Here are Monday’s morning prayers and Bible meditations. They are designed to be read in 5 to 10 minutes.
The theme for this week’s readings is that all our rules for life come down to loving God and loving others.
Opening Prayer: Heavenly King, Comforter, the Spirit of Truth,
present in all places and filling all things,
the treasury of blessings and Giver of life:
come and abide in me.
Lord’s Prayer: Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.
For yours is the kingdom, the power and the glory, forever and ever.
Text: ‘The law of the LORD is perfect,
refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
The precepts of the LORD are right,
giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the LORD are radiant,
giving light to the eyes.
The fear of the LORD is pure,
The decrees of the LORD are firm,
and all of them are righteous.
They are more precious than gold,
than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
than honey from the honeycomb.
By them your servant is warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.’ (Psalm 19:7-11)
Explanation: Our culture has an odd relationship to rules. On the one hand we hate the idea of being told what to do. On the other we have a tendency to shut down others who disagree with us.
The Bible is clear that rules are not able to make us right with God; we need to trust Jesus and what he has done for us. Yet the rules God gives us to live by can be enormously beneficial. Here the psalmist lists the good that comes from God’s law: a. it is refreshing for our souls, b. it is can be trusted because it is true, c. it shows us the right way olive, d. it is wise helping us make good decisions etc.
We are never made right with God by keeping rules. We receive new life through trusting Jesus. But if we understand God’s rules correctly they can nevertheless be a huge blessing in showing us how to live out that new life.
Questions: Take a moment and give thanks for all that Jesus has done for you over the last day. Then ask: 1. How do you respond to the idea that God has given us rules to live by? 2. Is there anything in the list from Psalm 19 that excites you or resonates with you? Why? 3. Where can you show practical love to someone this week?
Prayer: Father thank you that you know me from the inside out. Thank you that you understand what I need to flourish. Teach me your way so I may find joy and rest in living for you and in turn be used by you to bless others. Amen.
Prayer for the Day: Lord, grant me to greet the coming day in peace.
Help me in all things to rely upon Your holy will.
In every hour of the day reveal Your will to me.
Bless my dealings with all who surround me.
Teach me to treat all that come to me throughout the day with peace of soul and with firm conviction that Your will governs all.
In all my deeds and words guide my thoughts and feelings.
In unforeseen events let me not forget that all things are under Your care.
Teach me to act firmly and wisely, without embittering and embarrassing others.
Give me strength to bear the fatigue of the coming day with all that it shall bring.
Direct my will, teach me to pray, pray Yourself in me. Amen.
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