24 May 2016
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Tuesday 24 May 2016
Psalms 56 and 57
The first psalm speaks of trust in God who is our salvation and who is with us when we fear the actions of other people. It ends in praise and commitment to faith.
The second psalm again is an appeal for aid against enemies who are compared to lions. The psalm shifts to praise. The psalmist wakes each morning to sing God’s praise, to uplift the soul and to ask God to be exalted in the world: to let God’s glory shine.
1 Chronicles 21: 18 – 22: 5
The angel of the Lord tells Gad, David’s seer, to build an altar to the Lord on the site of Ornan’s threshing floor. The angel stands visible to Ornan and his sons. The sons hide but Ornan remains calm and keeps threshing. David arrives and asks to be given the threshing floor to use as an altar to God. Ornan is willing to give it and his oxen as sacrifice, his threshing sledges as fuel and his grain as an offering. David insists on paying about 7.5kg of gold.
The altar is built and sacrifice made. The angel sheaths the sword. This place continues to be the site for David’s sacrifice and worship before the Ark of the Covenant arrives. This is the site on which the temple will be built.
David begins to amass materials for the building of the temple.
Acts 4: 23 – 31
Peter and John return to the Christian community and report what happened with the chief priests and officials. The community fervently praises God and prays. They ask God to look at the threats and give them courage to speak God’s word while God performs healings and wonders in the name of Jesus. After the prayers the whole place shakes, they are filled with the Holy Spirit and speak God’s words boldly.
Collect for Morning Prayer
SW WA L Osburn
Tuesday 24 May 2016
Psalms 60 and 61
The disaster has struck. The people of the country are suffering. As a result attention to God has increased for some who rally like those joining together behind a banner. This psalm is an appeal to God to be with us in the challenge ahead. The psalm ends with “With God we shall do valiantly” (v. 12).
The second psalm is a prayer for protection. God is described as a rock, a shelter, a hiding place and a great bird under whose wings we are protected.
Moses reminds the people that God provides for them continually. God teaches that we do not live by bread alone but by God’s word. If we are faithful and follow the commandments we will gain a better future. When we get to that future we are to remember who brought us through and not exalt ourselves. We are not to be proud of our achievements but to give thanks. If we worship idols we will perish.
1 Corinthians 16: 13 – 24
Paul says, “Keep alert, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love” (vs 13-14).
Paul commends the people to service and blesses them.
Collect for Evening Prayer
Sue's Bridge Blackwood River
WA L Osburn
Compassionate and Loving God our whole history shows that it is a struggle for us to stay alert, be firm in our faith, have courage and be strong yet you are there supporting enabling and forgiving us. As we reflect on today, give us insight to see those moments you were with us supporting us so that we may humbly give you thanks and praise, honour and glory through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, and the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.
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