Silence and Centering
“Be still, and know that I am God; – Psalm 46:10
God of Mercy and Grace, you come to us in Jesus of Nazareth to break down the dividing walls of hostility between us; yet we maintain walls that separate and isolate. You give us the ministry of reconciliation, yet we nurse our wounds and withhold mercy and forgiveness. You invite us to join with Peter, James, and John on the mountain of Transfiguration; yet we deny the wonders you have worked in our own lives. You bless our lives with boundless love; yet we fail to witness to that love, and so keep others from knowing you. Forgive our selfishness, we pray. Transform us by your Spirit and your Word into that which pleases you.
PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE
2 Peter 1:3
By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.
Living a godly life is possible because of the knowledge we have of God. This knowledge is acquired, daily, as we read the bible and seek after building a personal relationship with God. As we study God’s word, and spend time in prayer, we will obtain the knowledge we need to be victorious in our lives. Everyday requires new spiritual truths for the new situations and trials we will be faced with. What we learned yesterday, may not be what we need for today. Today, I will not be a quitter, because the bible says that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. This verse brings comfort and peace within me today, so I will cling to it. What the Lord has for me tomorrow may be completely different, however my focus is on what He has for me today!
VERSE FOR MEDITATION:
The Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.” Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?”Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.– John 14:17-23
May the sound of Your praise be heard increasingly among us – may we all praise You, O God, that the land in which we live might yield a great spiritual harvest and Your blessing fall on us. (Psalm 67:3, 6) Open the doors of our hearts, Father, and remove every obstacle that keeps us from acknowledging our sin before You and entering into deeper relationship with You. (Psalm 66:16-20) Give to us, I pray, a fresh determination to follow hard after You. May we hear and obey Your Word and persevere through trials. (Deuteronomy 17:19) Prepare us today, to enter Your gates with thanksgiving and Your courts with praise tomorrow! May our hearts be unleashed in Your presence with overflowing joy as we worship. (Psalm 100)
PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE