Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Morning Prayer Guide - Wednesday

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: Malachi 3:16-4:6, Psalm 125, and Mark 9:9-13

The disciples wanted to know why Elijah was prophesied to come again before the Messiah. Jesus’ response can leave us scratching our heads. He seems to imply that Elijah had come back already and that people had mistreated him.

Jesus was referring to John the Baptist. John was “Elijah who is to come” (Matthew 11:14). His ministry was similar to Elijah’s, in that both were prophets who called people on their sins and wrongdoings. “You’ve messed up. God wants you to do differently.” They were unafraid of telling the truth, even when it could cost their lives. They weren’t afraid of the truth, even though it made people angry with them. They weren’t afraid of people being angry. They were concerned with following God.

What can we learn from John and Elijah? Are you afraid fo making people angry? Has God sent you to do something you’re too scared to try? Ask God to help you. Write your own prayer.

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