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Daily Prayer - 2013-05-11

Presence

I pause for a moment
and think of the love and the grace
that God showers on me,
creating me in his image and likeness,
making me his temple....

Freedom

By God's grace I was born to live in freedom.
Free to enjoy the pleasures He created for me.
Dear Lord, grant that I may live as You intended,
with complete confidence in Your Loving care.

Consciousness

In God's loving presence I unwind the past day,
starting from now and looking back, moment by moment.
I gather in all the goodness and light, in gratitude.
I attend to the shadows and what they say to me,
seeking healing, courage, forgiveness.

The Word of God

John 16:23-28

Jesus said to his disciples, "Very truly, I tell you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete. "I have said these things to you in figures of speech. The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures, but will tell you plainly of the Father. On that day you will ask in my name. I do not say to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf; for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. I came from the Father and have come into the world; again, I am leaving the world and am going to the Father."

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • As Christ died on the cross, the veil of the Temple in Jerusalem was rent in two. It was a highly symbolic event. The veil was the barrier which separated the Holy of Holies from the rest of the Temple, preventing the people from entering God’s presence. Now, the way into God’s presence has been opened forever by Christ’s death. In prayer, we can directly approach God in Jesus’ name.
  • We need not worry about what we will say, or what language we will use. What matters is that we pray. Inspired by God, the prophet Isaiah wrote, “Before they call I will answer; while they are yet speaking I will hear." Isaiah urges us to seek the Lord while he is still to be found, to call upon him while he is still near. After death, there can be no more seeking and finding.

Conversation

How has God's Word moved me?
Has it left me cold?
Has it consoled me or moved me to act in a new way?
I imagine Jesus standing or sitting beside me,
I turn and share my feelings with 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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