Evening Prayer- March 22, 2020

Silence and Centering: PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE

SCRIPTURE: Psalm 4:1-8 

Answer me when I call to you,
    my righteous God.
Give me relief from my distress;
    have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

How long will you people turn my glory into shame?
    How long will you love delusions and seek false gods[b]?[c]
Know that the Lord has set apart his faithful servant for himself;
    the Lord hears when I call to him.

Tremble and[d] do not sin;
    when you are on your beds,
    search your hearts and be silent.
Offer the sacrifices of the righteous
    and trust in the Lord.

Many, Lord, are asking, “Who will bring us prosperity?”
    Let the light of your face shine on us.
Fill my heart with joy
    when their grain and new wine abound.

In peace I will lie down and sleep,
    for you alone, Lord,
    make me dwell in safety.

Silence and Centering:  PAUSE FOR 30 seconds OF SILENCE

SCRIPTURE: Mark 10:13-16

13 People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” 16 And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.

Silence and Centering:  PAUSE FOR 30 seconds OF SILENCE

Little children met Jesus. If you had to find someone to put in charge of a kingdom, someone to govern and make wise decisions, would you choose a little child? Not likely. Little children contribute many wonderful things to the world. But when it comes to leading and governing, we usually look to people who are wise and ­experienced.

Jesus, however, welcomed little children when his disciples tried to shoo them away. He even said that the kingdom of God belongs to people who are like them.

Jesus does not give his kingdom to people who think they are self-sufficient, people who act as if they are in control of their lives. The kingdom of God—the kingdom that Jesus came to bring—is not for people who think they have all the answers. The kingdom of God is for people who know that they depend on God for everything—like little children, who are totally dependent on their parents and others.

So many of us like the idea of being independent, taking care of ourselves, and making decisions for ourselves. But Jesus encourages the opposite: instead of striving to be independent, strive to be dependent on God. Ask God for everything you need, and seek to follow God’s will for your life, and you will enjoy full life in his kingdom.

Evening Prayer:

Heavenly Father, my day is drawing to an end, and I’m ready to turn in. But before I do, I have to thank you for your faithfulness today. It’s always a good day, even when things may not go the way I plan, or when the world seems in chaos, because you are in control.  For all the times when I was aware of your help today, all the times when your unseen presence seemed so near, thank you, God. But for all the ways you worked behind the scenes, unknown to me, moments when heaven-sent angels moved on my behalf in ways I’ll never know, thank you for those also, Lord. Amen. ~

The Our Father (slowly pray this)

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever, Amen.

 

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