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Daily Prayer - 2014-09-06

Presence

Dear Jesus, today I call on you in a special way.
Mostly I come asking for favours.
Today I'd like just to be in Your presence.
Let my heart respond to Your Love.

Freedom

Dear Lord, instil in my heart
the desire to know and love you more.
May I respond to your will for my life.

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

Luke 6:1-5

One sabbath while Jesus was going through the grainfields, his disciples plucked some heads of grain, rubbed them in their hands, and ate them. But some of the Pharisees said, "Why are you doing what is not lawful on the sabbath?" Jesus answered, "Have you not read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He entered the house of God and took and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and gave some to his companions?" Then he said to them, "The Son of Man is lord of the sabbath."

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • Jesus’ reference to himself as the Son of Man is regarded as one of the most difficult areas of New Testament research. Do not be surprised if you have difficulty understanding it! In this passage the Pharisees are over exaggerating what the disciples are doing. By concentrating on what they considered the imperfections of his disciples they were suggesting that Jesus was not as important as he was.They were becoming increasingly envious of his growing popularity among the ordinary people. We should pray to be delivered from envy. Envy comes from too little love. We are envious of the success of those we do not like.
  • During his public life Jesus kept people guessing about his complete identity. If he had done so in the early days of his public ministry his opponents would have had him crucified much sooner. It was only when his death was inevitable that he proclaimed before Caiphas, the High Priest, that all humanity would “see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of power and coming on the clouds of heaven”. __________________________________________________________________________

Conversation

Jesus, you always welcomed little children when you walked on this earth.
Teach me to have a childlike trust in you.
To live in the knowledge that you will never abandon 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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