Thursday, November 8, 2012

Morning Prayer Guide - Thursday

Thursday, November 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 146, Numbers 36, and Romans 5:6-11

It is a lot easier for a person to say that he or she would die for the sake of another than it is to actually do it.  We say a lot of things that we secretly hope won’t actually happen.  St. Paul writes that for a very good person perhaps a few would die, but most people will not.  And yet Jesus died for us – doing something that is very, very difficult for us to do.

Yesterday we considered the implications of loving each other.  Can love compel us to give up our lives so that another can live?  Would it be love for the other person or love for God that convinced us to do it?  How can we end our lives so that others might live – especially those we have never met?

It is a very difficult thing to do.  Even thinking about it is difficult.  But to God it is not difficult.  “Hear the good news: Christ died for us while we were yet sinners; that proves God’s love toward us.  In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.” (The United Methodist Hymnal, pg. 8)

Jesus gave his life so that you could live.  Will you give yours so that another can live?  Will you give your whole self to Jesus?  Ask God to give you the grace to respond to Jesus’ call.  Ask him to help you give your life to him.  Write your own prayer.

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