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Daily Prayer - 2014-10-28

Presence

“Be still and know that I am God”
Lord, may your spirit guide me
to seek Your Loving presence
more and more. For it is there
I find rest and refreshment from
this busy world.

Freedom

Your death on the cross has set me free.
I can live joyously and freely,
without fear of death.
Your mercy knows no bounds.

Consciousness

Where do I sense hope, encouragement, and growth areas in my life? By looking back over the last few months, I may be able to see which activities and occasions have produced rich fruit.  If I do notice such areas, I will determine to give those areas both time and space in the future.

The Word of God

Luke 6:12-16

Now during those days he went out to the mountain to pray; and he spent the night in prayer to God. And when day came, he called his disciples and chose twelve of them, whom he also named apostles: Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew, and James, and John, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James son of Alphaeus, and Simon, who was called the Zealot, and Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • I spend time considering Jesus as he spends a whole night in prayer before taking one of his major decisions. Would his prayer be similar to mine, or very different? What did he pray for? What would I pray for before a major decision? What about the quality of his relationship, his trust in the Father? Like the apostles, I ask Jesus to teach me how to pray.
  • As I read the list of the Apostles, I let myself be amazed at Jesus’ choice of these twelve men: their weaknesses, their real flaws become more obvious the more time they spend with Jesus. Yet Jesus trusts them, he knows they will be able to bring the Gospel to the whole world. In the same way he trusts me, he trusts the Church with all her failings in these difficult times. Lord, increase my faith!

Conversation

Do I notice myself reacting as I pray with the Word of God?
Do I feel challenged, comforted, angry?
Imagining Jesus sitting or standing by me,
I speak out my feelings, as one trusted friend to another.

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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