Daily Prayer - week commencing 19th March 2018



The more we call on the Lord the more we can feel his Presence.
Day by day he draws us closer to his loving heart.

I will ask God's help; to be free from my own preoccupations, to be open to God in this time of prayer, to come to know, love and serve God more.

Knowing that God loves me unconditionally, I look honestly over the last day, its events and my feelings. Do I have something to be grateful for? Then I give thanks. Is there something I am sorry for? Then I ask forgiveness.

The Word of God    Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24
Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, 'Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.' When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife.

Some thoughts on today's scripture
• Matthew invites us to ponder the birth of Jesus from the perspective of Joseph who finds himself in a moral dilemma.  Not all decisions in life are a straightforward choice between right and wrong.  Sometimes we find ourselves in ‘no-win’ situations where we will be misunderstood no matter what choice we make.  It is in these circumstances that we need to pray for the wisdom of the Holy Spirit.
• A great quality of Joseph was his openness to God.  His experience in the dream led him to trust in the call of God even in the most distressing of circumstances.  Prayer is a time of deepening trust in God.  Am I open to what the Lord is saying to me – in prayer and through the voices of others?
• The angel’s message came to Joseph in a time of deep distress and anxiety.  Lord, when my problems seem heavy and impossible to shoulder, help me to remember that you are with me and helping me in the most unexpected places.  Help me to be still enough to hear the angel’s voice in my life and courageous enough to act on it.

God, you give your help and guidance to those who trust in you.  Where do I need your help and guidance today?

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.