Praying 10 minutes today: TUESDAY 11/6

(NOTE: I've been down with the plague (but now up again!) and things have been very busy so I'm reposting a "10 Minutes" from earlier days in this series.)

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:   
A clean heart create for me, O God,
and a steadfast spirit renew within me...
Psalm 51

(Before moving on to the reflection below,
   spend some quiet time with the scripture verse above...)

In this quiet time each day, Lord,
   my heart speaks to yours,
      your heart speaks to mine...

Today, Lord, I ask for a new heart, a clean heart...
Beginning now, even as I sit with you here in the stillness,
   wash my heart with your mercy:
      wash away my sins and give me a clean slate,
          a fresh start, a new beginning...

Give me a pure heart
   to put your law, your love and the needs of others
      ahead of my own wants and wills and desires...

Give me a heart strong enough
   to say the truth when it's mine to speak,
   to do what's fair when I'm tempted to cheat,
   and to reach out generously and not hold back...

Give me a wise heart
   open to your counsel, thirsty for your grace
      and hungry for your word...

Give me a hope-filled heart
   open to what is good, to what can be,
      to all you have in store for me...

Give me a loving heart, Lord,
   that gives of itself, on its own
      and doesn't count the cost...

Embed in my new heart a steadfast spirit:
   faithful to you, faithful to prayer,
      faithful to those entrusted to my care,
         faithful to what's just and good and worthy
            of a heart fashioned by your hand..

As much as I desire this new heart, Lord,
   I know I'll yet resist your offering it to me...

My fears, my old ways,
   my grudges and resentments,
      my anxious holding on to what I know
        rather than surrendering to what I don't -
all this makes me slow, wary, even afraid
   to welcome even you
      into the chambers of my soul...

And so I pray your Spirit will move me
   to open what I keep closed,
   let go what I jealously cling to,
   empty my heart of all its clutter,
   and invite you in where you belong,
      where I belong to you...

A clean heart create for me, O God,
   and a steadfast spirit renew within me:
      and please, Lord, begin your work in me today...

In the stillness of my prayer,
   help me know that you are near, that you are here,
      that you are God:
         Lord of my heart, Lord of all my days...

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
   and put a new and steadfast spirit in my soul...

To ponder and pray over...
Do I need a kind of spiritual heart transplant?
What cleansing, what healing, what mending 
   does my heart need - today?
What might keep me from the Lord's offering to restore my heart?
What "house cleaning" might I do in my heart,
   to welcome in the Lord?
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...)

Here are some tips for praying 10 minutes a day.  If you find these daily prayer reminders helpful, please let me know - and share them with others.  You'll find an archive of these daily posts here.

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