Reading and Prayer – Friday November 13

I love this insight into Paul’s character – “if you think differently than me, God will help you see it my way!” But rather than arrogance, Paul is trying his best to encourage his people to live up to the calling we have to follow Jesus.

Philippians 3:15-4:1

15 All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. 16 Only let us live up to what we have already attained.

17 Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do. 18 For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends!

Prayer

Give us, Lord, a lively faith, a firm hope, a fervent charity, a love of you. Take from us all lukewarmness in meditation, dullness in prayer. Give us fervor and delight in thinking of you and your grace, your tender compassion towards us. The things we pray for, good Lord, give us grace to labor for. May we be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, and always remembering that in the Lord our labor is not in vain, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.  – Sir Thomas More, 16th century