Thursday, November 15, 2012

Morning Prayer Guide - Thursday

Thursday, November 15, 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 16, Daniel 4:4-18, and 1 Timothy 6:11-21

St. Paul exhorts St. Timothy to put aside evil and pursue good things.  He also tells him to exhort those who are rich to not be haughty, but to be giving people, “rich in good works”.

Even the poorest Americans are rich when compared to much of the rest of the world.  Even those who have little have much when compared to third-world nations.  Add Jesus to the mix, and we become rich beyond our imaginations.  Maybe we don’t have any more money, and perhaps we don’t suddenly have stocks or land or gold, but having Jesus makes us rich beyond measure.

How then can we take those riches – both spiritual and financial – and use them to bless others who don’t have anything?  If the Church would simply do what the Church is supposed to do, government welfare wouldn’t be needed.  If the Church would simply give what Jesus told us to give, poverty would be cut drastically and we wouldn’t need nearly as many government programs to provide basic necessities.
Be the Church.  Give of your riches to someone in need.  It might be financially.  It might be extra clothing, food, or household items you don’t need.  It might be to share the love of Jesus for someone created in his image.  However it may be, share with someone today.  Write your own prayer.

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