3/22/13

Praying 10 minutes today: FRIDAY 3/22


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:   
Create in me
   a clean heart, O God...
- Psalm 51







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

As this holy Lenten season nears its end, 
   I pray you create afresh a clean heart in me, O God...
Your mercy's still a mystery, Lord:how you love me even in my sins;
how you never fail to find what's good in me;
how you always find something in me to love...

Create in me a clean heart, O God... 


You're mercy's a mystery to me, Lord:
how you never cease to reach out, gently,
to keep me from my selfish ways,
to bring me home to your embrace,
to mend my brokenness,
to heal what's sick within my soul,
to forgive what's sinful in my heart...

Create in me a clean heart, O God... 


Your mercy's a mystery, Lord,
and though I don't understand it
I'm always grateful for its depths
and how you never withhold from me
its sweet and saving power...

Create in me a clean heart, O God...

I come to you, Lord,
with the heart I sometimes try to hide
when I've marred your image
mirrored in my soul...

Create in me a clean heart, O God...

So great is your love for me,
so exquisite the delight you take in me,
that even when I forget, 
when I tarnish,
when I deny your beauty within me,
you call me back to your grace
and offer me your pardon... 

Create in me a clean heart, O God... 


Help me remember that you meet me
just where I need you:
where I'm rough-edged,
you come to smooth me;
where I'm broken,
you come to mend me;
where I'm weak,
you come to strengthen me;
where I'm sick,
you come to heal me;
where I've sinned,
you come to pardon me...

Create in me a clean heart, O God...

Forgive my sins, Lord,
and nurture what's good within me:
be gentle in receiving the heart I offer you
for it's a broken and contrite heart...

Help me forgive those who've hurt me, Lord,
and to see what's good within them,
to see what you love in them:
let me be gentle in welcoming them
into my contrite heart...

Create in me a clean heart, O God... 


Help me to trust in the mystery of your mercy, Lord,
in the mystery of your merciful and sacred Heart...

Your mercy's a mystery to me, Lord,
and the greatest gift you have to offer me...

Create in me a clean heart, O God... 


In the quiet of my prayer, as Lent draws to a close:
help me see where I need your pardon, Lord;
help me confess my sins and failings;
help me humbly open up my heart;
to let your mercy in to heal my soul...

Create in me a clean heart, O God...

To ponder and pray over...
As Lent draws to a close, 
   how am I in need of God's mercy?
What in my heart needs healing, mending, cleansing?
There's a week of Lent left on the calendar:
   how will I welcome the Lord's grace in the days ahead?
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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