Daily Devotion - Monday, 6 April

DAILY DEVOTIONS

Monday, 6 April 2020

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Call to Prayer

Jesus said, If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.        (Matthew 16 : 24, 25)

Prayer

Almighty and ever-living God, Your Son Jesus Christ cleared the temple of those who desecrated the holy place. Cleanse our hearts from greed and selfishness that we may become the temple of the loving God, and the dwelling place of Your Holy Spirit, through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Introduction

Self-discipline, quiet good humoured resolve and a sense of fellow feeling for one another: these were the qualities the Queen highlighted in her address to the nation yesterday evening.

The Queen spoke of how difficult everyday life has become for so many people, of the huge sacrifices people are being asked to make, of the courage and selfless resolve of medical staff and every key worker, and she hoped in years to come people would take pride in how they responded to the challenge of the coronavirus pandemic.

So at the beginning of Holy Week let me read a gospel story of courage, determination and selfless resolve when, appalled by the hypocrisy and self-seeking of the religious leaders of his day, an angry, passionate Jesus went into the temple and overturned the tables of the money changers.

And as I read it, what are the qualities to which you and I should aspire today and tomorrow?

Matthew 21 : 12 – 17

Then Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who were selling and buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. 

He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer’; but you are making it a den of robbers.”

The blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he cured them. 

But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the amazing things that he did, and heard the children crying out in the temple, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they became angry and said to him, “Do you hear what these are saying?” Jesus said to them, “Yes; have you never read, ‘Out of the mouths of infants and nursing babies you have prepared praise for yourself’?”

He left them, went out of the city to Bethany, and spent the night there.

Prayer

God of grace and power

Your love surrounds us

Your faithfulness sustains us from day to day

As Holy Week begins we turn to You.

We know we are not the people You created us to be.                                                                     

All too often we forget to love and serve You                                                                             

and wander from Your ways.                                                                                                       

All too often we are careless of the world around us                                                                     

and put its life at risk.                                                                                                                                 

 And all too often we are careless of one another                                                                                  

and fail to show due respect and consideration.

 

Forgive us we pray all the weighs heavily on our conscience                                                                        

the hurt and disappointment we have caused                                                                                           

especially to those closest to us                                                                                                   

cleanse us of our sins                                                                                                                             

and set us free to follow in the ways of Christ and his kingdom        

 

In this Holy week we thank You for our Saviour Christ                                                                                 

his selfless life                                                                                                                                   

his care and concern for other people                                                                                          

his reaching out to those who were hurting                                                                                                   

his ability to notice the plight of the least and the lost                     

                                                                                                                                                       

As Covid 19 spreads illness and fear spreads across the world                                                    

hold in Your healing presence and power all who have contracted the virus                                                                                          

those people who have been admitted to hospital                                                                                

and those receiving intensive care.

 

As we remember the families of the doctors, nurses and care workers                                                   

who have lost their lives to the illness

shield from all harm and danger                                                                                                     

medical teams continuing to provide treatment and care 

and every key worker in shops and buses and schools

 

Prosper the work of scientists researching tests and vaccines

and bless with wisdom and sound judgment

politicians and leaders in the business and economic life of the nation                                                              

as they plot a course through this crisis

 

And as the normal patterns of home and family and working life are disrupted                                                   

watch over our children and young people                                                                                  

and help us be patient and gentle with one another

 

God of might and power                                                                                                                       

Your grace is all we need                                                                                                             

In our weakness give us strength                                                                                                         

be our guiding light through these dark days                                                                                                   

and whatever cross You would have us carry                                                                                 

help us do so with good courage                                                                                                  

knowing that in You we find life                                                                                                  

now and for evermore. Amen

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father

Which art in heaven

Hallowed be Thy name

Thy kingdom come

Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven

Give us this day our daily bread

And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors

And lead us not into temptation

But deliver us from evil

For thine is the kingdom

The power and the glory

For ever

Amen

 

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with us all.

Amen