3 November 2014
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Monday 3 November 2014
This psalm is a song of thanks and praise for the demise of past enemies and the eternal presence of God. The Lord is the security for oppressed people and that means individuals too. The psalmist moves to a prayer for individual help. The psalm ends asking God to “let the nations know that they are only human” (v.20).
Nehemiah 8: 13 – 9: 5
On the second day of the seventh month the Levites and Ezra gather to study the law. They rediscover the Festival of the Booths. They immediately reinstate the festival and people construct and live in booths in the city. Then the Jews separated from the non-Jewish Israelites and made a great and general confession. During the day the Law is read. At the end of the day the Levites lead the people in blessing the Lord.
Matthew 21: 1 – 13
Jesus arrives at Bethphage on the Mount of Olives near Jerusalem. He instructs the disciples to collect a donkey and foal. Mounted, he enters the city in the manner that fulfils the prophecy. A crowd gathers spreading their coats and palm branches on the road shouting, “Hosanna”. The city was in turmoil asking, “Who is this?”
Jesus goes to the temple and clears it of corrupt moneychangers and sellers of sacrificial doves. The temple is to be a house of prayer not a den of robbers.
Collect for Morning Prayer
|In the morning in the garden|
Mandurah WA 2014 L Osburn
God of restoration and new beginnings, through your scriptures we recognise that we have all been donkeys and through confession Christ can and does ride into our lives, gently bringing salvation and casting out those parts of us that are dross. Help us always to recognise that we are only human and to give thanks and praise for your eternal presence and for your Son, the blessed one who came in your name and to whom we should sing Hosanna through Jesus Christ Your Son our Lord. Amen.
Monday 3 November 2014
The psalm begins describing how arrogant wicked people are: how they think God does not see them and that they can get away with anything. But God does see. God will hear the meek and give them strength and provide justice for the orphan and oppressed so that people on earth will “strike terror no more” (v.18).
Daniel 9: 15 – 27
Daniel continues the confessional prayer for the people. Gabriel again appears and tells Daniel what is to come, rebuilding, delays, desecration of Jerusalem and the temple.
Revelation 1: 1 – 8
John begins by explaining that this is a revelation of Christ given to John by an angel. He blesses those who read the book aloud and those who hear. He greets the churches and sends then the grace and peace of Christ and of seven spirits before Christ’s throne.
He praises God and proclaims that Jesus comes on clouds, that every eye will see Him, that all will wail and, God will say “I am the Alpha and the Omega… who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty” (v. 8).
Collect for Evening Prayer
2014 L Osburn
Holy and almighty God you want us to accept your peace, your generous grace and your presence in our lives. Be with us as we pray for this world: may terror strike no more, may oppression cease. Help us to recognise and praise you for all the times you break through, help us, teach us and enable us to feel the presence of Christ in our lives so that we may bring hope and the promise of your kingdom to others through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour and your Holy Spirit in our hearts. Amen.