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Love and Prayer

“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart
and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
This is the first and greatest commandment.
And the second is like it:
‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
~Matthew 22:37-39

Two commands that cannot be kept apart from prayer.

Take time to prayerfully search your own heart as the Psalmist encourages us to:

Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
~Psalm 139:23, 24

Talk to God about any anxiety or offensive way that is keeping you from loving him with all your heart, soul, mind and even your strength.

Take time to prayerfully consider who your neighbor is. Who is God calling you to love as you love yourself? Who is God calling you to serve sacrificially?

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Gracious God, I ask for the physical, emotional and mental strength to love others as Christ first loved me by sacrificially giving His life for me. May the Holy Spirit lead me in the everlasting way of ministering in the strong name of Jesus, Amen and amen.

*I would count it a privilege to pray for these people along with. Just leave their names any any other comments for me and I will respond prayerfully!

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A Praying Life

The best prayer is to rest in the goodness of God,
knowing that that goodness can reach down to our lowest depths of need.
~Julian of Norwich, Revelations of Divine Love

These words convict me to never stop coming to the Lord to find rest for my soul in the goodness of God. Moreover, I am inspired to learn from the Lord how to live a praying life!

One day he was praying in a certain place.
When he finished, one of his disciples said,
“Master, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.”
So he said, “When you pray, say,
Father,
Reveal who you are.
Set the world right.
Keep us alive with three square meals.
Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.
Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.”
~Luke 11:1-4, the Message

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Maundy Thursday

The designation “Maundy” is thought to be an English corruption of the Latin mandatum, as in the “new commandment” (novum mandatum), that Jesus gave his disciples on this night: “Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another” (John 13:34).

~Bobby Gross, Living the Christian Year: Time to Inhabit the Story of God

Gracious God,
On this day of Holy Week, we remember the command Your Son gave us to love one another. As we look toward the the final days of this week, we are in awe of the reality that he so perfectly obeyed this command. He did what we can only try to do through the fellowship of the Holy Spirit. Now and always, impart to us Father, Son and Spirit a deeper understanding of this mandate and empower us to love others sacrificially. In the perfect name of Jesus, Amen and amen!

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Beneath Thy Tender Care

O lord my God, thank you for bringing this day to a close;
Thank you for giving me rest in body and soul.
Your hand has been over me and has guarded and preserved me.
Forgive my lack of faith
and any wrong that I have done today,
and help me to forgive all who have wronged me.

Let me sleep in peace under your protection,
And keep me from the temptations of darkness.
Into your hands I commend my loved ones
and all who dwell in this house;
I commend to you my body and soul.
O God, your holy name be praised.
Amen.

~Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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An Unrequired Rhythm

During Lent, I have tried to understand the sufficiency of God’s grace in tangible ways. Here is a prayer for the grace to be gentle with myself and others.

Gentle One,

Father, Son, Holy Spirit,
Guide me toward
an unrequired rhythm.
Lead me into
life-giving moments.
Together with you,
I long to be found…
established by faith
anchored to hope
abiding in love.

Amen and amen!

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Contentment

When the words of my own prayers escape me, I turn to the Psalms. And once again I am reminded, there are no better prayers I can pray than these. The Psalms take hold of my worry and transform it into worship….my denial into truth…my desperation into hope…my fear into faith…my suspicion into trust.

Personally, I pray Psalm 131 more than any other. In fact, one day as I was whispering these words, I realized I had memorized them.

O Lord, my heart is not proud, nor my eyes haughty;
Nor do I involve myself in great matters,
Or in things too difficult for me.
Surely I have composed and quieted my soul;
Like a weaned child rests against his mother,
My soul is like a weaned child within me.
O Israel, hope in the Lord
From this time forth and forever.

It never fails! Each time, I take hold of my Bible and begin praying the Psalms, something happens. As I pour out the content of my heart, contentment floods my soul.

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