Saturday, June 23, 2012

Praying 10 minutes today: SATURDAY 6/23


Find a quiet time and place to pray... take a few deep breaths...
be still... and know that God is near...



 A word to reflect on:   
Teach me to do your will,
   for you, O Lord, are my God.
May your good spirit guide me
   in ways that are level and smooth...




What I'd like to have, Lord,
   is a spiritual GPS device to map out a path for my life
     where all the roads are level and smooth...

Of bumps and potholes, I've had enough:
   something newly paved, firm and smooth, 
      would be a welcome change...

Of dark valleys and steep hills I've had my fill:
   a level highway would make my day  -
      and help me make my way to you...

Why is it, Lord, that fidelity's path, the high road,
   is so often rough and rocky, with twists and turns
      and uphill climbs that seem to never end?

Why is the way of your word and will
   so often the hardest, longest road to walk
      while other paths, to my right and left,
         seem much shorter and easier to travel?

If I've taken a wrong turn, Lord,
   show me the way you'd have me go:
      let your word be a map and your wisdom a compass
         to guide me in the right direction...

And if, indeed,  I'm on the path you've laid for me:
   show me your face, point the way, take my hand
      and let your good spirit guide me every step along the way...

I trust you're not misleading me,
   that for reasons known to you alone
      the path I'm on is the path that's mine,
         and you're always by my side..

When the short-cut tempts me to walk a way
   that leads away from you,
      strengthen my resolve to follow you
         and never walk alone...

When I tire of the path I'm on and can't see where it leads;
   when I'm not sure where it all began or how I got this far;
      when I wonder if the journey's worth the work and all the pain:
give me breath to take another step
   and a glimpse of where I'm going;
let me see you've brought me safe thus far
   and will bring me safely home...

Teach me to do your will,
   for you, O Lord, are my God.
May your good spirit guide me
   in ways that are level and smooth...

Teach me to do your will, my God,
   to follow the path you walk with me
      and all along the way
         to do what you ask of me...

And in doing what you ask of me
   let me find strength for my journey:
      in serving others, let me see that I never walk alone;
      in forgiving others, open me to your mercy, freely given;
      in making way for others, open my heart to you and your peace;
      in carrying others, let me know the arms that carry me;
      in helping to clear my neighbor's rocky path,
         let me follow, humbly, in the company of good friends...

In this quiet time of prayer I've stepped off the road, Lord,
   to sit with you, to rest with you, to be refreshed by your good spirit...

In the stillness, let me hear your voice and word
   calling me to follow and to trust where you lead
      and the road that takes me there...

When the day's journey grows difficult, even painful,
   remind me of your presence, show me your face,
      point the way and take my hand to guide me...

Be with me, Lord, along the way
   as you are with me now in prayer,
for you, O Lord, are my God
   and I want to do your will,
      I want to walk the way that leads to you...

To ponder and pray over...
On the path I walk, what troubles and tires me?
What along my way already gives me strength and peace?
What will I ask of the Lord today?
From this prayer time, what word or phrase will I keep with me
   to carry through the rest of my day?
(After you spend some time with these questions,
   pray the reflection above one more time...)


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1 comment:

Jane R said...

Thanks, Austin, very helpful and very apt also in the light of the Gospel for tomorrow about the calming of the seas -- bet the disciples wished for a kind of GPS to rely on. What they had and we have is the living Lord. Thank you as always for your meditation.