Daily Prayer - week commencing 17th July





"Be still and know that I am God".
Lord, may your spirit guide me to seek
Your Loving presence more and more.
For it is there I find rest and refreshment from this busy world.

I try to let go of any prejudices and narrow mindedness
that may be clouding my vision at this present moment.
I hand them over to God’s merciful care, so I can pray in freedom at this time.

I ask how I am within myself today? Am I particularly tired, stressed, or off-form?
If any of these characteristics apply, can I try to let go of the concerns that disturb me?

The Word of God   Matthew 11:25-27
At that time Jesus said, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him."

Some thoughts on today's scripture
• I share Jesus' joy and gratitude for the great gift of the Father's showing himself to us, especially to those who are small. I ask for the grace not to consider myself wise and intelligent before God's greatness, but become like a little child, willing to listen and learn, to be surprised by how and what God tells me about himself.
• In deep wonder I adore God's greatness, his sovereignity, his love for us in becoming one of us so that we can understand better who he is.
• Faith is a gift from God; offered to us and never imposed.  Jesus stands at our door and knocks today and every day.  It is up to me to what extent I open the door and let him in.  Let us pray that we will be open to his gift of faith and, no matter our struggles, receive it with a childlike trust.

Words don't come easily to me, Lord.
Look into my heart
and see my longing for peace.
Watch over me, Lord.
I know that you are always by my side.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.