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Daily Prayer - 2013-05-13

Presence

Let my heart rejoice and be glad
in this time of prayer.
Remind me often of the great
blessings You have bestowed on me.

Freedom

Guide me always to do your holy will
knowing that your strength will
carry me through.

Consciousness

Where do I sense hope, encouragement, and growth areas in my life?
By looking back over the last few months, I may be able to see which activities and occasions have produced rich fruit.
If I do notice such areas, I will determine to give those areas both time and space in the future.

The Word of God

John 16:29-33

Jesus' disciples said, 'Yes, now you are speaking plainly, not in any figure of speech! Now we know that you know all things, and do not need to have anyone question you; by this we believe that you came from God.' Jesus answered them, 'Do you now believe? The hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each one to his home, and you will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone because the Father is with me. I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the world you face persecution. But take courage; I have conquered the world!'

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • Jesus could see the doubts his disciples had, that they would not be able to cope with the challenges they would soon be facing, and that they would be scattered in all directions. He tells them not to be discouraged, to stand with Him. He reassures them that God would strengthen him and encourages them to be at peace, that He will overcome the world and in time they would overcome the world too.
  • Do you become discouraged by your failures? Do you trust that with God you can overcome obstacles and challenges in your life, and be a unique beneficial presence of God’s love in the world?

Conversation

Sometimes I wonder what I might say if I were to meet you in person Lord.
I think I might say "Thank You Lord" for always being there for me.
I know with certainty there were times when you carried me, Lord.
When it was through your strength I got through the dark times in my life.

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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