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Daily Prayer - 2022-10-05

Presence

God is with me, but more,
God is within me, giving me existence.
Let me dwell for a moment on God's life-giving presence
in my body, my mind, my heart
and in the whole of my life.

Freedom

Lord, may I never take the gift of freedom for granted.
You gave me the great blessing of freedom of spirit.
Fill my spirit with Your peace and Your joy.

Consciousness

Help me Lord to be more conscious of your presence.
Teach me to recognise your presence in others.
Fill my heart with gratitude for the times Your love has been shown to me through the care of others.

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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  • “Lord teach us to pray”. This simple request of the disciples led Jesus to give us the “Our Father” prayer. Yet we cannot be content with just reciting the words. The words “your kingdom come” imply an attention to goodness emerging at home or at work. The words “daily bread” underline our need for spiritual sustenance to stay rooted in God. The words “forgive us our sins” remind us to own up to our faults each day and then to forgive those who wrong us.
  • So, we may need to voice our own request to God , “Lord teach us to pray”. We can repeat the words but only the Holy Spirit can bring us deeper. We ask the Lord to help us be at home in silence before God. God teaches us silently. Saint Faustina discovered this when she contemplated Christ’s Divine Mercy for all those who are suffering.

Conversation

Lord, you have engraved my name
on the palm of your hand.
Even if others forget me,
you never will.

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

Prayer for peace:

Following days of rising tensions between Russia and Ukraine, Pope Francis called on Christians around the world to fast and pray for peace in Eastern Europe this coming Ash Wednesday.
“I invite everyone to make March 2, Ash Wednesday, a day of fasting for peace, I encourage believers in a special way to devote themselves intensely to prayer and fasting on that day. May the Queen of Peace protect the world from the folly of war.” Pope Francis, 25/02/2022

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