Sit comfortably, away from distractions. Listen to the sounds around you, and acknowledge them. Deepen your breathing.
Focus on God. Offer him your thanks and praise. Ask Him to guide and direct your day.
When it seems appropriate, read the passage of scripture set for the day.
Reflect on what you have read. Give God time to speak to you.
Ask: what can I learn from this passage about God’s grace and how to live as a follower of Christ?
Loving God, infinite and majestic: beyond time, space and our deepest thought.
Give me wisdom to perceive you, intellect to understand you, diligence to seek you, patience to wait for you, eyes to behold you, a heart to meditate upon you and a life to proclaim you, through the power of the Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Benedict 480-543)
This morning I pray for: my family and friends … those with whom I work … those who rely on me …
I pray for those in need … the sick… the lonely … the unloved …
I pray for those who are struggling to find a job … those who are in financial difficulty … those whose relationships are in turmoil …
I pray for … [any other needs]
Spirit of God, with your holy breathe you cleanse the hearts and minds of your people; you comfort them when they are in sorrow, you lead them when they wander from the way, you kindle them when they are cold, you knit them together when they are at variance, and you enrich them with many and various gifts. We beseech you daily to increase those gifts which you have entrusted to us; that with your light before us and within us we may pass through this world without stumbling and without straying. (Desiderius Erasmus 1466-1536)
Be with us as we seek to follow in the footsteps of your Son. Grant us humility and prayerfulness that may attract many into your kingdom. Let our lives reflect the light of Christ and the hope of faith. In the name of your Son Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen