5 – Thursday Evening Prayer

Listen

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.

Reflect

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?

Pray

Loving God, help me to share your words of life with my family, friends, neighbours, and colleagues.

Help me to speak of holiness; righteousness; freedom and compassion.

Give me the opportunity to talk about healing; comfort; acceptance; and forgiveness.

Grant, O God, that I may speak so boldly and so lovingly that the greatness of Christ may shine out clearly in my person, through the indwelling of your Holy Spirit. (Donald Coggan 1909-2000)

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]

Lighten our darkness, we beseech thee, O Lord; and by thy great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of thy only Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. (Book of Common Prayer, origin C5)

Conclude

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

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