16 February 2016
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Tuesday 16 February 2016
Psalm 105: 1 – 22
The psalm praises God’s faithfulness. It praises creation and God’s love. This portion recalls the early story of Abraham through to Joseph being placed in charge of Pharaoh’s household.
Jeremiah 25: 27 – 38
Jeremiah is more explicit in the description of the disasters to come for the nations and uses “the cup of wrath” as a metaphor. He tells them that it is all too late.
Luke 11: 29 – 44
Jesus’s life and signs are greater than Jonah’s words to Nineveh or Solomon’s wisdom to the Queen of Sheba, but the people still want proof. Jesus asks them to compare their eyes to a lamp that lights the darkness. If their eyes are working and they see the light they will be full of light, “consider whether the light in you is not darkness”.
Jesus has dinner with a Pharisee they have a discussion about outer and inner cleanliness and giving alms of what we have within like justice and the love of God.
Collect for Morning Prayer
Lake Mulwala NSW L Osburn
Almighty God, you made everything including the unseen: faith, justice, power, will and love. You have shown us signs and wonders, and sent us prophets and your Son. Open our eyes and hearts to you. Fill us with light, joy and praise so that we can confidently hold ourselves in your love and draw others you through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Tuesday 16 February 2016
Psalm 105: 23 – 45
The psalm continues to praise God’s faithfulness to the covenant and tells the story of the famine, Israel going to Egypt, the Exodus and the arrival in the Promised Land. Praise the Lord.
Joseph is in prison. He interprets the dreams of Pharaoh’s cupbearer and baker. He asks the cupbearer to mention him to Pharaoh when he is restored to his position. Joseph’s interpretations of the dreams are correct. The cupbearer is restored and forgets to mention Joseph. He is in prison another 2 years.
Hebrews 3: 16 – 4: 10
God’s rest was not just on the last day of creation or when the Israelites arrived in Canaan. God’s rest remains open to us all, today. “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harder your hearts.” God’s rest is salvation.
Collect for Evening Prayer
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Nanup WA L Osburn
Loving God, you have shown throughout scripture that you want the best for us. Give us patience to wait for our awareness to grow, so that we can recognised our prayers have been answered; for our hearts to hear and respond to your call so that we can accept your gift of salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord and redeemer. Amen.
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