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Daily Prayer - 2012-11-23

Presence

I pause for a moment and think of the love
and the grace that God showers on me:
I am created in the image and likeness of God;
I am God's dwelling-place.

Freedom

Lord, you created me to live in freedom.
Mostly I take this gift for granted.
Inspire me to live in the freedom you intended,
with a heart untroubled and with complete trust in you.

Consciousness

When I return to my everyday tasks,
remind me, Lord,
that you are always there beside me.
I need never despair.

The Word of God

Luke 19:45-48

Then Jesus entered the temple and began to drive out those who were selling things there; and he said, "It is written, 'My house shall be a house of prayer'; but you have made it a den of robbers." Every day he was teaching in the temple. The chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people kept looking for a way to kill him; but they did not find anything they could do, for all the people were spellbound by what they heard.

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • The contrast between the ideal and the reality struck Jesus forcibly: the holy house had become a commercial opportunity; the needs of the hungry people were ignored by the scheming authorities. If I am confronted by everyday tensions between ideals and experience, I pray that I not become cynical but stand with Jesus, keeping in mind what God desires.
  • Although he saw the contradictions there, Jesus chose the Temple as the place to which he went to teach. I ask Jesus to help me to witness to his Good News wherever I am - even if it doesn't seem ideal to me.

Conversation

God’s Word is always fruitful.
How is it touching me now
As I reflect on what I have just prayed?
Do I feel comforted?
Do I feel challenged?

Conclusion

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
As it was in the beginning,
is now and ever shall be,
world without end.

Amen

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