The Daily Office | March 12, 2018
Psalms 62, 63, 64
Psalms 65, 66, 67
Exodus 25:1-22 (25:23-26:37)
1 Timothy 1:1-17
Collect: Ash Wednesday
Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have made, and you forgive the sins of all who are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Collect: The Fourth Sunday in Lent
Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
In response to Pastor Mark’s recent sermon about the cleansing of the temple, I hope we are all prayerfully examining our lives, asking ourselves what obstacles we put in the way of others coming to Christ, whether failing to share the gospel with them or failing to live in a way that lines up with the gospel we claim to believe.
I pray that the Father would give each of us a testimony grounded in what Paul is talking about in 1 Timothy 1:5: “love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.” That we would be empowered to speak boldly to our family and neighbors and coworkers, sincerely proclaiming with Paul that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost” (1:15).
It is our Father’s will that we his children speak the truth in love to others so that they too might believe and trust in Jesus–and so come to know the love of the Father. With Paul, each of us has “received mercy [so that] Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who [are] to believe in him for eternal life” (1:16).
I am convinced that as weexpectantly ask the Father to work through the night Holy Spirit to give us a spirit of conviction of sinand of repentance, he will respond and bring about revival: he will transform us; he will reach the lost through us; and he will be honored and glorified throughout the world and throughout the ages.