Prayers for Today - Thursday
Take a moment to listen to the still small voice of God within the bustle of the day which has begun. Find a quiet place where you can enjoy precious moments of peace in God's presence. Sit quietly and listen to the sounds of the world around you, both outside and in the place where you are. Breathe slowly and rest in God's presence......
It was not
to the rich and famous,
that you came to earth
and entrusted your Word,
but to fishermen,
outcasts and sinners,
And to ordinary people
you have revealed
the things of heaven
that we might become the
bearers of Good News!
So we praise you, Lord
and the message
Consider the challenge of your calling; to be set aside for service,
to be the voice, hands and love of Christ in your neighbourhood and workplace.
(If you have time, listen to one of these Taize chants)
Be encouraged by the words of the Psalmist:
The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from
all their troubles. The LORD is close to the broken-hearted and saves
those who are crushed in spirit. A righteous man may have many troubles,
but the LORD delivers him from them all.
And ponder the words of Samhthann, an early Celtic Christian:
"If God could be found on this side of the sea we would indeed journey
across. Since, however, God is near to all who call upon him, we are under
no obligation to cross the sea. The kingdom of heaven can be reached from
Samhthann (?6c.) Celtic virgin
A prayer of confession:
We want to serve you in this world,
be the ones through whom
many will be drawn to the light,
show your love where there
is a need for love to be shown,
be your touch where there
are broken lives to be made whole,
speak your word in faith
against those who deny your power,
and yet we confess
we hesitate to speak your name,
are daily tempted
to listen to this world’s voice.
So we come again
to your feet, and in faith proclaim
‘Thanks be to God, who forgives us
through Jesus Christ our Lord!’
When the journey is hard,
strength is failing,
we stumble or fall,
you raise us up,
You enable us to continue,
and walk with you
day by day.
Thank you, gracious Lord
for your presence
and your help
along the way.
This day is precious,
created as it is
for each one of us
to fulfil our purpose.
This day is precious,
treat it with care.
You might also find useful........
A Cycle of prayer from Common Worship: Services and Prayers
for the Church of England for Morning, Evening and Night prayers
The Methodist Church has a very accessible Daily Bible Study which you may like to look at - 'A Word in Time' - learn, reflect, and share your thoughts
A selection of favourite quotes for meditating upon