Tuesday, 27 October 2015

28 October 2015


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Wednesday 28 October 2015 
Morning Prayer

Psalms 143 and 146

The psalmist is in hiding in a cave and sounds depressed yet, is still reaching out to God; is still trusting and obedient. “Let me hear of your steadfast love in the morning for in you I put my trust” (v.8).

 The next psalm is one of praise to God who is trustworthy – more than princes: more than mortals. Our God sets prisoners free and cares for orphans and widows.

2 Kings 10: 1 – 17

King Ahab had 70 sons who are in the care of guardians. Jehu writes letters to those responsible for the governance of the country and asks them to select one of these to be their king and fight for him. They refuse out of fear since Jehu had killed two kings himself. Jehu then sends letters that if they are indeed on his side they are to kill all these sons of Ahab. They do so.

In the morning Jehu tells the people they are innocent; it was he who conspired against the king, and it was others who killed the king’s heirs. This fulfils Elijah’s prophecy.

Jehu then meets the relatives of King Ahaziah of Judah on the road and kills them. He then meets Jehonadah a Rechabite. He asks whether Jehonahad is prepared to be in alliance. He is. They proceed to remove all the family of Ahab from Israel. This too fulfils the prophecy of Elijah.

Matthew 19: 1 – 15

Jesus is asked about divorce. He says the original intent was that men and women marry and become one and not be torn apart. The questioners ask why then did Moses set up a divorce process. Jesus answers, because the people were too hard hearted – they are not as was initially intended. So, from the creation perspective it is adultery but from the here and now perspective, not everyone can accept it. He then talks about eunuchs – some are born that way, some are made eunuchs and some become so as a devotional act. Not everyone can do this.

People bring children to Jesus to lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples oppose this but Jesus welcomes them and says, “it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs” (v.14). He lays hands on them and blesses them.

Collect for Morning Prayer

Albany WA L Osburn
 Holy Lord you are the one who sets prisoners free and cares for the least of us. You are the one who through Christ showed us ultimate compassion. In times of great turmoil in our countries and in our hearts – when we are questioning and when the realities of the hard-hearted world are so different for what God intended at creation – help is reach out to you. Help us put our trust in you and treat all your children from every land with compassion and blessings through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, and the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.

Wednesday 28 October 2015
Evening Prayer

Psalm 119: 153 – 176

This portion of the psalm is a plea for preservation of life from someone who is devout “my soul keeps your decrees” and who admits going astray.

Esther 1: 13 – 2: 4

King Ahasuerus consults the sages about what to with the queen. They advise that her disobedience affects not just the King but will be heard by all women and therefore affects all families. She is to be looked after but her position as first wife and queen is to be removed from her. Thus the King makes the decree that all women will give honour to their husbands.

When his anger subsides the King’s servants suggest he seek out another queen. They suggest bringing in young women to the harem, caring for them and teaching them the skills of presentation (cosmetics etc.) and for the king to choose a queen. This idea pleases the King

2 Peter 2: 1 – 11

Peter warns of false teachers and prophets, who will deny key parts of the gospel, oppress and deceive. If God brought punishment before, and Peter lists key events including punishing angels, then these false ones will be punished. And as righteous people were saved in the past so the faithful will be rescued from trial.

Collect for Evening Prayer

On the path
Albany WA L Osburn
Holy and loving God you preserve us and forgive us even though we have gone astray. Help us to keep reading your word, praying, listening to your message and bringing our lives before you in reverence all our days so that we may survive all trials and hold fast to your hand in our walk through this life through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, and the power of your Holy Spirit in our hearts. Amen.

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