Saturday Morning Prayer: 15 Aug 2020 – Psalm 105:1-4, 7-8, Romans 12:1-2, 9-21 ~ let God change how you think

Saturday Morning Prayer, 15 Aug 2020

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

Opening:

Surely, it is God who saves me;
I will trust in him and not be afraid.
For the Lord is my stronghold and my sure defense,
and he will be my Savior

“Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.”
(Romans12:2)

Collect for Purity

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Scripture: Psalm 105:1-4, 7-8 (NLT)

Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness.
Let the whole world know what he has done.
Sing to him; yes, sing his praises.
Tell everyone about his wonderful deeds.
Exult in his holy name;
rejoice, you who worship the Lord.
Search for the Lord and for his strength;
continually seek him.

Give Thanks (Psalm 105) – Sean Dayton

He is the Lord our God.
His justice is seen throughout the land.
He always stands by his covenant—
the commitment he made to a thousand generations.

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Scripture Reading

Romans 12:1-2, 9-21 (NLT)

And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

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Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.

Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!

Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.

Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say,

“I will take revenge;
I will pay them back,”
says the Lord.

Instead,

“If your enemies are hungry, feed them.
If they are thirsty, give them something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap
burning coals of shame on their heads.”

Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.

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Reflection: Christians must THINK differently.

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world,
but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think..”
(
Romans12:2)

Christians must THINK differently. (David Guzik)

With eyes wide open to the mercies of God, I beg you, my brothers, as an act of intelligent worship, to give him your bodies, as a living sacrifice, consecrated to him and acceptable by him. Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould, but let God re-mould your minds from within, so that you may prove in practice that the plan of God for you is good, meets all his demands and moves towards the goal of true maturity. (PHILLIPS)

The problem with many Christians is they live life based on feelings, or they are only concerned about doing.

  • The life based on feeling says, “How do I feel today? How do I feel about my job? How do I feel about my wife? How do I feel about worship? How do I feel about the preacher?” This life by feeling will never know the transforming power of God, because it ignores the renewing of the mind.
  • The life based on doing says, “Don’t give me your theology. Just tell me what to do. Give me the four points for this and the seven keys for that.” This life of doing will never know the transforming power of God, because it ignores the renewing of the mind.

God is never against the principles of feeling and doing. He is a God of powerful and passionate feeling and He commands us to be doers. Yet feelings and doing are completely insufficient foundations for the Christian life. The first questions cannot be “How do I feel?” or “What do I do?” Rather, they must be “What is true here? What does God’s Word say?”

Prayer: For God To Change How I Think

Merciful God: Change the way I think about life and the world around me; give me the mind of Christ –

+ that I may have a genuine break with evil and a real devotion to good….

+ that I may have real warm affection for my brothers and sisters in Christ….

+ that I may give freely to my brothers and sisters in Chris in want….

+ that I may do my work diligently and enthusiastically for God….

+ that I may endure trials patiently, and pray steadfastly….

+ that I may bless those who try to make my life miserable….

+ that I may share the happiness and sorrow of others….

+ that I may take a real interest in ordinary people live at peace with everyone…..

Merciful God: Change the way I think about life and the world around me; give me the mind of Christ. And, empower me by your Spirit to live out, day by day, what I know to be true. Amen.

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“Give Me Faith” – Elevation Worship

https://youtu.be/ZoMT2fqnQyM?rel=0
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Closing: Romans 12:2:

“Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mold, but let God re-mold your minds from within, so that you may prove in practice that the plan of God for you is good, meets all his demands and moves towards the goal of true maturity.

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



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