26 August 2015
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Wednesday 26 August 2015
Psalm Psalms 137: 1 – 6 (7 – 9) and 138
The song of the exiles... “By the river of Babylon”. The psalmist feels the pain and anguish of the destruction of Jerusalem and worries about forgetting yet finding it impossible to sing.
The second psalm is a song of praise and deliverance and ends with the psalmist faithfully claiming, “the Lord will fulfil his purpose for me” (v.8).
1 Kings 1: 1 – 31
King David is old and his eldest remaining son Adonijah has decided that he is the successor as David has named no one and has never challenged any of Adonijah’s actions. There is a spilt in the priests and leadership about Adonijah.
Nathan the prophet, goes to Bathsheba and tells her to go to David, tell him about Adonijah’s celebrations and sacrifices as the new king and to remind David that he had said Solomon would be his successor. She does so adding that if Adonijah is King she and Solomon will be counted as offenders – they were not invited to the celebrations. She leaves.
Nathan goes to the King and independently reports the actions of Adonijah. Nathan lists the priests who similarly are not invited to Adonijah’s celebrations and asks King David why he did not tell them all that he had named a successor.
David summons Bathsheba and swears to God that Solomon shall be his successor. Bathsheba bows to the ground praying for David’s long life.
Acts 21: 27 – 39
Paul goes to the temple. Jews from Asia who know of him misrepresent what he teaches and claim that he has brought Greeks into the temple. The crowd riots, the temple’s doors are closed, the tribune hears and sends in the troops. The crowd makes no sense in their accusations so the soldiers remove Paul and to do so they have to carry him. At the barracks they establish that he is not an Egyptian who formed a group of assassins. Paul tells them his identity and asks to speak to the crowd.
Collect for Morning Prayer
|Between a rock and a hard place|
At the Pinnacles, Broken Hill NSW
Wednesday 26 August 2015
The psalmist loves, reveres and understands the majesty and ever-presence of God. He wants to distance himself from anyone and anything that is opposed to God – to actively step away. He appeals to God to examine him, test him and lead him in the right way.
Job curses the day he was born. He questions the purpose of his life and wishes for the suffering to end. Given what he has been through he may have been better off dying at birth or being still born. If he were dead he would be in great company with those at rest and in peace. He asks, “Why is light given to one in misery, and life to the bitter in soul” (v.20) and to those who will rejoice in the idea of dying? He says he is in pain, and is living with his biggest fear.
Romans 15: 14– 21
Paul writes that he has confidence in the Romans and that he has written to them boldly in places just to remind them of some points of belief and practice. He wants their worship to be acceptable to God. Paul talks of what Christ has accomplished through him in word, deed, power of signs and wonders. His mission has been to those who have never heard of Christ and fulfils a prophecy of Isaiah. This has delayed him visiting Rome.
Collect for Evening Prayer
Near the Pinnacles, Broken Hill NSW
Holy Lord, you know the conditions of our lives and care about us. You know what pain and suffering is. May our prayers, thoughts and actions always be acceptable to you so that our lives reflect your love and grace through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord and Saviour. Amen.
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