Centering Prayer & Devotional – July 25, 2021

Centering Prayer * St. James' Episcopal Church

The Welcoming Prayer for Healing – Centering Prayer (Please gently become aware of your interior state, and repeat this prayer.)

God, I welcome everything that comes to me in this moment.

God, I know it is for my healing.

God, I welcome all thoughts, and emotions.

God, I let go of my desire for control. God, I let go of my desire for approval.

God, I let go of my desire to change people.

God, I open myself to your love.

God, I open myself to your healing grace.

Now we will slowly breathe in through our nose, and then slowly breathe out through our mouths as we repeat one word, “Amen”, 3 times, while we refocus ourselves in our New Supernatural Reality Jesus: Amen. Amen. Amen.

Confession:

Dear Heavenly Father, We are grateful that we can come to You at any time, about anything. We know that You listen to the earnest cries of our hearts. We know that You have great power; You are the Creator of heaven and earth. Yet, at times, we are still prone to doubt. Sometimes we are skeptical that our prayers can even be answered. Our earthly minds cannot comprehend a resolution. Nothing seems to have worked and our situation starts to seem hopeless. Lord, we confess to You our disbelief, And ask for Your help. Have mercy on us in our doubts and give us vision and hope for what You will do. Deepen our trust in You, and increase our faith so that we can believe fully again in Your faithfulness. We ask this humbly in Christ’s Holy Name. Amen.

Bible Reading & Devotional:

DAILY MEDITATION: JOHN 6:1-15

Gather the fragments left over, so that nothing will be wasted. (John 6:12)

In John’s telling of the miracle of the loaves and fishes, Jesus says very little. Out of a story that is 310 words long, Jesus speaks only 25! But there is a whole world of meaning behind each word.

First, Jesus sets the miracle in motion with a practical question: “Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?” (John 6:5). Jesus knows what he is going to do, but he wants to prompt Philip and the other disciples to expand their expectations. He is pointing out a situation that is humanly impossible to solve so that they will begin to consider other, more divinely inspired options.

Next, he prepares everyone to receive the miracle he is about to perform: “Have the people recline” (John 6:10). They don’t have to do much—just take a position of rest and trust. Of course, that may not be easy when you’re hungry and you can’t see any food readily available. But that’s the way it is with the Lord: sometimes he asks you to rest and trust in his provision, even when you can’t see any possible hope of a way out.

Finally, he brings the miracle to a close: “Gather the fragments left over, so that nothing will be wasted” (John 6:12). Jesus is generous—exceedingly generous—but he is not wasteful. A lot was left over, and Jesus wanted to make sure it went to good use. These baskets of food—one for each apostle—were his way of telling us to be equally generous in sharing his blessings. Every gift he gives is meant not just for us; it’s meant to shape how we speak and act so that we can become stronger witnesses to his love.

Like manna from heaven, Jesus’ grace is always showering down on us. May we learn how to receive it and always be ready to offer it to the people around us!

“Thank you, Jesus, for always giving me what I need! Please show me how to share your blessings with everyone else.”

Conclude with 7 Minutes of Silent Prayer

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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