Thursday, 23 June 2016

24 June 2016


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Friday 24 June 2016
Morning Prayer

Psalms 130, 131 and 133

The first psalm is a lament and recognition of God’s forgiveness and steadfast love. The second describes deep humility: a calmed and quieted soul that waits in trust for the Lord. The third psalm rejoices in family peace and harmony.

2 Chronicles 14

Abijah the king dies and his son Asa is his successor. Asa commands Judah to be faithful to God and gets rid of all places where people might worship idols or other gods. The kingdom lives in peace. A huge army comes against them from the direction of Egypt. Asa calls for God’s assistance and although greatly outnumbered the army of Judah wins.

Acts 13: 26 – 41

Paul, in the synagogue in Antioch continues to tell the story of Jesus. He says that the people of Jerusalem did not understand what Jesus was saying and did not recognise who he was and so fulfilled all the prophesies. Though he had committed no wrong they had him killed.
His resurrection was foretold in the scriptures and Paul quotes the texts.

He proclaims that through this man forgiveness of sins is possible in a way not possible through the Law of Moses. He then quotes Habakkuk and tells those who scoff to be amazed for in their day unbelievable things will be done.

Collect for Morning Prayer

Pink Frangipani
Di's Garden Mandurah WA
L Osburn
Great and wonderful God the scriptures tell of your care and nurturing to us individually, your instructing of us in humility and they tell of your protection from vast armies and more your conquest of sin so that we may all be forgiven. Fill us now with your joy and peace so that we may go confidently into your world and into our families secure in your love protection and power to do your will through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, and the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.

Friday 24 June 2016
Evening Prayer

Psalms 132 and 134

The first psalm is a reminder to God that David promised to bring the Ark of the Covenant to a permanent dwelling in Jerusalem. God indicates that if David’s offspring keep the commandments then the dynasty will last.

The second psalm is a blessing. Come bless the Lord. Lift up your hands and bless the Lord. May the Lord bless the earth.

Ezekiel 5

Ezekiel receives and interprets the message from God that Jerusalem will be punished for forsaking God and rebelling against the statutes. One third will die of disease and famine, one third will be killed in the fighting and one third will flee and be pursued. Jerusalem, the great city at the centre of everything will become a mockery, a horror and a taunt. Such are the consequences of their sin.

James 4

James outlines the challenges of being godly and living in the world. Conflict and harm come because we want something and cannot have it. We have either not asked for it or we ask wrongly because we are going to use it for ourselves – our own wants and not God’s purposes.

James likens this to adultery – we are cheating on God. God yearns jealously for the spirit he made that dwells in us and he gives us grace when we are humble, not arrogant and not seeking our own cravings. So seek God, be humble, repent and evil will flee. Don’t judge others.

Instead of thinking, “Tomorrow I’ll got to someplace and start a new venture”, think instead, “If the Lord wishes we will….” Put everything you do before God first for we are fragile and temporary in this world.

Collect for Evening Prayer

In the garden
Di's Garden Mandurah WA
L Osburn
Loving generous God, you know that things are tough and challenging in this world. Help us to seek you first in everything we encounter, all the opportunities and all the hardships so that we are blessed by that seeking, go with you and the power of your Holy Spirit to do your will, and serve your purposes in your timing through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, and the power of your Holy Spirit in our hearts. Amen. 

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