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Daily Prayer - 2013-06-20

Presence

Lord, you are always there
waiting for me. 
May I never be too busy to
find time to spend in your presence.

Freedom

"Leave me here freely all alone
In cell where never sunlight shone
should no one ever speak to me
This golden silence makes me free."
Part of a poem written by a prisoner at Dachau concentration camp

Consciousness

Grant, O Lord, that I may be conscious
and grateful for all the good things you have given to me.
May I share my blessings with others always.

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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  • 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.

Conversation

Begin to talk to Jesus about the piece of scripture you have just read.
What part of it strikes a chord in you?
Perhaps the words of a friend - or some story you have heard recently -
will slowly rise to the surface of your consciousness.
If so, does the story throw light on what the scripture passage may be trying to say to you?

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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