© 2018 by Matthew R Green

Collects and Prayers

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A Collect for Wisdom

'But the ruler of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, said to the people, “There are six days in which work ought to be done. Come on those days and be healed, and not on the Sabbath day.” Then the Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger and lead it away to water it? And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day?”' - Luke 13:14-16 (ESV) Gracious Father, who created the Sabbath for our good, give us wisdom to not merely follow the law blindly, but to understand what you intended, so that we might not burden

A Collect for Healing

'And behold, there was a woman who had had a disabling spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not fully straighten herself. When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said to her, “Woman, you are freed from your disability.” And he laid his hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and she glorified God.' - Luke 13:11-13 (ESV) Great physician, who formed us and knows our workings, each of us bears weaknesses and hurts that prevent us from standing fully straight in some way. Bring healing to our broken bodies and hearts, and give us the patience and support to bear under our infirmities when you are still working through them, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liv

A Collect for Fruitfulness

Let me sing for my beloved my love song concerning his vineyard: My beloved had a vineyard on a very fertile hill. He dug it and cleared it of stones, and planted it with choice vines; he built a watchtower in the midst of it, and hewed out a wine vat in it; and he looked for it to yield grapes, but it yielded wild grapes. - Isaiah 5:2 (ESV) Father and vinedresser, who plants and prunes and gives us life, may we offer up to you fruit that is sweet to your taste so that we might not spurn the gifts you have given, but give and receive in loving and fruitful relationship with you, through Jesus Christ, the true vine, who lives with you and the Holy Spirit in unity

A Collect for Accepting Harsh Truth

"Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division." - Luke 12:51 (ESV) Lord Jesus, who knew your words would stir up hearts and inflame our sinful beings even before you took our flesh upon you, forgive us for turning your life-giving words and commands into reason for revolt and schism, and give us grace to accept things that we do not want to hear in order to receive life in the hurting and needy places of our lives, through you who walked among those who rejected you in the power of the Father and company of the Holy Spirit, together as one. Amen. #Division #DifficultThings #Forgivenes

A Collect for Spiritual Values

"Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." - Luke 12:33-34 (ESV) Lord of the heavens, whose treasure is not of material things, but of eternal and spiritual ones, give us hearts that long for spiritual values, that we would spend our lives on things that matter and receive treasure that cannot wear out, but will give true and lasting satisfaction to our souls, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. #Heaven #Money

A Collect for an End to Striving

"Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom." - Luke 12:32 (ESV) Generous God, who overflows with good gifts for your creatures, wash away our fear and uncertainty and our anxious striving after what we think we need, so that we might trust in you and believe that you love us enough to give us what truly matters and will satisfy our hearts, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen. #Striving #Anxiety #Satisfaction

A Collect to Remember

"When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son. The more they were called, the more they went away; they kept sacrificing to the Baals and burning offerings to idols. Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk; I took them up by their arms, but they did not know that I healed them." - Hosea 11:1-3 (ESV) Patient Father, who has given all good things to your children, open our eyes to see how you have loved us and provided for us, that we might not turn away from you in search of useless things, but enter into loving relationship with the one who first loved us, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. #Relatio

A Collect for Attachment to God

"But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”" - Luke 12:20-21 (ESV) Triune God, who in your completeness, loved us in spite of our sin and your sufficiency without us, incline our hearts toward you in increasing measure, that we might find ourselves rich in love toward you and your ways and join your completion and sufficiency, entering into the joy of our master, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives with the Father and Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen. #LoveofGod #Joy

A Collect for Right Attachments

"But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’" - Luke 12:20 (ESV) God of heaven, who alone is the source of all good things, help us to see and let go of our inordinate attachments, that we might have open hands and free hearts to attach to you and to the things for which we are made, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lived attached to you and the Holy Spirit in unity then, now, and in eternity. Amen. #Attachment

A Collect for Satisfaction

'And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”' - Luke 12:15 (ESV) Generous God, who gives to your creation food in due season, help us to conform our desires with your will and your ways, so that we might find true satisfaction in your path for us and give ourselves to things that align with your design for our being, through Jesus Christ, our model and example, who lives in unity with you and the Holy Spirit, one God and Trinity of persons. Amen. #Desire #Satisfaction #Covetousness #Possessions

A Collect for Forgiveness

'Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” But he said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?”' - Luke 12:13-14 (ESV) Gracious Father, forgive us when we try to use you for our own ends and desires, and use those moments of temptation to move our hearts into alignment with yours, so that we might be able to let go of ourselves and embrace you and one another, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives in perfect harmony with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen. #Forgi #Desire

A Collect for Dependence

'Give us each day our daily bread.' - Luke 11:3 (ESV) Father of all good things, who gives us our food in due season, help us to recognize our dependence upon you and others, that we might not fall into the trap of pride or self-sufficiency, but recognize that we are created in and for relationship, and we have received much from others, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who gave us a means by which to regain fellowship, like him, with the Father and Holy Spirit. Amen. #Dependence #Humility #Relationships #Pride #Selfsufficiency