1 – Sunday 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, you have called me to live by faith, in obedience to your will, so that I might have life in all its fullness.  Help me to love you with all my heart, to mature as a disciple of Christ, and to grow in the gifts and fruits of your Spirit.

O Lord God, destroy and root out whatever the adversary plants in me, that with my sins destroyed you may sow understanding and good work in my mouth and heart; so that in act and in truth I may serve only you and know how to fulfil the commandments of Christ and to seek yourself.  (Columabnus c.550-615)

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 be in my head and in my understanding; god be in my eyes and in my looking; God be in my mouth and in my speaking; God be in my heart and in my thinking; God be at my end and at my departing. (Book of Hours, c16th)

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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