Bible Reading and Prayer
for Thursday 23rd July 2020
Welcome to our virtual morning Bible Reading & Prayer for today.
The Purpose of the Parables
Then the disciples came and asked him, ‘Why do you speak to them in parables?’ He answered,
‘To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not
been given. For to those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from
those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. The reason I speak to them in
parables is that “seeing they do not perceive, and hearing they do not listen, nor do they
understand.” With them indeed is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah that says:
“You will indeed listen, but never understand,
and you will indeed look, but never perceive.
For this people’s heart has grown dull,
and their ears are hard of hearing,
and they have shut their eyes;
so that they might not look with their eyes,
and listen with their ears,
and understand with their heart and turn—
and I would heal them.”
But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. Truly I tell you, many
prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what
you hear, but did not hear it.
Prayer for today
we commend to your gracious care and keeping
all the men and women in our Armed Forces at home and abroad.
Defend them day by day with your heavenly grace;
strengthen them in their trials and temptations;
and give them courage to face the perils that beset them;
and help them to know that nothing can separate them from your love;
in Jesus Christ our Lord.