Friday, March 15, 2013

Morning Prayer Guide - Friday

Friday, March 15, 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 126, Isaiah 43:8-15, and Philippians 2:25-3:1

Usually, the best person to ask about something is one who has experienced it first hand.  For instance, the best way to learn how to knit is to ask someone who knits.  Asking a non-knitter would be useless.

Today’s passage talks about telling others about our experiences with God.  God is saying, “Go ahead.  Put the word out.  Let people tell what they have seen with their own eyes; what they have heard with their own ears.”  God wants us to be vocal about our experiences!

How vocal are you about God?  It’s easy to sweep God under the rug, to not mention him to others.  It can be hard to talk about him with other disciples, and even harder with non-believers.  Ask God to show you how best to do this.  You may find the following prayer helpful:
Lord God, teach us how to tell others about you.  Grant us grace to overcome our fears, so that we might spread the good news of redemption to all the world; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

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