Daily Devotions - Tuesday, 7 July

DAILY DEVOTIONS

Tuesday, 7 July 2020 

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Call to Prayer

I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.  (Psalm 32 : 8)

Prayer 

Lord God,

we come seeking,

we come with our uncertainties

and we come with our love.

Guide us in our time now

as we stop what we are doing,

as we turn off our radios, TVs and phones

and focus on you.

In Jesus name we pray.

Amen

Bible Reading : Calling Peter and the first disciples

Introduction

The story of Jesus’ ministry begins in Luke with some frustrated men cleaning their nets after a night of catching no fish. Jesus is talking to a crowd as it grows larger and larger. He finds himself struggling to be heard and realises that the only way to speak to the whole crowd is to go out into the water.

The fishermen, despite being tired and frustrated, no doubt found themselves drawn to Jesus’ teachings as they cleaned their nets. Those poor men who had been out all night, trying to take advantage of the cool night air to fill their nets, were frustrated as their night had yielded nothing. An empty net meant no pay and no food. They lived day to day with little or no assets to speak of. There was no Amazon prime or 24 hour shop on the corner. There was the constant worry about where the next meal was coming from. Despite all this, Jesus persuaded them to go out once again into the water for him. Despite being tired they followed his command.

A seemingly insignificant encounter for those fishermen opened up possibilities that they could never have dreamt of. It would take them to places they could never have imagined. It took them in the end to the foot of the cross, it took them to the open tomb, it took them to that upper room and the gift of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost and eventually it took them to the founding of the Church today.

It all began with a risk, as Peter and his crew pushed the boat out, as they allowed this man onto their boat and went out once again onto the water in the heat of the sun, a risk which changed their world. So listen anew to the Word of God.

Luke 5 : 1 - 11

Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets.

He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat.

When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.”

Simon answered, “Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.”

When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break.

So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink.

But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!”

For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken; and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.”

When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.

Prayer

Lord God, navigator of our lives,

You call us,

inviting us to sail out of our safe harbours 

into the uncharted waters of faith,

to wander off from our predictable paths

to follow You

into the unpredictable footsteps of the kingdom;

Give us the courage to follow you today.

 

As we wait

in our simple, sometimes crazy,

constantly uncertain lives,

speak to us, Spirit of Grace:

of Your hope which is our anchor;

of Your peace which is our rock;

of Your grace which is our refuge.

 

We give thanks that you call us.

We give thanks that we can come to you

without fear of rejection and

we pray for the strength to act on your Word,

to push away the fears and doubt

and focus on you.

 

Help us, Lord Jesus, as we hesitate.

Drive out any fearful thoughts we may have,

strengthen our will

to continue on the road

to which you call us,

wherever it may lead.

 

And so we pray together

the prayer that you taught your friends all those years ago saying;

 

Our Father, which art in heaven,

Hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come,

Thy will be done,

on 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 and ever.

Amen