Saturday, December 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: Luke 1:68-79, Malachi 4:1-6, and Luke 9:1-6
Jesus sent the Twelve out to preach the kingdom. He told them not to take anything with them, but to live on the things that people gave them. If they were rejected, they were to shake the dust of that town off their feet. They were also to cast out demons and heal the sick -- two things that have not ceased to be associated with the advance of the kingdom.
We are still sent to preach the kingdom. We are still sent to heal the sick and cast out demons. We are still to go out, without purse or extra coat, without expectation for gain. We trust completely in God's ability to provide, and we trust in the Holy Spirit to go before us and prepare the way.
And when we respond with simple obedience, we cannot lose. Nothing can withstand the Christian who is doing precisely what God has told her to do.
Ask God to take away your fears. Ask him to help you be obedient to his commands. Ask him to help you prepare for Jesus’ coming. Write your own prayer.