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Daily Prayer - 2013-04-10


Lord, help me to be fully alive to your holy presence.
Enfold me in your love.
Let my heart become one with yours.


I will ask God's help,
to be free from my own preoccupations,
to be open to God in this time of prayer,
to come to know, love and serve God more.


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

John 3:16-21

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.

Some thoughts on today's scripture

  • I take some time in my prayer to recognise what God is doing, even if it is difficult for me to lay aside my own needs and preoccupations. The word of God seeks a home in my heart and calls me to life – eternal life. This is how God loves the world, sending Jesus so that I might truly live.
  • Considering how God so loves the world, I pray for God's creation, for all God's people; listening to Jesus, may we may be brought to life.


I begin to talk to Jesus about the piece of scripture I have just read.
What part of it strikes a chord in me? Perhaps the words of a friend - or some story I have heard recently - will slowly rise to the surface in my consciousness. If so, does the story throw light on what the scripture passage may be trying to say to me?


I thank God for these few moments we have spent alone together and for any insights I may have been given concerning the text.


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