BREAKFAST (Lauds)

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Opening Sentance

But he, knowing their thoughts, said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and a divided household falls. . . . . Luke 11:17

Always be joyful, pray continually;
give thanks, whatever happens.

Psalm 86

1 Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me,
    for I am poor and needy.
2 Preserve my life, for I am devoted to you;
    save your servant who trusts in you.
You are my God; 3 be gracious to me, O Lord,
    for to you do I cry all day long.
4 Gladden the soul of your servant,
    for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
5 For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,
    abounding in steadfast love to all who call on you.
6 Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer;
    listen to my cry of supplication.
7 In the day of my trouble I call on you,
    for you will answer me.

8 There is none like you among the gods, O Lord,
    nor are there any works like yours.
9 All the nations you have made shall come
    and bow down before you, O Lord,
    and shall glorify your name.
10 For you are great and do wondrous things;
    you alone are God.
11 Teach me your way, O Lord,
    that I may walk in your truth;
    give me an undivided heart to revere your name.
12 I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart,
    and I will glorify your name for ever.
13 For great is your steadfast love towards me;
    you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.

14 O God, the insolent rise up against me;
    a band of ruffians seeks my life,
    and they do not set you before them.
15 But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious,
    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
16 Turn to me and be gracious to me;
    give your strength to your servant;
    save the child of your serving-maid.
17 Show me a sign of your favour,
    so that those who hate me may see it and be put to shame,
    because you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.

Morning Prayer

Lord,
may nothing separate me from You today.
Teach me how to choose only Your way today
so each step will lead me closer to You.
Help me walk by the Word and not my feelings.
Help me to keep my heart pure and undivided.
Protect me from my own careless thoughts, words, and actions.
And keep me from being distracted by MY wants, MY desires,
MY thoughts on how things should be.
Help me to embrace what comes my way as an opportunity...
rather than a personal inconvenience.
And finally, help me to rest in the truth of Psalm 86:13,
'Great is your love toward me.'
You already see the ways I will fall short and mess up.
But right now,
I consciously tuck Your whisper of absolute love for me
into the deepest part of my heart.
I recognize Your love for me is not based on my performance.
You love me warts and all.
That's amazing.
But what's most amazing is that the Savior of the world
would desire a few minutes with me this morning.
Lord, help me to forever remember
what a gift it is to sit with You like this.
Amen.