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Daily Prayer - 2013-07-06

Presence

My soul longs for your presence, Lord.
When I turn my thoughts to You,
I find peace and contentment.

Freedom

Lord, grant me the grace to be free from the excesses of this life.
Let me not get caught up with the desire for wealth.
Keep my heart and mind free to love and serve you.

Consciousness

Dear Lord help me to be always
aware of the important things in life.
To care for those around me.
To seek your presence in all I meet.

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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  • Jesus introduces us here to a radically new way of seeing him or to a vision of him that is beyond all our hopes and dreams. He is saying that he is drawing us into an intimacy with Him that is imaged as that between a bridegroom and his bride. The environment he wants us to cultivate is that of a wedding where a celebratory atmosphere prevails. We are made for joy.
  • Be with Jesus in prayer and rest with the reality that your happiness, peace or joy is a deep concern of Jesus as you can see from the following scriptures.
  • “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid” (John 14:27).
  • “I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete” (John 15:11).
  • Is Jesus saying that the whole purpose of his self revelation is our joy?

Conversation

“Stay and watch with me.”
Your words, Lord, to the disciples
before your suffering and death.
I know, Lord, You will stay and watch over me
all the days of my life.

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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