Wednesday, January 4, 2012

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: Exodus 3:1-5, Psalm 72, and Hebrews 11:23-31

We continue with our theme of God revealing himself to us. Today we read about Moses and the bush that burned but was not consumed. As usual, God knows what it will take to catch our attention. Here he uses a natural phenomenon that is sure to attract a shepherd. There is no telling how many times Moses had passed that bush in the past. God chose to use that bush, and as a result, the ground around it was holy.

The thing about God revealing himself to us is that he usually does it for a reason. Here he is sending Moses to be his representative before Pharaoh. Moses’ cry will be “Let my people go!” With us it is no different. God shows us something about himself, and he expects us to do something about it. Sometimes he wants us to change the way we live. Sometimes he wants us to follow a particular calling or vocation. Sometimes he wants to draw us closer to him.

Why has God revealed himself to you in the past? How did you respond? Did you move closer to God, or did you turn tail and run? Ask God to help you with this. You may find the following prayer helpful:

Most holy God, you revealed yourself to Moses in the burning bush and called him to free your people Israel from slavery: So reveal yourself to us that we might draw near to you and answer your call upon our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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