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Titus 2:7-8, 11-15
Do You Use ‘Common Prayer’? 102111
On the bookshelf by my bed are the Bible, The Book of Common Prayer, the Book of Common Prayer for Ordinary Radicals, and Take My Moments and My Days, An Anabaptist Prayer Book. Each of these books has daily morning and evening reading, and some have midday readings for those of us (all of us) that have difficulty starting to pray. Each has pre-written prayers, but then leaves openings for each of our own prayers, confessions and intercessory prayers.
Each of these books is available through bookstores (new or used!) and may be at local libraries, and may also be available for free online. But the easiest way to use a common book of prayer, and the cheapest, is to start each day with the daily Psalm. Today, Psalm 1 is wonderful, and even though it is ‘Number 1’, I confess I have not noticed it as being so wonderful before. Can we pray it together today?
After beginning with Psalm 1, it is often suggested that we each insert our own personal prayers of adoration of God, confession of our sins, thanksgiving and intercession and supplication. As an ending to one’s daily prayer this morning, try Titus 2 (below). Oh, if we could each follow that example, and raise our children in that same model?
Pray for peace, dear friends,
1Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers;
2but their delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law they meditate day and night.
3They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper.
4The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
5Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
6for the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.
25Throughout the forty days and forty nights that I lay prostrate before the Lord when the Lord intended to destroy you, 26I prayed to the Lord and said, “Lord God, do not destroy the people who are your very own possession, whom you redeemed in your greatness, whom you brought out of Egypt with a mighty hand. 27Remember your servants, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; pay no attention to the stubbornness of this people, their wickedness and their sin, 28otherwise the land from which you have brought us might say, ‘Because the Lord was not able to bring them into the land that he promised them, and because he hated them, he has brought them out to let them die in the wilderness.’ 29For they are the people of your very own possession, whom you brought out by your great power and by your outstretched arm.”
10At that time the Lord said to me, “Carve out two tablets of stone like the former ones, and come up to me on the mountain, and make an ark of wood. 2I will write on the tablets the words that were on the former tablets, which you smashed, and you shall put them in the ark.” 3So I made an ark of acacia wood, cut two tablets of stone like the former ones, and went up the mountain with the two tablets in my hand. 4Then he wrote on the tablets the same words as before, the ten commandments that the Lord had spoken to you on the mountain out of the fire on the day of the assembly; and the Lord gave them to me. 5So I turned and came down from the mountain, and put the tablets in the ark that I had made; and there they are, as the Lord commanded me.
Titus 2:7-8, 11-15
7Show yourself in all respects a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, gravity, 8and sound speech that cannot be censured; then any opponent will be put to shame, having nothing evil to say of us.
11For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all, 12training us to renounce impiety and worldly passions, and in the present age to live lives that are self-controlled, upright, and godly, 13while we wait for the blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. 14He it is who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity and purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds.
15Declare these things; exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no one look down on you.
The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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