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, you know what is in me. You know my strengths and weaknesses, my hopes and fears.
Lead me from death to life, from falsehood to truth, from uncertainty to trust, from turmoil to peace.
Write your blessed name, O Lord, upon my heart, there to remain so indelibly engraved, that no prosperity, no adversity shall ever move me from your love. Be to me a strong tower of defence, a comforter in tribulation, a deliverer in distress, a very present help in trouble and a guide to heaven through the many temptations and dangers in this life. (Thomas a Kempis c 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]
Save the afflicted; have mercy on the lowly; raise the fallen; appear to the needy; restore the wanderers; feed the hungry; ransom our prisoners; raise the sick; comfort the faint-hearted. (Clement of Rome C1).
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