Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Morning Prayer Guide - Wednesday

Wednesday of Holy Week, March 27, 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: Isaiah 50:4-9a, Psalm 70, Hebrews 12:1-3, and John 13:21-32

Jesus predicted that Judas Iscariot would betray him.  How often do we betray him as well?  How often do we allow our life, our sickness, our “suffering” to come between us and obedience?  How often do we become so lost in our pettiness that we forget all about Jesus?

Take a moment to ask God to forgive you for your betrayal.  Then, ask him to give you the grace to avoid doing it again.  You may find the following prayer helpful:
Lord God, whose blessed Son our Savior gave his body to be whipped and his face to be spit upon: Give us grace to accept joyfully the sufferings of the present time, confident of the glory that shall be revealed; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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