Nahum 2:1, 3, 3:1-3, 6-7; Psalm – Deuteronomy 32; Matthew 16:24-28
In the first reading we see the Lord restoring the fortunes of Israel and Judah but with a word of caution for them to fulfill their vows. In the Gospel, Jesus gives us the great caution; he says if we want to be his true follower we must take up our cross. This is a condition for authentic Christian life. It means being willing to die in order to follow Jesus. This is called “dying to self.” The call is tough, but the reward is matchless. Lord give us the grace to follow you.
A DAILY PRAYER FOR PERSEVERANCE
Father, I bless and thank You for a brand new day and for the fresh opportunities and challenges that this day will bring. Thank You, that Your mercies are new every morning and I pray that I will walk worthy of You today and be a faithful witness in thought, word and deed, demonstrating a Christ-like attitude to all with whom I come in contact.
Keep me ever-focussed on You Lord, and keep my heart steadfastly trusting You for all my needs and necessities. Help me not to function in my own strength, but in the power of the Holy Spirit. May I stand firm in the truth of the gospel of grace, and remain steadfastly looking to Jesus, trusting in Him to supply His sufficient strength for all occasions. Teach me all that You would have me to learn today and give me the courage and strength to press on toward the goal for the upward call in Christ Jesus. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.