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Prayers developed from the daily readings
Thursday 7 January 2016
The sky in silence, every day and every night shows us that God is magnificent. God’s commandments are magnificent. They are right, they delight the heart, they are simple, they are more precious than gold. And the commandments warn us – but can we ever truly detect all our own faults? David asks for help so that he does not commit presumptuous sins*. He finishes with:
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord my rock and my redeemer.”
Proverbs 25: 1 – 19
This set of wise sayings includes:
God conceals and kings search out. Kings also conceal things. Like God, kings can’t be questioned.
Clear the dross off first and then make something. Clearing out the wicked from a king’s presence leads to righteousness.
Let others decide your status. It is better to be called forward than to be asked to stand back.
Even if you are an eyewitness don’t go rushing to court you might have got it wrong. Check it out to avoid shame coming to yourself.
A good word spoken appropriately is precious as is a wise rebuke in listening ears.
Faithful messengers are refreshing.
It is unproductive to all to boast about something you did not do or give.
You can persuade a ruler with patience and with softness break the framework within.
If you find treats eat only enough for you. Don’t always be at your neighbour’s house.
Bearing false witness is like wielding a weapon of war.
Having trust in someone who is faithless when you need them is disabling – stops you progress and your sustenance.
John 4: 39 – 54
As a result of the Samaritans meeting Jesus, many believe that he is the saviour of the world and bring others to him. Jesus then moves on to Galilee. There an official whose son is unwell approaches him. Jesus initially responds with a comment that people want a sign before they believe. He tells the man that his son will live and that he may go. The man, on his return, meets people from his household who tell him his son recovered at the exact time of day Jesus said, “Your son will live”. The official and his entire household believe.
Collect for Morning Prayer
|Moon and reflection|
Harrietville Vic L Osburn
Thursday 7 January 2016
Psalm 119: 1 – 16
This portion of the psalm celebrates those who know and follow the laws of God. The psalmist asks to be taught and to be assisted to follow these laws.
“I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word” (v 16).
Proverbs 25: 20 – 26: 12
Trying to cheer up someone who has a heavy heart adds to the pain. Sorrow does gnaw away at our hearts.
If your enemies hunger and thirst, feed them.
It is better to live in the attic than have a contentious wife.
When good people give way to the wicked it is like polluting your drinking water.
Lacking self-control is like being an unprotected city – easily invaded.
Fools are not to be honoured. We are to tell them when they are wrong else they will think themselves wise. It is self-harm to use a fool as a messenger. They will misuse wise sayings, tools and weapons and cause harm.
Ephesians 4: 17 – 28
Paul warns the Ephesians not to live their life as people of other nations do; living lives separate from God and giving themselves to indulgence and lust for more. Instead we are to live in accordance with the truth in Jesus. We are to put off our old self that was corrupted with desire and to put on a new self, a new attitude of mind in righteousness and holiness. We must speak truthfully. When we are angry, we are not to sin but to resolve the issue before sunset – do not let the evil one get a foothold. Do work with your own hands so that you have something to share with others.
Collect for Evening Prayer
|A new day in the hills|
Alpine National Park Vic L Osburn
Holy Lord you want us to grow strong and secure and wise in our faith and lives with you. Help us to forgive ourselves and others tonight and to start tomorrow fresh with a desire to live according to the truth in Jesus with a new self, a new mind and a new attitude through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.
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*Presumptious sins are:
1. When we do know better
2. When we deliberately plan to do it or keep nurturing the thought about doing it, or have built up a habit of a particular sin
3. Sinning to show total disregard for God
4. Thinking that we are immune from a particular type of sin because we are strong or “able to manage it”. This is risky.
And, “I’ll repent tomorrow…” presumes a tomorrow.
From REV. C. H. Spurgeon 1857