Bible reading and Prayer Thursday 23rd July


Bible Reading and Prayer
for Thursday 23rd July 2020


Welcome to our virtual morning Bible Reading & Prayer for today.

Good morning.

Our beautiful church remains closed for the time being, as we all play our part in fighting the invisible enemy of Covid 19.

As we continue to work from home, or on the front line with our brave key workers, I hope our daily prayers and readings from the Bible, bring you hope, some comfort and sustain you during this difficult time.

Our church remains empty, but together, in a virtual world, we give thanks to our Lord and pray for those whose lives have been touched during this time.
Blessings to you and your family.


Bible Reading

Matthew 13.10-17
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

Heavenly Father,
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.