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Faith Daily | 19 June 2021


PRAYER of the DAY - PENTECOST APBA p552


Lord,

we beseech you to keep your family, the Church,

in continual godliness,

that through your protection

it may be free from all adversities,

and devoutly given to serve you in good works,

to the glory of your name;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.


GOSPEL for the Day: Matthew 6: 24 - 34


24 “No one can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.


25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? 28 And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ 32 For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.


34 “So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today."


GOSPEL Reflection: Contributed by: Rosemary Bruton


Go after the Kingdom…what is right and pleases God and all these things will be given to you. Where there is a need, He will feed. We are valuable to God. Precious to him. For someone like me, sometimes that is hard to comprehend.


I was reminded of Genesis when I read these verses after Adam and Eve had made their big mistake. The Bible says that the Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. God himself made clothes for them despite what they had done. The Bible doesn’t say whether Adam and Eve had asked, God saw their need.


I would like to share with you another life situation that happened to Peter and I, which I hope will help you to understand how much God does provide for all our needs. Before buying our current home, we were renting. We rented for three years, and I started to get frustrated and thought surely, we could be paying off our own home rather than paying for someone else’s.


We found our current home and gave our notice to the agents and then we had a problem. We had our date when we could move but our lease arrangements meant that we had a month to be still paying our lease and we could not afford to do that. We also realised that the agents were not bothered. We had a commitment, so they were in no rush to find new tenants. What do we do? We pray!


Peter and I came before God and asked him to help us. The time came for us to move out and there had been nothing from the agents. Trust and believe. The phone rings, it’s the agents saying they had people interested in the property. By the end of that week, they were in! He provided where there was need. His timing was perfect, and we rejoiced.


FINAL PRAYER:


I am anxious about …..

oh, so many things.

My children, the world’s children….

what if they get hurt, why is there abuse….

Sigh. I feel helpless. I am anxious.

In fact, I am overwhelmed.

Pause

“Do not be afraid; do not let your hearts be troubled.”

I remember those words…. who said that….?

“And remember, I am with you always,

to the end of the age.”

I remember those words…. who said that….?

Pause

Of course. The Christ.

He who has authority over everything….

and over my anxious, fretful mind – if I let him.

Jesus, come into my being and bring your peace.

Jesus, come into my heart and bring your love.

Jesus, come into my life and help me let go of it – to you.

Amen

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