Monday, March 4, 2013

Morning Prayer Guide - Monday

Monday, March 4, 2013 – John and Charles Wesley (Transferred)
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 119:89-96, Proverbs 3:1-7, 1 Corinthians 3:5-11, and Matthew 13:47-52

John and Charles Wesley were the founders of Methodism.  They were both priests in the Church of England, and remained so their entire lives.  Charles is best known for his hymn writing; during his life he wrote over 8,000.  John was the primary force behind the Methodist movement, although he adamantly opposed the formation of a new denomination.  He saw it as a renewal movement within the Church of England.
The two taught that doing acts of mercy were important.  When they were in college, the brothers, along with the rest of the Holy Club they had formed, spent time in prayer and visiting those in prison.  John taught the Methodists to give, even when they had little to give.

The Wesleys worked tirelessly to bring people into a closer relationship with God.  Their hard work paid off, as over 80 million people worldwide call themselves Methodists or Wesleyans.

Are you working tirelessly to bring people into a closer relationship with God?  Are you giving all you can to help those in need?  How can you do better?  Ask God to help you.  You may find the following prayer helpful:

Lord God, you inspired your servants John and Charles Wesley with burning zeal for the sanctification of souls, and endowed them with eloquence in speech and song: Kindle in your Church, we entreat you, such fervor, that those whose faith has cooled may be warmed, and those who have not known Christ may turn to him and be saved; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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