Saturday, January 7, 2012

Morning Prayer Guide - Saturday

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: Acts 9:1-9, Psalm 29, and Ephesians 3:14-21

Sometimes God has to do something pretty big to catch our attention. Today we read about Saul’s conversion. What is important about this is that God took the very one who was persecuting the Church and set him to building the Church.
Sometimes God has to intervene in our lives in a big way. We experience an epiphany of our own. God makes himself known to us and asks us to change something about ourselves. Sometimes it is quite a big change. But God always gives grace to help us do that. He never expects us to do it alone.

Perhaps God has been showing you some things which you need to change. Maybe they are large, or maybe they are small. Ask God to help you make those changes. Ask him to help you live a righteous life. You may find the following prayer helpful:

Merciful God, we confess we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by the things we have done and the things we have left undone. We have failed to be an obedient Church. We have not kept your laws. We have not heard the cry of the needy. Forgive us, we pray. Free us for joyful obedience; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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