Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Wednesday - Withdrawing to pray

Prayer:  Eternal God,  who by Your Son Jesus Christ did establish the family of Your Church in all the world,  breathe upon it anew the gifts of Your Holy Spirit so that ever awake to Your call,  we may go forth in service so that the whole world knows of Your Great love. This we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.

We have been reading about time and time wisdom and remembering to seek out God each and every day so that our hearts are prepared for worship on Sunday.

Yet even with the prioritized lists for getting projects out of the way,  or breaking up HUGE projects into smaller do-able tasks,  we look to the Gospels to find out how Jesus prepared his heart to worship God.

Read  St. Luke  5: 1 – 16

Jesus withdrew to pray. Jesus withdrew to lonely places and prayed.    We are not told how Jesus prayed or what he prayed about, but here is our example.  If Jesus took time away to pray,  then we must too.

Stephen Cherry asks the question of how do we make sure that we take time each day for prayer and scripture?   For some people,  early morning before anyone gets us it the best time.  For other people,  late evenings is the best time to spend in God’s presence.   For yet others,  standing waiting for the bus is the best time to spend in God’s presence.  No matter what you choose,  make sure that you use this time every day.   Be consistent.   Make time each day for prayers and reading of Scripture. 

Prayer:  Holy God,  remind us that we too need to withdraw to places to pray.  Make us thirsty for Your living word.  Inspire us to rely upon You in all things.   May we live and pray in Your name and for Your sake all day long.  Amen.

Many blessings!

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