Friday, April 12, 2013

Morning Prayer Guide - Friday

Friday, April 12, 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 30, Isaiah 6:1-4, and Revelation 4

Both of our readings show heavenly worship.  Note the similarities between the two.  Note also the differences.  Each writer describes things differently, and each notices different details. 

In both instances, God is shown as being on a throne, surrounded by angelic beings.  We reflect this in our Eucharistic liturgy when we say, “Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory.  Hosanna in the highest.  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.”

Worship can take many forms.  For instance, some prefer ancient liturgies, while others prefer more contemporary forms of worship.  Instead of fighting over differences of opinion or complaining that the worship service at our church is not what we would prefer, we need to ask God how he would prefer to be worshiped.  Often God calls us out of our comfort zone.  Remember: worship is a sacrifice.  It is giving something that you value to God.  You may find the following prayer helpful:
God, teach us to worship you as you want to be worshiped.  Help us to look outside of our experiences and preferences and look at you; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

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