14 May 2015
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Thursday 14 May 2015 Ascension Day
This psalm praises the might and power and righteousness of God. Idols are nothing. Our Lord loves us, guards us and rescues us. Joy fills our hearts. Rejoice.
Daniel 7: 9 – 14
This is Daniel’s description of God in a vision. God is seated on the throne of judgement and then a person approaches and is presented to God. To this one is given dominion, glory and kingship of all peoples in all nations in an everlasting dominion.
John 13: 36 – 14: 6
Peter asks Jesus where he is going and is told that he cannot follow now but will later. Peter presses and Jesus asks, “Will you lay down your life for me?” (v.38). Jesus then tells Peter that before dawn he will have denied Christ three times.
Jesus offers words of comfort. He is going before us to the Father to prepare the way for us. Jesus will come again and take us there. Thomas asks how can we know the way if we don’t know where Jesus s going? Jesus replies that he is the way, the truth and the life.
Collect for Morning Prayer
Harrietville Vic 2014 L Osburn
Holy mighty and powerful God you have given Jesus dominion glory and kingship. Open us to let Jesus into our hearts and to clear out the idols we have: our pride, the feelings we allow to rule us, the resentments and hurts we still bear from people and events in our past, so that Jesus can smooth the path that lies before us, comfort us and take us home through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord and the power of your Holy Spirit in our hearts. Amen.
Thursday 14 May April 2015
The second psalm is a joyous song of praise beginning with clapping our hands. Our God is an awesome king of everything, shielding us. He is to be exalted.
2 Kings 2: 1 – 15
On Elijah’s last day he goes to various towns and as he starts to the next he tells Elisha to wait. Elisha insists he will accompany Elijah. Prophets in each town tell Elisha that Elijah will be taken to heaven this day and he acknowledges that and stays with Elijah.
They come to the Jordan River. Elijah takes off his mantle, rolls it, strikes the water, it parts and the two cross over. Elisha asks for a double share of Elijah’s spirit. He will know it is granted if he sees Elijah’s ascension. He does. He mourns and returns with Elijah’s mantle through the Jordan as before. The prophets who were watching bow before him.
Revelation 5: 1 – 10
This is a vision of a sealed scroll being held by God and the question, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break the seal?” (v.2). The vision shows a slain lamb, the Christ. All the heavenly hosts sing glorious praise and elders fall down and worship.
Collect for Evening Prayer
Harrietville Vic 2015 L Osburn
Awesome God, you have raised your Son to your glory and all we can do is bow down and sing your praise. We thank you for this day and your presence in our hearts. Be with us now in the quiet of the day to ponder your greatness so that we can, in this stillness give you praise and honour through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord and the your Holy Spirit. Amen.
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