Daily Devotion and Prayer for July 11th, 2024

+ DAILY PRAYER +

Family Heads Who Returned With Ezra These were the heads of their ?families? and the register of those returnees from Babylonia who came up with me in the reign of King Artaxerxes: From the descendants of Phinehas: Gershom. From the descendants of Ithamar: Daniel. From the descendants of David: Hattush. From the descendants of Shecaniah, from the descendants of Parosh: Zechariah and with him one hundred and fifty registered males. From the descendants of Pahath-Moab: Eliehoenai son of Zerahiah and with him two hundred males…

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 5:1-8

1  Give ear to my words, O LORD;

consider my groaning. 

2  Give attention to the sound of my cry,

my King and my God, for to you do I pray. 

3  O LORD, in the morning you hear my voice;

in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch. 

4  For you are not a God who delights in wickedness;

evil may not dwell with you. 

5  The boastful shall not stand before your eyes;

you hate all evildoers. 

6  You destroy those who speak lies;

the LORD abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man. 

7  But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love,

will enter your house. I will bow down toward your holy temple

in the fear of you. 

8  Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness

because of my enemies; make your way straight before me. 

Reading for Thursday July 11th      Ezra 8:1-23

Family Heads Who Returned With Ezra

8 These were the heads of their ?families? and the register of those returnees from Babylonia who came up with me in the reign of King Artaxerxes: From the descendants of Phinehas: Gershom. From the descendants of Ithamar: Daniel. From the descendants of David: Hattush. From the descendants of Shecaniah, from the descendants of Parosh: Zechariah and with him one hundred and fifty registered males. From the descendants of Pahath-Moab: Eliehoenai son of Zerahiah and with him two hundred males. From the descendants of Zattu: Shecaniah son of Jahaziel, and with him three hundred males. From the descendants of Adin: Ebed son of Jehonathan, and with him fifty males. From the descendants of Elam: Jeshaiah son of Athaliah, and with him seventy males. From the descendants of Shephatiah: Zebadiah son of Michael, and with him eighty males. From the descendants of Joab: Obadiah son of Jehiel, and with him two hundred and eighteen males. 10 From the descendants of Bani: Shelomith son of Josiphiah, and with him one hundred and sixty males. 11 From the descendants of Bebai: Zechariah son of Bebai, and with him twenty-eight males. 12 From the descendants of Azgad: Jehohanan son of Haqqatan, and with him one hundred and ten males. 13 From the descendants of Adonikam, those who came last, these were their names: Eliphelet, Jeiel, Shemaiah, and with them sixty males. 14 From the descendants of Bigvai: Uthai son of Zabud, and with him seventy males.

Servants for the Temple are Gathered

15 I gathered them by the river that goes to Ahava and we camped there for three days. And I looked at the people and the priests, I found no one there from the sons of Levi. 16 And I sent for Eliezer, Ariel, Shemaiah, Elnathan, Jarib, Elnathan, Nathan, Zechariah, and Meshullam, who were family heads, and for Jehoiarib and Elnathan who were wise. 17 I sent them to Iddo, the head of the place called Casiphia, and I placed in their mouths what words to say to Iddo and his brothers the temple servants in Casiphia, to send to us ministers for the house of our God. 18 With the good hand of our God before us, they brought us a man of understanding from the sons of Mahli, son of Levi, son of Israel—Sherebiah and his sons and brothers, eighteen in total. 19 Also Hashabiah and with him Jeshaiah, the sons of Merari, with his brothers and their sons, twenty in total. 20 And from the temple servants, whom David and his officials had set up to serve the Levites, two hundred and twenty in total. All of them were registered by name.

Ezra Proclaims a Fast

21 I proclaimed a fast there at the river Ahava to humble ourselves before our God in order to seek from him a safe journey for us, our children, and our possessions. 22 For I was ashamed to ask the king for troops and horses to protect us from enemies on the way because we said to the king, “the hand of our God is favorable to all who seek him, but his strength and anger are against all who forsake them.” 23 So we fasted and sought our God for this and he responded to our prayer.

Lord’s Prayer

Daily Prayer

   O almighty and most merciful God, at the apostolic council, You gave Peter the courage to represent Paul and gave James the wisdom to show from Scripture that the Gentiles are also called by Your name.  May Your Church continue boldly to proclaim that salvation is by grace through faith and not by works of Law; through 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.