Focus on God. Quietly express your love for Him.
Focus on yourself. Commit to God all that has happened during the day. Offer Him your thanks and praise for the good things; confess the mistakes you have made and receive his forgiveness.
As you breathe out, imagine letting go of any negative emotions or memories.
As you breathe in, imagine letting in the gentle breeze of God’s Spirit: all that is honourable, just, pure, pleasing and good.
Breathe out. Breathe in. Be Still.
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, help me to dream of love in a world that often speaks of hate; to dream of hope in a world that often speaks of despair.
Teach me to seek you, and as I seek you, show yourself to me, for I cannot seek you unless you show me how, and I will never find you unless you show yourself to me. Let me seek you by desiring you, and desire you by seeking you; let me find you by loving you, and love you in finding you. (Anselm 1033-1109)
This evening I pray for: my own needs … the needs of others … the needs of people throughout the world …
I also pray for … [any other needs]
Breathe in me, that I may think what is holy. Move me, that I may do what is holy. Attract me, that I may love what is holy. Strengthen me, that I may guard what is holy. Guard me, that I may keep what is holy. (Augustine of Hippo 354-430).
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