Thursday, October 18, 2012

Morning Prayer Guide - Thursday

Thursday, October 18, 2012 – St. Luke, Evangelist
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 43:8-13, Psalm 124, 2 Timothy 4:5-13, and Luke 4:14-21

St. Luke, the author of the Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles, was a companion of St. Paul.  They probably met while attending college in Tarsus.  Luke was a physician by training, and perhaps as a result he reports more miracles of Jesus than the other three Gospel writers do.

We know little else about Luke.  Tradition has it that he never married, and died quietly at age 86.

How can you be like Luke?  Take a moment to pray about this.  You may find the following prayer helpful:

Almighty God, who inspired your servant Luke the physician to set forth in the Gospel the love and healing power of your Son: Graciously continue in your Church this love and power to heal, to the praise and glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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