This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.

Devotion for Thursday, May 27, 2021

The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard

An Invitation to Prayer

Thus says the Lord,
“I will place my Spirit within you!”
—“So that you walk by my laws and judgments,
and you will be my people, and I your God!”
—Ezekiel 36:27 & 28b

Psalm 118/119

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Teach me the way of your judgments,
and I will pursue them at all times.
Make me understand, and I will study your law,
and I will keep it with my whole heart.
Guide me on the path of your dictates,
for this is what I want.
Open my heart to your testimonies,
and not to avarice.
Keep my eyes from looking at foolish things,
and strengthen me for your way.
Set your word before your servant to respect you.
Remove the disgrace that I dread,
for your judgments are fair.
Look! I welcome your commandments;
enliven me in your justice.

From Basil’s On the Holy Spirit, chapter 9

From all this comes knowledge of the future, understanding of the mysteries, discernment of things cryptic, a profusion of good gifts, citizenship in heaven, a position in the choir of angels, joy that never wanes, being at home in God, becoming like God and—greatest of all—becoming divinized. These are—to name only a few—the aspects of the Holy Spirit’s greatness, distinction and accomplishments which we have been taught to treasure by the Spirit itself.

A Prayer based on Haggai 1:5

Set my heart, Lord, to consider your ways.
You have given me much and I have returned so little.
You have given me a lot, but I still want more.
You have given me plenty, but it is not enough for me.
You have wrapped me in your love, but I neglect it.
You have given me my wages, but I squander them.
So set my heart, Lord, upon your ways! Amen.