Monday, January 14, 2013
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 106:1-12, Judges 4:1-16, and Ephesians 6:10-17
Most of us can think of someone who has a lot of strength. Sometimes that’s physical strength: a person might be able to lift several hundred pounds, for instance, or run a marathon, or swing a heavy hammer all day. Sometimes it’s emotional strength: a person might be able to go through the most terrible circumstances and yet keep their wits about them and remain calm, or not be offended when people say terrible things about them. Sometimes it’s strength of will: a person might resist those doughnuts or brownies, despite not having eaten all day, or works a full time job and goes to school full time at night, or even decides to stop a certain habit that is causing harm and resolves to do something else instead – and then does it.
God gives us the strength we need when things get tough. There are stories of people who exhibited super-human strength at times of great peril. There are stories of people who, despite their whole lives crashing down around them, remained calm and confident that God would take care of it all. There are stories of people who broke addictions and the cycle of bad decisions and were able to rebuild their lives, getting to the point that they were able to help others in their times of need. Just reading the “faith hall of fame” in Hebrews 11 can give us some great illustrations of strength – physical, emotional, and spiritual; strength of character and strength of resolve; and strength given to them by God in order to overcome special circumstances.
What are some of the times in your life where you needed God’s strength to help you through? What would have happened if God had not come along side you and helped you? Take some time to pray about this. Thank God for giving you grace and strength in your times of weakness. Ask him to help you be strong. Write your own prayer.