Thursday, January 10, 2013

Morning Prayer Guide - Thursday

Thursday, January 10, 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 29, Ecclesiastes 1:1-11, and 1 Corinthians 1:18-31

Some people have a difficult time reading Ecclesiastes because it seems to be so depressing.  They read today’s passage as being a “what’s the point?” kind of message.  Others gain hope from the book, because they see that no matter what happens, the earth keeps turning, people keep living, and God keeps working.

St. Paul writes that what we think of as wisdom will come to nothing.  God’s way seems foolish, but his ways are better than ours.  Science would say that Jesus never actually arose from the dead, or else that he was in a coma for  a couple days (and therefore never really dead).  But we know that he was truly dead, and that he was resurrected.  Foolishness to those who profess to be wise, but wise to those who follow God.

God’s wisdom is always a better choice.  We’ve got a limited point of view, because we can’t see the future and we can’t read others’ minds to see how they think and feel about things.  But God can do both.  God created us, and he knows what we need to do.

What can we learn about God’s wisdom?  How can we begin to follow it?  Take some time to pray about this.  Has God’s way ever seemed foolish to you?  Did you do it anyway, or did you end up doing what you thought was best?  Do you need to go back and make amends?  Ask God to help you.  Write your own prayer.

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