Friday, February 8, 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 99, Deuteronomy 9:6-14, and Acts 10:1-8
Cornelius was an interesting person. A man who was a military commander, yet believed in the God of the Jews. A man who was required to worship Caesar, yet worshiped God. A man who gave generously to help people, even though he wasn’t a Jew.
St. Peter had been worried about Cornelius. He didn’t trust him. But God wanted the two men to meet, and told them both to go to Simon the Tanner’s home. God knew that Cornelius would have access to the soldiers serving under him in a way that Peter never could. God knew Peter could offer help to Cornelius that no one else could. It was important for them to work together. Peter just had to get over his initial distrust.
Has God ever sent you somewhere to meet someone? Why? Have you ever felt that you should meet someone, but felt so nervous that you didn’t?
Thank God for guiding you into relationships with other people. Thank him for helping you overcome nervousness or distrust. Ask him to continue to do so. Write your own prayer.