Friday, March 18, 2011

Morning Prayer Guide - Friday

Read: Romans 3:21-31 and Psalm 121

St. Paul writes that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. But because God loves us, he has done away with our past sins. Does this mean we get to do whatever we want? Of course not. God wants us to live in harmony with him. His grace and Christ’s suffering is not a “get out of hell free” card. It isn’t a pass to do what we want and then say sorry. Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote, “When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.” Jesus himself said, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” (Lk. 9:23).

Put yourself aside. Put aside the things that feel good but displease God. Put aside the things that keep you from following God, such as your selfishness, your worry, and your pride. Put it away, and give yourself wholly to God. Write your own prayer.

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