Monday, 5 October 2015

6 October 2015


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Tuesday 6 October 2015 
Morning Prayer

Psalm 86

The psalmist approaches God in humility and reverent recognition asking for assistance. Praise and honour are awarded to God and the psalmist asks to walk in truth and to have a heart for God alone. Thanks are given to God for steadfast love.

1 Kings 20: 26 – 43

King Ben-Hadad from Aram again engages King Ahab of Israel in battle. Though the Israelites are few against the Arameans the prophet says God will give them victory because the Arameans did not recognise the extent of God’s reach. King Ben-Hadad escapes to a city under siege but is advised that King Ahab is merciful. He puts on sackcloth, is brought to the Ahab and pleads for mercy. Ahab releases him with a treaty.

A prophet on God’s word instructs a man to hit him. The man refuses and the prophet says he will be killed by a lion. As soon as he leaves a lion kills him. The prophet asks a second man to strike him. He does. The injured prophet disguises himself and waits on the road for King Ahab.

When the king approaches he says that he was in the battle, a soldier brought a prisoner to him to guard and the penalty would be his life or a talent of silver. But, he was busy and the prisoner escaped. The King agrees with the penalty. The prophet reveals himself. He says that Ahab released Ben-Hadad who God had decreed would die so Ahab’s life and family and people will be the price for letting Ben-Hadad go.

Matthew 11: 12 – 24

Jesus indicates that John is valid as a prophet. He criticises the people for refusing to join in to the new music of the relationship with God and the music of the end times. The current generation complain about John because of his behaviour and they complain about Jesus. Wisdom is found however, in looking at what they did. He then condemns the cities where great deeds of God’s power were done and still the individuals do not repent: do not take it seriously.

Collect for Morning Prayer

Desert Flower
Head of the Bight SA L Osburn
 Wonderful saving God you have offered us a new relationship with you, blessings, steadfast love and forgiveness that reach everywhere. Help us to see and appreciate your judgement so that we repent, seek your forgiveness and humbly deal with the consequences of our actions in the real world, take you seriously, grow in wisdom and have a heart for you alone through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, and the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.

Tuesday 6 October 2015
Evening Prayer

Psalm 88

This is a prayer of a faithful person who has been seriously ill since childhood and now believes they are close to death. The prayer asks God to listen. The psalmist is bold with God. “Is your steadfast love declared in the grave…?” (v.11). The only sense of hope in this psalm is in God’s response.

Job 31: 24 – 40

Job continues saying that if he has offended against God, people, his own household, the land, strangers, enemies… then he will wear those wrongdoings like a crown and approach God ready to receive judgement. Job says no more.

Colossians 3: 12 – 17

With fellow believers we are to clothe ourselves in compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience. We are to bear with each other, forgive and bind to each other in love. We are to let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts, be thankful, teach with wisdom, sing with gratitude and praise and do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ giving thanks to God through Him.

Collect for Evening Prayer

The long road
The Eyre Highway SA L Osburn
Holy and compassionate Lord you listen to us and respond in love. Help us bring our whole lives to you and to re-commit to letting the peace of Christ rule in our hearts so that we love each other and forever give thanks to you through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, and the power of your Holy Spirit in our hearts. Amen.

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