Morning Prayer: Wednesday, 14 June – Acts 5:1-11 ~ on lying to God

Morning Prayer

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

Opening Prayer

Gracious God, give me a humble, teachable, and obedient heart, that I may receive what you have revealed, and do what you have commanded. Amen.

Reading: Acts 5:1-11 (NLT)

But there was a certain man named Ananias who, with his wife, Sapphira, sold some property. He brought part of the money to the apostles, claiming it was the full amount. With his wife’s consent, he kept the rest.

Then Peter said, “Ananias, why have you let Satan fill your heart? You lied to the Holy Spirit, and you kept some of the money for yourself. The property was yours to sell or not sell, as you wished. And after selling it, the money was also yours to give away. How could you do a thing like this? You weren’t lying to us but to God!”

As soon as Ananias heard these words, he fell to the floor and died. Everyone who heard about it was terrified. Then some young men got up, wrapped him in a sheet, and took him out and buried him.

About three hours later his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. Peter asked her, “Was this the price you and your husband received for your land?”

“Yes,” she replied, “that was the price.”

And Peter said, “How could the two of you even think of conspiring to test the Spirit of the Lord like this? The young men who buried your husband are just outside the door, and they will carry you out, too.”

Instantly, she fell to the floor and died. When the young men came in and saw that she was dead, they carried her out and buried her beside her husband. Great fear gripped the entire church and everyone else who heard what had happened.

Reflection and Prayer:

Lord God: nothing in all creation is hidden from your sight; you made me and know everything about me, from the inside and out – and still you love me.

+ Create in me a pure heart, that I may not sin against you.
+ Protect me from the lies of the evil one, that I may obey your word of truth.
+ Rescue me from my self-deception, that I may live honestly before you.
+ Lead me along the path of righteousness, that I may live joyfully for ever.

Lord God: you alone are just; forgive my sins and deliver me from evil through Jesus Christ my Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

“Voice of Truth” – Casting Crowns


Concluding Prayer – Hebrews 4:13 / Psalm 71:16 (NLT)

Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.

I will praise your mighty deeds, O Sovereign Lord. I will tell everyone that you alone are just.

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

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