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Daily Prayer

Daily Prayer book

Strain in marriage – 5th October 2018

I pray today Lord, for those married couples who are experiencing such strain that they feel they need to part and seek for a divorce. Help them to think clearly and consider all their options, remembering that they will each be the same person even if they part. Remind them of happier days and previous joy. I ask it in Jesus’ name – AMEN.

Disappointment – 4th October 2018

I pray today Lord, for those people who will learn that they have been unsuccessful in the application they made for a better job. Help them to cope with their disappointment and not to think of themselves as failures. Enable them to think that something better may come up and to persevere where they are. In Jesus’ name – AMEN.

Employment – 3rd October 2018

Lord, I pray today for all people who will have to make crucial decisions about their employment. If there is the possibility of a better job or more pay, help them to think clearly and calmly and to decide wisely. If they fear that the new job option will be too much, help them to know that they will grow in the job. In Christ’s name – AMEN.

Daily Devotion

daily-devotion

A DEN OF ROBBERS?

“My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations. But you have made it ‘a den of robbers’”.

Mk 11:17 NIV

It is frightfully easy for religious bodies to get side-tracked from their original and primary purpose. A large central city church decided to move to a new venue and erected a building several storeys high. The idea was to rent out some of the upper storeys and with the rents help to pay for the running of the church. Soon the senior minister was being badgered by one tenant after another to alter the terms of a lease, break down walls, cancel a lease, and so on. He said, “This new building has turned me into a glorified property manager”. The head office of another national church became so top-heavy with officials that it became difficult to see how it actually related to the congregations where the disciples of Jesus gathered. And bureaucracies of this size often develop internal career ladders of their own. Not all could be described as “Dens of Robbers” like the temple in Christ’s day. But the priests of the temple had lost all clear vision of what it ought to have been and what its real purpose was. That had been lost because “the business” had become all-dominant to the exclusion of its God-appointed calling. And some popular television “ministries” have become little more than money-making operations for the enrichment of the ministers concerned.

Christian disciples may be tempted to feel superior to the priests of Christ’s day and their temple racket. But serious thought needs to be given to much church life in the twenty-first century and searching questions need to be asked about the true purpose and witness of Christ’s church.

PRAYER THOUGHT

Lord, bring your church back to its true purpose.


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