6 August 2016
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Saturday 6 August 2016
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.
Hosea 11: 1 – 11
Hosea describes how God loves Israel. Like those who hold babies to their cheek God held the people and bent down and fed them. God taught them to walk and held them in kindness. They have rebelled.
God’s compassion rises and Israel will not be utterly destroyed. Instead God like a lion will roar and the children will come – trembling they will come and God will bring them home.
John 12: 36b – 50
After being welcomed into the city with palms Jesus hides from the people. He had done many signs and still the people do did not believe. This fulfils the words of Isaiah. Some who do believe are in authority and are too afraid to speak out. For they love their public reputations more than the glory that comes from God.
Jesus cries out for all to hear that those who believe in Him believe also in God. Those who see Him see God. He is our light so that we come out of the darkness. If we do not believe Jesus will not judge us; His words will judge us on the last day. Jesus’ words are the words of God. God’s commandment and God’s words are eternal life.
Collect for Morning Prayer
Great Australian Bight SA L Osburn
Saturday 6 August 2016
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.
Lamentations 3: 34 – 66
The Lord sees oppression, prisoner abuse, human rights abuse and corruption. We need to examine our ways and return to God. We need to lift up our hearts and hands to God’s forgiveness.
Destruction, panic death and grief are all around. Enemies without cause are hunting the people. God hears and says, “Do not fear.” God has taken up the cause. God hears.
Romans 8: 28 – 39
Paul asks “who will separate us from the love of Christ?” (v.35). He answers that nothing can separate us. “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers nor height, nor depth, nor anything in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (vs 34-39).
Collect for Evening Prayer
Denmark WA L Osburn
Almighty God of love and protection you see this world and all the pain and suffering your people in all nations encounter. We hold our hearts and hands up to you, our God. Stretch out your protective wings, enfold your people in your care and keep them always in your love so that like Paul, the world may be convinced that nothing in this universe can separate us from your love through Jesus Christ or Lord and redeemer, Amen.
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