Monday, September 3, 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 106:1-6, 13-23, 47-48; Deuteronomy 4:9-14; and 1 Tim. 4:6-16
The message of both of today’s readings is remembering God’s commands. God wants us to listen to him. Yesterday’s Epistle was from the book of James, where he talks about being doers of the word, and not listeners only. Today we read where St. Paul encourages St. Timothy to remember the things that he has learned.
Being a doer can be hard. Sometimes we are unsure of how to do what God wants. Other times we’re not even sure what God wants. And sometimes we know what God wants, but we don’t really want to do it. Being a disciple means that sometimes we find ourselves doing things that we ordinarily wouldn’t do. But God only asks us to do the things that really are in our best interest.
Has God asked you to do something that you are reluctant to do? Pray about it. Ask God to help you put aside your own desires and follow him. Write your own prayer.