Thursday, September 6, 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 146, Isaiah 30:27-33, and Romans 2:1-11
St. Paul writes about judging others for things of which we ourselves are guilty. Sometimes we have a problem with that. Judging others is a whole lot easier than facing our own problems.
God doesn’t like our self-righteousness and judgmentalism. He wants us to live pure and holy lives, putting aside sin and focusing on following him, not the other way around. And he wants us to reflect his love toward others, not merely condemn them because they are imperfect, too.
How does this speak to you? What changes do you need to make? Ask God to help you. Write your own prayer.