Thursday, December 15, 2011

Morning Prayer Guide - Thursday

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: 2 Samuel 6:1-11, Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26, and Hebrews 1:1-4

King David wanted to bring the ark of the covenant into Jerusalem to the tabernacle. He went to get it with an ox cart. However, when the oxen stumbled and Uzzah reached out to steady it, God struck Uzzah dead.

God has a reason for doing things a certain way. It’s not because he’s arbitrary. It’s not because he doesn’t like you. It’s not because he wants to see you jump through hoops. It’s because he has a different perspective and can see things we cannot. He knows the proper order things should go in so they work best.

Pizza dough has to be made according to a recipe. You cannot roll out the dough before you add the flour, for instance – it won’t work! You have to follow the recipe in the order given in order to get good results. The problem is that we’re rebellious and we have issues with authority. So we try to do things our way, but we only succeed in messing things up.
What do you need to do differently? Write your own prayer.

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