Praying the ScripturesNew Every Morning | May 25, 2023
Often church leaders have been encouraged by some well-meaning mentor in the past to practice spiritual disciplines that may be a poor fit for their personality. For instance, while journaling is a wonderful tool for spiritual growth, asking someone who thrives on movement and creativity to spend significant time sitting and writing is unlikely to produce positive results, even if you provide colored pencils. On the other
hand, this person may enjoy body prayer or liturgical dance—practices that might frustrate someone who prefers structure or needs to spend
significant amounts of time in silent meditation. Unfortunately, many people believe that prayer means being seated with hands folded and
head bowed—and must always involve words.
—Dwight H. Judy, A Quiet Pentecost: Inviting the Spirit into Congregational Life (Upper Room Books, 2013)
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About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God.
—Acts 16:25 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and
the glory, forever. Amen.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
Day of Pentecost
- Acts 2:1-21 or Numbers 11:24-30
- Psalm 104:24-34, 35b
- 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13
- John 20:19-23 or 7:37-39
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I pray while I am doing routine things. The rhythm of doing something familiar allows me to not get caught up in overthinking and I can be more bold. I am not self conscious.
Wednesday’s are my busy days with Bible Study and therapy. Waiting for estimates so work can get started. Megan and I also had haircut appointments in the evening. A long day but fruitful.
Most often prayer is in a quiet place with words or thoughts, but it can also be words and thoughts waking through the woods, or upon seeing a situation that provokes prayer. Hymn tunes in my head , hummed or whistled are also part of my prayers.
The dishwasher install finished yesterday afternoon with the final leveling, power on, water connected, and the running of the machine on Turbo, its most powerful setting. All went well..
Next to find a plumber to install the gas stove.
Nice weather, a walk in the woods, shopping done. It’s after lunch and time for a nap.
So thankful to see and read posts from NEM family.Thank You, Lord.
Having the thought…”prayer is not about me trying to change God’s mind, but allowing God to change my heart…to desire His will” …has proven very helpful for me. Yes, a part of my prayer time is intercessory for others. But – the part of my prayer time regarding myself is becoming increasingly about submission, surrender, and seeking His communication with me as I read Scripture.
A really good tennis match last evening. Was fortunate to carpool with teammates – as I was able to recline on the way home, which significantly helps with my discomfort level. My partner and I had a hard fought match and came out victors, as did our team. We had never played with each other before – but our games meshed beautifully. Unfortunately she is unavailable for several weeks due to her daughter’s high school graduation and family vacation.
Meeting with my spiritual director after school. Although I am quite tired, it will be a welcome discussion.