6 – Friday 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 forgive me for the times when I have been so self-obsessed that I have been less compassionate than I should have been. Help me to remember that there are many who are not as fortunate as I am.

When I have food, help me to remember the hungry; when I have work, help me to remember the jobless; when I have a home, help me to remember those who have no home at all; when I am without pain, help me to remember those who suffer, and remembering, help me to destroy my complacency; bestir my compassion, and be concerned enough to help; by word and deed, those who cry out for what we take for granted. (Samuel F Pugh 1850-1922)

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]

Watch, dear Lord, with those who wake or weep tonight, and let your angels protect those who sleep. Tend the sick. Refresh the weary. Sustain the dying. Calm the suffering. Pity the distressed. We ask this for your love’s sake. (Augustine of Hippo 354-430)

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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