October 9 Prayer
“Lord, if you measured us and marked us with our sins, who would ever have their prayers answered? But your forgiving love is what makes you so wonderful. No wonder you are loved and worshiped! This is why I wait upon you, expecting your breakthrough, for your word brings me hope.”
Psalms 130:3-5 TPT
Waiting takes time, forgiveness requires confession, hope rises by faith and we receive the promise of the Holy Spirit.
These are truths revealed not by our own doings and rule making but through the blessing God gives us as his children passed on through the covenant of Love. Gal. 3:7-14
“A house divided cannot stand strong,a family splintered by feuding will fall apart.” Jesus says.Lk.11
How do we as his blessed family called to bless all nations through Abraham live our lives?
How can we be the blessing for all people?
I am thankful that he forgives us when we call, he hears our cries of confession and turning back around.
Let us turn our hearts back to the law of love and be a new fool in the world. Like Francis of Assisi who gave up everything to follow Jesus' law of love towards everyone , “giving up the moneybag of his own opinions.”
Pause to ask and respond to this question;
What moneybag of opinions do you as God's family need to let go of?
Gracious God, of loving mercy we come to you once again and ask you to open our minds and hearts to receive your Spirit of life.
We ask for this gift of love to be placed within us, your church so we may be a people who bless all nations as you promised Abraham.
May we find hope through your word in and through us today.
May we have the courage to lay down what hinders us from being a blessing to others
May we hang onto your promise of love living in us through your Spirit.
Make us a people that are with you and not against you.
May we gather with you and not be ones who scatter. May your kingdom come and your will be done
on this earth as it is in heaven.
October 8 Prayer
“Ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and keep knocking and the door will be opened to you.” Lk.11
Persistence is needed to keep on asking and to believe we will receive.
But Who are we putting our faith in, our own belief system, rules and laws or in a supreme being that is loving, generous, and omnipresent?
What if we simply lived by faith and really believed that our good, good father will give us more than bread?
He promises to give the Holy Spirit to all that receive him.
Like a Mother rising early to bake us warm bread and providing a generous portion for us to eat.
Take and eat and be filled.
For only as we are filled with the Holy Spirit may we be able to live simply without attachments that drag us downward into our fears.
Our persistence is in asking to be filled, new everyday.
Our persistence is in seeking to find his dwelling place in us.
Our persistence is in knocking on the doors until they open and let in the grace ready to be given.
Like warm bread in the early morning.
May we be filled and satisfied to break our bread like Jesus did and give it to others.
We ask today Lord for your Holy Spirit of love, grace and power to dwell within us, your body of believers and give us the strength to believe you for the greater, simpler way.
Show us how to use our faith that brings glory to you on the earth.
“And I pray that he would unveil within you the unlimited riches of his glory and favor until supernatural strength floods your innermost being with his divine might and explosive power.
Then, by constantly using your faith, the life of Christ will be released deep inside you, and the resting place of his love will become the very source and root of your life.” Eph. 3:16-17 TPT
October 7 Prayer
Once while Jesus was praying in a certain place...his disciples asked him, “Lord, teach us to pray.” Lk.11:14
A certain place,I wonder what that place was for Jesus. Others saw him there and were watching him pray. I wonder what they saw?
There is a deep connection that happens in prayer, where this mystery of Christ in God, and the Holy Spirit praying through them happens.
I want to feel that and know that deep connection with the three in one.
Prayer is asking, prayer is thanking, prayer is crying out on behalf of others, prayer is resting, prayer is breathing, prayer is awe of all that is around you, prayer is being.
Teach us to pray we ask, yet do we really want to learn because that means vulnerability to God and to our needs and to the needs of others.
Breathe in love and receive this blessing from Psalm 20 , by Nan Merrill
“May the one who created you in
Meet your needs when you call!
May the name of Love be your
and rise up in your heart as a
tower of strength!
May all you have given in gratitude
and with open hands
be returned to you a hundredfold!
May your heart’s desire and all
your plans be fulfilled in due season!
Let us shout for joy as Love
triumphs over fear;
Let our thankful hearts sing
in loud acclamation to the
who answers our heartfelt prayers!”
O Beloved, You who have created us,
hear our call,
make your home in our hearts!
October 6 Prayer
“ ...you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need for only one thing.”
“Our soul is waiting for the Lord,
our God, our help and our shield.
In you do our hearts find joy;
we trust in your holy name.
May your faithful love be upon us,
as we hope in you, O Lord.”
What is the one thing that I need right now?
What are the things that are distracting me for doing it?
Jesus is here now in front of you and all around you.
Even within you, so pause and breathe in his presence of being with you.
“May everything that distracts me fall away and let my heart delight in your gaze for this very moment.
Open my ears to listen deeply to the one thing you want me to hear.
I offer up my hands to you this day.
May they bless what you bless and care for the things that you are caring for.
I offer up my word to you today.
May they speak of what you speak of and call out the things that are needed for this moment.
I offer up to you my eyes, may they look for you everywhere and see beyond the appearance of things seen.
May my heart take in the one thing you have appointed for this very moment in time.
Let us all find your joy here with us and around us today.
May the faithful love of God, the peace of Christ, and the life of the Holy Spirit be with us all.
October 5 Prayer
Epehesians 3, Galatians 1, Luke 10:29-37
“The mystery of the gospel was made known through a revelation of Jesus Christ.
I pray over you a release of the blessings of God’s undeserved kindness and total well-being that flows from our Father God and our Lord Jesus Christ.
The secret mystery of the Messiah is The gospel of grace.”
I watch the multitude of leaves changing colors in the sky and fall to the ground.
It is brisk and cold out , yet a beautiful fall sunny day to take a walk.
Stopping to see the graces all around me, I ask the questions of my soul.
What is it that I need to let fall to the ground in the season of my life?
Where am I hurrying to complete a task or change the way things look on the outside that I am forgetting to care for the inside of me?
There is this mystery called grace. The name of God is mercy.
We are living in a time where we are called by grace to love one another as God loved us. (Jesus' words, not mine.)
Where do I limit his call in me and how do I show this kind of undeserved favor and love to another?
“Lord, make me a messenger of this wonderful news that we are wrapped into you as one. Help us to let the things that keep us from living in grace fall to the ground.
Remind us of your kindness throughout the day so we may be thankful and show the same to others we meet.
For it is in receiving that we are able to give and in the letting go that we are free to receive and release even more.
Let us enter this season of autumn with open hands and hearts looking high and reaching wide.
Let a smile be broadcast upon our face even under a mask when needed to wear, let your glory shine through.
May this new season open places yet discovered in me and in you.
October 3 Prayer
“Here is the slumbering Christ, stirring to be awakened, to become the soul we clothe in earthly form and action.
A holy sanctuary of adoration where our minds are stayed on God and kept in perfect peace...
Where the secret places of the heart cease to be a noisy workshop.” —Thomas Kelly
Near the end of Job’s questioning and wrestling with God he realizes everything he had heard and thought about God was not really who He was. Until his eyes were opened and he saw who He really Is.
“I had only heard about you before, but now I have seen you with my own eyes. I take back everything I said about you and repent.” Job 42:5-6
The heart is the place where we will wrestle with God, where our noisy workshop can crowd out any true revelation. Until we can stop, and look inside and hold those unanswered questions, and surrender them to an unknown God.
Take a breath and hold your questions out to God as we pray;
Jesus, you know the Father and desire to reveal Him to those who are yours.
We come to you and ask for your revelation of the Father to be given to us. Lk.10:22
Everything we think we know about you we lay down at the foot of the cross.
We make space in our souls for you to awaken in us a new God awareness unlike what we have known before.
May we be your holy sanctuary as we keep our minds on you through your Holy Spirit.
Show us how to see and how to clothe your vision and purpose within us into action.
We confess we do not have the answers for all of our questions but trust that you will reveal the way before us.
Awaken us in your perfect peace this day and fill us with adoration.
October 2 Prayer
“ I thank you God with all of my heart
You have heard the words of my mouth
In the presence of the angels I praise You.
The Lord is high, yet looks upon the lowly...
You have increased the strength of my soul.” Ps.138
There are angels that surround us, in our praying in our wandering, they are there to guide and protect us. Jesus tells us that in heaven the angels of children continually see the face of God.Mat.18. The angels surround and rescue us. Ps.34
Just think for a moment what it is like to have these supernatural heavenly beings here with us.
In God’s presence, if we look to him for help, a wayless path will open up for you to become like a child and rest completely in the arms of a loving Father.
To be vulnerable, still and silent.
God is here to strengthen and comfort us as his children.
Rest here a bit without striving or squirming about.
We humble ourselves before you God, You who are high and lifted up and look upon the lowly and humble.
May our hearts seek for your face and be full of gratitude and praise.
You surround us with your angels who are ever present before you.
May we be that dwelling place today to be filled up with your strength and vision.
We look to you for our help in everything we do and say.
May our faces become radiant with joy because we behold you before us.
Let no shadow of shame darken our faces as we let these heavenly beings surround us.
May we become people of peace who practice being at peace with everyone.
We worship You with awe and wonder as we enter a new day.
Lead us on the childlike path of discovery and delight that is beyond us.
May Grace and peace still our hearts.
October 1 Prayer
“I know my redeemer lives and will stand strong upon the earth.
...I will see Him.” Job 9
How long does a trial last and when will suffering be over?
When will we see our redeemer live and bring justice upon the earth?
We have only our own little lives to offer him but it is all we have.
The Beloved hears our cries and draws close to those who seek him.
Open your heart space to draw near to him today and pray.
“ O God will you restore us, and grant us your salvation?
In whatever we are facing may we still believe you are our redeemer.
In our own small sufferings may we choose hope.
May we seek You In simplicity and purity of heart.
Help us to know the brevity of life and
teach us your hidden wisdom.
Strengthen us to forgive as You forgive.
To act justly as You act justly.
Give us courage to surrender ourselves to the
Love of Jesus and the grace of the Holy Spirit.
May we use every occasion to show love and
see every situation as a potential step
along the path of sanctity.
“O God, restore your people to love and
Let us be known as repairers of broken walls.”
We seek you this day to restore all the broken places
in our own souls and offer them up to you.
For we know our redeemer lives and we will see Him,
May we all do little things with great love today.
September 30 Prayer
“Comfort the discouraged, Encourage those who are weak, be patient with everyone.
See to it that’s no one repays evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good for one another and for all.”1Thess.5:14-15
When life is hard and everything is not alright who do you turn to?
How do you hold the unanswered questions ?
The psalmist cries out; “.... with my morning prayer I wait upon You .Why, O Lord do you reject me, why hide from me your face?
Our God does not become weary of hearing our cries. He is patient with the weak and longs to comfort his children. He is not threatened by our questions and lack of understanding..
We say I will follow you, Jesus, wherever you go. But when we make mistakes and fail where do we run to, away or closer to him?
Stop and receive his grace in the place of your mistakes as we pray and receive a blessing from his word today.
Lord,we confess our mistakes in looking back to what we had and the way we expect things to go. We want to do all things for the love of God and not for the love of ourselves. Help us to see the illusions that we are holding unto and then be able to let them go.
Let us do it over again only with a greater awareness of your voice and direction.
We rest in knowing you are here in the middle of things not going the way we desire or have planned. We look for your grace in the unexpected events that cause us to wonder.
“Now May the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely. And May your spirit, soul, and body be kept sound and blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.” vs23-24
September 29 Prayer
This is one of my returning prayers from St. Ignatius when things are difficult or hard to understand.
May you receive all the graces and consultation as you enter a new day.
“Take lord and receive my liberty
My memory , my understanding
And my entire will
All I have and call my own
You have given all to me
To you, lord I return it
Everything is yours,
Do with it what you will
Give me only your love
And your grace,
That is enough