Monday, November 5, 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 51; Deuteronomy 6:10-25; and Romans 12:17-21, 13:8-10
St. Paul writes a few instructions to the believers in Rome, telling them how to interact with people who are not believers. The things he wrote to them are still good things to do, because they help others see God’s love within us. We are Christ’s representatives in the world, and Paul was telling the people of Rome to act like it.
Do you follow the instructions that Paul wrote here? What do you need to do differently? Ask God to help you. Write your own prayer.