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Daily Prayer - 2018-10-10

Presence

As I sit here, the beating of my heart,
the ebb and flow of my breathing, the movements of my mind
are all signs of God's ongoing creation of me.
I pause for a moment, and become aware
of this presence of God within me.

Freedom

"Leave me here freely all alone
In cell where never sunlight shone
should no one ever speak to me
This golden silence makes me free."
Part of a poem written by a prisoner at Dachau concentration camp

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 11:1-4

Jesus was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples." He said to them, "When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us. And do not bring us to the time of trial."

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • What a beautiful request from one of the disciples to Jesus: 'Lord, teach us to pray'. Who taught you to pray? Have you ever taught anyone to pray - children, perhaps?
  • 'Give us each day our daily bread'. This is the most basic prayer of the vulnerable people living precarious existence: the subsistence farmers and the day-labourers that Jesus lived with and taught.
  • 'Forgive us our sins'. Jesus makes a clear connection, here and elsewhere, between God's forgiveness, and our own readiness and capacity to forgive. One is not possible without the other!
  • 'Do not bring us to the time of trial'. Does Jesus already have a sense of how his life will end? Can he already see, ahead of him, the Garden of Gethsemane, where he will pray to be spared the cup of suffering, even as he also prays 'Not my will, but yours'.

Conversation

“Stay and watch with me.”
Your words, Lord, to the disciples
before your suffering and death.
I know, Lord, You will stay and watch over me
all the days of my life.

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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