Morning Prayer: Tue, 06 Sep – Psalm 63:4; Exodus 17:8-16; 1 Timothy 2:8 ~ a call to prayer

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and 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.

Reading: Psalm 63:4 (NLT)

I will praise you as long as I live, lifting up my hands to you in prayer.

Reading: Exodus 17:8-16 (NLT)

While the people of Israel were still at Rephidim, the warriors of Amalek attacked them. Moses commanded Joshua, “Choose some men to go out and fight the army of Amalek for us. Tomorrow, I will stand at the top of the hill, holding the staff of God in my hand.”

"Victory O Lord!" John Everett Millais, 1871 [Depicts Moses holding up his arms during the Battle of Rephidim, assisted by Hur (left) and Aaron.]

“Victory O Lord!”
John Everett Millais, 1871
[Depicts Moses holding up his arms during the Battle of Rephidim, assisted by Hur (left) and Aaron.]

So Joshua did what Moses had commanded and fought the army of Amalek. Meanwhile, Moses, Aaron, and Hur climbed to the top of a nearby hill. As long as Moses held up the staff in his hand, the Israelites had the advantage. But whenever he dropped his hand, the Amalekites gained the advantage. Moses’ arms soon became so tired he could no longer hold them up. So Aaron and Hur found a stone for him to sit on. Then they stood on each side of Moses, holding up his hands. So his hands held steady until sunset. As a result, Joshua overwhelmed the army of Amalek in battle.

After the victory, the Lord instructed Moses, “Write this down on a scroll as a permanent reminder, and read it aloud to Joshua: I will erase the memory of Amalek from under heaven.” Moses built an altar there and named it Yahweh-Nissi (which means “the Lord is my banner”). He said, “They have raised their fist against the Lord’s throne, so now the Lord will be at war with Amalek generation after generation.”

Reading: 1 Timothy 2:8 (NLT)

In every place of worship, I want men to pray with holy hands lifted up to God, free from anger and controversy.

Prayer

This day is Your gift to me; I take it, Lord, from Your hand and thank You for the wonder of it.

God be with me in this Your day, every day and every way, with me and for me in this Your day; and the love and affection of heaven be toward me.

+ All that I am and all that I do, Lord – I place into Your hands.
+ Everything I work for and hope for, Lord – I place in your hands.
+ The troubles that weary me and the thoughts that disturb me, Lord – I place in Your hands.
+ Each person that I pray for and each person I care for, Lord – I place in Your hands.

Hands, Lord, Your gift to us, we stretch them up to You. Always You Hold them.

Help me to find my happiness in my acceptance of what is Your purpose for me: in friendly eyes, in work well done, in quietness born of trust, and, most of all, in the awareness of Your presence in my spirit.

“If My People with, Hear Our Prayer, O Lord.” – Protestant Reformed Mass Choir

Blessing

May the peace of the Lord Jesus 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 the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!



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