Tuesday, September 11, 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: Isaiah 38:10-20, Joshua 8:1-23, and Hebrews 12:3-13
Face it: We all mess up from time to time. God wants us to learn and grow, becoming more like him, and sometimes it takes a bit to get our attention. So sometimes God has to shake things up. Rattle the cage a bit, so to speak.
God does it because he loves us. He wants us to mature and grow, not be stagnant and selfish. We should be changing and becoming more like him all the time. “Getting saved” doesn’t mean we’ve arrived or that we have no more work to do. Instead, what we usually think of as “getting saved” is just one step of many. Salvation isn’t an event. It’s a process, a lifestyle. Saying the trite little prayer isn’t what gets us into heaven. Besides, it’s not terribly Biblical (it was invented by an American in the 19th century). Salvation is a journey, along which there are many mile-markers. And God knows that we need to keep moving along, not simply setting up camp and dwelling in a single spot.
Has God had to get your attention over something before? What was it? Are you a better disciple now because of it? Write your own prayer.