7 – Saturday 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, source of life and hope, help me not to be distracted by shallow or temporal things.

Grant me, to rest in you above every creature, above all health and beauty, above all glory and honour, above all power and dignity, above all knowledge and subtlety, above all riches and arts, above all joy and exultation, above all fame and praise, above all sweetness and consolation, above all hope and promise, above all merit and desire, above all gifts and presents which you are able to bestow or shower upon me, above all joy and gladness which the mind is capable of receiving and feeling; finally, above angels and archangels, and above all heavenly host. (Thomas a Kempis 1380-1471)

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]

God of love, whose compassion never fails; I bring before you the troubles and perils of people and nations, the sighing of prisoners and captives, the sorrow of the bereaved, the necessities of strangers, the helplessness of the weak, the despondency of the weary, the failing powers of the aged. O Lord, draw near to each; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. (Anselm 1033-1109)

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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