Daily Light: Friday morning

February 4, 2011

Work and pray ...

Pray that you don't fall into temptation

Ye shall henceforth return no more that way.
Only he must not acquire many horses for himself or cause the people to return to Egypt in order to acquire many horses, since the LORD has said to you, ‘You shall never return that way again.’ 1
If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return.  But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city. choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.  He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward.  2
but my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him.” But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls. 3
Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” 4
But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.  5
Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you, 6
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.  7

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1 Deu 17:16; 2 Heb 11:15,16,25,26; 3 Heb 10:38,39; 4 Luk 9:62; 5 Gal 6:14; 6 2Co 6:17; 7 Phi 1:6;

Herr Jesu! In dieser Morgenstunde gedenke ich dessen, daß du an diesem Tag der Woche am Kreuz das Werk der Erlösung vollbracht hast. Allen Schmerz und alle Schmach deines Todes hast du aus Liebe zu uns Menschen erduldet. Laß dein heiliges Opfer an mir wirksam werden, daß ich als ein erlöster Mensch auch zu dienen lerne. Du rufst mich heute in mancherlei Aufgaben. Erfülle mich mit deinem Heilandssinn, damit ich mit allen meinen Gaben Leibes und der Seele anderen helfe und für sie da bin. Amen.

Heiliger Gott. Du willst, daß das Bild Jesu in mein Herz geprägt werde. Vergib, wo ich dir widerstanden habe. Laß nicht ab, du treuer Herr, mein Inneres zu gestalten und zu formen. Bewahre mich heute vor jeder Trägheit und vor falscher Sicherheit. Laß alles, was mir begegnet, dazu dienen, daß durch Demütigung und Leiden, durch Vollbringen und Gelingen Christus in mir Gestalt gewinne. Gib, daß der Glaube wachse in deiner Gemeinde und das Zeugnis der Wahrheit laut werde mitten im Unglauben unserer Zeit. Amen.

Vater unser: Und führe uns nicht in Versuchung. Was ist das? Gott versucht zwar niemand; aber wir bitten in diesem Gebet, daß uns Gott behüte und erhalte, damit uns der Teufel, die Welt und unser Fleisch nicht betrüge und verführe in Unglauben, Verzweiflung und andere große Schande und Laster; und wenn wir damit angefochten würden, daß wir doch endlich gewinnen und den Sieg behalten.

 

About Wilhelm Weber

Pastor at the Old Latin School in the Lutherstadt Wittenberg
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