25 September 2015
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Friday 25 September 2015
Psalms 62 and 63
For God my soul waits in silence: my salvation and my hope come from God. All people and things and powers are temporary. God is our rock and fortress and we shall not be shaken. Steadfast love belongs to God.
As a drought-ravaged land seeks water so our souls seek God. God’s love is better than life. God’s love is like a rich feast. Meditating on God causes our souls to sing.
The psalm ends with a plea for personal security.
1 Kings 15: 9 – 24
King Asa reigns for forty-one years. He removes the male temple prostitutes, the idols and images. He even removes his mother from her position because she worshipped an image. He leaves the high places, but his heart is true to God.
A war with King Baasha of Israel continues. King Baasha decides to build the city of Ramah to block movement into Judah. King Asa makes an alliance with King Ben-hadad of Aram who invades and conquers parts of Israel causing King Baasha to retreat and Ramah to be isolated. Under King Asa’s instruction the people of Judah carry away all the building materials and use it to build Geba instead.
King Asa continues to build cities. He dies of an illness that affects his feet.
Matthew 8: 5 – 22
A centurion comes and asks for healing for a sick servant. He explains that he is not worthy for Christ to come into his home but Christ need only command the servant will be healed. Jesus heals the servant and praises the centurion for his faith.
He heals and casts out many spirits, which fulfils the prophecy of Isaiah “He took our infirmities and bore our diseases”.
A crowd gathers. A scribe approaches and says he will follow Jesus who replies that foxes and birds have places to rest but Jesus has no place to rest. He is making it clear that following Jesus as not a picnic.
Another disciple asks first to bury his father. Jesus says, “Follow me and let the dead bury their own dead” (v. 22).
Collect for Morning Prayer
|Pelican going up|
Denmark WAL Osburn
Friday 25 September 2015
Psalms 64 and 67
The first psalm is about those who do evil and think no one can see or hear them. God knows. God sees. God will respond. Let the righteous rejoice and take refuge in God.
The second psalm is a blessing. “May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us” (v 1). The blessing asks too that our lives be testament to God’s glory. May the whole world sing praise and rejoice.
Job 24: 1 – 17
Job lists all the pain and suffering experienced by the victims of evil actions and the ungodly. He accuses God of not being timely with judgement and reprieve. It would appear that God is not listening to the prayers of the poor and oppressed.
Ephesians 6: 1 – 9
Paul counsels the Christians to honour each other, our parents, our children, our masters if we are slaves and our slaves if we are masters. We are to remember to work diligently not only when we are being watched but at all times. We are to acknowledge that there is one Lord of us all and we are all equal before God.
Collect for Evening Prayer
Denmark WA L Osburn
God of blessing and God of love, you value all of us equally. Help us to do your will not for reward or out of fear that you are watching but out of our love and thanks to you. Help us love all those you love – which is all of us. Help us serve all those you served when you gave your life for us all and bring us to ponder your grace so that we may lift up our hearts and rejoice through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, and the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.
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