Keeping Company with Jesus (10 October 2019)

Morning Encounter:

Read: 

Each morning you listen
    to my prayer,
as I bring my requests to you
    and wait for your reply. 

Every day, you are kind,
    and at night
you give me a song
    as my prayer to you,
    the living Lord God.

(Psalm 5.3 & Psalm 42.8)

Reflect:

Throughout Scripture, we see people praying throughout the day - Daniel prayed three times a day (Daniel 6.10), David prayed seven times a day (Psalm 119.164), Jesus and the Jewish people of his day prayed at set hours throughout the day. The practice of praying at set times throughout the day quickly became part of the early church’s rhythm. Let’s not be intimidated by this: few of us are able to pray at all these different times throughout our days. But let’s be encouraged to try and spend more of our time with God during this day. Even if life is busy and time is short, try to keep company with Jesus.

Respond: 

In addition to any usual prayer routine, try and connect with God throughout the day. Set your alarm if that helps to remind you. You may want to read the Bible, you might just want to close your eyes and be quiet for a couple of minutes. But try and do it as often as possible today.

Midday Meditation:

‘This life therefore is not righteousness, but growth in righteousness, not health, but healing, not being but becoming, not rest but exercise. We are not yet what we shall be, but we are growing toward it, the process is not yet finished, but it is going on, this is not the end, but it is the road. All does not yet gleam in glory, but all is being purified.’

(Martin Luther)

Evening Reflection:

‘The gospel life is something we become as God does his work of creation and salvation in us and as we accustom ourselves to a life of belief and obedience and prayer.’

(Eugene Peterson, Leap Over a Wall)

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