Rule of Life: Prayer (14 January 2021)

Morning Encounter:

Let every true worshiper of the Lord shout, “God is always merciful!” When I was really hurting, I prayed to the Lord.  He answered my prayer, and took my worries away. The Lord is on my side, and I am not afraid of what others can do to me. 

(Psalm 118.4-6)

Reflect: 

This section of the Psalm moves from corporate worship to individual experience of trusting and resting in God. Contemplative prayer is a different way of being with Jesus. The focus isn’t on us and bringing all our requests to God, instead it is about dwelling with Christ in quiet and turning all attention to him. Contemplative prayer trusts that simply being with Jesus, brings about transformation.

Respond: 

Set aside 15mins and get comfortable. Intentionally place yourself in the presence of God and in the centre of his love and care for you. Choose a simple word (e.g. Jesus, Shepherd, Father, Lord) that expresses your desire for God. Relax and be with Jesus, listen, be still. If your mind wanders, gentle repeat your chosen word to draw your attention back to him. Rest. Open your eyes and sit still for a few moments before you rush into your next task.

Midday Meditation:

Let nothing disturb you.
Let nothing frighten you.
All things pass away:
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things.
Those who have God
Find they lack nothing;
God alone suffices.

(St. Teresa of Avila)

Evening Reflection:

I lay my head to rest
and in doing so
lay at your feet
the faces I have seen
the voices I have heard
the words I have spoken
the hands I have shaken
the service I have given
the joys I have shared
the sorrows revealed
I lay them at your feet
and in doing so
lay my head to rest  

(Celtic Evening Prayer)

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