foot and up to your crown.
Gracious Lord of all, You turned the apostle Paul from a persecutor of the Church to the apostle to the Gentiles. By your Holy Word, turn our hearts from darkness to light, from the power of Satan to God, that we might receive the forgiveness of our sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
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.