Faith Daily | 7 September 2021
PRAYER of the DAY - PENTECOST APBA p579
you know us to be set in the midst
of so many and so great dangers
that by reason of the frailty of our nature
we cannot always stand upright:
grant to us such strength and protection
as may support us in all dangers
and carry us through all temptations;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
GOSPEL for the Day: Luke 6: 12-19
12 Now during those days he went out to the mountain to pray; and he spent the night in prayer to God. 13And when day came, he called his disciples and chose twelve of them, whom he also named apostles: 14Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew, and James, and John, and Philip, and Bartholomew, 15and Matthew, and Thomas, and James son of Alphaeus, and Simon, who was called the Zealot, 16and Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.
17 He came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea, Jerusalem, and the coast of Tyre and Sidon. 18They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. 19And all in the crowd were trying to touch him, for power came out from him and healed all of them.
GOSPEL Reflection: Contributed by: Carol Streatfield
“He [Jesus] went out to the mountain to pray; and he spent the night in prayer to God.” What a special time night time is to pray. I don’t know whether it’s the quiet, or if the body’s chemistry changes to ‘sleep mode’ and calms everything down. It’s the time for dreams and allowing the tired mind to free itself from the restrictions of its logical/analytical processing. A time for the intuitive mind, the creative, the portal into God to open. It’s a special time to pray. To lose oneself in the arms of God. A special time to pray.
FINAL PRAYER: – by Ray Simpson
Day by Day
Early in the morning I wait on you, O Lord;
Day by day I toil for you, O Lord;
At the bright noonday I recollect you, O Lord;
In talk and recreation I enjoy you, O Lord;
In study and in prayer I learn of you, O Lord;
At nightfall and in deep sleep I rest in you,
O Lord. Amen.