Pastor David reads Matthew 6:7-15, which contains the Lord’s Prayer, and offers a prayer by Miles Coverdale that expands on the prayer Jesus taught us:
O Lord God, our Father in heaven, we your unworthy children on earth pray that you will look on us in your mercy, and give us your grace; that your holy name may be sanctified among us and in all the world, through the pure and sincere teaching of the Word, and through earnest charity in our daily living and our conversation. Root out from us all false teaching and evil living, so that your name is not slandered.
Let your kingdom come, and be great. May all sinful, blind people who are in the devil’s grip be brought to the knowledge of the true faith in Jesus Christ your Son.
Strengthen us, Lord, with your Spirit, to do and to suffer your will both in life and death, so that our will may always be broken, offered and put to death.
And give us our daily bread. Preserve us from covetous desire so that we may be assured of having the abundance of all good things.
Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who offend us, that our heart may have a sure and glad conscience, and that we may never fear, or be afraid of any sin.
Lead us not into temptation, but help us through your Spirit to subdue the flesh, to despise the world with its vanities, and to overcome the devil with all his cunning attacks.
And finally, deliver us from all evil, physical and spiritual, temporal and eternal.
Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Pastor David reads Matthew 5:17-27 and offers a prayer from B. F. Westcott:
O eternal God, who has taught us in your holy Word that our bodies are temples of your Spirit: keep us, we most humbly ask you, temperate and holy in thought, word, and deed, so that, at the last, we, with all the pure in heart, may see you and be made like you in your heavenly kingdom; through Christ our Lord.
Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Friday, May 8, 2020
Pastor David reads Matthew 5:21-26 and offers a prayer from Thomas a Kempis:
I offer up to you my prayers and intercessions, for those especially who have in any way hurt, grieved, or found fault with me, or who have done me any harm or displeasure.
For all those also whom, at any time, I have annoyed, troubled, burdened, and scandalized, by words or deeds, knowingly or in ignorance: that you would grant us all equally pardon for our sins, and for our offences against each other.
Take away from our hearts, O Lord, all suspiciousness, indignation, anger, and contention, and whatever may harm charity, and lessen brotherly love. Have mercy, O Lord, have mercy on those who crave for your mercy, give grace to those who stand in need of your grace, and make us such that we may be worthy to receive your grace, and go forward to life eternal.
Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Thursday, May 7, 2020
Pastor David reads Matthew 5:16-20 and offers a prayer from Francis of Assisi:
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is depair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that we may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
not so much to be understood as to understand,
not so much to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Pastor David reads Matthew 5:11-16 and offers a prayer from Lord Shaftesbury:
O God, the Father of the forsaken, who teaches us that love towards people is the bond of perfectness and the imitation of yourself: open our eyes and touch our hearts that we may see and do the things which belong to our peace.
Strengthen us in the work which we have undertaken; give us wisdom, perseverance, faith, and zeal; and in your own time and according to your pleasure, prosper our work; for the love of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Pastor David reads Matthew 5:1-10 and offers a prayer from Francis de Sales:
My God, I give you this day.
I offer you, now,
all of the good that I shall do
and I promise to accept,
for love of you,
all of the difficulty that I shall meet.
Help me to conduct myself during this day
in a way that pleases you.
Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Monday, May 4, 2020
Pastor David reads Exdous 24 and offers a prayer for patience, by Ephrem, a 4th century Syrian Christian:
O Lord and Master of my life,
Grant that I may not have a spirit of idleness,
of lust for power,
and of vain speaking.
But bestow on me, your servant,
the spirit of chastity,
and of love.
Yes, O Lord and King,
grant that I may perceive
my own transgressions,
and judge not my brother,
For you are blessed from age to age.
Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Friday, May 1, 2020