24 October 2016
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Monday 24 October 2016
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.
Nehemiah 2: 9 – 20
Nehemiah brings King Darius’ letter to the governors beyond the river. None are pleased about aid to Israel. Nehemiah makes a secret inspection of the city walls during the night. He informs the people he intends to rebuild the wall; they commit to the work. The governors and others hear, they ridicule the enterprise and accuse Nehemiah of rebelling against the king. Nehemiah replies that God will give the Israelites success. The Israelites are God’s servants, and the officials have no claim or historic right in Jerusalem.
Matthew 18: 1 – 14
“Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” Jesus says that unless we change and become like children we will not even enter heaven. When we humble ourselves like children we become great and when we welcome a child of God we welcome Christ. So if we cause someone who believes in Christ to stumble, woe to the person who causes the stumble. Jesus takes this further, since we are believers, and says if some part of us causes us as children of God to stumble we would be better off without it – even if it is a body part.
He goes on to say we are not to despise those who believe in Christ since their angels continually look at the face of God. And God, knowing like a shepherd that one sheep from the flock is missing will search for that missing one and bring it home rejoicing. It is not God’s will that one child of God will be lost.
Collect for Morning Prayer
|Learning to care|
Wagga Wagga NSW L Osburn
Monday 24 October 2016
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.
Daniel 6: 14 – 28
The King distressed, wants to save Daniel but the conspirators use the law against the King – the King cannot change his own edict. The King gives the order for Daniel to be put in the lions’ den and prays aloud that Daniel’s God delivers him.
The den is sealed with a stone and the king’s personal seal. The King returns to the palace fasts and cannot sleep all night. At dawn the King hurries to the den. As he comes close to the den he calls out to Daniel who answers “O King live forever” and tells how God shut the lion’s mouths since Daniel was blameless before God and before the King. The King lets Daniel out and there is no mark on him since he trusts God.
The king has the conspirators and their families fed to the lions. The king writes a decree throughout his dominion that the God of Daniel is the living God, enduring forever whose dominion has no end.
2 Peter 1: 1 – 11
The letter begins with a blessing that grace and peace be ours in abundance in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. God has given us everything we need so that we can escape the corruption of our own lusts and may be participants in divine nature.
Simeon Peter provides a scaffold for our loves. Our faith is supported by goodness, knowledge, self-control, endurance, godliness, mutual affection and love. It builds from love up.
If these things are present in our lives and building in our communities we will be effective and fruitful in the knowledge of Christ. If they are absent we are near sighted and blind and forgetful of the cleansing of our sins. We are therefore encouraged to confirm our call and our election so that we will not stumble and we can enter Christ’s kingdom.
Collect for Evening Prayer
|Waterfall in the bush - after the rain|
Bon Accord Track Harrietville Vic
Holy and mysterious God you free us from sin and deliver us from harm. You also equip us with the essentials to live lives to your praise and glory. In little ways every day strengthen our love, mutual affection, godliness, endurance, self-control, knowledge, goodness and faith so that we not only answer your call and embrace our election but also are effective and fruitful through Jesus Christ and your Holy Spirit. Amen.