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: Philippians 1:15-21 and Psalm 28
Imagine putting your own life aside to the extend St. Paul did. Imagine counting martyrdom as a reward. To be beheaded surely isn’t a treat, is it? And yet Paul writes that if he lives it will be in Christ, and if he dies it will be a reward.
Take some time to pray about this. Would you give your life for Jesus? Would you follow him to the cross? Or would you betray him along the way, like Peter did? Ask God to help you give your whole self over to him. Write your own prayer.