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Daily Prayer - 2013-06-23

Presence

Dear Jesus, I come to you today
longing for your presence.
I desire to love you as You love me.
May nothing ever separate me from You.

Freedom

Lord, I pray for your gift of freedom.
May your Holy Spirit
guide those in power to work for
equality for all your people.

Consciousness

In the presence of my loving Creator,
I look honestly at my feelings over the last day,
the highs, the lows and the level ground.
Can I see where the Lord has been present?

The Word of God

Luke 9:18-24

Once when Jesus was praying alone, with only the disciples near him, he asked them, 'Who do the crowds say that I am?' They answered, 'John the Baptist; but others, Elijah; and still others, that one of the ancient prophets has arisen.' He said to them, 'But who do you say that I am?' Peter answered, 'The Messiah of God.' He sternly ordered and commanded them not to tell anyone, saying, 'The Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.' Then he said to them all, 'If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will save it.

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • Jesus asks his disciples who the people think he is. All the answers given are mistaken. Only Peter has the right answer: Jesus is 'the Messiah of God', the promised one, our saviour. Yet Jesus is keen to point to the greatest of paradoxes - that part of his mission as Messiah was to go to Jerusalem and face rejection and ultimately death. We do not want a suffering Messiah, but one who is victorious, who protects us from problems, or at least solves them for us.
  • Following Jesus means denying myself and taking up my daily cross. This cross is one I have not chosen, one that is heavy and uncomfortable. I ask for the grace to be able to carry it with inner strength and in peace, knowing that I am treading the same path as Jesus the Messiah of God.

Conversation

Dear Lord, help me each day
to seek your presence more and more.
Fill my heart with love for you.

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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