22 June 2015
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Monday 22 June 2015
Psalms 118: 1 – 18
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever! The remainder of the psalm tells of God’s assistance and reminds us to put our trust not in people or rulers, but God alone.
1 Samuel 17: 55 – 18:16
When David goes out to fight Goliath Saul asks whose son is David and his commander of the army does not know. When David brings Goliath’s head to Saul, the king checks his identity – David is the son of Jesse.
Jonathon, King Saul’s son and David become best friends. Jonathon gives him his own clothes, armour, sword, bow and belt. Saul makes David the commander of the army.
Some time later, Saul is so disturbed even though David is playing the lyre for him Saul deliberately throws his spear at David to pin him to the wall. David eludes King Saul’s attacks.
Saul is afraid of David so sends him out again to fight the Philistines. David has success and the people of Israel and Judah love him. Saul is in awe of David.
Acts 12: 1 – 11
Herod Agrippa persecutes the believers and kills James the son of Zebedee. He arrests Peter and has him closely guarded in prison. In the night Peter has what he thinks is a vision of his chains falling of and an angel leading him out to safety. It was not a vision. He realises that Lord sent an angel to rescue him.
Collect for Morning Prayer
|Mount Buffalo and into the Ovens Valley|
Vic 2015 E Byford
Monday 22 June April 2015
Psalms 118: 19 – 29 and 120
The psalm section brims with sweet praise to God. God takes the weak and rejected and makes them the cornerstone. “This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvellous in our eyes. This is the day that the Lord has made: let us rejoice and be glad in it” (vv. 23-24).
The second psalm is a cry of distress from a person in exile far from Israel surrounded by warrior people, “I am for peace; but when I speak, they are for war” (v.7).
Sirach 18: 1 - 14
No one can tell or describe the greatness and wonders of God. Human life is brief and has good and evil parts experiences. God has mercy knowing we don’t live long – perhaps 100 years. Humans have compassion for each other but God has compassion for all of creation. God trains and teaches us and cares for those who accept God precepts.
James 1: 1 – 18
When we face trials we are to rejoice because testing our faith produces endurance. We are to strengthen our faith and choose faith over doubt – to be consistent. Let us boast in being raised up when we are lowly. Let us remember that temptation comes from our own desires and can give birth to sin. So we are blessed when we endure temptation.
Generous acts of giving are from God and we, like the first fruits of the harvest give our selves back to God to fulfil God’s purpose.
Collect for Evening Prayer
|Words of encouragement|
Deniliquin NSW 2010 D Stevens
Great almighty amazing God, we can never comprehend your great power, compassion and grace. You lift up the meek and lowly to be your people, the central people in your kingdom. Help us see every day as a gift from you, to push aside our desires and give ourselves to you to fulfil your purpose so that wherever we are and no matter the challenges we encounter we act in faith and confidence, sure in your love and compassion for all through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord and Saviour. Amen.
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