Introduction: For hundreds of years many Christian traditions have read passages of scripture using a tool called a lectionary. During this ordinary season, our devotional team decided to resource you with selections from the Revised Common Lectionary. You will encounter texts from the Psalms, the Prophets, and the New Testament as well as formal prayers.
Source: the Revised Common Lectionary Year A
(Note. If you desire to read these passages in a different version of the Bible, this link will provide all the readings for week 1 in ESV in Bible Gateway where you may also choose other versions of these passages.)
21:8 The child grew, and was weaned; and Abraham made a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned.
21:9 But Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, playing with her son Isaac.
21:10 So she said to Abraham, “Cast out this slave woman with her son; for the son of this slave woman shall not inherit along with my son Isaac.”
21:11 The matter was very distressing to Abraham on account of his son.
21:12 But God said to Abraham, “Do not be distressed because of the boy and because of your slave woman; whatever Sarah says to you, do as she tells you, for it is through Isaac that offspring shall be named for you.
21:13 As for the son of the slave woman, I will make a nation of him also, because he is your offspring.”
21:14 So Abraham rose early in the morning, and took bread and a skin of water, and gave it to Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, along with the child, and sent her away. And she departed, and wandered about in the wilderness of Beer-sheba.
21:15 When the water in the skin was gone, she cast the child under one of the bushes.
21:16 Then she went and sat down opposite him a good way off, about the distance of a bowshot; for she said, “Do not let me look on the death of the child.” And as she sat opposite him, she lifted up her voice and wept.
21:17 And God heard the voice of the boy; and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven, and said to her, “What troubles you, Hagar? Do not be afraid; for God has heard the voice of the boy where he is.
21:18 Come, lift up the boy and hold him fast with your hand, for I will make a great nation of him.”
21:19 Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water. She went, and filled the skin with water, and gave the boy a drink.
21:20 God was with the boy, and he grew up; he lived in the wilderness, and became an expert with the bow.
21:21 He lived in the wilderness of Paran; and his mother got a wife for him from the land of Egypt.
Through dreams and visions, O God,
you broaden the horizon and hope of your people,
that they may discover the meaning of your covenant,
even in the midst of trial and exile.
Increase the number of those who believe in your word
so that all people may joyfully respond to your call
and share in your promises. Amen
Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17
86:1 Incline your ear, O LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.
86:2 Preserve my life, for I am devoted to you; save your servant who trusts in you. You are my God;
86:3 be gracious to me, O Lord, for to you do I cry all day long.
86:4 Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
86:5 For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call on you.
86:6 Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer; listen to my cry of supplication.
86:7 In the day of my trouble I call on you, for you will answer me.
86:8 There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours.
86:9 All the nations you have made shall come and bow down before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name.
86:10 For you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God.
86:16 Turn to me and be gracious to me; give your strength to your servant; save the child of your serving girl.
86:17 Show me a sign of your favor, so that those who hate me may see it and be put to shame, because you, LORD, have helped me and comforted me.
What are the similar themes in both Genesis 21 and Psalm 86?
Have you called on God in your day of trouble?
Be assured He hears, and will answer.