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TODAY'S THEME: "Pick a Prayer" Day

 
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In which areas of your life do you find it most
difficult to say "not my will but yours be done?"

Picture in your mind the things that you find hard
to relinquish to God. It may be a person, a possession,
your bank balance, or some situation. Imagine you are
holding them before God with clenched fists, unwilling
to open up or let go. Slowly allow God to uncurl your
fingers. Truly relinquish all to him, now and in the
weeks, months, and years to come.

EXCERTPED FROM "SEEKING THE KINGDOM,"
BY RICHARD J. FOSTER
HARPERSANFRANCISCO, 1995

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Prayer is for the soul, what food is for the body.
The blessing of one prayer lasts until the next,
just as the strength gained from one meal lasts
till the one after.


JEWISH PRAYER



My Father, I have moments of deep unrest -- moments
when I know not what to ask by reason of the very excess
of my wants. I have in these hours no words for Thee, no
conscious prayers for Thee. My cry seems purely worldly;
I want only the wings of a dove that I may flee away. Yet all
the time Thou has accepted my unrest as a prayer. Thou has
interpreted its cry for a dove's wings as a cry for Thee, Thou
has received the nameless longings of my heart as the inter-
cessions of Thy Spirit. They are not yet the intercessions of
my spirit; I know not what to ask. But Thou knowest what I
ask, O my God. Thou knowest the name of that need which
lies beneath my speechless groan. Thou knowest that, be-
cause I am made in Thine image, I can find rest only in what
gives rest to Thee; therefore Thou has counted my unrest
into me for righteousness, and has called my groaning
Thy Spirit's prayer.     Amen.


REV. GEORGE MATHESON (1842-1906)

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Absolute attention is prayer.

ZEN SAYING



Fix your mind inwardly between the
eyebrows (as in meditation) on the
shoreless lake of peace. Watch the
eternal circle of rippling peace around
you. The more you watch intently,
the more you will feel the wavelets
of peace spreading from the eye-
brows to the forehead, from the
forehead to the heart, and on to
every cell in your body. Now the
waters of peace are overflowing
the banks of your body and inunda-
ting the vast territory of your mind.
The flood of peace flows over the
boundaries of your mind and moves
on in infinite directions.

PARAMAHANSA YOGANANDA (1893-1952)
Indian yogi and guru


 

And now, the Last Word:


Prayer is

The world in tune,

A spirit-voice,

And vocal joys

Whose echo is heaven's bliss.

HENRY VAUGHAN


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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