Centering Prayer & Devotional – Aug 21, 2021

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:

Salvation-Giving God, We know that You have broken the chains that bind us to the systems of sin and death. Yet we confess that we often fall back into old patterns, follow old idols, and avoid the freedom you graciously extend. Shatter our chains once again, Lord, so that we may walk boldly in Your Kingdom as we love and serve those around us. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

Bible Reading & Devotional:

DAILY MEDITATION: RUTH 1:1, 3-6, 14-16, 22

Wherever you go, I will go. (Ruth 1:16)

So much loss! Naomi had lost her husband and two sons. And with the death of those sons, Orpah and Ruth had lost their husbands. Being practical women, Orpah and Naomi knew it was time to return to their ancestral homes to seek protection and provision. Ruth, however, chose a different path. Motivated by faithfulness, she pledged to stay with her mother-in-law. And by doing so, she chose to trust that the God of Israel would take care of the both of them.

Ruth knew, however, that trusting in God didn’t mean just waiting around for him to come through. It also involved some work. Day after day, she went out and gleaned in the fields. Then, when the time was right, she found the courage to present herself to Boaz, a relative of Naomi’s, in the hopes that he would help them. Boaz was so impressed that he married her and invited Naomi to live with them.

Ruth’s trust opened the door for her to experience God’s faithfulness—in an abundant way. At the end of the Book of Ruth, we learn that Ruth’s son became the grandfather of King David!

Maybe you are thinking that God rewards only special people like Ruth. But remember that she was a Gentile—an alien whom many Jews would have considered unclean. She was also a widow, which put her at the lowest rung on the ladder of Israelite society. But that’s the whole point of this story: God’s blessings are for everyone.

Is there an area of life in which you are struggling? Maybe, like Ruth, you have experienced the loss of home or family. Maybe it’s something a little less dire, but it still weighs on you. Whatever it is, surrender it to the Lord. Tell him that you trust in him to take care of you. Even when it’s a struggle, keep turning to him and seeking his grace.

And don’t forget that trusting in God means taking action as well—just as Ruth did! It means stepping out in faith and believing that, even if you make a wrong turn, God will guide you and help you along the way.

“Father, help me to believe in your goodness. Lord, I want to trust you and follow you in faith.”

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

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