Thursday, January 12, 2012

Morning Prayer Guide - Thursday

Begin by praying the Collect for Grace and Prayer for Illumination.

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: Galatians 1:6-12 and Psalm 40:1-11

St. Paul writes some strong words about people who change the Gospel to fit their own viewpoints. He writes twice that they will be accursed. Clearly this is an important matter to him. He goes on to say that he doesn’t seek to please other people, but God. And sometimes pleasing God makes other people upset.

There are times when we must change the way we present the message, so that it will be heard. However, we never change the message itself. Paul did this when in Athens. St. Luke records the story in Acts 17. Here Paul preached Christ to the people of Athens without actually saying Jesus’ name. He managed to generate interest, and a few people even came to know Christ because of Paul’s talk.

Take a few minutes to pray about how you might need to change the way you present the Gospel without changing the message itself. Write your own prayer.

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