Thursday, February 7, 2013

Morning Prayer Guide - Thursday

Thursday, February 7, 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 9:1-5, and Acts 3:11-16

Today’s reading in Acts picks up right after St. Peter and St. John healed a lame man right outside the temple.  Verse two tells us that the man had been lame since birth.
Why, then, had Jesus never healed this man?  Jesus passed him many times.  Why hadn’t Jesus healed him?

God used Peter and John to heal the man, and that gave them an opportunity to preach to those around.  The onlookers were amazed that someone whom they also had passed many times had been healed.  Peter pointed out that it was because the man believed in Jesus that he was healed, not because of any magic that Peter or John had.

Sometimes we are to be the instruments of God’s love and grace.  Just as we saw on Monday and Tuesday, we are to give healing to those to whom God sends us.  By doing so we say more in our actions than our words ever could.

Pray about this.  Ask God to send you where he wants you to go.  Ask him to help you minister to the person you find there.  Write your own prayer.

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