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Daily Prayer - 2019-03-14

Presence

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

Freedom

Lord grant me the grace
to have freedom of the spirit.
Cleanse my heart and soul
so I may live joyously in your love.

Consciousness

Knowing that God loves me unconditionally,
I look honestly over the last day, its events and my feelings.
Do I have something to be grateful for? Then I give thanks.
Is there something I am sorry for? Then I ask forgiveness.

The Word of God

Matthew 7:7-12

‘Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for bread, will give a stone? Or if the child asks for a fish, will give a snake? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him! ‘In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.

 

 

 

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • Is this gospel true? So often, our prayers seem to go unheard or unanswered. But good things happen in God’s own time. A friend of mine has a son who was very troubled since childhood. He had an inner rage which showed itself in destructive behaviour. Often she bore the brunt of his anger. Not surprisingly, he lurched from one disaster to the next. He lost a number of jobs and a number of partners. Currently he has few prospects. But now in his forties, he has become reflective, and his style is changing. He is gentler, and though he is unemployed, last Christmas he scraped up some money and bought thoughtful little gifts for the important people in his life. He and his mother have begun to chat about things in ways that were never possible before. Thirty five years of prayer are being answered.

Conversation

God’s Word is always fruitful.
How is it touching me now
As I reflect on what I have just prayed?
Do I feel comforted?
Do I feel challenged?

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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