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Daily Prayer - 2013-08-23

Presence

Dear Lord help me to be open to you
for this time as I put aside the cares of this world.
Fill my thoughts with your peace, your love.

Freedom

I try to let go of concerns and worries
that may be dragging me down at this present moment.
I place any concerns I have in Gods hands
- at least for these few minutes of prayer.

Consciousness

In the presence of my loving Creator,
I look honestly at my feelings over the last day,
the highs, the lows and the level ground.
Can I see where the Lord has been present?

The Word of God

Matthew 22:34-40

When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. "Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?" He said to him, "'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbour as yourself.' On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets."

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • The Pharisees appear to operate out of fear and insecurity. Their greatest opponents the Sadducees have been silenced by Jesus and now they are trying their hand. But Jesus rises to the challenge and declares nothing other than the fundamental teachings of the Jewish faith.
  • Great leaders are those who re-state with clarity what we all feel to be right. They know what is important and what is not. Do you think they went away satisfied with Jesus’s reply?
  • Inside every one of us is a little Pharisee. We have our fears and insecurities; we seek certainty and need help to prioritise. Have you thought of asking Jesus what’s important for you?

Conversation

Remembering that I am still in God's presence,
I imagine Jesus himself standing or sitting beside me,
and say whatever is on my mind, whatever is in my heart,
speaking as one friend to another.

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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