Daily Devotion Tuesday, July 16

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 – Psalm 4; 1 Samuel 19:1-18 (19-24); Acts 12:1-17 and Mark 2:1-12

Psalm 4 – But know that the Lord has set apart the faithful for himself;
the Lord hears when I call to him.

I will both lie down and sleep in peace;
for you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety.

Many of us know the prayer and prayed it with our children.

Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
If I should die before I wake
I pray the Lord my soul to take.

I’m not a big fan of this for it speaks of the child’s dying.

Here’s a couple of alternatives to this.

Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
Guard me Jesus through the night,
And wake me with the morning light.  

Or;

Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep;
Guide us through the starry night,
and wake us with the morning’s light.
I ask not for myself alone,
but for thy children — every one.

I really like the last one for it brings in praying for others, as we pray for ourself.

What’s your night time ritual? What do you pray?

Mackenzie has come up with a variation of her meal time prayer;

God is great, God is good and we thank him for our food. We thank him for our day. We thank him for the fun we’ve had. We thank him for all the blessings of this day. Bless mommy, daddy, Grandma, Grandpa Weezy, Pappa Donnie, Nathan, Leslie, David. Watch over and keep me through the night. Amen. (That isn’t her exact prayer, but it gets at the essentials.)

Here’s what I came up with as I thought of the ending lines of this Psalm.

Now I lay me down to sleep and I will sleep in peace because it is the Lord who forgives my sin and watches over me. Amen.

As we need our morning rituals, so we need our nighttime as well. I’d enjoy hearing what your practice is? What you incorporate in bringing a close to your day.

O God thank you for the seasons of our days; morning, noontime, evening and night. May we find ways to keep you before us, within us and all about us throughout all our days and nights. Amen.

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