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 27, Psalm 118:26-29, and Matthew 23:37-39
Sometimes we just don’t want to do what God wants us to do. Jesus wanted the Jews to see that he was the Messiah, sent from God to redeem them and give them new life. But over the years, God’s people had killed the men that God had sent to show them the way, and Jesus was no exception.
Sometimes we kill prophets, too.
Not literally, usually. But sometimes we refuse to hear what God is saying when someone speaks. We don’t agree, or we don’t want to change our ways. We don’t want to admit that maybe we were doing things wrong.
God is waiting to welcome us back, to shield us and care for us, to dust us off and put us back on our feet. He wants us to follow him, to desire him, to want to be just like him.
Jerusalem had a nasty habit of rejecting God’s people. We need to be sure that we don’t reject the people God sends to us.
Take a few moments to go over the past week. What mistakes have you made? What have you done to fix them? Have you wronged anyone? Have you confessed your sins and asked for forgiveness?
You may find the following prayer helpful. After praying it, know that God loves you and forgives you whenever you ask. Once he has forgiven you, you never have to worry about that again. Work on not making those mistakes again.
Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.