Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Morning Prayer Guide - Tuesday

Tuesday, February 26, 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 105:1-15, 42; Numbers 14:10b-24; and 1 Corinthians 10:1-13

Moses managed to talk God down from destroying the Israelites and starting over again.  It seems a bit unbelievable that God would actually allow Moses to change God’s mind.  For God to be angry enough at Israel to even consider destroying them is one thing, and for God to listen to Moses’ argument is quite another.

St. Paul writes about how the symbols of baptism and Holy Communion surrounded the Israelites, but they could not please God and thus all died.  He writes that those symbols are there to help us not make the same mistakes the Israelites did.  Finally, he points out that temptation is common to everyone, and that God gives us an out if we’re not strong enough to bear it.

Temptation is a common theme in the season of Lent.  Temptation quickly gets old, especially if we’re trying to break our old habits and do something new.  Giving up soft drinks, for instance, is a good thing for many reasons, including health.  But it seems as though we want most what we cannot have!  The person who might go a week without thinking about soft drinks might decide to cut them out completely, and suddenly can think of nothing else.  Temptation, handled wrongly, leads us into trouble.  However, it can also make us stronger.  The answer to sin is not to avoid temptation, for that gives us a false strength.  The answer is to build our ability to withstand.  Sometimes the only way we can do that is with God’s grace.

Take some time to thank God for his grace.  Ask him to help you withstand temptation.  Write your own prayer.

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