13 June 2014
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Friday 13 June 2014
Psalms 101; 102: 1-11
The first psalm is a statement of commitment to justice and to work hard to live a righteous life. The portion of the second psalm is a lament. The psalmist is unwell and in great pain unable to eat or sleep and tormented by others who suggest God has deserted him.
1 Chronicles 17
David talks with Nathan the prophet with an idea to build a house for God – a place where the Ark of the Covenant can rest. Nathan initially thinks it is a good idea.
The Lord speaks to Nathan. It is not David’s job to build the temple. It will be one of his son’s who does it. David needs to be the king. For his faithfulness God will establish David’s house and line.
David gives humble thanks to God recognising this great gift and also recognising that for God this is small. He recommits Israel to God.
Acts 3: 1 – 16
Peter and John go to the temple. At the gate called Beautiful is a lame beggar who asks for alms. Peter utters the famous words: ‘Silver and gold have I none, but such as I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk” (v. 6).
The people in the temple hear about the miracle and flock. Peter tells them they did not do this on their own – from their own piety but through the name of Christ. God, the God of Abraham glorified Jesus who you crucified. “You killed the Holy One, the Author of Life who God raised from the dead” (v.15). By faith, through using Jesus’s name this man’s health is restored.
Collect for Morning Prayer
Armadale WA 2014 L Osburn
Holy and almighty God you are all powerful and full of generosity. Thank you for all your blessings. Strengthen our faith today and our commitment to you. Help us see your blessings for us so that we may bless and praise you throughout this new day through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.
Friday 13 June 2014
Psalm 102: 12-28
This second portion of the lament turns into a hymn of prayer and praise to God. God will look after us; hears our prayers and is eternal.
Boaz in the city immediately meets the person who is Naomi’s direct next of kin. He calls over 10 witnesses. He tells the story of Naomi and that her husband’s property and Ruth the wife of one of his sons can be redeemed. The next of kin cannot redeem the property without damaging his own inheritance so he tells Boaz to acquire it for himself and they seal the deal. Boaz is blessed by the witnesses returns, marries Ruth whose first son is Obed who becomes the father of Jesse who is the father of David who becomes the king.
1 Corinthians 15: 51 – 58
Paul says, we will not all die; we will be transformed. We will put on an imperishable body. Sin is the thing that gives death any power and the law lets us know our sins – so we feel guilt, that sting of death. But Jesus gives us the victory over death so we can be steadfast in our faith and continue the work of the Lord since it is not in vain.
Collect for Evening Prayer
Mandurah Estuary WA 2014 L Osburn