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 5:1-6 and Psalm 62
Sometimes we think we’re rich. Compared to several billion people, we are. Many people live in housing that would make us shudder. We eat far better (and far more) than they do. We have opportunities available to us that many can only dream about having. Even if we live below the poverty line, we are still better off in many ways than a large number of the world’s population. Still, we can get so caught up in pursuing and accumulating wealth that we forget God.
Yesterday we read about the lukewarm church. Today, in many respects, we read about the cold church. The people St. James describes are so focused on getting richer that they have forgotten all about following Jesus. Greed replaces mercy. Fraud and deceit replace justice. Selfishness replaces love.
God wants us to put all that aside. There are things more important to God than our money. It should be the same with us. Instead of greed, deceit, and selfishness, maybe we should try mercy, justice, and love.
What does this look like for you? Have you focused too much on stuff or money and not enough on God? Have you allowed your greed and selfishness to drown out your mercy and love? Take a few minutes to talk to God about all this. Then, write your own prayer.