Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Morning Prayer Guide - Wednesday

Wednesday, March 6, 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 39, Numbers 13:17-27, and Luke 13:18-21

The kingdom is hidden within us, just like yeast in bread or seeds in a field.  Jesus said “The kingdom of God is within you.” (Lk. 17:21).

The way that yeast works is fascinating.  These small bacteria, present in the air around us and in nifty little envelopes at the grocery store, exist to eat sugar and turn it into carbon dioxide and alcohol.  In breadmaking, the alcohol cooks off, leaving only trace amounts.  The carbon dioxide escapes, too, but not before stretching the dough and leaving it light and airy.  When we mix yeast into a bread dough, we don’t see it anymore.  The bacteria itself is too small to see with the naked eye, and the little granules inside the envelopes from the store actually contain hundreds of millions of yeast cells.  Mixing them with warm water (what we call “proofing”) allows them to wake up and begin working.  Even in the few minutes it takes to measure and mix the other ingredients, the yeast begins to work.  But if we just sit and watch the kneaded dough, we won’t really be able to perceive it working.  And if we cut the dough ball in half, we still won’t be able to see it working.  But the results smell and taste delicious.

We can’t always see God working in our lives, or in someone else’s.  We don’t know what’s going on inside another person’s mind.  But we can see the effects.  It starts small, almost unnoticeable.  Before too long, though, something has changed.  We see the effects, but not always the process.

If you’re waiting to see if God is working, don’t panic.  You may not see it yet, but when God is done, you won’t be able to mistake it.  As long as you’re doing just what God wants you to do, he is working through you.  And sometimes, he is able to work in you even when you’re not exactly doing things the way he wants.  Take a moment to ask God to help you follow him.  Ask him to help you be patient and wait for his results.  Write your own prayer.

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