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Daily Prayer - 2014-10-29

Presence

Lord, you are always there
waiting for me. 
May I never be too busy to
find time to spend in your presence.

Freedom

Lord, I pray for your gift of freedom.
May your Holy Spirit
guide those in power to work for
equality for all your people.

Consciousness

There is a time and place for everything, as the saying goes.
Lord, grant that I may always desire
to spend time in your presence.
To hear your call.

The Word of God

Luke 13:22-30

Jesus went through one town and village after another, teaching as he made his way to Jerusalem. Someone asked him, 'Lord, will only a few be saved?' He said to them, 'Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able. When once the owner of the house has got up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, "Lord, open to us", then in reply he will say to you, "I do not know where you come from." Then you will begin to say, "We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets." But he will say, "I do not know where you come from; go away from me, all you evildoers!" There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrown out. Then people will come from east and west, from north and south, and will eat in the kingdom of God. Indeed, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.'

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • ‘Sir, will there be only a few saved?’ How easy it is to distract ourselves from the real challenges by asking very interesting but ultimately irrelevant questions. Jesus’ reply points to what really matters: ‘Try your best to enter by the narrow door, because, I tell you, many will try to enter and will not succeed’. Am I ready to do what is right, even when it costs?
  • Jesus warns us off any false sense of entitlement: like the Jews, we too can feel too comfortable in the belief that God is somehow obliged to save us. What counts is not our past exploits or successes, but being with the Master at all times. I ask for humility and inner freedom.

Conversation

May your Holy Spirit guide me
In all my dealings with others.
May I use the gift of speech with kindness.

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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