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Daily Prayers for the OCC  2019 

   

April 22, 2019. Prayer 820.Their Eyes Were Opened

Sometimes it is the visitor that helps us see who we are. On the very day Jesus’ tomb was found empty, two of his group encountered a stranger on the road that they did not recognize.  They spoke to him about how they had hoped Jesus would be the one to redeem Israel, yet was handed over and crucified.  Later, at table with them, Luke 24:30 reports, “he took bread, blessed, broke it, and gave it to them, and their eyes were opened and they recognized him.”  Then, he vanished.  They would see Jesus anew in their life together.

Dear God, grant me the spiritual courage to welcome and bless everyone. I want to see you again. Amen.

 

April 23, 2019. Prayer 821.Standing On The Promise

The hope for a community to create a life in peace is everlasting. In the days after Jesus was crucified, members of his group began to put the meaning of his life and message together.  We are told in Luke 24:36, “As they were talking about these things, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace to you!’”  Jesus had told them he would suffer and rise on the third day.  He had told them to turn to God in prayer, proclaim forgiveness to all, and to stand and wait for the promise of God to come upon them.

Dear God, address me with the words of the Spirit that empower me to live courageously for love. Amen.

 

April 24, 2019. Prayer 822.Where Are You Going?

In a series of chapters in the Gospel of John, Jesus talks to his disciples about what life will be like when he is gone. These are called “The Farewell Discourses.”  When taking leave, it is important to say “farewell.”  We care about what happens to each other when we can no longer be together.  Jesus anticipates his friends will ask “Where has he gone?”  Jesus’ says in John 16:6 while “sorrow has filled your heart, nevertheless it is to your advantage that I go away,” for in his absence will come the Helper, the Comforter, the Holy Spirit.

Dear God, when away from those we love, lead us by your Spirit to be energized in our memories. Amen.

 

April 25, 2019. Prayer 823.Sorrow and Joy

Every leave taking has both sorrow and joy. We are glad for the precious times we have had together.  We are saddened that a time of passage has come and we must enter into a new time apart.  Both joy and sorrow attend to our soul.  This is the stuff of growing up, moving out, finding our path, defining our purpose, honing our unique skills.  Jesus says in John 16:20 “You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn to joy.”  Just like a mother’s joy after the birth of her child—we remember what makes us most joyful in life passages.

Dear God, my loved ones are going through all kinds of passages. May our memories be filled with joy. Amen.

 

April 26, 2019. Prayer 824.Ask In My Name

In John 16:23 Jesus tells his friends just before he is to leave them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Ask and your will receive, that your joy may be full.”  What does that mean, to ask God in Jesus’ name?  “Jesus” from the Hebrew means “to deliver; to rescue.”  “Christ” from the Greek means, “The Anointed One.”  So to ask for something in Jesus’ name is to literally ask of God: “bless me with deliverance, bless me with rescue.”  Those are literally “life-saving” prayers.

Dear God, even when my prayer words fail me, I ask of you to bless me with life-saving love and action. Amen.

 

April 29, 2019. Prayer 825.Come Ye Apart

Here’s a truth about our work driven schedules: If you don’t come apart to pray, you will come apart at work. Here is a scene from Jesus’ work schedule in Mark 6:31.  “And he said unto them, ‘Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while’ for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.  And they departed into a desert place by ship privately.”  The healthy soul requires quiet times.  A life in balance requires both work and play and rest and dreaming and remembering.  Get good rest!

Dear God, show me the way to work and rest that my rested soul informs my working soul how to be. Amen.

 

April 30, 2019. Prayer 826.A Sabbatical Prayer

Holy God, let my soul rest in you today.

May peace come to me.

May compassion protect me.

May worry be released from me.

May I plant seeds of joy in the world.

May I look upon myself with understanding.

May my body be strengthened, healed and set free.

Let me lie down in green pastures beside still waters.

Lord, restore my soul in the right paths that lead to life.

Amen.