Thursday, December 27, 2012

Morning Prayer Guide - Thursday

Thursday, December 27, 2012 – St. John, Apostle and Evangelist
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: Exodus 33:18-23, Psalm 92, 1 John 1:1-9, and John 21:9b-24

St. John was the only one of the Twelve to die a natural death.  Despite being boiled in oil and sent to the prison colony at Patmos, John died in about ad100 in Ephesus.
John worked tirelessly to tell others about Christ.  Where the synoptic Gospel writers show Christ as the Son of Man, John shows him as the Son of God.  In his epistles he tries to encourage his readers to love each other just as Christ loved us.  Many scholars believe that Revelation is a prophecy of the fall of Jerusalem, in AD70.

Ask God to help you tell others about Christ like John did.  You may find the following prayer helpful:

Shed upon your Church, O Lord, the brightness of your light, that we, being illumined by the teaching of your apostle and evangelist John, may so walk in the light of your truth, that at length we may attain to the fullness of eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

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