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 43:1-7, and Philippians 2:19-24
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you!” God has paid the price of our sins, and now we are free. We are restored into God’s family. We are bought from slavery to sin and death.
Take a closer look at verse two. God said that when we walk through the waters, he will be with us. When we go through the rivers, they will not overflow us. Note that we still have to walk through those waters and rough rivers. We still have work to do. God still expects certain things from us. We will go through things that will make us quake with terror. However, God will still be with us, protecting us and guiding us. He will not allow us to be swept away.
Think about some of the rivers you’ve had to cross. Think about how God has been with you every step of the way. What rivers do you face now? Ask God to reassure you and to let you know that he is with you. You may find the following prayer helpful:
Father Almighty, grant us strength as we face obstacles in the path of life, and give us grace to overcome all adversities; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.