23 May 2015
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Saturday 23 May 2015
Psalms 54 and 55 1 – 12
The first psalm is a plea to be saved from enemies, a statement of faith and a promise to give a free will offering to God once the psalmist is triumphant.
The second psalm portion is another plea for aid against enemies. The psalmist fears for his life and wants to run away. There is trouble around the city walls and the psalmist asks that the enemies plans be confused.
Deuteronomy 5: 1 – 21
Moses gathers the people and tells them that God’s commandments were given to them. Not to some ancient people but to those alive now. They were present. They made Moses stand between the Lord and them out of fear. He recites for them the Ten Commandments charging them to remember and to keep them all.
Acts 1: 15 – 26
Peter speaks to the gathered believers (about 120 people) and tells them what happened to Judas Iscariot and that his position in the disciples needs to be filled. Two names are chosen Joseph (aka Barsabbas or Justus) and Matthias. Prayers are offered to God who knows everyone’s heart to choose. Then they cast lots and Matthias gains the position.
Collect for Morning Prayer
2014 L Osburn
Saturday 23 May April 2015
This psalm praises Mt Zion City of God its walls and grandeur. Moreover, it is the place where God can be found and kings approaching fall and fail once they recognise God dwells here. In the temple the people ponder God’s steadfast love and praise God’s name throughout the earth. The psalmist tells us to come to the holy city, walk around; go into the citadels so that we can tell our children and their children that this God, our God will be our guide forever.
Numbers 11: 16 – 17 and 24 – 30
God hears Moses when he is feeling burnt-out by the pressures of leadership and tells him to gather 70 elders. God says he will transfer some of the spirit he gave to Moses to them so that they can carry some of the burden of the care of the people.
When the spirit is transferred people began to prophecy. Two who are among the registered 70 are not at the tent of meeting but stay in the camp. The spirit also comes on them and they prophesy too (though only once). A young man runs to Moses with this news. Joshua is shocked and wants Moses to stop the two in the camp. Moses says that he doesn’t own the gift of prophecy and that it would be great if everyone were a prophet.
1 Corinthians 14: 13 – 25
Paul continues his discussion on speaking in tongues. If we have the gift of speaking in tongues it is good to ask also for the gift of interpretation. Paul can speak in tongues and he makes sure he also speaks so that others can understand. We might pray deeply and spiritually but if no one can understand us they cannot say the Amen.
Paul asks the Corinthians to be like babies to evil but in matters of the spirit to be grown-up and use their minds too. If the church is speaking in tongues and an outsider arrives they may think everyone is disturbed and go away. If however, the church is prophesying a newcomer’s heart will be uncovered and that person will recognise that God is with the people and worship God.
Collect for Evening Prayer
|Denmark WA 2014|
Holy and almighty God, you want our lives to be full of faith, joy and close to you. We thank you for the gift of your Holy Spirit and the wonderful ways we can give you thanks and praise and spread the knowledge of your wondrous love. As we reflect on today, help us see how we used our gifts, to enable others to see that you are real, that you are with us and so feel that pull of grace to worship you through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord and your Holy Spirit. Amen.
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