Lent – Day 24

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Today’s Thought: Simply prayer.

And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. (Matthew 14:23)

Sometimes, I need to talk to God; but, more often than not, God needs to talk to me. That’s not a concept I was raised with in my childhood church. Prayer was approached more like therapy. It was all about what I was thankful, needful, or sorrowful for, rather than being a two-way conversation. I’m learning God wants to enter the dialogue.

Today I’m asking that you join me in clearing the crowded mind, finding a quiet place, and simply spending time in conversation with God. I’ve included one my favorite prayers below. I love it for its honest assessment of the day’s unpredictability and its expression of faith in God’s presence no matter what we’re called to do. It’s the essence of what it means to rest our cares on the Lord.

Then, I encourage you to take 5-10 minutes just sitting in silence. Every time you pray, you are sharing time with God. Let prayer become a moment of holiness in an ordinary day spent in the expectant presence of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

 

Tuesday’s Truth: This is another day, O Lord.  I know not what it will bring forth, but make me ready, Lord, for whatever it may be.  If I am to stand up, help me to stand bravely. If I am to sit still, help me to sit quietly. If I am to lie low, help me to do it patiently.  And if I am to do nothing, let me do it gallantly. Make these words more than words, and give me the Spirit of Jesus.  Amen.   (Book of Common Prayer)

 

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