Daily Devotions - Wednesday, 8 July 2020

DAILY DEVOTIONS

Wednesday, 8 July 2020

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Call to Prayer

Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint  (Isaiah 40 : 31)

Welcome to Daily Devotions from Cramond Kirk on Wednesday, 8 July 2020.

Prayer

Lord, I pray, if today

joy should fill my heart with song,

help me raise

thanks and praise

for Your goodness, sure and strong

(Hymn 541)

Introduction     

Men in the Bible: and today’s man is full of excuses.

Can you imagine?

God had asked him to do something – to return to Egypt and plead with Pharaoh to let God’s people free.

And Moses had every excuse under the sun as to why he didn’t want to go.

Having killed an Egyptian soldier in a fight, he had fled before he had been caught.

Why would he want to go back?

Anyway, he had a speech impediment – a stutter – and was hopeless at speaking.

And even if he could persuade Pharaoh, what if the people of Israel asked for the name of the God who had sent him?

What would he say?

Excuse after excuse – and what God said in response was as simple as it is profound - I will be with you.

Of course it is the story of Moses but as you listen to it, to what extent is it your story too?

Exodus 3 : 9 - 15

The cry of the Israelites has now come to me; I have also seen how the Egyptians oppress them. 

So come, I will send you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.” 

But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” 

He said, “I will be with you; and this shall be the sign for you that it is I who sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God on this mountain.”

But Moses said to God, “If I come to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” 

God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” He said further, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, ‘I am has sent me to you.’” 

God also said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord, the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you’:

This is my name forever, and this my title for all generations.

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

with all the duties and activities of the day before us

we come to You.

 

Whatever opportunities or challenges this day holds,

for good or for ill,

we thank You for the assurance

we will not be called upon to face them alone

for at all times we will be accompanied by Your presence

and strengthened by Your grace.

 

We thank You for the saints of heaven

and the everyday saints of earth,

the people who have shown us

what it means to live by faith

and follow in the ways of our Saviour Christ.

 

Save us from making excuses

and encourage us to act in love and justice.

 

In a world of plenty

bless all who are working for peace among the nations,

all who are working to heal and prevent disease,

all who are working to alleviate poverty,

all who are helping people betrayed and abused.

 

And in the face of the forces of cruelty and prejudice,

help us work together  to set Your people free

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Our Father 

Which art in heaven

Hallowed be Thy name

Thy kingdom come

Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven

Give us this day our daily bread

And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors

And lead us not into temptation

But deliver us from evil

For thine is the kingdom

The power and the glory

For ever

Amen

 

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with us all.

Amen