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Daily Prayer - 2013-10-15

Presence

Dear Jesus, as I call on you today
I realise that I often come asking for favours.
Today I'd like just to be in your presence.
Let my heart respond to Your Love.

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

Lord, grant that I may always desire
to spend time in your presence.
May I not forget your goodness to me.
Guide me to share your blessings with others.

The Word of God

Luke 11:37-41

While Jesus was speaking, a Pharisee invited him to dine with him; so he went in and took his place at the table. The Pharisee was amazed to see that he did not first wash before dinner. Then the Lord said to him, "Now you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness. You fools! Did not the one who made the outside make the inside also? So give for alms those things that are within; and see, everything will be clean for you."

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • These days we hear endless messages about hand-washing and sanitising. Cleanliness and hygiene are highlighted but it is because of the coronavirus. Ritual washing had a practical element but it became much more than that. We pray for the inner cleanliness that helps us to live more fully for you, Lord, and to be good companions to others in your name. ‘Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God’ (Matt 5:8)
  • Jesus availed of the invitation of a Pharisee to dine as an opportunity to teach. External situations provide opportunities to live our faith lives more fully. We are called to a change of heart, an internal conversion. Lord, give us the freedom to hear your message and to respond in being generous to others in your name. We pray to avail of the opportunities offered as Jesus did.

Conversation

Dear Lord, stay by my side always.
Gain for me a trusting heart.
Thank you for loving me.

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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