Monday, March 21, 2011

Morning Prayer Guide - Monday

Read: Hebrews 3:1-6 and Psalm 128

The writer of Hebrews talks about how Christ is faithful to, and greater than, his house. The word “house” doesn’t refer to a place to live, but to a family. Moses was instrumental in building the nation of Israel (the descendants and family of Jacob, whom God re-named Israel), and he was faithful to God in doing so. Christ was instrumental in building the Church, and he was faithful to God in doing so. The writer of Hebrews makes the point that Christ has more honor as the builder of the house than the house itself does.

This helps us in our Lenten journey. God wants us to be faithful to him in building the Kingdom. He wants us to be working within our calling. We are all called to something; we were not placed here to eat, sleep, and punch a time clock. Christ expects us to get off the couch and get to work. He didn’t say, “If you have time, it would be nice.” He didn’t say, “If you feel like it, do you mind...?” He just said GO.

What is God asking you to do? Have you been avoiding it? If you have, now is a good time to repent. Ask God to help you put aside your selfishness and fear and follow him. Ask him to help you see what your next step is. You may find the following prayer helpful:

Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.

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