9 August 2014
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Saturday 9 August 2014
Psalm 89: 39 – 53
The psalm is about a descendant of David for whom there has been losses in battle and destruction of the city and removal of the office of King. It laments the withdrawal of the support and protection of God. This is an appeal to God to remember the promises to David.
Hosea 11: 1 – 11
Hosea describes how God loves Israel. Like those who hold babies to their cheek God held the people and bent down and fed them. God taught them to walk and held them in kindness. They have rebelled.
God’s compassion rises and Israel will not be utterly destroyed. Instead God like a lion will roar and the children will come – trembling they will come and God will bring them home.
John 12: 36b – 50
After being welcomed into the city with palms Jesus hides from the people. He had done many signs and still the people do did not believe. This fulfils the words of Isaiah. Some who do believe are in authority and are too afraid to speak out. For they love their public reputations more than Glory that comes from God.
Jesus cries out for all to hear that those who believe in Him believe in God. Those who see Him see God. He is our light that we come out of the darkness. If we do not believe Jesus will not judge us; His words will judge us on the last day. Jesus’ words are the words of God. God’s commandment and God’s words are eternal life.
Collect for Morning Prayer
2014 L Osburn
Saturday 9 August 2014
This psalm is one of reassurance and comfort about the care and protection the faithful have from God. “For He will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways (v.11)”.
Lamentations 3: 34 – 66
The Lord sees oppression, prisoner abuse, human rights abuse and corruption. We need to examine our ways and return to God. We need to lift up our hearts and hands to God’s forgiveness.
Destruction, panic death and grief are all around. Enemies without cause are hunting the people. God hears and says, “Do not fear.” God has taken up the cause. God hears.
Romans 8: 28 – 39
Paul asks “who will separate us from the love of Christ?” (v.35). He answers that nothing can separate us. “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers nor height, nor depth, nor anything in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (vs 34-39).
Collect for Evening Prayer
Mandurah Estuary WA 2014 L Osburn