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Feb 27 2007

Lent: Day 9 – Prayer & Scripture

Week 2: Friendship and Love

To Do Today
Discuss with your friends the traits of true friendship. One might be honesty, and you can read Exodus 33:7-11. Another might be loyalty, as described in Proverbs 17:1-28.

Today’s Prayer

For even now, if the evil one in anticipation of the
Day of Judgment
rushes to prepare a prison without escape for me,
I will deliver the Lord?s prayer like a deathblow.
If he tries to deter me as I kneel before my creator,
if he tries to bow my face to the dust,
may my bowing down to God turn him back.
If he tries to torment me with pain,
may the abundant sweat mixed with the blood of our Savior of the world frustrate him.
And if he takes my breath hostage
so I cannot travel the path to goodness,
may the bindings of the creator of the universe free me.
If he forces me to renounce the gifts of the light,
may your patience in the face of mockery by
the enemies of God,
silence them, just as you did.
If he should barrage me with secret arrows,
may the arrowheads from the Father?s glorious
quiver befall him.
If the veil of darkness should make my eye shameless,
may the blow to his blindfolded head
by the creator knock him down.
If he ventures to bind up my firm hands,
may the reed offered by the right hand of the
creator silence him.
If with jeering mockery he toys with me,
may the Almighty?s fortitude in the face of ridicule
mock him back.
If he conjures a spell upon me,
may he be foiled by the Almighty?s slap to his face.
If at twilight he attacks shamelessly under
cover of darkness,
may he be confounded by the radiance of the light of your revelation, Lord.
If in the heat of noonday he thinks he can dry my roots
with scorching blasts of the sun?s furnace,
may he be uprooted and dried by the power of
your sign of light.
If he plots to deprive me of the grace of your breath,
may he be humiliated by the spit, which the Lord of the cherubim endured for me, a sinner.

Today’s Scripture (Reading)

Jeremiah 1:11 – 2:3

And the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?” And I said, “I see a rod of almond.”
Then the LORD said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over my word to perform it.”
The word of the LORD came to me a second time, saying, “What do you see?” And I said, “I see a boiling pot, facing away from the north.”
Then the LORD said to me, “Out of the north evil shall break forth upon all the inhabitants of the land.
For, lo, I am calling all the tribes of the kingdoms of the north, says the LORD; and they shall come and every one shall set his throne at the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem, against all its walls round about, and against all the cities of Judah.
And I will utter my judgments against them, for all their wickedness in forsaking me; they have burned incense to other gods, and worshiped the works of their own hands.
But you, gird up your loins; arise, and say to them everything that I command you. Do not be dismayed by them, lest I dismay you before them.
And I, behold, I make you this day a fortified city, an iron pillar, and bronze walls, against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, its princes, its priests, and the people of the land.
They will fight against you; but they shall not prevail against you, for I am with you, says the LORD, to deliver you.”
The word of the LORD came to me, saying,
“Go and proclaim in the hearing of Jerusalem, Thus says the LORD, I remember the devotion of your youth, your love as a bride, how you followed me in the wilderness, in a land not sown.
Israel was holy to the LORD, the first fruits of his harvest. All who ate of it became guilty; evil came upon them, says the LORD.”

Daily Prayer and Scripture taken from the Armenian Church website

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Timothy Haroutunian is a ServiceNow Cloud Implementation Specialist at Acorio. ServiceNow is an IT Management solution that allows for a complete view of your IT and physical environment.

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