Morning Prayer: Thu, 16 Mar – Philemon 6; James 4:6 ~ faithful friends

Thursday of the Second Week of Lent

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

Opening Sentences

Almighty God, you know that I have no power in myself to help myself: Keep me both outwardly in my body and inwardly in my soul, that I may be defended from all adversities which may happen to my body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt my soul; through Jesus Christ my Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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Reading: Philemon 6 (NLT)

I am praying that you will put into action the generosity that comes from your faith as you understand and experience all the good things we have in Christ.
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Reading: James 4:6 (NLT)

God gives grace generously. As the Scriptures say, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
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Prayer:

Faithful God: Thank you for making me your friend through the self-less life, death and resurrection of your Son, Jesus Christ. He has shown me the cost of true love and friendship.

+ Lord, show me how to be a friend to those around me – at home, at work, at church, and in my neighborhood.
+ Lord, change my thinking from serving myself to serving the needs of those around me.
+ Lord, give me generosity of spirit that I may freely share the good things you have given me.
+ Lord, place within me a forgiving heart that I may willingly forgive the wrongdoing of others.
+ Lord, humble me before you and override my pride that I make take the initiative in reconciliation.
+ Lord, give me a spirit of faithfulness that I may keep faith with you and my friends no matter what happens.

Faithful God: You are my faithful friend, my best friend forever. Give me the grace and humility to show those closest to me the same faithful friendship I’ve received from you. Through my Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God. for ever and ever. Amen.
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“You’ve Got A Friend in Me” – Randy Newman


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Blessing

The Lord bless us, and keep us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life.

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



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