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Daily Prayer - 2018-09-11

Presence

Dear Lord as I come to you today
Fill my heart and my whole being
with the wonder of your presence.

Freedom

"I am free."
When I look at these words in writing,
they seem to create in me a feeling of awe.
Yes, a wonderful feeling of freedom.
Thank you, God.

Consciousness

I exist in a web of relationships - links to nature, people, God.
I trace out these links, giving thanks for the life that flows through them.
Some links are twisted or broken: I may feel regret, anger, disappointment.
I pray for the gift of acceptance and forgiveness.

The Word of God

Luke 6:12-19

Now during those days Jesus 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.

He came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea, Jerusalem, and the coast of Tyre and Sidon. They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. And all in the crowd were trying to touch him, for power came out from him and healed all of them.

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • Despite being on the move and travelling, Jesus gave great importance to keeping in touch with his Father. It was their mutual love for each that feed their relationships. This love we call the Holy Spirit. You can feed into this relationship personally each time you pray.
  • In today’s Gospel passage Jesus prayed before he chose his twelve apostles. When you are making decisions, especially important ones that will have a bearing on your life, it’s not easy if you feel lonely and unable to make up your mind. Always turn to the Holy Spirit for guidance – that means you will be supported by the three persons in God who will help you with your thinking.
  • In our prayer we ask for so many things – just like the people in today’s Gospel, turning to the love of God shown to them in Jesus. Prayer gives a flavour to your life and a sense of belonging that carries you nearer to God.

Conversation

How has God's Word moved me?
Has it left me cold?
Has it consoled me or moved me to act in a new way?
I imagine Jesus standing or sitting beside me,
I turn and share my feelings with him.

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

If you appreciated the daily prayer or have any suggestions or insights we will be glad to hear from you.