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Daily Prayer - 2013-02-19

Presence

"Be still and know that I am God".
Lord, may your spirit guide me to seek
Your Loving presence more and more.
For it is there I find rest and refreshment from this busy world.

Freedom

I ask for the grace
to let go of my own concerns
and be open to what God is asking of me,
to let myself be guided and formed by my loving Creator.

Consciousness

As I spend this time with you, Lord,
I am aware of how blessed I truly am.
I think of the love and laughter in my life,
And I feel grateful.

The Word of God

Matthew 6:7-15

Jesus said, "When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 'Pray then in this way: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not bring us to the time of trial, but rescue us from the evil one. For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses."

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • Whenever members of the Jewish religion were speaking to God as ‘father’, they were addressing him as father of his people. But a Christian can approach God as her or his heavenly father, because Jesus has raised us all to the new status of sisters and brothers of himself – daughters and sons of the one Father. He has invited us by adoption into the family relationship, calling us family members/‘friends’ – rather than ‘servants’.
  • And with this offer comes the offer of entry into the unending God-life. So this, then, has become the longed-for destiny of every Christian – with the Lord’s Prayer becoming the sign of expectation for our glorious future. No wonder the Bible ends with the words, “Come, Lord Jesus” – the plea to him to finally come and fully establish us all in the Father’s kingdom (with no further threat form the evil one or from times of trial).
  • The Our Father is the intimate family prayer of the Christian community. The emphasis is not on a whole list of passing needs, but more on ensuring – through forgiveness – that the family-bonds between us are not ruptured.

Conversation

Friends don’t keep secrets from one another.
As I pray, can I look at Jesus as my friend
And share my innermost thoughts with him
Trusting that He understands?

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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