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, give me courage to face the things which make me afraid, and strength to overcome temptation.
Turn that which is evil in me into good and that which is good into that which is better; turn my mourning into joy, my wandering feet into the right path, my ignorance into knowledge of your truth, my lukewarmness into zeal, my fear into love, all my material good into a spiritual gift, all my earthly desires into heavenly, all that is transient into that which lasts forever. (Thomas a Kempis 1380-1471)
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]
Grant me the spirit of love which does not want to be rewarded, honoured or esteemed, but only to become the blessing and happiness of everything that wants it; love which is the very joy of life, and your goodness and truth within the soul. (William Law 1686-1761)
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