Morning Prayer: 11 February – Luke 9:22-25 ~ turn from your selfish ways

Thursday after Ash Wednesday

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

Opening Sentence

Seek the Lord while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near. (Isaiah 55:6)

Morning Reading: Luke 9:22-25 (NLT)

cross with blood

“The Son of Man must suffer many terrible things,” he said. “He will be rejected by the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He will be killed, but on the third day he will be raised from the dead.”

Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but are yourself lost or destroyed?

Morning Prayer

Praise to you, Lord God: your loving kindness is revealed in Jesus Christ. Remember, Lord, that I am your child.

+ Lead me more deeply into life with Christ – that I may freely give up my life for his sake.
+ Turn me away from my selfish inclinations – that I may seek the furtherance of his Kingdom before all else.
+ Forgive the harm that I have done – that I may follow him in the path of justice and truth.
+ Fill me with your loving-kindness – that I may face rejection and even suffering without fear.

Lord, be the beginning and end of everything I do and say. Prompt my actions with your grace, and complete them with your all-powerful help. Through my Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

“If My People Called By My Name” – Garry Mulgrew

Closing Sentence

Let the wicked change their ways and banish the very thought of doing wrong. Let them turn to the Lord that he may have mercy on them. Yes, turn to our God, for he will forgive generously. (Isaiah 55:7)

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

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