Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Morning Prayer Guide - Tuesday

Begin by praying the Collect for Grace and Collect for Purity.

Collect for Grace:

Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety 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: 1 Samuel 1:19-28, Luke 1:46b-55, and Hebrews 8:1-13

Today’s readings go along with yesterday’s. In Samuel, we read about God answering Hannah’s prayers and granting her a son. In Hebrews, we read about the new covenant God has made with humans. Because we could not carry our end of the bargain with the first covenant, God has graciously re-written the covenant and has given us a way to live it out.

How have you lived out the new covenant? Are you ready for Christ’s coming? Have you redeemed the time? Take some time to pray about this. Ask God to help you be ready when Christ returns. Write your own prayer.

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