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 25:1-19, and Revelation 19:9-10
Today’s Old Testament passage talks about the Sabbath years and the year of Jubilee. While this is important for many reasons, today we focus on the opportunity for fair dealing. God didn’t want people to be greedy; instead, he wanted his people to deal fairly with each other. Every fiftieth year was an opportunity to level the playing field, so that everyone would have an equal chance to succeed.
God still wants his people to deal fairly with one another. He wants us to do what we say we’re going to do. He doesn’t want us to speak evil of anyone, especially our fellow believers, either behind their backs or to their faces. He wants us to live the way we say we do.
Do you deal fairly with others? Do you treat them as well as you would like to be treated, or do you judge, criticize, and destroy them? Pray for the people you love. Now, pray for those you do not love. Ask God to help you deal fairly with those you do not like. You may find the following prayer helpful:
Almighty God, you have commanded us to deal fairly with each other and to love others as we love ourselves: grant us grace to love others as you have loved us, that we might be known as your servants; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.