Friday, March 1, 2013

Morning Prayer Guide - Friday

Friday, March 1, 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 63:1-8, Daniel 12:1-4, and Revelation 3:1-6

St. John wrote to the church in Sardis to watch, for God would come on them in the way a thief comes in the middle of the night – without any warning.  Christ will return at some point, and we had better be ready.

Being ready for Jesus’ return really isn’t that hard.  We just have to be faithful to do what he’s told us to do.  Jesus said, “Follow me.”  If we do that, we won’t have any trouble.

What lessons can you draw from this?  What do you need to do better?  How can you be faithful to Jesus’ words?  Write your own prayer.

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