14 November 2016
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Monday 14 November 2016
This is a psalm of thanksgiving and praise and one that teaches people to love and fear the Lord, to avoid evil and to seek peace. The psalmist teaches, “the Lord redeems the life of his servants” (v. 22).
Zechariah 9: 1 - 10
Zechariah tells the words he received from God about the future of the powerful cities and countries around Israel who are full of enmity. God will humble them. In the final section the people are encouraged to rejoice for their king will come in triumph and victory riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. Peace will reign and his dominion will be to the ends of the earth.
Matthew 24: 32 – 51
Jesus reminds us that we can tell summer is coming because we see sprouts on the trees. We need to also see the signs around us that indicate Jesus’ return. Just like before the flood, people were living life and getting married right up to the day Noah entered the ark. The same will be for us: it will come suddenly and we need to be prepared.
We instead need to be like the good manager and be reliable and consistent in our tasks even when the owner is away. We are not to be lazy or partying and only clean up our lives when we know the owner is returning – the return will be unexpected and like a bad manager we will be seen to be hypocrites.
Collect for Morning Prayer
Harrietville Vic L Osburn
Monday 14 November 2016
Psalm 119: 17 – 40
In this section of the psalm is the plea to be taught and to be shown how to live out the commandments daily: how to read and understand scripture. There is a plea for protection against ridicule or harm by others because of our desire to be with and know God.
Wisdom 4: 7– 20
Old age does not make people wise. The righteous may die early for understanding is what brings the wisdom: “a blameless life is ripe old age” (v.9). God sometimes takes good people early so that there is no opportunity for evil to change their understanding or trick them sine the fascination of wickedness obscures what is good.
The righteous ones who have died will condemn the ungodly and the righteous youth will condemn the prolonged old age of the unrighteous. The Lord will make the final judgement and the ungodly and their memory will perish.
Revelation 6: 12 – 7: 8
After the opening of the sixth seal the sun goes black, the moon turns red, the stars fall and the heavens are pealed back like a curtain. Kings and rulers and people hide in caves knowing that this is the end and fearing the wrath to come. The angels hold back the winds and the waves until the elect of the tribes of Israel and others are gathered and marked with a seal.
Collect for Evening Prayer
|Trees in the dawn|
Lake Mulwala Vic L Osburn
Holy and almighty God you are indeed from everlasting to everlasting we will never fully comprehend until we meet you face to face. Teach us how to live our your commandments and how to understand your scriptures so that we always turn our faces to you and away from the fascinations of wickedness and instead grow in love, understanding and wisdom through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.