Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Morning Prayer Guide - Tuesday

Tuesday, September 4, 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; Deut. 4:15-20; and 1 Peter 2:19-25

St. Peter admonishes his readers to accept persecution and bad treatment with patience, taking the example of Jesus.  To do so, he writes, “is commendable before God.”

In our Old Testament passage, God is telling the Israelites to be certain they don’t form idols of natural phenomena such as the sun, moon, and stars.  God wants primacy in our lives, not just the leftovers.

Put God first.  Take time today to put God’s will before yours.  Write your own prayer.

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