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Daily Prayer - 2019-07-09

Presence

"Come to me all you who are burdened
and I will give you rest"
Here I am, Lord.
I come to seek Your presence.
I long for your healing power.

Freedom

I try to let go of any prejudices and narrow mindedness
That may be clouding my vision at this present moment.
I hand them over to God’s merciful care,
So I can pray in freedom at this time.

Consciousness

I ask how I am within myself today?
Am I particularly tired, stressed, or off-form?
If any of these characteristics apply,
can I try to let go of the concerns that disturb me?

The Word of God

Matthew 9:35-38

Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest."

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • In the Gospels, sickness is clearly not treated as a mere medical problem. Once again, sickness (like sin and even like death) is ultimately ascribed to the activity of the Evil One. The demonic power was feared. So Jesus saw his mission as : hand-to-hand combat with the Enemy.
  • Even some of those meant to be spiritual leaders of the people, allowed their motivation to come under the diabolic influence – like the Pharisees here who perversely ascribe Jesus’ miracle to the devil-in-chief.
  • No wonder, then, that the people as a whole could at times feel confused, pulled this-way-and-that, harassed and dejected : Jesus was quite clear that they had both bad and good guides / shepherds.
  • Jesus had important work to do – the harvest – and was going to need co-workers to share his mission.

Conversation

Dear Jesus, I can open up my heart to you.
I can tell you everything that troubles me.
I know you care about all the concerns in my life.
Teach me to live in the knowledge
that you who care for me today,
will care for me tomorrow and all the days of my life.

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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