4 July 2014
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Friday 4 July 2014
Psalms 11 and 12
The psalmist disputes the claim one should run from enemies. The psalmist will stand firm. He says that if the foundation collapses, then all are powerless. The psalmist trusts in the Lord – the firm foundation.
The psalmist laments the lack of faithful people. People make promises and are unreliable. The poor and the needy suffer as a result but, the Lord is faithful forever and pure.
2 Chronicles 20: 1 – 19
Jehosophat the King of Judah receives word that a great army is coming towards his people. They are from the lands God did not allow the Hebrews to overtake as they entered the Promised Land. Jehosophat declares a fast, and with the people goes to the temple to pray. A Levite, Jahaziel, says to the crowds to not fear, that the battle is God’s. But to go to a pass called the ascent of Ziz, and they will see the approaching army in the valley. They are to stand still and watch God’s victory. They are not to fear or to be dismayed. Everyone bows their faces to the ground worshipping God and then praises God.
Acts 15: 12 – 21
Barnabas and Paul are in Jerusalem talking with the leaders there. They tell of the signs and wonders God has done with the people from other nations. When they finished James, the brother of Jesus asks those assembled to recall past teaching and scripture that says God will set things up for people from other nations to seek Him and be called by His name. James then says that all that is required is that they refrain from things polluted by idols, and fornication – rules set down by Noah therefore covering all nations. Moses has people since he has been read in every synagogue every Sabbath, that is not lost.
Collect for Morning Prayer
|The Great Australian Bight SA|
2014 L Osburn
God of the big picture, you see everything and your plans are in place for us. We thank you that you have given us people of faith through the ages who have stood firm; people who in times of trouble, look to you first; people who read the scriptures and think about how they guide us today in our decisions. And we thank you that you are a God who encourages us to decide, to set laws and policies. Be with us today in all we do, so that we doing your work bring your peace and glorify you through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, and the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.
Friday 4 July 2014
Psalms 13 and 14
These psalms are laments for personal deliverance from enemies and from a cynical age. The psalmist remains faithful proclaiming God’s deliverance of Israel and care for the poor.
Ezekiel 11: 1 – 4 (5 – 12) and 13 – 25
Ezekiel is prophesying about the political state of affairs in Jerusalem, the future of those who are not following the Lord’s way – they will die – and where God is since God left the temple. God shows that he is not geographically limited but is everywhere providing sanctuary to the people. For the faithful, God will remove their heart of stone and replace it with a heart that follows God’s ordinances and wants to be with God. Ezekiel has a vision of the spirit of going to be with the exiles.
Galatians 1: 11 – 24
Paul tells the Galatians then tells his story to verify his credibility. Paul was a persecutor of Christians. But, he received his gospel direct from a revelation of Christ. He did not go to Jerusalem to learn the gospel from the people there. Instead it was three years before he went there. When he eventually went to Jerusalem Peter (Cephas in Aramaic) and Jesus’s brother James were the people he met and only for a fortnight. Paul comes with the direct knowledge from Jesus.
Collect for Evening Prayer
|Safe Harbour Fremantle WA|
2014 L Osburn
God of every place, we thank you for your presence and your gift of a soft heart: a heart for you alone. Help us at the end of this week to feel your presence and feel your sanctuary so that we, restored and refreshed by your love and grace may stand firm with joy in the face of a cynical world through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, and the power of your Holy Spirit in our hearts. Amen.