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Daily Prayer - 2018-02-12

Presence

The more we call on the Lord
the more we can feel his Presence.
Day by day he draws us closer
to his loving heart.

Freedom

Thank you God for my freedom
May I use this gift to do what I can
for those who are oppressed or burdened.

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

Mark 8:11-13

The Pharisees came and began to argue with Jesus, asking him for a sign from heaven, to test him. And he sighed deeply in his spirit and said, "Why does this generation ask for a sign? Truly I tell you, no sign will be given to this generation." And he left them, and getting into the boat again, he went across to the other side.

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • This exchange follows the account of Jesus miraculously feeding four thousand people. In the eyes of the Pharisees, he would perhaps now be poised to take up a role of popular political leadership. Were these Pharisees trying to test his intentions? Some dramatic, spectacular further ‘sign’ might now be seen as giving heaven’s testimony to such a venture. But Jesus was having none of it.
  • In fact, in a moment, he goes on to warn his disciples against the contagion of such worldly political thinking from any faction. The real significance of the feeding-miracle was simply as an aid to the crowds towards recognising in himself the surpassing source of all sustenance – especially sustenance for the Spirit.

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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