Friday, September 28, 2012
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: Psalm 19:7-14, Deuteronomy 1:1-18, and Acts 12:20-25
Today’s Old Testament reading is the beginning of Moses’ final sermon to the Israelites before he died. The Bible says that he was still going strong at 120 years of age; his eyesight was good enough that he could see all the land that God had promised. But he had struck the rock in anger instead of touching it, as God had commanded him, and therefore was barred from going into the promised land.
Moses called the people to him and gave them the law. He warned them to remain faithful to God. He told them that if they would follow God, then God would care for them, but if they turned away from God, then they would have trouble.
God wants us to follow him. He has so many good things for us, if only we’ll put aside our own wants and follow him. But we’re often like the Israelites: only interested in our own wants and needs, and not in doing what God wants.
Take some time to pray about this. What things do you need to do better? Ask God to help you to remain faithful to him. Write your own prayer.