Saturday, October 20, 2012

Morning Prayer Guide - Saturday

Saturday, October 20, 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 91:9-16, Isaiah 47:10-15, and Luke 22:24-30

If we want to be great in the kingdom of God, we have to be the servant of everyone else.  We have to take on humility and put aside our pride and self-importance.  We have to be ready to wash everyone else’s feet.

Being a servant isn’t easy.  It’s not always rewarding here on earth, either.  It’s also kind of counter-intuitive – you don’t see the President waiting tables in the White House, for instance.  Most of the time we think that to be great we have to show power, not hide it.

Go and be a servant today.  Take on humility and do a job that no one else wants to do.  If that means cleaning toilets, then do it well.  If that means standing and serving homeless people in a soup kitchen, then do it with a smile.  Find a way to be a servant, and do it for Jesus.  Let your work be your prayer.

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