Reflections on Morning Prayer – Week 4

Reflections on Morning Prayer – Week 4

Having sat down comfortably to receive God’s grace and peace, and reminded ourselves of the importance of using the day God has given us to its full potential, the next Section of our Morning Prayer expresses the reasons why we are coming to God in this way:

We have come together as the family of God in our Father’s presence…

It may seem strange that, when for the first time in our lives most of us are not able to come together, we say this phrase. However, we are reminded that Christianity is not a religion of solitude, although that has its place, particularly at the moment! Rather we are called into a community of believers. The early believers were quick to appreciate this:

Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts…

Acts 2.46

Paul clearly understood the importance of Christians working together in harmony, when he wrote to the Ephesian church:

And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

Eph. 2.22

From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

Eph. 4.16

In response to this, the writer to the Hebrews encourages us to

… consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Heb. 10.24

The other part of this introductory phrase reminds us of our ability to be in God’s presence at any time and in any place. The Psalmist puts it like this:

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.

Psalm 139. 7-12

Let’s remind ourselves that we belong to one family, whether we are able to meet together or not. Let’s pray for each other through this time of trial, remembering that we are one body and that each one of us has access into God’s presence right now, to seek his reassurance and blessing:

Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.

Heb 10.22