Daily Devotion and Prayer for March 23d


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 82

1  A Psalm of Asaph.

God has taken his place in the divine council;

in the midst of the gods he holds judgment: 

2  “How long will you judge unjustly

and show partiality to the wicked? Selah 

3  Give justice to the weak and the fatherless;

maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. 

4  Rescue the weak and the needy;

deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” 

5  They have neither knowledge nor understanding,

they walk about in darkness;

all the foundations of the earth are shaken. 

6  I said, “You are gods,

sons of the Most High, all of you; 

7  nevertheless, like men you shall die,

and fall like any prince.” 

8  Arise, O God, judge the earth;

for you shall inherit all the nations! 

Reading Lev 26:14-26

Punishment for Disobedience

14 “ ‘But if you do not listen to me and you do not carry out all these commands, 15 and if you reject my statutes and if your inner self abhors my regulations, to not carry out all my commands by your breaking my covenant, 16 I ?in turn? will do this to you: then I will summon onto you horror, the wasting disease, and the fever that wastes eyes and that drains away life; and you shall sow your seed ?in vain?, and your enemies shall eat it. 17 And I will set my face against you, and you shall be defeated ?before? your enemies; and your haters shall rule over you, and you shall flee away, but there shall not be ?anybody who is pursuing? you.

18 “ ‘And if in spite of these things you do not listen to me, then I will continue to discipline you seven times for your sins. 19 And I will break the pride of your strength; and I will make your heaven like iron and your land like copper. 20 And your strength shall be consumed ?in vain?; and your land shall not give its produce, and the land’s trees shall not give their fruit.

21 “ ‘And if you go against me in hostility and you are not willing to listen to me, then I will add a plague onto you seven times according to your sins. 22 And I will send ?wild animals? out among you, and they shall make you childless, and they shall cut down your domestic animals, and they shall make you fewer; and your roads shall be desolate.

23 “ ‘And if you do not accept correction from me through these things, but you go against me in hostility, 24 then I myself will also go against you in hostility, and I myself also will strike you seven times for your sins. 25 And I will bring upon you a sword that seeks vengeance for the covenant, and you shall be gathered to your cities; and I will send a plague in your midst, and you shall be given into the hand of an enemy. 26 At my breaking the ?supply? of bread for you, then ten women shall bake your bread in one oven, and they shall return your bread by weight; and you shall eat it, and you shall not be satisfied.

Lord’s Prayer

Daily Prayer

     O Lord, by Your bountiful goodness release us from the bonds of our sins, which by reason of our weakness we have brought upon ourselves, that we may stand firm until the day of our Lord Jesus Christ, 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.