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Daily Prayer - 2021-10-17

Presence

Jesus waits silent and unseen to come into my heart.
I will respond to His call.
He comes with His infinite power and love
May I be filled with joy in His 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

At this moment Lord I turn my thoughts to you.
I will leave aside my chores and preoccupations.
I will take rest and refreshment in your presence Lord.

The Word of God

Mark 10:42-45

So Jesus called them and said to them, 'You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.'

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • Positions of authority can take on undue significance in life. We hear of ‘my department… my officials’. Jesus spoke with authority but it was of a different kind – he was the author of the book of truth. Lord help us be authors of your ongoing story that respects the dignity of each person and which highlights what we have in common as your people.
  • When the Israelites were freed from Egypt they were reminded that work was to be service not slavery. Jesus presented himself as a model of service in washing his disciples feet (John 13). He said elsewhere - I came among you as one who serves (Luke 22;27). Lord help us to know, love and serve you more fully as your disciples of this time.

Conversation

Dear Lord help me to be always
aware of the important things in life.
To care for those around me.
To seek your presence in all I meet.

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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