June 30 Prayer
1 Kings 19:11-13
On top of a great mountain
In powerful God encounters
His Presence is so real
His Voice so clear
When we do not hear
and we cannot see
Where do we go?
There is the cave
Called the heart
When we draw in even
There when we are hidden
enshrouded with death
God draws near
A gentle whisper and He is there
In the rise and fall of our breathing
He is there
In the placing of your feet upon the floor
to take a step once more
He is there
The wind, the earth and the fire will come and go
But the gentle whisper we must listen carefully for.
Pause to listen to your own breathing to pray ;
‘Have your way dear Lord this day
To speak and show me the way
And let my eyes gaze upon your face in earthy matters
that I may see your grace there.
‘When you send forth your breath, we
are created, and you renew us again.’
Renew the hearts of your people we pray
to breathe your gentle spirit in us today.
June 29 Prayer
When you think it’s over and
there is no way out of this
and the doors are shut
Suddenly when you least expect it there
is a tap on your shoulder
An extended hand to guide you up
All the chains fall away to the ground
that have held you bound for such a long time
The gates will open up before you now
Until you can realize that you are already free
Because someone prayed
and miracles can happen~
Let us pray for the impossible today;
Lord, You hear our prayers and
You see the suffering of all that are held captive.
In whatever challenge and situation they face today,
show them the way out that you have prepared for them.
May they take your hand and know your presence will guide them,
heal them and provide for all that they need.
Where there is fear may we take courage
Where there is doubt may we receive faith.
For God, You are mighty and do great wonders.
May we each have this kind of faith to follow you
and pray for others today.
June 28 Prayer
When Jesus starts to go over to the other side of the sea
the crowds begin to thin.
Who will follow when the direction changes?
When things are not working
in the same way,
in the same place.
To follow a different way takes courage.
It takes strength and trust.
It takes love to know love.
May we, your people
have the openness to change
and be able to let go of where we are stuck.
To follow you and
to go where you go.
It may not always be clear when the way seems undetermined.
Yet there is this inner compass that your spirit provides.
Pause to center your very being on
his spirit of clarity in you.
Lord, I will follow you wherever you go.
Make my heart ready to let go of the devices that hold me down,
going round and round stuck in the moment,
so I may not miss the change of direction you are taking me.
I pray for those that are stuck in a place of hopelessness and indecision.
May a lightness come with a clear path appearing as to where you are leading.
Open up the ways for us to follow more freely
and trust you more completely.
Wherever you go
Let your love lead us and your
peace keep us.
June 26 Prayer
Saturday slow down
A Slow down in the fast city
Autos roar above and behind me
Joggers feet keep a gentle rhythm to their
own hearts beat
The swishing of ebikes passing by
above the harbor
Birds fly in their predestined v formation
leading the way for others to follow
Tanned brown skins walking small black dogs
People walking with backpacks and phones
and carts to carry their goods back home
A mother with babe swaddled tightly in her front pack
A little child in a blue green jumper
running on wobbly legs
A parade of humanity passing me by
There in the slow down
I see Jesus
In the faces
and in the races
In the skyscrapers reaching high into the heavens until you can no longer see them
We are all passing by
Someone we are
Somewhere we will be
This moment is a gift wherever you are
And if you look into the eyes of the passer by
you may see another for the first time
Like the woman reaching to touch the hem of his garment
There may be the one reaching out to you
to take a second glance letting your eyes meet
in the slow down
May we look with compassion upon the world that Jesus lives in.
June 25 Prayer
There are promises waiting to be fulfilled in all of us
They will not fail us.
They will come in impossible situations,
In the wilderness and the desert
They will come out of hard rocks and crumbled down ruins.
Just when you think it is over and your thirst overwhelms you
A pool of water appears to drink from
God is the one who will keep his word
We are the ones who will walk before him
In our failings and in our doubts,
in our shame and unbelief
we keep on walking
Let the truth of who you know God to be rise up within you
Take his hand and let him restore your faith
To see his promises are true, that your inheritance will last forever.
‘You will not be disgraced in the hard times
for you will have more than enough
Day by day he will look after you
Your Sounds of grief will turn into songs of thanks
The wilderness and wastelands will become
His gardens and eden returns
Comfort, joy and gladness will be found there.’
Rest here to pray;
Lord, I give to you all that is inside of me right now
concerning my future and my past .
I say I believe but I need you to comfort my heart in the places of grief
To restore what has been taken away from me.
Help me to walk before you once again
Without the shame of doubt but with an open heart full of hope and
thanks to see your promises fulfilled in me.
May I see those around me that are hurting
in the wastelands of life and offer them some
of the water you have given me to drink.
Point them to the source of your living water that will never run out.
To see that your promises of greatness is to be birthed in everyone,
When we believe.
Lord, we believe!
Gen.17:1-2,15-22, Gen. 21:14-19
June 24 Prayer
‘Christ has no body now on earth but yours.’
St. Teresa of Avila
This phrase stunned me the first time I heard it.
It still does.
I’m a nobody that becomes a somebody
with eyes that he sees from
with feet in which he walks and
with hands in which he blesses the world.
A nobody that is a somebody
a name called when being formed in a dark womb
To be given
Something beautiful made from dust
Insignificant turned into a greatness
becoming light for the way.
Christ has no body now on earth but yours.
You are his treasured possession
Formed to be given away
As he was
Only now you get to walk this way with him
deeply this spirit of life as you
humbly hold the image of Christ breathing in you.
‘May my eyes see as you see,
My heart to feel what you feel
May my hands and feet be given
to light the way into your light.
Lead me, Lord Jesus,
speak blessings through me today.
Let me not return to thinking and acting as if I was nobody.
Let your light shine through my words,
my acts and my heart to love you
more and allow you to give me away as your body.
Christ in me
the hope of your glory
June 23 Prayer
A blessing for when you make it
God sees and hears and cares
When you make it to the top of the mountain
He is there
Look behind you
He was there all the time
guiding your every step
Look for the Lord and find his strength
Continually seek him
Remember his wonders, his justice
The commitment he has made with you
When you make it to the top
Remember this feeling,
When the darkness of uncertainty returns
Remember that he sees, he cares and he knows what to do.
Remember his promise
‘I am with you always,’
remember to have sure footsteps to climb this mountain again.
Thanks be to You
You never deprive your guidance for
you set firm on the foundation of your love.
Set us firm Lord
Set us sure
So we may lead the way for others to climb with you.
June 22 Prayer
When the journey is too much for you
Sometimes life comes in swirls.
Everything can seem to be too much.
You miss the momentary delights when the clouds are gloomy,
when the fog closes in around you-
Then comes an angel to touch you,
that tells you to get up and eat.’
May this blessing come upon you to inspire you.
May you recapture your soul with a time to nourish and
with time to eat at his table.
Let all that gloom and worry dissipate as a light starts to break through.
Let the gentle rain of grace fall upon you as morning dew.
There are new possibilities ahead of you even through
the journey is a long one,
and we really do not know what it will entail.
May this blessing of hope cause you to rejoice.
May the blessing of endurance sustain you through affliction.
May Prayer give your heart the preservation that you need.
And the awe of God is your inspiration for the journey.
We walk not this journey alone.
You may suddenly feel the touch of an angel in
the least places that you did not expect.
‘Thanks be to Jesus, the Son who is always by our side,
To The Father who is for us and the Holy Spirit
who dwells within us.’
Peace and grace to you today.
1King 19:7-9, Rom.12:12-18
June 21 Prayer
‘Go, leave your home, that which has become a familiar place and follow where I lead you…
There I will make your name great and you will become a blessing.’ Gen.12:1-9
Trusting God fully means going into the unknown and sometimes
it is in the uncomfortable places where he leads us.
Sometimes we are required to climb a mountain to get over our stubborn ways of thinking.
Who can go there?
‘The clean of hands and pure of heart, shall climb the mountain
of the Lord and stand in his holy place.’ Ps.24:3-5
What feels and looks like a mountain to you right now?
Sit there a while and allow God’s presence to meet you.
You are with me here at the bottom of the mountain and
I believe that you will lead the way to climb.
We trust you now to renew our minds and make our hearts pure so we may truly see you going ahead of us.
We ask for clear eyes and sure footedness to follow.
When we are falling behind we look for your extended hand pulling us onward.
May we be quick to listen today and not judge our brother or sister along the way.
Keep us close to you Jesus,
The Holy Spirit is our guide map and compass.
Till we reach the top where a new vista opens up before us,
where we reach your holy place of acceptance and peace.
Make us a blessing and hope for our world.
Give us the wisdom, power and authority to pray,
your kingdom come
and renew the face of the earth.
June 19 Prayer
Saturday Slow Down
‘He gives rest to the weary’
I did not realize how in need I am of rest until I sank into another hour of sleep.
The sea is blanketed with the white morning fog and I can rest comfortably here.
No need to chase after the sun.
It will appear at the appointed time.
So must I
Today I will not rush.
I will arrive at the planned events but
not in a hurried state.
I will take another drink from the cup
of living water for my soul.
Drink deeply into every fiber of my being.
Today I will be ruthless about eliminating hurry from my life.*
I will allow and accept and attend to the presence of being.
I ask the Holy Spirit to be my guide, take my hand and restrain me from rushing too fast.
Protect us, cover us and comfort us with your presence to give us a lightness and joy in seeking the kingdom of God.
May we taste and see the goodness of the Lord,
the treasure before us,
the gift of being with one another.
May we find rest on an unhurried day.
Ps.34, Matt.6:33, Jerm.31:25