Thursday, December 20, 2012

Morning Prayer Guide - Thursday

Thursday, December 20, 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 80:1-7, Jeremiah 31:31-34, and Hebrews 10:10-18

Jeremiah writes about a time when God will make a new covenant with his people.  It won’t be dependent on people teaching each other, because God will write it on their hearts.  God will take them to be his people, and they will take him to be their God.

God wants us to be his people.  He wants us to follow him.  He wants us to become more like him.  He’s even willing to help us, because he knows we can’t do it alone.  He’ll help us put aside the things that get between us and God, and he’ll help us cut away the things that bring us down.  He’ll help us grow the things that are good.  He’ll help us pick up the things that make us more like him.

Ask God to help you become more like him.  Be his person.  Let him be your God.  Write your own prayer.

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