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, 2 Kings 4:1-7, and Luke 9:10-17
We look at two situations today which illustrate how God provides. In the first story, God provides enough oil to pay all of the widow’s debts, with some left over. In the second story, God provides enough food to feed all the people, with some left over. God’s grace and forgiveness is the same way. God provides enough grace to overcome whatever our difficulty, with some left over. His forgiveness washes away all our past sins, plus those we will do in the future. God knows that we cannot find salvation alone or through good works, so he provides a way.
Take a moment to thank God for his mercy. You may find the following prayer helpful:
God our Father, you have loved us when we were unlovable. You have forgiven us when we were unforgivable. You have had mercy on us when we failed you. We thank you for your grace and mercy and love, and we glorify your name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.