Lord, when I am feeling lonely,
remind me of your promise,
“You are never alone,
I am with you always,
Yes, to the end of time”.
Daily Prayer - 2013-02-19
Lord, when I am feeling lonely,
What most often stops me achieving freedom is my tendency
to be caught up in fears and expectations
about what I 'ought' or 'should' be.
My usual automatic responses tie me down
and inhibit me from exploring new areas of growth.
I ask and pray for a greater sense of inner freedom and
that I might reach the fresh and challenging possibilities
that God wishes me to realise.
How am I really feeling? Lighthearted? Heavy-hearted?
I may be very much at peace, happy to be here.
Equally, I may be frustrated, worried or angry.
I acknowledge how I really am. It is the real me that the Lord loves.
Jesus said, "When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 'Pray then in this way: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not bring us to the time of trial, but rescue us from the evil one. For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses."
Some thoughts on today's scripture
- Whenever members of the Jewish religion were speaking to God as ‘father’, they were addressing him as father of his people. But a Christian can approach God as her or his heavenly father, because Jesus has raised us all to the new status of sisters and brothers of himself – daughters and sons of the one Father. He has invited us by adoption into the family relationship, calling us family members/‘friends’ – rather than ‘servants’.
- And with this offer comes the offer of entry into the unending God-life. So this, then, has become the longed-for destiny of every Christian – with the Lord’s Prayer becoming the sign of expectation for our glorious future. No wonder the Bible ends with the words, “Come, Lord Jesus” – the plea to him to finally come and fully establish us all in the Father’s kingdom (with no further threat form the evil one or from times of trial).
- The Our Father is the intimate family prayer of the Christian community. The emphasis is not on a whole list of passing needs, but more on ensuring – through forgiveness – that the family-bonds between us are not ruptured.
Remembering that I am still in God's presence,
I imagine Jesus himself standing or sitting beside me,
and say whatever is on my mind, whatever is in my heart,
speaking as one friend to another.
I thank God for these few moments we have spent alone together and for any insights I may have been given concerning the text.
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