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Daily Prayer - 2018-10-10

Presence

It is always nice to be in the presence of friends.
When I come into your presence, O Lord,
I know I am in the presence of my Creator.
You created me out of Love.
You even know the amount of hairs on my head.
Your presence, O Lord, is the greatest of all.

Freedom

God is not foreign to my freedom.
Instead the Spirit breathes life into my most intimate desires,
gently nudging me towards all that is good.
I ask for the grace to let myself be enfolded by the Spirit.

Consciousness

Lord, grant that I may always desire
to spend time in your presence.
May I not forget your goodness to me.
Guide me to share your blessings with others.

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

Jesus, you always welcomed little children when you walked on this earth.
Teach me to have a childlike trust in you.
To live in the knowledge that you will never abandon me.

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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