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Daily Prayer - 2018-10-10

Presence

Lord, when I am feeling lonely,
remind me of your promise,
“You are never alone,
I am with you always,
Yes, to the end of time”.

Freedom

"I am free."
When I look at these words in writing,
they seem to create in me a feeling of awe.
Yes, a wonderful feeling of freedom.
Thank you, God.

Consciousness

Dear Jesus may I always be aware of your presence,
Your power and your Love,
all the days of my life.

The Word of God

Luke 11:1-4

Jesus was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples." He said to them, "When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us. And do not bring us to the time of trial."

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • What a beautiful request from one of the disciples to Jesus: 'Lord, teach us to pray'. Who taught you to pray? Have you ever taught anyone to pray - children, perhaps?
  • 'Give us each day our daily bread'. This is the most basic prayer of the vulnerable people living precarious existence: the subsistence farmers and the day-labourers that Jesus lived with and taught.
  • 'Forgive us our sins'. Jesus makes a clear connection, here and elsewhere, between God's forgiveness, and our own readiness and capacity to forgive. One is not possible without the other!
  • 'Do not bring us to the time of trial'. Does Jesus already have a sense of how his life will end? Can he already see, ahead of him, the Garden of Gethsemane, where he will pray to be spared the cup of suffering, even as he also prays 'Not my will, but yours'.

Conversation

Lord, I know that when I turn to you there is no need for words.
You can see into my heart.
You know my desires and you know my needs.
I place myself into your hands.

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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