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Daily Prayer - 2013-06-20

Presence

Dear Lord as I come to you today
Fill my heart and my whole being
with the wonder of Your presence

Freedom

I will ask God's help,
to be free from my own preoccupations,
to be open to God in this time of prayer,
to come to know, love and serve God more.

Consciousness

My soul longs for your presence, Lord.
When I turn my thoughts to you,
I find peace and contentment.

The Word of God

Matthew 6:7-15

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

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  • Jesus addressed the Father is his native Aramaic language as ‘Abba’, a child’s term of endearment, like Papa, Mama, Dada. The Lord’s Prayer flows from the Jewish synagogue prayers that Jesus would have recited. It’s not just a prayer for Jews or Christians, but is appropriate for all believers in God.
  • Note the precondition: forgive us in the same way as we have forgiven others.
  • True prayer is simple and trusting, sometimes without words: ‘Be still and know that I am God’ (Psalm 46:10). It can be good to dwell on a phrase or savour a single word.

Conversation

Do I notice myself reacting as I pray with the Word of God?
Do I feel challenged, comforted, angry?
Imagining Jesus sitting or standing by me,
I speak out my feelings, as one trusted friend to another.

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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