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Daily Prayer - 2013-04-17

Presence

"Come to me all you who are burdened
and I will give you rest"
Here I am, Lord.
I come to seek Your presence.
I long for your healing power.

Freedom

Lord grant me the grace
to have freedom of the spirit.
Cleanse my heart and soul
so I may live joyously in Your love

Consciousness

Knowing that God loves me unconditionally, I look honestly over the last day, its events and my feelings. Do I have something to be grateful for? Then I give thanks. Is there something I am sorry for? Then I ask forgiveness.

The Word of God

John 6:35-40

Jesus said to them, 'I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and anyone who comes to me I will never drive away; for I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. This is indeed the will of my Father, that all who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day.'

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • It is not unusual nowadays for bread to be presented as ‘artisan’, ‘craft’ or ‘speciality’ or for people to make lifestyle choices to avoid it; it ceases to be a humble food when given such attention. When Jesus speaks about bread he is not speaking about selection and preference but is asking us to identify our essential nourishment and to recognise that it lies in him. Our prayer helps us to know what we really need and to recognise God as its source. We look beyond our preferences and selections, our comforts and wants, and, learning what we really need, trust in God to feed us and to lead us into life.

Conversation

What feelings are rising in me as I pray and reflect on God's Word? I imagine Jesus himself sitting or standing near me and open my heart to 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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