Monday, September 5, 2011

Morning Prayer Guide - Monday

Read: Hebrews 3:7-4:11 and Psalm 109:21-31 It can be tough to stay in touch with God during the long, hot days of summer. We tend to allow our attention to drift from our faith journey to everything else. Ball games, the start of the new school year, the new fall clothing in stores, last-minute vacations, and so on. The writer of Hebrews encourages us to remain focused. There is a rest which was promised, but which has not yet been fulfilled. The King James Version words verse 11 this way: “Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.” That is an interesting turn of phrase – labor to enter into rest? What is this author talking about? The New King James, on the other hand, puts it this way: “Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest....” Other versions use different, yet similar wording. The idea is that we are to stay on track, not being pulled aside by disobedience, so that we can enter the time of rest that God has promised. Have you been diligent with what God has asked you to do? Have you been hard at work, even when the going seems tough? Ask God to help you with this. Everyone gets tired and distracted. God gives us grace to remain focused and on task. You may find the following prayer helpful:
Heavenly Father, in you we live and move and have our being: We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you, but may remember that we are ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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