Monday, October 8, 2012

Morning Prayer Guide - Monday

Monday, October 8, 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 112, Deuteronomy 22:13-30, and 1 Corinthians 7:1-9

Today we read some of St. Paul’s thoughts on marriage. He was of the opinion that staying single was better than getting married, but getting married was better than “burning with passion”, as he put it. He also wrote that husbands and wives are to give each other the affection they each need, and that they aren’t to withhold sex from each other unless it’s agreed upon for a certain period of time.

There are many who look back at this and say that he was a product of his times, and that what he wrote shouldn’t apply to us. Further, they say that what he wrote was very contextual, that he was addressing a specific problem in Corinth that may or may not apply to us. While the latter argument is almost certainly true, we can still draw some principles from it that are very relevant to us.

Corinth was a major crossroads in the eastern Mediterranean, and there was a thriving trading business between the east and west. It was a very cosmopolitan city, and it was known as a place where promiscuity and sexual freedom was the norm. As a result, Paul spent a great deal of time working on the new believers who had formerly been as much a part of that culture as anyone else. It took them many years to grow out of their old habits and ways of thinking.

God wants us to be faithful to our spouses. He wants us to treat each other with honor and love, and not be selfish. He wants us to respect others by not taking advantage of them.

How does this apply to you? Do you need to make any changes? Ask God to help you. Write your own prayer.

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