Thursday, January 5, 2012

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: Joshua 1:1-9, Psalm 72, and Hebrews 11:32-12:2

Today we read about God revealing Himself to Joshua. God’s message to Joshua was “Don’t be afraid!” After following Moses around for the past 40 years, Joshua had learned to be a great assistant. He had also learned to be a great leader, but he needed some self-confidence. God told him to get ready to take the promised land, and to do so without fear. God would be there every step of the way.

It is the same with us today. God calls us to do something, and many times we refuse because we are too scared. We are afraid to lose our family and friends. We’re afraid to leave our home. We’re afraid someone will make fun of us. We’re afraid that we’ll lose all we hold near and dear.

Sometimes we lose out big because we were too afraid to let go of something. Ask God to help you overcome your fear. Ask him to help you set aside your worries and doubts and focus on following his call. Write your own prayer.

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