Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

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Lord Jesus Christ,
You call us to come
To be with you,
To hear your voice
To listen deeply to your word.
By your Spirit help me
To see you,
To hear your voice,
To follow you in all of life,
In the way of God’s gracious reality.
Amen

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

We are drawn into retreat – along with Jesus and his followers. As we settle into this place of solitude, Jesus is praying. In this quiet, fertile place the awareness and the desire to learn to pray begins to root itself in the consciousness of the disciples, and they begin to voice their need:

“Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.”

Jesus responds by offering some spiritual guidance about how to pray.  First, a foundational prayer:

When you pray, say

“Abba, hallowed be your name.
your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our debts,
As we also have forgiven our debtors.
And do not bring us into the time of trial,
But rescue us from the evil one.” 

No matter where Christian believers gather or from which background or language we come, we all know this prayer, and we all pray it. Sometimes we pray the words, but do not truly pray as we speak.  Take some time to pray this prayer Jesus teaches us, slowly, thoughtfully, being aware of God’s presence as you pray.  Allow the prayer to sink deep into your soul and being.

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

  • 7/19        Monday:  Luke 11:1-4
  • 7/20        Tuesday:  Luke 11:5-13
  • 7/21         Wednesday:  Psalm 138
  • 7/22         Thursday:  Genesis 18:29-32
  • 7/23         Friday:  Colossians 2:6-15(16-19)
  • 7/24         Saturday:  Luke 11:1-4
  • 7/25         Sunday:   Luke 11:5-13