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Lord, I pray for doctors who have to disclose to patients the results of tests indicating they only have a short while to live. Help them to be truthful, caring and sensitive. Help those patients to be strong and courageous, and loving towards their loved ones. In Christ’s name. AMEN.
Lord may this day become a day lived to your glory and honour. Help me to remember your loving kindness down all the previous years of my life. Help me to concentrate on Jesus, to radiate his love, to know his truth, to live as a disciple of his should, and to introduce others to him. AMEN.
Lord, give me strength to carry out all the things I have to do today, whether they are big or small. If I have been putting things off, help me to get stuck in to them and find satisfaction in doing them. Show me how to express appreciation to others for their help. In Christ’s name. AMEN.
“Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation”.
Ex 19:5, 6 NIV
Many churches and church leaders, have assumed that the country in which they live is “Christian”. Somehow they have convinced themselves that their forebears were very religious and that the place used to be “good” but has now deteriorated. Indeed most countries are much more secular than they were a century earlier.
The Israelites, however, knew that they had been selected and called by God to be his special people. He loved them particularly and wanted them to dedicate themselves to him. He wanted them to be “set apart”, this is the meaning of being “holy”. To be holy to God involved being willing to obey his commandments, to serve him and him alone, and to be the human vehicle through which he would show his glory to the whole world.
This sense of calling passed at Pentecost to the Christian church and to every individual Christian believer. This holiness is not something you achieve. It is given and imparted by God. But it does involve you keeping yourself free for Christ to work in and through you. It means putting yourself at his disposal and obeying his will in all circumstances. It works out in love to people whom you can encourage, build up and support. Sometimes it may be described as “being Christ to” other people. It includes having a strong faith in Christ and being motivated by hope, willing to forgive and finding the best in people and situations. It also means being open to the Holy Spirit.
Holy Lord, make me holy too.
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