Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Morning Prayer Guide - Wednesday

Wednesday, March 20, 2010
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 20, Habakkuk 3:2-15, and Luke 18:31-34

Jesus pulled his disciples aside and warned them the end was near.  He told them he was going to go to Jerusalem and die.  Yet they didn’t understand what was happening, because the meaning was hidden from them.

Sometimes the meaning seems hidden from us, too.  It feels like we’re just kind of bumbling along, hoping that God will give us a bit of clarity just so we can see what to do next.  But these times of fog are useful, because they help us grow.  A tree that doesn’t get enough water responds by growing deeper roots.  Later, when a storm passes over, the deep roots help keep it from blowing down in the wind.  If it wasn’t for the dry time, the roots wouldn’t have been able to hold.

Ask God to help you grow deeper roots.  Ask him to help you see where he is leading you.  Write your own prayer.

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