Daily Prayer - week commencing 21st May 2018





I pause for a moment and think of the love
and the grace that God showers on me:
I am created in the image and likeness of God;
I am God's dwelling-place.

It is so easy to get caught up with the trappings of wealth in this life.  Grant, O Lord, that I may be free
from greed and selfishness.
Remind me that the best things in life are free.
Love, laughter, caring and sharing.

Dear Jesus may I always be aware of your presence,
Your power and your Love,
all the days of my life.

The Word of God    Mark 9:38-40
John said to him, "Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us." But Jesus said, "Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. Whoever is not against us is for us."

Some thoughts on today's scripture
• A major theme throughout the Gospels is how God works so often through outcasts - the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:29-37) and for outcasts - the cure of the daughter of the Canaanite worman (Matthew 15:21-28). God’s power is not limited to ‘church’ or institution. He did not call just believers. He wants all to come to him!
• Prayer brings us in touch with all in the human race, a sort of mystical communion with all God's children. Different people follow Christ and relate to God in different ways. Jesus looks at what a person is committed to, and sees discipleship in many ways. Membership of our group is not the test.
• Maybe some of our prayer time might be to pray for all who are committed to goodness, faith and justice in the world, no matter in what way they show this.  The Church is called to be a sign of the Kingdom – it is not itself the end.  The goal is the Kingdom; the Church is working – though not exclusively - to make that Kingdom known in our world. This is what we say each time we pray the Our Father.

Jesus, You are always there waiting for me.  Sometimes I get bogged down with the concerns of this life.  Grant that I may be still more often to know Your peace, Your calm.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.