Tuesday, January 10, 2012

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 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 8:4-25 and Psalm 89:5-37

The story of the apostles’ run-in with Simon the sorcerer is quite funny. St. Peter, always the one to speak his mind, has what some folks call a “come to Jesus meetin’” with Simon. One can imagine the look on Simon’s face as he realizes just what is about to happen.

People had believed that Simon was a man of God, because he knew a few magic tricks. When confronted with the real power of God, they realized that he was a farce. Whenever we come face-to-face with God’s power, we realize our own incompetence. The good news is that God can still use us, even when we feel utterly useless.

What are some of the ways you have seen God’s power manifested? Take a few moments to thank God for those times. Ask him to use you as a conduit of his power. Write your own prayer.

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