Daily Devotion and Prayer for February 16th, 2024

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Syrian-Israeli Conflicts: Ben-Hadad vs. Ahab of Israel Ben-Hadad king of Aram gathered all of his army, and thirty-two kings were with him, and horses and chariots. He went up and laid siege against Samaria and fought with it. He sent messengers to the city to Ahab king of Israel. He said to him, “Thus says Ben-Hadad: ‘Your silver and your gold are mine, and your women and your best sons are mine…

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 91:1-6, 14-16

1  He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High

will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. 

2  I will say to the LORD,

“My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” 

3  For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler

and from the deadly pestilence. 

4  He will cover you with his pinions,

and under his wings you will find refuge;

his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. 

5  You will not fear the terror of the night,

nor the arrow that flies by day, 

6  nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,

nor the destruction that wastes at noonday. 

14  “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;

I will protect him, because he knows my name. 

15  When he calls to me, I will answer him;

I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. 

16  With long life I will satisfy him

and show him my salvation.” 

Reading for Friday February 16th      1 Kings 20:1-17

Syrian-Israeli Conflicts: Ben-Hadad vs. Ahab of Israel

20 Ben-Hadad king of Aram gathered all of his army, and thirty-two kings were with him, and horses and chariots. He went up and laid siege against Samaria and fought with it. He sent messengers to the city to Ahab king of Israel. He said to him, “Thus says Ben-Hadad: ‘Your silver and your gold are mine, and your women and your best sons are mine.’ ” Then the king of Israel answered and said, “As your word, my master the king; I am yours, and all that is mine is yours.” The messengers returned and said, “Thus says Ben-Hadad, saying, ‘I sent to you saying, “Your silver and gold are mine, and your women and your best sons you must give to me.” So at this time tomorrow, I will send my servants to you that they might search your house and the houses of your servants. All the desire of your eyes ?they will lay hands on? and take it away.’ ”

Then the king of Israel called all the elders of the land and said, “Please know and realize that this man is seeking trouble, for he sent to me for my women, my sons, my silver, and my gold, and I did not withhold anything from him.” All of the elders and all of the people said to him, “Do not listen and do not consent.” So he said to the messengers of Ben-Hadad, “Say to my lord the king, ‘All that you demanded from your servant at the first, I will do, but this thing I am not able to do.’ ” Then the messengers went and ?made a report to him?. 10 Then Ben-Hadad sent to him and said, “Thus may the gods do to me and thus may they add if the dust of Samaria is sufficient for the hollow of a hand for all of the people who are at my feet.” 11 The king of Israel answered and said, “Tell him, ‘Let not him who girds on his armor boast as one who takes off his armor.’ ” 12 It happened at the moment he heard this word, he and the kings were drinking in the ?tents?. He said to his servants, “Get ready to attack.” So they got ready to attack the city.

13 Suddenly a certain prophet approached Ahab king of Israel and said, “Thus says Yahweh: ‘Have you seen all this great crowd? Behold, I am giving it into your hand today, that you may know that I am Yahweh.’ ” 14 Ahab said, “By whom?” And he said, “Thus says Yahweh: ‘By the servants of the commanders of the provinces.’ ” He asked, “Who will begin the battle?” And he said, “You.” 15 So he mustered the servants of the commanders of the provinces, and there were two hundred and thirty-two. After them he mustered all of the army, all the sons of Israel, seven thousand.

16 They went out at noon while Ben-Hadad was drinking himself drunk in the tents, he and the thirty-two kings helping him. 17 Then the servants of the commanders of the provinces went out first, and Ben-Hadad sent, and they reported to him, saying, “Men have come out from Samaria.”

Lord’s Prayer

Daily Prayer

   Almighty God, we praise You for the service of Philipp Melanchthon to the one holy, catholic, and apostolic Church in the renewal of its life in fidelity to Your Word and promise.  Raise up in these gray and latter days faithful teachers and pastors, inspired by Your Spirit, whose voices will give strength to Your Church and proclaim the ongoing reality of Your kingdom; through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

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.