Friday, March 8, 2013

Morning Prayer Guide - Friday

Friday, March 8, 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 32, Joshua 4:14-24, and 2 Corinthians 5:6-15

“We walk by faith, not by sight.”  Is faith blind confidence that what we’re doing is right?  No, not quite.  Faith is looking into the spiritual dimension and seeing what God wants you to do about a given situation, and then doing your part to bring it about.  It may look to everyone else that what we’re about to do is foolish, but if we’re being obedient to God’s will, then we’re walking by faith.

Of course, the obedience part is crucial.  We can’t just expect God to put a rubber stamp on whatever it is we’re wanting to do.  That’s not faith.  But if we’re walking with God and listening to God and then obeying God, when we set out to do what he’s told us to do we will not fail.

Are you walking by faith?  Are you listening to and obeying God?  Write your own prayer.

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