Morning Prayer: Friday, 23 June – Acts 7:39-53 ~ heathen at heart and deaf to the truth

Morning Prayer

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

Opening Prayer

Gracious God, as I turn to your Word for me, may your Spirit rest upon me. Help me to be steadfast in my hearing, in my speaking, in my believing, and in my living. Amen.

Reading: Acts 7:39-53 (NLT)

“But our ancestors refused to listen to Moses. They rejected him and wanted to return to Egypt. They told Aaron, ‘Make us some gods who can lead us, for we don’t know what has become of this Moses, who brought us out of Egypt.’ So they made an idol shaped like a calf, and they sacrificed to it and celebrated over this thing they had made. Then God turned away from them and abandoned them to serve the stars of heaven as their gods! In the book of the prophets it is written,

‘Was it to me you were bringing sacrifices and offerings during those forty years in the wilderness, Israel? No, you carried your pagan gods—the shrine of Molech, the star of your god Rephan, and the images you made to worship them. So I will send you into exile as far away as Babylon.’

“Our ancestors carried the Tabernacle with them through the wilderness. It was constructed according to the plan God had shown to Moses. Years later, when Joshua led our ancestors in battle against the nations that God drove out of this land, the Tabernacle was taken with them into their new territory. And it stayed there until the time of King David.

“David found favor with God and asked for the privilege of building a permanent Temple for the God of Jacob. But it was Solomon who actually built it. However, the Most High doesn’t live in temples made by human hands. As the prophet says,

‘Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Could you build me a temple as good as that?’ asks the Lord. ‘Could you build me such a resting place? Didn’t my hands make both heaven and earth?’

“You stubborn people! You are heathen at heart and deaf to the truth. Must you forever resist the Holy Spirit? That’s what your ancestors did, and so do you! Name one prophet your ancestors didn’t persecute! They even killed the ones who predicted the coming of the Righteous One—the Messiah whom you betrayed and murdered. You deliberately disobeyed God’s law, even though you received it from the hands of angels.”

Reflection and Prayer:

Lord Jesus Christ: Make your home in my heart, that my life may be deeply rooted in your unfailing love for me. Fill me with your Spirit, that I may grow in faith and obedience and so experience the width, the length, the height and the depth of your great love for me. Give me fullness of life and power, that I may love and serve you and give voice to my praise. All glory and honor be to you, one God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – forever. Amen.

“”Listen To Our Hearts”” – Praise & Harmony

So listen to our hearts | Hear our spirits sing | A song of praise that flows | For those You have redeemed | We will use the words we know | To tell you what an awesome God You are | But words are not enough | To tell You of our love | So listen to our hearts

If words could fall like rain | From these lips of mine | And if I had a thousand years | I would still run out of time | So if You listen to my heart | Every beat will say | Thank you for the Life | Thank you for the Truth | Thank you for the Way

Concluding Prayer – Psalm 95:6-10 (NLT)

Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the Lord our maker, for he is our God. We are the people he watches over, the flock under his care.

If only you would listen to his voice today!

The Lord says, “Don’t harden your hearts as Israel did at Meribah, as they did at Massah in the wilderness. For there your ancestors tested and tried my patience, even though they saw everything I did. For forty years I was angry with them, and I said, ‘They are a people whose hearts turn away from me. They refuse to do what I tell them.’

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

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