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Daily Prayer - 2013-07-06

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

Many countries are at this moment suffering the agonies of war.
I bow my head in thanksgiving for my freedom.
I pray for all prisoners and captives.

Consciousness

To be conscious about something is to be aware of it. Dear Lord help me to remember that You gave me life. Thank you for the gift of life. Teach me to slow down, to be still and enjoy the pleasures created for me. To be aware of the beauty that surrounds me. The marvel of mountains, the calmness of lakes, the fragility of a flower petal. I need to remember that all these things come from you.

The Word of God

Matthew 9:14-17

The disciples of John came to Jesus, saying, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?" And Jesus said to them, "The wedding guests cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them, can they? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast. No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old cloak, for the patch pulls away from the cloak, and a worse tear is made. Neither is new wine put into old wineskins; otherwise, the skins burst, and the wine is spilled, and the skins are destroyed; but new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved."

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • Being a follower of Jesus is never one-dimensional. To walk with Jesus I must always remember that there is a time for fasting and a time for celebrating. Am I eager to grow in the understanding of God’s word and plan for my life?
  • Jesus wants our minds and hearts to be like new wine skins - open and ready to receive the new wine of the Holy Spirit. He doesn't want us to hold rigidly to the past and to resist the ever-new work of his Holy Spirit in our lives.
  • Lord, please fill me with your Holy Spirit, that I may grow in your great love and truth. Help me to seek you through prayer and fasting that I may turn away from sin and transform my life to your will. May I always find time to celebrate the joy of knowing, loving, and serving you.

Conversation

Jesus you speak to me through the words of the gospels.
May I respond to your call today.
Teach me to recognise your hand at work in my daily living.

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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