Morning Prayer: Psalm 119:41-48; Genesis 41:14-16; Matthew 10:18-20 ~ God will answer

Morning Prayer: 

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening sentence

One thing I have asked of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life; to behold the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.

You will find the Lord your God, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul.

Morning readings

Psalm 119:41-48 ESV:

Let your steadfast love come to me, O Lord, your salvation according to your promise; then shall I have an answer for him who taunts me, for I trust in your word. And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth, for my hope is in your rules.

I will keep your law continually, forever and ever, and I shall walk in a wide place, for I have sought your precepts. I will also speak of your testimonies before kings and shall not be put to shame, for I find my delight in your commandments, which I love. I will lift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on your statutes.

Iranian-American pastor Saeed Abedini, is facing an 8-year sentence in Iran's notorious Evin Prison for his Christian faith. American Center for Law and Justice

Iranian-American pastor Saeed Abedini, is facing an 8-year sentence in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison for his Christian faith.
American Center for Law and Justice

Genesis 41:14-16 ESV:

Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they quickly brought him out of the pit. And when he had shaved himself and changed his clothes, he came in before Pharaoh. And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I have had a dream, and there is no one who can interpret it. I have heard it said of you that when you hear a dream you can interpret it.” Joseph answered Pharaoh, “It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer.”

Matthew 10:18-20 ESV:

You will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them and the Gentiles. When they deliver you over, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour. For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

Reflection/Prayer: 

By seeking out Your precepts I will walk at liberty! I will speak of You before kings and rulers, standing unashamed.

As the evening wore on, the men became impatient. The chief complained, ‘You refuse to co-operate with us. You refuse to tell the truth. We will imprison you for life.’ A chill went down my spine. Life imprisonment in the nation of Albania! More grace was going to be needed to accept this than to accept the death sentence.

For the last time they asked me the question. ‘Who sent you to Albania?’ Again I replied that I was a Christian who lived and served God, that I had come at His command, and that I was prepared to bear full responsibility for my actions. I had known, when I crossed the border, the possible implications of what I was doing.

One of the interrogators then asked an interesting question: ‘Are there other people like you who are doing what you are doing?’ Without realizing the impact of my reply, I said yes, there were hundreds responding to the call of Jesus Christ to go to the uttermost parts of the earth – to reach the entire… Undisguised fear was written on his face as he asked a further question, ‘You mean others like you will come to Albania?’

Reona Peterson, Tomorrow You Die

Spiritual Song: “For the Sake of the World”Bethel Live

Canticle

Christ, as a light… illumine and guide me. Christ, as a shield… overshadow me. Christ under me; Christ over me; Christ beside me on my left and my right.

This day be within and without me, lowly and meek, yet all-powerful. Be in the heart of each to whom I speak; in the mouth of each who speaks unto me. This day be within and without me, lowly and meek, yet all-powerful.

Christ as a light; Christ as a shield; Christ beside me on my left and my right.

Blessing

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

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Peanut Gallery: The Morning Prayer readings are from the Daily Office of the Northumbrian Community as available online here… and in the book form, Celtic Daily Prayer available on Amazon.com.

The website and prayer book are rich in prayer resources and I commend them to you. For our purpose here, I will limit my selections to the Morning Prayer resources.



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