Begin by praying the Collect for Grace and Collect for Purity.
Collect for Grace:
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us safely to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Collect for Purity:
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we might perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Read: James 4:11-16 and Psalm 25:1-9
St. James is usually pretty direct. Today’s passage goes along well with the other things we’ve been thinking about this week. Don’t speak evil about each other. Do not judge. Remember that you cannot know the future.
Take a few moments to think about this. Are you guilty of any of the things James warns about? What do you need to do differently? Ask God to forgive you and help you. Write your own prayer.