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Friday, October 9, 2015

pray, friday

Friday, October 9

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, so much of life with you, and being transformed by you, depends on our willingness and urgency to be in constant prayer.  A life of depth and quality with you, and with others, is just not possible apart from that.  O God, give us the grace and the strength—and even the desire—to be in constant communion with you in prayer.  Amen.

Scripture: Romans 12:9-13

Journal: Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer, which one of those is most descriptive of your life these days?  Which one are you most drawn to?  Most in need of?  Most challenged by?

Prayer is the cultivation of a grace-filled relationship with God. We begin experiencing ourselves and the world not as a problem to be solved, but as a reality in which God is acting. (Working the Angles by Eugene Peterson)


Closing Prayer: Lord, I know not what I ought to ask of Thee; Thou only knowest what I need; Thou lovest me better than I know how to love myself. O Father! Give to Thy child that which he himself knows not how to ask. I dare not ask either for crosses or consolations; I simply present myself before Thee, I open my heart to Thee. Behold my needs which I know not myself; see and do according to Thy tender mercy. Smite, or heal; depress me, or raise me up; I adore all Thy purposes without knowing them; I am silent; I offer myself in sacrifice; I yield myself to Thee; I would have no other desire than to accomplish Thy will. Teach me to pray. Pray Thyself in me. ~Francois Fenelon

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