+ DAILY PRAYER +
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.
Psa 121:1 A Song of Ascents. I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
Psa 121:2 My help comes from the LORD,
who made heaven and earth.
Psa 121:3 He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
Psa 121:4 Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
Psa 121:5 The LORD is your keeper;
the LORD is your shade on your right hand.
Psa 121:6 The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.
Psa 121:7 The LORD will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
Psa 121:8 The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and forevermore.
Reading Lev 19:1-18
Yahweh Is Holy
19 Then Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Speak to all the community of the ?Israelites?, and say to them, ‘You must be holy, because I, Yahweh your God, am holy. 3 Each of you must revere your mother and your father, and you must keep my Sabbaths; I am Yahweh your God. 4 You must not turn to idols, and you must not make for yourselves gods of cast metal; I am Yahweh your God.
5 “ ‘And when you sacrifice a sacrifice of fellowship offerings to Yahweh, you must sacrifice it for your acceptance. 6 It must be eaten on the day of your sacrifice and the next day; but the remainder must be burned up in the fire by the third day. 7 And if it is indeed eaten on the third day, it is unclean meat; it shall not be regarded as accepted. 8 And the one who eats it shall bear his guilt, because he has profaned Yahweh’s holiness, and that person shall be cut off from his people.
Love Your Neighbor as Yourself
9 “ ‘And at your reaping the harvest of your land you must not finish reaping the edge of your field, and you must not glean the remnants of your harvest. 10 And you must not glean your vineyard, and you must not gather your vineyard’s fallen grapes; you must leave them behind for the needy and for the alien; I am Yahweh your God.
11 “ ‘You shall not steal, and you shall not deceive, and you shall not lie ?to one another?; 12 and you shall not swear ?falsely? in my name, and so one of you profane the name of your God; I am Yahweh.
13 “ ‘You shall not exploit your neighbor, and you shall not rob him; a hired worker’s wage you shall not ?withhold? overnight until morning. 14 You shall not curse the deaf, and you shall not put a stumbling block ?before? a blind person, but you shall revere your God; I am Yahweh.
15 “ ‘You shall not do injustice in judgment; ?you shall not show partiality to the powerless?; you shall not give preference ?to the powerful?; you shall judge your fellow citizen with justice. 16 You shall not go about with slander among your people; ?you shall not endanger your neighbor’s life?; I am Yahweh.
17 “ ‘You shall not hate your brother in your heart; you shall surely rebuke your fellow citizen, so that you do not incur sin ?along with? him. 18 You shall not seek vengeance, and you shall not harbor a grudge against ?your fellow citizens?; and you shall love your neighbor like yourself; I am Yahweh.
O God and Ruler over all our foes of body and soul, You strengthened Your servants Perpetia and Felicitas, giving them a confident and clear confession in the face of roaring beasts. Grant that we who remember their faithful martyrdom may share in their blessed assurance of victory over all earthly and spiritual enemies and hold fast to the promise of everlasting life secured for us through 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.