Thursday, April 4, 2013

Morning Prayer Guide - Thursday

Easter Thursday, April 4, 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 150, 1 Samuel 17:1-23, and Acts 5:12-16

Today’s passage in Acts talks about how the power of God rested on the Apostles.  Many people were healed of sickness, and many brought the sick out into the streets so that they might be healed when Peter’s shadow fell on them.

Imagine God’s power resting on you in such a way that your shadow had healing properties.  God can and will allow his power to flow through you in much the same way.  In order for that to happen, though, we have to give ourselves completely to God – even our very identities.  Ask God to show you how to accomplish that.  You may find the following prayer helpful:
Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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