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Daily Prayer - 2013-02-20

Presence

As I sit here, the beating of my heart,

the ebb and flow of my breathing, the movements of my mind

are all signs of God's ongoing creation of me.

I pause for a moment, and become aware

of this presence of God within me. 

Freedom

It is so easy to get caught up
with the trappings of wealth in this life.
Grant, O Lord, that I may be free
from greed and selfishness.
Remind me that the best things in life are free.
Love, laughter, caring and sharing.

Consciousness

Help me Lord to be more conscious of your presence. Teach me to recognise your presence in others.  Fill my heart with gratitude for the times Your love has been shown to me through the care of others.

The Word of God

Luke 11:29-32

When the crowds were increasing, Jesus began to say, "This generation is an evil generation; it asks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah. For just as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, so the Son of Man will be to this generation. The queen of the South will rise at the judgment with the people of this generation and condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to listen to the wisdom of Solomon, and see, something greater than Solomon is here! The people of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the proclamation of Jonah, and see, something greater than Jonah is here!"

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • The people were looking about them, ready to perceive some sign of God’s working, keen to notice some proof that Jesus was who he said he was. The problem was that they were looking outside. Jesus calls us instead to become sensitive to how God works in us. He calls us to be awake, vigilant and perceptive. He gives us the Holy Spirit to help us to recognise where God is at work in our hearts. The signs around us may confirm what God is teaching us but they won’t be all we have to rely on.
  • When he refers to the ‘queen of the South’, Jesus reminds us how the Queen of Sheba was drawn to consult Solomon. (1 Kings 10:1-5) If a rich and powerful personage was able to recognise how God was at work in Solomon, I can ask what stops me from fully receiving Jesus’ word in my heart.

Conversation

What is stirring in me as I pray? Am I consoled, troubled, left cold? I imagine Jesus himself standing or sitting at my side, and share my feelings with him.

Conclusion

I thank God for these few moments we have spent alone together and for any insights I may have been given concerning the text.

Amen

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