Morning Prayer: Friday, 16 June – Acts 5:17-25 ~ set free to speak life

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 5:17-25 (NLT)

The high priest and his officials, who were Sadducees, were filled with jealousy. They arrested the apostles and put them in the public jail. But an angel of the Lord came at night, opened the gates of the jail, and brought them out. Then he told them, “Go to the Temple and give the people this message of life!”

So at daybreak the apostles entered the Temple, as they were told, and immediately began teaching.

When the high priest and his officials arrived, they convened the high council—the full assembly of the elders of Israel. Then they sent for the apostles to be brought from the jail for trial. But when the Temple guards went to the jail, the men were gone. So they returned to the council and reported, “The jail was securely locked, with the guards standing outside, but when we opened the gates, no one was there!”

When the captain of the Temple guard and the leading priests heard this, they were perplexed, wondering where it would all end. Then someone arrived with startling news: “The men you put in jail are standing in the Temple, teaching the people!”

Reflection and Prayer:

Mighty God: Fill me with joy in the Holy Spirit that I may live with the end in mind – the coming of my Lord Jesus Christ.

+ Turn my worry into prayers – telling you what I need and giving thanks for all you have done for me.
+ Grant me your peace, and guard my heart and mind in Christ Jesus, as I face the challenges of the day.
+ Fix my mind on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable.
+ Speak Life through me – that I may raise up in others those things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
+ Speak Life through me – that others may be forgiven and set free, may find hope and healing, through my Lord Jesus Christ.

Mighty God: Fill me with your resurrection power that I may put into practice all I have learned and received, bringing the message of Life to a dying world – through Jesus Christ my Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

“Speak Life” – TobyMac


Concluding Prayer – Psalm 80:18-19 (NLT)

Revive us so we can call on your name once more. Turn us again to yourself, O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies. Make your face shine down upon us. Only then will we be saved.

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

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