Praying for What is Beneficial


Yesterday, in the Prayer of the Day (Collect) we prayed for “us.”  We prayed for each other.

“O God your divine wisdom…”  We asked God to act in divine wisdom, which we already know is not like our wisdom.  We acknowledged that God had “set in order all things in heaven and on earth.”  That includes creation and resetting them through Jesus.

Okay, what do we want God to do in his wisdom?  “Put away from us all things hurtful and give us those things that are beneficial for us.”  Oh, no, if we weren’t paying attention, we asked that God feel free to take away some of our most prized possessions and ideas of what is hurtful and beneficial.  I not only asked that for myself but for you too.

Yes, James writes that every good and perfect gift comes from the Father of lights.  But Job told his friends we only have glimpses of what God does, we only hear a whisper of him.  God’s thoughts and ways are not our thoughts and ways.

Once again, trust and believe that when we come before God we come before his throne of grace and mercy.  Trusting in God’s concern for our well- being and salvation, we prayed, “ through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.”

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