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Daily Prayer - 2013-09-09

Presence

"I stand at the door and knock," says the Lord.
What a wonderful privilege
that the Lord of all creation desires to come to me.
I welcome His presence.

Freedom

Lord, may I never take the gift of freedom for granted.
You gave me the great blessing of freedom of spirit.
Fill my spirit with Your peace and Your joy.

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 6:6-11

On another sabbath Jesus entered the synagogue and taught, and there was a man there whose right hand was withered. The scribes and the Pharisees watched him to see whether he would cure on the sabbath, so that they might find an accusation against him. Even though he knew what they were thinking, he said to the man who had the withered hand, "Come and stand here." He got up and stood there. Then Jesus said to them, "I ask you, is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to destroy it?" After looking around at all of them, he said to him, "Stretch out your hand." He did so, and his hand was restored. But they were filled with fury and discussed with one another what they might do to Jesus.

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • The Pharisees had no care for the man with the withered hand, whereas for Jesus he was the most important person in the synagogue right then. Anyone in need is the focus of divine concern. Would I have cared about him if I had been there that day?
  • God is a God who is attracted to people in their need. He focuses on my needs too, and invites me to in turn to give space in my heart to the needs of others. By doing this I become a true disciple.
  • The Pharisees are ‘filled with fury’ because with Jesus the rule of love is taking over from the rule of law, and so their control of people is being challenged. I ask the Lord that love may win out in the choices that I make.

Conversation

How has God's Word moved me?
Has it left me cold?
Has it consoled me or moved me to act in a new way?
I imagine Jesus standing or sitting beside me,
I turn 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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