Monday, March 11, 2013

Morning Prayer Guide - Monday

Monday, March 11, 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 53, Leviticus 23:26-41, and Revelation 19:1-8

God told Moses that he wanted the people to have a day every year where they reflected on their sins.  They were to offer sacrifices to atone for those sins.  God also wanted them to have a festival where they lived in booths or tents, to remember the time spent in the wilderness.

Lent, in many ways, serves the same purposes.  It is a time of reflection on our sins and shortcomings, a time to seek forgiveness, and a time spent in the wilderness.  Lent is a reminder that it is not about us, but about what God can do in and through us.

Reflect on your Lenten journey thus far.  What have you learned about yourself?  What sins or character traits do you need to overcome?  What can you do to become a better disciple?  You may find the following prayer helpful:
Almighty and most merciful God, we have devoted this season to searching ourselves that we might become closer to you.  Give us grace to see the things that displease you, and forgive us where we have failed you; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

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