Daily Devotion and Prayer for May 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 111

1  Praise the LORD! I will give thanks to the LORD

with my whole heart,

in the company of the upright, in the congregation. 

2  Great are the works of the LORD,

studied by all who delight in them. 

3  Full of splendor and majesty is his work,

and his righteousness endures forever. 

4  He has caused his wondrous works to be remembered;

the LORD is gracious and merciful. 

5  He provides food for those who fear him;

he remembers his covenant forever. 

6  He has shown his people the power of his works,

in giving them the inheritance of the nations. 

7  The works of his hands are faithful and just;

all his precepts are trustworthy; 

8  they are established forever and ever,

to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness. 

9  He sent redemption to his people;

he has commanded his covenant forever.

Holy and awesome is his name! 

10  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;

all those who practice it have a good understanding.

His praise endures forever! 

Reading Num 26:21-39

21 The children of Perez were: of Hezron, the clan of the Hezronites; of Hamul, the clan of the Hamulites. 22 These were the clans of Judah according to the ones counted of them, seventy-six thousand five hundred.

23 The descendants of Issachar according to their clans: of Tola, the clan of the Tolaites; of Puvah, the clan of the Punites; 24 of Jashub, the clans of the Jashubites; of Shimron, the clan of the Shimronites. 25 These were the clans of Issachar according to the ones counted of them, sixty-four thousand three hundred.

26 The descendants of Zebulun according to their clans: of Sered, the clan of the Seredites; of Elon, the clan of the Elonites; of Jahleel, the clan of the Jahleelites. 27 These were the clans of the Zebulunites according to the ones counted of them, sixty thousand five hundred.

28 The descendants of Joseph according to their clans: Manasseh and Ephraim. 29 The descendants of Manasseh: of Makir, the clan of the Makirites. And Makir fathered Gilead; of Gilead, the clan of the Gileadites. 30 These were the descendants of Gilead: of Iezer, the clan of the Iezerites; of Helek, the clan of the Helekites; 31 and of Asriel, the clan of the Asrielites; and of Shechem, the clan of the Shechemites; 32 and of Shemida, the clan of the Shemidaites; and of Hepher, the clan of the Hepherites. 33 Zelophehad son of Hepher did not have sons, but only daughters; and the names of the daughters of Zelophehad were Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah. 34 These were the clans of Manasseh, and the ones counted of them were fifty-two thousand seven hundred.

35 These were the descendants of Ephraim according to their clans: of Shuthelah, the clan of the Shuthelahites; of Beker, the clan of the Bekerites; of Tahan, the clan of the Tahanites. 36 And these were the descendants of Shuthelah: of Eran, the family of the Eranites. 37 These were the clans of the descendants of Ephraim according to the ones counted of them, thirty-two thousand five hundred. These were the descendants of Joseph according to their clans.

38 The descendants of Benjamin according to their clans: of Bela, the clan of the Belaites; of Ashbel, the clan of the Ashbelites; of Ahiram, the clan of the Ahiramites; 39 of Shephupham, the clan of the Shuphamites; of Hupham, the clan of the Huphamites.

Lord’s Prayer

Daily Prayer

     Lord God, heavenly Father, as we struggle here below with divisions among us, searching for peace among men, remind us daily of the peace of heaven purchased through the bloody death and triumphant resurrection of Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, who with You and the Holy Spirit is 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.