Wednesday, January 11, 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: Matthew 12:15-21 and Psalm 89:5-37

Sunday’s Gospel text was about the transfiguration. At the end of the encounter, Jesus warned his disciples not to say anything about what they had seen until after the resurrection. Here we see Christ healing people and warning them not to spread the news around. In fact, this is something we see throughout the Gospels. Jesus will heal someone, and then tell them not to say anything.

Jesus was still waiting to be crucified and resurrected, and his time had not yet come. Jesus may also have wanted to avoid the huge crowds that would love him one second and hate him the next. Many of those people were there for a magic trick, or to see and be seen. A few were there because they recognized that Jesus was a man of God. Fewer still recognized him as the Messiah, but among those the majority were convinced that Jesus’ kingdom was an earthly, political entity. Even the Twelve had trouble with this. They were just sure that Jesus was going to raise an army, overthrow the Romans and Herod, and set up shop in Jerusalem as the new king.

They say hindsight is 20/20. Sometimes we royally miss the point, and it takes us a while to catch on. We get confused, or scared, or hard-headed, or just plain rebellious. God tries to help us see the right way but we refuse to go for whatever reason.

Ask God to help you see the way of the Kingdom. Ask him to give you clarity of mind and purpose. Write your own prayer.

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