Thursday, September 20, 2012

Morning Prayer Guide - Thursday

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 54, Judges 6:1-10, and 1 Corinthians 2:1-5

St. Paul writes that he came to Corinth, not as a great person in human terms, but as one who was weak and foolish.  He did this so that everything that God did could not be attributed to Paul and Paul’s greatness.  Whatever happened was completely because of God’s work.

Have you put yourself aside so that God can have his way?  Have you stepped aside so that when good things happen it is obvious that God did it and not you?  Ask God to help you put yourself aside.  Write your own prayer.

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